Friday, March 14, 2008

Some observations

I think of myself as an observant person. It doesn't mean something can't slip past me, but I do have a pretty keen eye. When Mer recently challenged her readers to find a subtle change on her blog, I was determined to figure it out. She even offered a prize to the first person to guess correctly! She gave a hint in the form of a link and when I opened it, I immediately noticed she had a new URL. I know it's strange, but I often look at people's URLs, even when it's a blog I visit daily! I have no idea why I do this, but it paid off this time. Mer sent me a care package full of fun goodies, including two fabric grocery sacks (you know me well, Mer--thanks!), and even a book and DVD for my son. Woo-hoo!

To further explain my quirky observances, I will tell you that while we were dating, my husband got a big kick out of making little changes in my decor while I was out of the room to see if I would notice (which of course, I did). On certain shelves (not all of them, just certain ones like the mantle), I have arranged items and frames at precise angles that I think are the most flattering.

For example, here's the *correct* angle for this little angel:

Not quite right:

Nope, still not right:

Ah, that's better.
Anyone else have this disease--I mean--fascinating personality trait?!


thehomespunheart said...

Um, perhaps this runs in the family?! I feel like I am very observant and notice when things are not back the way they should be - which seems rare these days! :)

Anonymous said...

I agree that this trait runs in the family! :) This attention to detail can be a blessing -- it comes in handy in my work since I do a lot of proofreading. And sometimes it can net you a fun prize -- congratulations! Love you, Mom

Krista said...

I do that sort of thing too, though not always with knickknacks. I notice when words and relationships are out of place.

And Monica, you and my mom got along so well in the office partly because of that attention to precision. It's a good quality, people!

Katie said...

Carrie....too funny! :-) I'll send you a more detailed email about my experience!

Have a great weekend!

NeedANap2 said...

Congratulations!! Our oldest is VERY observant. When my husband bought a new pair of tennis shoes, I told him to wear them but not say anything. Our oldest noticed right away.

I used to always notice when people had their fly unzip*ed. Something seemed out of place. But that could sometimes be embarrassing!! :)

Lisa said...

Oh carrie, this is great! So you :)

Overby Family said...

I echo exactly what you said in those pictures. The little things actually do make a difference, don't they? Sometimes when these things are "not right" it feels like our whole life is out of order.
I hope all is well in your home now.

Angela - Life w/ One Busy Boy said...

I am NOT very observant at all. I never remember a face or visual things...but remember almost ANYTHING someone has said to me. My husband on the other hand is extremelly observant.

mer said...

Hi Carrie...

I wish I was more observant than I am. I do have a certain way I like things in my house, and when something isn't in order, I can be weird about it. Just last week I showed my husband how I like one of my cabinets organized. He didn't really appreciate my intentions, but I'm thankful he's been putting things where they go!

Glad you liked your was fun!


A, B & C said...

Oh, I have that problem as well! I love having my knick knacks and picture frames just right!

I collect Willow Tree angels and figurines. Is the Angel of Learning your only one or do you have others? It's one of my favorites in the collection.

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

I don't know if I notice everything that is different, but I do notice things in my home that are out of place. When hubby helps with the housework I prefer he not dust. Even though he puts things back in the same place it is not exactly the same place. It drives me crazy!

Rebecca said...

Same problem here. I was just folding towels tonight and they are stacked on an open shelf. I, of course, have to stack them by size because, come on, you can't put a longer one on a shorter one. No one else in my family notices these things. So, I fold the towels :-) Thanks for a humerous post!!

spaghettipie said...

Oh, I am just the opposite. Here's a typical conversation while we're driving through town.
Me: "Oh, look at that new building!"
My sweet, observant husband: "Honey, that's been there for 30 years."
Me: "Well, surely they just painted it or trimmed some trees in front of it?"
Him: "Nope, looks exactly the same as always."

Yeah. Not too observant. So I won't win any contests you post about things being different on your blog.