Monday, August 29, 2011

I Don't Feel So Crazy Anymore

Over the years, I have been told numerous times how "weird" I am or how strange it is that I do this or that.  Whether it is eating a banana with a fork because I don't like to touch the peeling, leaving the toilet paper roll on top of the empty roll because I can't stand to change it in fear the roll holder is dirty, or folding my underwear in the shape of a package because I don't want them to get all messy in the drawer...I do these things because they seem completely rational to me while to onlookers, I am just plain odd or crazy.  

After reading And I Thought I Was Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies, and Meshugaas by Judy Reiser, I don't feel so weird, strange, odd, or crazy anymore.  So what if I talk to myself in the mirror!?  The people in her book are crazier than I will ever be.  Okay, that was lie.  I actually have some of their very same quirks and more.  But hey, if I can't laugh at myself while laughing at them, I might as well climb in bed and pull the covers over my head.  Well, come to think of it, I freak out if the covers are over my head.  I feel trapped or like someone may trap me under there.  

Did I make you laugh?  Good!  Then you will LOVE reading Judy's book.  My quirks don't even scratch the surface of some of the hilarious "meshugaas (a Yiddish word for strange, unexplainable, inconsistent behavior)" offered from people she has interviewed along the way. (Kindle Location 69)  She even delivers their age, sex, and career.  You may read that a male hairstylist thinks it is "vile" to use toilet paper and instead will only use Kleenex, or you may find that a female educator to emotionally disturbed children can't use the bathroom unless her friend sings to her from the other side of the door while on a trip in Mexico.  How about a stockbroker who smells everything before taking or touching it?  Ha!  

What is so shocking is that some of these people are doctors (even therapists), lawyers, vice presidents, and some are your everyday waitresses, housewives, or cabana boys.  It seems no matter who you are, what you do, or how you dress, we are all crazy in our own little way.  We all have our "quirks, idiosyncrasies (notice it sort of spells crazy?), and meshugaas."

So, if you make lists of clothes you've worn, arrange your clothes by rainbow color and sleeve length, or wash your hands every time you touch the dishwasher (yes, sadly all that is true of myself) or even if you don't, but want to laugh at those who do, get Judy Reiser's book!  Someone may say you laugh like a hyena...  Oh wait, that was me according to my son who overheard me reading this book.  Seriously!  I laughed so hard, I cried.  

Check out her website for her other great books here-->Judy Reiser
Can't wait to buy it from the local bookstore?  Click the picture/link. 


  1. This sounds like a fun read. I see why you mentioned it on my FB post :-)

  2. Yes, Yes, Yes it is! This is a hilarious book. When Justin came home, Zach warned him of my continuous, "hyena" laughter. And after dinner when I rushed off to the room to read more, he rolled his eyes and announced I was going to read and laugh again.
    It will definitely make anyone's frown turn upside down. Check it out! You'll love it.