Things You Need To Stop Doing

OH HEY!

Before I get into this post I want to thank you for reading my last post about my struggles with anxiety and to remind you that you have until 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT to enter the C & Co Naturals giveaway at the end of the post. Also a reminder that C & Co created a special 10% off coupon code just for Rosey Rebecca readers and you have until the end of the month to use it! It’s valid in store and online. Just mention/enter promo code HEALTHYLIVING at checkout. GO! GO! GO!

So, I’ve had this post written in my head for a while and I’ve known for a while that the title was going to be “Things You Need To Stop Doing.” But I need you to understand that when I say YOU, I don’t mean YOU. I mean, unless you do any of the things I mention, then yes, I mean you. #sorrynotsorry

When I mentioned to Jeff that I was going to write a blog post about my pet peeves, his response was, “oh, so you’re going to write a post about the whole world?” THANKS, JEFF. But, sadly, and hilariously, it’s true. I could probably write millions of blog posts about my pet peeves AND I JUST MIGHT. Who knows? What I do know is that when I asked in an Instagram poll whether you guys wanted a post about pet peeves or foodie things first, pet peeves won, so I can’t be the only one annoyed at tiny things that don’t matter. Right? Right.

Keep in mind that these are MY pet peeves. However irrational they might be, you can’t judge me. Well, that’s not true. You can judge me all you want. You can do what you want and I’ll do what I want and we’ll all be happy. OK? Ok.

Don’t forget to tell me your pet peeves in the comments. I’d love to be angry with you because, you know what they say, people who are angry together are…angry…together.

Yep. It’s true. (Nobody says that.)

Things You Need To Stop Doing

Neglecting To Use Your Turn Signal

But really. Stop it.

Look, I’m a New Yorker, all right? I was born with road rage. There are tons of things I can complain about with regard to driving but this one, THIS ONE, really gets to me. I mean it. I get SO irrationally angry when people don’t use their turn signal that I can pretty much guarantee that if you’re ever on the road and see a woman behind the wheel thrashing her arms around and screaming to herself like a crazy person, it’s 100% me having a total conniption about the person in front of me who didn’t use their turn signal.

I don’t care what your excuse is: you forgot, you think you’re too important, you’re already in a turning lane. I LITERALLY DON’T CARE. Use your turn signal. I’m not a mind reader. It’s there for a reason. It’s dangerous and inconsiderate not to. SHEESH.

Talking On Your Phone When You’re Ordering At A Cafe

Or while you’re paying for your clothes at Banana Republic. Or when you’re at the drive-thru of McDonalds. Literally anywhere you need to complete a transaction with another human being: get off your frickin phone.

So I might be a little sensitive to this because I’ve worked as a barista and in retail, but I really cannot say enough how rude this is. I mean, I’m a person, standing right in front of you. I’m trying to make our transaction as efficient and friendly as possible but it’s REALLY HARD TO DO THAT when you’re only half paying attention to me because you’re on your stupid phone.

I mean, is it really that hard to say to the person you’re on the phone with, “hey, I have to be a civilized human being and interact with another human being for a second, let me call you back.” I’m sure they’d say, “of course, go be a decent person.” Right? Ugh.

Ordering Starbucks Drinks When You’re Not At Starbucks

Again, this might just be me because I’ve worked as a barista at independent coffee shops, but NO, YOU MAY NOT HAVE A VENTI FRAPPUCCINO AT THIS COFFEE SHOP THAT IS VERY OBVIOUSLY NOT A STARBUCKS.

Likewise, you can’t have a caramel macchiato unless you truly want a traditional macchiato with some caramel in it. For the record, a traditonal macchiato is a few shots of espresso with a bit of milk foam on top. A caramel macchiato is a vanilla latte with a drizzle of caramel on top, so if you want that at another coffee shop, order it that way and the barista won’t want to strangle you.

Nothing against Starbucks, but every other coffee shop is not Starbucks and you need to stop acting like I know what the heck you’re talking about when you order a grande nonfat two pump caramel macchiato, because I DO, but I won’t make it for you simply out of spite.

Being Where I Need To Be At The Grocery Store

OK, I’ll admit this is a little irrational and could be completely in my head but I feel like whenever I’m shopping at a grocery store and stop my cart somewhere to look at something, someone else immediately needs to be exactly where I am.

Does this happen to you? Like, if I need to look at something and I see that someone else is there, I go on to the next thing and circle back later. I feel like nobody else ever does this though.

Another thing I’ll admit is that I spend entirely too much time grocery shopping. It’s 100% possible that I’ve been standing there staring at the same can of tomatoes for five minutes without realizing it. (I have a whole post planned for next week talking about surefire ways to know if you’re a foodie and this is one of them)

I don’t know. You tell me. Is this something that gets to you, too?

Following And Then Immediately Unfollowing On Instagram

If you’re not on Instagram, just skip this one. If you are on IG then you probably know my pain. I’m not talking people who unfollow you because they realize they’re not really interested in your content. I’m talking the people with thousands of followers who have bots set up to follow you and then immediately unfollow you when you follow them back. GTFO with that.

I don’t know about you but I’m on IG to build relationships and community (see the Instameet Holly and I just hosted). If you’re just on IG because you want to appear like you have thousands of followers and have no real interest in being my friend, just don’t add me. I’ve blocked accounts in the past for doing this. It’s just sketchy and I have zero respect for you if you do it.

Consistently Bailing On Plans At The Last Minute

I know that social media has made it really easy to say, “yeah, maybe I’ll come, maybe I won’t,” and once in a while it’s completely fine to cancel plans. But when you do it consistently and at the last minute, that’s when we have a problem.

When you make plans with someone, that person is clearing their calendar for you. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned down plans with other people only to have my original plan fall through at the last minute. When you consistently cancel plans at the last minute, it says to the other person, “I have no respect for you and your time.” Like I said, once in a while it’s completely fine to cancel, for whatever reason: you’re not feeling well, you had something come up, you want to get into PJs and sit on the couch with your cat, whatever, not my business. Just don’t cancel consistently and, if you do cancel, do it with enough time that the person you’re supposed to meet isn’t in their car already on the way to meet you. Just don’t be a flake, OK?

OK, well I think that’s enough for today. I’ve sufficiently annoyed myself by writing this post. Are you annoyed too? YOU’RE WELCOME!

But, really, what do you think? Do we share any pet peeves? Have any new ones for me to stew over? Let me know!

Have a great day! <3

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8 comments

  1. Ok, so the most important takeaway is that they need to bring back the show “shop til you drop”!!! Digging the GIF choices

  2. I second the turn signal complaint, and I follow it up with: Wipers on, lights on! This is something NC drivers fail to grasp.
    Also: Instagramming in the car. It enrages me. Even a split second away from the road as a driver is too long. Yes, I know we all distract ourselves all the time, but no one needs to see a photo/video taken from the car.
    I have a history of cancelling last-minute, but it’s never intentional. It has been because a meeting at work ran late, traffic is ridiculous (26 on Friday night has made me miss things entirely, even if I allowed an extra 30 minutes sometimes) or something else beyond my control. And the weather. If it snows or gets icy at all, I cancel. Such is life when you live outside the city. 🙂
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    1. I think that people forget about the lights in their cars because everyone has auto lights now. Not saying it’s ok, but I noticed that happening when I lived in Virginia too.

      Thanks for telling me your pet peeves! 🙂

  3. Hi Rebecca! For reals on the blinker! And what about when you let someone in front of you in traffic and they don’t thank you…uncool.

  4. Blinker for sure. Drives me crazy. But another one is when people tell me things I already know. I don’t know if it’s arrogance, or impatience, or both, but I get so irrationally anxious and upset when people are explaining something that I already understand, or when they start describing an episode and I say “Yeah, I’ve seen that!” but then they keep describing it anyway.

    Also, tailgating.

    1. haha that’s great. I think people just like to hear themselves talk sometimes. 🙂 Yes, tailgating bothers me too. Especially if you’re driving in the right lane.. like, go around me. I recently saw a bumper sticker that said “don’t tailgate me or I’ll flick boogers on your windshield.” So ridiculous.

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