Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I have what some would call an addictive personality (also known as OCD, so I've heard, from other OCDers). If I get started on something, it's over. Here are just a few examples ...

I ate Costco's poppy seed muffins for breakfast everyday for at least a year.

I have a love/hate relationship with Diet Coke. If I'm on the "sauce", it's all I drink. ALL DAY LONG. I'm currently "clean", and have been since September 7, 2010. (They should totally have a DC's Anonymous. At least then I'd get to go to meetings where people would clap for my sobriety efforts.)

I'm currently having issues with chocolate. And that's all you need to know about that.

Oh, and I've had oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast everyday for like the last 8 months. Not to mention, for lunch, I have the same shredded beef burritos from Costco ... EVERYDAY!!!

Wow. I'm pathetic.

Alright, so what does all this have to do with my daughters and parenting? Well, I think I've passed my addictive gene on to Megan. Only her addictions seem to show themselves as ticks.

Do you remember the smacking? She still does this, by the way. Only not quite as often as before. The good thing is that she's admitted she has a problem. And she often mentions it in her prayers at bedtime, asking God to help her stop smacking. Plus, most afternoons she'll give me an unsolicited report on how much or how little she smacked that day. She's definitely making progress.

Her latest tick is flicking her head. It started as a way to get her bangs out of her eyes. If they were in the way, she'd just flick her head back. What I'm noticing now, is that she flicks her head back even when her bangs are clipped back out of her face. We're talkin' every 10-15 minutes, she's flickin' her head back. I know. It's serious. It's bizarre. It's a Flick Tick.


  1. First of all, I'm glad you didn't have to take any drug tests last year. Second, I think eating the same thing every day is perfect because it doesn't require thought, and moms have too many other things to think about. Finally, Colson's current habit is sticking his finger in his nose every 3-4 seconds, all day long. Consider yourself lucky.

  2. Ha! Ann-Marie!! Yes, the Opium factor ... might be hard to explain that away as a muffin obsession considering I so fit the druggie profile. Totally agree with your 2nd point (obviously). And as for Colson ... Amanda went through something similar when she was in Kindergarten. She would stick her pointer and middle fingers in her nose (1 in each nostril), and would flick them out in front of her. Not sure if anything flew out as a result of the flicking, but I know I was humbled in public more than once! (Hey, at least he's not pretending to be Michael jackson and grabbing his crotch every 5 minutes.)