Monday, November 8, 2010

How OCD Are You?

1. Your child comes downstairs after a bath dressed in a Star Wars pajama top and Super Mario bottoms. You:
a.) Don't notice.
b.) Note that Dad selected the pjs and shrug.  They're ready for bed so it's still a win.
c.) Remind yourself to take the 'matching' selections out of the rotation until the laundry catches up.

2. After placing your groceries in the back of your SUV, you note that the 'carriage corral' is overflowing with shopping carts.  You:
a.) Tuck the shopping cart between two cars and drive away.
b.) Park your cart behind the last in line, further blocking the driving lane
c.) Reorganize the carts so that each one tucks neatly into the one before it, freeing up valuable corral space.

3. Your husband loads the dishwasher.  You:
a.) Thank him profusely to encourage future behavior.
b.)  Move the taller glasses to the designated "taller glasses area," and mugs to the "mug area," remove the larger bowls to wash by hand, and arrange all plates according to size and type.
c.) Explain exactly what he did wrong and why. Are surprised and disappointed when he declines your offer for further dishwasher-loading instruction.

4. It is Christmas time.  This means:
a.) The correct order of tree decoration is: lights, garland, ornaments, tinsel, angel on top of the tree.
b.) A color-coded Excel spreadsheet listing recipient, gift, expected price, actual price, delta, percent complete, notes, and totals.
c.) Pulling out your wrapping paper caddy and wrapping each and every box in such a manner that you could easily land a job at Macy's.
d.) All of the above...

5. You're 7-months pregnant and moving into a new house.  To help, your sister unpacks all your pots and pans and arranges them in your new kitchen. You:
a.) Pledge your undying love to her.
b.) Recognize you might have arranged them differently but will leave them that way for now - fewer boxes to unload!
c.) Sit your gigantic pregnant ass on the kitchen floor and rearrange them according to size, type, and function. 

Yeah, it's that bad.  You think it's easy being anal?  How 'bout you?


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I am baffled by why your husband does not automatically range them as outlined in "d." Otherwise known as the right way.

Golden said...

That first question? Why hadn't I thought of answer C? Brilliant! I've been known to chase the kid back upstairs, undress, redress with a matching top. I like your idea better. I *think* I could live with one night of mismatched pjs. *Knowing* there was a second day already in the cue makes me nuts.

Life As I Know It said...

Huh. I guessing from this quiz that I possess zero OCD traits.

Oh well :)

MacDougal Street Baby said...

According to this brief questionnaire, I've got 0 anxiety. Of course, between you and me, the results are wrong. Just reading the choices made my palms sweaty.

Liesbeth said...

No, it's absolutely not easy being anal. You know what I found, though? Ever since I became a SAHM, I just started attaching more importance to all things domestic, much to the chagrin of my husband (he's upset that he cannot leave his dirty socks and underwear on the bedroom floor). I am hoping that this new-found domesticity will gradually become less important after I'll be starting my new job. Also, I hired a very anal house cleaner to continue my legacy whilst I'm away. :-)

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Just last night I had a little boy who chose a guitar pajama top and some kind of super hero bottoms...I was just happy he was ready for bed.

The Lady's Lounge said...

Eye twitching, shoulder spasms and facial ticks are all a given in these examples r. rr. rrr... right?

Otter Thomas said...

My wife might pass for some of that stuff. And it drives her crazy that I don't pay attention to anything.

Jennifer said...

The dishwasher might be my one OCD area.

And I think I need you to come organize my house. :)

Mrs. Tuna said...

Must color inside the lines, must color inside the lines.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I love it! I've had to give up on many of my OCD ways - but I still got 3 out of 5. The dishwasher thing is totally me. I never cease to be amazed at what a disaster my husband makes of the dishwasher. Bizarre - what is he thinking?

It used to make me laugh how Monica on Friends was made to sound crazy because she didn't like anyone to help her decorate her Christmas tree. Yeah...that's me. And having to remake the bed when her boyfriend put the comforter on upside down? Well - I don't even understand what is odd about that. Why wouldn't you want the flowers to be pointing up as the good lord intended?

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

I do believe I was A's all the way. I am not even a touch OCD, apparently.

slouchy said...

Oh, honey. I am the QUEEN of anal.

Ash said...

Wow, I guess I've mellowed with age - mostly a's.

Except for #2 - that's just the polite thing to do. (from someone who's gotten more than one ding from some a-hole not putting the cart in the &%$@! right place)


P.S. Hope all is well.


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