Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Fine List of Annoyances

I know that the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's Affordable Care Act is on everyone's mind  today. I should be discussing that, weighing the pros and cons of such a huge decision. But, I gotta be honest with you, it's just boring to me. I'm just not one to get in a heated political debate. Fact is, no matter how much I agree with the decision or am opposed to it, it is what it is. So, why get in a huff? Instead, I reserve blowing my cool for other occasions.

What irks me:


- Waiting in the drive-thru at McDonald's for my daily $1.08 Diet Coke to find, after nearly 10 minutes, that the soda machine is broken.
- Restaurants who serve you a Diet Pepsi when you order a Coke product and act like there isn't a difference. (Yes, I know I sped too much time obsessing over Diet Coke.)
- Sitting behind someone in the right hand lane to find that they are not turning right. Get out of my lane and let me turn.
- Finding that, for some freak reason, my husband's episode of Swamp People has bumped the recording of my beloved Gossip Girl.
- A presidential message breaking into my viewing of Gossip Girl (are you seeing a pattern here?).
- When people use the word "retarded" as a synonym for stupid, instead of its intended, and accurate, medical definition.
- Finding an empty cereal box has been placed back on the shelf instead of thrown away.

- People who quote poems. Especially Shakespeare.

- When people use a fake British accent (Madonna, this one's for you) to sound smarter and more educated. C'mon, Madge, we all know you are from Michigan.
- The phrase "Turn that frown upside down." If I feel like frowning and you don't like it, then perhaps you should leave me be.
- Strangers touching a pregnant belly. Here's a good rule: Don't touch strangers. Ever.
- Shoppers who ask how much something is when shopping in the dollar store. (Although, to be honest, some time it does make me chuckle.)
- The Sunday paper arriving without the coupon section. Or the Target ad. Or Parade Magazine. (Yes, I like my glossies mixed in with my paper.)
- People who don't watch tv. If you can't afford one, or can't afford power, that's one thing. If you have it and think you are above it, that's just annoying. So are parents who say "Oh, I don't let my child watch tv."

I, too, can think for myself. I am thinking you should turn on the tv.

- When parents utter the words "shut up" to their children. The one occasion where I find "shut up" acceptable by a parent: There is a robber in the house and the family is hiding under the bed so the burglar doesn't know they are home and their survival depends on silence. You are allowed to say anything at that time. As long as you whisper.
- Writing an epic-long email to have your computer crash when you are about to hit "send."
- Flat tires.

- When the Tylenol bottle only has one pill left and you definitely need 3. At least.
- Insomnia, mosquito bites, Tom Cruise, Smart cars, and Tea Leoni.

Enough of this. Otherwise, I'll have to add myself and this list to my grievances. On a final note, if anyone out there wants to give me a quick, and I mean quick, summary of today's political news, I won't be annoyed. Maybe.


christine said...

OK lady, we have so much in common;). The majority of your peeves are also mine!:) love your blog, gets my summer reading in;)

Jen Mckenzie Frazier said...

Christine... I could have gone on and on. I swear, I spend my life being annoyed by other people and the world. But, I am trying to be more positive, which is annoying in and of itself, so I stopped myself. And thanks for reading! I am SO not comfortable with this whole blog thing, but was really looking out of touch when I had to tell people I didn't have one. We'll see how long it lasts!

Brandy said...

TEA LEONI!! YESS...she annoys the piss out of me!! and the whole TV issue...don't get me started!

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