What are your "pet peeves?"

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What are your "pet peeves?"
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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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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 8:21am
They do, but the copyeditors don't always know what they're doing. I used to write for a daily local paper. I was getting paid peanuts, but I did it for fun and for my portfolio. I had to stop because of how badly the copyeditors butchered my articles. In one classic example, the editor told the CE to cut about 30 words from a piece. She did, but that's all she did. She just took words away, seemingly at random, without making any changes to the rest of the sentences. So there were run-on sentences, lack of subject/verb agreement, and just general mayhem. It read like The Sound and the Fury. I was like, "I'm getting paid a dollar an hour for the privilege of letting you destroy my professional reputation?"

I've since started writing for another paper, with a less prestigious reputation, but the copyeditors at least have some clue. I also now insist that I get a chance to look at the edited articles before they print, which the editor agrees to, since he knows I'm in it for the glory, not the money.

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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 9:46am
I lost weight by doing Pilates and weight training along with an eating plan. I do some aerobic activity, but I have learned how to do the weight training in ways to get my heart rate going. I've had three doctors tell me weight training is essential to metabolism (because muscle is what keeps the furnace burning longer), insulin balance and losing weight.

One reason I stayed away from gyms for years and years was because of the judgemental attitude of the "regulars." I would go and people would almost glare at me like I was some blight on the landscape because my "six-pack" resembled a "keg" instead. I never could understand it. How can someone lose weight if they can't do some kind of exercise? Is there some unwritten rule that you have to first get in shape before you can work out publicly at a gym?

I decided to just go it alone at home. I did go to the "Y" and have a session with a personal trainer to learn how to use hand weights effectively, then I bought hand weights and a bench, a step, a floor mat, and a stationary bicycle. I invested in some work out videos and followed my doctor's advice for eating (Turns out the new South Beach Diet is what I had been doing all along!).

I gained a lot of weight since ds was born 9 years ago when I was 37. An insulin imbalance kicked in, along with perimenopause hormones and it was a losing battle for a while. The attitude at the gym certainly didn't help motivate me. Fortunately, I am a self-motivator now and it is paying off.

Cindy

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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 9:49am
oh #4 gets me all the time!!! How the heck can a father be "babysitting " his own child!!

L.

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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 9:50am
Same here Cindy. Low carb eating plan, a 45 minute walk every night and weight traing 3 times a week.

I hate gyms. ;)

Sue

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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 9:56am
About your #3 pet peeve...overweight people using the weights:

One reason I stay away from gyms is because of the judgemental attitude of the "regulars." I would go and people would almost glare at me like I was some blight on the landscape because my "six-pack" resembled a "keg" instead. Some acted like I inconvenienced them terribly because I was using a machine or weights they wanted even though I had waited for my turn like everyone else. I never could understand it. If I had been a buff blonde would it have been ok? How can someone lose weight if they can't do some kind of exercise? Is there some unwritten rule that you have to first get in shape before you can work out publicly at a gym?

I lost weight (and continue to do so) by doing Pilates and weight training along with an eating plan - at home, on my own. I won't go to a gym again, most likely. I do some aerobic activity but more weight training than anything, and I have learned how to do the weight training in ways to get my heart rate going. I've had three doctors tell me weight training is essential to losing weight, metabolism (because muscle is what keeps the furnace burning longer), and insulin balance.



Cindy


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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 11:11am
OUCH!! This just happened to a paper I recently copy-edited. I got it down to a last clean copy and then then editor decided to randomly change things. Luckily, scientific papers always get sent back to the authors for final approval before the proof stage. The author was so horrified by what the editor had done that he just quietly but firmly quashed every change made by the editor and sent me a copy of what he had done...it was painful!

I mostly do free-lance copyediting for scientific papers and I *always* get the authors' final approval because sometimes the most subtle change in word order can completely change the scientific meaning of the sentence. Luckily, being in the field myself I can usually make the right choices, but I am always afraid of messing something up, so I check first.


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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 11:17am
My FIL says "flustrated" and it drives me crazy. (Mostly because I know he thinks it's a real word!)
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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 11:20am
my dad says alumimum...lol...he has tried and tried and just can't get it out the right way. There's another one he says, but I can't remember what it is.

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

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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 11:41am
Don't forget the ever popular "fustrated." Oh, and "supposably." nt
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Tue, 07-22-2003 - 3:30pm
What about nucular instead of nuclear. Dubya is guilty of that one.

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