Six Unspectacular Quirks

I’ve been seeing this meme going around the blogosphere for a bit, and every time I see it I think about what I might list as my quirks. And now I’ve been tagged with it (by Bonnie at Autism Family Adventures), so I’ve got to censor narrow down my quirks to six. Herewith, I admit to the following as unsheepishly as possible:

  1. I am obsessed with peeling sunburns. You take your life in your hands if you walk past me and I happen to notice skin flaking off your shoulders. My sons run from me. And I don’t just peel skin off of other people; I enjoy peeling my own sunburns even more. But since I do wear sunscreen daily, my opportunities for self-peeling are limited.
  2. I love the different textures of my hair. I love when I run my fingers through it and discover one that’s coarse and wiry hidden among the rest of the straight hair. I love how it feels on my fingers.
  3. Everyone has their own scent (and not the sprayed-on kind). When I am in close proximity to people I know well, I discreetly inhale their scent. With my kids I am more direct; I walk right up behind them and smell the tops of their heads. (If this is starting to sound like I’m a little “atypical,” I would wholeheartedly agree with that assessment.)
  4. I am freakishly good at word searches. I can find them diagonally/backwards and any other way. If a word is in a word search, I will find it, and usually quickly. When Aidan brings one home from school, I have to restrain myself not to do it for him.
  5. I only sleep on my left side, although this is more of a forced quirk, since it’s because of a snowboarding injury to my right shoulder a couple of years ago. No more jumps for me!
  6. I have not worn a watch in twenty years. Instead, every day for twenty years I have worn a silver bracelet that my grandmother gave to me. If that bracelet could talk, this list of quirks would have no end.

And now it’s time to pass the fun. The rules of this meme are as follows:

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks you possess.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

But here’s the thing: when you play tag, you only have to tag one person. So I am going to bend the rules and only tag one other blogger whose quirks I’m dying to know . . . Osh at The House That Osh Built! Thanks for indulging me (and my quirks)!

5 thoughts on “Six Unspectacular Quirks

  1. mama mara

    I too am a peeler, and in these days of sunscreen, I’ve found a wonderful alternative. Rub white school glue all over any part of your body without hair, let it dry, and presto: it’s peelarific without the pain and melanoma.

    Love the quirks, and I’m with you: Osh has got to have some doozies.

  2. Tanya Savko Post author

    Thanks for the glue tip! That sounds like a perfect compromise! I’ll have to try it soon . . .

  3. Jill

    I have some quirks too:

    I can’t have my hair down too long, or I will end up trying to detangle it…basically pulling out (all my) hair.

    I am totally obsessed and have a rountine with how I shower, washing my hair,shave, washing myself, brushing my teeth, drying off, and puting on lotion, and clothes. There is only ONE way!!

    I am a face picker; if I see myself in a mirror, I totally try to stay away from the mirror.

    I have to always have clean finger nails after I shower.

    I too was a big time peeler, lucky for me now I am in Alaska, hardly any sunburn to peel.

    I hate shoes and pants! If I could I would were sandals all the time; my feet need to breath. And I almost always wear shorts…anytime of the year…I need to breath!!

  4. Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily)

    Good listing of your quirks. Thanks for playing along. I used to do the sunburn peeling as a kid in NJ, but no one really peels here.

    I am a har picker. IN 8th grade for the class picture my hair had to parted on the side due to a bald spot from picking. My Mom and Grandmother did the same thing. It is part of the eczema but on the scalp – dermatitis. I have seen my nonverbal son matt do this a few times.

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