Life is Funny, except when it's really not

Musings of a wacky American Muslim, with an obsession for all things literary, Asian pop culture and gummi candy as she lives life embracing both the funny and the not-so-funny.

Friday, August 3, 2012

OCD, Anal Retentiveness, or simply a rare case of Weird-Tuma-itis?

Now that I think about it…I do a lot of weird things. Or what would be considered weird to others. To me, they’re perfectly logical. The actions themselves aren’t weird, but the amount of time, energy and attention I pay them may seem weird.

Could it be possible that I have a slight case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Or maybe it’s just me being Anal? OR most likely, it’s simply me being, well...ME?

Before diagnosing me, let’s get some definitions of the way. I’m an English major, I love words and books. Dictionaries, on the other hand, are like a wet dream come true! A BOOK of WORDS?! *swoons*

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: “an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts and feelings and repetitive, ritualized behaviors”.

Anal retentiveness: “used conversationally to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person”.

So, neither one sounds QUITE like me, but I do exhibit traits of both.


  • Both yesterday and today, I ate 13 cherries. I do alot of things in either 10 or 13, as those are my favorite numbers.
  • I put on everything from my right: Right arm pulled into right sleeve first, right sock put on first, right shoe first, right leg into right jean leg first etc etc Though this may have more to do with Islam’s disapproval of using the left or “impure” hand for anything except potty purposes.
  • My closet is organized…like scarily organized! From the right: dresses, skirts, pants (sorted by color) , jeans (sorted by shade), shirts (sorted by type (tees, blouses, button-ups), sleeve length and color), sweaters (sorted by sleeve length and color), hoodies (sorted by thickness and color), jackets (sorted by thickness and color). O_O Pretty anal, huh? Sigh…
  • EVERYONE in my phone book is saved by first AND last name. Even my mom and dad are Mommy Hydara and Daddy Hydara. *droops head*
  • My computer has a folder for each semester of college. And each semester folder has a folder for each course, and each course folder has separate folders for assignments and readings…. Is that being nicely organized or being anal? I JUST DON’T KNOW! *wails*
  • My binder sections for classes are ordered by day and time, so that my Monday morning class is first and my Friday afternoon class is last….
  • My babies, er books are sorted by Author last name, then title, but with series together. I’ve thought of doing it by genre, then author, and title, but, even I think that’s too much. But I’m really tempted to do it anyway.
  • I’m also a hoarder, refusing to throw things away, especially documents. I still have every report card and certificate ever received since KINDERGARTEN (all through grade school, high school and college). I have every bank statement and credit card statement that came in the mail. I have every manual for every appliance or electronic ever bought for our home. Oh, crap…. I won’t have many friends left after this post goes live and people read it! haha =)
  • I set the clock in my room two minutes ahead, but set the alarm on my phone to wake me up. This way, once I’m up, I always think I have two minutes less time than I actually have. So, if I need to leave the house at 8:30 and I glance at my clock and I see it’s 8:30…I think, “oh shit, I’m late” and run out of the door, BUT I’m NOT actually late, because it's only 8:28. This is more GENIUS, than crazy, huh? Don’t you think so? *nudge nudge*
  • I wake up every morning and the first thing I do….is check my emails. Not use the potty, not take a shower, not even check my facebook, but my emails…. smh. haha
Hmmm? What other weird habits do I have. Oh, I also…you know what? I think I’ll stop here. ^__^ A little mystery is good for a girl's attractiveness. *winks*

Do you have weird habits? SHARE THEM in the comments! =)

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