I have pet peeves. Don’t we all? But we go through life every day running across people who grate on our nerves with these behaviors that annoy us, even though often we’re guilty of doing the very same things. Here are a few of mine (and I will freely admit that I do, or have done, most of these things myself).
- Sniffling noses - I would rather hear 100 people blowing their noses every two minutes than one who is sniffling every 5 seconds. My husband has allergies and feels it’s easier to sniffle than blow. You can see how it might be making me crazy after nearly 10 years.
- Clipping nails - I don’t actually mind clipping nails, unless someone is doing it in the office, because it grosses me out. Maybe there’s some reason I’m missing that makes it good to do this at work? (I have never done this one, by the way.)
- Talking while chewing food - It was drilled into my head as a child that I was not to talk while eating. It got in so well that now it grosses me out when others do it. Sometimes it’s necessary for expediency, but most of the time I think people just don’t think about what they’re doing.
- Cashiers who don’t hand my card back - This happens to me all the time. I go to pay, the cashier completes the transaction, ignores my outstretched hand and puts the card on the counter.
- Open cabinet/dresser doors/drawers - My dad is 6’4” and if we left cabinets open in our house (we often did), he was in danger of concussing himself if he wasn’t watching closely. He also didn’t like when drawers were left open, because of the damage it could cause. That has carried over into my adult life and I’m the one in my house who doesn’t like things left open. Like my dad, my husband is 6’4” and HE is the one who leaves them open! Go figure. (Once, when I discovered a cabinet open in our apartment a few years ago, I decided to teach him a lesson. It was just before bed, so he wasn’t going back in the kitchen that night. I opened every single cabinet and drawer in the kitchen all the way and I knew he’d see it because he was always the first one in the kitchen. By morning, I’d forgotten my little stunt, so when he screamed, I went running. And then I started laughing, because he screamed. Hilarious! He’s been better ever since, though it still happens occasionally. Disclaimer: Matt’s head was not damaged by my little stunt - it just startled him.)
- Grammatical errors - I’m not an expert and I don’t catch everything, but I see things that bug me. Luckily, even if I notice them, it doesn’t stop me from enjoying a well-written piece. In this age of content needing to be up so quickly, thorough editing often takes a backseat (even if it shouldn’t).
- Too much information in a public setting - We took a childbirth class before Brandon was born. One of the couples was into reading about childbirth rituals from other cultures. Most of the things they shared with our class were completely irrelevant and wasted time - they also attempted to perpetuate some myths about childbirth, which was frustrating.
- Slurping hot drinks - It doesn’t actually prevent you getting burned or cool it off…so why?
- Over-the-shoulder readers - My thoughts sometimes when I’m riding the bus: Dude, I see you looking at my iPhone. Eyes elsewhere, please? What I’m doing is none of your business. Thank you!
- People who interrupt - I know I’m guilty of this one. But lately I’m trying HARD not to do it, because there is a person in my life who does it with every conversation. They try to guess what I’m going to say and usually they’re wrong. It’s beyond frustrating to communicate with this individual.
I’m sure there are more, but I don’t want to seem like I’m always in a bad mood over things people do, because I’m truly not. Besides, if you think I’m bad, check this out!
What about you? What are your pet peeves?