Thursday, May 21, 2009

Take Cover

Mama Kat's assignments this week included listing Ten Things You're Sick Of. And since I'm somewhat crabby at the moment for a variety of reasons -- not the least of which are ones that are included in the list -- I figured this was a good time to vent.

So ummmm take cover.

10 Thing I'm Sick Of

10. People who don't understand the concept of a turn signal. They are still legal and required. This includes both for turning, as well as for changing lanes. While I've gotten pretty good at guesstimating which car is going to go racing around me and cut in front of me without a turn signal, that doesn't mean that I'll be right every time or that it's safe. Really, there are other people on the road, and I promise the turn signal light bulb doesn't burn out that quickly if you use it. I know from experience.

9. Work. I know I should be grateful to have a job in this economy, especially one that pays me well, allows me to work from home two days a week and is a part time commitment. But I don't respect my boss, and I'm no longer challenged in what I do. That makes it difficult, but then I see what I'm missing with the wee ones. It's the time that I don't get to spend with them -- having the playdates, going to the park, making dinner with them, baking with them, teaching them bike riding, working on t-ball, etc. I'm think I'm really ready to stay at home, but I also can't justify quitting my job in this economy.

8. Little Miss's accidents. Little Miss finally earned back every single one of her animals. She was fully potty trained with no mistakes for months, including her proudly announcing when she has to go potty and wanting to do it all on her own. And starting Sunday, she's been having multiple accidents daily. At daycare and at home. Mostly pee, but also some diarrhea. We actually took her to the doctor yesterday to rule out a UTI. The doctor thinks she's constipated -- which I've since translated to encropresis. I'm hoping and praying that I'm wrong.

7. My son's preschool teacher. She is a long term sub. We had the same long term sub last year, and no one was a fan. In fact, four of the eleven parents in the class complained. She's back this year, and we were not notified until she'd been there for almost four weeks. Mister Man is supposed to do daily therapy for fine motor with his "exercise box" with her. In four days, they didn' do it once. I finally had the box sent home.

6. Being woken up early. I'm not a morning person, and I need my sleep. Every day this week, Little Miss has woken up at or around 6am telling me that she's hungry and wants to eat. Not cool. Couple that with Mister Man waking me up at least once a night with a nightmare or to announce that he heard a noise or some other reason, and I'm not getting the sleep I need. This morning, he woke me up at 4:30, and I never fell back asleep.

5. My computer. For whatever reason, my computer is exceedingly slow. As in I turn it on and it takes eleven minutes to get fully logged on -- and yes, I've timed it. And when I am trying to work, I'll literally be typing, and it will go into standby mode as I'm typing. Trying to switch between programs if I'm working on more than one thing at a time can take minutes. And don't get me started about how my computer will sometimes decide that it simply doesn't want to open Powerpoint, so I have to shut down and start over. Yes, this is my work computer, and no, the tech people at my company have found nothing wrong with it. Apparently, it just doesn't like me.

4. Chicago weather. Literally, we had a frost warning on Tuesday. I refused to put the heat on in my house, and it was getting chilly. Yesterday, it was mid-80s and HOT. I'd really like some moderation. And for more than a day. I'm tired of only two seasons, and frustrated that we'll have a high in the mid-60s this weekend when the pool at the gym finally opens.

3. Debt help commercials. Really? It's not your fault that you spent all that money and you shouldn't owe it? You should only pay 10% of the principal? That's an interesting concept. Granted, I fully agree that the fees and interest are high, but to believe that none of it is anyone's fault and that they shouldn't have to pay for any of the items they purchased is a bit... over the top. The commercials are so inflammatory, and many of the facts are flat out wrong. It's yet another person who is just trying to take advantage of those that are panicking. And that really turns my stomach.

2. TV shows. I'm really afraid to see what the next generation turns out like. I see more and more shows that promote teenage drinking -- and binge drinking, at that -- as cool and normal. The same goes for random sex. And the language people use (this also includes magazines now where I cringe each time I read a swear word). And the lack of respect they show to their parents and other people in general. Then there's the conspicuous consumption. No one is going to be happy with what they have and who they are. And it all makes me so sad.

1. Being crabby. I'm not a crabby person. And I don't like to be a crabby person. But there are days when I can recognize it, and then turn it off. Some days, I don't recognize it quickly enough. But I'd really prefer returning to my normal happy go lucky state. Actually, if we could just fix items 9, 8, 6 and 3, I'd be pretty well set, I think.

So what are you crabby about?


septembermom May 21, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Hey, Michelle. I have plenty of those crabby days. Today, I feel pretty good. I'm with you when it comes to commercials and no turn signals. I get super crabby when I have to tell my kids to stop doing something 40 times! Then I turn into screaming Mama. I hate when I get to that point. Hope the rest of your day goes smoother. Don't feel bad about the potty training. My 3 1/2 year old is going through a frequent "accident" phase too.

Roxane May 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

Oh Michelle, I feel like I could have written some of those myself! We are totally entitled to our crabby days. I hope you have a better day and a GREAT weekend!

Ryan Ashley Scott May 21, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

I think the preschool teacher would be the most awful thing - the person is supposed to be preparing your child for school, and essentially for the life ahead of them. It's an important part of childhood, and a bad teacher can be so frustrating.

Me? I'm crabby about my mother favoring my sister's kids. And my sister, but I can deal with that. I'm crabby that my son gets the short end of the stick most days because my sister screwed up (married a selfish jerk, divorced, got pregnant twice within a year and boo-hoo married the babies daddy who is also a selfish, unhelpful jerk) and my mom always swoops in to rescue her. It's trivial, but it's what I'm crabby about at the moment (that I could never post on my blog in case they ever decide to read it). Whew, I feel better.

Hope your list gets shorter soon. :)

Cookie May 21, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

GReat list! Are you sure it's really either too hot or too cold... not hot flashes?! ;) Just kidding. at least that's one thing to be happy about, no hot flashes for a while! :)

KatBouska May 21, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

Yeah that teacher would bother me too...maybe she's overwhelmed with everything she should be doing in a new class?? I don't know.

Katie Lane May 21, 2009 at 11:20 PM  

I totally agree with you on 10, 6, 3 and 2!

Melisa Wells May 22, 2009 at 8:13 AM  

Well, I hope today is better for you!

I am crabby about stupid people. I don't have time to go into the whole thing because it is a wide net I've cast, but I'm sick of stupid people. That is all. :)

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner May 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

Ohh--I, too, rage against people who refuse to use signals!!!! And I also hate being crabby--but people insist on taking us there, don't they?!

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day--you're awesome. I hope to see you again really soon!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet May 23, 2009 at 7:17 AM  

Oooh, I'm so with you on turn signals. My pet peeve is also those who follow too closely. I've been in 2 accidents because of that. :(

Have a great Memorial day weekend!

Michelle May 23, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

septembermom - Ahhh... glad I'm not the only one who detests those commercials. I was listening this morning to a "great" pitch with the ending caveat that "this is a company that can put you in touch with other companies that may be able to help you reduce your debt." Uhhh, yeah. People, you can do that on your own!

Roxane - Apparently I've hit on a couple raw nerves here!

RAS - Uhh yeah. Special ed teacher, no less. I get the swooping in part. My mom helps my sister more than me because she needs it, but my sister hasn't majorly messed up. What my in-laws do with my BIL though. Yikes! I feel your pain!

Cookie - YES. I'm sure they aren't hot flashes, thank you very much.

Mama Kat - Maybe, but ... she's a permanent long term sub in the district and had this class last year. But if you can't stand the heat....

Katie - Oh sure, make me go look them up! But good choices!

Melisa - Oh yeah... except, sadly, I don't call them stupid people anymore. They're just "people" now. The masses vs individuals.

Denene - I'm really wondering if there are so many of us who are turn signal pet peevers, why don't more people USE their turn signals? :)

Sherry - Ugh, that's another no fun one. I've only had one accident like that (granted I was the front car -- with a car ahead of me that I did not hit -- of a four car chain sitting at a stoplight waiting to turn when that happened). But hey, now they have that new car that brakes FOR you!

Hyacynth May 25, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

I am SO with you on number four all the way!!! These low temps are killers for fun outdoor activities.

Also, if Little Miss is suddenly having accidents, I wonder if she has a misalignment that could easily be taken care of with an adjustment by a good chiropractor. I know one, if you're interested. We go to her often, and we like and respect her quite a bit.

Debbie May 25, 2009 at 9:38 PM  

Great list. I would be irritated by the long term sub too. That is just not right. And TV? It is a waste. Weather? We had frost this week too and I am in TN!

Michelle May 25, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

Hyacynth - Yeah, today's low temps were a bummer, too. No frost but no pool either! We actually go to a chiro, and we'll be there tomorrow. I'll have to ask him. She was totally fine for three days (doc results came back fine) and then today issues again. After my husband gave her cereal. I'm thinking there is some dairy hidden somewhere in either Cocoa Pebbles or Apple Jacks. I just hope she doesn't have issues at school that will send her home tomorrow!

Debbie - Yikes! You win on the weather. That's a bummer. Here's hoping the frost is gone for good now.

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