Random Sevenness

Rebecca tagged me for this one, and since I haven't blathered much (at least lately) about my non-writer self, here goes: Seven random things about me you probably didn't know.

1) I clean left to right. Or right to left. But I can't stand cleaning randomly. I have to see my progress and what needs to be done next. For example, when I'm cleaning the kitchen counter, one end will be clean and clear while the other is still messy with dishes and junk mail as I move my way across it.

2) I select my clothes left to right. Unlike people who organize their closets by color or whatever, here's what I do: I hang up clothes on the right side of the closet. When I get dressed, I try to find something from the left side first. This tells me pretty quickly what clothes I don't really like to wear (or which no longer fit or whatever), because they end up lingering on that end of the closet. If they sit there too long, I know it's time to get rid of them. Goofy, I know. But it has an additional bonus: I often stumble across clothing combinations I never would have thought of otherwise.

3) When I was a kid, I had toenail fungus in my left pinkie toe, which made it thick, yellow and weird shaped. We tried all kinds of home remedies to get rid of it. Somehow it's gone now. No clue why.

4) I'm becoming my parents. I'll pass a mirror and notice a facial expression or gesture that's totally Mom. Or I'll hear myself saying something that sounds eerily like Dad. (Notably, "Giiiiiirls . . . go to sleep!")

5) I had mumps as a kid. Twice. That's not supposed to be possible.

6) I have a scar on my chin thanks to my brother. Considering this is the guy who dragged me around in sleeping bags, locked me in the closet, and set my hair on fire (not kidding), you'd think it's a miracle that I don't have more scars. But here's the thing: I got my chin busted open while he was playing nicely with me. I think I was three.

7) I did my own nails for my wedding, complete with acrylic. They were bright red and looked awesome.


Loved learning about the non-writer part of you as well.

I clean the same way! My husband thinks I'm crazy that I'll clean and vacuum one part of a room before I'm done with the entire room. Now I've found a fellow-weirdo! ;)

Isn't it amazing that any of us survive childhood? (especially when we have brothers)
Kristina P. said…
I have no method to my madness at all. I should be more like you.
LisAway said…
You had the mumps twice!?! Weird.

And I'm becoming my parents, too! I look exactly like my dad when I smile with my mouth closed, and I do all the things my mom did that I swore I'd never do. :)
Erin said…
I've never heard of or thought of the clothing thing. That is very smart though, because I know I have shirts that I like how they look on the hanger, but I don't wear them because I don't think they look good on me. I should just get rid of them!
Amanda D said…
I love these lists! So fun. I've never had mumps. And, I am so like my mother, it's scary. :)
Rebecca said…
Thanks for doing the meme! I enjoyed learning some new things about you.

That toenail fungus sounds...ew. I'm glad for you that it disappeared.

Every day I notice I sound like my mother. Sometimes like my sister. We all sound enough alike on the phone that it drives everyone crazy if we're all at the same house!
wendy said…
YOU are very OCD on the cleaning thing and picking cloths out of your closet. that is funny, does it require some therapy (J/K) Did your own rocking red toenails for your wedding!! Way to go.
Amazing that you can write books --Your an Author Dude. You have a title, a skill!!!!!!!! and thanks for the comment on my blog on my quest for #20 Hugs to ya
Jenn said…
Fun post!
Josi said…
The closet trick is a really good idea--does it make you an overachiever to have gotten mumbs twice?
::Jan:: said…
That was fun Annette.
Heffalump said…
Closets are for hanging clothes in? I thought they were for stacking boxes in!
It's nice to know other people are a little OCD even if not in the same ways I am.
Lara said…
I really like your method of picking your clothes...I end up finding things I haven't worn in years somewhere in the middle. I may have to try your method!

I think we all eventually turn into our parents. I certainly have.

Chloe has that weird fungus and I cannot get rid of it no matter how hard I try. Your story gives me hope for her.
You're kind of a freak, you know that right?

PS you're on your way to my house right now!
Heidi Ashworth said…
I think if I were more organized like you, I would get a lot more done!
Brooke said…
You and I are very much alike. It's eerie.
LeeAnn said…
B vitamin for the toe fungus? Why not? It works for everything else! :-)

That is so funny about the scar from your brother when he was playing nicely with you. That sounds so much like my own children!
Julie Wright said…
I love learning about you!
Cynthia said…
The closet thing is sheer genius! I'd never be organized enough to maintain that but it DOES make it easy to see which clothes need to go.
Scribbit said…
Now that you mention it I guess I do it right to left. Though I'd never noticed before.
Annette Lyon said…
Yes, Alison, I AM a freak. Quite proud of it too. :D
Kimberly said…
You are such a hoot! I do the same thing with my clothes...and the cleaning is done from the front door inwards so as to make the best possible (slightly false) impression should someone stop by unexpectedly.
Summer said…
I am so turning into my mother. Our voices sound the same, our wrinkles are int eh same places and I say things with the same tone of voice. That's not necessarily bad, jsut weird...
Tirzah said…
I have no method to the way I clean. It's all just random... I think it shows!
You. Are a freak.

Kidding, of course.(in reference to the mumps)

I clean the same way!

I LOVE these random things!
It's fasciating to know all these random tidbits about you. I had the mumps more than once myself when I was a kid. It's indeed weird. I haven't really noticed what my cleaning method is except that I tend to always start at the top and work my way down.

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