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What unfortunate things do you do repeatedly?

Asked by SadieMartinPaul (8977 points ) December 3rd, 2012

Einstein defined “insanity” as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I know that I’m “no Einstein,” and I don’t believe that I’m insane, yet I seem determined to make habits out of some really stupid activities. I’ll toss out a few true confessions:

—I often hang around in my bathrobe, wearing nothing underneath. I’ll sit down to have breakfast, sit at my desk for long periods of time… Then, I suddenly realize that I’m using my bathrobe as underwear—yuck!—and that I can’t wear it again until I’ve laundered it. This happens 2–3 times per week. This morning, I had to wash not-one-but-two bathrobes.

—I love the taste of white wine. I often buy a bottle and tell myself that I’ll drink it slowly…make it last for a week or so. But, every time, I finish the bottle quickly and feel silly about my lack of self-control and angry about all those calories.

—If I’m too lazy to take my dog for a real walk, I open the back door and let her outside. I tell myself that she won’t run off into the woods behind my house. Almost invariably, she makes a run for the woods.

Ok…now it’s YOUR turn to ‘fess up!

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Seek's avatar

I keep expecting my husband to be home when he says he’s going to be home. Five years and he hasn’t failed to let me down yet.

Did you hear 30 minutes? I meant five hours.

Coloma's avatar

I’m getting better and better at not engaging with sick minds.
You can’t argue with a sick mind, my ongoing mantra to self. haha

ucme's avatar

Fart after a curry, liquid ones if i’ve also had a pint or six.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@Coloma Some wise person once told me never to try reasoning with someone who’s irrational.

wundayatta's avatar

I keep expecting to say things that I know people will disagree with and have them express an understanding for my point of view. It’s weird when things make sense to me, but not to others. I try not to take it personally, but often it really bothers me. I keep forgetting that being different is going to bother me.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I don’t wear shoes in my house. I don’t like to track dirt in. Yet when I need to get wood for the wood stove I think “Oh, it’s only for a second. I don’t need shoes. I’ll just walk on the concrete patio and grab some.”
Invariably my socks get full of wood chips that get tracked all over the house. Ouch.

Also saying to myself, “I’ve got this awful report due. I’ll just check Fluther for a minute or two and then get right back to work.”

Coloma's avatar

@PaulSadieMartin Yes, to try and reason with an irrational person makes you irrational. lol

gondwanalon's avatar

@LuckyGuy HA! You crack me up. I’ve caught myself doing the same thing. Check out our new Lennox Grandview wood stove that we put in last October here We also put in bamboo floors though out the first floor. To punish myself for walking on the floor with shoes on I sweep the entire floor. You would thing that that would stop me from wearing shoes again. But no. HA!

YARNLADY's avatar

At least I’m apparently not alone: Trying to reason with an irrational person.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Talking religion or politics. It is never a good idea. No one ever ‘wins” – all it is will be the spewing of hot air, from both parties.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@elbanditoroso Fabulous answer. Let’s not forget about sex. Sex, religion, and politics are the triumverate to avoid any conversation that isn’t close and intimate. And, they should never, ever be discussed in the workplace.

Mariah's avatar

Freak out about worst case scenarios. They don’t usually come to fruition, and then I’ve wasted energy being upset about something that hadn’t actually happened. I’m getting better.

Bill1939's avatar

The behaviors you describe (not dressing in the morning, not walking with your dog, drinking more than you thought you would) sounds to me like depression. Is this possible?

Sunny2's avatar

I can find all kind off things to do besides cleaning up the general mess my place is in. I always rationalize that I can do it later, or tomorrow, or next week. I drive myself crazy. I wish I could wave a magic wand.

gailcalled's avatar

@gondwanalon: That is a beautiful stove, flooring and view of the deck. You can easily mop the floors with the fluffy guys sleeping in front of the stove. Those tails are designed for spinning the cats around. Just shake the dust off them outside when done.

(What do you grow in the large pots?)

LuckyGuy's avatar

@gondwanalon I have a Lopi Freedom
In the advertisement pictures they never show the wood we all keep stored near the stove.

Earthgirl's avatar

I just keep working my ass off, expecting that my employer will someday recognize what a talented , hard-working person I am. F’ing dreamer!!

janbb's avatar

Falling for the wrong guy.

gondwanalon's avatar

@gailcalled I’ll have to give your suggestion a try. In the pots I’m growing baby Araucaria bidwillii (BunyaBunya pine) trees.This what they look like as mature trees here and here The edible seed/nuts are nutritious and taste.

@LuckyGuy I was going to get the same stove as the one that you have but I got a good deal on this one. It is ecologically friendly as is yours. So far we are happy with it.

gailcalled's avatar

@gondwanalon; That is a beautiful tree and one that I am not familiar with. Google says that it grows in Queensland, which might explain why.

This is a serious pine cone.

gondwanalon's avatar

@gailcalled Yes Rule Pines (Araucaria rulei) are slightly weird and very rare. They are endemic to New Caledonia and even hard to find there outside the national park. I came across the specimen that you indicate in SanDiego almost a year ago. That was so exciting. There were several other species of Araucaria in that area as well.

By the way I bought the Bunyabunya pine seeds from a a guy in India who got them from his tree. I don’t want you to think that I smuggled the seeds from Australia. They are very protective of their seeds and won’t allow them out of the country.

gailcalled's avatar

@gondwanalon: The world has been filled with rogues who smuggled seeds and plants. Here is a story I am fond of.

“The first coffee bush was planted in Brazil in 1727 in the state of ParĂ¡. According to the legend, the government of Brazil was looking for a cut of the coffee market and sent Lt. Col. Francisco de Melo Palheta to smuggle coffee seeds from French Guiana, ostensibly to mediate a border dispute.

Instead of turning to the fortress-like coffee farms, Palheta used his personal attractions to persuade the First Lady of French Guiana. Unable to resist his charms, she gave him a bouquet spiked with seedlings at a state farewell dinner before he left for Brazil.” source

augustlan's avatar

Lighting up that next cigarette. Also, physically overdoing it. I’ve had fibromyalgia for freaking years, and I still haven’t mastered the art of pacing myself.

newtscamander's avatar

@gailcalled I’m telling PETA about your mopping endeavours!

gailcalled's avatar

^^^.Note that I was making an aesthetic or design-related comment and not offering an RX.

newtscamander's avatar

I know, I know ;-)

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