“Is It Just Me?” Quirky Contributor Tell-All :: A BMC Collaboration


Remember when you were a kid, and you just wanted to fit in? Back then, being different or quirky could draw ridicule or unwanted attention. Now, one of my favorite parts of being an adult is having the security to embrace my quirks and having the awareness that everyone else has their own quirks, too. Don’t believe me? Just ask your spouse, kids, or co-workers. You definitely have some interesting idiosyncrasy that stands out (or several), but take heart, because you certainly aren’t the only one!

While my quiet, reserved kid self longed to be “normal,” I’ve since come to realize that “normal” is a relative term and that my oddities probably aren’t unique to me. I can’t be the only one who loves driving in absolute silence or who looks at the restaurant menu beforehand EVERY time I eat out. In the pursuit of solidarity and entertainment, I polled our awesome team of Birmingham Mom Collective contributors, and, it turns out, they have some interesting habits, too. Read on as we lay our secrets bare, and whatever your eccentricity, know you are in good company!

My college roommate pointed out that I ALWAYS grab everything at the grocery store from the back. My mom always drilled in that those were the freshest, or “someone could’ve walked around with that milk for an hour and then put it back in the front!”

I can’t be the only one who goes to use the restroom just to escape annoying kids and a husband.

I won’t cook anything unless the sink is empty and the dishes are put away, even if I’m really hungry and have kids yelling at me for food. I put away the dishes in the drying rack, then wash any remaining dishes and put them up to dry, and then I’ll make food. It’s like the order of operations – I don’t know why it bothers me so much!

I can’t be the only one who takes a bazillion pictures and never prints them. I even post on Instagram for chat book purposes and have yet to order a book…5 years later.

For me, someone else has to open the biscuit container. I absolutely hate it when it pops in my hands!

I can only eat cereal if I am the first to open it. If the box is already opened, I won’t eat any of it.

I can’t be the only one whose camera roll is full of screenshots of things I need to remember.

I am weird about the order I use eggs in the container. It needs to stay “balanced,” so I use eggs from the exterior of the egg carton to the interior. Yep. It’s weird.

When I pump my gas I have to end on an even number. So if it’s $25.11, I have to go up to $26.12.
I also cannot walk around barefoot in my house! I always have to have slippers or socks on my feet at all times.
I prefer the volume on my TV and radio to be on an odd number.
I introduced my kids to Dr. Pimple Popper videos and we watch them together. I also asked the dermatologist if I could come watch my husband’s neck cyst extraction, and they said yes! I’m such a weirdo about zits! 
I watch movies in the background when I’m working to help me concentrate, but only certain ones, so I’ve watched the Harry Potter series, Band of Brothers series, and You’ve Got Mail hundreds of times each.
I can’t be the only one who only bathes my kids twice a week.

What about YOU? Comment below to share your funny habits/quirks/preferences with us!

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Elaine is originally from Mobile, Alabama, but Birmingham has always had a special place in her heart. She made frequent trips to the Magic City as a child to visit relatives and envisioned living here one day. She is 8 years in and loves it! Elaine and her husband Kyle got married in 2019 and welcomed their son David at the beginning of 2021. She is a proud graduate of The University of Alabama and holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. She has worked in the nonprofit and corporate sector doing ministry, volunteer coordinating, marketing, and recruiting to name a few! She is currently a stay-at-home-mom navigating the new waters of parenthood. Her favorite things include running, hiking, baking, and eating her way through Birmingham's amazing food scene!


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