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Recently our daughter Nora posted a picture on Facebook of something that Della had done with her toys.

Della Organizes

Nora commented that instead of playing with her little ponies, Della had organized them. I replied that for some of us organizing is playing. 🙂

Then this past weekend Becka and I visited a long-time friend Cathy who had been Becka's roommate in college. Cathy and I chuckled about the picture Nora had posted and also about our own perfectionistic tendencies to be organized. And so I decided to do a blog post about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). If you're wondering about my title, I jokingly call it CDO — putting the letters O, C, and D in alphabetical order, as they should be. (I wish I could say that I came up with that one.)

I hasten to state that I am not trying to make light of people who really do struggle with daily life because of this disorder. That must be a terribly difficult thing to deal with the resulting debilitation. The humor in today's post is mostly about those of us who are perfectionists or have some OCD tendencies — when things are not totally orderly, it bothers us. Think of this post as more of a test to see if you have OCD tendencies. This next cartoon illustrates OCD quite well.

OCD Spider

See how quickly you can spot the thing/s out of place in the following pictures. How quickly you can find them and how much they bother you might signal how CDO you are. OK, here goes!

OCD Cookies

OCD Painted Lines

OCD Colored Pencils

OCD Floortiles

If that last one was hard for you, the next one should be a little easier to spot.

OCD Tile

The next "minimalistic poster" will be easy also.

Minimalistic Poster OCD

I would think that the Leaning Tower of Pisa might cause problems for people with perfectionistic tendencies. Here are two pictures that show an OCD nightmare and how someone set things right.

OCD Nightmare

OCD Nightmare Fixed

This next one can be termed one of the hardest OCD decisions in life.

Hardest OCD Decision

That would be so tough! Do you leave the gas pump at 10 gallons or do you try to get the amount up to $40.00 even, thereby throwing off the even number of gallons? And then what if you go too far and mess them both up?!

Here is a pair of memes I saw. They are two different takes on the same situation.



Some of you may be familiar with a TV series called Monk. If not, you can read about the show and about OCD on the show's website. The site has a quiz you can take to see how "monkish" you are. I took the quiz and learned that I am "mildly monkish." For several of the questions, none of the answers really fit me (you know how online quizzes are). So I had to pick the one that was closest to what I think or do.

I'll end with a picture from this past weekend with our friend Cathy. While visiting her at Carolina Beach, NC, we had to go to Britt's for a donut. At that moment, all was right in the world ... except, of course, my sticky fingers and the sugar on my face. But, oh my, it was so worth the mess!

Britts Donuts

The comments to this post could be rather interesting as readers react and reveal their penchants toward neatness or slovenliness. 🙂


"You have your opinion, and I will defend to the death your right to tell such lies." — Cathy Lane


I wouldn't be so OCD if everyone else just did things right.

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14 Comments on “OCD or CDO?”

  1. #1 Lori
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I thought I was OCD until I was riding with my mom and brother one day in his car. He stopped to fill up his gas tank. After he got back in the car he pulls out his smart phone, looks up the year his gas bill ended on and told us some fun fact that happened that year. Apparently he said it helps him not be OCD and having to end that gas meter evenly! lol

  2. #2 Vikki
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Those tiles are what would drive me nuts every time I saw them – especially if I was the responsible party. Who ever laid the tile in our kitchen didn’t use spacers and the grout lines can be anywhere between 1/8″ and 1/2″ or more and I hate it.

  3. #3 GEaston
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 9:37 am

    The gas pump… They would have to call an ambulance for me…

  4. #4 Cathy Lane
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 9:50 am

    After y’all left on Monday, the guy from Budget Blinds came to put the new valiance at the slider. Our building is 32 years old and has settled over the years. The framing around the slider is squared but not squared with the ceiling and everything looks crooked. So, do you install level with the ceiling or the door frame or just go with the level tool. After about 20 minutes of moving from one choice to the other, I told him to just put it up and I would stand slanted (me and the Leaning Tower of Pisa) to look at it. I won’t even get into filling up the car with gas before I headed back to Cary. I never thought that trying to round off the $$$$ might be a sign of OCD!

  5. #5 Rob
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 10:43 am

    That’s funny, Cathy! I wouldn’t worry about the rounding off the dollar thing on gas. It usually stops bothering me a month or so later.

  6. #6 Sonya
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I guess I’m OCD. I couldn’t proceed until I found the anomaly in the flowery picture. 🙂

  7. #7 Rob
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 11:17 am

    That really was a tough one. It took me quite a while to be bothered. 😀

  8. #8 Marilyn
    on Jun 3rd, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Doesn’t everyone who visits Pisa take at least one photo of a corrected, non-leaning tower?

  9. #9 victoria
    on Jun 4th, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Uh, oh, I spotted the problem in each picture right away.

  10. #10 Rob
    on Jun 4th, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Not a good sign, victoria? 😉

  11. #11 Vikki
    on Jun 4th, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I would just throw the tower picture in the trash. Both ways would drive me nuts. Does it mean anything that I found all the problems immediately in the pictures above? Oh, and ALWAYS have to bring the gas pump amount to at least 25 or 50 cents. No $12.78 for me, thank you!

  12. #12 Jon
    on Jun 5th, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I thought that maybe CDO was the French abbreviation for OCD!

  13. #13 Rob
    on Jun 5th, 2015 at 10:06 am

    That’s not a bad assumption, Jon. When the French abbreviation of the organization NATO is OTAN, you have to wonder. 🙂

  14. #14 deb holman
    on Jun 5th, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I know that I am OCD. I noticed every one of the wrongs right away in the pics. I didn’t even have to look for the missing petal on the flower one! I saw it right away. I am an even number person. The gas pump for me would of had to come to $40.00!!! I am really really bad about things! I’ll have to share some of those things with you. I think I drive Dan, Dalton and sometimes myself crazy! Interesting post and very interesting about Della and her organization at such a young age!!!!