Snap, Crackle, Pop

On Wednesdays, we use every cop-out imaginable and avoid putting any actual effort into our posts — or at least I do. Or am, this week. Kidding! Kind of.

Two of my favorite bloggers are owed big thanks for today's post. I think I'm getting sick, ugh — I was trying to convince myself that the sore throat I woke up with Monday was just from allergies, but my whole-body soreness on Tuesday had me thinking otherwise. So my brain isn't firing on all cylinders today.

Thankfully, it's Wednesday, which means it's time to link up with Kathy for Humpday Confessions. And since Kristen asked me to share some things about myself {and because I'm a total sucker for a survey of any sort}, what better occasion to blend the two?

Vodka and Soda

1. What's a nickname only your family calls you?
Most of my family calls me Allie, and only a few friends — mostly people who are super close with my family too, or who have known me since I was a tot — use Allie too. And then there's my big brother, who calls me Earl. Actually, now that I think of it, my family calls me Al more than anything else. How feminine.

2. What's a weird habit of yours?
Welp, I have OCD so most of my daily behaviors are considered weird habits by functioning members of the human race. I'm also aggressively Type A and obnoxiously organized, so let's say the 5,000 things I do each day to keep order are weird habits.

3. Do you have any weird phobias?
I used to have a pretty severe case of ornithophobia {fear of birds — I actually needed an alternate assignment when my high school English teacher wanted us to page/screen compare The Birds}, but I've gained quite a bit of control over it in the last handful of years. I do still very much have arachnophobia though, but that's not weird. That's just normal.

4. Hey Kristen, what happened to number 4?

5. What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
Poor grammar. Specifically, using the incorrect your/you're, their/there/they're, too/two/to.

6. What's one of your nervous habits?
I used to be really bad about biting my nails, but now I mostly bite my cuticles and the insides of my cheeks. Oh, I also have oral fixation. And if I'm chewing gum, which I usually am, I'll pop and snap it like crazy when I'm nervous/bored/deep in thought. And I crack my knuckles, neck, back, ankles, and knees far too often. I'm so annoying. And just realizing now that it asked for one habit, but I've come too far to turn back now.

7. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
This varies with placement of the bed in relation to windows/door, but in my bed I currently sleep on the right side.

8. What was your first stuffed animal and what was its name?
Hmm. I really don't know. It was probably a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal though. 

9. What's the drink you always order at Starbucks or Dunkin?
At Dunkin I usually just go for a hazelnut coffee, hot or iced. I only really drink Starbucks when holiday specials are out, so I rotate the PSL, salted caramel mocha, and brulee latte. Or a passion tea lemonade if you twist my arm in the summer.

10. Which way do you face in the shower?
Away from the water unless I'm rinsing my face.

11. Do you have any weird body skills?
I can pop both my hip bones and my bottom rib bones out of place, and weird flexible stuff other people are for some reason grossed out by {thanks, yoga!}.

12. What is your favorite comfort food that you know is bad for you but you eat it anyway?
My favorites are foods I can no longer eat since I finally figured out that gluten has been messing with me my whole life, but they were lasagna/manicotti/stuffed shells/baked macaroni & cheese/virtually any combination of noodle and excessive cheese. Now when I really need comfort food I usually make rice with lots of "butter" {see: "dairy & soy free buttery spread"}, salt and garlic. Or gluten-free pretzels drenched in peanut butter.

13. What is a phrase or exclamation you always say?
"That's aggressive." Or any stream of swear words completely unfit for your virgin blog-reading eyes.

14. What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Shorties and a tank in summer, leggings and waffle top in winter.

15. What did you used to wear that you thought was cool and now you realize it wasn't?
Everything. I was a '90s kid. Absolutely everything. UFO pants. Babydoll tees with thong straps pulled up. Jesus Tapdancing Christ, adolescence was a weird time.

As for tags, I think Kristen managed to get a bunch of you in there, so I'll leave this as an open, take-the-lazy-way-out tag party. If you're so inclined, whoever you are, I'd love to see your answers!

As for the rest of you humpday confessors, let's hear about your sins!


  1. Oh my popping your hip bones - ouch! I was a nail biter too - but thankfully in the last year I have stopped doing that...although now manicures are burning a hole in my wallet lol!

  2. #11... what???? That just sounds painful. I've always been super flexible. I remember as a kid in gym, I was the only one who could touch toes without bending my knees. Still true. BOOM!

  3. I have serious batrachophobia (I'm going off when I looked that up when I was like 10 so if that's wrong and/or misspelled then so be it....I thought about googling it but realized that was a bad idea), which is the fear of frogs and toads. I refused to do the amphibian section in biology class in high school. Ack just typing all that made my skin crawl. High five for weird animal phobias!
    I'm a nail/cuticle/inside of cheek biter too...I quit biting my nails several years ago but just started biting/picking my cuticles more, not sure which is better tbh. One of my goals for this month was to get that in check and it's not going perfectly but I've probably picked at them less this month than I ever have in my life.

  4. I completely agree with you - bad grammar really pisses me off :(

  5. I totally just pictured you doing the Tina Fey nerd rage. Actually I'm sure I've seen you do this.

  6. Oh man my favorite comfort food is definitely pasta!! And my biggest pet peeve of all time is poor grammar!

  7. I dont have a blog post for tomorrow, Im going to steal these questions LOL
    I can pop my hips out of place too!

  8. I sleep according to the door too- far away from it!

  9. i'm a favourite! yay me.
    oh my god, my bad! i completely left out number 4! haha. i finally found the original post, and number 4 is: 4. What's a song you secretly love to blast and jam out to when you are alone?
    I love that your family calls you Al, and that you had a fear of birds.
    bad grammar annoys me too! if I am ever unsure (never with those ones, but with others) I just avoid the word.
    omg people popping and snapping gum drives me caaarazy. any mouth noises drive me bonkers.
    ph wow the hips and ribs really freaks me out haha. and man oh man i love lasagna so much, and gluten free alternatives kinda suck, but sometimes when i want something really tomatoey and cheesy i throw some quinoa, tomatoes, pasta sauce and a shit ton of cheese in a dish and call it lasagna. also, at home we spell it lasagne. which makes zero sense.

  10. Im fascinated by number 11 I swear! Also I face the water when I shower but mostly because I dont wash this mass of hair every single day and its easier. And girl you know bad grammar gives me nervous ticks. haha love this so glad kristen tagged me and I cant wait to post mine!

  11. haha one of my favorite lines to say is 'oh a little aggressive are we?' perfect!

  12. Why Earl? Noodle and excessive cheese are my favorites, always. My bf asks why I make so many casseroles, but it's because of those two! And seriously laughing at UFO pants- and JNCO jeans!

  13. Okay, we have a really strange number of things in common..
    1) My family usually calls me Mac (kind of like the Mack truck, not feminine at all)
    2) I am a little OCD (everything has it's place and I don't like if it isn't in order or in the right spot)
    3) I'm afraid of larger birds (chickens, geese, ducks, definitely turkeys, peacocks, etc) but I love baby birds
    4) Poor grammar annoys the heck out of me, also TaLKIn' lYk diSS ugh
    5) I can't not pop and snap my gum
    6) I can pop my hip bones and lower rib bones (I love freaking my friends out with it)
    I usually don't like saying this phrase, but oh well.. Twinsies! ;D

  14. I really, really don't like birds either. I think it was because the house I grew up in always had those super large crows hanging outside it. I will say though that I love the little blue birds and cardinals that hang around my backyard.

  15. Yeah!!!! I love hearing everyones weird lets me know I'm not alone ;-)

  16. YOU PULLED YOUR THONG STRAPS UP!??!?!??!? hahahahahahahahaha hahah

  17. I didn't know hip bones could pop?!???? I would probably go to the doctor thinking I'd jacked myself up if I did that.


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