Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pet Peeves



Pet peeves. I has em.

In fact there are more than a few, so I'm not going to get into all of them. Because that could take a while. Let's just do the top four, shall we?

4. Vanity plates. One of the most ridiculous, frivolous wastes of money I can think of. Also a very arrogant show of ego (too redundant?) and appropriately named. I don't find them cute or funny. Just annoying. An eyeroll is guaranteed whenever I come across one.

3. Picking/chewing on hands/fingers. Gross. Disgusting.

2. Bouncing/tapping/twitching/shaking of feet and/or legs. I know this is a nervous twitch for many. But this VERY close second on the list of the pet peeve still gets under my skin and drives me crazy. And I can't NOT look at it. So I have to block it from my sight when I can. At my A&M graduation, I slumped down in my chair with my hand up to my temple to block a leg-shaking girl that drove me crazy for three hours. This may be documented photographically that also captured a very pissed off look on my face. There's more than one reason why I sat in the front row all the way to the right in college, and it has everything to do with this pet peeve. And the next one.

1. Gum and the chewing, smacking, popping, etc thereof. This is hands down my biggest pet peeve. Humans are not cows. We don't have four stomachs and have any really need to chew the same thing over and over and over again like cud. It's tacky and disgusting. There are other ways to get fresh breath... mints, mouthwash, BRUSH YOUR TEETH. People who know me well know not to ask if I have any gum. The answer is always NO, but I have Mentos (the Freshmaker!). The worst is when gum is chewed with the mouth open. Didn't we learn as kids to chew with our mouths CLOSED? Shouldn't this apply to our gum chewing like it does to our dinner? If you Man-on-the-Elevator and Girl-in-Starbucks insist on masticating that piece of rubber, please do it with your mouth closed. Thank you.

To be fair, I am well aware that some of my habits are other people's pet peeves. Most notably how I correct people's grammar. Only reason why I haven't been decked for this yet is because I tend to only correct the grammar of people I'm close to. Of course, they're the most likely to hit me so really it's just pure luck.

18 comments:

Jenn said...

along the line of your chewing gum peeve: people eating apples. uuuggghhh. very few people keep their mouth closed and it smacks and makes the most horrible noise. makes my skin crawl every time.

Diane said...

Like how you are with blocking the foot-tapping from your view, I can't stand to see someone in my range of vision biting on their nails. I feel like I can feel it on my OWN NAILS and it makes me shudder. Ugh ugh ugggh brain bleach.

pastelprincess said...

I HAVE to agree with the finger picking thing. My boyfriend does it ALL the time, and I basically grab at his hands to make him stop. I can't stand the noise it makes when he does that! Ew!

Mommy Melee said...

I totally bite my nails. All the time. Haha. It's good to remember that maybe it TOTALLY GROSSES PEOPLE OUT.

Nicole said...

Oddly enough, since being pregnant (and starting zoloft) I don't bite my nails anymore.

And I am with you on the vanity plates.

MommyGeek said...

I may or may not have been picking at the skin of my thumb when I read #3.

I'll never tell.

Brittany said...

Gum chewing bothers me too. Since this is a common problem and almost everyone chews gum I suggest Gun Chewing Etiquette should be like a required school course ^_^.

The Ranting Mommy said...

Me and you both sister on the gum chewing. I could have written a whole post on it. GAH!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

Great List - I agree with every single one!! (Nails was on mine too)

Chibi said...

Hi, I'm Chibi, and I'm a gum cracker.

:-s

(I don't do it much anymore, which is likely a direct result of being smacked by my mom every time I'd do it - wasn't even aware I would be doing it!)

Tatiana said...

I am so with you on the foot/leg tapping thing. My husband does it incessantly, I want to kiiiill him.

Kami said...

Vanity plates suck. And the people who have vanity plates really suck.

Teija said...

I can't stand the foot-shaking! I have a friend who does it so violently that she'll shake the table she's sitting at, it's ridiculous!

colleen said...

I stopped biting my nails when I got engaged. For some reason when I showed off my pretty ring I wanted my hand to look pretty too. :)

Ricki Ryan (aka Nana) said...

I don't like people who end a sentence with a preposition....you know where I'm at?

Ricki Ryan (aka Nana) said...

Oh, and I also don't like people who say "you know, like....." or "he goes, and then she goes, and then I go...." AAARRRGGGHHHHH

Claudia said...

The foot tapping reaches epic proportions when it starts jouncing every table in the vicinity.

winsomelily said...

Ha, I'm MARRIED to a twitcher and have given birth to 2 of them. It drives me BATTY. It's right up there was nervous finger-cracking *ew* *shudder* *stopit!!!* Which my eldest and my husband both do.