Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Irrational

I suppose we all have those couple of things that we're just kind of weird about. I've read a few posts recently talking about irrational fears or ideas and it made me want to share a few of mine. And so, without further ado, Ways That I Am Crazy:

Things That Are Inherently Dirty - this started out as I Won't Touch Garbage Cans, but it has grown, oh, how it has grown. Now it includes newsprint, fireplace implements, garbage bags, and bullets (Rock is former military). The basic idea is that some things are Dirty and I really don't like to touch them. I can, if I have to, but then I have to wash my hands immediately. And I make faces when I have to touch them. I will actually move the garbage can in my office around with my feet. I've been doing it for years, so I'm quite good at it. Rock started off thinking this was a slightly cute personality quirk and was willing to take out the trash and replace the garbage bags so that I never had to touch them. As the list has grown, though, he's gotten a bit annoyed and is starting to think that I'm either insane or making the rules up to suit myself. He does still take out the trash and replace the garbage bags, though.


Snake in Toilet - Ehm, this one kind of started from those old country stories of critters in the toilet, maybe you've heard them? No? Well, there was also at least one news story of an actual snake in someone's toilet. So I just make it a point to look before I sit down.

Something Awful Happens While I am in Bathroom - it never fails that when I am in the bathroom or taking a shower, Rock and the kids have a screaming fit or there is a crashing thud. I have a horror that something drastic will happen while I am indisposed or showering and one of the children will be seriously hurt or dead. And then, when the police interview me, I'll be all, "I was in the bathroom. Yes, the whole time. No, I couldn't get up and go look. Well, yes, I did get up eventually. Yes, by then it was too late."

C'mon, tell me I'm not alone here. Share your irrational fear or thoughts in the comments.

16 comments:

kirida said...

I will not poke to check for change in a payphone coin return because of some email I got years ago. And even though Snopes says it's false, I will not do it. Ever.

Alice said...

i have a varient on Something Awful Happens While In Bathroom; it's Fire Alarm Goes Off While In Shower. our fire alarms used to go off about once a week in my college dorm, so there was a very good reason for this one.

Gina said...

I have to look behind the shower curtain (in my own and anyone else's bathroom), just in case some serial killer is lurking there. I'm not sure what looking would do, except maybe give me a chance to run away fully clothed.

Shelly Overlook said...

I have a horrible fear that while we're on vacation the house will catch fire and my poor pets will perish listening to the smoke alarms (which freak them out) thinking I abandoned them.

JMC said...

Oh, man. Your last two? Me, too.

Also, I always think my kids are going to choke on something. Granted, this is due to the fact that one of my kids DID choke on something, and her lips turned blue before I was able to dislodge it, and the sound she was making scared me to death, and I NEVER EVER want to hear that sound again as long as I live. It is also due to the fact that my youngest took a very long time to figure out how to chew, and thus did a lot of gagging, which scared me immensely EVERY TIME, because of course this was all AFTER the lips turning blue and horrible sound incident.

The Hotfessional said...

Irrational Fear? Um, I guess sticking my hand someplace dark.

Shelly said...

Mona, I've seen that email, too. And I don't poke for change anymore, either.

Shelly said...

Alice, Our fire alarms used to go off all the time, too! And it was the most head-splitting, god awful sound. Like 10,000 crickets on speed.

Shelly said...

Gina, I agree with you, I don't really want to be murdered naked either.

Shelly said...

Aww, Shelly! Yours is so sad. Those poor little pets would die all alone and unloved.

Shelly said...

jmc, DUDE! I had almost that *EXACT* same thing happen! When Supergirl was 6 months old, we were at a rehearsal dinner for a friend's wedding and I was feeding her lasagna. All of a sudden, she started choking on a small piece of noodle. It took a few minutes for her to get it back up, (before the blue lips stage, thank God, and poor you!)but I started screaming for a guy I knew who was there who was a paramedic. I swear that took a couple years off my life. And yeah, I'm still totally paranoid about feeding the kids noodles or anything round or anything that I think might be a choking hazard. God, that's an awful feeling.

Shelly said...

Hot, *snerk*, I'll resist the obvious joke here.

PaintingChef said...

How's this one for irrational... getting attacked by a shark while swimming alone in the swimming pool.

Do I win...?

Shelly said...

PChef, yes, I think you win. *grin*

dawn224 said...

it's not fear necessarily, but once food is no longer being eaten, I want nothing to do with it - applesauce on the baby's hands - gross, food on the plate in the sink - gross.

Shelly said...

Dawn224 - YES! And food dropped on the floor is dead to me. There is no five second rule in my world.