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Friday, February 6, 2009

I Do What?? Getting to Know Myself...

One of the interesting things about spending a lot of time with someone is that you end up learning more about yourself. Your partner will notice and (if you're as super lucky as I am) point out your odd little quirks - things that you've become so used to you hardly know you do it anymore. These are a few of the things Jack has pointed out in the past several months:
  • I have a strange tick where apparently I shake my head back & forth once very quickly, and I quote, "violently". This may explain why I have chronic neck pain, but that's another story. The thing is, I don't notice when I do this. Jack told me recently that for the first 6 months we hung out, he thought maybe I had a mild case of Tourette Syndrome. My own boyfriend thought I suffered from a nervous system disorder. I asked him why he didn't say anything sooner. He was like "well, I don't know, I just figured you didn't want to talk about it." BUT HE THOUGHT I HAD TOURETTE'S. That seems like something you'd mention, you know? Anyway, now every time I do this, he alerts me. I still don't notice, but maybe eventually I will. I'm weird.

  • I used to think that the reason I was always covered in bruises was just because I bruise easily. When Jack & I first started dating, he'd see a massive and dark bruise on my arm or something and say "WHAT HAPPENED? That looks awful!" I could never remember, which concerned him more. "I just bruise easily, that's all", I'd tell him. Turns out I am an unbelievable klutz. Like, how did I not know that before? The reason I have massive bruises is because I am always falling down or dropping something on my feet, or running into inanimate objects. Jack is kind enough to point this out each and every time.

  • I sweat. A lot. Even when it's not warm out at all. I find Jack's house to be unbearably hot most of the time. Sometimes I wonder if he is just trying to get me out of my clothes, if we're being honest. I mean, who has their house at 107 degrees F year round?

  • I sleep. A lot. So much so that Jack thinks I have suffered from mono for the past 8 months. If I had a dime for every time he's asked me "do you think you have mono?" I would have lots and lots of dimes, people.

As for Jack's behavior, I think I'm far too kind to point out his quirks. I mean, sure, he soaks the bath mat every time he emerges from the shower, but do I mention that every time it happens? No, I sure don't. And he puts his milk in the bowl before pouring his cereal, which I think is possibly the most bizarre thing I've ever seen - nobody does it that way, right? But I only mention that to him every OTHER time he does it because I'm nice like that.

Jack's Follow-Up: Unless you (a) don't have teeth, or (b) just prefer your cereal to be really soggy, you should always pour the milk in first. Trust me. Try it once, and you'll never go back.

Readers: What have YOU learned about yourself from your significant other? Did s/he think you had leprosy or something? Multiple personality disorder? Please share!

12 comments:

pistols at dawn said...

I learned that like, at least once a week, she sleeps with guys who aren't me. Weird, huh?

Anonymous said...

Yay! Thanks for posting, Jill! Refund rescinded!

Well, one good thing about Jack is that you can rest assured he loves you. Any man that thinks a chick has Tourette's syndrome, and stays with her anyway? Aces in my book!

Jack and Jill said...

PISTOLS - Hey, I learned once that a boyfriend had another girlfriend. That was SUPER interesting too!!

ANON - You're welcome. Sorry it took so long. We are delinquents. And I have Tourette's so it can't be helped...? No? Oh. Anyway, great point, though!

-JILL

Al said...

I learned that I make fun of people. A lot. In ways that can be construed as mean.

It's one of those "needs improvement" areas that I actually have improved upon. At least when I'm around my wife.

Jen said...

I learned from the husband I talked about myself. Like, a lot.

I was mortified, I mean, I thought I was just "sharing" my story to go along with other's stories - you know, keeping the conversation going/flowing/interesting or something glamorous like that. I'm INTERESTING people!

Apparently, this is not really good. I've since stopped and now I listen to everyone else "share" their stories.

It's actually kind of nice like this. As hard as it was for me to hear. . . But your quirks are cute, Jill. I wouldn't change a thing if I were you!

inflammatory writ said...

Huh. I never tried pouring the milk in first. That actually makes sense when you think about it.

Anonymous said...

i think milk has to go in second to get the ratio right.

thanks.

WL

rs27 said...

I would never ask someone if they had Tourette's, they would be letting the curse words fly.

Not cool.

Jason said...

milk in first is really suspect. Like something they'd do in the USSR.

Ryan said...

The cereal goes in first, then the milk. I don't care what anyone says.

JenBun said...

I've learned that I am insanely patient but that, once my patience is blown, I have a hidden propensity for squawking up a storm. Hooray me!

(And my word verification is pornstor-- PORN store!!! This is an exciting day, people.)

Anonymous said...

my husband has really long toes that he used to curl up.. me of very short stubby toes didnt know this was possible and thought that he had nubs in stead of toes for the first year we were dating...in my defense he was very wierd about his feet and I only got a quick glimpse here and there....
shay