Like just about every other human being, I am a creature of habit. I have my routine, I have my favorites and I don't often deviate from a set schedule. It's just who I am.
This concept, however, can also be applied to my annoying quirks. When someone reminds me that I do the same things over and over again, it strikes fear into my heart. Mostly because I don't want to be weird but also because I fear ending up like my least favorite college professor. I majored in Communications and Public Relations, which means I took quite a few classes on communication and interaction, talking to the public, etc. This professor, who held her Doctorate in Something Important Relating to Communications had the most bizarre quirk: she would repeat the same phrase over and over again. The phrase? "And that dynamic."
Huh? I know. She would somehow, like a magician, manage to squeeze that phrase into just about every other sentence. It was bizarre, but entertaining. Members of my class and I would keep track of how often she said this phrase, and it was typically at least 30 instances per class which was quite impressive. It's just hard to soak in knowledge relating to communications from someone who clearly lacks basic communication skills themselves.
So, what's my annoying interpersonal quirk? Using "air quotes" when describing things. I typically "don't realize" that I'm "using air quotes" until my husband "mocks me with his air quotes" in an attempt to "get my attention." Then, he reminds me that my excessive air quotation use makes me a female Bennett Brauer, one of my favorite Chris Farley characters from SNL.
Granted, I'm not "eating my dandruff" or forgetting how to "properly wipe," but I hate to think that all paths lead to this place: