Thursday, February 21, 2013

February ICLW: Quick Update & Proof that I Am A Crotchety Old Woman

Hey Humble Readers...

I hope that your week has been going well.  Things here in K-town are going ok.  The service was small, but nice.  After the internment, many of the people who attended the funeral came back to my mom's house just to chat and hang out.  Most of the out-of-town guests left over the course of the day yesterday, and now it's just me, my Beloved and the Wee-lings remaining.  We'll be heading home to the Shire on Saturday... and praying that Ginny doesn't have a repeat of the car-sickness that she had on the way out here (thank you all for your input on that, btw). 

So, now that's out of the way... Welcome visitors!  I'm an IF/RPL survivor, a mom of two hard-won wee-lings (aged 9 months and 27 months) and the wife of an ent.  We live in a small city (the Shire), on the Canadian prairies, just east of the Rocky Mountains.  I'm a pinterest addict, wanna-be novelist, good cook, mediocre baker, deluded crafter, and tv junkie.  I'm a stay at home mom, who loves watching her little ones learn and grow, and is very quickly getting sick of and singing the Itsy-bitsy Spider. 

A few times in the past, I have done an ABCs of Me as my ICLW intro, and I think I'm going to do that again.  But this time there's a theme.  Things that bug me... (I'm generally a pretty happy person, just been a little on edge lately).  Here are the ABCs of my pet peeves.

A - Asters.  Flowers are supposed to be pretty.  Asters just aren't.

B - Birds.  They're creepy.  They're dirty.  They're icky. 

C - Chapped Lips.  I am a lip balm addict.

D - Downton Abbey.  Not the entire show, just how they ended the third season.  That REALLY REALLY REALLY PISSED ME OFF!

E - Edemame.  I just don't get it. 

F - Fat-phobics.  Especially doctors who are fat-phobic.  To paraphrase J.K. Rowling... 'There are so many worse things a person could be than fat.'

G - Grocery shopping.  It gets me out of the house, but that's about the best I can say for it.  It's expensive and time consuming.  And really, for what groceries cost, there should be someone who comes home with you and puts them away for you.

H - Hate disguised as humour.  Or disguised as patriotism.  Or as faith.

I - Infertility.  In all it's forms.  The way it tears a person down, the toll it takes on a marriage, and the lasting scars that seem to be slow in fading into memory.

J - Judgemental people.  Especially when I'm the one being judgemental.  It makes me less of a person, and no fun to be around.

K - Ketchup.  It's okay in recipes, but I can't stomach it on fries or eggs or kraft dinner (that would be mac & cheese for my American friends). I also can't stand Kraft dinner, but that's another story.

L- Laundry.  It NEVER ends!

M - Misophonia.  This is an actual disorder that is defined by the fact that sufferers have an extreme dislike to certain sounds, even to the point of extreme physical and emotional responses.  For me, it's related to people's mouths (chewing, swallowing, lip smacking, etc) and repetative sounds (like the sound of someone typing). I wish I could tune the sounds out like normal people do.

N - Nylons.  Tights and pantyhose also fall into this category.  A man must have designed them. 

O - Olives.  Yuck.

P - Panties.  Just the word, not the article of clothing.  Please, for the love of pete, just call them underwear.

Q - Queues.  (Yes, it's a stretch).  I don't have a lot of patience for waiting in lines.  And I always, inevitably choose the wrong line... you know, the one that moves at a snail's pace.

R - 'Reality' TV.  Why exactly is Kim Kar.dash.ian a celebrity?  What has she, and her ilk, done that I should spend my time following their every move?

S - Scary movies.  I used to love them.  Now I can't even watch the trailers for them. 

T - Transportation as sport.  Namely NASCAR.  I don't understand how watching cars drive around a track is sporting or entertaining.  But that's just me.

U - Underwear shopping.  No matter how much I psych myself up for it, it's never enjoyable.

V - Varicose Veins.  Just another sign I'm too fat and getting old.

W - Winter.  We've had snow on the ground since Halloween.  I'm done with this season.

X - Xcessively (another stretch) high gas prices.  We are spoiled in the Shire because our prices are some of the lowest in the country, but they're still ridiculous.  And now here in K-town, the prices are astronomical.

Y - Yapping dogs.  My mom's little shi'tzus are driving me nuts!

Z - Canadians who pronounce this letter as "zee".  It's "zed" dang it.

Let me know what some of your pet peeves are.


  1. Greetings from ICLW :) I love the idea of an ABC list!

    My greatest pet peeve at this moment is people who do not listen. I seriously HATE repeating myself 10 times.

  2. What a great list. This just proves to me that when we one day (ONE DAY!!!!) meet in person, we're going to have the best time ever!!!

  3. Oh gosh, I hate laundry too. I let hubby do it because I'm lazy as heck. And lately I don't want to do anything except lie in bed. Ugh. I really hope Ginny does better driving home!

    Happy ICLW!

  4. Haha fun post.

    Had to google edamame. You know, I heard about a study in which some Chinese people went on a diet of almost 100% soy, and they were studied during and afterwards. According to what I heard (loose source here), one of the effects was that their brains got smoother - as in less wrinkly. What that equates to in terms of functionality I have not a clue. Smooth brains... too much edamame!

    Your reference to the Shire reminds me of once when I spent the summer in Alaska and then drove back down here to the Midwestern USA in the fall. The trees seemed huge and were exploding with color. Everyone seemed snug in their comfy burrows. I told my friends it was like returning to the Shire.

    Hey, sorry for your recent loss. I anticipate one of my own soon. Hope I can take it with a dram of your grace. I'm sure the wee-lings help one get through.

    (via ICLW)

  5. Here from ICLW. I LOVE edamame, but like yourself, hate olives.

    Not sure exactly where you live, but I went hiking and camping through the Canadian Rocky Mountains the summer before law school and LOVED it. Amazing place.

  6. LOL. I adore you! I agree with almost all of them. But ketchup??? I could drink the stuff. :) It's bad. And probably my biggest pet peeve is when people park in my driveway. I don't care if they're family, if they're friends who are visiting, if it's a crappin ambulance (okay, maybe an ambulance)DON'T PARK IN MY DRIVEWAY!!! :)

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  8. I agree with you about the bird thing. I mean, c'mon. They poop and pee in the same little bundle, it's disgusting!


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