Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nine in the Afternoon

I had a truly unique day at work yesterday.  It was a day that reminded me why I applied for this job, why I spend so many unpaid hours preparing at home, why I need to overlook the negatives and focus on the positives.


Right now I'm teaching my kindergarten students about different cultures around the world.  Yesterday I introduced my students to Japan.  Because I lived there for 3 years, I was able to share some real-life experiences that you wouldn't find written up in a textbook.  I dug up EVERYTHING I could find from Japan!  I brought books and clothes and photos and dolls and toys and origami and Hello Kitty chopsticks and pottery and a bag full of yen.  I wore the cotton summer kimono my husband bought for me, and I heard myself speaking Japanese words I haven't spoken in years.  It brought back so many wonderful memories.


But even better than that, my little Japanese presentation reminded me of the most basic and most important aspect of my job as a teacher.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS.  It's not about the paycheck or the complaining parents or the co-worker who has made it her mission to make my life miserable.  It's about the kids and the spark in their eyes when they're having so much fun that they have no idea they're learning.  Watching their faces yesterday as they listened to my stories about Japan and hearing them say konnichiwa to everyone who passed them in the hallway made every negative aspect about my job melt away. 


The song I chose for Goodnight Moon's What's YOUR Song? Link-Up has absolutely nothing to do with teaching or kids or Japan.  It's about those aha moments when you remember why you chose to do something that you once loved, especially after the novelty of it has worn off and the negatives start overshadowing the positives.  Even though every now and then I feel like I'm "losing the feeling of feeling unique," I have days like yesterday when I think, "Man it feels good to feel this way."  The song reminds me to remember why I decided years ago that I wanted to be a teacher.  It's a reminder about getting back to the basics, getting back to that place "where it all began." 


{It could also possibly be an ode to getting high.  But I like my interpretation better.}


Regardless of the true meaning of these crazy lyrics, the song is upbeat and fun.  And we can all use a little bit of that.




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 Now go over to Goodnight Moon and link up YOUR song!
 
 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 89


PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 89: I am thankful for the 30 minutes my children actually got along today.  For 30 whole minutes there was no screaming, whining, crying, pinching, kicking, shrieking, fussing, tattling, spitting, punching, scratching, or name calling.  I'm so proud.
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Top 10 List of My Deployment Behaviors

If you're anything like me, your life completely changes when your husband is deployed.  You follow your own routines, and you develop your own coping mechanisms to try to keep your love alive while simultaneously trying to keep your heart from breaking.  We have to do whatever we can to make our lives a little bit easier and to find happiness hidden beneath the loneliness. 
 
Over the years, I've developed certain behaviors that make me feel a little bit better about Mr. Roller Coaster being gone.  Here are my...
 
 


 
 
 
Top 10 List of My Deployment Behaviors
 
 

10)  I dab myself with his aftershave.

9) I move all favorite girly movies to the top of my Netflix queue.

8)  I sleep on his side of the bed and hug his pillow.

7)  I invite my son to have sleepovers with me every Friday. (Then I can hug him instead of the pillow).

6)  I pull out my collection of "He's on a trip" recipes and cook all the meals that I love and he won't eat.

5)  I wear his clothes when I'm sitting around the house.

4)  I leave clean laundry sitting on our guest bed instead of hanging the clothes in their closets because no one is there to complain about my poor housekeeping skills.

3)  I sniff his shirts I pulled out of the hamper right before he left.

2)  I talk to Mr. Roller Coaster as if he's right there in the room with me.

1)  I take my cell phone with me everywhere, including the bathroom.


Am I a total weirdo or do you do some of these things too?  What are some of YOUR deployment behaviors?





Monday, March 28, 2011

Calling All Mil Spouses...What Does Military Life Mean to You?

The other day I was thinking about how funny it is that I rarely think about my life as a military spouse when my husband is around.  But when he's gone, it seems to be all I can think about. 
 
 
Then I started thinking about military life in general.  How is it different than civilian life?  How would I describe my lifestyle to someone who had never experienced it before?  If I had to sum up life as a military family in 30 words or fewer, which words would I use?
 
 
As I was pondering the meaning of military life, Big C handed me an acrostic poem he had written at school about spring.  You remember those poems.  You did them in elementary school with your name written vertically and each letter started off a word that describes you.  Well, I thought it would be fun to do an acrostic to describe military life using each letter of the military alphabet.  I'd call it
 
Military Life from Alpha To Zulu
 
Great idea right?  Great...until I realized how difficult it was.  When I finally gave up and emailed it to a friend so she could add to it, I realized how fun it would be to have not just her help, but all of yours as well. 
 
 
So, if you're a mil spouse (or any other kind of significant other), I'm asking for your help!  All you need to do is copy and paste the military alphabet below, add your words to it, post it on your blog next Monday, and link up with me.  (I'm giving you a week to think about it because it's not as easy as it sounds!)  The words can be ANYTHING that describes military life: acronyms, emotions, occasions, vocabulary, etc.  To give you an example, for Delta (the letter D), I wrote Deployments, Dog tags, and Duty stations. 
 
 
Care to join me?
 
 
Leave a comment letting me know if you're interested in participating.  I'm planning on compiling everyone's lists into one master list and making it a tab on my blog,  It will also include links to all the bloggers who contributed.
 
 
So get creative!  Make your own Military Life from Alpha to Zulu list and meet me back here next Monday!
 
Here's the military alphabet...
 
Alpha
Bravo
Charlie
Delta
Echo
Foxtrot
Golf
Hotel
India
Juliet
Kilo
Lima
Mike
November
Oscar
Papa
Quebec
Romeo
Sierra
Tango

Uniform
Victor
Whiskey
X-Ray
Yankee
Zulu

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 86

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 86: I am thankful for Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals.  Her open-face salmon burgers with honey mustard were even better than I expected.  Can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 85

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 85: I am thankful for a killer spinning class.  I haven't been to a spinning class in AGES.  Hurts so good.
 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #29

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #29!
 


Head on over to Turn for the Nurse and link up with Beckie!

 
 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Southern Cross

Time once again for Goodnight Moon's What's YOUR Song? Link-up!
 
This is Mr. Roller Coaster's favorite song, and every time we hear it, we crank up the volume and sing as loud as we possibly can.  It makes me think of him and his huge smile.  It makes me think of silliness and fun.  It makes me think of togetherness and happiness.
 


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 82

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 82:  I am thankful for speedy and productive curriculum meetings.
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Spouse During Deployments

A couple weeks ago I went to the library and checked out a handful of books written for and/or by military spouses.  I didn't get a chance to read all of the books before their due date, but there was one book in my pile that I read in one sitting. 
 





"I'm Already Home...Again" by Elaine Gray Dumler is a compilation of creative deas for staying close with a spouse who is deployed.  Some I've heard of before.  Some I'll never use.  But some I loved so much that I started employing them as soon as I put the book down.  My favorite ideas revolve around my kids and their ages, but the book is appropriate regardless of whether or not you have children or if your children are older.
 
So thanks to Elaine Dumler, here are my...
 
 
Top 10 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Spouse During Deployments
 
 

10)  Select a pre-set time each day for family members to think about each other.

9)  Make a memory box filled with some of your husband's favorite things so you and the kids can go through it to feel like he's still there.


8)  Write a Legacy Letter.  Start a letter to your husband with a few sentences in the morning, and then add sentences throughout the day.  (This is perfect for people like me who always forget their mental list of things to write about the second we pick up that pen to write a letter.)


7) Set one of the clocks in your house to the time zone where your husband is. This helps you and the kids think about what he might be doing at that moment.


6)  Make a family newsletter.  Include family events and other interesting family-related tidbits like an interview with a grandparent, movie reviews, question of the week, list of birthdays, jokes, or thoughts of the day.  Put an issue out every couple of weeks or once a month.


5)  Grab your husband's unwashed t-shirts and slip it over the kids' pillows as a pillowcase.  (I don't know that I'd use it as a pillowcase because then at some point I'd have to wash it, but I do put a couple of his unwashed t-shirts into a baggie to take a sniff whenever I need a pick-me-up.)


4)  Count down the deployment with your kids with paper chain links.  Tear off a link every day and write a "love note" on it to give to your husband when he comes home.


3)  Have the kids make a daddy box.  Let them fill it with anything they want to show daddy when he gets home.  When he does come home, each child can share special time with him as they go through the box.


2)  Trace handprints of everyone in the family so your husband can hold your hands whenever he wants to while he's gone.


1)  Start a journal for the kids to write in every day to tell daddy what they're doing.  They can draw pictures and/or write about something that made them happy or sad, something that happened at school, things they want to do with daddy when he returns, etc.


What tops your list?





Monday, March 21, 2011

To Whom It May Concern

Dear Antibiotics,
Are you sure you knocked out my sinus infection?  I still have a headache, and I took your last dose a couple of days ago.  Please tell me you did your job because I really don't want to go back to the doctor.

Thanks,
Not a Fan of Doctors



Dear Big C's Baseball Coach,
I apologize in advance for not being prepared for the first practice of the season.  I didn't have a chance to buy Big C new baseball cleats so he will be sporting his soccer cleats until I can find the time and energy to get to Sports Authority.  Oh, and his baseball pants don't fit him either.  But hey, at least I located his equipment bag, and what do you know, it actually has equipment in it!  Maybe next time, you can give me more than a one day notice that the season is starting?

See you in a few hours,
A Wannabe Soccer, I Mean Baseball, Mom



Dear Little C's Hairdresser,
I know you cut my daughter's hair 2 weeks ago, but I'm just now noticing that one side of her hair is about an inch shorter than the other.  Is it too late for you to fix it for free?  Oh my goodness, she's lopsided!

Sincerely,
A Not So Happy Customer with a Delayed Reaction



Dear Lice,
Please don't jump onto my head.  After 3 students stayed home in the past couple of weeks with a case of critters, I can't stop itching.  And every time I see that adorable little boy walk into my classroom with his new lice-inspired high and tight, I can't help but wonder how in the world I would rid my daughter's long, beautiful blonde (and yes, lopsided) hair of you.  So stay away!

Yours truly,
An Itchy, Pony-Tailed Teacher


Who would you write an unsent letter to today?


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 79

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 79:
I am thankful for Super Mario Brothers for making me feel like a kid again.  All those hours of playing Nintendo back in the 80's is paying off as I bond with my son over some quality Wii time.  Although I didn't know whether to be embarrassed or proud when he said, "Wow Mom, you're good."
 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #28

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #28!
 



 
If you're a mil spouse, go link up one of your posts from this week with Lydia at With Love Lydia
 
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stay Here a Little While

I'm not a big fan of country music, but every now and then, when I'm flipping through the presets in my car, I stop at the country station Mr. Roller Coaster programmed just to annoy me.  And every now and then I stumble upon a country song that I like. 
 
 
I heard this one the other day and haven't been able to get it out of my head.  Maybe it's because I wanted Mr. Roller Coaster to stay just a little bit longer.  Or maybe it's just because I never thought I'd hear Kelly Clarkson on a country station. 
 
 
So here's the song I'm linking up for Goodnight Moon's What's YOUR Song? link up.  Go over and join in!
 


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 75

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 75:
 
I am thankful for my family, my friends, my home, my health, and all the other essential things in my life that I tend to take for granted. 
 
I've been avoiding writing about the devastation in Japan.  There's just too much to say and not enough words to express how heartbroken I am over the horrible aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. 
 
 
I was fortunate enough to call Japan my home for 3 amazing years.  I left Japan with a greater appreciation for cultural differences, a newfound love for cherry blossoms, embarrassing karaoke stories, a collection of pottery and art, irreplaceable photographs and furniture, and lifelong friends and memories.  The country will always hold a special place in my heart.  And that's why I've had such a difficult time writing or even thinking about this tragedy. 
 

While my husband and I lived in Japan, we purchased several woodblock prints, art that now hangs on our walls to remind us of the beauty of the country.  But there was one print that I kept meaning to buy and somehow never did.   
 
 


 

It's called "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa."  You've probably seen it before, even if you've never been to Japan, because it's one of the most recognized works of Japanese art.  I've always loved it.  But after the events of last week, I'm almost glad I didn't buy it because I don't think I'll look at it in quite the same way again.
 
 
Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan as they continue to search for missing loved ones and struggle to rebuild their lives after tragedy.
 



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top 10 List of the Upsides of Deployment

Back in July, I wrote a post for Blue Star Families called "The Upside of Deployment."  I wrote it toward the end of Mr. Roller Coaster's deployment, at a time when I had gotten comfortable with my solitary existence.  There's no way I could have written that piece at the beginning of the deployment.  Because at the beginning, the bed is still too warm to even consider that there's anything positive about spending the next several months missing your other half.

As I mentioned yesterday, Mr. Roller Coaster recently left "on a trip."  And I decided to go back and reread that post to remind myself to put on my rose-colored glasses.  It doesn't matter if our husbands are gone for 6 weeks or 6 months, we miss them just the same.  And just the same, we need to focus on the positives instead of the negatives.

Thanks to the contributions of Facebook and Twitter friends back in July, here is my...



 
Top 10 List of the Upsides of Deployment
 
 

10)  No snoring!

9)  Sharing extra bonding time with my kids

8)  Following my own routine and schedule

7)  Spending time with friends

6)  Eating whatever I want, whenever I want

5)  Strengthening my marriage through a greater appreciation for my spouse and increased communication skills

4)  Taking ownership of the television remote control (which includes free rein to watch chick flicks)

3)  Saving money

2)  Enjoying time to myself and focusing on work, personal projects, and hobbies

1)  Feeling a sense of freedom and independence as well as gaining personal strength and self-confidence


What tops your list?

Monday, March 14, 2011

On a Trip

Whenever my husband travels, we tell our kids that he’s going “on a trip.” We don’t use acronyms, and we don’t typically use any variation of the word deploy. “On a trip” just sounds so much more innocuous, both to the kids’ ears and my own.


Last week, Mr. Roller Coaster went “on a trip.” It’s not one of his longer trips, but it’s not one of his shorter ones either. And for some inexplicable reason, this goodbye hit me harder than I expected.


Maybe it’s because of the stress I’ve been dealing with at work lately. Maybe it’s because Little C and I both have colds. Maybe it’s because I’ve been spoiled by having him home for so long. Whatever the reason, this trip feels different. I’m dreading the quiet as I get ready for work without hearing him frantically search for his car keys or his cell phone. I’m dreading eating dinner without exchanging stories from our days at work. And I’m dreading the exhaustion of being a single parent after working all day.


This is the longest trip he’s had to go on since I went back to work. Last year when he was deployed, I was a stay-at-home mom, and I forced myself to stay busy so I wouldn’t dwell on his absence or the calendar. Now that I’m working, I almost feel like I have the opposite problem. I’m too busy! And I can’t decide which extreme makes these trips easier.


I usually allow myself to wallow in self-pity for a day or 2 after he leaves so I took a mental health day off from work last week. I dropped the kids off at school, watched more tv than I usually watch in an entire week, took a nap, read half a book, and ate too much chocolate. Add a relaxing weekend on top of that, and I think I'm ready to snap out of my pity party.  Life goes on.


Time to put on my Super Mil Spouse cape.






Sunday, March 13, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 72

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 72: I am thankful that Little C's eyes are no longer oozing grossness.  That poor girl freaked out every time she woke up the last 2 nights with her eyes crusted shut.  Fingers crossed for a mucus-free Monday! 
 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #27

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #27!
 


 
  Go on over to Three Hands Full and link up with Denise. 
 
Have a great weekend!
 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 69

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 69: 
 
I am thankful for time spent with family. 
 
I am also thankful for time spent alone.
 
 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 68

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 68:  I am thankful for online library book renewal.  I can't even imagine how many library late fees I'd incur if not for online renewal!
 
 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Top 10 List of My Favorite Military Slang

If you've been around the military long enough, you know that slang is a large part of service members' vocabulary.  Sometimes I think I need a military dictionary just to help me translate when my husband tells me about his day at work.
 
 
When I decided to put together this top 10 list, I employed Mr. Roller Coaster's help.  And what a hoot it was to hear him list off a bunch of military slang with their silly, outrageous, cuss-filled explanations.  (If you have a military significant other, I highly recommend asking him what his favorite military expressions are.  You'll definitely get a few laughs out of it.)
 
 
So thanks to a little help from my husband, here are my...
 
 
 
 
 
Top 10 List of My Favorite Military Slang
(For definitions, see Wikipedia's list of military slang HERE)
 

10)  Goat rope


9)  Fart sack


8)  Sandbagging


7)  Soup sandwich


6)  Clusterf*!k


5) Nut to butt


4) Hitting the head


3)  Zero Dark Thirty


2)  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


1)  ...and a wakeup

What is your favorite military slang?


Monday, March 7, 2011

Helicopter Parents (Caution: Soapbox Alert)

As some of you know, I've had a couple of rough weeks at work.  I love my students.  I love teaching.  But I'm slowly learning that a large part of my job includes appeasing the parents.  And what kind of parents do I have to appease?
Helicopter parents.  


As a teacher, I see all sorts of parents as they interact with their children.  And lately, I've seen more than my fair share of helicopter parents.  I see parents overpraising their children for tasks they should be doing anyway.  I see parents give in to the demands of their children even when those demands are unreasonable.  I see parents baby their children instead of encouraging independence.  And worst of all, I see parents making excuses for their children's behavior.

Example...

Last week I gave my students a timed math assignment with addition problems.  Nothing too difficult, nothing they haven't been practicing for months.  Most of my students sailed through it with flying colors, but like most classes, there will always be the few who struggle.  One child in particular answered only 1 out of 20 correctly.

The next day there was a note from the child's mother in her folder.  "My daughter was very upset about the test you gave.  She said that your instructions were to add 1 to everything.  So she did, and if you notice she answered them all correctly when adding one to the last number of each problem."  There was more, and I'm paraphrasing, but you get the gist.  This mother was trying to tell me that I should have given her daughter a perfect score because she was following the directions she thought she heard.  I'm sorry, but 6 + 2 does not equal 3.  There's no room for interpretation.  It's just wrong.

This note saddened me because not only was a parent making excuses for her child, but this parent also happens to be a teacher herself.  She should know better.  But what really got my blood boiling was what this student said to me when I called her up to my desk for our daily reading.  She asked if I read her mother's note, and I said yes.  Then she said, "My mom said I got them all right."

WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR CHILD?

You're teaching her that, instead of practicing a skill in order to improve for next time, she can grasp onto a false sense of success and ignore the problem.

You're teaching her that her side of the story is correct, regardless of whether or not she misheard or misunderstood directions.

You're teaching her that every time she fails at something, mommy will skew the facts in order to avoid letting her experience failure and disappointment. 

You're teaching her that it's not ok to fail every now and then, that perfection is the desired goal.

You're teaching her that every time she gets upset, mommy will step in and fix it.



Another example.  I watched a parent rock her 6-year-old son like a baby for 20 minutes in the school office after he got into so much trouble she had to come and pick him up.  Even worse, instead of reprimanding him, she said (loudly enough for everyone in the office to hear): "I know son, I don't like that rule either but they won't change it." 

WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR CHILD? 

You're teaching him that he can make up his own rules if he doesn't like other people's rules.

You're teaching him that he will get hugs and kisses as a reward for getting into trouble at school.

  You're teaching him that he doesn't have to take responsibility for his actions.

You're teaching him that mommy is always going to defend him regardless of what he does.


I just can't wrap my head around these parents.  In my opinion, being a helicopter parent does nothing but set children up for failure and teach them to be selfish and needy.  It's not teaching them to be self-sufficient, independent, confident, responsible human beings who can make their own decisions and be accountable for those decisions.  Isn't that what we want for our children?

I'm far from the perfect parent.  I don't know all the answers.  I make a lot of mistakes.  And I'm sure there are aspects of my parenting style that others would criticize.  But my children know it's ok not to be perfect.  They know if they get in trouble at school, they'll be in trouble at home.  They know that it's their responsibility to clean their rooms, and when those rooms are clean, a statue will not be erected in their honor.  They know they will not get a toy every time we go to Wal-Mart.  They know it's just as important for them to feel proud of themselves for an accomplishment as it is for me to be proud of them.  They know what the word independent means.  And most importantly, they know I will always be there for them regardless of whether or not I'm hovering over them.

{{{Thank you.  I will now step off my soapbox.}}}


Do you think you're a helicopter parent?  Do you know any helicopter parents?  How do you feel about helicopter parenting?




Sunday, March 6, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 65

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 65:
 
I am thankful for bloggy awards!
 
I am such a slacker when it comes to accepting awards and passing them along.  And I feel guilty about that because I'm so appreciative of them.
 
My latest award is from Beckie over at a Turn for the Nurse.  It's the Most Valuable Mil Spouse Award! 
 



I was honored not only that she gave me this bloggy love, but also that she wrote the sweetest things about me.  So thank you again Beckie!
 
As you all know, awards come with rules.  But as you may also know, I'm not a big fan of rules.  So instead of just giving this out to 5 deserving mil spouses, I want to give this award to all of my mil spouse bloggy friends!  I've said this before, and I'll say it again, the mil spouse blogging community is like no other.  We offer each other support and reassure each other that we're not alone on this crazy roller coaster called military life.  I am thankful to have "met" so many other mil spouses out there in the blogosphere.
 
Therefore, if you are reading this and you are a mil spouse (or girlfriend), please take this award!  Yes, I mean it, go ahead and take it.  Post it on your blog and pass it along.  All I ask is that you leave me a comment to say hello.  I'd love to see where all this award will travel.
 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup #26

TGIF!  Time to link up with the Mil Spouse Weekly Roundup!
 



 
  Go visit Froggy Lady over at The Lily Pad to link up a post from this week. 
 
Have a great weekend!
 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Project Gratitude Day 61

PROJECT GRATITUDE DAY 61
 
 I am thankful that I'm learning how to be more assertive and confident in my abilities as a teacher despite angry parents who call me at home and email me in the middle of the night and a bitter assistant who constantly questions my authority. 
 
I am thankful that I have a close working relationship with my boss, who supports every decision I make and encourages me every step of the way (and is working on hiring me a new assistant). 
 
And I am thankful for the little girl who ran over to me at recess today, hugged my legs, and exclaimed, "You're the best teacher I've ever had!!!  I love you."
 

What's YOUR Song? Link-up

My good friend over at Goodnight Moon just started up a weekly meme about one of my favorite things in the whole world: MUSIC. 

So Ms. Goodnight Moon wants to know...what song are you feeling today?

I have bunches of playlists that I listen to on a regular basis.  I listen to "Sweat It Out" when I'm going for a run.  I listen to "Take Me to an Onsen" when I'm soaking in a bubble bath or need to go to sleep.  And I listen to "Ruminations" when I need to zone out (although sometimes I listen to it when I need a good cry as well...all of my deployment songs are in this playlist). 

I chose this song because it's the newest addition to my Ruminations playlist.  I've had a really rough couple of weeks at work, and when I lie on my back and close my eyes, this song somehow makes all that stress go away.  Even if it's only for 4 minutes and 16 seconds. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Top List of My Pet Peeves

We all have our pet peeves, those little annoyances that drive us crazy.  I think most of mine are centered around my husband.  (Seriously, does he need a GPS to locate the hamper?!)  But I'm leaving Mr. Roller Coaster out of today's list.  (Because I'm pretty sure one of his pet peeves about me is nagging.)  I'll give the poor guy a break.

Here are my...
 
Top 10 List of My Pet Peeves

10) Pushy salespeople


9) Long checkout lines


8) When someone tries to talk to me while I'm talking to someone else on the phone


7) Habitual tardiness.  I don't expect people to be punctual all the time, just not late all the time.


6) People who smoke cigarettes right before getting on the treadmill next to me so I have to breathe in their smoky clothes while I'm running


5) Close talkers who invade my personal bubble. I'm sorry, but if I walk away from a discussion with spit drops on my glasses, you're way too close to me.


4) Murphy's Law, especially during deployments


3) Women who are way too overzealous with their perfume


2) When my teacher's assistant uses my pens and then returns them to my desk organizer upside down so I can't see what color the pen is.


1) The military's "hurry up and wait philosophy" (I'm STILL waiting!)



What are some of your pet peeves?



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