Fake-Like-You-Care-About-Me Week, Day 4


Any weird characteristics or phobias?

Lots of weirdness. Of course you aren’t surprised. Off the top of my head:

– I keep the money in my wallet in sequential order by serial number. I am wicked fast at getting it in order too. A cashier hands me a fistful of crinkled, faces going in different ways, out-of-numeric-order bills? In the time it takes you to put your wallet in your purse and pick it up off the counter, I’ve also done that plus OCD’ed the shit out of my money.

– I have never had more than a swallow of a diet soda in my life. I’ve taken sips which were followed by a gag. Diet drinks taste like something from a chemistry beaker to me; I can’t explain it, but it is a horrible poison-like taste.

– I am up at 4:06 every morning. By the time I leave for work, I have spent 1-2 hours at the gym, did a load or two of laundry, made and packed my lunch, prepped dinner, read all of your blogs…you get the point. The downside of this early-riser lifestyle is that I am asleep by 8:00 every night.

– When I make plans with friends, the time we are meeting never ends in a zero. We meet for drinks at 5:33, have lunch at 11:28, etc. Why does everyone favor zeros? I’m an equal-opportunity number user.

And my only phobia, its a big one: I have a fear of fish. Like serious, heart-racing, short of breath, panic-attack if I see them swimming, fear of fish. A dead fish, fine. Sushi, yum. But I can’t even watch a fish in an aquarium. Those big tanks you see in the doctor’s office waiting room and the Chinese restaurant. Nope, I gotta get a new doctor and buy by Moo Shu Pork somewhere else. If you made me go in a fish-filled body of water, I would have a stroke and die. Dan, that fish widget on your website’s sidebar, it WIGS ME OUT; it is the only flaw in the sea of perfection that is you.

[UPDATE: Dan loves me. He is now flawless. See his comment below.]

Me in the perm phase of my adolescence. And, yes, I was a Girl Scout. Go ahead and laugh.

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  1. It looks like your selling GS cookies at a funeral, no? (If you ignore the sea of little girls infront) I’m also guessing you don’t like the ocean either because of said fish.

  2. Nothing wrong with going to bed at eight, I do the exact same thing!

  3. I’m with you on the diet soda. Can’t stomach the stuff!! It’s evil in soda form.

  4. Oooh, I just noticed we made the “Bloggers Who Jogged in Jeans” square! How exciting. 🙂

  5. Jill,
    1-You’re hilarious
    2-I would never want to upset you, therefore, the fish are gone
    3-That perm was HUGE AND GLORIOUS!!!

  6. That perm really was glorious. My vote – go back! Ok…maybe not.

  7. 1) I totally want to learn your money trick! I’m the worst at even getting money back in my wallet in general… it seems to take forever.
    2) Me too! I’m so excited to finally find someone else who hates the taste of diet anything! I have never understood the appeal.
    3) LOVE the perm!!!!


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