pet peeve

Pet Peeve #42: The Kissy Face

Pet Peeve #42: The Kissy Face

Women of the world: Please stop making the kissy face in photos. Even ironically. Really. I mean for this to help you. Just smile. You look fantastic when you smile. I don’t quite know how the kissy face originated, but it seems to happen most often when women take group photos. Suddenly you’re all rock star […]


Pet Peeve #41: TMI

Pet Peeve #41: TMI

I really enjoy open and vulnerable conversation. To me, there are no limits on conversation topics unless they start to make someone uncomfortable. I’m very aware of the latter–I truly don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable or offend anyone. Every once in a while I encounter a conversationalist who will seem to intentionally push people’s […]


Pet Peeve #40: Non-Celebrities Asking Celebrities to Go to the Prom or Ball

Pet Peeve #40: Non-Celebrities Asking Celebrities to Go to the Prom or Ball

Okay. This has to stop. Last year, a young woman in the Marines asked Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball. He accepted. Soon afterward, another Marine asked Mila Kunis to another Marine Corps Ball. She also accepted. Then, just a few days ago, a cancer-stricken high schooler asked Taylor Swift to the prom. She […]


Pet Peeve #39: “Everything Happens for a Reason”

Pet Peeve #39: "Everything Happens for a Reason"

Disclaimer: This entry is about beliefs and belief systems. If your beliefs are different than mine, I completely respect that and I’m not trying to convince you otherwise. Let’s just talk. I’ve heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason” thousands of times. From strangers on Match.com to friends and family, it’s a very common […]


Pet Peeve #38: Album-Only Songs

Pet Peeve #38: Album-Only Songs

A few weeks ago I saw an interesting movie called Drive. One of the best parts of the movie was the music–and the lack there of–depending on what the scene called for. I realized after seeing the movie that I think there was only music in the scenes where Ryan Gosling was driving, perhaps because […]


Pet Peeve #37: Sucralose

Pet Peeve #37: Sucralose

The other day a friend told me about a new line of drinks they had discovered. It’s this brand called Neuro, and each of the 8 different varieties contain a different mix of ingredients that have very different effects. For example, my friend had recently tried the NeuroSleep drink, and she said she passed out […]


Pet Peeve #35: Companies That Say “Marketing” When They Mean “Sales”

Pet Peeve #35: Companies That Say "Marketing" When They Mean "Sales"

The year was 2000, and I needed a summer job. This was before Monster.com and craigslist; companies posted jobs in the classifieds section of the newspaper back then. I was pursuing a degree in marketing at that point, so I went through the paper and circled all the marketing jobs. I sent my resume to […]


6 Pet Peeves That You’re Not Going to Like

6 Pet Peeves That You're Not Going to Like

I expect to get some flack for this one, so bring it. These things peeve me. If they don’t peeve you, tell me why. 28. Out of shape people who don’t take the stairs. (Or park in the farthest parking spot every time they go to the grocery store. Jared didn’t lose weight by driving […]


Pet Peeve #27: Microwaves

Pet Peeve #27: Microwaves

Specifically, this: You microwave leftovers–let’s say spaghetti–for what seems like more than enough time. While it’s cooking, you set the coffee table with your milk, your diluted juice, your baby spinach salad (keeping one eye on it so Biddy doesn’t steal a leaf). Then you pull the steaming hot plate out of the oven. You […]


Pet Peeve #26: Vastly Underestimating the Number of Groceries

Pet Peeve #26: Vastly Underestimating the Number of Groceries

I probably do this on half my trips to the grocery store: I walk in with my grocery list on my iPhone, ready for a quick jaunt through the store. I grab a basket, thinking I only have a few items to buy. 20 minutes later, I’m stumbling through the store with a 40-pound basket […]


Pet Peeve #25: Your First IM Name Will Never Go Away

Pet Peeve #25: Your First IM Name Will Never Go Away

Let me tell you about Wanda. Wanda was my high school bus driver. Skinny as a toothpick but less brittle, Wanda had been driving buses for years. She had a long tangle of blonde hair and a crooked smile, and she took pride in driving us kids to school every day. She even took us […]


Pet Peeve #23: People Telling You What They Thought You Said

Pet Peeve #23: People Telling You What They Thought You Said

“‘Peanut butter’? I thought you said ‘Pee in it, bud’!” Fact 1: When we mishear someone, especially if we don’t yet know that we misheard them, the results are hilarious…in our own minds. Fact 2: The words we mishear are rarely hilarious to anyone but ourselves. It’s really important to distinguish between these two facts. […]


Pet Peeve #21: ESPN Video Analysis

Pet Peeve #21: ESPN Video Analysis

I got home from a frigid-cold St. Louis Cardinals baseball game tonight (I seriously considered writing another “True Tale of Survival” entry, but Jess pointed out that I had just recently written one about being cold) and eagerly went to ESPN.com to see the highlights from the NCAA men’s basketball championship. After I waited through […]


Pet Peeve #20: Food Explosions in the Microwave

Pet Peeve #20: Food Explosions in the Microwave

You’ve had this happen. You put a piece of chicken in the microwave for a perfectly reasonable 39 seconds (why 39? Because 40 seems like too much). You walk away, pour yourself a glass of orange-mango juice, dilute it with water so it’s not too sweet, maybe turn on the TV. Then you hear the […]


Pet Peeve #2: Coordinated Dances at Weddings

Pet Peeve #2: Coordinated Dances at Weddings

I’m terrible at dancing at clubs without a date, but when I have a date–particularly at weddings–I actually enjoy dancing. I’m not a good dancer, but I like to get out there and have fun. I was at a wedding a few years ago when a song I had never heard before started playing. It […]


Pet Peeve #19: The Pants Pouch

Pet Peeve #19: The Pants Pouch

The men out there are going to be familiar with today’s pet peeve. Women may not have experienced it, but I bet they’ve seen it. First, a visual explanation of the pants pouch. No, this isn’t what you think it is. This is an empty pouch of bunched up pants, a phenomenon that occurs when […]


Pet Peeve #5: Shared Facebook Profile Photos

Pet Peeve #5: Shared Facebook Profile Photos

Disclaimer: There are readers of this blog that I know for sure have Facebook profile photos with more than one person in the photo. I’m not targeting any of you, but I fully expect you to defend yourselves in the comments. This is tongue in cheek, so I hope it doesn’t come across as too […]


Pet Peeve #18: ROFL

Pet Peeve #18: ROFL

Has anyone ever texted or e-mailed the word “ROFL” to you? ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing Yeah. About that. First, if you’re going to include “on” in the acronym, “the” belongs too. That makes it ROTFL. Second, let’s be honest: You’re not rolling on the floor laughing. You’re probably not even laughing out […]


Pet Peeve #17: Discontinued Toothpaste

Pet Peeve #17: Discontinued Toothpaste

Have you ever found the perfect product…and then it got discontinued? I went through most of my life using mint toothpaste, because that’s the only option that was out there (well, that and baking soda…but who wants baking soda in their mouth?). It was fine, but if you think about it, mint has a pretty […]


Pet Peeve #16: Text Conversations

Pet Peeve #16: Text Conversations

I got my first cell phone when I was studying abroad in Japan. At the time, if you called someone, you got billed by the number of minutes you used, but they got a free call. So if you ever needed to tell someone something really quick, like, “Meet me in 10 minutes at Starbucks,” […]


Pet Peeve #12: Cursive Writing

Pet Peeve #12: Cursive Writing

Today I was filling out a form at work. I looked down at my handwriting–decent, readable, but not great–and thought, “Why did I have to learn how to write in cursive?” In the adult world, is anything in cursive? Anything? Very little is handwritten these days, but if it is, it’s certainly not in cursive. […]


Pet Peeve #14: Running from Danger in Movies

Pet Peeve #14: Running from Danger in Movies

The other day I saw a trailer for a new Clint Eastwood movie that begins with a tidal wave wiping out a coastal town. After the wave hits, the shoreline, a woman in the town starts to run away from it. And like every other person in the history of movies, she keeps looking back […]


Pet Peeve #22: Drive Safe!

Pet Peeve #22: Drive Safe!

How many times in your life has someone told you in parting, “Drive safe”? How many times have you said it (or the grammatically correct version, “Drive safely”)? Okay, I get it. It’s just one of those things we say. It’s really no different than saying “goodbye.” So then why do we even say it? […]


Pet Peeve #11: The Delusion of Bread and Butter Pickles

Pet Peeve #11: The Delusion of Bread and Butter Pickles

Think about the first time you went to the store as an adult to buy pickles. No, I take that back–think about the first time that I went to the store as an adult to buy pickles. You approach the pickle aisle thinking that this will be easy. You’ll just get the kind of pickles […]