Two posts, one day. Chugging along, chugging along (how did I ever write three a day, six days a week?!).  This post is a good one because it features a little giveaway sponsored by the HTP household. I thought I’d reveal three quirks about me, three quirks about the Husband, and three quirks about Henry, and then you can win one of our three favorite things.


Why the quirks?

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See, yesterday was the World Cup qualifying match for England, so the Husband and I trekked to a local English pub to watch the game.  I can’t believe we’re together through yet another World Cup – for something that only happens once every four years, it sure seems to occur rather frequently. Anyway, it was very exciting because… We won!  Which means England is back in the World Cup.  Here’s to hoping we go all the way.


The guy sitting in front of us was from the same city as the Husband… and he was born in the same hospital.  How weird is that?

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While we were watching the game and drinking cider in the middle of the day (day drinking for the win), Henry was chilling with his BFF Mirabelle, who lives around the corner.  They had fun.

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Mark my words, in fifteen years, they’re going to be boyfriend and girlfriend.  Seriously.  Friends since they were zygotes, as Heather and I always say.


Anyway – the quirks.

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While I was at the bar, I started to nervously shred the napkin wrapper. I cannot sit at a bar without destroying a napkin or a bottle label.  You can always tell what drink is mine because it’s surrounded by a bunch of napkin confetti (but don’t worry – I always pick it up so the waitress doesn’t have it). I have far too much energy to sit still at a bar through an entire game, I guess.


So, here are my quirks:


  • I shred labels or napkins at bars.
  • I am so flexible that I can put both of my legs behind my head. I can also pop my shoulders out of socket like this. Tada! 
  • I love straws and hate drinking anything without one (except perhaps cider, wine, and hot coffee).  As a side note, when I was a bartender, I realized that lots of people drink beer with a straw because they claim they get drunker faster.  True story.  Also – I think it actually works, but I don’t know how. 


Here are the Husband’s quirks:


  • He is a really, really good singer. I think he should try out for American Idol, but he never would because he’s also incredibly shy. This is why you rarely spot him on the blog. Smile 
  • His eyelashes are so long that he has to brush them out of the way when he wakes up in the morning.
  • He had bright red hair as a child but it mellowed out to a blonde-red.


Here are Henry’s quirks:


  • He calls all round food “balls.”
  • He licks butter off bread instead of eating the toast normally.
  • He is afraid of the Cookie Monster and cries when the Cookie Monster’s Letter of the Day segment comes on Sesame Street.


Tell me one of your quirks, and you can win:  a pack of Play Doh for your kiddo, an entry to the 5K race of your choice, or a set of these amazing sheets in whatever color you want.  This giveaway is bought to you by me as a thanks for reading my blog. Smile  I’ll pick a winner on Friday morning.



  • Jen October 16, 2013, 2:52 pm

    Love the blog Caitlin – just discovered it!

    One of my many quirks is that I am deathly afraid of loud noises – balloon pops, fireworks, and thunder especially! And I’m 26 years old. Awkward.

  • allison October 16, 2013, 2:54 pm

    one of my quirks is that i pop many joints in my body. i do it multiple times a day, and usually have to before i can fall asleep. im talking neck, back, hips, 2 joints in each finger, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and toes. i do crack in other words. ;p

    reading henry’s had me giggling at my work desk. i knew they were his quirks but i read them as if they were your husbands, and picturing an adult with those made me laugh! heh

    grey sheets! 🙂

    • Sarah W October 17, 2013, 10:40 pm

      I read Henry’s as Kristien’s quirks as well. I was so confused/surprised that a grown man was scared of Cookie Monster. Perfectly acceptable for Henry.

  • Ashley Hunnicutt October 16, 2013, 2:56 pm

    I hate movies where there are significant underwater scenes or space scenes. It makes me feel panic attacky for some reason 🙂 So…no trip to the theater to see Gravity for this girl.

  • Andrea October 16, 2013, 2:57 pm

    I eat the same thing for breakfast almost every day … and it’s been that way for years (yogurt and a banana).

  • Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind October 16, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I also shred labels! My beer bottles always look totally haggard, and everyone always knows which is mine.

    A quirk of mine is never using internet bookmarks, despite my penchant for visiting the same sites (like this one) every day. I’m a late adopter to all things technology.

  • Sarah October 16, 2013, 3:03 pm

    My quirk would be my inability to make the same recipe twice. I always have to change at least one thing. Drives my husband mental! Especially when he likes a dish.

  • Jessica October 16, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I need the eggs in the egg carton to be arranged in a pleasing, symmetrical fashion. 🙂

  • Kate October 16, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I am 28 and still sleep with a teddy bear. My husband thought it would end when we got married. 3 years later and I can’t give it up!

  • Lara ZP October 16, 2013, 3:07 pm

    I love this idea for a giveaway! My quirk is that I get really antsy if I use the conditioner more quickly than the shampoo and I live in fear of running out of shampoo and conditioner that I ALWAYS have extra bottles around the house.

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) October 16, 2013, 3:08 pm

    One of my quirks is that I “pop” my neck, but am TOTALLY grossed out when other people do it. Hypocritical much?!? 🙂

  • Susan October 16, 2013, 3:09 pm

    I can’t stand it if someone uses my shampoo and closes the cap with the sides still squeezed in.

  • Taya October 16, 2013, 3:10 pm

    One of my many quirks – I am, as my husband often reminds me, ridiculously WEIRD – is that I never, never eat blue M&M’s. When I was in high school (and a much more frequent junk food consumer) my teeth turned blue after eating some. Even though I know it’s silly, I have avoided them ever since!

  • Kate October 16, 2013, 3:11 pm

    My biggest quirk? I [almost] always eat pizza with a knife and fork, unless cutlery isn’t available.

  • Rose October 16, 2013, 3:13 pm

    one of my quirks is that I must always have a hair tie on my wrist at any given time. Doesn’t matter if my hair is already up (or even if it’s too short for a ponytail)– I NEED that hair tie so I have the option of using it. It does come in handy, but I have a perpetual mark on my wrist from always having one. Oh well 🙂

  • Sara October 16, 2013, 3:14 pm

    I always have to have a straw in my drink too. Another quirk is that I have to wear slippers around the house, fuzzy ones, even when its summer.

  • Kylee October 16, 2013, 3:14 pm

    One of my quirks is that every time I go into my bathroom at home I must check out my eyebrows and if there is any stray hair I must pull it out! I can’t stand to have one random hair peeking out of my brow line because I have super dark eyebrows and lighter skin tone!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 3:23 pm

      Come pluck my brows!

  • Kelly October 16, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I much prefer fruit when it’s cut up vs. whole. I hate biting into an apple or pear, but give me a sliced one and it’s my favorite snack!

  • Tracey October 16, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I love lots of lights on in my house at night!

    PS– Allison, above, cracked me up when she said she read Henry’s quirks as if they were your husband’s. I went back and re-read them that way and almost died laughing!!!!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 3:22 pm


  • Beth @ 990 Square October 16, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I’ m also a bar shredder.

    But my real quirk is I LOVE FIREWORKS. Like love, love. They are possibly my favorite thing, and I take any and all opportunities to see them. Could explain why I love Disney World so much!

  • Heather October 16, 2013, 3:19 pm

    When I do a word search, I must find the words in the order they appear on the list. Even if I find one further down the list, I won’t circle it until I get to it and have found all the previous ones.

  • Regina October 16, 2013, 3:20 pm

    One that my husband constantly makes fun of (and messes with) is that I organize my money. All of my bills have to be facing the same way and in numerical order. It extends to my spices too…they have to be alphabetized…as do our DVDs. I sound ridiculously OCD now.

    • Rebecca October 16, 2013, 11:42 pm

      Me too!! (Not the spices.) Except my CDs are split into two holders, and the ones in one holder are organized differently than the ones in the other. Alphabetical, but by different things. No idea why I did that, but once I realized it I didn’t feel like changing it. Haha.

  • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 3:24 pm

    One of my quirks is that I pop my knees, ankles, toes, neck, back, etc….the life of a dancer!

    • Kendra October 16, 2013, 3:42 pm

      Me too!!! I was a dancer and I’m a popper! I didn’t know the two went together. Glad to hear I’m not the only one. 🙂

  • Sharon@DiscoverExploreLearn October 16, 2013, 3:25 pm

    Oh man, I totally shred paper when I’m at a restaurant/bar too. I cannot just sit there…MUST fidget ! 🙂

    One of my quirks, is that I organize my fridge so that everything lines up from smallest to largest. I never thought it was weird, because it just makes it easier for me to find things and to know what is in there. Judging by the number of people who have made comments to me about it as they open my fridge to look for something, I’d have to say it’s not something that “normal” people do. I’m such a weirdo ! 🙂

  • Katie October 16, 2013, 3:26 pm

    My quirk: I pick things up with my toes alot. Pen falls off the floor? I slip off my shoe and use my toes to pick up the pen. I would love to win the sheets, now that its almost winter I want to cuddle in bed all day long!

  • Stephanie October 16, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I don’t like BBQ flavored stuff. BBQ is OK, but anything with BBQ sauce or flavor I can’t stand. Yuck!

    BTW, did you post a winner for the NMA giveaway? I probably missed it!

    • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 3:29 pm

      I didn’t post it, but I contacted them!

  • Desirae October 16, 2013, 3:29 pm

    My quirk is that I can’t stand eating on paper plates. It’s strange I know. But eating off of paper plates freaks me out for some reason.

  • Lisa in IL October 16, 2013, 3:29 pm

    I am the only person in my household that knows how to properly pack a dishwasher. My family has been overheard saying “she’s just going to re-do it all anyway”. Drives me up the ever loving wall, glasses won’t get clean if they are right side up & sharp knives will stab you if they aren’t pointed down, geeesh.

    • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 3:30 pm


  • Amanda October 16, 2013, 3:31 pm

    I save a little of the yummiest thing on my plate to be my last bite.

  • ErikaMC October 16, 2013, 3:32 pm

    Quirks are fun 🙂 Good thing we all have them. It’s hard to pick just one though… I have to rinse my mouth out 4 times after brushing my teeth. I’ve even tried to do just 1 or 2 and had to go back for 4. I have no idea why or when this started.

  • Jennifer Staebler October 16, 2013, 3:32 pm

    I HAVE to wear socks to bed. Even if it is 100,000 degrees in our house and I’m a sweaty mess, I’ll still be sporting my fluffy socks.

  • Jessica October 16, 2013, 3:36 pm

    I can fit the top of a pop can in my mouth….is that a quirk? Haha!

  • Wendy October 16, 2013, 3:37 pm

    I hate making multiple trips. Instead of taking a few quick trips to the car and back to unload groceries, etc. I spend 20 minutes trying to carefully hang things over my shoulders and stack things in my arms to carry it in one load. Not sure if this is laziness or stupidity…or both? Although it has earned me the nickname Wendy the One-Trip Wonder 🙂

  • Jackie October 16, 2013, 3:39 pm

    I have SO many bizarre quirks, but one of my strangest is my fear of belly buttons. I hate looking at them and can’t stand when someone touches mine. I actually had a nightmare about it last night lol

  • Ashley October 16, 2013, 3:41 pm

    I HATE people touching my neck, it positively freaks me out! If anyone makes a move that kind of looks like they may touch my neck, even something as simple as my husband trying to put his arm around me, I jump and start swatting them away.

  • Kendra October 16, 2013, 3:41 pm

    My quirk is that I’m a popper! Fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, back, etc. Imma poppin’ fool! 😉

  • Amy October 16, 2013, 3:44 pm

    I have the same quirk as Heather. I must find words in a word search in the order they are listed.

  • Meredith B. October 16, 2013, 3:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, I totally do the napkin/paper ripping thing when I’m at a restaurant/bar! Must do something with my hands!

    One of my quirks is that the kitchen MUST be clean before I go to bed or leave the house or move on to my next task of the day. I can be OCD with other areas of the house (like, I have to make the bed every morning), but the kitchen remains the biggest one. My husband isn’t complaining though!

  • Kristi October 16, 2013, 3:45 pm

    I can’t drink water out of hotel bathroom sinks. Just can’t.

  • Haley October 16, 2013, 3:45 pm

    I apparently (because it’s only what I’ve been told) sleep with one eye half open, even when I’m dead asleep…who knew!

  • Jenny October 16, 2013, 3:49 pm

    What a fun giveaway! (I also do the same thing with my beer labels.)
    My quirk: I always keep water in the tea kettle on the stove. If its getting low I’ll fill it up, even if I’m not planning on boiling any water at the moment.

  • melanie October 16, 2013, 3:49 pm

    i always wear socks at home and in bed- and make my fiancée do that too!

  • Ashley N. October 16, 2013, 3:50 pm

    What a fun idea! I am equally as obsessed with straws, drinks just taste so weird without one!

  • Tory October 16, 2013, 3:50 pm

    I have an irrational fear of my phone dying. Because of this I almost always charge it whenver it get’s below 80% especially if I’m going to be leaving the house and know it will drop below my safe line. I have no idea how people live with a phone constantly at 25%.

  • Janelle October 16, 2013, 3:57 pm

    I usually make the bed every morning… but even when I don’t have time to, I still make it in the evening – even if it’s right before going to bed. I just like to get into a made bed!

  • Alexandra October 16, 2013, 4:00 pm

    haha I love this! I love hearing about other people’s quirks because we all have them! One of mine is that I always cut up all of my food before taking my first bite. God forbid I have to stop eating for 2 seconds to pick up my knife…

  • Marjie October 16, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I can’t sleep with any doors open. Bedroom, closet or bathroom. Quirky!!!

  • Erin October 16, 2013, 4:03 pm

    I read the end of all books first. I’ll still read it once I know the ending, but for some reason have to know how where it’s headed before I start.

  • Jennifer October 16, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Hmmm…I would say I have a lot of quirks, but one of mine is that I eat ketchup as a dip for vegetables.

  • Ali October 16, 2013, 4:09 pm

    One of my quirks: I have to check that all of the doors are locked before I go to bed, then when my husband comes to bed, I always have to ask him if all the doors are locked, just to make double sure. 🙂

  • Lisa October 16, 2013, 4:09 pm

    You know those little red number notifications for unread messages or app updates or whatever? I CANNOT STAND THOSE. No little red numbers, ever. I’m the same way with email – no unread emails!

    • Erin October 16, 2013, 5:17 pm

      YES! ME TOOOO!!! And not just on my own phone – If I look at someone elses (or if they post a screen shot) and they have any red notifications, I immediately start asking them how they can stand knowing they are there. Drives me crazy!!

      • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 6:43 pm

        You guys would hate my phone.

      • Allison October 17, 2013, 12:58 am

        Me three!!

  • Annika October 16, 2013, 4:11 pm

    Here are my quirks – I have double jointed elbows, I too shred napkins and labels at restaurants and I meal prep on Sundays whenever possible.

  • LizW October 16, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I have many (father with OCD!). But here’s one that makes me crazy… I can’t put my whole hand in the popcorn bowl. I eat with just my thumb and one, maybe two, fingers. I can’t handle my whole hand being covered with grease 🙂 (And I cringe when I see others doing it!)

  • Julia October 16, 2013, 4:13 pm

    One of my quirks is that I obsess over only having the lights on in the room that I’m in – I always turn off lights that aren’t in use, which really used to bug my parents growing up!

    • Ashlee October 16, 2013, 4:57 pm

      My dad would love this! He used to tell my sister (who never turns a light off) that “we don’t own the electric company”. Ha! I even say it now when I see too many lights on.

  • Joyce October 16, 2013, 4:13 pm

    1. I wear the same maxi dress as a nightgown/lounging outfit all year round.
    2. I am cold year-round. I have a heater at my desk in the office even in summer months.
    3. I love to cook but rarely follow a recipe; I just use what I have in the house that mimics the desired results. Drives my friends crazy because I can never duplicate the taste.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 16, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Haha I was blonde as a child and now my hair is much closer to red! I’d have to say one of my quirks is that I rarely cry in real life, but show me any movie, show or commercial that would pull at your heart strings and I’m a sobbing mess!

  • mama October 16, 2013, 4:16 pm

    I don’t like my nose to be touched, haven’t ever! Dh always tries to get at me by squishing/touching and i flinch every time!

  • Sara October 16, 2013, 4:18 pm

    I can lick my elbow. I’m slightly OCD…I eat ketchup on hushpuppies 🙂

  • Bethany October 16, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Before all Washington Capitals Hockey Games that I see in person, I have to eat the same thing at the same table at the same restaurant. No matter what. It’s expensive and dumb, but I swear it’s the only way they will win.

    It obviously doesn’t work because they never win, but here I am, commenting on your blog from the same spot at the same restaurant waiting on the same dish.

  • Maren October 16, 2013, 4:21 pm

    ha! That reminds me that I always take the napkin things and straw wrappers and fold them into tiny little balls/squares! I usually do mine and my husband’s or whoever is sitting by me! So funny!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa October 16, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Awesome post! I have tons of quirks too. My biggest is prolly how much I interrupt others. Maybe that’s a bad habit and not a quirk …

  • Sarah C October 16, 2013, 4:23 pm

    Quirks…when I feel anxious I draw imaginary figure eights with my finger.

  • Charline October 16, 2013, 4:23 pm

    I won’t let my husband cook for me… is that a quirk?

  • Rebecca October 16, 2013, 4:24 pm

    My quirk is that whenever I have a plate filled with different things (a side, a main course, etc.), I always have to eat all of one thing before moving on to the next. Its extra weird at Thanksgiving and Christmas when there are so many side dishes!

  • Ashley October 16, 2013, 4:29 pm

    My quirk is that I have crazy incredible hearing. Like, I can hear the neighbor’s TV even though we live in separate homes (not sharing a wall or something) and the tv is at a normal volume. I can also hear them talking. I can’t actually make out the words they’re saying, but I can hear distinct “male” and “female” voices and can hear when they’re having a conversation.

  • Courtney October 16, 2013, 4:29 pm

    One of my quirks is I ALWAYS hold my breath through a tunnel. How else would your wishes come true?!

  • Jennifer October 16, 2013, 4:31 pm

    My main quirk is that I have to do my shower routine in order in the shower every single time. Rinse, wash hair, put conditioner on hair, wash body, shave, rinse conditioner off. I can’t skip a single step, I don’t know how people take showers just to rinse off!!

  • Carrie October 16, 2013, 4:32 pm

    I tie every straw wrapper in a knot. Even when they only give you an inch or two. Then I force the person with me to pull half – whoever gets the knot gets a wish! If no one is there to play with me, my right hand is me and my left hand is my opponent. My wish only counts if the knot is in the right hand. Typing this out makes me seem insane…!

  • Katie O October 16, 2013, 4:35 pm

    I’m a quirk machine! My unique one is that I hum whenever I eat and I don’t notice (drives my husband crazy! Funny thing us that my son does too!

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 16, 2013, 4:37 pm

    One of my many quirks is that I cannot sit down after dinner if the kitchen is a mess. I cannot relax knowing that there are pots and pans all over the place.

  • Celestia Kenerley October 16, 2013, 4:39 pm

    My odd quirk; I am an aerobics instructor and I keep ring binders separating out ALL routines I have EVER done (I have been teaching since 1995). I have them separated out by type of class i.e. Spin, Step, Toning, etc. I will not go into how I alphabetize my CDS and cassettes as well:)

  • Juliene October 16, 2013, 4:44 pm

    This post made me giggle. I love your family’a quirks! I think mine strangest quirk is that I am bothered by certain noises. Mainly people breathing, coughing, chewing. It drives my hubby crazy because I’m always shushing him

  • Christina October 16, 2013, 4:46 pm

    I can’t eat anything while I’m watching Halloween-related shows on television. It doesn’t have to be super scary or grotesque, if it’s Halloween related, I lose my appetite. I’ve never understood this about myself because I love Halloween!

  • Amy October 16, 2013, 4:50 pm

    My day is thrown off if I don’t check my email right after breakfast!

  • Ashlee October 16, 2013, 4:53 pm

    All light switches must be in the same direction when not in use. It drives me crazy to have a room with a bunch of light switches flipped different ways, especially if there is not a light on. Even my parents (who I haven’t lived with in over 6 years) have started doing this because I have done/obsessed over this for so long.

  • Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos October 16, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Great giveaway! I am not afraid of spiders EXCEPT daddy long legs, and they terrify me. I can’t so much as look at one without twitching and sweating, could NEVER get close enough to kill one, and if I see one I shut myself in another room until my husband has handled the situation (he has been warned, the day he lies and tells me he killed one when he actually saved it to “surprise” me, is the day he gets divorced). Yeah, I need help.

  • Jill S October 16, 2013, 4:57 pm

    I have a very specific organizational system for my living room bookshelves. It makes no sense to anyone but me. My friends know this, and like to try to move a book to see if I will notice – I will!

  • Alyssa October 16, 2013, 5:03 pm

    I always take apart my sandwiches for the last few bites. I won’t even be thinking about it and all of a sudden my boyfriend will point out that I have 2 pieces of bread and a pile of toppings in front of me. Weird, huh?

  • Caroline October 16, 2013, 5:05 pm

    I cannot wink. But actually, either both eyes shut or neither of them do. I don’t understand how you all do it…all I can say is thank goodness for the image screen on cameras 🙂

  • Jen October 16, 2013, 5:15 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! Hmm, quirks… I can’t wait in line anywhere without using the time to stretch my quads, and I almost never make it through a movie in the theater without falling asleep, even if I really like it.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 16, 2013, 5:16 pm

    When I go to bed, even if my TV was not on, I have to turn it on, switch the channel to the food network, turn the volume all the way down, and then I can turn it off and go to sleep!

  • Kat October 16, 2013, 5:16 pm

    I hate driving with shoes on! I always take them off, unless I’m wearing something difficult to get on and off, like boots.

  • Caro October 16, 2013, 5:23 pm

    I can only sleep on the right side of the bed, no left!

  • Stephanie October 16, 2013, 5:25 pm

    My quirk is that I always use a different name at Starbucks. The cashier is always confused and my coworkers think I’m nuts because I always have a different name on my coffee cup, oh well. 🙂

  • Christine October 16, 2013, 5:37 pm

    One of my quirks is that I love the smell of gasoline, with sharpies, vinegar, and nail polish closely following (yes I realize how many brain cells I must have killed…). 🙂

    As a side note, my tongue is also too big for my mouth so I find myself having to have it folded over. Embarrassing, but true…:)

  • Rachel October 16, 2013, 5:43 pm

    I can twitch my nose a la Samantha from Bewitched and use this power to surprise and delight my children.

  • Cristina October 16, 2013, 5:44 pm

    First of all, LOVE day drinking!
    Spanish is my first language, and although my English is better and also my dominant language, I only seem to be able to count and do math in Spanish 🙂

  • Alexa October 16, 2013, 5:47 pm

    My quirk is that I can turn any little phrase into a corresponding song. And now, with a child, it happens quite often!

  • natalie @ hello day blog October 16, 2013, 5:49 pm

    I get very excited to be the first one in the house to get water from the fridge filter in the morning. It is super cold from sitting in the line all night long and I chug it. Then, I fill up my coffee press and proceed with the day.
    Recently discovered your blog and am enjoying keeping up (or trying to) with you.

  • Noel October 16, 2013, 5:50 pm

    I don’t blink, I can go way too long without blinking!

  • Michelle October 16, 2013, 5:51 pm

    I make ridiculous exaggerated facial expressions to express emotions and sarcasm. I didn’t realize I did this until my fiancé started to pick up the habit… It’s much funnier when he does it.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 16, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Haha love this! My 3 quirks:

    1. When I get excited I squint my eyes a lot (or so my husband says)
    2. I say “pillow” as “p-A-llow” I have no idea why
    3. I am extremely clumsy. My brother once bet me $10 (I know high rollers) that I couldn’t go through our vacation without getting hurt. Not even 10 minutes later I fell out of the van – jokes on him though I never paid him $10! 🙂

  • Jill October 16, 2013, 5:59 pm

    I think I have extra thin eyelids! I hate when my husband uses his iPhone in bed when I’m trying to get to sleep – I swear, I can see the phone’s light through my closed eyes!!

  • Renee C. October 16, 2013, 6:00 pm

    One of my many quirks is that I have to chew my food equally on both sides of my mouth. And usually I chew to the tune of a song. Super random 🙂

  • Christa October 16, 2013, 6:02 pm

    When I am forming thoughts in my head, I have a tendency to move my lips and say whatever I am thinking quietly to myself. It looks like I am talking to myself!

  • Kirsten October 16, 2013, 6:06 pm

    One of my quirks is that I cannot stand if someone is pointing a sharp object (pen, fork etc…) at me. It literally makes my head hurt. So weird lol.

  • Stacy October 16, 2013, 6:20 pm

    One of my “quirks:” I like to make funny noises when I stretch. I make up random songs all the time. I have about 100 nicknames for each of my cats! I’m weird!

  • Abbey October 16, 2013, 6:23 pm

    I have to have the same routine at night (go to the bathroom, floss and brush my teeth, put my hair up, turn the fan on, set my alarm, try to fall asleep, check my alarm again, flip my pillow over) before I will actually have a good night of sleep!

  • Grace October 16, 2013, 6:23 pm

    Just discovered your blog today Caitlin…looking forward to exploring!
    One of my quirks: when drinking something I can’t see through (like milk) and someone else takes a sip, it completely creeps me out! I can’t finish it…this is only the case if what I’m drinking isn’t clear. Weird, I know.

  • marie October 16, 2013, 6:27 pm

    I eat EVERYTHING with chopsticks just because they’re fun.

  • cait October 16, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I have a few quirks….I always use a straw unless it’s coffee or wine. I have to blow my nose before I eat- it helps me taste the food better. And I love to prepare-i.e. I pack at least 3-4 lunches at a time so I can throw them in my lunch box the night before work. Last minute doesn’t work for me. Great giveaway!

  • Melissa October 16, 2013, 6:41 pm

    My quirk is that I don’t really have a filter. The only time I manage to sensor myself is when it’s REALLY important – and even then it’s still tough! Sometimes it feels like words are struggling to exit my mouth when I don’t want them to.

  • Laura October 16, 2013, 6:42 pm

    My quirk is that I don’t like it when the different foods on my plate touch each other, and I’m 27 years old.

  • Coco October 16, 2013, 6:43 pm

    I SHRED LABELS, TOOO!!! Ahhh!!

    Another quirk: I always have to set my alarms for an “odd” number time, like 6:29 instead of 6:30.

  • Tracy October 16, 2013, 6:51 pm

    We have 2 of the same ones! I can put both legs behind my head, and I have done it front of a class at my gym to prove I can! I also need to drink everything out of a straw!!! Oh, and I also use only baby spoons now after having kids! 🙂

  • Rachel October 16, 2013, 6:53 pm

    I always have to eat M&Ms 2 at a time. Always have, always will.

  • Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 16, 2013, 7:00 pm

    One of my quirks is ‘rinsing’ my toothbrush before and after I put on the toothpaste. Another is that I LOVE ORGANIZING. If I could make it my job, I would. And might.

  • Catherine October 16, 2013, 7:11 pm

    I cannot eat a single grape at a time. I have to throw in two–one for each side of my mouth!

  • Aerevyn October 16, 2013, 7:17 pm

    I get embarrassed for characters in movies. When that happens I hide my eyes so I miss the tough parts.

    • Rebecca October 18, 2013, 11:05 am

      Same!! If I can tell that someone is going to make a stupid comment or something (or if I’ve seen it and know already), I cover my eyes or ears. Heh.

  • Liz October 16, 2013, 7:18 pm

    I only make the bed when I put clean sheets on. And it has to be PERFECT. After that initial “making” though, I hardly ever make it again until it’s time to change the sheets.

  • Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews October 16, 2013, 7:18 pm

    One of my quirks is that I always have to eat with a small spoon.

  • Emily October 16, 2013, 7:37 pm

    I can’t wink my right eye. I’m super loud and at night when everyone naturally quiets down, I get louder.

  • Laura T. October 16, 2013, 7:39 pm

    As I’m boarding the plane, I have to place my right hand on the outside of the plane for good luck! If I don’t touch the plane, I feel like its a bad omen or something!

  • lmm831 October 16, 2013, 7:41 pm

    I have to say that I hate the though of touching my eye or anyone touching these. It just creeps me out.

  • Holly October 16, 2013, 7:45 pm

    One of my quirks is that I always have to sleep on my left side with my exposed ear covered with the blanket. Terrible things will likely happen if I don’t cover that ear.

  • Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 16, 2013, 7:46 pm

    When ever I’m standing for long periods of time I automatically go into tree pose! LOL I must look like such a dork!

  • Lindsey October 16, 2013, 7:50 pm

    My quirk is that I can’t (and never have been able to ) go without wearing socks. Can’t sleep without them, be in the house, ANYTHING! As a result, I get socks every year from someone 🙂

  • Katie October 16, 2013, 7:52 pm

    I cannot go to sleep if there is a crack in the curtains. Because, you know, someone might be peeping on me in my second-floor apartment.

  • Holly @ The Cooper Family October 16, 2013, 7:53 pm

    I’m a shredder too, give me a handout and it’s sure to be rolled/wrinkled in a few minutes. I can fit my fist inside of my mouth, I suppose I have small hands because my mouth isn’t too big!

  • Jessica Gordon October 16, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Glad you have had time to write!
    I have to take at least 5min in the morning, right when I wake up to just lay there in bed or I am sooo cranky for the rest of the day.

  • Rachel A October 16, 2013, 8:02 pm

    One of my quirks is that I’m double-jointed. I can do weird things with my fingers and toes.

  • Anna October 16, 2013, 8:06 pm

    I always have to go to the bathroom right before I go to bed otherwise I lay there tossing and turning before finally relenting and getting up to pee anyway!

  • Marie October 16, 2013, 8:07 pm

    Love this post! My quirks are that I can’t eat a PB&J sandwich if the peanut butter and jelly aren’t mixed together. It grosses me out to have them separated! Weird, I know. The other one is that my pillow cannot be more that 1.5″ in thickness. I hate those big fluffy pillows! It really stinks when I travel and leave my pillow at home. My hubby calls it my pancake 🙂 haha

  • Corie October 16, 2013, 8:07 pm

    One of my quirks is that I have to have my wedding rings facing the same way each time I put them on. I know if I put them on the wrong way immediately from the feel and need to change them or it will bother me until I do.

    • Rebecca October 18, 2013, 11:09 am

      I do this with my class ring. The words have to be on specific sides of my finger. If they’re not, I have to fix it.

  • Molly@This Life Is Sparkling October 16, 2013, 8:12 pm

    I hate scary movies. In fact I’ve never even seen one. I get freaked out way too easily!

  • Katie October 16, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Quirk: I can hold a pencil/pen in my chin and above my lip at the same time without them falling out. It’s funny 🙂

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway Caitlin!

  • Danielle J October 16, 2013, 8:20 pm

    What a fun idea 🙂 My quirk is that I get totally freaked out by empty metro train cars on the DC public transportation system… They spook me out!

  • Meg October 16, 2013, 8:29 pm

    I hate my quirk, but it is what it is, so here we go! I am deathly afraid of vomit. I get the shakes and feel lightheaded if anyone claims to be nauseous or actually throws up. It is so annoying because intellectually I understand it’s not a big deal, but I get absolutely terrified when there’s any signs of puking – past, present or future. My mom assures me this will change when I have children.

  • Emily October 16, 2013, 8:37 pm

    My quirk-no matter how hungry I am in the morning-I have to have a full cup of coffee before eating breakfast ! Thanks for the opportunity ! Love your blog!

  • Caitlin October 16, 2013, 8:41 pm

    Hi! I have a strange quirk that I can’t let the tv volume be on level 13… I blame my college roommate who started this and I got so used to it, I do it now too! She claimed it was bad luck 🙂

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 16, 2013, 8:42 pm

    What a fun post & giveaway!

    I would say that one of my quirks is that when I’m really excited or happy and I smile, my tongue kinda sticks out between my upper & lower teeth — my husband always says that he can tell when I’m genuinely happy about something because I have a “happy tongue” 🙂

  • Leah October 16, 2013, 8:43 pm

    I like all the bills in my wallet to be sorted by size and facing the same way… No reason why, it just looks better!

  • Lindsay October 16, 2013, 8:51 pm

    My quirk: I have to pee twice before I officially go to bed. Even if I don’t have to go, I make myself…just in case.

  • Jen October 16, 2013, 8:55 pm

    I hate when my husband gets in bed before me……17 years and still can’t figure out why. It has become a joke on the house now.

    • Janelle October 20, 2013, 6:17 pm

      Me too! I get mad at him when he does. Haha

  • Chelsea October 16, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Such a fun post!

    One of my quirks is I don’t like my food to be too mixed up. I like to be able to assemble my food myself (add my own toppings to food, etc.)

  • Lindsay @ Health Foragers October 16, 2013, 8:58 pm

    I have a tendency to stop sentences in the middle of it to never finish the thought because I think it is obvious. According to my husband . . .

  • Taryn Inglis October 16, 2013, 9:01 pm

    I have a square of Trader Joes 72% Belgain chocolate every single morning, even if I have to leave the house at 7 am I will eat a piece. It is literally the most scrumptious thing in the entire world and it is the absolute BEST way to start my day. Even on my year abroad I had my mom send me the bricks of chocolate so that I could continue this routine. #dedication

  • Mary October 16, 2013, 9:02 pm

    I cannot stand wide-ruled paper! I love notebooks (especially new ones) but they must be college-ruled!

  • Elizabeth October 16, 2013, 9:06 pm

    When I eat Skittles, I ALWAYS have to have an even amount because the chewing I do on either side of my mouth must be even. It’s such a requirement, my husband even knows he better not leave an odd number of Skittles left near the end of the bag…

  • Jennifer October 16, 2013, 9:06 pm

    The only type of movies I will watch are horror movies. I am a weirdo! 🙂

  • Lacey October 16, 2013, 9:17 pm

    I am convinced that someone is going to sneak up on me and kill me while I am vacuuming (I guess I think I won’t hear someone coming up behind me); so before I vacuum I have to check all the doors and windows to make sure they are locked and then check all the hiding places to make sure someone isn’t already in the house….very strange I know…even better I usually make my bf do the vacuuming when I’m not at home

    • Caitlin October 17, 2013, 7:04 am


  • Katie October 16, 2013, 9:19 pm

    The way I eat 3 musketeers bars – first delicately eating the chocolate coating so as to save the yummy center for last!

  • Erin October 16, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Wasting water! I can’t stand it when people leave water running while brushing their teeth or letting water run too long before getting in the shower…when my husband does it I panic and proceed with 10 questions …are you still going to take a shower? What’s happening right now?! Ha!

  • Jessica October 16, 2013, 9:27 pm

    One of my quirks is that I cannot stand plain mayo! Something with the texture or the taste, but if a potato salad or a sandwich has plain mayo, it totally ruins it for me.

  • Danielle October 16, 2013, 9:40 pm

    My quirk is that I need to sleep with a flat sheet on top of me in order to feel comfortable. I don’t like the texture of quilts or comforters. I hate it when the flat sheet gets bunched up under the quilt!

  • Bobbie October 16, 2013, 9:44 pm

    One of my quirks (I guess this would be considered a quirk) is that I say “forward fast” instead of “fast forward.” I also say things like “turn it up a drip”…I get made fun of by husband constantly about this… lol

  • Kathy October 16, 2013, 9:55 pm

    oh fun! This one took up a lot of my time today because I HAD to read the comments, I think one of my quirks might be I like knowing odd facts about strangers! That shoulder thing freaked me out! My quirks:
    1. the exact opposite of your #3, I NEVER drink from a straw. The waitress grabbed that straw right where you drink from…with her fingers….to put it in the drink..ewwww
    2. i like to have one foot out from under the covers when I sleep
    3. I play Christmas music in July, just to get a little “hit”, the theme song from Christmas Vacation never fails to make me smile

  • Catie October 16, 2013, 9:56 pm

    I am totally a label and napkin ring ripper and folder! I have a lot of odd quirks, but the biggest (and most OCD one) is that the shirts in my closet are order of sleeve length first, then in ROY G BIV order. And my dresses are in order of length. After being sorted by season, of course. 😉

  • Leah October 16, 2013, 9:59 pm

    I can’t stand clutter on the kitchen counter. Anywhere else in the house no problem. But not the kitchen. PLUS – The sheets on my bed must match. Can’t have yellow pillow cases with a blue fitted sheet! 🙂

  • Em October 16, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Oh do we have to admit it?? Forks, spoons and knives….in the drawer, perfect alignment, arranged according to size, and stacked to perfection. One best not mess it up or open the drawer too fast or it all has to be redone! And Im not even neat freak! Great Giveaway!!! Let the mess begin (but not near my cutlery drawer!)

  • Jillian October 16, 2013, 10:09 pm

    I have so many quirks…

    I too shed paper napkins and especially straw wrappers when I’m at restaurants our bars.

    I can’t sleep without a blanket on top of me, even if I’m sweating.

    I pick the skin of my lips when I get bored or nervous.

  • Lindsey Gail October 16, 2013, 10:13 pm

    I do not like touching ice, or things that are frozen. I did work in an ice cream shoppe for a few years, but truly detested having to change the large tubs of ice cream because they were just so frosty! Now I make my husband get ice when I need it. =)

  • Lara October 16, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Fun! Hmmm….My quirk is that I have to get every last drop of toothpaste out of the container before I throw it away, even if we just went to Costco and have 5 new containers of toothpaste.

  • Leslie October 16, 2013, 10:26 pm

    I love the picture of you. So pretty.

  • Lauren October 16, 2013, 10:28 pm

    My quirk is that I am obsessive about my fingernails. Until I was 19 I would constantly bite my nails, and then one day I became obsessive the the opposite way. Now I cannot stand if my nails aren’t perfectly clipped, clean and polished. Because of this I now own over $200 in nail polish…whoops 🙂

  • Jenna October 16, 2013, 10:39 pm

    My quirks expand well into the double digits – but this one has only developed as an adult.

    I can not sleep with the closet door open. Not even a crack.
    And the bedroom door must be open. But only 1/2 way.

  • Anna October 16, 2013, 10:49 pm

    Hmm, I have so many quirks. One is that I can’t go to bed at night without running the vacuum over the living room, even if I did it that morning.

  • Leah October 16, 2013, 10:56 pm

    One of my quirks Is that I’m left handed and I hold the pen with all my fingers. They tried to teach me how to do it with three fingers in school but it didn’t take lol

  • Becca October 16, 2013, 11:11 pm

    One of my quirks is that I always have to start my mornings off in the same way– coffee, breakfast, blog reading in my office. Even if I have to be somewhere early, I make sure I get up in plenty of time to have my “me” time in the morning.

  • Stephanie October 16, 2013, 11:26 pm

    I must sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door. 🙂

  • Army Amy* October 16, 2013, 11:34 pm

    I wouldn’t mind a free 5k race entry, so I’ll play along. One of my quirks is that I learned to finger spell (asl) when I was in middle school. In order to keep my skills sharp (wasn’t I the diligent 7th grader?) I’d often spell whatever my teachers said. It’s been years, and I still finger spell interesting words, things I read, things people say. I even do it when I run.

  • Sarah October 16, 2013, 11:38 pm

    I pick at my fingers (not the nail, the skin around them) when I’m stressed or have extra energy. It looks not so pretty so I’d love to quit this, but it seems that I will always do it!

  • Elizabeth October 16, 2013, 11:39 pm

    Hmm, something kind of unusual these days is that my favorite sport to watch is baseball! I don’t often find fellow lovers of the sport, haha!

  • Rebecca October 16, 2013, 11:59 pm

    I order my clothes by color. And by what it is. (Like, sleeve length and stuff.) My closet is a little bit of a mess right now because apparently my mother cleaned my room recently and just put stuff in the front of the other clothes??? I’m going to have to fix it soon.
    I hate when my dad puts dishes on the counter (for me to put in the dishwasher–that’s our routine) and just piles plates on top of plates with silverware already on them. Pet peeve more than quirk maybe, but weird. Also he almost never takes his glass with him when he leaves the table, which is a small thing, but it really bugs me for some reason.
    Also un-pushed in chairs. I used to stay after some of my classes to push in chairs, or put them on top of the desks/tables.
    I feel like I have a crazy sense of smell. I can smell things from garbage cans several feet away. Happened with salsa a few months ago and it drove me nuts to smell it all morning. I like salsa, but smelling it constantly is a little annoying.

  • shelleigh October 17, 2013, 12:06 am

    I hate the sound of a kitchen knife being sharpened! Ugh!!!! Lol

  • liz @ October 17, 2013, 12:12 am

    One of my quirks is that I love airplane noises. I find it soothing when I hear them flying overhead. But only the big planes; smaller planes like biplanes are annoying.

  • Andrea B October 17, 2013, 12:16 am

    I have a bad habit of popping my knuckles.

  • Dominique October 17, 2013, 12:16 am

    I don’t need an entry but I just wanted to say that after reading your quirks I scrolled down too fast and went straight to Henry’s thinking it was Kristien’s. Imagine my surprise when I start reading Henry’s quirks thinking they’re your husband’s quirks. The Cookie Monster quirk had me really confused, lol.

  • Annie October 17, 2013, 12:19 am

    I have double jointed shoulders as well!!!!!

  • Allison October 17, 2013, 12:45 am

    I eat my dinner one thing at a time, and usually counter-clockwise on the plate. I don’t like it when foods touch each other (Thanksgiving is a nightmare for me. I look like a freakish pig, going up to the buffet 18 times, but the truth is that I only have 3 things on my plate at once–four, if they have those divided plates (and I think the inventor of those things should have some kind of honorary doctorate or medal or Inventor of Divided Plates Day of some kind).). And yes I just did parentheses within parentheses.

  • Kerry October 17, 2013, 12:48 am

    I love this post! My quirk is that I’m deaf in my right ear, so whenever I am walking with someone or sitting with them at a table, they have to be on my left side… which I’m sure gets really annoying. Sorry, friends!

    • Rebecca October 18, 2013, 11:21 am

      My dad is pretty much deaf in his left ear, and a little less so in his right. If I’m sitting on his right, I’m usually okay, but if I’m on his left or his hearing aids are out, I have to yell at him. Gets annoying. I think he’s getting new aids soon. Hopefully they work better!

  • Pam October 17, 2013, 12:54 am

    Love this! One of mine is that I won’t drive in heels, flip flops or other shoes that I deem unsafe – I am super particular about what shoes I drive in.

  • Cori October 17, 2013, 12:54 am

    I cannot stand when someone squeezes toothpaste from the middle

  • Sassy October 17, 2013, 1:18 am

    I’m a lurker on your blog. I read it daily, and love it, but rarely comment.

    One of my (many) quirks is: when I eat almonds, I always suck on them until the skin blanches off and then I eat them (and the skin). I didn’t consciously realize this until my husband pointed out what an annoying habit it was. In my defense, it makes them last a lot longer and I don’t eat as many in a sitting. I do the same thing with unpopped popcorn kernels, but I’m trying to break that habit before I break my teeth….

    • Caitlin October 17, 2013, 7:02 am

      Thanks for reader 🙂

  • Kelley October 17, 2013, 1:28 am

    My quirk: I don’t like to drink water out of plastic things. Maybe it’s the dishwasher smell or the texture, but I just can’t do it! Now it’s glass cups with a straw all day long.

  • Ashley Y October 17, 2013, 4:20 am

    My quirk is that I like to keep the top of my peanut butter and ice cream smooth. I don’t know what it is, but I cannot handle one side to be empty, while the other is full.

  • Jordan October 17, 2013, 4:36 am

    My quirks: I cannot go anywhere without my water bottle. Even if I’m running into the store to grab something or going to my dad’s house, I have to bring it with me. And I don’t like to let my boyfriend drink out of it because I use it to keep track of how much water I drink in a day (2 liters!) and he messes that up when he takes a sip.

    I also cannot sleep if my hair isn’t in a pony tail. I’ve tried before to sleep with it down, but I always wake up so I can pull it up.

  • Lucy October 17, 2013, 5:34 am

    I like to only eat off white plates…so strange!

  • Kate October 17, 2013, 5:53 am

    I always save what I consider to be the best bite for last. My sister used to try to steal the “best” fry from my plate growing up.

  • Erica October 17, 2013, 6:06 am

    I loved reading about your family’s quirks, and honestly including Henry’s was funny! My son is a just few months older than H and his are similar – anything round in a book, on a plate, etc is called “Ball.” Okay, one of my (Many) quirks is that I count the steps I take when I walk around the house. I have no idea why, but I know how many steps it takes me to get from my desk to my bedroom, the kitchen, etc. I also count steps when I’m walking out and about and even when I’m running (which is great because it has made my cadence of 180 steps per minute PERFECT).

  • Emilka October 17, 2013, 6:28 am

    I have many quirks that people call me on all the time and my wonderful husband accommodate them patiently. Probably the most inexplicable one is that I can’t stand odd numbers of volume. Whether on the radio or TV, I get creepy crawlies if I see the volume is set for 21 or 17 for example.

    • Angela October 20, 2013, 9:50 pm

      Oh my goodness! This is my quirk – I’m not alone hah!

      I have many other quirks as well, such as eating slices of pizza in a circle so that the final bite is a little bit of crust and cheesy yumminess.

  • Amy October 17, 2013, 6:31 am

    great post! I also can put both of my legs behind my head, and I can wiggle my ears!

  • DanielaC October 17, 2013, 7:00 am

    The dishwasher needs to be loaded to its maximum capacity, of course I am the only one able to execute it properly 🙂

  • Jen October 17, 2013, 7:00 am

    I put ketchup on pretty much everything!

  • Carol October 17, 2013, 7:27 am

    I have to wash the dishes that I used to prepare my meal before I eat ! I cannot eat and face a sink full of dirty dishes …. it makes me so crazy !

  • Katie October 17, 2013, 7:30 am

    I always save my favourite part of a meal for last, I can’t mix foods (except peas, they have to be eaten with mash) and I can’t sit at home alone without either the radio or tv on – silence is just not for me!!

    I suppose you can also count that my sports clothes always have to match (I cannot wear a pink skirt and blue top, for example, black or white or the matching shade of pink). Ok that just sounds plain old weird!!

  • Dana October 17, 2013, 7:35 am

    Aw, I really enjoyed this post! I have to pick my clothes out the night before work because my brain is so foggy in the am that it takes me at least 3x times longer to do then 🙂

  • Joy October 17, 2013, 7:37 am

    Poor Henry, he’d be horrified by one of my husbands quirks (he’ll talk like Cookie Monster – I have no idea why)
    My quirk – hmmm when I’m nervous I have to have the poodle with me, so when I went to the chiropractor for the first time he had to come and stay in the car but it was hot so Jim came so the car could be on and have the ac on (also when I have panic attacks Dobby is the only thing that helps – more than meds)

  • Autumn October 17, 2013, 7:40 am

    I agree with Henry. Bread is simply a vehicle for butter. I use Kerrygold and it’s delicious. Sometimes I can’t help putting an extra dollop on the knife just to eat it plain. And I always count steps. I can’t help it. If I’m climbing steps, I’m counting steps.

  • sarah r. October 17, 2013, 7:49 am

    i’m terrified of drive-thrus and i do everything possible to avoid them!

    • Rebecca October 18, 2013, 11:25 am

      ME TOO. Unless it’s just a one-window drive thru like at one of the local coffee places. If I’m stopping at McDonald’s or Culver’s or something, I have to go inside, even if I’m just getting one item. I’d much rather stand inside and stare at a menu than sit in the drive-thru looking. I take too long deciding most of them time.

  • Christine October 17, 2013, 7:55 am

    I never make the bed in the morning, so one of my quirks is that before I go to bed at night, I straighten up the comforterso that is perfectly placed on the bed so that my husband and I have equal amounts of comforter! It drives my husband crazy 🙂

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change October 17, 2013, 8:18 am

    My quirk would be that I am double jointed in all of my fingers. I can really freak people out 🙂

  • Allison October 17, 2013, 8:32 am

    I have double jointed fingers and it looks like my daughter does too.

  • Ally October 17, 2013, 8:32 am

    I have two things I can never ever leave the house without. Or frankly, just be without in general. One – Chapstick. Two – a big water bottle. I hate dry lips and I hate to feel dehydrated! Maybe they’re related…

    I also doodle when I’m talking to people on the phone, but I know I get this one from my mom. I see her doing it all the time!

    Thanks for the giveaway, great post!

  • Laura October 17, 2013, 8:42 am

    Quirk: I can normally make a decision on almost anything, but when it comes to paint colors I gets tons of swatches, put up all sorts of tests patches on the wall and drive my husband insane with my inability to pick a color! Trying to choose a gray for our living/dining room and entryway-can someone just pick one for me?!

  • Megan October 17, 2013, 8:42 am

    I hate clowns!

    • Caitlin October 17, 2013, 8:50 am

      ME TOO

  • Allison October 17, 2013, 8:43 am

    When I eat any kind of colored candy (skittles, m&ms, etc) I sort them by color, make designs with them, and eat them by color from my least favorite flavor to my favorite…. tweaking the design as I go. I also used to organize my closet by sleeve length and color. I don’t care as much now 🙂 I’m trying to mellow out my OCD tendencies.

    • Whit October 17, 2013, 10:48 am

      ME TOO!

  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 17, 2013, 8:45 am

    One of my quirks is that my eye shadow always has to match my outfit. I don’t know why but I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 17, 2013, 8:56 am

    LOL!! I LOVE it! In fact, I’m also the napkin, straw wrapper, whatever paper is on the table shredder. I’m also the one who will twist the straw wrapper around my finger over and over. I think I’m just someone who can’t sit still and needs to constantly fidget. It’s one reason why I wear a ring (single girl so there’s no other reason for a ring) and hair band around my wrist because it means I have a constant form of entertainment. lol… 🙂

  • Christin October 17, 2013, 9:00 am

    One of my quirks is that I have to sit on the same spot in the living room in the evening. If my husband is in “my spot” and I try to sit somewhere else, I just can’t get comfortable. Just like Sheldon. 🙂

  • MB October 17, 2013, 9:17 am

    I don’t like when different foods on my plate touch…so weird, I know!

  • Kel October 17, 2013, 9:23 am

    Loud noises scare me…
    I organize everything…
    I hate not having water with me…

  • Lisa October 17, 2013, 9:24 am

    I am double jointed in my shoulders too! A weird quirk of mine is that I freak out if my hands are wet. It’s like I can’t stand only part of my body being’s all or nothing. Makes doing the dishes fun haha.

  • Katie P October 17, 2013, 9:24 am

    I have to have my bedroom clock set ten minutes fast. I freak out if my husband changes it! Not sure why….I’ve been this way as long as I can remember.

  • Lisa October 17, 2013, 9:28 am

    One of my many quirks is that I am deathly afraid of birds … if there are any overhead, I RUN!

  • Teresa October 17, 2013, 9:31 am

    I have a quirk with my feet…as in I don’t like to touch anything weird with them. When I was a kid I ran around without shoes all summer long but as an adult I have to use flip flops in EVERY shower I’m in except my own (it was hard trying to explain that to my loving and very clean sister), I don’t swim in “public” pools for fear of how the bottom will feel, and I especially avoid having them touch anything wet. It has become a joke in my family…I just don’t like my feet to touch anything.

  • Katie M October 17, 2013, 9:33 am

    I have “red pen” disease. Even when texting or on tweeting, I am unable to restrain myself from trying to use propper punctuation. When reading co-worker’s emails or presentations, I have to stop myself from making too many grammar corrections/suggestions.

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake October 17, 2013, 9:38 am

    I love these! I have tons of weird quirks, but the one that’s coming to mind is my irrational dislike of the cotton in medicine bottles. For some reason it just skeeves me out. I always make my husband pull it out because I refuse to touch it.

  • Sara October 17, 2013, 9:40 am

    My quirk would have to be that I cannot lay anywhere without a blanket! Bed, couch, floor… I like to be covered or I feel like I am exposed…

  • Nikki October 17, 2013, 9:41 am

    I am told I am the most predictable person ever so I started doing some completely unpredictable stuff lately to get rid of that title.

  • Allison October 17, 2013, 9:41 am

    I was about to post about how I sort colored candy by color and eat them from my least favorite to my favorite… but then I saw that another Allison posted the EXACT SAME quirk. So weird.

  • Kathleen October 17, 2013, 9:46 am

    When I go down stairs, I always skip the last step.

  • Megan October 17, 2013, 9:49 am

    One of my quirks is that I hate going to see movie in the theater. My friends always get so mad because I won’t go to the movies with them but I hate sitting in the theater for hours!

  • Lisa October 17, 2013, 9:51 am

    I eat everything on my plate in a clockwise manner. I have to cut everything into the same amount of pieces so I make sure I have an equal number of turns around the plate.

  • Danielle M. October 17, 2013, 9:54 am

    I have two quirks that come to mind…

    1. I am a nervous drinker. And no, I do not mean alcoholic beverages, I mean when I am nervous about something I guzzle water like it is my job. If I have an event or a meeting that I am nervous about I have to have a FULL water bottle with me and I guzzle it the entire time because I seem to think it helps with my nerves..?

    2. I cannot for the life of me open a biscuit or cinnamon roll tin. You know the ones that you have to pull the tab around and then it POPS open? Every time I go to pull out a roll of biscuits I always tell myself, “I can do this. I know that it is going to pop so it shouldn’t scare me”. But every time without fail I end up asking my husband to do it for me at the last second. That POP always makes me jump and I hate it!

    • Tricia October 17, 2013, 12:27 pm

      I was reading through these comments trying to pinpoint one of my quirks, and this comment was my “aha” moment. I don’t have to ask anyone to pop it open for me, but I’m always steeling myself for the pop, and it always gets me every time no matter what. If my kids didn’t like those darn biscuits, I’d totally stop buying them to save myself this stress. 🙂

    • Katie S October 17, 2013, 1:07 pm

      I’m terrified of biscuit canisters!!!!

  • Nikole October 17, 2013, 9:56 am

    I cannot take the first magazine, paper, etc from the stand. I feel like everyone has touched it so I take the one behind. I am not normally a germaphobe but that one gets mr.

  • Katie October 17, 2013, 9:57 am

    Reading these quirks has been cracking me up!

    My quirk is that I am compulsive pants-zipper-checker. ALWAYS check after I go to the bathroom and then usually multiple times in the minutes afterwards. Made for an interesting time when I was pregnant and wearing elastic maternity pants! 😉

  • Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides October 17, 2013, 9:59 am

    I hate hearing people whistle. Seriously, it is nails on a chalkboard to me.
    I also hate looking matchy with my workout clothes. I don’t purposefully NOT match, but I never make a point to.

  • sue October 17, 2013, 10:01 am

    My husband and I love subway and I always get the same thing when we go: turkey sub on honey oat bread with everything on top (no oil or dressing). When I get home, I pull out the tomatoes and eat them separately. I love tomatoes, but don’t like them in my sandwiches because I think they make them to watery!

  • Carrie L October 17, 2013, 10:05 am

    I have a quirk of constantly picking things up with my toes. I never noticed it until my husband pointed it out. I just thought I was multi tasking but I guess it is a little weird! LOL

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 17, 2013, 10:10 am

    One of my quirks is that my socks (whether you can see them or not) NEED to match the rest of what I’m wearing!

  • Colleen October 17, 2013, 10:10 am

    My quirks: I can’t sit at home and watch sporting events. I keep getting up to do things that need to be done around the house. But get me to a bar or to the event and it has my full attention. I also peel the labels off my beer bottles or napkin at the bar. Whenever I open a can of pop/soda I turn the tab to the left to ‘mark it as mine’. I do this to my husband’s cans when I grab it for a quick drink. He hates it.

  • Cole October 17, 2013, 10:18 am

    I always leave the fridge door open until I get everything I may need to cook dinner or a recipe…oops!

  • Kendall October 17, 2013, 10:31 am

    Quirk: People think I’m drunk a lot (I barely ever drink) because I’m naturally clumsy and I have no problem dancing, singing and having fun 🙂 btw I can also pop my shoulders out. Whenever I sleep I lay on my arm and I usually lose feeling from it being out. My husband thinks is so gross!!

  • Amanda October 17, 2013, 10:31 am

    I pick at my lips or twirl my hair when I’m thinking or when my hands need to do something. My editor always laughs when I start to twirl my hair!

  • Britt October 17, 2013, 10:33 am

    I cannot eat lunch foods before I eat breakfast foods – no matter what time I wake up. It just feels so wrong!!

  • Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado October 17, 2013, 10:47 am

    My quirk is that I always have to sleep on the right side of the bed. ALWAYS.

  • Whit October 17, 2013, 10:47 am

    I didn’t realize it was a quirk until I moved in with my now husband, but I brush my teeth with hot water 🙂

    • Charity October 17, 2013, 5:07 pm

      I brush my teeth with hot water to. It drives my husband insane. I didn’t realize it was odd

  • Stevie October 17, 2013, 10:48 am

    I’m a paper shredder too! It’s actually really embarrassing…my husband and I are regulars at a local bar and after a while we noticed that the bartender had stopped giving us coasters. I asked him why and he said that we always destroy the coasters he gives us! I bought him a pack of coasters from a local brewery to make amends :p

  • Jen W. October 17, 2013, 10:51 am

    My quirkiness is the toilet paper always has to be over the top of the roll – not under. I’m one of those people who will change the roll over at a friends house too!

  • Jamie October 17, 2013, 10:57 am

    When I get nervous, I type out what I am saying on an imaginary keyboard. Not to the point that I have my hands up but you will see my fingers moving a little bit.

    • April October 17, 2013, 10:59 pm

      I sometimes write out what I am thinking in cursive with my finger!

  • Kristina October 17, 2013, 11:01 am

    When I am upset or sad, I try to cover it up…but I just turn into a smartass punk. lol

  • Libby | Ridgetop Living October 17, 2013, 11:13 am

    I do not like peanut butter…

    Okay, that’s kind of a fib. While I was pregnant with my second kiddo, I craved peanut butter sandwiches and still get a hankering for one from time to time.

    But seriously – I think that fake peanut butter and peanut butter candy (all Reeses, Butterfinger, etc.) is just about the nastiest thing in creation.

  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution October 17, 2013, 11:22 am

    I don’t know if this counts, but everybody thinks it’s weird: Whenever I eat raw carrots or an untoasted bagel, I get the hiccups. Every. Time.

    P.S. Thanks for WRITING your blog! You’re definitely one of my faves 🙂

  • Christin Tang October 17, 2013, 11:29 am

    My biggest quirk is I have to I have to put my left shoe ion first! Who knows why but I can’t handle it the other way(:

  • Ashley October 17, 2013, 11:32 am

    I absolutely cannot sleep with socks on and I never(okay rarely) make my bed. It seems pointless to me when I know I am just going to crawl right back into it at the end of the day.

  • Katie October 17, 2013, 11:42 am

    My “quirk” is rinsing dishes…… SOON as I’m done eating, I have to rinse the food off. I can’t stand the thought of food sitting there crusting up……..bleh! And it drives me nuts when my hubby puts a dish in the sink, fills it with water, and leaves…..he says it’s to “soak” – I say just rinse it and put it in the dishwasher! Food hygenine gets to me 🙂

  • Shanna October 17, 2013, 12:03 pm

    So many quirks! I can do this weird thing with my right pinkie that I’ve never seen anyone else do. I basically fold it into a box shape so it can lay flat on a table. I like to do it to gross out the kids that I work with.

  • Kim L. October 17, 2013, 12:13 pm

    When I take off the paper napkin wrapper at a restaurant I always wrap it around my index finger and use the sticky stuff at the end to secure it… I didn’t think of it as a quirk until you mentioned your napkin wrapper shredding!

  • Sarah October 17, 2013, 12:33 pm

    One of my quirks… the open side of the pillowcase always has to be towards the outside of the bed. I don’t know why, it just does.

  • Espie October 17, 2013, 12:37 pm

    I NEVER eat sandwiches or spaghetti in public.

  • Lori October 17, 2013, 12:39 pm

    When I read my facebook or twitter feed I have to go from oldest to newest, I can’t just start at the top and work my way down. Even if it means scrolling through an entire day’s worth of posts before I start reading.

  • Cgirl1 October 17, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I have green quirks. I hate Styrofoam so I bring my own plate or coffee mug to the café in my building to pick up my food order. I also take any of my used plastics with me when I’m out at restaurants (Panera’s lack of recycling irritates me!) and bring them home to recycle.

  • Krista October 17, 2013, 12:46 pm

    I can touch my elbows behind me and I can roll my stomach. Nothing exciting but it’s all I got!

  • Haley October 17, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Asking questions! It doesn’t matter what you tell me, I can’t just accept it, I have to ask you more about it.

  • Meg C. October 17, 2013, 12:47 pm

    One of my quirks is that I never eat cereal with milk. I just don’t like soggy cereal.

  • Brigid October 17, 2013, 12:48 pm

    Fun giveaway! My quirk is that I’m unreasonably freaked out by toadstools, but I love mushrooms. Go figure!

  • Kimberly October 17, 2013, 12:53 pm

    I cannot stand when people touch my bones (mostly bones that protrude a lot such as collar bone or knees)!

  • Katie S October 17, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I can’t ever seem to make it to the trash can. I don’t know what happens but trash sits on the counter right next to the can. I never noticed it until my husband moved in with me. Now I have to really think hard about putting stuff in the can. And I don’t mean food. Just paper and stuff like that.
    Another one, I have to organize my closet when I first move into a new place. I like my clothes color cordinated and organized by style, shirt, long sleeve, pant, skirt…
    These two weird things about me DON’T match up!! 🙂

  • Sydney October 17, 2013, 1:07 pm

    My BFF and I were just talking about what makes us weird and for me it was I’m extremely against wasting anything, esp food or money. Like I’m that person who will take home the smallest bite home from a restaurant instead of letting it get thrown away. (love those sheets!)

  • Amanda October 17, 2013, 1:15 pm

    Love the blog!!!

    One of my quirks is that I have to have matching pajamas (or clothes of any sort). I have noticed since having my son, that I even do it with him. I can’t put sock on him that don’t match. Even if I put a onesie under his pajamas…. it has to match.

    I annoy myself sometimes!

  • Katie October 17, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I love to straighten items, especially on tables.

  • Caitlin October 17, 2013, 1:45 pm

    One of my MANY quirks:

    I am freaked out by tiny balls of paper – like when people ball up their straw wrapper. So gross!! I think I must have had a traumatic spitball incident as a child or something 😉

  • Lindsay October 17, 2013, 2:08 pm

    When I do laundry I have to separate the colored tops, colored bottoms, jeans, and then all the whites. I feel like it’s easier to fold all bottoms and put them away, then fold all tops and put them away. It makes doing laundry more bearable.

  • Bonnie O. October 17, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing… I love hearing other people’s quirks!

    One of my quirks is that I don’t mind touching any door handle to open a door (public or private), but I refuse to touch any part of a revolving walk through gate or door!

  • dominique October 17, 2013, 2:37 pm

    i used to be a waitress (in high school for 3 years and again after college for a year) and so i pre-bus the table by collecting all napkins, trash, etc., and stacking up all the finished plates. it drives my husband nuts.

    i also make the bed before we go to bed every night. i don’t have time in the mornings but i hate having the blankets all bunched up.

  • Kelsey October 17, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I have to pee right before I go to sleep. If I pee and then dink around on my phone or read for a few minutes before bed, I have to go pee again before I actually sleep. I HATE having to pee in the middle of the night, or worse, 20 minutes before my alarm goes off in the morning!

  • Megan October 17, 2013, 2:43 pm

    1. If I wake up in the middle of the night I have to brush my teeth before going back to bed.
    2. I lost one of my toenails so often from running, and it started growing back funky, I had it permanently removed.
    3. Fact #3 really can confused the people when I go to a pedicure place with limited English speaking employees. 🙂

  • Julie October 17, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I eat 1 thing at a time, & I hate for my food to touch. 😛

  • Emily H October 17, 2013, 3:28 pm

    When I eat M&M’s, I have to eat 2 of the same color at the same time- one on each side of my mouth. If there’s an odd number of a color, I bite it in half and chew each half on each side of my mouth.

  • Natalie October 17, 2013, 4:00 pm

    This is so great–I am the exact opposite of you, Caitlin! My quirk is that I can’t stand touching anything sticky including labels on bottles, napkin holders, stickers on fruit..etc. it freaks me out!

  • Trisha October 17, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I have to be cold when I sleep. I will turn on the fan in the winter to stay cool!

  • Jolene ( October 17, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Not sure if this is a quirk, but:
    – I am completely obsessed with cilantro. It is my favourite food.

    Also, the reason you get drunk faster with a straw is because you drink faster with a straw than without one … faster drinking = faster drunk!

  • AlisonJ October 17, 2013, 4:34 pm

    I will only eat my bananas if they have spots. Green or yellow? No way I am eating it. I have a whole technique on how to ripen my bananas (in a brown bag with an apple), since I have to have one pretty much every morning with my cereal.

  • Charity October 17, 2013, 5:05 pm

    My biggest quirk would probably be that I never drink water out of glass. Juice, milk I will however water HAS to be out of a plastic cup or water bottle and preferably ice cold.

  • Sarah October 17, 2013, 5:13 pm

    I also shred napkin rings or beer bottle labels! Too funny 🙂

    One of my quirks is that I save a million different motivational pictures and quotes and have piles of them in my email. The problem is, I never do anything with them!

  • Tara October 17, 2013, 5:23 pm

    I always read magazines backwards. I think all the good stuff is at the end, so I just start with that.

  • Jaclyn Reynolds October 17, 2013, 7:47 pm

    My quirk is that I can’t take the first item on a shelf. I have to take a further back box, say of noodles at the grocery store.

  • Kim October 17, 2013, 7:49 pm

    I can move the baby toe on my right foot sideways without moving any of the other toes. I can’t do this with the left foot.

  • Liz October 17, 2013, 9:24 pm

    I have to verbally say goodbye , I love you, be good to my dog before leaving the house. It’s so second nature to me that just the other day I had started opening the door , then said goodbye I love you be good and when I turned to the outside a group of neighborhood kids were standing at my neighbor’s door waiting to walk to the bus stop. I live in a townhouse so they were literally right there and heard it all.

  • Abby October 17, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Two quirks….have to make my bed right away in the morning and when I pick up a newspaper, our free community one I always pick one from the middle of the pile!

  • Sarah W October 17, 2013, 10:49 pm

    This is a fun post and the comments only make it better.

    Two quirks,
    1. I always sign “Loves, Sarah” instead of “Love”
    2. As a result of a car accident in college I pop my shoulder in and out. I do it so subconsciously I forget how often I do it. It normally took boyfriends and roommates about a month before they’d ask why/how I pop my should so much.

  • Anna October 17, 2013, 10:53 pm

    Two quirks that come to mind that no one has said yet:
    When i eat an apple, I eat it the entire way through, core and seeds and all. This is because, as a kid, no one ever told me you aren’t supposed to eat the core, and so by the time someone pointed out how weird it was, I was so used to it that I keep doing it.
    I also have many germaphobe quirks… I HAVE to use the hem or sleeve of my shirt to open public doors as I refuse to touch the handle, and I keep tons of napkins in my car so I never have to touch the gas pump handle when fueling my car.

    • Michele October 19, 2013, 7:15 pm

      Haha! I do the same thing with doors…and I keep disposable rubber gloves in my car for pumping gas! OCD!!!

  • April October 17, 2013, 10:55 pm

    A quirk I just discovered is that I am amazingly creative when food is going bad. I hate to see food go to waste so I will often combine whatever is going bad in the fridge and make some random dish that turns out to be tasty. Thank goodness for thrifty habits!

  • Danielle October 18, 2013, 12:08 am

    I have to store my running shoes with the shoelaces tucked in! For some reason, I can’t stand it when they’re laying outside the shoe!

  • Eileen October 18, 2013, 1:15 am

    When I eat popcorn, I grab as much as I can and then shove it all it my mouth and then sit there for a second to see how hard it is to breathe and then proceed to chew and eat it. I am not sure why I do this but I do it everytime:)

  • Mary October 18, 2013, 8:37 am

    Not a quirk of mine but my oldest son (who is now 16!) was afraid of Swiper the Fox on Dora the Explorer when he was little. He would run and hide in the other room whenever he heard the sound of Swiper coming. Ah, memories:). Seems like yesterday…where does the time go?

  • Cassidy October 18, 2013, 8:38 am

    I have to drink to a big glass of water in the morning; every morning!

  • Missy October 18, 2013, 9:23 am

    My quirk: I can’t let laundry sit in the dryer when it’s dry. I have to get it out immediately after it stops so nothing wrinkles.

  • Beth October 18, 2013, 9:24 am

    I have a “snappy hip” – it pops ALL the time!

  • ZOEY October 18, 2013, 10:32 am

    My quirk is that when I purchase gasoline, it always has to end up with matching numbers. $20.20, $32.32, $18.18, etc. Makes for a fun time when I miss the mark and have to go for another round (20.21, uh oh; have to keep going to 21.21)

  • Stacey @ Starpulp October 18, 2013, 11:22 am

    I gotta fix the sheets before I get into the bed. I hate when they’re bunched up!

  • Kelli October 18, 2013, 11:50 am

    I have to keep things even- if I tap a finger on the palm of my hand then I have to tap all teh other fingers/thumb on my palm. Or if I touch a tooth with my tongue I have to tap all my teeth in the same spot. Sounds really OCD but I don’t have any other compulsive behaviors (to my knowledge!). 🙂

  • Amanda Bowen October 18, 2013, 12:50 pm

    My quirk is that I hate white foods: it took me years to like oatmeal, and I still have to put something in it to change the color. I still can’t stand sour cream!

  • Cassie October 18, 2013, 1:15 pm

    One of my quirks is that when I am watching TV I always turn my neck a little bit to the side, for some reason I can’t stand having my head and neck completely straight when looking at the screen. My husband always says it looks like i am staring at something off to the side of the TV and loves to poke fun at me for it, but its one of those quirks I don’ even realize that I’m doing!

  • eliza October 18, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Love your blog.. wondering in what part of the conversation your hubs and the guy at the bar found out they were delivered at the same hospital? Haha

    My quirk is at the gym, I always have to take the second towl to the ground. I think its bad luck if I take the one at the top and refuse to do it!

  • Sorayya October 18, 2013, 6:56 pm

    I always read magazines from back to front. No idea why, just always do it!

  • Leah October 19, 2013, 1:06 pm

    I have to peel the labels off products (price stickers, product info stickers, etc). I can’t stand them!!

  • beatriz October 19, 2013, 7:43 pm

    i only like warm ketchup !

  • Amanda October 23, 2013, 9:37 pm

    My biggest quirk is probably that I am afraid of maple syrup. We don’t keep it in the house, I won’t pass it across the table to you at a restaurant. Just one of those things…

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