Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….26th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter Z

This pet peeve goes along with my Laundry Pet Peeve and that’s when people do not do up the zippers of their clothing when they toss their laundry into the basket. That makes more work for me since I’m the one that has to do the damn zippers up so they don’t snag on my sheer blouses and other items that share the same wash space. I honestly don’t know why some find it so hard to redo the zipper up after taking off that item of clothing.

And this brings a close to the 2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge. I had a great time and promise to visit everyone’s blog. I know I should have done so during the challenge but time got away from me. Thank you to all who visited my Blog and I hope you enjoyed or at least smiled at some of my posts. I look forward to the 2015 Challenge. Have a great day everyone!!!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….25th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter Y

Yawning is part of being alive. It’s either a sign of boredom or a sign of being tired. It’s just the way we are, just like sneezing, burping or farting. Usually IF one is being polite they well say excuse me of bless me when the burp, fart or sneeze. What really ticks me off is the ones that like to let everyone within a 500 foot radius know they are yawning. They let out this loud almost obscene sound as they stretch their arms wide and most times they never cover their mouths! It is then that this sound becomes contagious. Once the first person emits this loud sound, the rest of us follow suit it’s just the way it goes. I find once I have that first yawn it’s like I am over-come with a case of the yawns. I didn’t start out sleepy but when the yawns begin to blanket the office I just want to curl up and have a nap.

Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….24th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter X

One of my favorite holidays is Christmas. I’ll be the first to admit I still love believing in the magic and even though we all know how commercialized it has become I still love the thought of Santa. My pet peeve is the fact so many people get up in arms about shortening the word Christmas to Xmas. The reasoning behind this upset is that the word Xmas does more damage in adding to the way Christmas has become so commercialized.  I myself use the shortened word especially when I’m in the chat mod either by text messages or by chatting with friends and family on a social network. I’m not religious but I do know what Christmas is and what it represents. It just seems funny that the ones that make a big deal of the greeting Merry Xmas are usually the ones that spend mega money during the holiday season ignoring the fact that they are also contributing to the commercialized aspects of Christmas.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….23rd of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter W

Weddings are always a wonderful event to attend. The wedding ceremony is always beautiful and heartfelt. Unless you are totally against getting married I don’t know one person who doesn’t like to attend a wedding. What really irks me is when people bring their unruly children to such a wonderful event and let them run wild. The bride is supposed to be the star of this event with the groom running a close second, but sometimes the unruly children steal the spotlight from this happy couple and decide to scream, cry, kick and run amuck while the “I do’s” are being said. There is nothing more irritating then trying to listen to the heart felt vows while a child or children are acting up. I’m not saying all children act up, but hells bells, if you know your child will not sit through the ceremony then parents should leave their children with a trusted friend while the ceremony is taking place and then go to pick them up afterwards if they want them to be part of this special day.


Friday, April 25, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….22nd of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter V

Voting booths are available in all polling stations in order to allow the voter complete privacy when casting their vote.

What peeves me off is when I receive the calls from the people working on the campaigns asking if their political candidate can count on my vote. It’s supposed to be a private thing and yet the phone calls start and don’t stop until the day before the elections.
It is not a law (at least here in Canada) that people have to vote and some choose not to. That’s all fine and dandy until the wrong person gets voted in and then the ones who did not vote are the first ones to start complaining. As far as I am concerned the ones that do not vote have no say on what happens once a new government has been elected whether it be Federal, Provincial or Municipal.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….21st of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter U

Ulterior motive - doing something partly because you think you will get some advantage from doing it.

I used to work with a person who had ulterior motives for almost everything they said or did. She was actually a good friend or so I thought, until one day I was no longer useful to them. She found she had bigger fish to fry so I was left in her dust as she worked on furthering herself. People who have ulterior motives are don’t care who they step on while they try to get what they want by any means possible.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….20th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter T

There is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and sitting down to watch a good movie on TV. I’m not one for the gory ones or the ones with constant killings; I’m more of the drama, action or love story type person. What really is a pet peeve of mine is when you are very involved in the movie and the questions start.

Picture this scene….. I am curled up on the couch in the living room with the other half watching a movie. Someone on screen is murdered and all you see is the hand holding the murder weapon. The questions then begin….. "who did that?". Or someone breaks into an office and starts looking through the drawers of a desk and they ask "what is he looking for?". Do they think that, despite seeing exactly the same amount of the story as they have, I have been made privy to some extra information? I always shush him and say I'll explain what's going on in a minute, but by the time I do that I have missed something important which really ticks me off. If that's not bad enough, I could be really involved in watching a program on TV when the phone rings. The other half will answer it but instead of moving out of the room when he is talking, he will sit in the same room as the TV and carry on talking as though he's the only one there. I have tried to do the subtle hint of turning the volume up and giving the I'm going to kick your ass if you don't shut up look but that seems to have no effect. All I can say is grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….19th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter S

The Selfie….defined in today’s society as a person who takes pictures of themselves in any way possible, usually by their cell phone cameras. It seems like everyone is getting in on becoming a selfie from the President of the United States to famous actors and actresses. It’s not a bad thing and I feel it’s actually nice to see famous people act more like one of us instead of being stuck up and snotty, but there IS a limit.

My own daughter has been dubbed as the Queen of selfies. Every chance she gets, any place she is she will take a selfie and post it on Facebook. Now she is a very beautiful young lady but the selfies do not do her justice. All those duck faced kissing the air selfies are beginning to take over the pages of Facebook, and not just my daughter. It really is
irritating to log on and so many selfie pictures.


Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….18th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter R

Hello my name is DM and I am colour blind. I’m not talking about being medically colour blind as in not being able to distinguish colours, I’m talking about refusing to allow myself to base my judgements on others because of their skin colour.

Racism still runs rampant in today’s world even though it is 2014. It seems every time I read the paper, watch the evening news or listen to the radio there is someone somewhere that is either calling foul because of their race or a tragedy happening because someone did not have the right skin colour. It makes me cringe when I hear people talking about how much they don’t like someone and their reasoning has nothing to do with anything in particular except for their skin colour. It’s a really big pet peeve of mine when I hear people trying to mock the way others talk by trying to imitate certain accents. As far as I am concerned, we ALL bleed red blood which makes us ALL the same.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….17th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter Q

A big pet peeve of mine is the quantity of chips vs. the quantity of air in a bag of potato chips.
Potato chips are one of the very few junk food items that I do like to indulge in. My favourite flavour is a toss-up between Ketchup and Dill Pickle chips. Since I usually can’t decide which flavour I want I end up getting both and then put a handful of each flavour in a bowl so I can have double the treat. There is nothing like relaxing on the couch with a good book, a glass of wine and a bowl of chips to while away the hours. There are so many flavours and so many different companies that make them yet they all have one thing in common. It seems that when I buy a full bag of chips there is only half a bag of chips and the rest is filled with air. The quantity per cost we are getting is nothing to be happy about. Now I know people have complained and it has been published that the companies fill the bag with air so that the chips do not get all broken during packaging, shipping and then put on display, but in all honesty, when has anyone opened a bag of chips and found none had been broken.

In fact, for me, I seem to buy the bags that all the pieces of chips are broken. I think it’s great when I find the odd chip in the bag that managed to make it from the processing plant to my bowl without being broken.

Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….16th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter P

The beaver is a well-known animal and in fact is indigenous to Canada. It even has a place on the back of the Canadian nickel. The beaver is known for its huge sharp teeth that can chew through a tree making it fall to the ground. As far as my schooling has taught me humans have no connections to the beaver in as far as genetics go so why on earth do people chew the wood of the pencil?

Pencil chewers are a very big pet peeve of mine. There is nothing worse than going into the pencil holder at work and finding pencils that have been chewed on. I’m not sure if people think they will gain magical thinking powers if they chew on the ends of the pencil or not but if they do gain those powers why are they not thinking that chewing pencils is gross for other people who use the same pencil. Good grief I have even found the ends of the pencil erasers chewed. The tin surrounding the eraser all squished together with the eraser bulging out and the least bit of pressure while trying to rub something out will cause the rubber tip to break off.

I have seen that they have toppers that go onto the end of the pencil just for pencil chewers. I guess I’ll have to invest in a few of them and leave them in the office “hoping” the pencil chewers take the hint!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….15th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter O

Good things grow in Ontario, at least that what the television commercial says. I do love my own Province of Ontario but I have some major pet peeves when it comes to living here. One major one is our Health Care System here. I know most people feel we have it made by having free Health Care, but just remember things are not always as they seem. Times have been tough all across the world and many of our Doctors have moved out of country in order to make a proper living. One can’t blame them but it does leave people like me and thousands of others without a Family Doctor. About a year ago I was bitten by a friend’s cat on my finger. It didn’t look serious but it hurt like heck. It did bleed a bit but nothing serious. The cat had all its shots so I knew I was safe. Well, it turned out that I wasn’t as safe as I thought. A few days later my finger started to throb and I noticed a small red line appearing on the top of my finger and started to move upward on my hand. I knew I had to seek medical assistance and since I didn’t have a Doctor I had to go to the public walk in clinic. Imagine my surprise when I told them and showed them my problem and I was turned away. I was told there were too many people in the clinic already and maybe come back tomorrow. I was pretty damn upset so I went to the emergency room at our local hospital and they in turn told me to go to a clinic out of my city limits. I was so damn upset that I just went home. I did the thing Doctors always say NOT to do and I logged onto the computer and started to Google what I could do. I did find a web site and read carefully and did what they said to do. I was lucky enough that the next day the red line had begun to go away and the following day my finger was 80% better. That my friends is the outline of Ontario’s Health Care System!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….14th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter N
N is for Nose Pickers

I know, it’s gross, but in all honesty we ALL pick our noses at one time or another even royalty.      
My pet peeve is the ones who do it in public, not caring who sees them. The person sitting in the car at a red light finger up their nose, the one sitting in the office who has been constantly sniffing and then you glance over and their finger is up their nose. Then there are the ones who just don’t care and go digging for their treasures and then bring it to eye level, roll it in their fingers and then just flick it away. I remember as a child my mother told me that if you pick your nose you run the risk of getting your finger stuck up there or worse yet you’ll leave a space where your brain can fall out. Now I am not saying I never pick my nose but hells bells when I do I make sure I do it in private and I certainly don’t take whatever decides to come loose and roll it between my fingers and then flick it away.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….13th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter M

M is for Medicine Cabinet Snoopers

My door is always open to family and friends and I really do enjoy having the rooms of my house filled with fun, laughter and the B.S tales that always seem to happen. To me that’s what makes life so good! I do have a pet peeve with the people who snoop where they shouldn’t. Anyone can help themselves to tea, coffee, a cold drink or snacks if I have them on hand. The only place that is off limits besides my bedroom is my medicine cabinet. I know we are all curious by nature, but it is said the curiosity killed that cat. That may not be true but if one is caught snooping one might wish they were that cat. I know damn well certain ones that come to my house are the preverbal snoopers so I set a small trap to try and dissuade them from this nosey habit.

I was watching a talk show one day and this was one of the topics so I was very interested in seeing what was said. One of the co-hosts said he cured a medicine cabinet snooper by setting a trap. I listened very closely and since my bathroom is on the main floor I knew he had a good idea so I decided to try it. This little trick works like this….

First, place a note inside the cabinet saying something like…”caught ya!”  Then, being very careful place a marble just inside the medicine cabinet making sure it is close enough to the edge before you close the door. When someone goes to open the cabinet the marble will fall and clank against either the sink or the counter when it falls. This in turn will make a noise startling the nosey person and letting them know they have been caught after seeing the note. It is funny when they come out of the bathroom with a rosy embarrassed look on their face trying NOT to look at me. I just smile and say nothing since the note said it all.

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….12th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter L

L is for Laundry

Laundry is another chore I really hate doing. It’s time consuming and damn it I always seem to miss the fabric softener cycle so I have to revert to the dryer sheets for some loads. Not only that, but as soon as I think that I have finished the laundry it seems the dirty clothes fairy has decided to add more clothes the hamper.

What really is a pet peeve of mine for laundry is when others do not turn their clothes right side out after taking them off and then just tossing them into the hamper. Not only do I have to turn shirts and pants right side out, but when they leave their socks all balled up and I have to stick my hand into them and straighten them out in order for them to get clean now that really ticks me off, not to mention the fact that I am to blame when only one sock is washed and the mate is M.I.A.

 It’s not bad enough that after the laundry is done and I fold it neatly and put it in piles, the owners of those piles just lets it sit there for days. One time I actually put folded piles of clothes all over the bed thinking they would put the clothes away, but no such luck. Those piles went from piles on the bed to a huge pile on the floor. Grrrrrr is all I can say about that!
Since I will never be rich enough to have a maid do the laundry, I guess all I can do is...........

Saturday, April 12, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….11th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter K
K is for un-popped popcorn kernels

The greatest snack food, well at least for me is popcorn. I remember my mom standing over the stove with the burner beat red shaking a covered pot back and forth. Soon I would hear the sounds of the corn popping and that delicious smell filling the house.

Then Jiffy Pop was introduced and I loved watching the flat piece of tin growing into a huge dome as the kernels popped. 
When I was on my own, I purchased the hot air popcorn machine and when that phased out I became more modern and used the easy and convenient microwave popcorn.
During the revolution of making popcorn something never changed. The amount of un-popped kernels left at the bottom. It really is frustrating, especially with the microwave popcorn, when the bag puffs up, the last couple of pops can be heard, the wonderful smell fills the house and you open the bag to only a half filled bag of popcorn. You pour it into a bowl and the remaining half of the popcorn lay scalding hot, un-popped at the bottom of the bag. I have read that the un-popped kernels have been nick-named old maids or spinsters. What a very unbecoming but accurate name for those stubborn kernels that refuse to puff up into  a delicious pieces of popcorn

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….10th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter J
J is for Jeans

Jeans; the wonderful comfortable piece of clothing that I just love. After working in the office all day in my dress slacks there is nothing I enjoy more than coming home and changing into my old comfortable jeans. I will admit it is hard to find ones that fit me just right and I am picky about them but once I find the perfect pair, they become part of me. Believe me I know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans that look stylish AND look good on me.

 What I cannot understand for the life of me is the baggy show your underwear type jeans. The kind that the crotch hangs down to your knees and don’t even get me started on the “skinny jeans”. In my eyes, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, when you wear these, they are very unflattering. For the female I’m not sure jeans were intended to allow lines that are supposed to be covered to show through and for the males, well showing your junk by allowing it to be VERY revealing in the frontal area is definitely not a flattering manly type of look either.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….9th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter I

I is for Interruptions

Interruption(noun) - the act of interrupting, or breaking in upon
There is nothing more frustrating than being in a conversation with one person and another person comes in and tries to either take over the conversation or shift the conversation to something else. I’m sure this has happened to everyone at some point, but it really ticks me off. There is no problem if someone comes in during a conversation, but they should have enough grace to not interrupt what’s being said and wait until there seems to be a break or the conversation has ended and then go on and say what they want to say. It’s only common courtesy to do this.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….8th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter H
H is for Hummers

First let me be clear, I’m not talking about those huge assed vehicles that are more like a tank then anything. Why anyone would want to own one of those is beyond me, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m talking about those people who have to hum to every song they hear, even if it’s an imaginary song that no one but them can hear.

I work in an office where there is music playing quietly in the back ground from the time we open the doors until we end the day. Thank goodness it’s not that sleep inducing kind of music or I would be in trouble. I love music and even in my old job I’d be the only one in the office and I would turn on the radio in order to have music fill my day. I’ll be honest and say that I cannot sing if my life depended on it and the only time one will hear me sing is if there is a song I just love playing on the radio while I am stopped at a stop light. It’s at those times I will belt out the chorus not caring if I’m in the right key or not. I have a co-worker who will hum to every song she hears which is very nerve-racking. This co-worker is like me and even when they hum you can hear the off-key notes. I sat there staring at them one day when a rap song was playing and we all know that even if you can figure out what they are saying, it’s not a type of song that one can hum to. I’m not the only one that seems to find this shall we call it “musical entertainment” irritating. Another co-worker that sits closer to this person than I do politely left an anonymous note on the lunch room wall that read “you can't hum when you plug you nose! Try it and prove me wrong!!!!!" Although this didn’t stop the humming the amount of happy face stickers that surround this quote on our lunch room wall certainly adds a splash of colour in there J

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….7th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter G
G is for Grocery Aisle Hogs

There are a few chores I really don’t like doing and one is grocery shopping. The cost of living has sky-rocketed over the last decade including the cost of a basic necessity of life called “food”. I consider myself a pretty thrifty shopper and since they brought it the “Price Comparison” shopping it makes watching my money leave my hands and be placed in a cash register a “wee” bit better, although the savings still don’t justify the small amount that I did buy. Anyway I am getting off track here.

 It doesn’t matter what day or the time of the day I go I always seem to run into what I like to call the grocery aisle hog. Those people that like to walk down the middle of the aisle and then stop to look at something and block the whole aisle with their cart. I always try to at least shimmy my cart over to the side in order for people to pass me when I want to stop. One time I got so perturbed at a person who did this that I turned my cart around and decided to go down a different aisle. A few others followed my suit since this person had no intention on even trying to move their cart to let others pass. As it turned out, a few aisles across I saw this person coming and since I was already a bit pissy at them I decided to show them what it was like, so I purposely hogged the aisle and pretended to be looking for a certain item. I knew she was waiting to pass me but I didn’t budge. I had to snicker when she did a huge huff, turned her cart around and went the other way. I did hear her say “some people have no consideration!

Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 A-Z Blogging Challenge……….6th of 26 Pet Peeves

My Pet Peeve for the Letter F

F is for Facebook Status Posts
Ah the joys of Social Networking, what a wonderful way to stay in touch with family and friends. I do love using Facebook for this reason. I have family and friends that live in other Provinces as well as other Countries so Facebook is a blessing for me. It also saves on the cost long distance calls. It’s wonderful to catch up with loved ones and to share the joyous moments as well as the sad moments with them. I love seeing the pictures of them and their families that they post as it keeps them close to my heart. I find myself smiling, laughing and yes even crying at some pictures that have been posted. The thing that really is a pet peeve of mine is when people post the most ridiculous facebook status updates.

Steps up onto the podium of Facebook. Clears my throat…….

Now I’m not trying to sound harsh, and I do feel bad that you are not feeling well or that a visit to the dentist was not a good one, but I really don’t want to know how bad it hurt or that you have problems with the lining of your jaw. We all have bad days at work and come home to problems that have occurred there as well, but I really don’t want to know how lazy your spouse is or how you are so mad at your kids that you could just scream or that your BFF made a move on your boyfriend. I’m not really interested that you are taking a nap in the middle of the day or how bored you are because there is nothing to do, and let’s not forget all the baby mama or baby daddy drama! Good grief, that stuff should be kept to personal messages not the damn status updates. I had a family member and a friend that made this their daily status so I sent them a message to maybe keep that stuff to personal messages, and all I got in return was, “don’t like it…delete me. So I did J. I guess some people feel that everyone should have a play by play update of their lives.