Get Your Affirmation


Dear Readers,

Least you think I do not possess an opinion, I give you…


Some of my pet peeves:


  • Being ‘late’. I have a girlfriend who couldn’t be on time if her tits were on fire.

  • Coming up with an idea in a ‘volunteer’ situation and then pawning it’s execution off on others. Maybe that works at church but we are a long way from martyrdom in my Kingdom.

  • Showing-up at the last minute and making changes to the game plan. Ben used to come home from a week out of town and tell me how he wanted the kids disciplined. What a comedian.

  • Asking for assistance and not being prepared. Tyler recently asked me for a lift to his abandoned car, and forgot the keys. Yesterday, he asked me for a lift to go see another car he was thinking of purchasing, and forgot the plates off of the car that he had forgotten the keys to. Do you see where I’m going with this?

  • Making everything about ‘you’. Like the people at a flight gate that berate the airline associate at the counter for a plane delay because it affords them the opportunity to affirm their belief that the world revolves around them, and only them. Bathing in the ‘oneness’ of personal persecution can be so affirming. I agree. You are an ass.

  • Small-minded neighbors. Last year I  wanted to construct a glass greenhouse on our property. Our neighbors said ‘no’. They thought it would interfere with their view (Of the side of another neighbor’s house?). Recently they asked for my permission to enlarge their second floor deck. Pay backs are a bitch. My bitch wants a greenhouse.

  • Being schooled in the error of my ways– period, but especially from strangers because I didn’t know that cigarettes are bad for you. I need to be reminded, so that’s why I’m lighting up another okay?


And in closing…



  • Using the word ‘Correct’ after being asked for an opinion. Really?



Like I need your affirmation.



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  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, laughing as I read this. Pet peeve…on time! Yes,and yes. Lateness drives me nuts. I agree with your list and am adding small things like when I let a car pull out of a driveway or shopping area or parking spot…a wave of “thank you” would be much appreciated. 🙂 Love the postReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ohh yessssss. I forgot all the transportation peeves. How about when your waiting for a spot with your blinker on and some ass rolls up and swoops in? I get our of the car for that one.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - YES! Except, cigarette smoke is one of mine. But I only really mind when I can’t open my windows on a gorgeous day, for fear of an asthma attack (my neighbors have to smoke right outside my window). All about me, baby! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I would never smoke outside your window- in the bathroom with the vent on, maybe. HAHAHAAReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Such a short list. I could (and have) go on and on. Being late is a huge one for me. Why don’t they just come out and tell me that I’m not important enough for them to be on time?! Not okay! Am SO jumping on your bandwagon with all of these. Laughing all the way to the common sense aisle of life!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My great Aunt Jenny used to say, ‘I don’t know why they call it Common Sense? Not many people have it.” I love that!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I agree with all of your pet peeves, absolutely! I especially hated when anyone would tell me how bad smoking was for me. I did finally quit, on my own terms when I wanted to but I will never be ‘that’ non-smoker. I love when my friends smoke in my car:)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Really? I’ll be right over. Hahahaaaa. Thanks for showing up her today Doreen. I appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Wow, you smoke? (laughing) Oh, this has to be my favorite post of the morning. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Louise Bannon - I can’t stand narrow-mindedness of any kind. Someone was trying to tell me I needed to focus more – kind of like telling you not to smoke. Yeah, I would focus if I could. It’s so frustrating when folks try to remake you in their image.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- that’s what it is! Trying to mold someone in your likeness! To accommodate their sensibilities. Who exactly do they think they are? Jesus?ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Oh yes, I share those pet peeves and I could double your list with some choice ones of mine.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My list could have been longer but I had to answer the door bell- for Jehovah Witnesses. Do you see where I’m going with this?ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - At least two of them I could go on and on about. I hate being late and people being late. At my age, I can no longer eat a two pound steak ( a one pounder might take three), I can’t drink three cocktails and have wine with a meal when dining out anymore,. All I can handle is three or four ounces of wine. My husband has passed away which means no hugs and no sex, and you want me to quit smoking too? Hah! Feel better already. Thanks, Cheryl.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - I’m glad I couldn’t have been the one to tick you off! Creative paybacks are the worst. Loved your griping by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Lateness is my #1. And most of the other follow in roughly the same order. I don’t smoke, but you can often find steam coming from my ears . . .ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ll take it Diane. PS: Always wonderful to see you here.ReplyCancel

  • Stop Giving It Away - I love your title, “Elegant Decay In Midlife”. I admire your irreverence. Did you really tell your neighbor “no” to the deck?ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy (elleroy was here) - BINGO! on all counts. #1 – LMAOReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hey there Lady!! I’m sure the two of us could think-up a few more!ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega - Hi Cheryl! You are hysterical. I agree and share all those pet peeves. I’m rooting for that greenhouse. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Rooting for the Greenhouse! YES!!!! Just ‘rooting’ period!!! Thanks Vashti. Great seeing you!! XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • Kristi Bennett - Hi Cheryl, Just found your blog and this post. In the words of Arnold Shwartzahoweveryouspellit, “I’ll be back”. Love it. I have a friend that likes to tell me how bad diet coke is, so I make a point to drink a 6 pack while at lunch. I like to shock her system.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. That’s great!!! There is a wife of a corporate ‘guest’ that we host who is always espousing the evils of sugar. I make it a point to have lots of sweets and ONLY sugar in the house when they visit. She makes it sooooo easy. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • April - The neighbor one. Sigh. I have a story about a yellow door and a boring neighbor.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. I have those too. And fences, and music, and holiday lites, and too many cars in the driveway…. the list goes on and on and…. the world is full of them- small asshats that is.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - All those points indicate an ‘I, me, and myself’ syndrome! I guess that’s how humans are…unfortunately!
    I hope you got your neighbor to sign on the dotted line for your greenhouse now!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - you are sooo right Roshni! Re humans incapable of anything that’s not self-serving?ReplyCancel

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