We all have things that we just don’t like. Stuff that really ‘sets your teeth on edge’. Things that make you twitch or your skin crawl. Most people share a common bond over certain things, for example: nails down a chalkboard, spiders, Piers Morgan etc. That’s just standard. But as it goes, everyone is different – each person has their own set of things that they just can’t handle. Here’s my list of things what are well grim, mate.
1. Soggy bread
Just the thought of this make me feel sick. Can’t eat a sandwich with tomato in it, in case the bread is soggy. Can’t watch kids feeding the ducks on the river because the idea of the bread in the water makes me retch. Can’t even eat bloody trifle – and we all know that I’m not one to miss out on a drink.
2. Anything remotely ‘flappy’
Birds, moths, flies…anything that moves quickly and has wings I just can’t be doing with.
4. The stuff in the sink catcher-thingy when you’ve washed up
It’s food. The stuff you’ve already eaten. It was clean when you ate it and now it’s further sanitised with hot water and soap. But no. Grim. I’d rather ruin my drains and just wash everything down.
5. An untidy/unclean house
Things have a place and everything must be in order. No, I’m not claiming OCD. I just can’t. stand. it.
6. Frosted glass
A weird one. When I touch it, or even think about touching it, I simultaneously “feel” it scraping against my teeth. Told you it was weird.
7. Peanuts/peanut butter/peanut anything
My brother used to chase me round the house with peanuts to make me retch. Seriously. Vom.
This is another weird one. I thought I was mental until I looked it up and realised it was a real thing. It’s like I can’t look at a group of holes, like a sponge or something. It makes my stomach turn over! I remember when I first got this feeling, after seeing this image in a book at primary school (totally disgusting). Google ‘trypophobia’, see if you get what I mean.
Looking back at my time in the hospitality industry, I have definitely cleaned up every single bodily fluid you can think of. No, really. All of them. Give me a kebab-beer-filled vom or a ‘nearly-made-it’ any day. Ask me to clean up that gob and I’ll run away.
10. The bottom of any hot beverage
Doesn’t matter if you make it in front of me, how lovely it is – I won’t drink that last 1/2 inch at the bottom. I think I remember where this stemmed from. I finished a friend’s hot chocolate when I was younger and she’d been dipping biscuits in it, so the bottom of it was some kind of choco soggy slush. I can feel my gag reflex going now.
Right, that’s it. I don’t know why I started this, I feel all twitchy!
Now tell me yours.
I’ll follow this up with a sunny ‘Things I Love’, by way of apology for any typos because I sure as hell am not proofreading this.
Happy twitchy nightmares x