What are your "pet peeves?"

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What are your "pet peeves?"
Thu, 07-17-2003 - 6:10pm
Mine are:

1. Fussy babies and noisy kids at movies that aren't specifically kid's movies. Drives me crazy. I didn't pay money to leave my kids at home so I could enjoy a movie only to have someone bring a crying kid.

2. Cell phones at movie theaters.

3. People yacking at movies (see a trend here? lol!).

3. People cruching ice and popping gum.

4. People who are habitually late. I have a brother-in-law who is always late and I decided it was a control thing on his part, so now that the family gatherings are mostly at our house, we start on time with or without him. He is on time a lot more now. I decided I wasn't going to play his game and he was going to conform to our time schedule rather than making 10 other people wait for him. My MIL sort of questioned whether that was rude or not and I asked her if it was more rude to start without him or for him to make the rest of us wait while the food got cold. She didn't say much. I know she doesn't approve, but like I said, it is a control thing on his part and I'm not playing the game.


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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 9:32pm
Geez, I don't know where to start, since I have many, but here it goes:

1) People who sweat on the equipment at the gym and then don't wipe it down.

2) People who want to talk to my at the gym while I am working out. I am clearly not interested with my headphones on and they still try to talk to me.

3) It drives me mad when very overweight people come into the gym and go straight for the weights and sit there for a good 5 minutes between sets and hog the machine. I want to lead the in the right direction- TO THE CARDIO EQUIP- as they are so overweight that any muscle they are building will never be seen until they unload the excess fat. When I was dieting, I only did cardio until I could actually see my shape again and then I went to the weights and built muscle.

4) People who bring their kids to your home and let them run wild with no supervision.

5) People who cough all day long and refuse to cover their mouth.

6) Parents who feel the need to live their life through their child, forcing them to participate in activities they don't want to.

7) People who bitch and moan how they can't afford this or that and then they make horrible financial decisions.

8) People who take advantage of government assistance.

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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 6:55am
People who give kids less respect just because they are kids. I didn't realize there was such a double standard until my DD3 didn't want to do things without me and I questioned her on why.


I go into the grocery store and pick up pictures. I look though them and give back the rejects so I don't have to pay for them, no problem. I ask if I can take the pitcures with me and pay for them at the final checkout with the rest of my purchase. I am very politely told, "Sure go ahead".

I go to grocery store and send DD3 to pick up the pictures while I do other shopping. She picks out the rejects and is made to feel like it will be a major incovience to take them off the bill. She asks if she can take the picture with here to pay off the end. She is given the third degree "Why do you have to take them with you?, Why can't you pay for them here."

We are on vacation. My DD3 and her friend go to the front desk and ask the lady if she knows where the ice machine is. The reply is "Well, yes" then she turns around and ignores the girls. When she notices that they are still staning there she turns around and tells them where the ice machine is but berates them for asking her and not someone else.

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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 11:31am
My pet peeves are pretty much like yours except I chew ice. I know it is a horrible habit and I am trying to stop. I promise!

Other pet peeves:

1. Parents that use their children as competition-"mine was potty trained at 19 months. Mine walked at 9 months. Mine speaked Spanish at 2 years of age." It drives me batty.

2. Women that stay home to the detriment of their family. I have 2 friends doing it right now and the children are under insured. They can not afford to do anything-the kids can not play soccer or join Brownies because it is too expensive. It makes me crazy!

3. Constantly being asked to volunteer at my church. In July, I have been asked to teach the college-age class, lead Disciple, work in the nursery, lead children's church (twice), bring food 2 nights for VBS and teach at VBS. My DH has been asked to do nothing. Why is it because I am female and have two children that I have to volunteer all the time?

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)


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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 7:41pm
isnt it funny what bothers some and not others.... i cant think of many now, but have them. some are,

anyone jumping in my face when i get home from work either in the driveway or house with issues, good or bad. i like to come in the house, hang up my things, use the bathroom, and sit for just a minute and have *my own thoughts* before rocking and rolling, yet again.

my dh gives me little chores like im his secretary. he has an issue with water run off outside, so while i just sat down to ps, here he comes telling me to email the news station.....HELLOOOOOO, i dont give a rats a$$ about the runoff!!!! right now anyway...

he also will tell me to have the kids do this or that. i simply say, "no, you". half the time the kids are right there.....why does he say, "beth, have so-n-so pay this bill", why????

new parents walking their strollers in the road when there are perfectly good sidewalks.

and people walking their dogs to *my* yard to ehmmm, unload.

screaming kids in restraunts. do i have a sign on me that says, sit all screaming kids near me????? God, im getting old!! LOL

im going to stop here. i can feel my blood pressure going up!! LOL

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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 10:28pm
I totally hear you on the SAHM's that SAH when they really should be working. I have a very good friend that should be working. Her kids don't even have enough underwear for a whole week. They can never afford to do anything, unless of course it is her dh and then the money magically appears.
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Fri, 07-18-2003 - 11:01pm
I have an issue with your #3. Why do you assume overweight people WANT to show their muscle? Lifting weights helps increase muscle mass and increases metabolism, a very effective method of losing weight overall (used along with proper diet, of course.) So what if you can't "see" those muscles? Eventually you will. It just seems awful odd that you would have a problem with people doing the most effective exercise to contribute to their weight loss.

Also, maybe they are not dieting in the first place and are just trying to increase their strength or fend off osteoporosis or other conditions.

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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 3:33pm
Weight training is more effective in helping people lose weight than cardio. Although cardio burns more calories during excercise, weight training helps you burn more calories no matter what you are doing. Because muscle is more active tissue than fat and requires more calories to maintain than fat.

Most of the calories that are burned are burned as a result of your normal metabolic processes. Adding muscle to your body increases your resting metabolic rate which means that if you add muscle to your frame you will be burning more calories even when you are sleeping. So being able to SEE the muscle is not the important reason to work out with weights. Increasing your resting metabolic rate IS.


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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 6:42pm
I hate it when people realize too late that they are in the wrong lane or missed a turn and stop traffic trying to get over. Why can't they just keep going and turn around?
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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 7:09pm
probably because causing an accident is so much more exciting!! ita. those people need their drivers license pulled.
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Sun, 07-20-2003 - 10:12am
Hmmm...here are mine:

People who eat with their mouths open, or talk with their mouths full.

People who don't use a turn signal

People who think their kids are too young to be taught proper behavior or to be disciplined.

The word AIN'T!!!!

Using double negatives expecially one like, "I ain't got none!". ERRRRR!!!!

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14