I feel compelled to bring up the subject of pet peeves today. I believe if two or more people live or work in the same space pet peeves are inevitable. After you read this I hope you will tell me about your pet peeves, it might make me feel better.
Most of us have a preferred way to hang up the toilet paper roll. I guess some pretty nifty household battles have occurred when an "over" is forced to live with an "under". They even made a television commercial about the differing views.
I personally am an "over" person and thought the reasoning should be obvious to everyone. Then we adopted a stray cat and quickly learned that "over" definitely is easier to unroll and that is "not always" a good thing. After removing a pile of toilet tissue (the whole roll) from the floor twice I decided "under" was the best way.
How come we never hear about my real pet peeve? Pencil cups! I like nice sharp pencil points. I am a point up kind of person. After all the time spent sharpening pencils to a fine point why would I stick the point down in a cup?
Life being what it is....I live with a point down person.
Imagine my frustration when I'm on the phone and must take down a message. I reach for a pencil and find it is upside down in the cup and the point is broken. This is not the most opportune time to look for a sharpener, so I grab another pencil from the cup...same result. Now steam is beginning to come out of my ears and I begin grinding my teeth as the person on the other end of the phone loses patience with me for wasting their time. I remove pencil after pencil, and then pen after pen, from the cup until I find something to write with. What I end up with is a ball point pen that writes intermittently.
Pet peeve #3 - why are we keeping pens that are out of ink? I scratch the telephone message across the notepad. Now I know why they call them "scratch pads". This was the last straw! I must make my feelings known to one and all. This is a serious matter.
As I contemplated blogging about my pencil peeve I sharpened the damaged points and then while forcing them, point up, into a cup that was already overstuffed with pens that don't write, I shoved one of the sharpened pencils into my thumb. I searched furiously for a tissue to blot the free flowing blood and added MURPHY'S LAW to my list of pet peeves.
Thanks for listening. Now tell me about your pet peeve.
Sharon A. Soffe