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TMP93: Ducks

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I like ducks… in parks, where they belong, but not in our pool! There’s a huge park nearby with a big pond, but for some reason we have a zillion ducks here. To be fair, all the water here isn’t part of the pool… there’s a waterfall and a pretty rock pond, which is fine for ducks ~ if only they’d stay in those areas, but nope. Yesterday again when I went down to get the mail, three ducks were chilling in the pool. It’s so icky to imagine going in the water with all that duck poop everywhere; I honestly do not understand how anyone could, or even worse, let little kids go in there. Yuckity yuck yuck! I know the water is chlorinated and filtered, but still it’s blech! YES, the ocean is also disgusting (however beautiful), since it’s full of fish poop, seal poop, people poop, and dead bodies of god knows what, which is why I don’t go in there either.

Gross.

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TMP92: Auto Refresh

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I get so annoyed when sites auto refresh as I’m in the middle of reading or scrolling. The WP app reader does it and it drives me nuts. Why did anyone think this was a good idea? I have to waste time finding my place again so I don’t miss anything. It’s so unnecessary when you can easily refresh the site yourself if you want the latest stuff. YouTube does this too, and it’s so inconvenient when I am looking for painting tutorials. GRRRR!

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Morning Dawdle 3

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Psych! It’s actually the afternoon when I’m answering Rory @ Earthly Comforts’ latest set of Morning Dawdler questions (which he posted three days ago), but I may have a cup of tea soon, so it’s OK.

What are your views on Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex’s published memoir Spare and the media coverage supporting it – even if you haven’t read the book?

I ranted about the absurd coverage of Prince Harry in my Monday Peeve last week, and it seems to have died down a bit now. My gripe was mostly about the ridiculous amount of news space devoted to him and not the man himself, but since you asked… I think he’s a jerk. No matter how shabbily he and his wife may have been treated by the press, he’s still a super wealthy nepo baby, and I don’t care about his petty grievances. Sure, he has the right to tell his story, but that doesn’t make it a good thing to do.

Loads of people have family they don’t get along with, and they just move on with their lives. My mother was in this group, and she certainly did not spend her time moaning about how unfair it all was back in Ohio. I didn’t even learn about her sad early years until much later in my life after I pestered her for details. Harry appears to be treating whining as his new job though and getting paid for it ~ it’s not his fault that peeps are so hungry for more gossip that they’re shelling out money for his book.

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Is the glass half full or half empty for you?

It depends on the day and the situation. I’m more of a realist than either an optimist or a pessimist, and that’s basically how I view most things. If I’m having a bad day, I tell myself that tomorrow will probably be better; if I’m having a great day, I remind myself that it won’t last forever. I like to stay balanced in the middle.

In your opinion – as individuals do we matter and if so/not why?

Almost all of us matter to someone, even if only to our pets! Most of us also have family and friends who care about us and/or count on us. I like to believe I matter to coworkers as well. But in the big picture, in a million years from now? Nah. None of us matter, not even the Royals.

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What mistakes do you make over and over?

I make a lot of typos on my phone, which I am quite aware of, yet I still hit send without proofreading. Then I’m extremely annoyed when I see the mistakes.

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TMP91: Gimmicky Flicks

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I watched Glass Onion over the weekend and while it was mildly entertaining, it was also annoying. Why is everything a gimmick lately? It’s getting harder to find good, solid storytelling with a real plot and character development. While exploding stuff is fun for a minute and tricks/ gags can keep us amused until the credits roll, in the long run we remember the stories that moved us emotionally, such as (for me) Dr. Zhivago, Goodfellas, When Harry Met Sally, etc. I don’t agree with the apparent consensus that Glass Onion was a good whodunit, though I liked Kate Hudson, as always. It was just one ridiculous trick after another, with Daniel Craig’s phony accent the silliest thing of all.

Have you seen Glass Onion? What did you think about it?

PS: After I wrote this post on Sunday night, I watched My Policeman, which was excellent!

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TMP90: Hair

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I confess that I’m over 60 years old and still have not figured out how to wear my hair. I know, right? But it’s true. I’ve tried several styles and none seem to “work” consistently for me. I’ve had short hair and long hair, bangs, no bangs, layers, no layers, etc., and I have yet to discover the right one for me ~ “right” meaning that it makes me happy when I look in the mirror or see a photo of myself. So I default back to high school and wear it long(ish) and plain. The only difference is that I now part it slightly on the left rather than exactly in the middle, since side parts are more flattering for thin faces. Oh, and another difference is I’m much greyer now, lol.

The main issue for me is I can’t maintain a consistent look. Yesterday, for instance, my hair ended up so flat and meh after my shower/drying I was tempted to make an appointment for a chop; yet today it looks really good! Idk why some days it’s nice and fluffy and other days limp and icky. It doesn’t seem to make a diff whether I let it dry naturally or blow-dry it a bit. I use the same products on it daily. Either way, it is unpredictably flat or joyously fluffy. Maybe it’s the weather, though yesterday’s weather was similar to today’s. This is so frustrating when other women seem to effortlessly find a good style and stick with it.

I dare you to come up with a more trivial peeve than mine. Don’t forget to link back!

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TMP89: Paying for Ads

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I don’t mind ads on free stuff, and I don’t mind paying to watch something I want, but it’s a big annoyance when I pay and then there are still ads. Over the weekend, I put on a DVD I own (because I paid for it) and it was filled with ads before the start menu popped up. Supposedly, there was a way to skip the ads, but I couldn’t find it. At least Prime gives you a nice big “skip” button on their ads, which shouldn’t exist anyway because I pay for Prime. The stupid thing about all these ads is they don’t even coordinate with the thing I chose to watch. If I choose a Christmas romcom for example, put on an ad for another romcom, not a violent sci-fi series. Hello? At least actual movie theaters get their trailers somewhat aligned with the show you paid for, but again ~ you have to sit through those irritating soda and popcorn commercials. Ugh!

Well, whatever. It isn’t the worst thing in the scheme of peeves, but it’s a solid one to begin a whole new year of my official weekly crabfest. You are invited to contribute yours.

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TMP88: Reader’s Choice

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I had a good week. Work went well, the fam is fine, and my social events were fun. I think I had a hard time opening a package or bottle, but I can’t remember the deets now. Point being, I don’t have any peeves! Enjoy it while it lasts because I’m sure one will be along shortly ~ probably more than one. In the meantime, it’s up to you, dear reader, to provide the peeve. What got your goat over the past week? Tangled tinsel, burnt latkes, not enough wine? Spill it!

We will return with your regularly scheduled peeve next Monday.

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TGIF ~ Falling in Love, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and the NYT

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Happy Eve of Christmas Eve! Hope you are doing well and not stressing out about the holidays or anything else. Feel free to use this post as a prompt (with or without the logo) to jabber on about your day/week. I have a random selection of items to share.

1. I finally finished watching Falling in Love (on Prime), a 1984 movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro. Unfortunately, I can’t totally recommend this romcom due to its ridiculous ending. Up until then, it was excellent, showing how affairs really work instead of the silly “swept away in the moment” crap we usually see in fiction. In real life, affairs take a lot of planning and there are a gazillion opportunities to say no. I also enjoyed how utterly awkward the characters were with each other, which again seemed much more realistic than the usual smooth, witty banter. They are such top shelf actors! But the ending was stupid, as I said.

2. I have a vague memory of making a pineapple upside down cake decades ago, where all the ingredients were included in the mix, but I couldn’t find that this time, or maybe it never happened. Duncan Hines had a recipe on the side of their pineapple cake mix box though, so I used that. Sadly, the can of pineapple had 10 slices, which normally is the correct number of things, but in this case I wish they had gone up to eleven. There were extra cherries at least so I stuck them in the middle, though I wasn’t completely satisfied with how the cake looked. The arranging was done at the bottom of the pan with butter and brown sugar, and then I poured the batter on top.

I was very worried I wouldn’t be able to flip the whole cake over properly after it was baked, but I did it ~ I flipped it onto a cookie sheet because I didn’t have a rectangular serving plate. Only a little bit of each edge crumbled, but it looked pretty pretty pretty good, imo. More importantly, it tasted delicious, especially the butter/brown sugar topping. Success!

3. Some peeps may recall that I had a happy Wordle post back in January. It soon became an annoyance, however, so I posted a peeve. I tried to quit Wordle… I really did. But then a friend began talking about the Spelling Bee puzzle, which is part of the NYT suite of games along with Wordle, and it sounded fun. Another friend kept posting about the NYT crossword itself and I remembered how much I used to enjoy that too. SO OK FINE I CAVED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO!

Now I’m paying $5 a month like a sucker for the set of daily puzzles from the New York Times. Sigh. They’re fun so far though and a nice distraction from the horrible news that assaults us daily (I do not get the actual NYT with a game subscription.) Don’t worry, I’m still not posting my Wordle scores on FB daily, since I find that extremely irritating. Also, my eldest is paying for the games too, so we can talk about them now. Bonus!

I may be forced to peeve soon about the nutty crossword clues though. So annoying!

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TMP87: Trash Dumpers

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Today I’m peeved about peeps who dump their trash in blatant disregard for the rules. I’m not talking about litterbugs who fling garbage on the roads ~ they’re horrible, of course. No, I’m talking about those who can’t be bothered to do what it takes to properly dispose of a ratty sofa, broken lamp, dirty mattress, wrecked TV, etc., so they put it next to the dumpster, knowing that the trash guys are not going to take it and neither are the scavengers who sift through the bins looking for junk to sell at the flea market or whatever. So the cruddy old stuff rots there in the trash area for weeks until the HOA gets someone to transport it to the dump. Often, these inconsiderate, lazy folks are moving out, so they don’t care about their former home any longer (if they ever did). There’s a sign saying cameras are on and people will get fined for disobeying the rules, but I don’t think anything actually happens except our dumpster area looks disgusting.

GRRRR!

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TMP: H&M

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Welp, I have done a 180 on these folks. You know who I am talking about and it’s not the clothing store. At first, I was happy for their seemingly storybook romance, beautiful wedding, and new baby. Many people disliked Meghan back then because she wasn’t a typical royal type person, but I thought they were just being petty, at best. Now, I heartily dislike both H&M and their constant need for media attention ~ of course, it goes without saying that the media is even worse by pushing “content” from their stupid documentary at us 24/7. The whole thing has been panned by all news orgs for being fake, repetitive, divisive, etc., and I haven’t seen one positive comment about it. Needless to say, I haven’t watched a second of the damn thing, yet there they are dominating my newsfeed from every source.

Apparently, the only way these two whiners can continue to shovel in cash from sources other than British taxpayers is to complain to Americans 24/7 about how they were mistreated. Hey guys? We here in the US have real problems to deal with and we do not GAF which diamond doodad you were or were not allowed to wear. Now they say they never wanted privacy when they left the UK and simply want to control the narrative and tell their own story, wah wah wah. The phrase “having one’s cake and eating it too” comes to mind. Enough already!

To be clear, I don’t care about any of the Royals, but at least the other ones are not in my face every time I try to read the news.

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