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Things That Drive Us Crazy: Bluetooth Headsets

I am not a fan of the Bluetooth headset.

Or rather, I’m not a fan of the attitude of Bluetooth users.

I understand wanting one to be “safe” in your car (though, let’s be honest, you’re still every bit as distracted. Now you’re just distracted with two free hands), but using them when out shopping or going into work is ridiculous and annoying.

Back in the day, I used to work at a boutique in Memphis, and there was a certain type of customer who would come in using theirs. My boss was a little crazy psycho about having impeccable customer service, so I of course greeted everyone within about 5 seconds of entering the store.

The user would then glare at me and jab their finger at their head, like I was an idiot for not noticing the tiny device that they had stuck in their ear.

Sorry ma’am, but I don’t tend to stare at people’s ears. They just don’t do much for me.

Even now, working in an office building, there are few things that annoy me more than to hear someone say “hello!” and respond in kind, only to have them look at me like I’m a freak for not assuming that they’re speaking to some invisible person.

My mama raised me better than that.

Please tell me that I’m not the only person who feels this way!

Things That Drive Us Crazy: Daylight Saving Time

If there’s one thing I hate in winter more than freezing cold cars, it’s the fact that I leave work and I only see the last few moments of any sort of sunlight.

Why?! As if shorter days weren’t bad enough, they feel it’s necessary to make it dark EVEN EARLIER?!

Yeah, yeah, it’s nice to be a little brighter in the morning, but since I spend most of my time getting ready in a windowless bathroom (side note: pretty much no matter what time I go into my bathroom to start getting ready, I walk out at the same time every day. It’s like a black hole of time), the extra bit of sunlight doesn’t do much for me.

I’d rather get ready in the dark, and get to leave work and pretend that I haven’t spent all day inside an office. No sun when I walk out definitely does not allow me to do that.

Add this to the long list of reasons why I could never live in crazy way northern places like Alaska and Iceland (where about 80% of the population believes in fairies/elves. I would go crazy if I lived there too).


 

Things that drive us crazy: The Vacation Rush and Guilt

My first job out of college I had no real responsibilities. It was one of those you could leave at work and clock in and out of. My current job has more responsibilities, which I love, but also love to hate sometimes. Mostly, though, only during my off hours. I appreciate my previous job a little more around vacation time.

When I take time off I spent a day or two before I leave rushing to get everything together and ready for when I leave. Then I spend usually two times the amount I took off after the fact catching up on what I missed. Its not relaxing.

Not to mention the guilt I face when taking time off. Why have we Americans made ourselves feel guilty when we take some time for ourselves? Vacations and breaks are healthy and productive to our health and mental well being. So why should I feel bad?

I was talking with a client the other day who’s company is based on Europe. He was talking about his frustrations when dealing with his home office. They will take two to three weeks vacation at a time and are much more lackadaisical about deadlines. I’m not saying use all your vacation time at once and forget about your deadlines, but I think its healthier to not take things so seriously sometimes.

What are your thoughts on work, vacation, and guilt?

Things That Drive Us Crazy: Growing Up

While some parts of being a grown up are legitimately awesome, we all have days where we’d like nothing better than to be 5 years old again, and let our parents take care of it all.

In honor of Rachel’s crappy grown up week that’s she’s right smack in the middle of, I thought I’d post this picture, so she can revert to her childhood. It’s all gonna work out just fine! As fine as Patrick Swayze, may he rest in peace.

Nobody puts Rachel in the corner!

Things That Drive Us Crazy: Monday People

Whenever I think of Mondays, I think of the seminal classic, Office Space:

“Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays”

This morning, I was told by one of my bosses “Good morning! TGIM!”

Thank goodness it’s Monday?

Thank goodness I didn’t just throw my coffee in your face.

The caffeine is too precious to waste.

Things that drive us crazy: Laundry

One of the things that drives me crazy as an adult is the perpetualness of laundry. It never ends! Why?!

You don’t have to explain it to me, I know how it happens. But still!

My husband is a runner, this means we go through two, sometimes three, changes of clothes a day. I try to re-wear clothes as much as possible, you know, as long as I don’t smell. It’s totally fine, right? Right!

The thing that amazes me is that I will do all the laundry, loads and loads of laundry, and then in another day or two, its starting to really pile up again.

This is my method of coping:

– Put in a full load of clothes in the washer.

– Switch to dryer at appropriate time.

– Leave there until we run out of clean underwear and start pulling from the load as needed.

– After a day or two of this I’ll feel motivated to actually take the laundry out, sort and put away. The benefit of waiting is that half of the laundry has already been put away for you!

If you’re worried about wrinkles (I personally avoid any clothes where wrinkles are a problem. Ironing really cuts into my lolling about time.) just turn the dryer on warm up for about 10 minutes and it’s as good as new!

Of course this method does not work when you are planning on doing multiple loads. When I’m doing multiple loads I always leave the last load in the dryer. Mainly because I’m too tired after doing multiple loads of laundry.

I’ve found this is a proven method to still have clean clothes, but maximize your lolling about time.