A few weeks ago, I wrote about three times when family members caught me daydreaming. I realized I tend to provide a great deal of entertainment for my relatives, so I posed this question to my follow bloggers: “Do you have any habits that your family or friends consider odd?”
In my case, “family and friends” almost always boils down to my children. They’re the most easily embarrassed when I exhibit the following habits, although I’ve heard occasional remarks from others.
Eating: I have an eclectic appetite, but unless I’m eating a casserole or at a buffet or potluck, I have to finish all the different foods on my plate at the same time. When I get down to the last few bites of each dish, I make sure I have an equal number of pieces of meat, vegetable, and starch so that I’m not left with one thing to eat at the end. I’m not sure why I do this. I guess I don’t want one of them to be left behind.
Museums, etc: I like to read every word on every sign and every plaque. That annoys my kids sometimes because it takes me longer to get through. Also, when I’m on a guided tour, I like to be able to hear everything the guide says and get annoyed when I can’t. I wonder if this is because I spent so much time teaching children who didn’t pay attention to what I had to say. On the other hand, I suppose this is a form of FOMO – Fear of Missing Out.
Daily Routine: Every day, I watch Jeopardy! Recently, I’ve discovered that I can watch recordings of the episodes I’ve missed on YouTube, so as soon as I get home from band or orchestra rehearsal or any other evening activity, I open my iPad and watch that day’s episode. Sometimes my family and friends will indulge me and let me watch when I’m with them, but they have the annoying habit of talking, and then I can’t hear the questions and answers. Frankly, I’d prefer to watch it later – alone – in my quiet home rather than see the show with them.
I write thank you notes and send birthday cards. I guess no one really considers this odd, but it’s something no one else in the family seems inclined to do.
I take pictures of almost everything. Every family gathering, every concert, sports event, and birthday. They used to complain, until we lost a few family members and no one had pictures except me.
I suppose there are other habits I have that my kids don’t like. A former habit was checking my phone all the time, because I don’t want to ignore an important message. My watch solved a lot of that – I get a tap on the wrist when someone sends me a message or calls me, and a quick glance tells me whether or not I need to respond right away. Another habit I’ve developed lately is playing word games and solitaire on my phone and iPad. My day is not complete until I’ve reached the daily goals set by the app. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t need as much sleep as I used to. I figure as long as I’m still able to get done the things I need to, then the things I choose to spend my time on are my own business.
What are habits your family and friends view as odd?