Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A Place for Everything

I'm a bit obsessive-compulsive, in a rather passive sense (I can't be bothered to go to the doctor and find out if there's an actual disorder-type thingy). Whatever the deal is, it's seemed to worsen this year.

Just as an example, if I light a candle in the house -- odds are 50/50 that I will later, after leaving, panic and think that I left it burning. (it's never still burning.) I've driven home from work or other errands, or called the property manager to go in. Then I feel like a fool, but I still do it the next time.

There's also the standard cooking worries (left the coffee maker on, left the stovetop burner on). They never pan out.

So the question is, if I'm so constantly concerned about the state of my home, why the hell am I such a slob?

4 comments:

alanah said...

So the question is, if I'm so constantly concerned about the state of my home, why the hell am I such a slob?

Answer: You're obsessive-compulsive, you're just not anal-retentive.

So you're not concerned about your clothes laying around on the floor of your bedroom, you're just concerned that your bedroom isn't on fire at the time. Seems perfectly reasonable to me. :)

gsdgsd13 said...

So it's fire, not clutter, that concerns me. Got it.

Though, while away in Russia, I was plagued by fears that the mounds of paper on the floor by the filing cabinet (they'll get put into the filing cabinet eventually) would do a great job of fueling, say, an electrical fire. Didn't spur me to clean up when I got back, though.

Nanuk of the North said...

Your behaviour seems totally normal to me.

Example: I have a small electric heater in my room. I turn it on for an hour before I go to bed. So at bedtime I turn it off and hop into bed. I CANNOT go more than 30 seconds without hoping out of bed and making sure I DID INDEED turn it off a mere 30 seconds earlier. If I attempt to stay in bed and say to myself that I KNOW I just turned it off, I'll drive myself insane. I can't relax and certainly can't sleep.

See? You're normal.

Anonymous said...

ahem.