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Pet Peeves

I've developed a couple of Pet Peeves lately it seems. The biggest one is people who are trying to make carbs into a word. It's carbohydrates people! The expression "carbs" had been used for years already as slang for the word carburetor. But now that everything is fuel injected I guess people have forgotten. In any event, there is no such thing as a carb.

My other Pet Peeve has to do with my mother. I'd not noticed that she did this for years but I guess she always has. I love her to death but lately whenever we are together and she notices me doing something that is just not quite he way she would have done it, she has to jump on it. Actuall conversation while we were taking my brother to the airport the day after Xmas.

Deb: Hey we got a $50 gift certificate to Blockbuster from Mom.
Mark: Great, maybe we can use it to pay off some late fees on the DvD's we returned late.
Mom: Why would you return them late?
Mark: Because I wanted to watch them all and I didn't get the chance to.
Mom: You should have taken them back when they were due.
Mom: Why didn't you just rent them from the library?
Mark: Beacuse our library only checks out what people donate and that does not give you a great selection of current titles.
Mom: Our library buys current titles.
Mark: Well I'm not sure you library in NC would want someone from IL checking out a DVD now would they?
Mom: You still shouldn't build up late fees on DVD's.
Mark: OK Mom Sure.

Deb wisely shut up after the first line. Mom also got on me about how I leave my bills in whatever vehicle I happen to be driving when I go to the mailbox. Oh and she really jumped on me when I joked about calling in sick to work this week to go after-holiday shopping. She said if I worked it would show my boss I had innitiative. Actually my boss isn't even working because she was smart enough to save her vacation until the holidays. So at a certain point I had to ask Mom nicely to mind her own business because not everyone has her life.

OK, I'm done ranting for today.



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Dec. 30th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC)
This must be a universal mother thing. I was talking with mine about baking for the holidays and she said, "Well, all that is nice for Mani and Tim, but you really don't need all those sweets, do you?"

(No, mom, I'm a fat slob who overeats constantly. That's why I had anorexia as a teenager and you had to sedate me with Valium.)

They don't ever change. But we can outgrow them. Thank heavens.
Dec. 30th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
Thankfully I live 1200 miles away and only see her a few times each year.


Dec. 30th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC)
My mother lives in Louisiana. Two of her daughters are in California, and one in Massachusetts. I think that is pretty indicative of the dynamics ;-)

I was watching "Family Guy" last night and there was a pretty good quote there in regard to Peter and his father, sort of along the line of "You know I'll always love you but I just can't stand you" (LOL) I think many times we wouldn't choose our relatives as our friends. We are truly lucky when we can.
Dec. 30th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC)
It's so reassuring to know parents are this way for the rest of your life. My dad actully followed me into the fitting room while I was trying on pants the other day. Having to explain to your father why you don't want him in your fitting room is never fun.


Dec. 30th, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)
It's like if you've reached the point where you've severely screwed up your life once or twice tehy never trust you to do anything on your own again. Even knowing I've survived some situations that they've never had to experience.

Jan. 1st, 2004 10:45 am (UTC)
I don't particularly like carb for carbohydrate either. S. says it all the time because he watches that to help control his diabetes. *covers sensitive English major/editor ears*

My mom's latest thing is chiropractors. Her dad was one and now she's been going to her own and she's talking about how great it is in the way that means "it'll fix all this stuff for you." I have nothing against chiropractors and have considered going to one myself, but I don't need to constantly hear about it from her. I also have to check that my insurance would actually cover it for me; if not it's too bad, I can't afford it.

Oh, and her other thing is that her newspaper said they can't use film cameras anymore because film processing is too expensive...she's been on a rant about that and seems to mention it every time I come over. Last night my dad said "Well the main thing is that you got a new toy," meaning the digital camera she just bought. *sigh* moms...
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