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post #161 of 176
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Originally Posted by Brisen View Post

 

This is a pet peeve of mine, too... I do it all the time, and I cringe when I catch myself doing it.  I also find myself saying "Kid, could you do xyz chore?" when what I mean is "Kid, go do xyz chore."  The kids are constantly peeved at my habit of asking them to run and do something when I'm trying to tell them to do it now or quickly.  "Run upstairs and get dressed!"  "Do I have to run?"  Well, no, I just mean do it quickly.


 


Is it a habit from when they were toddlers? DD is more likely to go along with something and actually do it (e.g. getting dressed to do something FUN) if I tell her to "run and xyz"

 

I swear she's going to be 12, able to understand time, and I'll still be making things sound more urgent than they really are.

post #162 of 176
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Eek, I didn't even know you're supposed to do this. I prefer to be as visible as possible when I'm parked at night. Sorry... redface.gif


FYI, if it's a Canadian car (or at least an Ontario car), the headlights are permanently on, we can't switch them off, sorry!
post #163 of 176
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I hear you on that one. Our garbage can has a lid, so the toddler-eye-level thing isn't an issue, but when people do what you describe the mess gets all over the underside of the lid -- yuck! 

 

My DH also has a habit of throwing away giant items (like tissue boxes) in the teeny tiny bathroom trash can, effectively filling it up entirely. And somehow it always seems to happen RIGHT after I empty the can. 

 

I thought of a new one this morning too. It drives me crazy when someone tries to be helpful, but then asks you for so much input that it would be easier and faster to just do it yourself. One of my family members did that a lot right after my DS was born. For example, she asked if I wanted a snack, and I said that some oatmeal with brown sugar would be great, and then she proceeded to ask me at least 15 questions pertaining to the cooking of the damned oatmeal. It comes from a good place -- she doesn't want to be presumptuous -- but it drives me crazy, and negates the whole feeling of being helped out! 



Our trash can has a lid on it too, the type that swings open, and my DH throws his dripping coffee filters and other such messes in without lifting the lid. So it not only leaves a giant mess on the outside of the lid, but it usually splatters on the floor in front of the trash can too. There are lots of things that can be in your hand when you push the lid open, but not when they are dripping and gross! I need a trash can that has a foot petal. That would teach him orngtongue.gif

post #164 of 176
People who keep me waiting whether by the phone or at a location and people who interrupt me when I'm talking.
post #165 of 176


Yes!  ORRRR, how about when someone, like your boss if you work, asks you to do something, like a small project.  Shouldnt take you long.  So you do it.  Looks pretty good, you hand it in for edditing.  Your boss then proceeds to disect the entire thing, tell you how to do every little detail differently, and your sitting there going, WHY DIDNT YOU JUST DO IT YOURSELF?  In the time it just took you to tell ME how YOU want it done, YOU couldve had it DONE already.  Really?

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I thought of a new one this morning too. It drives me crazy when someone tries to be helpful, but then asks you for so much input that it would be easier and faster to just do it yourself. One of my family members did that a lot right after my DS was born. For example, she asked if I wanted a snack, and I said that some oatmeal with brown sugar would be great, and then she proceeded to ask me at least 15 questions pertaining to the cooking of the damned oatmeal. It comes from a good place -- she doesn't want to be presumptuous -- but it drives me crazy, and negates the whole feeling of being helped out! 



 

post #166 of 176
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Mine is when people end a sentence with "...., okay?"  Especially when they are giving direction to a child.  It always seems to me that they are really asking the child's permission to be giving them that instruction.  Like - "Junior, clean up your room and brush your teeth, okay?"  It always seems to me that one day Junior is going to say back - "no it's not okay and what the *** are you going to do about it?"

 

I know for many people it is an unconscious speech mannerism, but it really undercuts any power their words might have. 


I do this, but it isn't to ask my child's permission.  It's just easier to say "okay?" than "do you hear and understand me?"  They know what I mean, and if they ever replied like that, I guess I'd have bigger problems than ending my request with "okay".  lol.gif

post #167 of 176

This is also why I say OKAY to my kids.  Because right now they each have the attnetion span of a goldfish.  So while they might be listening when i begin my request, their attnetion gets diverted before its finsihed, and I have to make sure theyve heard me. 

 

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I do this, but it isn't to ask my child's permission.  It's just easier to say "okay?" than "do you hear and understand me?"  They know what I mean, and if they ever replied like that, I guess I'd have bigger problems than ending my request with "okay".  lol.gif

post #168 of 176

When people do that passive aggressive woo woo thing of saying, "I'm just being honest" before being super rude and nasty.  Being honest means communicating your issues, not attacking people and being nasty.  Festive!

post #169 of 176

When people who live in town keep a long distance cell number and don't have a land line. I use a land line, so I have to pay a long distance charge to talk to a friend 4 miles down the road.

post #170 of 176

I HATE the new trend of alphabetizing titles of things like books by the word "the" and not the word that comes after it.  Who came up with that bright idea?  eyesroll.gif

post #171 of 176
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When people who live in town keep a long distance cell number and don't have a land line. I use a land line, so I have to pay a long distance charge to talk to a friend 4 miles down the road.



I kinda of figure that's the price you pay for choosing to be a luddite. :) I don't want to change my phone number every time I move to a new place. I move often, and I have given my phone number to hundreds of people over the last 10 years or so, and it's on my business cards, and it would be really inconvenient to get a new one. I also don't want to pay $20 a month for a home phone I'll never use, just because a handful of people chose not to have cells or free long distance on their home phones or skype or any of the other options they could have...

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I kinda of figure that's the price you pay for choosing to be a luddite. :) I don't want to change my phone number every time I move to a new place. I move often, and I have given my phone number to hundreds of people over the last 10 years or so, and it's on my business cards, and it would be really inconvenient to get a new one. I also don't want to pay $20 a month for a home phone I'll never use, just because a handful of people chose not to have cells or free long distance on their home phones or skype or any of the other options they could have...

 

These reasons, I understand. But this isn't the case for the people I know.

 

Yeah, I'm a luddite. But if I can't afford a decent cell phone, then I sure as a heck can't afford to keep calling people long distance. So I don't "pay the price", I just make my plans via email.

 

Come to think of it, I think the whole cell phone thing is my pet peeve. I have friends who have held out, they don't have one. They do just fine :)
 

post #173 of 176

I just came across another one. I hate when there are peanut butter smears inside the jam container. I love a PB&J sandwich as much as the next guy, but I hate when my morning toast tastes vaguely of PB. 

post #174 of 176

I thought of another one too. When people post on a thread that it is "time for the thread to die". Unless you are a moderator, how is that your decision? If the thread no longer holds your interest stop reading it! I think it is even worse when someone posts a reply on the thread and then says now let it die. Ok, so now that YOU shared your opinion, no one else needs to? Plus, posting "it should die" bumps it back to the top!

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Plus, posting "it should die" bumps it back to the top!

post #176 of 176


Hmmmm, I'm not sure.  I think it's just a speech habit of mine.  I often tell them or dh that I'm just going to run and do something, like change into my pjs or find a book or whatever.  

 

After posting on this thread, I was hyper aware of asking "okay?" and I ended up asking "Do you understand?" or "Were you listening?" instead.  For about a day and a half.  Now I'm back to "okay?"

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Is it a habit from when they were toddlers? DD is more likely to go along with something and actually do it (e.g. getting dressed to do something FUN) if I tell her to "run and xyz"

 

I swear she's going to be 12, able to understand time, and I'll still be making things sound more urgent than they really are.

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