How are you guys doing today?
I’m fine fine fine, currently feeling a little sorry for myself since I decided to not do a trail race this weekend so I could nurse my knee back to health. I’ve been able to work out, run a little, and teach, but I feel like running on unstable surfaces when I potentially have my meniscus torn is not a great idea. I need to wait for an MRI to be 100% sure though. But I’m feeling sorry for myself, a little jealous, and as a result, have eaten like a total hog today. I deserve a spanking (as my ESL mother says from time to time).
So, I’m actually sitting outside at the local coffee shop, and just sitting here sort of fueled this post. You’ll understand why in a second.
My Pet Peeves:
- Cigarette smoke. I’ve never been a smoker. My parents never smoked, so it was never really a thing. Plus I was born in the late 80s, so by that time, we were all onto the whole smoking causes cancer thing, so it’s actually pretty rare to find someone our age who smokes. So I’m sitting outside at this coffee shop, and trying to work, blog, and enjoy a cup of coffee, and there are groups of people around me smoking Parliments and Marlboros. It’s disgusting, distracting, and makes my hair smell like shit. And I can’t wash my hair all the time, so my options are to grin and bear it, or go sit and freeze inside.
- People with bad grammar. They’re/their/there. You’re/your. Its/it’s (which funny enough, appeared incorrectly on this blog in a link last week). “You’re doing good”. Like please, for the love of Jesus, look at a few newspaper articles, and just absorb some of what is considered appropriate grammar. And social media makes this complete disregard for the English language really apparent.
- When someone emails you….then emails or texts again 30 minutes later to ask if you’ve received their email. That’s when I start to become a little passive-aggressive, and sometimes don’t respond all together. Of COURSE I haven’t gotten your email yet because I haven’t responded. Perhaps I am away from my desk. Perhaps I have a family? Whatever it is, please show some regard for the fact that there are other people in this world than you.
- Facebook’s read receipt. This thing is the worst. I actually just read an article on how to disable it, but then you can’t see when people have read your messages either, and I can’t have that. But have you ever gotten a message on Facebook that made you toss your head back and groan? And then you opened it? And you either have to live with the fact that this person knows you’re ignoring them, or you have to respond. I do not appreciate that. Not at all.
All that said…
What are your pet peeves?