Monday, June 28, 2010

Quick to Annoy

Let me start by saying: I LOVE MY LIFE. I LOVE MY FAMILY. I LOVE THE LORD ..... but lately I've been quick to annoy. Not necessarily to anger but very quick to be annoyed with someone, something or a situation. I'm not sure when this "quick to annoy" thing started. Patience has never been a virtue of mine and I've really been working on not rushing through life. I suppose in the meantime of not rushing, I've stopped to smell the roses.... and find more things that annoy me. ha ha I decided to make a list which I'm sure many of you will find humorous or relate to. These annoyances are in no particular order:

1. People who are not considerate of my time. Just because I'm a stay at home mom, doesn't mean I don't value my time or have things to do! (This one probably is #1 though!... major pet peeve!)
2. Being late and people who are always late. 3pm is not 3:30, 3:15 or even 3:05.... it means 2:58.
3. People who text and drive. Please go when the light is green. Stop when it's red and stop putting my kid in danger of dying over a stupid text that is likely meaningless.
4. People who act intelligent but aren't. If you aren't smart, find another good quality and brag about that one instead. We can't all be Einsteins. ha ha Acting smart when you aren't smart in the 1st place makes you sound even less intelligent than you may actually be.
5. Waiting! I don't much enjoy waiting for anything. I'm a "I want it now kinda girl!" If I want something bad enough, I'll pay to rush ship it.
6. Doing things 90% of the way. If you can't do the task 100% right, don't do it! I'd rather do it right the 1st time, MYSELF!
7. Not writing down my dinner order. It is not sexy or impressive for a waiter to act like they remember my complex order. I don't enjoy sending it back. JUST WRITE IT DOWN!
8. Not knowing plans until last minute. I like at least a week's notice. I'm not a spurt of the moment kind of girl. I like to plan, look forward to it, prepare for it, etc... whatever "it" is!
9. Bad parents.... particularly bad moms. I'm not a perfect mom and I don't know everything BUT here are some things that drive me bananas:
a. moms who put their kids (toddlers) to bed late (ie...10-midnight) and let them sleep until (10-11). That isn't healthy for you or your kid. Put them to bed earlier!
b. Leaving your kids in the car... ever.... no excuse
c. Hitting your child. (I don't mean spanking) I mean HITTING. Slapping etc.
d. Moms who don't punish their kids for bad behavior
e. "Boys will be boys" is not an excuse for why your kid hits or bites
f. If you can't give up alcohol for 9 months while you're pregnant, don't have a kid
g. If you can't afford a baby, wrap it up and prevent one
h. There are many more but this list is upsetting me ha ha
10. Dogs tied to trees. If you're going to tie your dog to a tree, don't get one. They are supposed to be a part of the family! Do you tie your kid to a tree?
11. Drinking and Driving. I'm amazed at the amount of people who think this is ok... or even funny. I've seen FB post of people bragging about their drunk driving accidents! SERIOUSLY! I prefer to die of old age, thank you....
12. Selfishness. It's really unbecoming. Everyone deserves a little "me" time but there should be a balance of "me" time and "you" time.
13. Bicyclist when they ride 3 and 4 wide on a single lane road. PLEASE pick a 4 lane road and ride single file! I REALLY don't want to hit you but if I can't pass you, it isn't sharing the road or safe for anyone.
14. Poor grammar/speech. Don't rag on my grammar in the blog format here. My thoughts aren't grammatically correct!.... I mean verbally. (ie.... Asked/Axed. I asked you to do something. I did NOT axed you to do something.)
15. People who play the "victim." 95% of the time, I bet you weren't.
16. Belittlers. I think they do this to make themselves feel better SO the secret's out... you really just have poor self esteem!
17. When people make something a racial issue that wasn't. (ie. The cop didn't shoot your brother because he was black. They shot him because he was shooting at the cop kinda thing.)
18. People who drive too slow and likewise people who speed excessively.
19. Giving me incorrect change because you can't do simple math. If the bill is $1.88 and I give you $2, I get $0.12 back. I can't tell you how many times I've had to help cashiers with this simple math.
20. Ignorance. A lot goes on in our world! Follow it. Read a newspaper, watch the news, read online... there is a WEALTH of information about current events! Read it, form opinions and know where you stand. You should have an opinion on decisions the government makes on your behalf! Indifference on political issue is ignorance.

Wow... that was therapeutic. What did you think of my list? Do you agree? Did I miss anything?

I'm sure there are more but 20 already makes me seem like a super annoyed person! I swear I'll do a list of things I love soon and it will be more than 20 long!


  1. I completely agree with you 100% with this list. I'm happy to know that I'm not the only person that HAS to plan everything (which annoys my hubby to death, I might add)likes to do everything myself because I have a certain way I want(need) things to be done, can't stand people who are bad parents(to humans and animals)AND people who don't right down orders! - Its your j-o-b to do that, and when it comes out incorrect don't get frustrated with me.

    Wow, that was therapeutic in itself just commenting :) haha Thanks for sharing Taylor!

  2. HA- speaking of grammer..that should read "write" not "right"

  3. Holy crap, AND I can't spell this morning. GrammAR, not GrammER. Sheesh

  4. I would just like to say that 9A is the precise reason why my mother has coined the term "selfish parenting." Absolutely perfect term if I do say so myself, and - like you - the whole thing baffles me.

  5. Leah, I feel ya! Wanda, "selfish parenting" is a perfect term! My nephew goes to bed at midnight and wakes up at 11am. It's SOOOO unhealthy for him! He still sleeps with her (at 2!) and so he sleeps when she sleeps. He's always fussy and miserable and I want to scream.... I KNOW WHY!!!!!!!!!! ha ha. PLUS... I need "me" time and "Daniel and I time" when Parker goes to sleep! If he's awake past 7:30 or 8 I start to get antsy!

  6. #9 entirely, but mostly c. i HATE seeing people slap their kid in the head, or anywhere for that matter. i haven't decided how i feel about spanking yet. ask me again when bella is old enough to understand. oh, and d. gah!! discipline your kids people! freakin a!! that drives me crazy.

    #10-in atl, it is actually illegal to have your dog tied to a tree or pole unless you are within a certain number of feet (like if you are at a restaurant and sitting right beside it). i hate when people do that. i saw a dog tied to a tree in a back yard the other day, in 110 degree weather, with no shade. i almost stole that dog.

    abusing children AND dogs is absolutely unacceptable. ever. for any reason.

    good list. it made me irritated thinking of those things. haha. but good. you are not alone. at least you are annoyed by injustice and not just silly things.

  7. Justine,

    I may be able to shed some light on the spanking thing. Here's MY opinion and what I do. I DO NOT spank in anger. From the time he was about 9 months, I would tell him "no" or "no touch" twice. The 3rd time I would remove him from the situation. If he went back and redid it, I would pop his hand IF it was something important like playing with a socket. As he has gotten older and understands "No" and "no touch" he gets told "no" twice and popped on the hand the 3rd time. The only other time I spank is when I'm changing his diaper and he's rolling around or trying to run away. He gets popped on the thigh then. Not hard even to usually even make him cry but just enough to get his attention. Our biggest issue right now is whining when he doesn't get his way. He does NOT get spanked for that. He gets ignored. When he reacts negatively, I do not react at all. When he calms down, we retable the issue or he forgets and does something else. SO, recap... I basicially currently only spank when he's doing something that can hurt himself or someone else OR when he's not laying still/cooperating. As he gets older, we will use timeout but spanking will be our punishment when he's doing something more severe that can harm him. Of course, this can always change. Every kid is different! Hope that helps!

  8. Haha, Taylor these are great! I especially like 4, 6, 8, 12 and 9 even though I am not a parent yet. Another thing that drives me nuts is when people are unreliable and cannot follow through with things. If you say you are going to do something, just do it! Or at least be considerate and let someone know you will not be doing what you said you were going to do so people are not counting on you. I guess it goes back to that saying "mean what you say and say what you mean" or however that goes. Wonderful post!

  9. So I don't necessarily agree with 9a. Riley goes to bed late, 10ish, sometimes 9:30. She sleeps until around 9 a.m. and naps from 1-3 (give or take half an hour).

    I don't feel I am selfish in my parenting in setting her schedule like this. We choose to keep her on a later schedule for one reason, and I don't feel that it's selfish at all...

    Matt doesn't get home from work till 6:30 or a little later. If she went to bed at 7 or 8, Matt would see her maybe EIGHT hours a week - the WHOLE WORK WEEK! That's not fair to her or him to miss out on time together.

    If I were working, and she was having to get up at 5 or 6 and go to daycare then she would be in bed by 7 or 8.

    I don't think this is selfish parenting (IMHO), in fact I would almost deem it selfLESS I would KILL for 4 hours or so alone with Riley sleeping at night, but again, we opt for family time - the whole family.

    Its just a matter of opinion. And I think people that keep their kids up late so they can 'go out' or whatever, then yes, I would call that selfish. But just because a child stays up later doesn't mean the parents are selfish.