Saturday, 4 February 2012

Listography - Top 5 Phrases That Drive Me Crazy

This topic for the Kate Takes 5 weekly listography this week is 'Top 5 Phrases That Drive Me Crazy'.

I'm trying to be more calm and relaxed in 2012.  Listed below are my top 5 phrases that, in the past, would make me a bit twitchy.  A few of them should probably be classed as a statement of fact but through the years they have developed into phrases I think?

I really enjoyed this because it was a real eye opener into aspects of my life that I potentially need to tweak and work on.  Thanks Kate!

1. 'It will only take a minute' - Um, no it won't!  What this actually means is that it will most likely end up taking a good 30 minutes of my time.  Lucky for most I'm happy to do it but honestly, just say what you mean people.  It would take less than a minute to say that in fact!

2. 'Could you just look at this quickly' - Basically asking for you to show the person what to do while inevitably doing the entire thing yourself.  I do mentally prepare myself that as it's usually something I've set up in the first place, I'll need to show people three times how to do it.  That's life, I guess?  I do need to work on tolerance levels as part of my ongoing personal development.  I'm not trying to be a totally Zen like creature but it doesn't hurt to be nice.

3. 'So, when are you having number two?' - Why do kids have to come in pairs anyway?  I'd love to have two children but not just right now, thank you.  Also, do you have any idea of how much it costs just to have one child AND a husband?!

4. 'Do you miss South Africa?' - Are you serious?  No, the stinkingly hot sun, stunning ocean views and breathtaking beaches, beautiful people, amazing culture and gorgeous landscapes were just too much for me to handle and I couldn't take it anymore, so I left.   What do you think?  Okay, that is a bit harsh but honestly, what did you think my response would be?

5.  'It's fairly nominal' - This is one that I'm guilty of unfortunately.  The stupid thing is, what is nominal?!  This is completely dependant on the persons current financial situation so what one person views as being relatively cheap could be extremely pricy for another.  It's actually quite an insensitive comment to make.  Need to stop saying that because it also sounds a bit snooty pants.

So concludes my second listography contribution.  I hope you enjoy writing yours too!

A x

13 comments:

  1. LOL! That actually cracked me up! I get the same question about Dubai as your number 4, except, I really don't miss it and glad I got out of that hell hole! They can keep their hot sun and pristine white sandy beaches! Great list!

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    1. lol! Yours too! I've been threatening to visit a friend in Dubai for nearly 3 years now! Must do it!

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  2. I've never heard of number 5 before. If you hadn't explained it, I wouldn't even know what it means. I get asked the second baby question a lot too. Great list!

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    1. I actually thought about you and your fabulous blog the other day because I am going to be in Wales in a few months time for when my husband does a cycle race. If I take any photos that I feel are worth posting, I'll put them up.

      Loved your list too! A x

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    2. Please do, that would be wonderful. Particularly missing home now the 6 Nations has started. Thanks xx

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  3. Hate that people make those baby comments without knowing anything about the persons situation. And never heard of the last one either.

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    1. I know! Having a new business has also taken precedence over having number two. Want to get that to a level that my business partner and I are both happy at before thinking about anything else.

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  4. So agree with the first 3. They crop up and annoy me frequently too.

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    1. loved yours! Had me giggling to myself. My husband probably thinks I'm a bit nuts?! Ax

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  5. great list :)
    I would have 1 and 2 on my own list and number 3 except it would read when are you having a girl? (i have 3 boys)
    Do you think people realise how much they annoy you with their silly comments/phrases? haha

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    1. Sometimes I guess you just have to lift your head and smile ;) x

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  6. My husband tells me that stuff is only going to take a minute....and then an hour later! Drives me batty! Great list!

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  7. Another interesting list. I tweet with someone from the UK who is now in South Africa. You are doing the opposite. You should probably link up in some way.

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