Looking Obsessive Compulsive

When I was working, my coworker Mr. Fudd, would characterize me as being so OCD that I was really CDO – because that is the proper alphabetical order. Anyway being very strict with the order of steps is imperative when doing research. I was not alone. Mr. Fudd was not too far behind on the OCD train. In fact most of the staff, the ones that lasted anyway, had varying degrees of OCD. As a case in point, one would place flags on cage cards to indicate status and they had to be placed EXACTLY so or she would go nuts and have to re-position every single one! After 27 years I accepted that OCD was just part of my life and I have dealt with it. Even my husband, Sparky would poke fun at me on occasion. But the self isolation and being home bound for so long has resulted in some pretty funny realizations.
1. I am not alone with the OCD – Sparky is way more OCD than I ever realized! For example, I made a grocery list. I have a pad on the refrigerator and as things are used or we discover that we need a specific item, we put it on the list. BUT as I was adding another item he stops me and says, “Don’t write that there! Put it in order of where it is in the store!” Oh snap! Is he a little OCD?!?! The answer is YES.
2. Sparky is much more OCD than I am. How can that be? Well the grocery list described above was niggling at his brain to the extent that he had to, wait for it……………… rewrite the whole list!!
3. After being married for 37 years we have become more alike than we are different. This makes his OCD more explainable. I always knew that he liked an agenda when traveling (which is seriously detailed – down to how much time we could spend at any one place and the hour and minute that we would get up in the morning). Little did I realize that he had surpassed me in the OCD department. Shocking I know!
4. Even with the OCD he cannot, to save his soul, close a cabinet door in the kitchen. This remains a mystery but I’m coming to believe that he leaves them open just to jerk my chain. Which also explains why he is suddenly making it his mission to turn the toilet paper around.. And it isn’t a matter of over vs. under. If it starts out over he will change it to under and a couple days later switch it back to over. The same with moving the hand soap dispenser in the bathroom from one side of the sink to the other… I can’t wait for him to get back in the gym!!

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    1. Ha! I am a success then! I am laughing too because if he can’t get a rise out of me the toilet paper game and the mysterious moving soap dispenser will stop. Now the cabinet doors are another matter – you see the bottom corner of the door is just about eye level for me and poses a safety hazard… Such a small thing to put up with, I don’t nag I just close doors….

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  1. Wrangler is anal about the truck being clean inside and out. I clean it on the weekend and if it gets bad on the road. He on the other hand cleans a ton on the road.
    At home he can uses spices and never put them back. Or open something and leave part of the packaging on the counter. That drives me insane. Treat the house like you do the truck and I would not get so frustrated.

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  2. šŸ˜€ Oh, my. Hilarious. I might be a LITTLE like this, but not Sparky’s level. šŸ˜‰
    TP??? Haven’t seen that product in months. Which is fine, at this point. I’m a little more flex about things, now. Thank you, Covid.

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  3. Lol …i was laughing the whole time reading….when i was still in the academe it was sort of imperative to be OCD as we cannot afford to be wrong with what we do…and being lockdown for more than two months now..i perfected making my bed just so perfect…you know what i mean…lol

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    1. I always make the bed (have since I was in Kindergarten at least). I have a place for everything and know where it all is located. That was the way at work and at home. I know how satisfying it is to have something just so…

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  4. I’m surprised you didn’t notice Sparky’s weird habits until the pandemic lockdown. I think everyone has their own personal brand of OCD, things that irk them if they aren’t just so. I dislike clutter and want everything in its proper place–shoes in the closet, jackets hung up, dirty laundry in the hamper, dirty dishes in the diswasher, TV remotes in the drawer under the TV, etc. We have a magnetic white board on the fridge to jot down items we need from the store. I transfer it to a sheet of paper and put it in right order before I head out as it lets me move through the store faster and not miss anything. I like having a travel itinerary, though not as tightly scheduled as Sparky’s. Leave some room for serendipity, you know? My husband is the same about leaving doors open (like, the front and back doors, not just the cabinets) and moving things around on the kitchen and bathroom counters. When we moved, we each got our own bathroom, so that solved the dilemmas about where the hand soap goes, which way the toilet paper should roll, and whose shower products deserve to go on the “eye-level” shelf (mine, of course, because I’m shorter, but try telling him that!) šŸ™‚ Good luck working it out. Dealing with it has been my only option for 30+ years. I do not expect any changes in these areas.

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    1. Hehe! I’m pretty much like you! Before this lockdown I knew he liked a tight schedule when traveling. However if left on his own there would be piles of stuff everywhere – he favors the kitchen table for his dumping ground. I insist on putting things away – where they belong. He’s gotten to the point of putting stuff away to avoid having to ask where they went. Now if he leaves books or mail, papers or pencils on the table, they end up on his chair… I’m thinking he might need to have his own bathroom and then be responsible for cleaning it!! That would make my life a bit easier!! I had never considered it. At this point I’m resigned to the situation and now that he’s revealing the true depth of his OCD there is hope!

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    1. Hehe! The funny thing is I’m still doing my “usual” things. I’m happy the gardening season is underway – he can now focus on the veggies and the lawn… I fear though that he may turn into that crabby old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn!!

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        1. There is a walking path behind our house and the kids will take a short cut from the street to the path. He doesn’t mind unless they ride their bikes when it is wet. It puts dents and tears up the grass… that’s when he turns into a scrooge. Although the crew that used to do that have all gotten their driver’s licenses and are now just a menace on the street!

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            1. I had no idea what your comment meant but thanks to the wonders of the internet I now understand… They are already being yelled at by parents to “SLOW DOWN” as they tear through the neighborhood.

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  5. Cabinet doors are a genetic thing in males. lol Now that hubby has dementia he sometimes carries the toilet paper to me to ask which direction. šŸ™‚

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  6. I have to say that would drive me crazy someone reviewing my shopping list for order. I like my desk in order and then mess it out,so I know I am on my game but end of day, in order again.

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  7. LOL
    I like things to be closed at night..i.e. drawers, doors, etc. and I like a general idea of what we’ll be doing each day the few times we vaca, but I’m not a stickler for that. Sparky would HATE my grocery list. I just jot things down as they come to me. However, I concede it would be so much easier if I knew where they came as far as the store went..:-) We haven’t really sheltered in as our sheltering in orders were a bit more laid back than many..we continued to go to grocery store, I continued to teach LC and tutor. We did karate at home and church online but we are back to classes at the main dojo starting tomorrow and church at the building.

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    1. Our restrictions have lifted almost completely – June 1 will see all retail open with restrictions (probably not enforced) of the number of people permitted inside at any one time… We are still playing it safe and will be wearing our masks for awhile longer and avoiding the crowds. Stay safe!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing that. They say misery loves company and this blog certainly made me feel better about my husband’s slovenly ways. There’s no changing him so the sooner I reconcile myself to being a full-time maid or living in a mess, the happier I will be. I wonder what our men complain about behind our backs.

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    1. Ha! I knew I wasn’t the only one with this issue! I think it is the same complaint since Eve – lack of access to sex (morning, noon, and night). If I want my husband to appear all I have to do is run the water in the shower…

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