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December 9, 2008

10 things i don’t enjoy much…

vacuuming. my eyes dart right to little spots on the carpet. i then obsess over them until spots are gone. if i can’t remove the spot, well, just stay away.

cleaning toilets. i’ve said it before – the minute i scrub the toilets, someone will follow up with a blow out. like. clock. work.

driving in other states. we don’t pump our own gas here in Oregon. in fact, it’s against the law to pump it yourself. oh yeah!

talking to people with wandering eyes. please look at me. please??

certain words. seriously. there are certain words i just don’t like to say. or hear. i can’t even list them…sorry.

ants. of all bugs, insects, whatever they are – i dislike them the most. i know they demonstrate hard work and commitment but they should never, ever, demonstrate those things in my home. ever.

being forgetful. i am too young to struggle with my memory. like the other day i was tal

driving with a screaming child in their car seat. oh my stars. that is so hard. i don’t get angry – i just hate that i can’t do anything for them and they’re trapped in that seat…crying, a lot, loud. ok, so maybe i do get a itty-bitty flustered.

driving behind someone going well under the speed limit. i’m a california driver. this doesn’t go over too good.

being so pessimistic and negative.

dang, tam!

wait. make this 11 things…

random Christmas lighting. you know what i’m talking about. the house you drive by where the owners just throw strands up at the house and wherever they stick, that’s where they stay – then plug’em in and, VOILA …Offensive Random Lighting!

what about you? got any of your own to add?

46 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2008 3:57 am

    I LOVE to vacuum.

    My eyes dart because I have some serious ticks going on. I can’t focus for longer than a few seconds. Sorry.

  2. December 9, 2008 4:55 am

    Was that the deep post you warned us about yesterday?

  3. December 9, 2008 5:09 am

    How about when those Christmas lights are still up – and lit- in March? I’m all for the Christmas spirit, but c’mon!

    I dislike out of state drivers as well – in my state! Buy a map, get a TomTom, stay home! Oh, but if you’re visiting on Sunday, come to church!

    Negitivity rubs me the wrong way, too. Especially that “we’ve tried that before” thing.

    Barre chords. And, as a result, any song in B flat. I’m just sayin’.

  4. heidi permalink
    December 9, 2008 5:45 am

    Unanswered emails- if someone goes to the trouble then answer them, if you have too many…. Get Starbucks.

    If you can’t drive- If can’t drive like us perfect people in CA, then don’t come here.

    Toilet covers need to flushed- going into a public restroom? flush your dang cover it’s not my responsibility.

    Lids on Milk jugs- they created lids for a reason ya know.

    A real biggie for me:

    Before you say something negative about my kids- Stop, take a breathe, check yourself, then come to ME we’ll talk about it like adults.
    If you choose the other way, you’d better have a one way ticket to Mississippi because I’m comin after you.

  5. December 9, 2008 6:05 am

    10 Things I Don’t Enjoy Much (the seasonal version)

    Christmas Carols/Songs on the radio for a month. I mean, seriously, does the phrase “run…into…the…ground” mean anything to these folks?

    Bad Lifetime/Hallmark Christmas movies. Really? How many different ways can we spin the Dickens tale? Is it really Christmas every day? How many times is the “spirit” of Christmas gonna have to be restored to a quaint little town in the Pacific Northwest or New York City, for that matter?

    Blue Christmas lights…actually rainbow colored lights bug me too. White Christmas lights just say, “We’ve got Christmas class.”

    The PC “Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas” debate. Just say whatever you want. If someone doesn’t celebrate Christmas they can always respond with, “Mucho take it easy!” (Nacho libre quote)

    Christmas clothing. I’m not talking about winter clothing, I’m talking about THAT sweater. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s busier than a medieval tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 AD.

    Fake Santa replacing Saint Nicholas. I don’t have kids and more power to those of ou who rock Santa at your house, but be darn sure I’ll be sharing who “St. Nick” really was with my kids and pointing out how what he did glorified God.

    Fake Santa replacing Jesus. I’m a Believer, so sue me. Fake Santa represents “gimme” and greed (conveniently wrapped in the mantra of “Christmas is all about giving”)…while Jesus is all about “give you” and selflessness.

    Fake courtesy. Christmas is the most joyous time of year right? Not really. We just tighten our masks a little bit tighter and paint a little more shiny makeup on them. Many people experience a lot of hurt and painful memories during this time of year. I hate that we fool ourselves into thinking that shiny lights and reindeer somehow change everyone into elvish happy go lucky joy dispensers.

    Gaining weight over the holidays. Let’s face it, me, you’re not the beanpole skinny kid you were in college. It’s downhill from here. Quit eating like a starved castaway that’s just been rescued and sent to an all you can eat buffet. You can do it, self.

    Giving needy families a helping hand only to do it again and again year after year. Don’t get me wrong, I think we should do all we can to help people in the short term, but there’s definitely something wrong when we have to go back to the same family ever year with handouts. I would really enjoy it if I were somehow able to get involved and help educate and empower those families to move out of that neediness…

    Wait a minute, I think God just challenged me with something. Awesome.

    Thanks for this blog post, it’s stirred something inside me today.

  6. December 9, 2008 7:45 am

    I tried to do this…and I got to five, and I was getting in a bad mood…so I stopped. I am so weak can I just list two at a time, through out the day? Thanks, your a sweetheart! πŸ™‚ am I know your number 12 thing that you don’t like so much?

  7. December 9, 2008 7:53 am

    thats what I get for picking on trina’s spelling LOL

    now..not Know

  8. December 9, 2008 8:02 am

    When people do not use apostrophes correctly. Or even at all.

    for instance, “I think your cool.”
    NO. That would be wrong.

    “its his fault.”
    Wrong. Again.

    “their is my hat.”

    Any variation of the B chord— I would agree. They’re so tough to play.

    Excessive clumps of hair in the shower. Really? Come on. It’s your darn hair. Find a way to muster up the courage to college all the glarly curlie q’s and toss them in the trash.
    (Living in a dormitory with all girls is kinda sick sometimes.)

  9. December 9, 2008 8:06 am

    😳 sorry Becca, that would be my bad..

  10. December 9, 2008 8:08 am

    well I do clean up my hair in the shower..but those apostrophes on line just are a bother. and well once a person learns good grammer ain’t nothin going to change’em.

    just teasing…

  11. December 9, 2008 8:17 am

    10 Things that annoy me?

    1. I HATE being interrupted. I mean, the type of interruption where I’m trying to explain what I’ve done and who I’m speaking to interrupts with their version of what they think I’m saying (which is usually WRONG!) arrgh! My boss does that a lot (ooh, don’t tell anyone I said that….)

    2. hmm… I can’t think about any more, although I know there are more… If I think about it I’ll bring it to the table πŸ™‚

  12. December 9, 2008 8:25 am

    Oh yeah! I’ve thrown out books because of bad grammar already…. I used to say that if I hadn’t met my wife I’d marry a semicolon… Had a poem that I was trying to get JUST RIGHT, u know? Two years I was trying to figure out what was wrong with it… and then one night in a sudden burst of inspiration, I leapt out of bed and scrambled to the computer … I changed the punctuation in ONE LINE (from a comma to a semi-colon) – PERFECT! The rhythm of the line was off by that half beat…..

    yeah I’m a nut. Sue me. :mrgreen:

  13. December 9, 2008 8:32 am

    mandyC – really? i didnt notice. are you serious?

    mike – “Especially that β€œwe’ve tried that before” thing.” ooo-ooo-ooo…ME TOO!!! and there is a house on a friends street here that has never taken their lights down. year ’round madness.

    heidi – “Unanswered emails” – shoot darn 😯 you KNOW i am guilty of this. i will read them, answer them (in my head) as im reading, and move on to something else. i am terrible at that. but i love ya πŸ˜‰ and the toilet seat covers grosses me out too. i’ll kick’em in with my shoe if there isnt another stall open. eeewww.

    russ – where to start. where to start. first, whenever i read “Fake Santa” i saw it as “Frank Sinatra”. ok, moving on…your last point really got me. not only the same family year after year thing – but the whole idea that we go out this one time a year and help people then brush them off the rest of the year. its like we meet our quota, ya know? we=me.

    darla – whats my 12th thing??? πŸ˜€

    becca – um. i am so very bad at using apostrophes correctly. like. real bad. and my grammar. not so good either. and i oppose using capitals when i type. i just do. πŸ˜‰

    bajan – im with you there. especially when im sharing something meaningful. it bugs me too.

    mandyT – this is NOT my deep post. now be nice.

  14. December 9, 2008 8:38 am

    Another thing that bugs me – my son playing the behind and making me late for work. Like. Every. Day. ARGH! I wish I could just leave him and make him find his own way to school, but at 4 years old, I’m sure the Child Care Board will have something to say about that….

  15. December 9, 2008 9:01 am

    People who talk about poop….or anything bathroom related. Seriously, that is private. No jokes, no description needed. The only time it is allowed is medical and even then it needs to be censored and discrete unless it is an emergency; I am all about helping out if there is an emergency…come on now…I have some compassion. I don’t mind changing diapers but once a kid turns 3 they are on their own.

  16. December 9, 2008 9:04 am

    Anyone who tries to have a conversation with me before 9AM. Unfortunately my work day begins at 8AM. Darn.

  17. December 9, 2008 9:11 am

    bajan – i was totally on board with you, thinking to myself..”ya! just leave him behind – that’ll learn’em!” then you said he’s only 4!!! 😯 bad, tam! πŸ˜‰

    KA – you said “poop”

    janaki – noted.

  18. December 9, 2008 9:28 am

    Okay, wait a minute. You don’t pump your own gas in Oregon???? Bunch o’ lazy bums. That’s going on my list. I don’t enjoy Oregonians…Oregonites…Oregonos (???) who don’t pump their own gas. πŸ˜‰

    What else?

    Dog hair. And yet…I have a dog.

    Folding the laundry. I don’t mind the washing and the drying, but the folding and the putting away I believe was made for another soul.

    I’ll think of more later, I’m sure. I just happen to be in a good mood. πŸ™‚

  19. December 9, 2008 9:29 am

    talking to people with wandering eyes. please look at me. please??

    See now, your opinion of me is *(relatively speaking) so much higher since we only talk in blogosphere.

  20. Jim2 permalink
    December 9, 2008 9:53 am

    1) Rude clerks
    2) Bad service
    3) Losing things that I just had in my hand moments ago
    4) Many grammar/spelling related things, but “Lose” and “Loose” are almost as bad as “Their” “They’re” and “There”

  21. December 9, 2008 9:53 am

    I love your list. However, my eyes to tend to wander when I’m talking to someone. Sometimes it’s just a little too intense for me to stare into someones eyes. If you’re talking, I’ll look right at you, but if I’m talking, I have to wander because I lose my train of thought looking into your eyes continually. It’s because I love eyes so much I get distracted.

    and we have ants right now. They’re coming through the sink. It’s driving me absolutely bonkers. I spray them with bleach all day.

  22. December 9, 2008 9:53 am

    I thought your 12th thing would be people who comment off topic…mmmm that would be me. ♥

  23. December 9, 2008 9:55 am

    joy – “Oregonos ” hahaha! i like that. go with that one. i share your dislike on folding and putting away laundry. its the worst part of it. well, actually right now, the worst part of it, for me, is having to go out in my cold garage to do the laundry…brrrrrr!!!

    ric – it might be best we keep this relationship strictly cyber πŸ˜‰

  24. December 9, 2008 9:56 am

    We don’t pump our gas here in S. Africa either. But that’s because it created more jobs…not because we are lazy like the people in Oregon.

  25. December 9, 2008 9:58 am

    jim2 – and there’s also “your” and “you’re”. my man is horrible about getting those “write” πŸ˜‰

    carrie – ants in the winter? well, almost winter. they come out in the cold? now thats commitment!

    darla – aaahhhh…you can go off topic here. no biggy. i do all the time. my mind wanders too much. must be why you and i get along so well πŸ˜€

  26. December 9, 2008 9:59 am

    KRIS-TEEEE! we iz not lazy peepole! (i have no idea why i spelled like that)

    ours is for the same reason too. the job thingy. i love it!

    you so sassy!

  27. December 9, 2008 10:06 am

    i love your #11…can i add those giant inflatable yard snow globes in there without offending someone. my neighbor just decided one was not enough. i’m cracking up about the gas…I always forget about that…what a great state you live in. We have some friends that just moved here from oregon and that is taking some getting used too for them. thanks for your great comment on my blog…love that “conditioning Christmas” πŸ™‚

  28. econmommy permalink
    December 9, 2008 10:06 am

    Vacuuming, putting away laundry, washing day-old dishes, finding a sippie-cup with rotten milk under the car seat, the morning time vortex (where do all those extra minutes go…with the missing socks maybe!), rushing, mis-use of scripture, incorrect use of and mis-spelled words (and I have to read dozens of papers full of them each semester!), finding a decapitated angel figurine next to my broken wedding glass, finding the booger my son wiped on his car seat on my arm (eeewww!)…

    I have small children, so I’m guilty of the poop conversations. Some colleagues and I joke about how conversations among parents of young ones often seems to degrade to poop and throw up and other gross stuff you would only hear about in a locker room…

  29. December 9, 2008 10:16 am

    I really laughed about the random Christmas lighting. That bugs me so much!!! My dear husband did that a couple of times. Once he put lights on the eves going across the house and they weren’t long enough to make it all the way to the end. They were several feet short! He couldn’t understand why I was freaking out and embarrassed. Then another year, he decided he’d string lights going up the olive tree, but didn’t have enough to go all the way up the trunk, but just a couple feet! His reasoning each time was it looked Christmasy and festive and, well… yay… we had lights up. He no longer does such silly things. πŸ™‚

  30. December 9, 2008 10:33 am

    meg – YES! there a couple homes who have multiple blow ups in their yard right now. i think the worst part about that is, during the day they have to deflate them and they just look like madness threw up all over the lawn.

    and i sincerely apologize to anyone with multiple deflated blow ups πŸ˜€

    econmommy – when i read the sippy cup part, i instantly smelled it too. i remember those days. i always tossed those cups. i couldnt deal with it! and sorry for all the grammatical errors you find here at my place πŸ™‚ there are plenty πŸ˜‰

    brenda – there is a house a few blocks from me that has 3 different strands of lights in a row, on their eve, each about 2 -3 ft in length, that only goes about 3/4’s down the side of the house. im fixin to take a different driving route to avoid lookin at it 😯

  31. December 9, 2008 11:02 am

    Hey it doesn’t happen often, but I have a really good idea! YAY ME! check your email..shhhhhh secret!

  32. heidi permalink
    December 9, 2008 12:06 pm

    OH BTW…. you told on yourself.
    I never have a problem with return emails from you. πŸ™‚

    And yes toliet seats gross me out!!!

  33. December 9, 2008 12:14 pm

    Your mom grosses me out.

  34. December 9, 2008 12:21 pm

    Yup, sass.

  35. December 9, 2008 1:17 pm

    Offensive random Christmas lighting does it to me every time.

  36. December 9, 2008 3:31 pm

    personal space intruders – why do people feel like they need to be in your face just to talk?

    the only thing worse is when they feel the need to be touching you the whole time… like stroking your arm or hand on your shoulder. even more awkward when it’s someone of the opposite gender.

  37. December 9, 2008 4:06 pm

    heidi – DOH 😯 i did!

    KA – your mom

    cindy – it only happens once a year. phew!!! πŸ™„

    jenni – because its likely we’ll meet someday…i’ll keep this in mind πŸ™‚

  38. December 9, 2008 5:02 pm

    1. Driving on icy roads. The only thing worse is driving at night on icy roads.

    2. Any news article with Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton in it.

    3. Being told there is a credit crunch then receiving a bunch of credit card offers in the mail.

    4. Getting adverts from funeral homes and “assisted living quarters” when you start getting social security or sign up for AARP.

    5. Having middle age women hold the door for you, calling you “sir” and asking if you need any help.

  39. December 9, 2008 6:58 pm

    ed – i promise, i will never hold a door open for you.

    there. better?


  40. December 9, 2008 11:17 pm

    Okay you TOTALLY made me giggle compulsively at “random Christmas lighting.” Hahahahahehehehehehe. Gotcha. SO gotcha.

  41. December 10, 2008 12:12 am

    I thought you had a ‘thing’ about the number 11?? πŸ™‚

    i love everything! :mrgreen:


    (looks at wrist where watch would be if i wore one – how long have we got??)

    i’m none too fond of traffic lights that change to red just before i get to an intersection to let cross traffic go – THAT ISN”T THERE ! Sitting there to wait for a traffic light to make up it’s mind to change when i’m the only car who wants to use that intersection in those three minutes somewhat frustrates me. (and yes some(most) of our lights here do have below surface ‘detectors’ that sense when cars are waiting/crossing) and still i am made to wait for ‘invisible’ traffic.


  42. December 10, 2008 6:00 am

    Ha! The lighting gets me too. This year, our HOA decided to do that to the entrance of our neighborhood. I’m so embarrased…I might file a complaint…HA!

  43. December 11, 2008 9:53 pm

    folding clothes
    putting away dishes
    cleaning bathrooms
    public speaking
    grocery shopping
    hmmmmmm, I’m thinking I could go on a while with this list πŸ™‚


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