{ 2/30 – 10 pet peeves }

30 things


This week’s 30 Things is…

Describe 10 pet peeves you have.


Oh, sometimes I feel like I could go on and on with pet peeves but I’ll stick to the ones that really bug me.


1. When someone leaves less than a cup of something in a carton.

It drives me crazy when I open the refrigerator to get something to drink or pour milk and find out the carton in practically empty.  Thanks a lot.


2. People who don’t follow the flow of traffic in the school parking lot.

Our school did a wonderful job restructuring the parking lot this year so there is plenty of space to wait in your car and for other cars to go around you.  But there’s always that one car that double parks so NO ONE can get around.


3. Drivers who don’t use their blinkers.

Pretty self explanatory.  I think our county has more than its fair share though.

4. The heavy mechanical noises in some music lately.

I like pop music and a lot of contemporary music but I can’t stand the heavily processed music all over my radio lately.  I’m looking at you Demi Lovato.


5. Shoppers who park their cart on one side of the aisle and then look for something on the other side of it.

Does this happen to you?  The Meijer’s I shop at has pretty big aisles so it really shouldn’t be the issue that it is.  Why take up on side with your cart and then stand in the open space?


6. When I find dirty clothes laying around after I’ve already done laundry.

My oldest is so guilty of this right now that I had to actually make it a chore that she has to check off at night from her list.  And to my husband- if you try to make a free throw of  your socks (and anything else) at the laundry hamper and miss…well, please pick it up and go for a layup.


7. The absolutely awful commercial that are on tv.

I can’t believe some of the awful commercials on lately.  Some are so sexist that it makes me cringe or just so awkward that I can’t believe the company actually paid someone to come up with it.


8. Chewing with your mouth open.

I don’t really have to explain that do I?  It is kinda cute though when my little man does it though because of the face he makes.  Hopefully, he’ll grow out of it?


9. Seeing children out in winter with no shoes, no hat while the parents are bundled up within a inch of their life.

I don’t like being cold and I always dress my kids up or send them with more than they need.  You don’t need your hat?  That’s okay but at least you have it.  I hate seeing little babies with no shoes on in winter time or just pj’s at the the store.  It’s 20′ out people!


10. Having the television up too loud.

I don’t mind noise.  I like hearing kids run around and play.  I even like loud music.  But a loud television sounds like sitting next to the speaker at a rock concert to me.  I wish there was a way to lock the volume control.


Most of these are really no big deal in the grand scheme of things and may seem eye-roll worthy to some but it’s another part of what makes me, me.  Some days they can really bother me and others I can let it go.  Except the blinker thing.  I really can’t stand that.




{ 2/30 things – real fears }

This week’s 30 Things is…
Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

1.  Something happening to my children.
This is my number one fear.  Sometimes I just want to wrap my children up and keep them home forever.  When horrible events like the ones of this past week happen it just adds another layer to it.  And it doesn’t matter if it’s their feelings either.  My daughter is just like me when I was her age and she takes everything to heart.  We’ve dealt with our fair share of hurt feelings this year and it’s hard as her mom to not just “fix” it for her.  I know that deep down I can’t protect them from everything but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try.

2.  Absolutely anything to do with snakes.
I almost had a full blown panic attack a few weeks ago when my husband called to tell me that he was getting a snake from a friend.  I freaked out to the point where I was physically ill.  It’s a probably a irrational fear as well because I’ve never been around actual snake for any amount of time.  I’ve never had one run across my feet in the garden (my neighbor did though) or even touched one.  My earliest memory of the fear is when I was in elementary school and for some reason there was presentation in our classroom about animals and the speaker actually put the snake on the floor and let it crawl around the desks.  I couldn’t even walk on that part of the floor for days with out it creeping me out.  If I would have been in Harry Potter’s shoes we would have lost the battle as soon as that huge snake started crawling across the ground.

English: Amelanistic Stripe Corn Snake
 The snake in question… Corn Snake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3.  Making a bad decision.  
Not a bad decision like “those pants do not match that shirt”, but those decisions that have ramifications that can have consequences for perhaps years to come.  Actually, I even have problems with the decisions that are even on the smaller side.  “Is this the right punishment?”, “What kind of tv should we buy?” and “Is he the best dentist?” are just some things that I’ve had to think about lately.  Once I make the decision I stand behind it but I’ll still second guess myself in my head for a long time.  

What are your fears?

To find out more about my 30 Things start here

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{ 1/30 things – 20 things about me }

I’m beginning my list of 30 things things this week (see this post) and the first topic up is 20 things about me.  Just 20 random things about me…

1. I have my very own set of crayons and colorbook’s that I keep separate from the kids. I love to color but I’m so picky about wearing down the tips of crayons.

2.  I’ve only ever owned 4 cars in life.  I drive them until they fall apart it seems.  My very first car was an old Cavalier that my Grandpa bought when I was 16 and I the first car I bought myself was a 92 Explorer when I graduated high school.  I drive another Explorer right now too.  In the middle was a minivan but I don’t like remembering that.  It was the most insane vehicle ever.  That’s all. 

3. Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite treat ever. I always have an emergency Reese’s peanut butter cup in my purse. I learned the hard way not to leave them in my car. Especially in the summer.

4.  Red is my favorite color. I love red cups, red shirts and red shoes but I’ll never paint my nails red.

5.  I would rather read a book than watch tv. Unless it’s a show about a book. Then it’s ok.

6.  I love cats. I love curling up with on the couch with my cat Charlotte.

7.  Laundry is my least favorite thing to do. I will wash and sort all day long but I dread the folding and putting away part. I try to keep up with it now but before I had kids, my laundry basket was practically my dresser.

8.  I can’t eat a hamburger unless it has mustard on it. I love lots and lots of mustard. And I’ll put it on almost anything too.

9.  I’ve been to Mackinaw City more than 20 times in my life. It’s my favorite place to vacation. My grandparents used to take me every year when I was younger and I’ve been a few times since I’ve “grown up” but not as much as I’d like. I love seeing how the city has changed over the years but it still the same.

10.  I can wander through the woods for hours taking pictures. We have a small wooded area behind our house and my father-in-law has 40 acres of just woods. Except I don’t go out at night. I’m also scared of the dark.

11.  Baseball is my favorite sport and the Detroit Tigers are my favorite team. Who’s your Tiger?

12.  The Backstreet Boys were the very first concert I ever went too. And I was 18. That’s all I want to say about that.

13.  I’ve used only Neutrogena face products since I was 12 years-old because that was what my best friend’s older sister used. I’ve graduated creams as I’ve gotten older but it’s the one brand I am extremely loyal to.

14.  I love anything with polka dots. My purse is polka dots, my iPad case is ploka dots, my phone case is polka dots. It’s a compulsion.

15.  I collect old and new Coke bottles. My husband works outdoors and I love when he brings home old bottles that he finds while he’s working. And not cans- just bottles.

16.  I’ve visited almost every lighthouse in Michigan. Well, in the lower Peninsula at least. I love old lighthouses.

17.  I want to write a children’s book someday. I love making up stories to tell the kids at bedtime and I swear that I’m going to write them all down someday. 

18.  I love listening to the fan when I go to sleep.  It’s such a relaxing sound to me.  Even in the winter.  And I like how it cancels out the tv from the living room at night if I go to bed first.   

19.  I can bake anything…except chocolate chip cookies. I have no idea why either.  I can bake cakes and cutout cookies but I’ve burnt or under baked almost every chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever tried to bake.  I just buy them now. 

20.  I still have my very first Cabbage Patch Doll.  I wanted one of these soooo bad when I was little.  She’s been re-sewed many times and her hair is falling out but I love her still the same.

Next week… Three legitimate fears I have and how they became fears.

{ 30 things }

I’ve been thinking more and more lately about what make me, me, ya know?  I found this post on Hopes and Dreams about questions to ask yourself and I thought it was pretty awesome.  One of my goals for this year was to work on “me” and to share more of myself here on the blog.  So each Friday (I hope) to share my answers and I’d love it if you shared yours too.

And because I like in writing in pretty things I’ve been looking around etsy for some pretty journals.  I haven’t decided if I wanted to go the fancy route or more of a whimsical one but I’m leaning toward Alice in Wonderland.  It’s just so pretty.

Source: etsy.com via Brighton on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Brighton on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Brighton on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Brighton on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Brighton on Pinterest