Annoying Habits

Does your spouse or loved one have any annoying habits that just gets under your skin? If your like me there are probably a number of habits they have that just get on your nerves, even though you love them unconditionally. You can guarantee my blood pressure goes up with 2 of his more famous habits.

Bad Habit #1 – Pile Creation and Proliferation

BozoBoy has the terrible habit of collecting and making piles. Piles of unopened and opened mail and magazines, along with receipts  appear in different parts of the house. In the living room, on the dining room table, in the family room and beside his bed. His desk is his 1 sanctuary. At the beginning of our marriage this caused several yelling matches…me asking him to ‘clean up’ and him accusing me of making the piles to begin with (and losing papers he had put in a *special* place). Now I just give him until the end of the week and then ask him, politely to put it on his desk if he hasn’t had a chance to sort things out. BUT it still annoys me…when I get the mail, I sort it right at the dinning room table and put in the recycle bin that which is trash, collect my address labels to be shredded and anything I want to keep and go and put it on my desk to review later. I just don’t get why this is so hard! But it is a minor issue and I have learned to let it go.

Bad Habit #2 – Bad Hand Gestures While Driving

Driving along and someone cuts or pulls in front of you, drives erratically or tailgates you. How do you react? Raise your hand if your a beeper. No, maybe you are more sophisticated and ignore them entirely. Perhaps you are the person I am married to, the hand gesturer.

Let me preface my complaint by acknowledging that I learned to drive rather late in life (23), but over the last 10 years I have never been in an accident or been pulled over.  I have moments of road rage too. I am a beeper and but a little quirkier than you might expect, if you do something I consider dangerous and continue to stay in front of me I will continue beeping you. I have been known to keep my hand on the horn for more than 2 or 3 minutes. I am working on being more forgiving but I like life and I want you to think about that.

I am not married to any ordinary guy. No, he has elevated gesturing to an entirely new level. Be assured that if you get on his bad side while driving you will receive the “wanker” hand gesture. Wanker is an English term in case you were wondering.  Generally, I cringe when this happens because it is doled out without discretion, old, young, man or woman.  I keep my eyes away from the target and begin to sink down into my seat (which is damn near impossible when you are  nearly 6 ft.).

These are rather mild annoyances to live with and certainly aren’t the only petty items that come up but generally we are big picture folks and rarely argue about the small stuff. Just on my mind today.