Show & Tell Tuesday: Quirks and Such


Um, so I am nothing if not weird.  When I saw today’s topic, I thought, oh geez, I’m going to have to tame the crazy or else people will think I’m nuts.  Thank you Andrea for having a Show & Tell Tuesday where we have to admit our weirdness 😉 . #herewego

 My name is Shay…and I have quirks, phobias, pet peeves and other goofy things that make me me.

On the phobia front…

1: Spiders don’t bother me.  I’d hold a roach if I needed to.  Bugs are not my deal at all…but the thought of a snake makes me want to climb on top of my desk right now and call my daddy.


2: I do not like tight spaces, so I guess you could say I was a little bit claustrophobic.  I have to un-tuck the covers around me at night because I don’t want to be tucked into bed. #panic  I don’t want to sleep in a sleeping bag or anything like that.  I do not like to be in tight spaces at all.

I watched a movie when I was like 8 about a lady who was buried alive (where were my parents you ask?  I don’t know…probably watching the show with me!), and that is like my worst fear.  I’m still having flashbacks from the movie and it was like 30 years ago.

3: I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a mayonnaise phobia.  Don’t laugh…it’s a real thing.  My friend Meagan suffers from it too.  I won’t even touch the bottle.  I don’t know why…it just truly grosses me out.  Ugg…

Okay, now on to some more weird things…

1: Showers are for hygiene, so get in and get the heck out.

I do not understand people who take long showers.  For me, a shower/bath is all about getting in, getting clean and then getting out and on with your life.  I know I must be the weird one here because I am surrounded by people who enjoy long showers and baths.  I kid you not…my parents pick hotels by their tubs.  I’ll say “how was your trip” and my mom will say “they had a great tub”.  What?  You were in France mom! Who cares about the tub?!  #mymomanddaddo   So, a quirk of mine is that I do not have any desire to spend one second in the tub or shower longer than I have to.  Speaking of which…

2. I hate spas/hot tubs.

Growing up, we always had a hot tub and I never got in it.  I lived at that house for 17 years and I swear, I probably got in twice.  Just last month, in China, we were at the pool and my husband and kids were all in the spa and they begged me to get in, so I did.  I wasn’t in there two minutes when I might have mentioned that spas are gross because it’s just a bunch of random people and their body hair/skin flakes/etc floating off into the tub when my family groaned and got out.  I believe it was Smith who said, “thanks for ruining hot tubs mom”.  You’re welcome.  They’re disgusting.

3. I think more clearly in a ponytail.

I can’t work unless my hair is back.  The minute I sit down at my desk, my hair goes up.  The minute I start creating a new recipe in the kitchen, my hair goes up.  If I’m ever overwhelmed/irritated/frustrated with work, I’ll seriously think to myself, “I need a ponytail”.  It’s like my superhero power…I’m ponytail girl.  When the pony shows up, I can focus and think straight.

4. I’d rather the fly land on my food.

Okay, flies are gross and annoying.  I think we can all agree on that, right?  But you know what’s more irritating than a fly?  The person next to you waving their hand in your face to get the fly away from you. #andrewshull We will be out to dinner (maybe on a patio somewhere) and there will be a fly.  Andrew cannot focus if there is a fly nearby.  I’m aware of the fly.  I too prefer it not land on my food.  But I can’t enjoy my meal when you are waving your hands over my plate and in my face to get it to go away.  The fly is less annoying than the hand waving.  I know I’m weird…but that’s just how I feel.

5. Signing for packages.

I would rather you not mail me something than to mail me something I have to sign for.  In the history of package delivery, I’ve never been at home/answered the door/heard the bell to sign for a package and therefore, I’m always having to take that little slip of paper way across town to the post office to pick up some package you’ve just sent me that for some reason you thought someone would steal off my porch.  This drives me crazy.  #becauseiamcrazy  If I ever drive up and see that little note stuck to my door, I automatically think, I DON’T EVEN CARE WHAT SOMEONE SENT ME BECAUSE NOW I HAVE TO DRIVE ALL THE WAY TO THE POST OFFICE, PARK, WALK INSIDE AND STAND IN A LONG LINE WITH FOUR KIDS.  There’s simply nothing you could have sent me that makes all of that worth it ;).

6. I always know the weather.

I can tell you the 15 day forecast for McKinney, Boston, New York City, London and Detroit at any moment of any day of the year.  #ishouldhavebeenameteorologist I have to know the weather and check my Weather Channel app 6 million times a day…which is weird because where I live is never anything but extremely hot, very hot and freezing cold…yet, I feel the need to check it multiple times a day.  Annnnnd…while I’m checking the weather for McKinney, TX, I slide my phone from side to side and check the weather of my other “favorite” cities on my app.  So, if you also need to know the weather in Boston, NYC, London and Detroit, I know that too. #becauseimstrange

7. I cannot fast forward.

I’m incapable of fast forwarding.  I mean…I attempt to fast forward through commercials while I watch a show on my DVR, but I always go too far, hit the wrong button and do other things that totally screw up our TV viewing.  Andrew and the kids don’t let me hold the remote.  Seriously, Ashby can fast forward better than me.

8. I heart the Q-tip.  No lectures please.

I have to use a q-tip after every shower.  I realize that they’re frowned upon…but I would basically rather skip my shower than shower without a q-tip.  I absolutely detest water in my ears. If I could go to the ENT every single day and have him clean out and dry up my ears, I would.  I must have dry ears.  Like, I can’t think straight if I don’t.

And the last thing Andrea mentioned was to share nicknames…well, I don’t have any nicknames.  My family all calls me Shay Lynn (which can you get any more Southern than that?!), but other than that, nothing for me.  That being said, somewhere along the way, I gave all of my kids nicknames that now everyone in the house (and even some friends and family) use them too.  So, here are the nicknames that somewhere along the line, I gave my babies and the names have stuck:


Kensington: We call her KK (for Kensington Kate).

Smith: He has two nicknames. I call him Boo Bear (or sometimes just Boo)…but he also gets called Fema (pronounced fem-a) about 4 billion times a day.  Ashby flat out refuses to call him Smith.  We have NEVER heard her say Smith…she only calls him Fema.  Her speech therapist is confident she can say Smith…but has decided to never call him that.  We (and her therapist) will say, “Say S-m-i-t-h” (you know, nice and drawn out) and she’ll say, “Sssss-fema” with a big grin on her face.  So, she calls him that so much that everyone calls him that.  I have no idea where that came from…she just decided about a month into being a part of our family that Smith would be Fema.  Forever.

Ashby: We all call her Lu and that’s my fault.  It started with me calling her Ashby London (her name) over and over again and then kind of shortening it to Ashby Lu and then I would call her LuLu and now, we often just say Lu and she’ll come running.  Basically, we’re screwing up our kids and their names over here.  It just kind of morphs!

So…what will I call Madeley?  I don’t know?  I don’t set out to give them a nickname, it kind of just happens, but for now, she gets to keep her proper name :).

Whew!  That’s it.  Those are all the weird phobias/tidbits/little pieces of crazy that I’m sharing today. #imkeepingtherestsecret #idontwanttoscareyou

Next time on Show & Tell Tuesday…what would you do if you won the lottery?

And if you missed posts from the past, you can see all of 2015’s Show & Tell Tuesdays HERE and so far this year:

Intro & Resolutions

My Momfessionals

The Way to My Heart

My Favorite Pins

My Hometown(s)

My Mixed Tape

A Day in the Life…

My Personal Style

Favorite Vacation Ever

My Tribe

Home Tour

Worst School Pictures

And to see what’s coming up this year…

Show and Tell Tuesday 2016

Have a great day!!


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  • Leslie October 18, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Morning! I 100% couldn’t agree more about the snake phobia. There is nothing more terrifying than thinking about a snake. I think that mine is a little more unreasonable though. #icheckunderthecovers #andalsothetoilet. 🙁 It’s great being able to read about other people’s quirks, because your realize that you’re not the only one! Speaking of your “favorite cities,” today I’m sharing all about the London part of our two week trip this summer. I know with your love for London, that you will totally appreciate it! Have a fab day!

  • Kate H. October 18, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Shay – HILARIOUS! Especially the fly thing. Love it!

  • Erika Slaughter October 18, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I know the EXACT show you were watching when you were 8, but I think it was an Unsolved Mystery. I watched it too and was forever changed!! And-I’m team Andrew in the hand waving or let the fly land on your food! Wave away!!! Haha!

  • Beth October 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I totally agree with you about showers/tubs! I love getting clean but hate waisting time in there. I’m an in and out kind of gal!

  • Narci October 18, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I am laughing so hard at the shower thing. You are basically ready for your day while I’m just starting to dry off in the showers at the gym. Haha! Listen, I love a good hot shower, girl! 😉

  • Jenny October 18, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Oh, girl. Quirks: I’ve got ’em too.
    I didn’t know that I had a fear of small spaces until I had to have a thyroid scan last year in a tiny, MRI tube-thingy. I had to be in there for 15 minutes and it was pretty intense. Do not recommend. 🙂


  • Caitlin October 18, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I LOVE Qtips too whenever people tell me how bad they are i always figure they would be recalled or something if they are so terrible so as long as they sell them in stores I will use them everyday to clean my ears 🙂 Also I’m 100% on board with the fly thing! drives me nuts when people won’t eat with a fly around and decide to swat away like seriously just focus and eat your food!

  • Aja October 18, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Ha! I’m laughing about nicknames because I give them too (but don’t have one). I call one son Buggy or Bugs and one son Milly. Not their names, but might as well be! In fact when my oldest was one he thought his nickname WAS his name, so I had to take a little breather from using it, but we’ve been back to business for years. ????

  • Sheaffer October 18, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I will do a freaking fly removal dance to get the fly away. DO YOU KNOW WHERE THAT FLY JUST WAS? However, I would rather it land on my food than buzz by my ear. That makes me CRAZY. It’s like the fly is just messing with me, and it’s working. And I totally 100% get the ponytail thing.

    • Brigid October 18, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Fly removal dance ???????? Me too. #teamandrew

  • Tara G. October 18, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I HATE snakes. We just moved & I’d love to rip out the jetted tub ( who has time to wait on that much water?; they aren’t long enough for me and so some part will be cold & if I wash then the dirty suds are floating around & I’ll just need a shower) – I don’t find it a luxury.

  • emily @ a little bit of emily October 18, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I am so with you on snakes – they scare me so much, but if there is a bug or spider around, no real problem for me! I love that you always know the weather, especially in all the different cities. Signing for packages is such a hassle – you can sign up online (UPS My Choice) to “sign” for things so that you don’t have to deal with missing them and then going to the post office. It’s a game changer!

  • Stephanie October 18, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I could identify with many of your quirks – I am definitely not a tub person either. FYI – my daughter’s name is Shay also. She has been Shay-Shay since she was little. Friends that have known her since early grade school or before still call her that occasionally – she is a senior this year =)

  • Paula October 18, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I HATE tubs/spas too. The idea of sitting in my dirty skin or anyone else’s makes me GAG! I really cannot recall my last bath. Young child for sure. My husband loves them. I tease him and say he is the girl in the relationship! NOPE! OUT!

    I also LOVE a qtip. I care not they are bad! I LOVE cleaning ears…which leads to dirty ear phobias. I see a dirty ear on someone…GAG!

    We LOVE weather here. So much, we just watch Storm Chasers regularly! Any movie with a storm or natural disaster, LOVE!

    Fun topic!

  • Britt Hensley October 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Yes to the Q-Tips!! My husband always takes the remote when I try to prove my fast forwarding skills…which are none!!

  • Sarah October 18, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Hahaha awesome post!!! I am with you on the weather, too! I follow 15+ cities and check them all multiple times per day. I don’t know why; but I can’t stop!!!

    The mayonnaise thing cracked me up! At Starbucks over the weekend, I ordered a smoothie for my girls and the barista making the drink had to have someone else add in the banana. She then started explaining herself to me, saying she cannot touch bananas or barely be in the same vicinity as them! I was dying!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!!


  • Laura October 18, 2016 at 6:08 am

    In the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, one of the main characters (a little girl) is an inventor and she can ONLY invent when her hair has been tied back and she can think clearly 🙂

  • Jenny October 18, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I love hearing nick names and how they morph.. my Hannah Helene became Hanny by a young friend when she was 3. She now is 24. She was my Pooh Bear, which morphed into so many other forms: PB, Peebs, Peebleroni. She also will answer to Boombalina or Boombie. My given name is Jennifer and my whole family calls me DeeDee. These are heart names to me❤️.

  • Shara October 18, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Yes to the snakes, Q tips, baths, and ponytail. I can’t think, eat, or do anything with my hair touching my face.

  • Cathy October 18, 2016 at 6:21 am

    I call my first grade son Boo Bear as well! I have no idea where it came from, but he’s been my Boo Bear (or Boo) since he was about three days old. Love!

  • Therese October 18, 2016 at 6:28 am

    As someone who used to work in the CDC’s Recreational Water Illness Office (yes, that’s an actual thing) I can scientifically support your statement that hot tubs are gross! Personal ones at people’s homes aren’t so bad because the volume of use is low. However, hotel hot tubs…no thank you!

    Now, on a much less gross topic…. My daughter, Olivia, also goes by the nickname “Lu.” When she was a baby one of my siblings started calling her “Livie Lu” and it transformed into Lu and that’s what she is now.

  • Aubrey October 18, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I love the quirks post! I am with you on so many of these!

  • Jodi October 18, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I totally agree about get tubs. It’s like sitting in a batch of people soup. Yuck!

  • Jodi October 18, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I totally agree about hot tubs. It’s like sitting in a vat of people soup. Yuck!

  • Dustie Day October 18, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I love this post – I hear you on the spas and the weather. I have all of my favorite vacation spots in my weather app. It makes me happy to check it, HAHA! We also call our little girl KK, her name is Kennedy Kiehl.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 18, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Ha ha ha this was hilarious!! I am so with you on the signing of packages! When I see that slip I immediatley get mad, LOL. I also cannot fast forward and my husband gets so annoyed with me, I can’t help it, I’m just not good at it 🙂

  • Kristen October 18, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I hate snakes…but also hate bugs too! Small spaces, no thank you! I also don’t like large crowds for the same reason and I totally get the hot tub thing..YUCK! Ahh..the nicknames….I’m totally against nicknames but then somehow me, my husband and all 4 of my kids have them! It’s like I thought long and hard about your name yet here I am calling you something else! For some reason I have a love/hate relationship with nicknames. Totally a quirky thing about me because I don’t think the average person cares if they’ve given someone a nickname or not! HA!

  • Kelly Sites October 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

    This was super fun to read. Even my dog has nicknames. His name is Dakota, but when he is in trouble we call him by his first and middle name (Dakota Ozzie) (because when he was a puppy his hair looked like Ozzie Osborne) and we call him Boo Boo, Booty, Kota, fuzzy, furry, Manny. Poor dog answers to every single one 🙂

    Oh, and my Grandma always called me Kelly Coo Coo Clock….that was my nickname growing up. 🙂

  • Holly Hopkins October 18, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I am right there with you with the sssssSNAKES. If I see one it has to be killed! We only get little ones here I am sure in texas its a much bigger problem. (Shudder) I use q-tips there is nothing grosser than seeing ear wax in someones ear. Flies do not bother me but fruit flies sick me right out. Signing for packages would be mine too because I find they always get the dog barking and wake the kids from naps and then its never for me. In Canada we have a sticker you can get and leave in the top corner of Your door that they can scan and leave your package when you are not home. We had it at our old house which was far from the post office. It was awesome! I believe we had to fill out forms at the post office but if it is available it will be your ladt trip there! Love the kiddos nicknames too cute!

  • Katie Stewart October 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Hot tub phobia. AMEN!

  • jamie October 18, 2016 at 7:06 am

    this, quite possibly, may be my MOST FAVORITE POST EVER. i loved every single weird fact!

  • Cindy Rabe October 18, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I HATE mayo. I HATE the smell. I will not touch the bottle. This also applies to mustard and ketchup.

  • Laci Murray October 18, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I am just like you with the ponytail super power!! The minute I feel stressed or get home and start working on house stuff my hair HAS to go up! I have to disagree with the shower, love a hot shower! LOL….I always love quirky post!! We gave our kids nicknames too, we call my son boo bear or brother bear. It’s just always been his name and now that he is 11 years old he is like “Mom for the love”…HAhaha!!!!

  • Cara October 18, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I cannot stand mayo either! The absolute worst is when you order a burger and it comes out with mayo in it; there is no scraping that off!

    • Rhonda October 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      TOTALLY agree!! I am very adamant when I order anything that might remotely be dressed with mayo. I will also not eat anything that is mayonnaise based like ranch (which around these parts seems to be un-American!).

  • Amanda P October 18, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Yes to no long showers! Get in and get out! 🙂 And, definitely agree that nicknames just happen.

  • Morgan Godbold October 18, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I love this post! I can’t stand snakes, like I’d be on top of my desk too! Also, I feel the same about the ponytail and Qtips. I keep my weather app set to my favorite cities, and the cities of shows I’m binge watching at the time. Like when I watched Grey’s Anatomy I had Seattle, Gilmore Girls I’d do New Haven since Rory was in Yale, and the Good Wife I had Chicago! Plus, we don’t have kids ( but have 5 cats) and they all have proper names and several nicknames that just come about! #imweirdtoo

  • Laura October 18, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. 1-4 we are identical. A shower is not a recreational event. For real. A hot tub is 37,000 kinds of GROSS. I remember our honeymoon my husband wanted to go to the hot tub. And I was like, “there’s OTHER PEOPLE in there? NOPE.” Of course, he takes 5 showers a day (not kidding) and usually a bath in the middle of the night… I will NEVER understand.

  • Angie Hodge October 18, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Detroit is one of your favorite cities???

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Yes :). And the weather always makes me happy.

  • heidi October 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Oh I’m the same way with mice. ..I’m afraid of that long skinny tail. We have a hamster, love him. .. see a mouse and I’m hysterical… cray cray I tell you !!!
    I’m also a in and out shower but I do like a hot bath. .if I’ve showered first!
    This was so funny.. loved it !!!

  • Karen October 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I’m with you on so many of these! I cannot take a shower without using a Q-tip after! I’m obsessed with them. My husband says I should buy stock in them 🙂 I get so angry when a package slip is at my door. I’m often tempted not to go get it. Great post!

  • Laurie S October 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Love your quirks! I have a dislike of yellow mustard; learning to mildly tolerate the Dijon version but no thanks to the bright yellow stuff. I was just thinking about nicknames last night. Growing up, My mom, usually in a rush, would morph new names from mine and my brother and sister. Usually it’s a syllable from each name, mushed together. We siblings would look at each other and wonder who she was calling. Then she got frustrated because none of us answered her! When we asked, we got the “you know who I was calling” answer.

  • Karen October 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Ponytail gals UNITE!! I totally get it, and the mayonnaise!
    Just not the tubs thing! 😉 I don’t really believe in horoscope stuff, but I’m a Pisces, and I think the water thing might be right on. If I see water, I’m in it – want in it – imagining I’m in it… etc!! ha ha…
    BUT yes, ponytails… That’s me to a T!!!!!

  • Allison October 18, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Q-tipper for life!!! My husband doesn’t get it….and we vacationed once with my brother and his family and all of us forgot q-tips and on day 2 my brother and I were on the brink of a complete come apart about it!! Literally he (my brother) went out at 11 pm to go get Q-tips for himself and me and saved the day! Saved the trip! Our spouses still don’t understand, but it was a dire situation!

  • Megan Butler October 18, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Umm the small spaces. Yikes. I was watching greys anatomy this week (yes I’m sticking it out till the end) and a lady died and then spontaneously came back to life an hour late because #greys anyway they were discussing how if she would have gone to the morgue she would have been in that wall box freezer when she came back!?! Yikes. No ma’am.

  • Mary October 18, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I thought you were gonna say Smith is called FEMA because he is interested in disaster recovery. hahaha. I like how random that name is, but those are usually the best names!

  • Chasity October 18, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Haha we are SO alike, and if you’re crazy, then i’m crazy, too!!! My middle name is also Lynn.. must be a Southern thing lol!

  • Cecilia Briseno October 18, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I watched that same movie as a child and im big time claustrophobic because of it…at least thats what i think. Its so bad that i have a hard time wearing jackets cause they feel confining!

  • Grace October 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I am so with you on so many things; hair up, weather, snakes, qtips (I just don’t push it far in my ear canal!) signing for packages but I looooove a long bath or shower (in my tub only! I will not take a bath in hotel, even nice ones! yuck! & I usually wear flip flop shower shoes in hotels!) public hot tubs & pools too gross me out but I love mine! I guess I’m a germaphobe lol I go wash my hands after welcome time at church after shaking that many hands (ugh just thinking of it!) however, I love mayonaise! And #teamandrew on fly I hate a fly but I get what you mean about you can wave it off yourself you don’t need his big hand waving in your face! I have so many more weird quirks than that! Weirdos unite! We’re all weird just in different ways! I love being weird:)

  • Kim Long October 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I am so with you on the Mayonnaise! We have a 10 month old and husband says all they time that Hayden will like mayonnaise! Not if I have anything to do with it!! 🙂 gross!

  • Angela Ellingson October 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    This was hilarious!!! Ponytail Girl to the rescue! And Fema?! Hahaha! My three kiddos all have tons of nicknames! And my 4-year-old always says “middle name” instead of “nickname.” So he always saying someone’s silly nickname is their middle name. 😉

  • Rebecca Jo October 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

    My husband is the same way with mayo – like FREAK OUT if its near his food. & gags at looking at the jar.
    & I’m the same way with being closed in places. When my dogs lay on the blankets & I cant get out of them, I legit feel a panic attack coming on. MUST BE ABLE TO ESCAPE!! I cant even handle being in a center aisle like at the movies or in a theater. I cant concentrate on anything except how to get out of the row the entire time.

  • Christine C. October 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Totally with you on the mayo thing and the qtip thing!

  • Kelly Henderson October 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Um yes to the snakes …. No freaking way, I won’t even go in the reptile house at the zoo. When our kids were little, I would suck it up and go in but now they are 9 and 13, I tell them I will meet them on the other side. Peace out to all things that slither!

    Nicknames: My husband gives EVERYBODY nicknames. Lots of them are some variation of my name Kels, Kellys, KK but somewhere along the way, I became Fred so that’s what he calls me. Our kids are Parker Elizabeth, we call her PLiz, Parker Liz, Lizzy Lu and Grant Avery, we call him G, GG, and Buddy. My Mom was convinced our kids would not know their real names but it’s never been an issue! Some of our friends also call them by their nicknames, on a fundraiser for Parker one wrote “for PLiz” in the memo section of a check. bwhahahaha!

  • Maria October 18, 2016 at 9:17 am

    FAVORITE Momfessionals ever! And…I think there is power in numbers because I gave a big “Amen!” after so many of these… I’m with ya!

  • Erin Miller October 18, 2016 at 10:21 am

    My son is also Boo Bear 🙂 He’s 21 now and still doesn’t mind it….even around his fraternity brothers!

  • Ashley October 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I am the same way about the weather! I have cities across the country and world on my phone and all my friends think I am nuts, but I have to know the weather all around the world :)! I am opposite of snakes… Roaches –MAKE.MY.SKIN.CRAWL

  • Jamie Christian October 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Does your mayonnaise phobia include eating it as well? Because mine does! If I find out a dip has mayo in it, I’m done. I can’t eat tuna or chicken salad made with mayo (Greek yogurt only!). And don’t even get me started with mayo on a hamburger (HOT mayonnaise… GROSS!). And don’t feel crazy… I also check the daily weather for numerous cities! Richardson, Dallas, Chicago, NYC, Boston, London, and Jerusalem. Loved the post!

  • Joy October 18, 2016 at 10:58 am

    My best friend’s Chinese name is Lu, it’s actually a girl’s name and means beautiful like a jade.

  • Mel @ The Larson Lingo October 18, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I am with you on the Mayo……..EWWWW! No, no, no!!
    Loved reading your quirks!

  • Wendy October 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I’m with you on the weather! I LOVE weather and I’ve passed that on to my kids. My son checks it every night before bed…not that it changes in Texas but still! Bugs…hate them, especially if they can jump, fly or buzz. I’m out. Oh baths…my favorite time every night. It’s my down time and I know nobody under the age of 45 is gonna come and bother me. 🙂 And everyone in our house has nicknames – even the dog and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Love the quirks post!

  • brett October 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I love nicknames so much. I have no idea why. Haha. So I loved hearing about your kids nicknames! I also think more clearly with my hair up. I always tell my sister I feel disoriented when my hair is down and I’m trying to do something and she thinks its the weirdest thing ever!

  • Shelby Fullerton October 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I am with you on the shower! What in the world do people do in the shower for soooooo long? It is for hygeine folks!
    I always think about the wasted water and how children in many parts of the world don’t even have enough to drink.
    Hot tubs and sauna’s have to be the filthiest things in the world. Just think about how many bodies sit there!! Wow!

  • Dana Powell October 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Here’s a quirk for you concerning water in your ears: Here in France, the hairstylists do not ever protect your ears from getting water in them when they are shampooing your hair. I’m not sure if it’s their quirk or mine, but I first start dying laughing (it tickles!), then desperately begin trying to dry the water out using the apron while they’re still rinsing. I have asked many stylists, and none of them protects their clients’ ears from the water and they say no one seems to care. I have never once had a stylist in the US spray the water directly in my ears like they do here. It drives me crazy every time!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World October 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Oh my goodness, I love EVERYTHING about this post! Well, except for the fact that you would hold a roach if you needed to. OMG, I’m more terrified of roaches than anything else in the entire universe. I’d rather hold a snake. Seriously. And girl, yes about the nicknames. I have nicknames for the hubs and both kids and I rarely call them by their actual names. It’s a miracle that they even know their actual names.

  • Jamie October 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I hear you on all of these! Especially the SNAKES!!! last fall we had a nest of snakes in our…HOUSE!!! I wanted to die. I wanted to move. There were many, many tears, and maybe some hyperventilating. Pest control would not kill them. I’m talking one under a bathroom rug that I lifted up and it flew through the air. Kill. Me. Now. My neighbor had to help us. I made my husband carry me to the bathroom at night. Not kidding. It was my worst fear come to life. And it didn’t make me less afraid. I am at a code RED at all times!

  • Meghan October 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I’m the same with a ponytail, I work much better when my hair is up & I’m the nickname giver in my family.

  • Charise October 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Mayonnaise gives me the heebie jeebies. Just typing that word makes me cringe. I’m with you on the tub thing. Occasionally, i can settle for a bath, but I have to turn the shower head on when I’m done to rinse off just one more time. My husband however loves a good bath. It’s all he takes and I just don’t understand.

  • Brandye October 18, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I’m with you on showers. In, take care of business, then out. HOWEVER, I love me a long hot bath on occasion. I will not get in a public hot tub/spa, nor take a bath in a hotel tub (unless it’s the only option). But I have always enjoyed a long hot bath to de-stress. And, it’s especially nice with a jacuzzi tub. 🙂

    Andrew sounds sweet. I fell in love with my husband watching him with his many nieces and nephews. I still say there is nothing more endearing, or sexy, than a man with a baby.

  • Chrissy October 18, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I read your blog daily but rarely comment… but I HAD to comment on this one. I am so glad I’m not alone on using q-tips! I can’t concentrate on anything else if my ears are the slightest bit wet, even though I know q-tips aren’t great! This post made me feel much better about my ear quirk 😉

  • Marika Scotton October 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Haha I feel like I have so many of the same ones! I HATE MAYO. Absolutely can’t stand it. I always ask for no mayo and they never remember, anywhere I go. I hate small spaces also, when I was a kid I locked myself in a closet by accident. I would rather take the stairs anywhere over the elevator because if that ever happened it would be horrible. I have a ton of different cities on my iphone weather app also, partly because I have moved all over and want to keep track of the weather in my old cities. And Qtips I use every single time I get out of the shower. One in each ear. I also use them when I put on my makeup, they are the best hack for fixing your makeup!

  • Carrie October 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I’m curious, does your disdain with Mayonnaise extend to Miracle Whip like mine? I don’t do either and will gag upon smelling even the faintest amount on someone else’s food.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Yes! To me, they’re both in the same category.

  • Mary October 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I can’t drive unless my hair’s in a ponytail!

  • Kim S October 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I am with you on the hot tubs/pools!!! Gross!! I also LOVE my Q-tips!!!

  • Vicki October 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Do you make your own mayo? I hate the stuff in a jar but am on the hunt for a good home-made recipe!
    Love the nicknames – it’s so funny how they can be so random. Did Ashby call Smith by his real name when she first joined your family? She is such a character!
    My phobia is swimming pools where you can’t see the bottom. I hate those dark tiled pools – totally freak me out!!!

  • Stephanie October 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Ha! Love the one about the fly hand-waving!

  • Kristin S October 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Yes on the Q Tips!!! Ears and bellybutton. I hate “standing” water.

  • Dianna October 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I have to use q-tips after every shower/bath too!! I grew up seeing my dad do it every day and so I do too. And sometimes I do it on days I don’t shower. Or multiple times a day (morning and night). I don’t like wet ears and like the feeling of a q-tip in my ear. #icanthelpit #feelssogood

  • Ein October 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I missed that q-tips were bad for you, I just picked up a fresh batch the other day. Also, I love the weather. I seriously look at the weather app all the time like its instagram or something. My mom is the same way and I have turned my son into a weather junkie too. It never fails, if I don’t look at the weather, I will show up somewhere in pants and its scorching out or vice versa :)!

  • Danna October 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Lol! Loving the quirks post! Makes me think about what mine are…hmm. I know my family could rattle them off faster than I! No matter the hotel, resort, etc. I could not EVER get into the tub or hot tub…gross! I barely get into the pool! The nicknames are the best especially Ashby’s for Smith. Adorable! So didn’t catch nicknames for your husband?

  • Meagan October 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Mayonnaise makes me gag. Like I’ve been thinking about it all day. Thanks, Shay ???? When we’re on a road trip and we go through a drive thru and they put mayo on my burger, I tell Tim to stop at the nearest whatever and I go throw it in the trash. There’s no scraping it off for this girl!

  • Heather October 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, the only 2 things I don’t identify with are the disdain for mayo and the weather-izing (see, apparently I make up words on a whim as well!)…..I have a shirt that says…Be Weird, Be Random, Be Who You Are. And I love it…..hold on to the weird my friend!

  • Bethany October 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I totally agree with you on the fly thing! It’s a fly get over it…..your hand probably has more germs!

    A like even numbers. It all volumes only went to even numbers I’d be fine with that =)

  • Paige B October 18, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Completely thought I was the only one who can only work with a ponytail. My husband makes fun of me for it. Every morning I straighten & fix my hair. 30 minutes later when I walk in my office…. up it goes! I once went to a meeting & someone I’ve known for over 9 years at work told me she didn’t recognize me with my hair down. Ha!

  • Sanna October 19, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Totally relate to the fear of being buried alive. Or drowning. My weirdest quirks… The weirdest one is possibly that I cannot sit to the right of people. So, say I go to see a movie with several people, I will literally climb over everyone to go sit on the left of everyone else. If I do sit on the right I can’t concentrate the whole movie. The same goes in an airplane, I have to sit to the left of my row of passengers. The second one is that I lose my mind (inside) when someone splashes me in a pool or the ocean. Even if my hair is already wet, so it isn’t a vain thing. Makes no sense since the pool is already wet, but I can’t deal. I always make sure I stay in the middle of the pool so I don’t get splashed by a kid jumping off the side. I think kids must be able to secretly read this phobia because every summer I am the one that gets hit by a squirt gun, and then I have a mini meltdown inside.

  • Sanna October 19, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Oh and agree with the long shower thing also. There is way too much work to do in a shower to find it relaxing. I mean: wash the hair, condition the hair, shave the legs, wash the face, wash body, entirely too much to do.

  • Kristin October 19, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Random but I love qtips to BUT I have gotten 3 staph infections in my ear canal in the last couple years. And the pain level is pretty insane! So they aren’t kidding with those warnings!
    I give everyone nicknames too!

  • Nina October 19, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Love that you love Detroit! I know you lived here for a bit early on in your marriage but would love to hear more about your experience while here. If you loved it then, you’d love it even more now. Downtown has become the place everyone wants to live, work, and especially eat!

    • Kaitlin October 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I am also dying to know more about your time in Detroit and where you lived, etc!! Detroit girl born and raised! If there’s a previous Detroit post I’d love to know about it!!

      • Mix and Match Mama October 19, 2016 at 11:39 am

        We lived in Dearborn for a year :). I loved the four very distinct seasons!!

  • Kathleen Jones October 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

    ????. We sell hot tubs for a living. It’s a family business and pays our bills. ☺️. Hot tubs are filtered just like your country club pool that shares its water with many bodies all day long.
    Love your family …and read you every day.

  • Jenny October 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This post cracks me up! I love how we all have so many things in common but at the same time we are all so different. What a fun post!

  • Morie Smith October 19, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I agree with you on the snakes! I stopped trying to fast forward because I can never get it right, and half the time I forget we are even watching something back and not live so I don’t bother with commercials.

    And just a note about Q-tips (not a lecture!!) because I am an audiologist and see this a lot– Ear wax is your body’s way of cleaning out your ears, and you actually need a little bit to keep your ears healthy. So– the more you clean the wax out, the more wax your body produces. Just a tip 🙂 Love your blog and reading about your sweet family!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams October 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    This link up is the best! I too have multiple favorite places on my weather app just to check out what’s happening there. I also loved all the nicknames. #QuirksAreTheBest

  • Michelle October 19, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t like mayo either, but what do you do in recipes that call for it?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 20, 2016 at 5:04 am

      I almost always avoid it…sometimes, you just have to use mayo, and then I’ll do it but it gags me the whole time.

  • Brittany Rae October 20, 2016 at 3:24 am

    #4 flies. YES! someone else is annoyed by this also. We had weekly meetings at the same place this summer and there was a guarantee to be flies. And it was so unnerving and distracting to have people flailing their arms and a newspaper around. I almost wanted to bop them with the paper. 😉
    Cute nicknames. I don’t have any children, a fur baby, and she will pretty much come to any cutesy name I give her

  • shelly Janac October 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I’m totally with ya on the packages and the daily Q-tip!

  • Karen Ward October 25, 2016 at 8:19 am

    #6 and #8 for the win!!