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David / August 3, 2009 10:28 AM

Dark hair, light eyes.

dragonslayer / August 3, 2009 10:40 AM

currently, training for the Chicago Marathon.

I have to find something else to be obsessed about after October 11th.

David K / August 3, 2009 10:48 AM

Right now? Sam Cooke.

y a j / August 3, 2009 10:56 AM

Cycling. Planning rides. Riding. Reading about riding. Watching pro rides.

Amanda / August 3, 2009 11:06 AM

Finding fresh lavender in Chicago. I have a recipe for homemade gin, and it calls for lavender. Finally found some at the green city market!

gemma / August 3, 2009 11:09 AM

Adobe Lightroom and training for the Chicago Marathon.

annie / August 3, 2009 11:37 AM

I don't have one! Maybe my obsession will be finding something to obsess over.

annie / August 3, 2009 12:26 PM

How silly! I forgot, I am obsessed with something/one. Joan from Mad Men!! I want to be her, in fact, I find myself buying these retro looking dresses b/c I think she would wear them. and I am obsessed with hats!

LittleJill / August 3, 2009 12:41 PM

You're my obsession. Who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me?

Spook / August 3, 2009 1:25 PM

right now? Turtles in China Town!

Yesterday I helped rescue and resettle a turtle from China Town into a good back yard pond. Dig it, there is no body fonder than turtle soup than I, especially at Galatoire's in the French Quarter. But the conditions of turtles (stacked in plastic crates, no water and some with patches torn from bloody shells) is deplorable!

I urge every one to rescue at least one turtles and complain to the owners or workers at these stores!

jlp / August 3, 2009 1:35 PM

picking dead skin off of my heels as I attempt to finish my paper on hobbes, agamben, & fanon. yeah, fun times as a grad student. and yes, I know that I'm completely gross and have bad anxiety-driven habits.

tra / August 3, 2009 2:33 PM

Annie, I totally agree and have the same newly-budding obsession. I'm just finishing up the first season of Mad Men on DVD and love love love Joan's style - both her clothes and her overall sassiness. I actually thought to myself last night, "I really should paint my nails red and wear REAL lipstick to work"

mo / August 3, 2009 2:48 PM

I have OCD, so this question could have any number of answers. BUT, my non-OCD obsession right now is sewing summer dresses with my new serger. It's all I do in my spare time, and all I think about (what the next dress will look like.)

CVAL / August 3, 2009 2:53 PM


A / August 3, 2009 3:50 PM

My left eyebrow.

q / August 3, 2009 8:48 PM

Unattainable married men.

I'm not saying it's a healthy thing.

cookie / August 4, 2009 9:59 AM

vegetarian banh mi sandwiches.

Baldeesh / August 4, 2009 10:23 AM

Currently it's going through all of my crap and throwing a bunch of stuff out.

Normally it's yarn and knitting and all things Scottish.

cklaus / August 4, 2009 11:06 AM

Cycling produce through my refrigerator before it goes bad. I hate it when food goes bad.

printdude / August 4, 2009 11:23 AM

Putting ink on paper, fabric and metal.


Quality food and the recipes they go in.


Finding the next "good time"

No, i'm not full of problems, only solutions.
and beer.

Irisheyes1212 / August 4, 2009 11:51 AM

I am obsessed with health and fitness - in theory. I read about workouts in Shape or a great recipe in Self, all as I am scarfing down chips or wine. I subscribe to all the magazines, and never follow them. I am updated about every health event in the city...only to not feel like going the day of. I am an unmotivated anti-social headcase w/ 30lbs to spare.
Also obsessed with my now that I'm 30 it's too late for anything. Trying new things, getting healthy / fit, settling down, I missed the boat. Which I know isn't totally true...but if I was being rational it wouldn't be obsessive thinking!

To borrow from some of the other folks, I'd also like to add: food, unattainable men (married or otherwise), finding the next good time (always feeling like I'm missing out on something)

Therapy. Stat.

Brubeck / August 4, 2009 1:22 PM

Since adolescence I've been obsessed with bicycling and latin women. Every day I bicycle home from work to my Guatemalan I guess I'm OK.

wvallen / August 4, 2009 3:12 PM

science and photography

Mr. D. Plus / August 4, 2009 6:48 PM

Jazz. Happy 108th, Pops!

crystal clear / August 4, 2009 6:52 PM

boys i can't have.

fluffy / August 4, 2009 9:20 PM

Obsessing about Mr M's health. He's getting up in age and is having some health issues,which makes me sooo sad. Anyway, he's around 16-17 years old and still quite the performer.
Irisheyes, I like your honesty.

Val / August 4, 2009 10:10 PM

Spinning. At the moment I go obsessively at 5:45 a.m. Mon - Wed - Fri and somtimes 4:15 p.m. on Tues - Thurs. I have a problem.

At least it's not Oreos or Stalking people. Because those would be bad obsessions.

Oh. Also... summer crushes. I can't get enough.

Guisseppe / August 5, 2009 12:45 AM

Red sweet vermouth. On ice. With a twist of orange. Goddamn. It started on the back porch in a tumbler at some party -- and I loved it instantly. Now I'm throwing way too much of this stuff in a glass every night. Martini Rosso is $7.99/bottle but the cheaper stuff is almost as good and it's $4.99/bottle. At Trader Joe's it's $5 and the bottle's even bigger than 750 ml. It's so cheap and delicious. Rooty, almost like a suggestion of an Italian Amaro. It's too much sugar. I'm getting fat. It's turning into a problem. You have been warned.

madachode / August 5, 2009 1:58 PM

Educating the general public that roads were built for cars not bikes. share the road means get out of the way.

flange / August 5, 2009 2:29 PM

apathy. to the point where it took two days to bother mentioning it.

Mr._Martini / August 5, 2009 3:18 PM

Getting my photo on Rearview! You guys hate me.

Andrew Huff / August 5, 2009 3:58 PM

Aw, Mr. Martini, we don't hate you! It just hasn't happened yet.

Eric / August 5, 2009 3:58 PM

Girls on bicycles in the summertime make my heart melt.


Alison / August 5, 2009 4:07 PM

LOST. Starting Season 4 tonight!

Poppy Seed paint from Behr.

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