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What Kind of Quirky Habits Do You Indulge In at Home?

I read a great New York Times article last week about living alone, and I can't seem to get it out of my head. "One Is the Quirkiest Number" by Steven Kurutz explores many of the joys and potential perils of living solo. While the freedom to relax at home and decompress without worrying about housemates, partners, or kids making more demands on you is an absolute boon, as the article points out, sometimes this freedom can result in some decidedly odd behavior. One woman interviewed for the article admitted that she speaks French to herself at home, runs in place during television commercials, and sings Journey songs in the shower. Not so odd, perhaps, but can you imagine indulging in this behavior in front of housemates?

Kate Bolick, also interviewed for the article, noted that she has a special pair of pants she dons when she's alone in her apartment, admitting, "I have this pair of white flax bloomers that go down to my knee. They're like pantaloons. They're so weird . . . If someone comes over, I change out of them."

Based on the article, I wanted to check in to see if you have any quirky habits you enjoy in the privacy of your own home. I pulled some examples from the article, but feel free to add your own personal oddities in the comments.


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Ellenora Ellenora 4 years
Can I have an all of the above option? Or, at least, a some of the above option?   I also have an awful habit of cooking and baking in the middle of the night. I mean, who does that? If I feel like having brownies at 2 AM, gosh darnit, I'm making myself brownies at 2 AM. Granted, it's coming from a box, but I'm making myself brownies. It's a good thing I have the metabolism of a mouse or I might be the size of a house by now with all the midnight snacking I do!
stephaniepoli stephaniepoli 4 years
Sometimes I just feel like dancing, so I'll have a solo dance party. I also enjoy trying on half my wardrobe and posing in front of the mirror, sort of like my own little fashion show.
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 4 years
 @Lizzie Fuhr Ha, I know exactly what you mean!
Lizzie-Fuhr Lizzie-Fuhr 4 years
If there was an "all of the above" option, I may or may not have chosen it :)
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