My name is Tracy and I have irritating habits.

It has come to my attention that there is the slight chance, a vague possibility that I might have, on rare occasions… one or two irritating habits.
Possibly one of them is to frequently succumb to the urge to include… those three little dots when I write.

Yes ok, I admit I am not perfect. Pretty close, but nobody is completely utterly perfect hey?

So, apparently I have the irritating habit of moving my feet “all the time” according to my daughter.
“You can’t tap your toes in mid air!” she blurted out the other day when I sat with my feet up on the coffee table and my feet, crossed at the ankles began their own little dance.
She startled me.
I’m not even conscious of it. My feet, my toes just move all of their own accord, and there doesn’t even have to be music playing.
I tried to explain this to my daughter.
“I have an internal beat playing all the time in my head. I can’t help it.”

But, apparently this irritates her, as does my moving of feet whilst in bed. Sometimes she comes into my room to watch movies I’ve taped and we lie in bed together and APPARENTLY I never stop moving my feet.
I’m even less aware of that “in bed moving the feet thing” than I am the toe tapping.
My husband hasn’t complained though but that’s probably because when he’s awake in bed he tends to fidget and faff a lot.
Sometimes all his faffing and fidgeting annoys ME…but hey, (there’s those three dots again) I’m really going to try and stick to talking about MY irritating habits.
A sort of, confessional if you like.

Another thing my daughter told me just today, or was it yesterday (I have trouble remembering things – yet ANOTHER irritating habit I’m told) was that I roll my eyes a LOT.
“You probably roll them about fifty times a day!” she said.
“There! You just rolled them AGAIN!”
(I was trying really hard to make my eyes not do ANYTHING….it was weird.)
I’m really totally unaware of rolling my eyes. It’s probably because I’ve had four children. Children MAKE you roll your eyes, in disbelief, despair, frustration! Subconsciously you want heads to roll, but that’s child abuse, so you roll your eyes instead. That’s my theory.

I shall try to make a concerted effort to keep my eyes from rolling around too much, from now on.

My toothpaste squeezing skills suck. I will readily admit to this, because today I actually felt irritated at myself when I saw the state of my toothpaste tube there on the ensuite sink.
I found myself thinking “I am 45 years of age and my toothpaste tube looks like a two year old has been using it.”
I just don’t know how you control toothpaste “glug”. You know what I mean. That hardened plug which is impossible to close the cap lid on, that gets bigger and bigger and harder and harder until you squeeze really hard and it shoots out, like an explosive zit all over the mirror.

Oh you can try washing that plug away by rinsing it under the tap but then the water gets into the tube and you end up squirting out bubbly watery toothpaste…all over the sink. Bubbly watery toothpaste is just not satisfying to brush your teeth with.

And I squeeze the tube wherever. Never from the bottom, as my husband says it should be done.
I know this is infernally irritating to him. Which is why we usually have our own toothpaste tubes.

I always skip the beginning of movies. Just the non essential bits, you know. Which studio it was filmed at, all the opening credits where it’s just music playing and scenes like a car driving down a windy mountainous road.
You don’t need to see those bits. I want to just get started!
This really irritates my husband for some reason and I don’t understand why, especially when three seconds in he’s saying “It’s a bit slow….”

And I have the annoying habit of choosing something to watch, ignoring my husband’s grumbles, only to leave the room halfway through because I’ve become bored, or thought of something else I could be doing.
My mind is very scattered.
I can see how that would be irritating.

What else?
Lately I have been irritating myself (yes it is possible to irritate ones self) by saying certain phrases a lot.
Like – “You know?” or “You know what I mean?”
I say that ALL the time.
I must STOP.
The sound of my own voice irritates me too. Actually this is just a recent thing. I don’t know if it irritates other people, but sometimes I think I sound a bit whiny.
I don’t like it, but nobody has actually said anything to me, so perhaps it’s just an internal perceptual thing, know what I mean?

I leave the walk in wardrobe door open sometimes. Often just a crack and that irritates the heck out of my husband.
It makes me laugh that something so inconsequential should bug him so much.
It’s kind of payback for the way he leaves all his damn shoes under the end of the bed instead of putting them IN the walk in wardrobe!
Makes sense to just WALK those damn shoes right in the WALK in wardrobe!
And his tissues, folded neatly in squares on his bedside table….and drink BOTTLES on the bedside table…and clothes on the FLOOR!
But no….a slightly opened door sends him into a frenzy of irritation.
Go figure.

I am irritating in the way that I over think, over analyse things.
I know I am. It’s a terrible habit and it annoys ME too. My life, my emotions are in a permanent state of autopsy.

It is irritating to those around me that I despise LIGHT. I am aware of this.
My eyes just really cannot tolerate strong light, even indoors!

Today when I mentioned to my husband that I was looking forward to doing some filming on our upcoming trip to the US and hoped the landscape would be nice and “bleak” he said to me.
“You just need to live in a horror movie set.”
It’s true. I’d do well living in all the gloom and shadows.

Up until recently I couldn’t stand sitting at the dining table with my family because the two overhead recessed lights are SO bright that I felt like I needed sunglasses on to be able to eat dinner comfortably!
My husband on the other hand needs football stadium lighting when it comes to eating meals.(Why I don’t know because he inhales it so fast that there isn’t much to see.)
In the end I insisted that he remove the light bulb above my end of the table, so now he sits in the spotlight to eat dinner while I can enjoy a much subdued lighting mood while I dine.
If it were up to me I’d eat candle lit dinners every night.

I shriek loudly, and frequently in the car when I think my husband is about to run over a bird, or meandering duck, or lizard or whatever happens to be on the road or flying towards us.
I can’t help it. I just don’t want to hit anything, and hurt it, but it makes my husband jump and he yells at me for giving him a fright, which in his opinion could then cause us to have an accident.
(But if he just looked more carefully for meandering ducks and lizards and all creatures great and small then I wouldn’t panic.)

Well, I think that about does it?
Not really that many things to complain about are there?
I’m pretty good as a whole, compared to some, of whom I’ve tried not to mention too much about here in this post.

So, what irritating habits can YOU admit to? Go on, I’ve been brave enough to share.

About Tracy Lundgren

I am a people watcher,life observer, nature lover, spiritual seeker loving this crazy wild ride that life is taking me on. I am still a blank piece of paper waiting to be filled and that is good.
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23 Responses to My name is Tracy and I have irritating habits.

  1. I think this applies to you. Most nicer people have irritating habits. its the lesser nice people who do not, because they watch themselves and others too closely all the time. You just carry on waving your feet and leaving dots all over your prose…….that’s fine with me. As for eating under bright lights. That’s just off if you ask me, but each to their own I say. You both pretty sound normal and balanced to me, and normal people are allowed to be odd.

    • desertrose7 says:

      You are too kind Peter. 🙂 Too right that bright lights are just “off”. Very disconcerting if you ask me! Especially these new fandangled light globes. I much preferred the old fashioned yellow casting light ones.
      I shall indeed continue to wave my feet and leave dots in my wake.
      But….hey now. You have to tell me at least one of your irritating habits, because I suspect you are nice too.

      • Don’t tell anyone but I’m a feet waver too, and can start snorting and wheezing in a disconcerting manner when I get over excited by something nice on a plate, very odd indeed. Her indoors is always tutting over it, but there is no known medication I’m afraid

      • desertrose7 says:

        Snorting and wheezing you say? Yes, that is very odd. My dog does that.
        You must have interesting restaurant experiences.


        Oh, and I’m glad I’m not the only feet waver.

      • I’m not sure where it is, but there is a post on my blog, which is a true story, about us having a meal in a restaurant, and two ladies at the table beside us ordered a small side plate of sausages, and I was salivating in an appalling manner and finally asked them what they were like. The ladies were surprisingly stuffy, in my opinion, and didn’t offer much of an opinion: I did get a bit of a telling off on the way home.

      • desertrose7 says:

        🙂 I’ll have to look for it. I’m pretty sure I have read before of your attraction to sausages.

  2. Michael _ e says:

    It is not an irritating habit…it is recognized by most astute literary scholars and critics
    as a tool used to note…or denote…a point of emphasis.
    I have a habit that annoys my spouse…you may borrow it if you like…I smile all of the time.
    It makes the insane wonder what you are up to…and in my case it is usually devious and/or
    mischievous. To add insult to injury…as you smile…put that impish twinkle in your eyes
    and /or just roll them over once or twice.
    Isn’t it fun to be irritating, especially since I have achieved a point in my life where I don’t let
    anything or anybody irritate me…ACCEPTANCE…if they want to be stupid and annoying…let them.

    Love, hugs and blessings…ME and the Boss

    • desertrose7 says:

      I wish I could reach the same level of tolerance, and all with a smile! 🙂 Thanks for the tip Michael.
      You know they do say that even if you force a fake smile it sends chemicals to the brain that make you feel happier. Apparently even putting a pencil between your teeth (which uses the same muscles as a smile) will release these same chemicals. Interesting hey.

  3. releaf1954 says:

    Okay, I have many irritating habits, including the foot-waving thing, but the one that drives me crazy is the unconscious over-use of the word “really” in my writing. If I don’t pay attention and carefully edit it out, I use it in every other sentence. Tracy, don’t worry…if you drive from New York to Ohio in November, the bleakness will be epic. Really.

    • desertrose7 says:

      I guess we all have our pet words and phrases don’t we 🙂
      I’m REALLY looking forward to the drive. I think we’ll be taking some scenic route, not the main roads so that should be good. I have my new video camera all ready to go!

  4. I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

    First off… dot dot dot is a TOTALLY acceptable way to hi light space… between what your saying. SECOND people who fidget burn more calories let her know that and she’ll be fidgeting to! THIRD you can’t remember things because you don’t get enough sleep and have to many things going on… Like her and your other children … LOL You roll your eyes because you are to nice to tell her she’s the reason you ROLL your eyes… less you tell her about her self! Forth toothpaste skills well… you can’t be PERFECT! FITH if Hollywood made better movies you would not have to skip the first half. Irritate my self all the time I say FER not FOR and I whistle sometimes when I talk I don’t know why! I think your perfect and funny and…!

  5. ksbeth says:

    my daughters have told me that i should have a cable show, as every time i watch the news, i’m commenting the entire time. also, have the startle response, and when i sit next to someone in a movie and am surprised, i tend to yell out and hit the people on either side of me. i’m sure there are many more.

    • desertrose7 says:

      My husband is a commentator too I would recommend that in a movie theatre you avoid sitting next to two people on either side holding jumbo sized popcorn. 🙂

      • ksbeth says:

        don’t know if you guys ever had the show, ‘mystery science theater’? the whole thing was 3 guys (one was a vacuum cleaner), who watched old cheesy movies and commented throughout the film. they thought this would be the perfect format for my newswatching cable commentary show. good advice from you about the theater.

      • desertrose7 says:

        No, but it sounds interesting 🙂 You should make your own video – vlog . I’d like to hear what you have to say lol!

      • ksbeth says:

        oh boy, my daughters have threatened…

  6. Ralph says:

    This is a really confessional post Tracy … give me a wave !! 😉 xox

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