Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FLY AWAY HOME by Jennifer Weiner


Winner: KRYSTAL DYER!
Please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com to receive your copy of Fly Away Home! To those of you who didn't win, I will have an additional copy to give away during Five Dollar Fun Fact Friday this week! : )


Well, well, well what do we have here? A Book Giveaway!

Many of you know by now that my first author crush was on Jennifer Weiner when she wrote Good in Bed ten years ago. She’s a very important reason why I love books so much. Not only did I fall in chick-lit-love with GIB, she also inspired me to start my blog as hers was the very first blog I ever read, and I began MaNiC MoMMy (originally called Manic Mom's Mental Myriads) back in 2004. It was also because of Jennifer Weiner that I was inspired to write my first novel, 40 Weeks (RIP).

And because of Jennifer Weiner and a book signing I attended, I met my BBFF Swishy, who UNFORTUNATELY (ahem!), no longer blogs, but if she did, you would find her here, and love her as much as I do! I can’t believe Swishy hasn’t blogged in almost a year, she had so much wonderful stuff to say. And she still does!

Today, courtesy of Jennifer Weiner, I am giving away a copy of FLY AWAY HOME! And later this week, I might give away ANOTHER COPY! (teaser!)

FLY AWAY HOME is being described as “hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful” and features a sister duo (I love Weiner’s books with sister combos!) and a politician’s wife. The three women take refuge at the family beach house after Dad’s extramarital affair makes headlines.

I loved all three of the women characters -- each are written so uniquely as only Jennifer Weiner can write them. Fly Away Home boasts strong women, with quirky personalities, and was one of my favorite Weiner books. Read the First Chapter Here.

Win a copy right now – tell me about a quirky/embarrassing personality trait you have that you would rather keep to yourself but you know it will make us all laugh!

To find out if Jennifer Weiner is going to be touring near you, go to jenniferweiner.com/events.

Jen’s next book, Then Came You will be on shelves July 12th! More info here when it’s available! I can't wait for this one!

To find out if you've won, come back here and check at the top of this post where I'll have a name (hopefully it'll be YOUR NAME!) listed at the top! GOOD LUCK, and another book may be popping up for you to win TOMORROW!? Who knows?!?

106 comments:

Carie Casey said...

I'm first to leave a quirky trait huh? There are so many to chose from I'm just trying to pick the least embarassing. I love popping pimples. My own or my husbands. It's gross I know but somehow soul satisfying.

rachel e. said...

The very last thing I have to do before I go to bed is pee. I can't do anything else after and if I do I have to try to pee again. Teeth brushing, taking my contacts out, getting a glass of water... it all must be done before I pee.

Erin Goff said...

I am incapable of making microwave popcorn correctly. I always either burn it or stop too soon and have a multitude of unpopped kernels. My husband, however, is the popcorn whisperer, so I can count on him for a freshly popped bag!

Bernadette said...

Almost 30 years old...check my closet for monsters when my boyfriend is working overnights ha I guess I could be glad i'm still a kid at heart?

Krystal said...

I have some OCD tendencies especially when it comes to germs. My husband will always make fun of me if we are somewhere and get a drink to go... I cannot take the lid on the top of the stack. I'm always worried it's been touched by a million hands and will grab one from the middle of the stack!
kndyer

Jenn3128 said...

Another gross one, I apologize in advance...

I love to peel that dead skin after a sunburn. My own, my kids, yours. The bigger chunk of skin I can peel off the better I feel.

Carly said...

I drink loudly. I swish the liquid around in my mouth. It drives my husband nuts. I have to constantly remind him that we are going to be together forever, so he better get used to it.

Carly Haynes

equinn726 said...

I've actually already read "Fly Away Home" and loved it so please don't enter me in this drawing, but I wanted to reply anyhow because I've really enjoyed your blog and reading everyone's comments! I volunteer in our town's emergency room once a week. Whenever I'm getting a room ready for a patient, I have to make sure that all of the cords for monitoring blood pressure, pulse ox and heart rate are rolled up facing the same direction. I also need to make sure the tag on the pillow is on the very inside of the pillow case so that it doesn't have any chance of scratching a patient - OCD!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

KRYSTAL! OMG!! I DO THIS TOO!!! Which makes me wonder that if I do this too, then how many OTHER people in the world do this as well, meaning that we are putting germs ALL OVER THE CUP LIDS anyway, so they're all infested with germs!!! Now we should start taking from the VERY BOTTOM!!! Ewwww gross!! What are we gonna do!?!?!

And Rachel E ... I have to make peeing the very last thing as well, and if I get into bed after I've peed, and think, even remotely a little bit that I haven't peed enough, THEN I have to get back OUT OF BED and pee again or else I will never get to sleep! I am LOVING These comments because I AM NOT WEIRD!!!

Oh, and Carie, I can pop pimples all the time ... my 13 year old son ... HE HATES ME!!!! LOL!

Neckmeat said...

I'm gassy. In every form. When in public if I fart I simply say "J" so that those around me know what's up. We usually just laugh about it. And when I burp I usually actually say burp. So weird I know! LOL

absolutahnie said...

everytime i use toilet paper, home, at a friends', at a restaurant...WHERE EVER i need to
fold the end piece into a triangle
like they do in hotels. it started as a joke with one friend and now...it's my weird calling card.
"terri peed here!"

Erica said...

Hmm .... so MANY to choose from... so few I actually want to say out loud. I can't eat an orange anyone else has prepared. And I love oranges, eat them all the time but only if I cut it up, peel it, whatever. Sigh!

DaphneSFL said...

So basically we're outing ourselves to the public, lol!

I won't drink milk anywhere but at home. I have really specific milk requirements: it has to be skim and only skim. No 2%, and please, for the love of God, no whole milk, which is absolutely disgusting. It has to be fresh, and, it has to be cold. I will smell, check, and re-check milk in our fridge if it's even 1 day past the "sell by" date. I hate HATE HATE milk that is room temperature or in anyway warm..blech. I will never order milk in a restaurant or drink it at someone else's home. Only my house.

Mom'sLove said...

this was kind of embarrassing.. When my daughter was a little girl, 4 years and 7 years old, I was a surrogate mother. We go out and I'm all pregnant and people would stop my girl and ask her if she was having a brother or sister. She always replied either, "Its not ours" or "We are not keeping it"..I would smile and walk away.. Oy.
Amanda

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Oh wow, Amanda -- that's amazing and sooo generous of you to do! I want to know more of your story!!!

Neckmeat, I am suffering from a horrible case of hemmies right now but don't want to go to Walgreen's and buy a tube of prep h so I will sit here in pain by myself. Don't know why I'm sharing THIS, but I guess that's the forum. I wonder if Jennifer Weiner would be PROUD of us women for baring our souls, or our buttholes??

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I have NO idea why I just commented on that, and CROPPERGIRL, the previous comment would actually be ONE that I might delete of my own! LOL!

Corey~living and loving said...

ummm...I'm a hair puller. I can't stop. Often I have no eyelashes. ugh.

Ally said...

I waitressed at a dinner in high school and there was one man that came in every night. He used to tell me my hair was too short and he thought I was a boy. I put up with his ignorant comments until he started complaining about our restaurant letting other races come in and eat. I started spitting in his coffee on a regular basis after that.

I Do Declare said...

I take my iPad into the bathroom with me. {and like Carie, I also love a good zit to pop!}

kwertz12 said...

I, too, am a pimple popper (my husband hates it!), sun-burned skin peeler, closet monster checker, middle-of-the-stack lid grabber...I'm also an odd number hater, a chronic list maker, a DVD alphebetizer, spell checker and paper straightener. Oddly enough, my husband is the 'tidy' one in our house. Yeah...we're a house full of crazy over here...

taylorj2112 said...

I have food container OCD. Every dish, bowl, storage container, pot and pan have to be exactly the right size. It's the stupidest thing, but it really bothers me when someone use one that is entirely too big.

I have this same complex when it comes to my wine glass. It's never big enough...hahaha

Sherry B said...

Because of that game you play as a child--the one were a woman is suppose to appear in the mirror-- I am deathly afraid to enter a bathroom before turning on the light--not to mention I run out of it as soon as I turn the light off--but shhhhh do not tell my son he already inherited the black Widow Spider phobia:)

jpetroroy said...

I always sneeze five times in a row.

Anonymous said...

Pimple popper, but not my own, my husbands. Sometimes it drives him crazy. I just tell him, I am making him "pretty" for the world.

~Nattygirrl

jdstec said...

Wow! Nice to know I am not alone with some of my "quirks". I too do the lid from the middle but to avoid possible previous handling, try to find several stuck together and take one from the middle.

Being a southern girl, I am almost always barefoot in the house. When it storms, I have to put on shoes (flip flops). I guess I think I am grounded in case I take a direct hit.

Casey said...

I have a list of irrational fears... catching on fire while pumping gas, walking down the street and a truck rolling over on top of me, natural gas explosions, leaving my curling iron on and burning the place down...

Btw, Rachel E... I hear ya on the last thing before bed....

Nanette said...

I *HATE* making left-hand turns against traffic. I will plan my whole day/errands around only turning right. Isn't that crazy?!? LOL!! I also have a horrible phobia about making people wait. If I'm at the checkout at the grocery store and something goes haywire...Heaven FORBID if there's people waiting in line!! I almost come unglued!! :) Funny, right? Nan

Kristen said...

I am a Grammar Nazi. It I see the wrong "your/you're" or "its/it's" used, I die a little inside. Texting drives me insane because of its own little language.

Anonymous said...

Apparently while I yawn I flip my tongue up and down quickly. I did not know I did this until my husband busted me, and now I have no idea how long I have been doing it for, or if I have done it in front of others, so I am really paranoid about yawning now!
JMitch

VAL said...

In the grocery store, I refuse to take the very first item. ESPECIALLY in the cold/frozen/chip section. I'll always take the second or third item. It usually has a better exp date, is colder, less broken... or it's just a habit I've developed.

faithspage said...

1. Foot in mouth at least once a week... "I'm such a blonde" to the blonde cashiers at Bath & Body. My boyfriend immediately walks away.

2. CLUMSY. Trip over carpet.

3Creature of habit. Like normally I turn right when coming out of the bathroom, and when staying in a hotel (need to turn left) I turn right. I have ran into several hotel walls.
Electrician was working on outside box (that was broken when a limb fell during a storm and we had no ELECTRIC. I decide I will move away some of the brances, and one smacks him in the face, my face turned 10 shades of red, they all laughed it off. But I know he was thinking "you crazy woman"

The Jagow Family said...

Quirky, huh? Well, I have a nighttime ritual that I have to do or I don't sleep well...weird (my husband thinks so too). I have to wash my face, brush my teeth, go to the bathroom, put lotion on my feet, put on chapstick and fluff my pillows (and if my feet are cold, I heat up something to put at the end of the bed to warm up my feet). This is every.night.! Even when I fall asleep on the couch...I can't just get up and go to bed, I have to do all those things or I can't fall asleep! ha!

Stephanie said...

Val---I NEVER TAKE THE FIRST ITEM IN THE GROCERY STORE EITHER!!!! I have to take the item second or third in the back!!! This drives my mother crazy when she's at the store with me!!! Plus, I dilly dally at the grocery store and practically start to hyperventilate, even if I have a list! I HAVE NO IDEA what I want/need to buy and cannot stand grocery shopping! It's the worst ever!!!

Lizett34 said...

I hate grey hairs! If I see one it has to come out immediately! Every night before going to bed I must search my head for a few minutes to make sure I do not have any!

Anonymous said...

My most quirky trait would be having to check my alarm clock four times in a row before going to sleep. Maybe it is a little OCD, but I have been doing this since I was a child. Thanks! jennyfromthecube

A.C. Morris said...

Hmm... embarrassing trait. I'm 26, married, just had my first child and I STILL sleep with my baby pillow...every single night. I even take it with me when I'm staying the night somewhere else or if I'm going on vacation. My husband is totally grossed out by it, but I absolutely can't get rid of it!

BethC said...

I will not eat hamburgers from Wendy's or any other restaraunt that serves square hamburgers. It just isn't right....hamburgers should not be square! I actually have quite a few of these little "idiosyncrasies"...but this is the first one to pop in to my head!

val said...

Stephanie i have even "trained" my boyfriend to get the second item on the shelf! you should train your mom: )
i also TOTALLY dilly dally at the grocery store, but i LOVE it! even if it is the most overwhelming place on EARTH.

Melissa said...

hmm a weird or quirky trait? Well, my daughter's play-off softball game is tonight and I can't think of anything else so my weird trait today is I'm so nervous about it, it's like I'm playing in the game instead. Oh and did I mention she's only 9? :)

Logan Collins said...

I absolutely hate to talk on the phone. I will send ten million emails to someone before calling them. I enjoy saying hey to my boyfriend and my bestfriend on the phone but only while driving. Otherwise PLEASE don't call! Text or email folks :)

LaVonneW said...

Compulsive hand washing...

Heidiopia said...

I have to straighten the sofa pillows and fold afghans before I can leave the house in the morning. I know~ nutty, right. I just can't leave the house if my living room is in disarray! Now the kitchen table? That's another story!

Christine in NJ said...

wierd and quirky?... I will not touch anything - and I mean ANYTHING with my hands when I am forced to use a public bathroom. I enter with tissue in hand and my hands up like I've just scrubbed in for surgery. I only use my feet and elbows including turning on the sink to wash my hands!... My 13 year old, now does this too! And YES - people do stare, but I don't care!

Christine

Melissa said...

I have to sleep with a pillow on my side because I don't like having my back exposed when laying on my side. I use to sleep with two pillows, but luckily marriage took care of one side. I also like to pick flaky ear skin and wax off my husband and children.

Lisa justus said...

I'm a sleepwalker/ talker. I even sleep danced once. My husband thinks it is funny. Who knows what I've done or said that he hasn't told me about.

michelle said...

I snort when I laugh, I also like to pop pimples, peel skin and scratch my head... :(

Kristi said...

I cannot eat things in odd numbers. For example, if I'm eating Goldfish (because yes, I'm like a 10 year old and still love those crackers!) I have to eat them in pairs so that I can have a goldfish on each side of my mouth. If for some reason an extra one sneaks in there to make the number odd, I have to quickly eat a singleton to "even things out." But don't worry, it's not just goldfish I do this with!

Kristi Hooke

Lilianarenee said...

When I eat I have to have a bit of everything in each bite. Usually its easy and people dont notice that I'm calculating everything on my plate to be even in the end. But come big meals like thanksgiving its super noticeable that I do it so I make a lot of small plates with few items. And salad always needs to be in a separate bowl. Because thats a battle of its own.

Becki*** said...

I have to have at least a couple months of new books on hand (dont have to be new new, just new to me, lol) or I am extremely restless. I guess I am storing up for if we have no more book money - then I would be good for awhile. :)

(And I just don't read your blog for free stuff - just dont feel qualified to give decorating advice, lol)

buttah said...

I wouldn't say that it is embarassing for me, but my husband hates it...I am a really loud burper! I always have been. I was that girl having burping contests with all my guy friends in high school...and they all thought it was hillarious that I could out burp them all! It doesn't bother me...I actually have a niece that used to say she hopes she can burp like Aunt Buttah when she grows up!

Anonymous said...

The Husband could only come up with that I use the word dandy as a response when people ask how I am. He said it sounds snarky. I'm just happy that he couldn't come up with anything else. TaraUB in IN

taylorj2112 said...

As I sit at my son's little league game I have realized that I have a fear of tiny bugs fling into my eyes! Isn't that stupid??

Holly W said...

oh boy, i have a lot of quirky habits. I can only set my alarm clock with an ending of 3 or 7. 637,633, etc. It can't be 634 or 635, my day will feel off. I absolutely can not eat or drink anything in the bathroom either. Even if I'm chewing, I have to stand outside and wait before I can walk in.
holly w

Dani In Chicago said...

When I see a bug in my home, I apologize to it before killing it.

BuffyDee said...

Well I have been thinking all day for something to comment on and I got NOTHING! When I was young... before I had kids I used to vacuum myself out of the house so I could tell if anyone was in the house... *suppose if I just locked the door I could have ensured no one was in the house... but being from Alaska we just don't do that... least I didn't... and still don't.

Kristi said...

I freak out every time a car comes up behind me too quickly. Ever since I was rear ended I have an irrational fear that it will happen again.

I get the hiccups every time I eat. I'm a gigantic klutz. I fall, bump into things, trip, etc. constantly.

Stephanie said...

Kristi -- I HATE Goldfish! In fact, I have told my children that if I wereon an island with nothing else to eat but goldfish crackers and apple juice, I would leave that island and go swim with the sharks. UGH! Never eat 'em, and we have them in my house all of the time because my daughter LOVES them.

Dani -- you are so nice to the bugs before you kill them.

Megan said...

I can never remember lyrics, but I can remember the music and beat of the song. So I replace the words with "poodle" and "pood". So embarrassing....

Lauren Louise said...

Well, I don't think it's that weird, but my boyfriend does. Whenever I get ice cream in a pint or a bowl, I always eat around the edges until I have a perfect sphere. Then I keep eating until it gets tinier and tinier. I don't like sharing with anyone cause they always mess it up.

Erika L. said...

I work for a rental car company and drive hundreds of different cars each day. Each time I sit in one I have to change the presets to local stations and reset all of the trip information. This way the car has been reset and is ready for the next person.

Nearl said...

I have read all her books except for Goodbye Nobody. That one is still on my library list. But I would love to win her new book. My quirky trait I would say is my obsession with the ten key. I love it!!! My family even got me a high tech one for Christmas. If I could have a job just using the ten key I would. I practice on it, yeah I know it's strange but I love it!

Martina's Moments said...

Besides peeing my pants when I laugh too hard or cough and snorting when I laugh, and passing gas when I eat high fiber, who's quirky?!?

Ready To Be A Momma said...

If there is a window without a curtain or blind, I swear there is always someone looking at me at night. If I have to get up in the middle of the night, I run past the windows so the "boogy man" won't see me. Sounds so stupid when I write it down!
qweska8402

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I am a recovering nail biter...

Anonymous said...

My food can't touch. Ever. Every meal, I make sure the food is arranged so that each "dish" is not only separated on my plate, but there is minimal risk of the different foods accidentally sliding into each other. I then eat each item one at a time, starting with my least favorite.

Colbey J

LindsayK918 said...

I pick hangnails... no matter how small, no matter how large the likelihood of making myself bleed is (usually quite great), I do not have the self control to leave that tiny piece of skin where it is. It must come off. I realize it is sick, and yes.. I have been informed I need therapy. But alas, I pick. Bring on the Bandaids!

Beverly Victoria said...

I have to arrive someplace (doctor's appointment or just meeting friends) 5 to 10 minutes early, just in case they are there first. I'm not as bad as I used to be. But I "don't want to be late."

Books & Reviews said...

I can't leave the house without having to pee even if I just went!

Meredith said...

Another head scratcher here. What...? It feels good! Also, if I have crackers or chips on my plate, I eat the broken ones before the whole ones. (Caught my son doing this the other day! He felt silly, but I told him I "got it".)
~MommyMer

Terri said...

This is just a random, disgusting quirk...especially for you germaphobes. When I am eating peanuts out of the shell, like at a baseball game, I have to lick the shell before I crack it open. I like the salty taste. I know that's the disgusting dirty part, especially when I am pulling the peanut out of a shared bucket, but I just can't help it!

Terri M. in Phoenix

Terri said...

And p.s. - I'm reading Good in Bed right now...my first Jennifer Weiner book!

Terri M. in Phoenix

Stephanie said...

Terri, you GOTTA suck the salt off the shells! I never thought about how gross it is that other peoples' germs are on the nuts (that's what she said!) but now I will!!!

And after Good In Bed, you have to read Certain Girls cuz that's the follow up, but Jennifer didn't write that one until 8 years later about. I can tell you in which order to read them all, because that's another quirk I have -- you have to read the books by authors in order of how they were written, even if they are not sequels, because come on, that' just MAKES SENSE, right everyone?!?!

your invisible pixie said...

i love jennifer weiner! my quirky thing is that i'm kind of awkward. i do weird dance moves and make weird faces just to try and make things less awkward when i'm with people, but they tend to make things more awkward...it's awksome (which is a combination of awkward and awesome. i also make up words sometimes!)

Domesticated Gal said...

Even if my life depended upon it, I canNot correctly pronounce "M$M's". Sure, I can say the rapper Eminem's name correctly. But if I want some chocolatey goodness that melts in my mouth, not in my hand? I ask for "m-a-m's."

Brantly's Mom said...

I am 30 years old and still refuse to go to my parents house alone after dark. My parents have woods around there house and when I was little if I wasn't already home by myself when it got dark then I would go to someone else's house.

Karen said...

Quirky trait? How about the fact that I'm the nicest person you'd ever want to meet unless I get subpar customer service. If I do, and I can see a reason for it (three buses parked in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, for instance)...I'm still nice. But jerk me around? I become Towanda of Fried Green Tomatoes fame.

Emma S. said...

This might not be quirky, but I am 25 and have a nephew and refuse to change a diaper. Anything dealing with kids freak me out. If I see someone breast feed in front of me, I absolutely run away.

Anonymous said...

I can't pee if I know someone can hear me or if there is someone in the room. This makes the weird girl "lets go to the bathroom in groups" thing very uncomfortable. I either have to turn the sink on or just go back after everyone leaves!
Angelini197

Anonymous said...

Before leaving the house, when out & about at a restaurant, shop, etc. I always ask my family members-even my husband- if the "need to use the bathroom?" Now, as soon as I say "Does any..." they practically yell "No, we don't have to go to the bathroom!" Guess I have some nervous thing about getting stuck somewhere without a restroom.
Jen9476

Susan said...

I absolutely cannot, will not, am not able to walk in or out of a garage while the garage door is going up or down. I have a fear that the garage door opener will break and I will get squashed.

Crystal said...

My fiance likes for me to pluck out his white hairs (and I like doing it b/c it's like finding a needle in a haystack, so basically it's entertaining for me....don't judge me, I'm an only child. LOL!). We did it once in front of my grandpa...he asked if I was checking his head for fleas. True Love right?

Crystal717

Jen R said...

I have tweezers in my car so I can pluck my eyebrows (not while driving of course).
The natural light and ability to get up close to the mirror, makes it so easy to see any hairs that were missed.

AmyNicholeG said...

I feel so much better after reading these. I know that I'm not alone. Among my OCD habits, at night I have to turn on my alarm clock, check to make sure it's set for the right time, turn it off and then turn it back on again. I just want to be sure that it's definitely set and for the right time. I'm also very particular about how the dishwasher is loaded. My husband will not load it anymore because he got tired of me coming in and unloading/reloading it the "correct" way.

IandSsmom said...

Lord I can't think of anything but I bet if you asked my friends they would come up with quite a list!! I guess when you do it so long it seems normal!!
I can wiggle my ears! That's my one weird thing! Entertains kids though!!! oh and I hate hair in my face especially my eyes! if it is I have to pull it back!!

Denise said...

I routinely do regular, every day tasks with only 1 arm, or 1 leg, or 1 eye closed, etc. Just in case I ever lose a limb or an eye or something...it'll make my disability that much easier to adjust to since I've already practiced.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if it's quirky but the thing that I have to do is make sure that my blankets are straight before I go to sleep. Sometimes my husband tries to straighten them for me but he always has them rotated 90 degrees (a king size bed is almost square but not quite). That's not good enough. My husband and I will fight over the blankets all night and I will get a bad night sleep. My husband...he always sleeps well.

-Donna W.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I have so many its hard to pick one! BUT I cannot sleep with the closet door open, not even a crack. It MUST be completely shut regardless of where I am, my house, a hotel, etc. SHUT!

Brenda L B said...

I tend to have the unfilter set on my mouth and seem to say the first thing that comes to my mind. Literally, I have to stop and think for a minute about what I'm going to say to avoid embarrassing myself.

Jessica said...

I always have to eat ice cream out of a plastic spoon. I know it's strange, haha! I just think it tastes better.

I loveee Jennifer Weiner! I hope I win, hehe. =]

Thanks!

-Jessica

Kirsten said...

Ok I don't do this much now because I wear sunscreen but I used to LOVE when you had a burn and after you could peel the dead skin away, especially satisfying if it peeled away in 1 long strip!

Wendi fr Louisiana said...

I have to be prepared for anything which means my purse weighs 10lbs. Meds,all kinds of wipes,sewing kit,wash cloth,soap, extra undies, bandages,creams, those tiny toothbrushes, 2 days worth of my meds, full set of my makeup, raingear, coupons.......... And let's not discuss my tornado backpack in the hall with enough food/water/meds for the family for 2 weeks. Hurricane Katrina really messed me up, I guess.

Colleen Turner said...

Oh my some of these are HILARIOUS! I have a few embarrassing personality traits, as most people seem to :). I snort when I laugh really hard (which just gets me snorting more), I have a weird habit of feeling like, and then having to, blow my nose a lot (this one drives my husband crazy) and I am one of those people that have to make a big deal if I do something embarrassing in public. Like let's say I fall down (it happens a lot since I am short and like to wear high heels): my instinct is to pop up, say something very self deprecating and bow to the onlookers!

Christina said...

I can't stand the smell of morning pee. If I'm in the bathroom brushing my teeth or something and my boyfriend comes in to use the restroom after getting out of bed I have to leave so I don't gag. Is that quirky? Hopefully that made someone laugh :)

ChristinaL

tagerrity said...

One of the quirkier things about me is that I love children's programming, but I do not have children. The backyardigans, wonderpets, jack's big music show, and the very trippy yo gabba gabba are some of my favorites. Thankfully, I have friends with kids who I blame for my knowledge of children's programming.

Emily said...

it's probably more OCD than it is quirky trait, but...for years, i have assigned each of my fingers a number...my thumbs are 3, my pointer, middle and ring are 2 and my pinky is 1. if i tap one of my fingers...i have to tap the rest, and they each have to only be tapped the number that they are assigned. i have no idea when i started doing this, and it's so second-nature at this point that i don't even NOTICE doing it anymore......it's definitely weird, i know.

EBrowning said...

I am not a big fan of my food touching but I can deal with it if it's unavoidable...however I cannot stand fruit to be mixed with anything. I always have to have it seperate. Chicken salad with grapes or the grilled chicken salads with oranges that some places serve totally grosses me out. I also do the peeing before bed and leaving the house thing. :)

kristinrose said...

I identify with so many of these traits! I tiptoe around my own house at night becuase I'm convinced a scary person will jump out & scare me, I count stairs, I'm always freaked out that I will fall down the stairs when I'm home alone & die there, but the oddest thing is that I put an imaginary slash or circle around every other vehicle driving past me while I'm driving to indicate whether I like the look of the car or not.

Anonymous said...

I hate everything about gum. I can't chew it and I can't stand when other people do. Lauren Royall

Dolly said...

When I use a public restroom, I have to fold the TP so the 'exposed' edge is inside (so I'm actually 'using' what had still been rolled up inside the roll). Weird? or just sanitary? You tell me! LOL!

Nicole Marie said...

When I'm eating, and I mean eating anything, it must be separated. Different foods cannot touch each other on the same plate, skittles and m&ms must be sorted by color, if I eat something with a more liquid base (i.e. baked beans or even mashed potatoes with gravy) it must go in its own cup or bowl and not on my plate for fear of compromising the other food, etc...

Sectioned plates are my best friends :)

NicoleMG from CT

The Lucky Ones said...

Well, it's hardly scandalous, but I snort when I laugh. That's the sign that something is really funny to me. My lunch bunch waits each day for the one snort that usually comes (we have a good time together). :-)

Kimmi said...

I Tivo a lot of shows and have OCD about catching up on them and the order in which I watch them. I mean, does it really matter if I watch a episode of The Good Wife a week late? And if I watch it before Bethenny Ever After, because Bethenny's on Monday nights and Good Wife is on Tuesdays? In my mind, YES!

Amy said...

I like to sing to my dog, and will replace certain words with my dog's name.

Jordan W. said...

I drool. I was sitting on a plane reading my nook, when my husband looked over and asked me if I realized that I just drooled down my shirt. It's like I don't even feel it drip... TMI, I know!

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CariLynn said...

I cannot sleep under the covers if I haven't showered at night.

CariLynn