It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen a “5 things” installment and this Friday coffee chat session comes from another follower request… also known as pet peeves. You know, those weird things that drive you bananas that are your version of crazy conundrums you simple can’t stand– as soon as I saw this request I knew this was going to be a hot topic of discussion and I couldn’t wait to share five of my biggest annoyances…
If you’re looking to learn more about the girl behind the blog, step right up: some of you might call me crazy because I can tolerate nails on a chalkboard all day everyday, but these little gems are sure to give you more insight into what makes me absolutely go bonkers:
one. people not saying please and/or thank you
If there is ONE thing that drives me batsh*t crazy like none other, it is people not saying PLEASE or THANK YOU. I absolutely can’t stand it and yes I’ll silently be judging you if you don’t use your manners. I’m southern, so it’s embedded in our blood from an early age, but I promise you a simple gesture of thanks goes A LONG way in this day and age. I am constantly reminding my girls to always give appreciation and gratitude when speaking to others and I assure you it’ll carry you a long way if you just use some nice words when in conversation, dropping off a package at the UPS store, chatting with the grocery store clerk, etc. It truly takes one second and it can change someone’s day.
two. dirty dishes in the sink
I think my eyeballs might pop out of their sockets when I see dirty dishes in the sink. We have a dishwasher for a reason… Caroline and Carson know better by now, but we are still working on Jeff ;). This is also one reason I decided to do a semi-divided farmhouse sink when we renovated a few years ago so that excess food/waste doesn’t linger in the sink. Keep it organized and tidy people!!!
three. people misusing they’re/their/there + you’re/your
I’ll never understand how people can’t figure this out. If I am reading something and I see any of these words misused, I can’t stop myself from silenty correcting your grammar… I know this is totally random and weird, but it’s one of those pet peeves I can’t seem to let go of. Total type A I know, but it’s one of those things that you just can’t unsee.
Now this is more of a recent pet peeve that I am seeing over and over again. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but for me I call it being a total COPYCAT. Sure, we are bound to use others around us or within the social media world for ideas and inspiration but to blatantly copy someone else’s other material repeatedly is despicable. I am seeing this type of stuff now more than ever and it totally gets under my skin. For heaven’s sake, be yourself — don’t do what everyone else is doing!!!!
five. people mis-pronouncing my name
Of course I saved the best one for last… this is a pet peeve I’ve had my entire life and I’m sure it’s one I will never outgrow [sadly enough]. I think this also might be why I named my daughters Caroline and Carson… straightforward names with little room for error in terms of how people pronounce C + C.
Now having said that, I have always liked my name because it’s unique and different, and my mom came up with the name from the Hollywood actress Natalie Wood, as she was born in Russia and Natasha had been another name she went by. For easy reference, I am inserting this YouTube video on how to pronounce my name correctly…. have a listen!
Phoenetically, it’s this: NAH TASH AH
Maybe I just blew your mind or maybe you already knew… but trust me, we’ve had TONS of laughs when people introduce me as their “friend” only to mispronounce my name! It’s one of those things you just learn to deal with but still my pickiest pet peeve nonetheless.
So, please tell me I am not alone and/or crazy and you’ve got your fair share of outlandish pet peeves that irk you, too?!?! I would LOVE to hear your best ones and I’ll send a $25 Target gift card to the person who leaves the comment with the craziest/wildest/funniest oddity!