Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Randomness: Pet Peeves

Happy Wednesday! This week, we welcome another author to the Wednesday Randomness. One of my all time favorite people... Kris Norris. I adore her and am so happy she's jumping into this with us. Welcome, my dear!

When we decided to write on pet peeves this week, I was excited, thinking that I could knock this post out in no time. Wrong. I have stared at this blank page for longer than I care to share. But, without further ado, here is my attempt at listing my pet peeves.

1. Not following through - I think I'm pretty understanding. I get when life gets in the way and shit happens. Do I ever! But when it comes to people who promise and promise and never ever follow through on those promises? That burns my ass.

I'm not saying I don't drop the ball sometimes. I totally do. I've gotten bogged down and been late on things more times than I care to remember. Or something has happened and I can't do what I thought I could. BUT, I own it, I think. I explain and apologize and do what I can to make up for it (if it's possible.) But what I'm talking about, what really pisses me off, is when this is the norm and the person doesn't even seem to think there is a problem. There is no apologies, no acknowledgement that maybe their lack of following through has just fudged up my plans. :(

2. Self entitled people - News flash: The world doesn't owe you anything, it's not always someone else's fault, the world doesn't revolve around you.

This is a big one for me, because I just want to scream at people to grow the frick up and OWN their lives - the good, the bad, and all the freaking messed up shit. While how we grow up and who is in our lives definitely influence our decisions, placing the blame on those things for everything that goes wrong in our gets old.

And the thought that somehow you deserve more or better that the rest of us? Well, I'm not going to start ranting on that one because I wouldn't get anything else done today. (And of course, I'm using "you" to generally address people who operate under these beliefs - not addressing anyone reading this blog specifically!)

3. Being unclear about expectations - It drives me up the wall when expectations aren't clear. When suddenly I'm bearing the brunt of someone's annoyance or anger because I didn't do something "right". If you want me to do something, and you want it done in a specific way, please, please, PLEASE tell me that upfront, for the love all things glorious!

4. Hypocrisy - This can come in many forms. Many, many forms. One I've come across recently that just makes me...not so much angry, but really, really I've heard people talk about someone who is going through a rough time. This person isn't a nice person. He's actually a pretty cruel, hateful person, truth be told. But when people I know found out about the horrible stuff happening in this person's life, they went off on hate-filled rants about how this person deserved it and they hope he suffered, and so on. Now, don't get me wrong, I will admit to having a thought or two about Karma and it biting someone in the ass. I did. BUT answering hate with hate? When has that ever turned out well?

I'm by no means perfect, and I've been guilty of pretty much everything on the above list at one point in my life.  I just hope I recognize it when it happens and do a one-eighty, yeah?

So those were biggies. There are other, more minor, things that drive me batty. These are pretty self explanatory.
1. People who don't use their blinker when changing lanes or turning.
2. Chewing with mouth open.
3. Not separating laundry the right way (ie. my way)
4. Using the last of the toilet paper and not replacing the roll.
5. Asking questions during movies/tv shows ("Who's that?" "Why she do that?" "Is he going to die?" Just shut up and watch!)
6. Double negatives.
7. Guys who say they are "babysitting" their own kids.
8. Not using a bath mat when taking a shower or bothering to wipe up the flood of water left behind, resulting in my socks getting soaked when I go to take my morning pee.
9. Leaving hair in the sink after shaving or trimming bangs or whatever.
10. Swearing in public - Note: I can curse up a blue streak and drop f-bombs like nobody's business, but I try so hard to be aware of my surroundings. When I'm out with my kids - especially when they were little-little - it would drive me up the wall when people would swear wily-nily around them. Because I don't want to have to explain why my cute little four year old just casually called her grandma a bitch, thank you very much.

I'm going to end there, because now that I've started, I could just keep on going. But I won't.

So what are your pet peeves? Comment away, friends!

What drives the other girls up the wall? Go forth and find out!

Bronwyn Green
Leigh Jones
Kellie St. James
Tess Grant
Kris Norris

Until next week!


  1. I am so on board with these - particularly your biggies - especially the self-entitled one. I CANNOT stand that.

    Also, ZOMG!!! Yes, the guys "babysitting" their own kids. That makes me soooooooooooooooo ragey. You're not babysitting, asshat - you're taking care of your child(ren).

  2. OMG... that first one. That, right there, is part of the reason behind my divorce! Not being able to count on someone. To make plans but always having to have a backup one...then to get yelled at because you have the backup plan, even though they are ditching you yet again!

    Breathe, Kris, breathe. I love your list. All those not so big ones....hells yeah. Though... I hate to say this, but over the last year, with all the teenagers, the swearing in public—yeah, that's probably me. Actually, Jared judges how bitchy I am based on whether I swear in public or not. If I don't then I wasn't a total bitch, lol....

  3. Hypocrisy is one that resonates with me. People see faults in others that they can't see in themselves, but they can be downright strident about announcing those they do see to the world.

    Talking during movies? Grrr.

  4. The self-entitlement thing drives me crazy on a daily basis! I see it a lot in work environments. Yes, they hired, but that doesn't mean they owe you anything other to get paid when you do your job.

    I admit, I'm bad about the asking questions during a movie thing. But I really only do that to my husband and I figure he has to deal because he married me. :)

  5. @Bron Yeah, I've had to physically walk away from someone who repeatedly talked about babysitting his kids. Are you freaking kidding me????

    @Kris LOL You make me laugh. My big prob is being somewhere and every other word out of someone's mouth is the f-bomb and there are toddlers and very young kids soaking it all in. I let curses fly--and sometimes in less than ideal situations--but I like to think if I realize there are kids around, I'm not going to filth it up constantly.

    @Tess And most people can't recognize they're being hypocritical even when you call them on it.

    @Leigh The self-entitlement burns my ass in a major way if you didn't pick up on that. :D And of course your hubs has to deal with your talking during movies...part of the package, baby.