Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Creature of Habit or just plain OCD?

Soooo, it's the beginning of the week.  Again.

 It is dreary as all get out.  Again.

Not what I'd call a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Our street looks depressed.  

I have to make the long haul across town in rush hour traffic only to sit & listen to a professor drone on & on about the riveting topic of Supply and Demand in my MBA class.  Again.

Now, when you add all of those factors together for a normal person, it would make for a pretty miserable Monday.  
However, am I in a horrendous mood today?  Nope.  Do I absolutely LOVE being on a schedule & in a routine?  Absolutely.  Does this make me part of the 1% of America that doesn't mind Mondays?  I'd bank on it.  
Kevin, on the other hand, reminds me of a grumpy 8 year old little boy when his alarm goes off on Monday mornings.  Ptsch, who am I kidding?  His grumpiness level is pretty incredible to witness every morning.  I have no idea how his mother put up with him as a child.  
Don't get me wrong, I'm not the happiest person when I first wake up (Jan & Big P will verify that I was comparable to that of a hibernating bear throughout high school....) , but it doesn't take me more than about 5 minutes for me to up, kicking, and totally awake.  

Let me walk you through my daily routine....
-I'm pretty confident that Kevin still longs for his bachelor pad & possibly contemplates slapping me on most mornings because once those five minutes have passed after I wake up, I'm rearing to go, at 110 mph, in full Caroline glory.  I am a non-morning person's nightmare.  
-Once, I walk into the bathroom, I immediately turn on the Today Show to keep me company while I get ready.  Partially because Kevin has the personality of our coffee table in the morning & I'd have better luck starting a career as a tattoo artist than I would w/ getting him to hold a convo.  But I also watch it because it puts me in the best mood.  I typically don't watch a ton of news shows, but the Today Show lets me know whats going on in the world in an entertaining way.  
-After I get ready, I get all of my resources together & organized for the day.  I eat the exact same type of breakfast bar for breakfast every single day & accompany that with a Diet Coke (Remember that detail.  You might see a pattern later.) My schedule is set to where I know exactly where I am headed every day.  I know most people like sales because of the flexibility, but I've managed to plan my days in a succinct routine that I follow to a T.  
-I spend my day making my sales calls, stopping only if I don't have a planned lunch.  If no lunch is planned, I tend to run home for lunch to eat a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.  Complete w/ a side of yogurt & a diet coke.  Every day.  
-Once my day is finished, I come home & immediately change into gym clothes.  I prefer for my workouts to be started by 5:15pm.  I start to get extremely edgy if I haven't left for the gym or gone on a run by 5:30.  
-I try to get our dinner prep completed as soon as I get home from the gym.  If I start responding to work emails or doing other tidbits, it becomes extremely hard to derail me, and then we end up eating at 10pm.  Obviously, this makes for a pissy husband who turns into a hungry hippo once his blood sugar gets low.
-After we eat dinner, we settle into the living room & watch our shows.  Or, err, I guess my shows.  Believe it or not, Kevin doesn't share the same sentiment about me on Real Housewives.  Shocking, right?  We usually toggle back & forth between channels to keep us both happy, which works out great for me because I tend to get a TON of work completed while he's watching his weird Nat Geo or History Channel shows.  
-Around 11, we start to mosey upstairs to get ready for bed.  I take a quick shower, and then go to bed.  Or... try to.  As we all know, Kev snores like freight train, so I'm generally up til around 1230ish until I'm tired enough to block out that lovely rhythmic pleasure.  
-Then, I wake up the next morning, and do the exact same thing as the day before.  

Other Carol OCD tendencies
-I tend to get pretty cranky if my routine is thrown off for very long- hints why I prefer shorter vacations to longer ones.
-I am the world's worst lazy person on the weekends.  I cannot sit still to save my life.  I want to get things accomplished versus slopping it up on the couch all day (coughcoughkevincoughcough)
-I do not do a messy house.  I will have a guaranteed meltdown if I come home to find that our house is a hot mess.  
-It takes an act of Congress to get me to do anything social on a week night.  Since I drive all day, the last thing I want to do is to leave our house again.  

So, the question remains... Am I just a creature of habit or super OCD?  Hahahaha- regardless, it works for us :) 
That about does it for me, but I have to throw this in here just for kicks.....

Of course baby Reese helped us cheer on our Wildcats this past Saturday.  Clearly, she came prepared in her UK attire to help clinch another win over the Vols.  So. flippin. Presh.  
Anywho, thats all I've got today! xoxoxo


  1. I love that you are a night owl like me, but I will slice you if you try to pull that morning cheery shish with me. I'm Kevin to a T in the morning. But I have got a lot better in the past few years.


  2. I'm a creature of habit, too... and I love it! I even have the stoplights between work and home timed, and if I get stopped by one, it frustrates me to no end! Its OK if we are a little OCD, haha!

  3. Oh, Carol! If we lived closer we would be BFFs fo sho! I have my routine and I stick to it and God help you if you try to make me deviate!

  4. I totally know what you're saying about a non-morning person's nightmare! I have a hard time getting up, but once I do I'm usually in full force which used to drive my roommates crazy!

    I also can't get anyone I know, except a few people, to get on the Real Housewives train with me. They just don't know what they're missing.

  5. I loved reading your schedule! I am a new reader and found you from Raven's blog (A Momma's Desires and Pacifiers).
    My husband and son sound exactly like your husband. They both hate mornings and are SO.HARD.TO.GET.MOVING in the am. I, on the other hand, relate to you. I hate getting up but once I am out of bed I am ready to go. I know exactly at what state of readiness I should be at at specific times in the morning and exactly what stop sign/light I should be at at certain times to get to work on time. I absolutely love schedules (and the planning that goes into making a schedule!). Without one, I tend just to sit and waste time and then get mad at myself for not being productive.

  6. love this! this sounds a lot like me and my husband!

  7. This made me laugh out loud! This is me and my hubby except in reverse :)

  8. If you wake me up in the morning I will cut you. WILL.

    I want that baby. Immediately.

  9. Love this list! I have some similar tendencies except the morning person thing... definitely love sleep too much! :P


  10. I am so happy to have found your blog. So many times reading this post I said "me too!" I think you are definitely a creature of habit. I too love my routine and love short vacay over a long one!

  11. Hello long lost twin sister. Where have you been all my life?
    (I soooo easily get pissed at my husband in the morning times. It's hard for me not to tell him he's acting like a huge turd, probably like it's hard for him to not share that I'm a chipper pain in his ass, haha)

  12. OCD is such a positive attribute, don't let anyone tell you otherwise ;) hahahah I carry that attribute as well so clearly this is the way everyone else should be too :) LOL
    (PS When the house is a wreck and you're freaking out about to go into 100% clean mode, does Kev say, "the house is clean what are you talking about?" that is a TYPICAL chris statement and it nearly pushes me over the edge!) hahaha. XO