Sometimes, stuff just gets under your skin. Pet peeves, if you will. Those little quirks are different for everyone, but living with someone certainly makes you more aware of what yours are and how different they can be from someone elses. Funny how that happens. 

Here are a few that I knew about and a few that have become much more apparent since moving in together:

Slow acceleration: I’m not a fast driver, but you can bet I’m the first one on the gas when the light turns green. I don’t care that it may reduce my gas mileage. I just can’t stop myself. If you are in front of me and you want to dilly dally, get the H-E-Double-Hockeysticks over.

People who park in handicapped parking who aren’t handicapped: Maybe this is just because I used to sit by the window at work and would see people consistently abuse the handicapped spots. If you can run in stilettos, while talking on your blackberry, eating, and carrying a large purse, you are not handicapped (or not handicapped enough to require a parking spot). Leave these spots for people who really need them!

Bed sheets/covers being tangled and not perfect: I know my beau thinks this one is particularly adorable (<-sarcasm, it drives him crazy). I can not sleep if the bed covers are not totally straight. None of this one leg out, one leg in business. I make my bed every single day, even if the rest of the room looks like a tornado went through (it always does). I get a case of the major heebie-jeebies if I go to sit in bed in the afternoon or something  and its unmade (you know, to eat lunch or dinner. Oh that’s not where you eat your meals? huh). 

Glasses, Plates and Silverware that comes out of the dishwasher and is still unclean: Vomit. Oh god. I can’t even use half the glasses I touch. I just can’t. And for some reason this is amplified if I’m trying to drink water. Must. Be. Spotless.

Any type of technology failure: I don’t know if this qualifies as a pet peeve because I know it ticks everyone off. But last night, after working a 12 hour day, I returned home to watch the season premiere of HIMYM (that’s How I Met Your Mother for all you noobs out there). And what did I find? My DVR saying that the program may have been stopped mid recording and it could not play back. WHAT!? Anger. Complete Rage. The beau wasn’t even home to stop the recording so we know it wasn’t him (I would have killed him). But most importantly….shhhhh don’t even think about telling me what happened until I can watch it online tonight!

People signing emails with just their initials: This is just rude. Plain and simple. Either be a professional or call instead.

When everything is messy but it’s not my mess: If I leave crap all of the house, it doesn’t bother me at all. If the mess was made by someone else, I just cannot focus. Stress! I have left a pile of clothes in the office since we moved in. And yet, if Nav had left it in there, it would drive me bonkers. It’s a fun double standard. I’m working on it.

So I put some of my quirks out there. Now tell me some of yours!

  • I am guilty of signing e-mails with my initials! But only internally, never to a client or anything. Some people still use “lol” and “OMG” in work e-mails- I can’t handle that. Love this post!

  • Oh. my. gosh. yes.

    I had a friend that would always tell me, “If you would lay off the accelerator, your gas mileage would be so much better.” And I would say, “I have a Honda for a reason. I don’t have to accelerate slowly to have good gas mileage!” She didn’t find it funny.

    And I cannot STAND other people’s messes. Like. Sure I may have a stack of mail sitting on my side table. But by God. I want it there.. sorta. But if my boyfriend puts his crap on the table, I want to scream.

  • I am the same way about sheets when I sleep over at my boyfriend’s/he sleeps over at my place. MY GOD.

    and also, the handicapped parking space thing. UGH. So rude.

  • I’m the exact same way with other people’s messes! It drives me CRAZY. But I never make my bed- it drives my boyfriend insane.

  • I can’t stand my boyfriend’s messes either! It drives me crazy that he thinks it’s acceptable to get home from work and leave his ties, dress shirts, and belts all over the living room. Why wouldn’t he just walk it all to the closet 10 feet away? But, I leave my shoes sitting there forever and it doesn’t bother me. I definitely have quirks that annoy him too, though, like having a million bottles of shampoo/conditioner/bodywash in the shower. I also turn on all the lights when I’m home… I’d rather pay for a high electric bill than have to walk into a dark and scary room. Weird, yeah.

  • Haha, Nadine! I’m so glad I found your blog; your humor is great! I loved this post. I’m going to have to steal the idea, if you don’t mind. I’ll give you credit. I am one of those people that is a messy sleeper and manages to take the bed sheets with me wherever I go. But I can totally relate to the mess thing (If I made it, it’s fine…but if Brandon makes it, UGH! Hurry up and get that crap cleaned up! I can’t FOCUS!) Also, the dishes! I don’t care about the water bill. I will run that baby twice if they don’t look clean enough. 🙂 Great post!

  • Those are some good ones. My husband gets irritated with me because I want the covers on straight too. He can have them all jumbled up and on upside down. It drives me bonkers!

  • I can totally get on board with some of these as well. I cannot stand when my bed is unmade either! As soon as I am out of bed in the morning, I am making it!

    I feel you on HIMYM! Reading your post made me realize that I had totally missed it last night! I was home and not doing anything. There’s no reason that I should have missed it! I mean, seriously, it was even in my planner. lol

    Great post!!!!

  • Huge pet peeve of mine is people who leave their shopping carts all over the parking lot! I. Can’t. Stand. It.

    Thanks for you blog and your interesting posts! I look forward to checking in with you throughout the week 🙂

  • ha, I am the same way about the accelerator!!

  • UGH! I’m SO with you on the non-handicapped parkers. My father-in-law is a paraplegic and I cannot even count how many times he’s had to double park way out in the no-man’s land of a parking lot because some non-handicapped jerk took the handicapped spot. Sure, he’s in a motorized chair so he could care less about the distance from his truck to wherever we’re going, but most of the time when he’s forced to double park, another jerk comes along and pulls in RIGHT next to his truck making it impossible for him to use his wheelchair lift- my poor mother-in-law has to climb in and while standing(!), back the truck out for him just so they can leave. Phew! Sorry, that turned into a rant! lol

  • Yeah, I can relate to the vast majority of this. Slow acceleration/driving gets me every single time. I have road rage, I’m from DC…it happens.

    Spotless dishes – I use nothing but the Cascade 2 in 1 packs and don’t drink water out of anything except for my Tervis mug because God forbid it gets my own fingerprints!! LOL!

    And sooo agree on the bedsheets. I can’t stand it when people sleep with one leg out! My ex boyf used to do that alllll the time and it drove me nuts!! Prob why he’s my ex, haha! J/K…kinda…

    Tech failures. It’s supposed to work…when it doesn’t, it is useless. Ugh.

    And finally, other peoples’ messes are exactly why I have been living roommate free for 3 years, and loving EVERY minute of it!!

  • I’m the SAME WAY with bed sheets! I’ve been that way since I was little!

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