Thursday, February 10, 2011

Red-zone Crazy

Pet peeves are dangerous things. If you don’t have any, your humanity is called into question. If you react too strongly when they are committed against you? Well then, you enter through fiery gates into the realm of Witchy-ness. In which case, you are either called one to your face or just plain labeled one behind your back.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m willing to cop to a few.  
Like all good pet peeves, they make absolutely no sense. Why, for instance, does my head want to explode when someone talks to me while I’m brushing my teeth? Silly reaction, right? Yet every single time I feel my blood pressure rise, the inevitable snarly response poised on the tip of my tongue. . .“Why the hell are you asking me that NOW?  Can’t you see I’m busy?  It’s not like I can answer you with a mouth full of Colgate.”
Okay, I’ll admit, I almost always take a deep breath, swallow the snarl (along with the toothpaste) and sanity prevails. But, honestly. A little privacy please.
Another that drives me nuts is the absence of soap in the shower. The last thing I need when I’m rushing in the morning is to get in there and find I don’t have the necessary tools to get the job done. The second last thing I need is the arctic chill when I get out, dripping puddles of water on the floor (which, you guess it, I have to clean up later or suffer a cracked skull when I slip on the way to my closet) and fumble to get a new bar out of a box that never wants to give up the goods. My DH is a habitual offender in the soap department.  He’s since learned what it looks like when my head explodes and does it less. Thank you Lord.  
So, what drives you past crazy into the red-zone? Share, please. I want to feel like I’m normal


  1. I know I must have some pet peeves, but all of a sudden I can't think of any! Mmm. Oh, I hate when people snap their gum, so I usually seem to get those people next to me in lines, etc. LOL

    Donna Cummings

  2. I'm with you on the absence of soap in the shower. Drives me nuts.
    Nice to meet you, fellow crusader!

  3. Hi,
    I found your blog from Rach Writes Crusade. It's been amazing to see how many of us writers are out there.

    A pet peeve...hmmm, that would have to be when people call me Lewis in stead of Lois. :)

    Anyhow, thought I'd stop by and say hello. My blog is

  4. People not taking their shoes off when they come into the house. Makes me nutsy.

  5. Hi There. I just joined the crusade. Glad to meet you!

    One of my pet peeves is being asked to do something for someone when it's something they should be able to do for themselves.

  6. Big wave out to all my fellow crusaders. Thanks for popping by and making me fell "normal". I'm going to head over to your blogs and say hello!

  7. When reading, I hate to see "turned on her (his) heels". Picture doing that - you'd be completely off-balance and it would look weird. It makes me crazy.

  8. Hey fellow crusader! Can't wait to take this adventure with you. Have a fairy fantastic day!

  9. Hi E.C. I found you through the crusade as well.

    Pet peeves. I'v got a lot. :) But one of the biggest in regards to my DH is when I'm drifting off to sleep and he'll ask me a "did you" question. Did you remember to pay that bill? Or what are we going to do about X,Y,Z? Suddenly I'm wide awake and worrying. Of course, he's gotten his worries off his chest and is now snoring away. After nineteen years, you'd think he'd get the message that I hate this, but every once and a while I get, did you...?