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Petty Peeves

I have some random, unrelated thoughts rambling about in my head. They are basically pet peeves. Perhaps I have some form of OCD?

~ Hangers. At risk of sounding like Mommy Dearest, umm, I got rid of wire hangers long ago. I use thick plastic ones. Except, this led to another pet peeve. Clothes can slip off of those hangers, and it grates on my nerves when clean clothes fall on the ground. My vocabulary tends to drop into the potty when this pet peeve is activated.

~ Tissue paper. Am I the only one who can’t figure out how to get tissue paper into a gift bag? It either looks bunched, rips, or both.

~ When I first drafted this next random pet peeve, the speed limit on the (expensive) tollway that I take to my mom’s senior apartment complex was 55 mph (88 kph). It’s a brand-spanking-new highway with 4 lanes each way and gets me there in 15 minutes, as opposed to 30 minutes on roads with all the stoplights. On the tollway, trucks stay in the two right lanes, so I drive in the third to pass them. Yes, I admit that I was speeding at 70 mph (112 kph), but it would appear I was standing still. Cars in the lane to my left passed me like rocket ships! Honestly, I was amazed at their speed. Now, since I first drafted this, the Department of Transportation changed the speed limit to 70, which means I was no longer speeding. Can you imagine how much faster the others will be going now that they have more leeway?

~ I find that as I age, there is a lot more I’ve had to add to my daily routine. It’s frustrating, tedious and takes longer to get ready to go places. I still have more aging to do, so it may eventually take me all day just to prepare to go out to dinner.

~ Speaking of aging, when I was a child, my grandma used to take me shopping with her. She couldn’t read the sales tags or medicine bottle instructions. I felt like such a good helper when she’d ask me to read them for her. Now, I’m the one holding out the tag or medicine bottle at arms length trying to read. It’s not fair that I’ll never have a grandchild to help me out.

Ahh, that felt good to get off my chest. Now I can get back to a positive attitude. Thanks for “listening” guys. Feel free to let loose on your pet peeves in the comments.

31 thoughts on “Petty Peeves”

  1. I really cracked up reading the last two. I agree wholeheartedly. Aging means I have so much more to get together before I leave the house. It’s so frustrating! And let’s not even talk about the presbyopia. πŸ™„ You’re definitely not alone. I must complain about not being able to see up close every single day. 😀

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    1. Yep, I get it. I don’t need glasses all the time, so just about every time I leave the house, I forget my them. I usually have to run back. I need them for driving (far away) only. Reading I do okay with, unless it’s fine print on a medicine bottle. Urgh. Thank you for reading about my peeves and sharing your own. πŸ™‚

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      1. I wear my contact lenses for distance, but can’t read anything up close with them on. So lately I’ll use my glasses which have a slightly weaker prescription so I see better up close, but can’t drive in them at night because they’re not as good for distance. 😀 Each day I’m wondering which weakness I’d rather contend with.

        And when getting dressed I have to remember so many little things, including touching up the pesky gray hairs. πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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        1. I never needed glasses in my life until recently (in my 50’s). I first had trouble with distance instead of reading. It was really a challenge adjusting. So, I understand your “near” and “far” dilemma. Don’t get me started on all that has to get done to get ready to go out. πŸ˜‰

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          1. I’ve worn glasses for distance since I was 5! I couldn’t see the blackboard in school. πŸ˜” Then, when around 48, I started to struggle with seeing up close. It’s declined rapidly over the last couple of years and it’s impossible for me to see up close now if I have my contacts in. 😑 I have to use my funny-looking readers to see. πŸ€“

            πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚….I’m right there with you on that one. πŸ˜‰

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  2. I love your peeve about hangers. I’m famed for my violent rants when I simply breathe near a garment in a shop and it slips to the floor off the hanger. Why? How in this day and age can’t they get hangers right? You need RUBBER on the hanger. Some countries get it right: all the hangers have a rubber coating that the fabric sticks to. Or ridges in the plastic. Other countries (Ireland, England) are clueless idiots: witness the piles of clothes on the floor in the stores. Me, I wind elastic bands around the ends of my hangers to keep the shoulders of the garment from slipping off. I know this is boring for many people but it drives me mad.

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    1. I know, right? Hangers can be so annoying. Our stores here use the rubber or ridges on the plastic, but the actual hook is wire. Those are a no-no for me. They can get tangled up with other hangers too easily. If that happens at my house, they go flying (cause I throw them in frustration). My home plastic hangers are thick, but they are bit slippery.

      Thanks for sharing this pet peeve with me. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Grrr…don’t get me onto hangers!!πŸ˜€ I seem to be in constant battle with them and my poor clothes that end up scrunched on the bottom of the wardrobe! Surely someone could design better ones! Lori, your little rant had me smiling but a little sad at the end. Hope your positive spirit returns, hugs, Annika xx

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    1. Hi Annika. Guess I’m not the only one with the hangers-pet-peeve. I was just getting that stuff off my chest. I’m good now. Thank. Hope you’re having a nice weekend. It’s sleeting here in Chicagoland.

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  4. I’m with you on the tissue paper. Whenever I use it, it never looks artfully done. As for the tollway, whenever I take 355, I feel like I’m standing still in comparison with other drivers who fly by at 90 to 100+/mph

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    1. Well, according to my comments, a lot of people struggle with that danged tissue paper in a gift bag. So, who really is doing those professionally done bags. πŸ˜‰

      I was on I90 (Jane Adams) where these people were flying by. I couldn’t get over it, since I was already speeding.

      When I lived in Florida, I used to write posts about being homesick and visiting back here. I’m going to share a link with you of the pictures I took of the town where I grew up on one of our visits. I’m curious if you can tell which town it is in DuPage. If so, don’t mention the name here. Just tell me you recognize it. πŸ™‚ (Or, email me)
      https://loreezlane.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/the-old-stompin-grounds/

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    1. I don’t know who these people are that can put together a perfect gift bag. They must be paid professionals. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing, Joy.

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  5. Yes with the gift bags! I’m the same way. Everyone else manages to make gift bags look so pretty. Not me. It looks like I just stuffed the tissue paper in, despite having taken more time than I should have trying to figure out how to do it. Grr.

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  6. Wire hangers and clean clothes falling on the floor – ditto. I use a lot of wooden ones. Tissue paper – also ditto. I have no idea how people can make it look so attractive. Mine looks like it was trampled over at the Calgary Stampede.

    Actually, I now find that it doesn’t take me as long to get ready because I’m much less concerned about how people perceive me.

    But the vision issues – yup. I’m told that I got off lucky for a long time, but I now find myself in a real in-between stage: can’t see sharply either with or without glasses. πŸ™‚

    Great post – I had a good chuckle. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha. Yes. My tissue paper looks like it was trampled by some stampede, but definitely not Calgary. πŸ˜‰ Too far away.

      It takes me long to get ready not so much because I’m trying to look good. Things like dry skin needing extra lotion. I never had dry skin in Florida. Not to mention taking extra supplements before going out. Ugh.

      Speaking of vision, I recently have needed glasses to drive, and that’s another thing to get ready. I only use them for driving and watching TV, and I almost always forget them on my way out. I have to go back inside once in the car to get them. All these little things add up. I can’t imagine how many more will be added as I age.

      Thanks for sharing, Lynette.

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      1. I re-read my comment and saw that it could be taken as critical about getting ready. Sorry about that. I was thinking of how my appearance used to be a big thing when I was younger. I’m glad that part of my youthful hubris is over with. πŸ™‚

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        1. Oh no, Lynette, I didn’t take it as critical. Just explaining some of the tedious and disappointing aging chores. I’m glad you shared what you did. It’s good to know you are more confident now and admire it. I wish I could say the same. I’m always trying to find a product to help these new dark, puffy circles under my eyes that were never there in my youth. πŸ˜›

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  7. Your one about how now it takes longer to get ready for ‘going out’ made me laugh…
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    My biggest pet peeve is how nonchalant people (friends/family) can be about sharing drinks…ick ick ick Once someone has taken a sip outta my cup/glass/straw it’s history with me!

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    1. Eww, yeah, I can identify with sipping from others drinks. It used to not bother me so much, but I’ve become more aware of germs as I age. Who wants backwash or a lipstick mark on their glass/cup/straw? Ack!

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    1. Whoa! This sounds like a serious peeve, not a petty one. What happened with that 2×4? Did it miss your car? I always tell my husband to either get around or keep his distance when someone in front of us is hauling stuff in a truck bed (or tied to their car). I’m glad you are okay.

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      1. Thanks, Lori. Many years ago, while on the interstate, I had a close call with a wheelbarrow falling off a truck. It was by the grace of God that I was able to somehow maneuver through heavy rush hour traffic as it came bouncing toward my car. As a result of that incident I’m always aware of people hauling things…especially painters who have 20 ladders stacked on top of their van. Thankfully, my eyes were on that truck and I knew the 2×4 was going to slide off. I was able to get into another lane before it bounced off. Of course, as I passed the idiot, I saw two more boards sliding toward the back of his truck. We really do put our life at risk when we get on the road, don’t we?

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  8. Tissue paper — worst of all I hate how beautiful others can make a bag look while mine looks like it was driven over! Drivers — all nuts except me and maybe you…maybe. I really need a young grandchild that is interested in assisting me. Not ever gonna happen! As for the hangers you are on your own. I want to buy the skinny ones with foam stuff on them so nothing slips off.

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    1. I think those people with the perfect gift bags had them professionally done. At least I’m going to tell myself that. Somehow I knew you’d understand the nutty drivers. πŸ˜‰ I like the idea of the foam on hangers. Hmm. Thanks for sharing, Kate.

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