Tuesday, August 17, 2010

10 Hates 10 Loves: Tuesday Edition

Let me get the hates out of the way first:

  1. Getting a piece of something green stuck in my teeth and no one telling me at the office until the courier, whom I do not know, politely mentions that it looks like I'm growing lettuce in my mouth.
  2. Stepping in a puddle while wearing sandals.
  3. Close talkers or close standers. This isn't Japan, you don't need to stand one inch away from my face so that I can hear you clearly.
  4. Martyrs, not like Jesus, I like Jesus just fine. More like people who take on more work than they can realistically handle and then want us to prostrate ourselves in humble appreciation of their glorious dedication. Just ask for help, damn it.
  5. Sandal wearers who don't trim their toenails. Then I have to stare at that long Frito growing out of your big toe, because it's there and for some reason it won't let me look away once I've spotted it.
  6. The fact that my hair is so oily I have to wash it everyday. If I don't then I look like I just escaped from the set of Reality Bites by the end of the day. I've got Ethan Hawke hair today. 
  7. My dirty desk. Even though I clean it weekly, the stupid thing is dusty again in a day. This office is like a friggin' cabinet maker's workshop, it's so dusty in here.
  8. When drivers in front of me constantly glance down at their map, then come to a complete stop in the middle of the road. Maybe just pull over?
  9. Mac versus PC font issues in my marketing materials. Shouldn't a pdf look the same on any computer? Do I really have to use Arial to solve this problem? Please, no.
  10. My own short fuse today.
That would be me and my greasy hair on the left, in case you haven't seen the Gen-X delight that is Reality Bites.


Whew, that felt good. Now in order to give myself an "attitude adjustment," as my father would say, here are ten things that actually make me smile and not want to throttle someone today:

  1. Bagel Thins, the chewy, delicious toastiness of a bagel with 110 calories. 
  2. This lovely lyric from The Avett Brothers song, Ill with Want -"Free is not your right to choose, It's answering what's asked of you." I'm still thinking about what that really means.
  3. When someone cancels a meeting that I didn't want to go to in the first place and I get two hours of my life handed back to me.
  4. The morning ritual of grabbing coffee, kissing Joe and yelling bye to the dog as I walk downstairs to the garage. And the fact that 50% of the time, Joe yells something that I can't quite hear, because I'm already in the basement, but I'm pretty sure he's saying "I love you," again.
  5. The Oatmeal
  6. Little kids singing along to horrible pop songs on the radio
  7. While working at my desk in Kansas, fantasizing about traveling to Egypt or France. Fantasizing is free.
  8. Letter openers, sharp and heavy and I like the sound they make tearing through the paper.
  9. Trying to decide what kind of cupcakes to make for my own birthday party, is that weird?
  10. Ice water, really cold ice water
Why is today the kind of day where I could have easily listed 1,000 things I hate, but coming up with 10 measly things I love was a challenge? That's ridiculous. Got a couple you want to share or vent about? Go for it.

7 comments:

bethany actually said...

I hate the fact that, because right now I need to sleep with about five pillows placed at strategic points around me in order to be comfortable, I generally sleep for hours without waking up and when I do wake up I move as creakily and stiffly as an 80-year-old woman.

I love the fact that Annalie is watching Pee Wee's Big Adventure for the first time, and is exclaming at and cracking up over all the silliness in it. It's highly entertaining.

Snowfairy said...

Nothing like a good vent. Today I'm too mellow to hate, any other day a different story.

margherio said...

Aside from the funky greasy haired Ethan Hawke the main thing I remember about Reality Bites is the very good soundtrack including my second favorite U2 track 'All I Want Is You.'

For the record my all time favorite U2 track is 'Bad.' If you twist and turn away, if you tear yourself in two again...

kassie lou said...

Bethany, that makes me want to watch Pee Wee again, my brother and I used to watch it over and over again. Michael, I listened to that soundtrack nearly daily for a couple of years in college. Love it still.

Kristendom said...

Hating my work week this week - all of it.

Loving that my kid chose to wear a sweater vest to school today, and now thinks he's the shit because everyone keeps telling him how nice he looks.

Katrina said...

I love beagle thins too!! Just discovered them myself.

Great post! I love that you tried to find the positive of the bed day too!!

Let's see- I hate that it feels like I don't have enough time with my boys anymore. I know this will pass but I am really lonely right now without them around.

and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new job!!

Katrina said...

um...that should have read bagel not beagle. I can honestly say I have never had a beagle nor do I want to try one either! :)