this is a TMI situation

On Tuesdays, I always like to share a random trivia fact. It’s usually something freakishly weird like stories of strangers licking each other, or Disney’s obsession with pussy. (Yes, I love puns. So what?) This time… I’m sharing facts about myself. I’m freakishly weird… so it counts, right? You better say yes, damn it!  I get multiple emails every week asking me things about myself or my blog, so I thought it would be fun for me to share some stuff here so you may get a better idea of who I am. I hope y’all will share something with me, too. That’s how friendship works, you know. 


If you thought I was weird already – it’s only going to get worse from here.

10 freakishly weird facts about a freakishly weird person (me!) :

1. There are multiple shows that are geared towards teens that I still watch. It’s pretty embarrassing at the age of 29 but I can’t help myself. Pretty Little Liars. Dance Moms. The list goes on. (Hey… don’t judge me)

2. I make up dances all the time for random things. I have a made up dance for pizza. A dance for dessert. A dance for my in-laws dog. (Which he loves. He thinks I’m playing so he gets excited and bolts around.) One I do for my cats. I even made up a dance that I make my cats do. Those poor things.

3. I would rather watch the same reruns of the same shows over and over rather than watch something new. I like knowing what to expect rather than risk watching something new and hating it. I’ve seen the same Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and The Middle episodes dozens of times. (There are many more shows, but I’ll spare you from the list)

4. I absolutely detest social media. I think most people here know that already, but I wanted to add it in.

5. I like spending more time with kids than adults. I often consider going back to school to become a preschool teacher or becoming certified to open a day care. (Would you trust me with your kids? Hahahaha)

6. I grew up in a staunch Republican house with parents that were obsessed with politics and unwilling to hear other perspectives. Now I avoid politics like the plague.

7. I spend hours a day reading other people’s blogs because I love finding connections and meeting new people. I don’t make friends easily in person. I think I come off a little crazy.

8. I’m absolutely petrified of waves and undertow. I grew up going to the Caribbean every year and never had an issue until I was about 20. Even though I live in NC and often go to the beach in the summer, I haven’t gone into the ocean any further than my ankles in years.weirdlyawesome

9. Here’s a deeply personal one that I didn’t think I’d ever share. I had a lot of mental issues when I was young, and was diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder. It took many years for me to get out of that darkness. It wasn’t easy. I think it’s the main reason I focus on humor instead of anything serious when I write. I like keeping things light-hearted after suffering for so long.

10. I collect magnets from different countries and have over 100 of them. No, I didn’t go to all of these places, but my parents did. Every time they go on a trip, I’m gifted with a handful of magnets. It started off as a joke… but it stuck. Pretty nerdy, right?


Do you have a freakishly weird fact to share or a question to ask? We’re all friends here. You can email me them if you’d rather share them in private @

295 thoughts on “this is a TMI situation

  1. lorithenaz says:

    Right there with you on #8. I lived in a beach town across the street from the ocean and never went in the water past my knees. Then in Roatan one year I actually felt ok to swim because the water was clear and there were no waves and what do I see not 5 feet away from me? A stingray and piece of floating human poop! Back to shore for me!

    • elizabeth says:

      You are not nearly as weird as you think! I am a total freak show, and I LOVE my weirdnesses!! They make me who I am. Let’s see…God, I have so many!! Ok, here’s one. I despise jokes. HATE them. They stress me out, and when someone starts to tell one, my teeth go into clench mode, my chest gets tight and the fight or flight reaction sets in. I end up with white knuckles and a brain that’s saying”OMG!!! Please!! Let’s go. Come ON! This is so fucking stupid!!!” Weird, right? What else…I will ONLY write on canary yellow legal pads, and they must be legal sized. No shrimpy 8.5×11 for me. And I will ONLY use Pilot Roller ball pens (medium). Blue, black or green. If I don’t have any or can’t find one at home, I will get into the car for the sole purpose of tracking down my favorite pens. Which, of course, I will hoard somewhere at home so that my husband can’t steal them. And the list goes on! Oh, and I grew up with cats but had a scary experience with a cat I agreed to cat sit in college. Merlin attacked me (the scratches, the blood, the ripped nightgown!), and I had to run to the bathroom to escape him. He sat outside the bathroom for the next 14 hours. I had no phone, but at least I had water, towels and a tub to sleep in. So I have a thing about cats. They scare the shit out of me. Yes, they do. (That miserable Merlin. He must have had distemper or some other cat disease. Or he just didn’t like me…?)

      • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

        Haha, I’ve never heard of someone who detests jokes so much. That’s pretty funny/strange. I like it. Is it just like a standard joke where you have to guess the answer? Or do you avoid comedy shows and the like, too?

      • elizabeth says:

        Yikes! It’s taken me so long to respond. I’m taking classes again after….oh, 25 years…and my time is not my own. Combine the classes and homework and travel to and from classes and then all of my caretaking duties, and I’m really running at a time (and energy) deficit. I apologize for the delay. BUT, in answer to your question….I absolutely despise jokes. I have a visceral reaction to them. If someone starts to tell a joke, I either have to leave the room or, if I know them, I will put my hand up and just say, “NO jokes. I’m sorry. I hate jokes. Can you please tell someone else?” I don’t know why this is, but it is. There’s something just so stupidly *contrived* and unnatural about jokes. Comedy shows, on the other hand–well, certain ones….like Louis CK. Even though he can be inappropriate (to say the least), overall, his running commentary has me bowled over with laughter. Or Jimmy Fallon. I love him. Usually. So the improv or improvish stuff I like. Jokes on their own, though? On my top 10 list of things I hate. Weird, right? (I know!!!) And now that I think of it, I even hated them when I was a little kid. I think it started with the knock-knock joke. I just didn’t have the patience for the whole ritual of it, and that’s probably what soured me on the joke scene. Yes, I think I’ve just done a good job of “unpacking” where my complete and utter disdain for jokes took root. Thank you for your help in that!!!! 😉

  2. hotmessmemoir says:

    Loved this post! I think I loved it bc I relate. I’ve recently realized, I think I may come off as awkward first meeting people, using topics you should probably hold off on when first meeting someone or after a few drinks.

  3. Danielle says:

    Wow we have quite a few things in common. Um one thing to share is (I’m told) I was the first volunteer at the Boys and Girls club to go in the teen room and stay a while without being asked … and the first volunteer to go back for more. Supposedly. But I did end up with a Staff shirt one summer for field trips because the little kids didn’t believe I was a volunteer, not a teen.

    I look forward to getting to know each other through our blogs (and actually posting in mine again).

  4. audric darah says:

    hehe! I’ll surely trust you with my kids! 😉 (but I don’t have any now)
    some weird facts about me:
    *I sometimes imagine cars talking to themselves. for example an old model Benz talking to a modern Benz about life and it’s experience on the road, but they keep quiet when a human is coming.
    *I imagine my phone has feelings, so I peck it and tell it how wonderful it has been.
    *I sometimes wish I had the superpower to be invincible.
    *I hate people staring at me when I’m walking or driving past.
    *When anyone says something they think should hurt me, I laugh in their faces or ignore them.
    *I often clean my phone with a towel and water
    *Being a little mean feels good (especially to people who deserve to see my mean side)
    * I daydream alot
    * I spray perfume in my wallet.

    hehe 😜

  5. terrepruitt says:

    I think my husband agrees with #3. We watch the same stuff over and over instead of new things. Movies really. Sometimes I would like to watch some of the hundreds of things on Netflix or Hulu, but nooooo, we are watching the same movie we just watched three nights ago. 🙂 I DO have my own shows I don’t mind rewatching, but sometimes new stuff is good.

  6. M.S. Lee says:

    Dance Moms is definitely the kind of trash that appeals to all age groups and I fully support it! I have an irrational fear of being eaten alive by bears or mountain lions. I also collect magnets from my travels! You’re not alone and the stranger the better. Thanks for another great post!

  7. deetroutman says:

    Thank you for following me and the like. (Get it?) I know you like humor and there is probably not a lot of that on my blog because I sweat marble. I love your blog because of it’s anarchic, irreverent wit. I have this weird thing about smells possibly because of mental illness though I won’t blame it on that. Whenever someone in public says something smells I think it is me until the true culprit turns up. Unless the true culprit doesn’t turn up then I become really paranoid. Probably a reason it is more quirk than schizophrenia. I am a very clean person but -well, you get the idea.

    • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

      Thank you 🙂 I don’t always read humor – just things that are well written or people who have something interesting to say. Like, you just taught me cats are meant to symbolize eternity and that Egyptians shaved their eyebrows when their cats passed away. How the hell did I not know that? I’m failing at cat lady-dom lol. I always worry I smell, too. Even right after I shower. Strange.

  8. Jaton' West says:

    Never stop being weird! My husband and I are 70 (we’ll, I’m 71 but he’ll be 71 soon) and it’s not uncommon for us to sit at the breakfast table, leisurely conversing in pig Latin. And we have a morning ritual. We have a Lazy Susan on the dining table, where we put jelly, etc., at breakfast. After breakfast, we spin the Lazy Susan to determine who (if anyone) gets to lick the jelly spoons. I do calculations regarding how many spins we need to do that day and I try to keep the number 3 or less. For example, today (2/21) was tricky because 2 + 2 + 1 =5 and that just would NOT do. So I had to come up with another calculation (2-1=1 and then 2-1=1) — came out to 1. We always have 2 jelly jars; today, one spoon came out pointing at me and the other, alas, pointed at neither of us, so NOBODY got to lick it. The decisions made my the Lazy Susan are not to be taken lightly!! 😉

    • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

      Hahaha that’s amazing. And fun. I’ve never heard of anything quite like it before. The Lazy Susan holds a lot of power in your home 🙂 Now I feel like I need to come up with some fun, creative thing for my husband and I to do lol

  9. animalisticone says:

    I prefer animals to most people especially cats.
    I pick my nose to often. I won’t tell you what happens after that.
    I eat Coffee mate from a spoon. The powder kind.
    I St like butter on my finger or a spoon. I’ll bet I could win a butter eating contest.
    I , also am looking for new friends.

  10. zooish says:

    Freakish fact #1, maybe more nerd than freak, but anyway, growing up, I read the dictionary for fun and entertainment. My parents were of the school that one should look up a word if they wanted the meaning, not ask for an easy out. Well, I was pretty good phonetically and would usually find the word, but in the meantime, I would see a new word and then another and another etc. It was fun. I may have taken it a bit far though 🙂

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