Friday, March 19, 2010

Am I the weirdest person you have ever met?

Many times in my life, especially through college, I have been told that I am weird. I don't mind that actually. I like being a little different.  My father in law, months after we met said "You know, you are really weird."  Why, thank you, and I really do mean that! Brian Ellis in 1996 made the same observation. "You are the weirdest person I have ever met." Cool! And my husband Matt doesn't have to say it, we are both weird, that is why we work. But lately as I have had plenty of time to ponder, why is this so?

I sat down and put a little list together.

 Could it be because I play million dollar question in my head? If there is a name that I am trying to think of, or even 3 movies that start with the letter R, I pretend that I am in a game show and if I can get the answer before the buzzer goes off I win 1 Million dollars! Now the buzzer is not of predetermined time, on no, it depends on my mood. Bad mood, buzzer always goes off and I am a big fat loser, good mood and the crowd goes wild after I name 3 actors that have starred in movies based on an Island.  I do this about 10 times a day. WEIRD

Could it be because I  over cheer everything? Board games, softball games, 3 legged race...better be on my team cuz all I do is scream, win or lose.  I write whatever word was last said in a conversation on my leg. My college roommate is the only one to have caught on. When she comes to visit, she still watches my leg and asks "what are you writing?"

Or maybe because I walk around shouting out names all day. It is usually from the news or whatever TV program was on that morning. It is always preceded by "Hello, my name is..." I once went around saying "Hello my name is Saddam Hussein"  for a week.  My brother in law always makes fun of the time we were in the car and I shouted "Hello, my name is Comcast Cable"

Could it be because I save all my favorite magazines and books for last? I get US Weekly in the mail and it has to go to the bottom of the pile, I read Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Cooking Light before I will let myself enjoy US Weekly. Problem is but the time I get to it, more magazines have arrived and half the time I am 3 behind. Same with books, save the best for last. I have books that I am so excited to read from 2 years ago piled in my closet.

Maybe it's because I love to give myself shots. Even I will say that is weird. I even kind-of like giving blood!  I look forward to going to the lab at the doctor's office and my heart skips a beat when it's shot day at home (Thursdays and it's for the baby) I'm gonna miss shot days when this is all over with..

And lastly, I am an exaggerated waver.  I wave at everyone, especially from cars and I want them to know it.  I wave at busses, trains, bike riders, Santa Claus and my favorite, the trolly.  Just pick up your hand and wave back..that is what is so fun at being waved at! It brings joy and happiness to all involved.

I'm sure if you put together a weird-o list, you could come up with some quirky items too, I just happen to have a lot of time on my hands to actually put one together.

After reading this, I am now curious if I am going to be committed.


  1. Wow, you and Matt are perfect for each other. I sing to my dogs all the time. I take a song and put their names in it, ie: Oh Daisy, Daisy baby... but that's about it. I just found out I am pregnant and I am nervous about all the things that could go wrong, but you make me feel better, knowing I am not alone.

  2. I LOVE these things about you.

    (And I totally do the writing thing - although not on my leg. Usually in the air, with my right index finger. But most often, I air-type. OFTEN. Or I play whatever melody I just heard, as if I have just been asked to accompany someone on the air-piano. OFTEN.)

    We were meant to be, Amy Barton (Harris.) :)

  3. I never got why you married Matt but now I do! I'm unique too - but it's in a more "normal" way!

  4. I do the waving thing for sure. I most often do it while on the ferry to the outer banks. You should definitely go there just to fully enjoy the waving of other island hoppers. It's one of my favorite things about going out there.

    The thing you do with writing the last word of a conversation kind of reminds me of the kid on "The Middle" named Brick who repeats and whispers the last word he says. I love that! On one episode it lost him the state spelling bee as he repeated the last letter in a whisper. Poor kid. Love that crazy show. My kids have always played a game on long car trips where they write words on each other's backs or legs. It gets pretty funny. (great, I'm raising weirdos too)

    I have full imaginary conversations with someone I'm having a conflict with or need to talk to about something. I've done this since high school. I think it helps me sort through what it is I'm conflicted about.

    So, we all have our crazies. It's what makes the world go round. It's nice to know we are not alone.

  5. Amy, I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU and this blog entry! You and Matt are the only ones I know, after all, who have written your own song about being weird. But hey, it has a catchy melody and ever since we heard it, my family has been known to find themselves occasionally singing it too -- with a grin as we think of you!

    Crazy about you, you weird girl. Always have been. Always will be. Just can't help myself!