Five things I do that I wonder if you do too

Please reassure me that you have, at one time or another, done some of these things too…

1)Β Have an imaginary argument with someone about something that you think they might say or do. Then when it comes to it, they don’t say or do that thing at all and you’re kind of disappointed that you don’t get to use those great comebacks that you planned when you were having the imaginary argument with them. (No, I’m not arguing with voices in my head, the people are real, they’re just not really saying the things I imagine them saying; it’s completely different!).

Having an argument alone

2) You’re somewhere like a bar, and you’re singing along to some music that’s playing. It comes to a part where you don’t know the words, so you pretend that you’re suddenly very thirsty and reach for your drink which you will keep sipping until it gets to a bit where you know the words again. (Nobody will see through that one right?).

Man drinking beer

3) Have a dream that your spouse/partner wrongs you in some way, and then when you wake up, even though you know perfectly well that it was just a dream, you can’t help but feel furious towards them in real for the thing they did in your dream. (What do you mean that’s unreasonable?! If they could do it in your dream, then they could do it in real!).

Sleeping

4) You’re out shopping. You come across something you really like, consider it for a while, then look at the price tag and discover that it is far too expensive for you. In case anyone is watching, you don’t want them to think you can’t afford it, so you carry on looking at the item for a while longer as if you are still considering it. (Yes it DOES matter what anyone else thinks about me even if I’ll never see them again!).

Shoe shopping

5) Tell your spouse/partner that you want them to help you with something when actually what you mean is that you want them to do it all, while you point out how they’re doing it wrong. (Well if they did it right, you wouldn’t have to point out what they were doing wrong…right?).

Man building somehting

Do you do any of those? Or do you have anything else you do that you would include on a list like this? Do tell!

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82 responses to “Five things I do that I wonder if you do too

  1. Yep I do all these things, especially number 1! I get really annoyed at the prospect of them doing something as well, when they aren’t even there, just because they thought of them doing it annoys me! Well, 5 I don’t do so much actually, more like, I offer to do something when I don’t REALLY want to do it…

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  2. None of them …. absolutely none of them …. and you will find that you are in the minority. πŸ˜‰

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  3. 1 all of the time. 2 some of the time, and 3 rarely. Can’t say I do the others mind you! It’s nice to think I’m not the only one doing no.1 though. I do that literally every day… haha.

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    • I believe you are male and 4 & 5 are probably more girly ones! It is reassuring though to know we are not the only one who does these slightly odd things though isn’t it! Thanks for stopping by, next time bring your shaker and mix me something up! πŸ™‚

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      • haha, i agree with that comment! And yes, i often find myself doing the first one on a more than daily basis. 3 times today in fact. Sad but it does sometimes make me feel better, getting those anger-ish feelings out of my system =)

        Haha, i’d be glad, it’s all packed up for the next time i pop along! How do rose water Martini’s sound? Or a nice Sonoran Sunset? =)

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  4. Totally 3,4 & 5. Ha!

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  5. 1. I have the best, best, snappy comebacks for a heated debate about three days after the fact. It’s most satisfying, but only to myself. It never reaches the ears of the intended audience.

    2. I thought I invented that move. You think you’re one-in-a-million and it turns out you’re a dime a dozen.

    3. No, but what infuriates me is that my spouse falls asleep in about :20 seconds while I have to go through a series of very specific and complicated positions before I lumber off.

    5. What I love is when I tell my spouse I want to help and she says, “No, that’s okay. I’ll do it.” In that case, I get credit for being supportive and helpful without actually having to do any work to earn it.

    Supplemental: Have you ever pretended to have a conversation on the phone while deciding what direction to walk in or course of action to take? Ummm…neither have I.

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    • 1. I think snappy combacks after a real argument is probably more acceptable than those before an imagined argument! Do you ever want to go back and pick the same fight again though to use those comebacks?

      5. Good ploy, always offer before being asked!

      I haven’t pretended to have a conversation, but I often pretend to be engrossed reading something or texting on my phone if I’m feeling a bit awkward or unsure somewhere.

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  6. No, I don’t do any of them – I don’t need to, my partner does them all for me …

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  7. Gosh Vanessa… I’m gob smacked…
    1. never had an imaginary argument…
    2. I don’t sing in pubs… I go there to drink.. well I used to till they heard my singing…
    3. is a no no… all is fair in dreams… think of some of those you’ve had you wouldn’t tell your spouse about …otherwise you’d be in trouble.
    4. I don’t shop in stores where I can’t afford things… I think that’s a woman thing…
    5. I can’t believe anyone would do that…

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    • You know what Rob, if I had to have guessed, I would definitely have guessed that you wouldn’t do any of those. You’re a straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get, type of a guy, and these things are pretty much the antithesis of that!

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  8. Wow – you’re like a mind reader or something! Apart from 2 and 5 you have got me spot on, but I think 2 was my favourite πŸ˜‰ and I thank you for the tip – saves me standing there mumbling, which is what i do when I get to the part of the song I don’t know that well. As for other stuff – when i was at school, I used to find it really awkward when i was walking down the corridor and saw someone coming in the other direction (usually a guy) that I knew. I was embarrassed about saying ‘hi’ too early so that we then approach each other in silence. I would always pretend to be busy with something – either in my bag, or something so interesting on the ceiling that I had to stare at. Then at the last moment, before we passed each other I would jump and act all surprised and say: hey, didn’t see you there. What a loser I was!

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    • I don’t think I’m a mind reader, I just think a lot of us are much more similar than we realise! Ha! Actually I still do that corridor thing now! Not for exactly the same reasons as you did, but at work we have quite long corridors and I usually wait until I’m close to the person coming my way before “noticing” them and saying hello because if you notice them and say hello too soon, then you don’t know whether to keep looking at them and smiling/talking as you get closer, or to look away or what!…actually, that is pretty similar to your reasons isn’t it. So we’re all losers together, yay!

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  9. 1,3 and 4. 4th- I even ask for my size lol πŸ™‚

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  10. 1. Yes
    2. No
    3. My wife
    4. Huh?
    5. Passive aggressive
    My shopping quirk involves CDs. Browsing, browsing, undecided between two or three, walk away, then at the last minute impulsively grab one that I’m feeling only mediocre about.

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  11. yes
    yes
    yes
    yes
    yes
    ever danced on a table, realized it was not a good idea, but kept dancing?

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    • Funny you should ask that question. On a recent trip to Greece, there was a bar we frequented in the evenings, a family-friendly bar, and every so often the DJ would play Queen’s ‘We will rock you’, and that was the cue for people to stand on tables and chairs clapping in time. I did this lots of times, over several evenings, before realising that I was pretty much the only person of my age doing it, the rest were mostly the kids, but I carried on anyway!

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  12. I did both number 2 and 3 just yesterday!

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  13. That first pix is hilarious…how did you snap that one of my mind (I’ve been trying to catch her on film)

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  14. Oh, yes, all except for the second one. I don’t sing in bars. Introvert thing…

    The third one is weird, isn’t it? My poor husband!

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    • I don’t really sing out loud, just mouthing the words really. Trouble is, I don’t often know the words, so there’s a lot more drinking going on that I might intend!

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      • If that’s the case, soon enough, you won’t care if you know the words or not. πŸ˜‰

        By the way, I found a nice review on Amazon. Wasn’t sure if it was you or not disguising yourself, but if it was, I wanted to say thank you. (It coincided with your comment on my blog, so I thought maybe it was. πŸ™‚ ) If not, just ignore this comment…

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  15. The one I relate to is No. 1, particularly as it relates to medical personnel. I plan out arguments with doctors and then the subjects won’t even come up. Actually, though, that’s a relief!
    Re No. 3 – I definitely believe that dreams can influence our attitudes toward people and ideas.

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    • Oh yes, medical personnel, where you imagine they might want you to have something done that you don’t want done, or they won’t put you forward to have something done that you think you should have done, or you feel they are fobbing you off with some pills just to get you out of the door – the possibilities of imaginary arguments with them are endless!

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  16. Ha ha, brilliant! Guilty of them all! πŸ™‚

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  17. All except the dream about my husband doing something wrong–lucky for him! Now tonight I’ll probably dream that he’s trying to kill me or something. But you will love this one: this guy who did NOT marry me instead married some total braniac, leading me, of course, to believe that I wasn’t smart enough for him. Therefore, whenever I come across a tidbit of knowledge somewhere, I imagine that I’m playing trivial pursuit with this guy and his wife, get that question that I know the answer to, along with the other obscure factoids I’ve attempted to squirrel away, and rock the free world, to the amazement of all. It’s really quite pathetic!. . . And also a little fulfilling. πŸ˜‰

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    • Haha, I can totally imagine myself doing something like that too! Although with me, rather than trivial pursuit, it would probably be in some pub quiz, we happen to bump into each other, and I happen to know the answers to all the questions that come up and he and his wife don’t. See what I’m like! I’m imagining the scenario already and I don’t even have an ex that married someone brainier!

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  18. I would say #1 and #4 are highest on my list. I like to imagine situations that didn’t happen, where I am the victor, and yeah, I can some say pretty cool things, too! Number 4, no question…as you mention, you probably won’t ever see these people ever again, so what’s the deal? I don’t know, I don’t have the answer to that. It’s a mystery!

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    • We must all share the same sorts of insecurities that make us all do these same things! It’s quite funny to discover we are not alone in them isn’t it. Nice to see you over here Amy by the way, you’re getting back into the blogging swing again!

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      • Thanks, Vanessa! I’m trying to get back into some kind of rhythm, sticking to some kind of writing schedule and getting back to reading. I feel like a lot my blogs that I follow have been somehow lost in my email box. I got to sort this out. It’s good to be here at your blog!

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        • I’ve stopped all but two blogs from coming into my email, and I go to them all in my reader instead. I find that better because I can allocate the time, go to the reader and click through them, rather than feeling constantly bombarded by them as they arrive in my inbox!

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  19. Vanessa, one and two I may have definitely done (and I very often have arguments with the voices in my head – it can get quite busy in there at times!)… not sure about the others though.

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  20. Oh, definitely No. 1! How dare people not do what I imagined they would! πŸ˜€

    It’s so good to see another post from youβ€”and I hope you’ll be back regularly, soon. It’s been a very quiet summer on the blog without you and other friends stopping by or posting. πŸ˜‰

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  21. Crap! All of the above, but especially #1 and #4. Unreal.

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  22. Yep, yep, yep. Haven’t done the partner things but I hope to one day πŸ™‚
    I also have a conversation with myself in the car and when someone in the car next to me looks, I pretend I am on the phone.
    When I greet people in my surgery, and they go to shake my hand and I’m too late with it, I pretend to scratch my face.

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    • Haha, yes, I chat away to myself in the car all the time too! I find it best to move my head from side to side at the same time, then it just looks like I’m singing along to something! I think I probably walk along the street talking to myself too, I don’t realise I’m doing it but quite often the kids will ask me who I’m talking to.

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  23. Nope. I would never do any of those things. And I think I already explained that to you when you showed up at my place last night, flying around in a rhinoceros costume and turning all my furniture into flowers with your magic vacuum cleaner hose.

    Or was that a dream?

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  24. Guilty on five of five charges. Thank fully, we are not alone in our shame! πŸ™‚

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  25. I totally do all of these things. From the looks of all the comments you’re definitely not alone in your “things.” I applaud your courage to expose yourself the way you did, even though we can all relate. Go you!

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  26. I’ve done the first and second things. Guilty as charged. As for the rest, you’ve just given me some ideas… πŸ˜‰

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  27. Yeah, I’ve done all those things too. Although in the case of number 4, I’m just as likely to say “what the hell” and buy the item anyway. I like retail therapy, me.

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  28. The first one, all the time. I have entire speeches stored in my head, with nowhere to go.

    Great post.

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    • Hehe. I think the imaginary arguments one is the one where I have been most surprised by how many others do it too! I’m assuming that everyone else is equally surprised – it’s one of those things where you really do wonder if you’re the only one who does it, hehe.

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  29. Sing-swallow. I’m absolutely guilty of that one.

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  30. Absolutely. Particularly the first. I love to have imaginary conversations and arguments with people. Very disappointing when the real them doesn’t play along. πŸ™‚

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  31. Big into #1. πŸ™‚ And yes, I recycle the comebacks into my writing. πŸ˜‰

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