Friday, May 28, 2010

Confessions of a Clockaholic

By Heather

Okay, I admit it. I’m slightly obsessed with clocks. Any kind of clock—wall, grandfather, DVD player. I’m not picky. As long as I can see what time it is, I’m happy.

It drives me nuts, absolutely nuts, when I don’t know what time it is. I’m definitely not one of those people that just lets the day unfold as it will with no care to the hours passing away without knowing exactly how many hours have passed.

There are clocks in almost every room of my house (the guest bath and the laundry room don’t have one). And truth be told, many of those rooms have more than one clock.

Obsessive, right? I’m not sure where this fixation came from, but it’s there, it’s strong, and I can’t see it changing any time (hahaha) soon.

How about you? Are you a clockaholic? Or a go-with-the-flow kind of person?

28 comments:

Dru said...

raising hand, I'm a clockaholic too. I've even walked out my door, got all the way to the subway when I realized that I didn't have my watch on. Make that morning meeting or go back to get watch and be late. Yes, I chose to get my watch.

Have a good weekend and happy Holiday!

tonya kappes said...

Hmmm...having kids, I have to be on some type of time schedule. I have several watches (for different outfitss~of course), plus clocks in every room. My DH's grandfather was a clock maker. I want his collection (although some don't work anymore) and have a clock wall in my home of his creations. So cool.

Kelley said...

Count me in. I have clocks everywhere and I am constantly looking at the time. At night when I wake up I always check the time to see how much more time I have to sleep :) I don't wear a watch anymore. When I was working I had a pager that told me what time is was, so I stopped wearing a watch. Now, I have my cell phone on me and that is my clock. Sometimes I really wish I could just let the day unfold without checking the time all of the time.

laineshots said...

I'm a rebellious clockaholic. I have clocks of some sort or another in every room--but some have quirks. The one on the living room mantel runs backwards. The one in the kitchen has a jumble of numbers piled at the bottom, and the word "WHATEVER" printed across the top--but it works! I always wear a watch, and my favorite is a wind-up Timex. No batteries...so it only works when I remember to wind it. Therefore, I control the time! What do you suppose that says about me?

Lisa D said...

I'm only a clockaholic at work....hmmmmm...interesting. I'm pretty much go with the flow outside the workplace.

Rural View said...

I hoped that when I retired I would just ignore the time, but it didn't work out that way. I have to be aware of the time for my husband's schedule of medicines but other than that I try to just go with the flow. For instance, it's midmorning and I'm still in my robe.

laineshots said...

Good for you, Rural! What is retirement for if not to take your time enjoying what you haven't had time for before--like staying in your robe if you feel like it?

Lover of Books said...

I am a clockaholic. I love the older style one we have in our dining room that goes above my little house on the prarie phone, it's not a rotery, it's a push button. The crank on the side is just for decoration but I LOVE it. lol Back to clocks, the only rooms that don't have one are my son's room (once we move, hope to change that) and the bathroom. Probably never have one there. lol

Krista

PamelaSueJames said...

Yep I am a clockaholic I wear a watch and I have clocks in almost every room of the house.

Mare F said...

I was until I lived in Washington state for 5 years. Even though I'm back in CT I can go for hours without a clue as to the time. I love it. I have 3 watches with batteries that have been dead for about 6 years.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I should be more like you. I am sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Toronto, getting ready to head off to a mystery conference. My watch is back in Ottawa!

MJ

jbstanley said...

I love clocks. My father collected them so when I was a child, antique clocks were always chiming in my house. They were a part of our daily rhythm. I have some too, but I never seem to keep them wound.

Beth Solheim said...

I budget time, so I'm also a clockaholic! It's the only way I can work full time, work on my manuscript and get everything else done.

Jackie Houchin said...

A clockaholic for sure - and it has to be analogue. BTW, have any of your kids or grandkids shocked you with... "I don't know how to tell time on one of those clocks with hands."? SAD.

Livia J (Washburn) Reasoner said...

I guess I'm one of the odd ones. I'm more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person. I only wear a watch occasionally. Husband can't even wear a watch because they go funky. He and I have been self employed writers for almost 30 years, so our work doesn't revolve around clocks.

trek said...

I need to get a new battery for the little clock in the bathroom.

I suppose this answers the question? ;o)

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

I'm not really a clockaholic, per se, but I need a plan, I stick to the plan, and I do not go with the flow. And I can't *stand* being late. We're kindred spirits, Heather.

Heather Webber said...

LOL, maybe we need a clockaholics support group. You go-with-the-flow people can come too, maybe teach us some tips, or let us convert you. :)

I do recall, in kindergarten, just not *getting* the concept of the big hand vs. the little hand and how upset I'd get about it. And honestly, it always takes me just a tad bit longer than normal to read a clock face. Less upsetting now, though I do wonder what it is that throws my brain off just a bit.

signlady217 said...

Definitely a clock-watcher here! Every room in the house has one, and I wear a watch. When the watch battery dies, it gets replaced ASAP! Our bedroom actually has two, one on each side of the bed. :) The one on my side also has the phone and radio, and the one on hubby's side has battery backup because that's the alarm we use (when needed). Since I work from home now, I don't have to set it too much any more, except for Sunday morning church and doctors' appointments. But I still want to know what time it is!

MrsRyan Ottawa said...

Wow - you guys are tame - HA - I not only have clocks in every room BUT I need to have a clock in every direction - LOL - so if I am facing the TV, I need a clock I can see beside it, and if I am facing the other way, I need a clock I can see without having to turn around OR get up OR put my glasses on (I can't see far) so that means I need to get a clock for my kitchen table in case I am eating dinner and I forgot to put my glasses on and I can't make out the time on the clock on the wall just across from the kitchen table .... it goes on and on - lol - I just like clocks! And yes - I do have a clock in the bathroom PLUS a hanging shower clock on a rope in my shower. Wow - I got you guys all beat I think. By the way - this certainly does not mean I am always on time - quite the opposite! :)

Vickie said...

I wear a watch to bed at night so that I know the time at all times, it has an Indiglo for my nighttime viewing pleasure. I think there is a clock in most of the rooms in the house, and we have DirectTV so we can see on the TV what time it is with the remote.

My addiction is to calendars. I have one in the bathroom I share with Lady K, one in the laundry room, five at my desk at work if you count the one on the computer desktop. One is for Lady K's school, one for her BASE, one is for my workouts, two are just because they are pretty. The desktop one on the computer is for work schtuff and keeping track of home life appts since I'm not home to see the calendar in the laundry room with the appts written there.....
and then we could talk about my lists.....

Vicki said...

I'm a clockaholic in that I always need to know what time it is, but I hate wearing watches because I'm basically anti-jewelry...can't handle anything on my arms/wrists. I just tend to rely on the clocks all around me, or on cell phone if I need to carry it with me.

Maggie Sefton said...

I'm kind of in the middle, Heather. I always want to keep track of the time, task-oriented sort that I am. But I'm also a "go with the flow" girl. So when something comes along that calls me, or a phone call from a special person, or even a neighbor who hasn't stopped by in a while---then I ignore the time and live in the moment. Feels good. And we '60's girls used to say "if it feels good, do it." :)

Krista said...

I would swear that I'm a go with the flow kind of person. But each year I take a clock down when I decorate for Christmas, and each year I'm astonished by how much I miss it. It drives me crazy when it's not there and I realize once again that I check the time constantly.

~ Krista

Anonymous said...

Yep! Me to. When it's quiet in my house,I can hear all of them ticking.It's relaxing to me. I like to collect them,especially the miniture ones.I have one in my kitchen that I never turn back for daylight savings time (fall),because in the winter it reminds me of what time it would be in the spring/summer.I say to myself---just a few more months and that clock will be right.

Andrea C. said...

My best friend's father has a clock obsession too. He collects them (especially one's that make noise). They have them all over the house and he has a room in the basement (his work room) that has about 150 clocks on the wall...it is cool, but kind of creepy!

Valerie Consoer said...

You're definitely not alone, Heather. I have been telling myself that I need to get a clock in our bathroom, because my husband doesn't work the days I have to work and I don't want to turn the bright light on that keeps him awake. Luckily, I can close the bathroom door and get ready, but if I need to find a specific colored bra, it's a rarity that I find the right one. If I don't know what time it is, I tend to go a little crazy. I try to time myself when I'm in the bathroom, but my inner clock is definitely not on reality standard time...lol. Usually, my problem is that there isn't enough time in a day. I want to do something in particular and don't have the time to do it. Harumph!
I'm a control freak and absolutely must know what time it is. Maybe we should have a club called "Obsessive Clubbers"?

tammy spice said...

I'm a def clock a holic....can't be late for anything...I'm usually atleast 15 min to half an hour early...it's like ocd. My dtr is the same...and hers is worse...she is very precise on time...you can't say its 9pm if it's actually 8:59pm...lol We have clocks and watches everywhere!
Tammy