Tuesday, October 18


Hello TFC, my name is Amanda Ashby and yes, I have been missing in action for many, many months but now I'm back and I promise that I won't go wandering off again for so long! Of course I do have lots of lovely excuses but listening to my woes of moving countries and crowd surfing through bureaucratic red tape probably isn't anyone's idea of a fun time so instead I'll just give you all some Cyber Skittles and promise to do better!

So now that I've dusted off my long forgotten rota, I can see that the topic is about Lists. Which is totally fine for you A-type folk out there but what about people like me who can't even decide what their favorite chocolate bar is (though I've narrowed it down to three, which I think is jolly good going). But, because I'm feeling remorseful I'm going to give it a go and come up with a list. Let's call it:

Amanda's List of Small Crimes That Shouldn't Annoy Her But They Do*

(*please try not to judge me too harshly for what you are about to read)

1) When the checkout person at the supermarket who is meant to be scanning my magazines stops to read them.

Nooooooooooooooooooo. This should be illegal. It's wrong on so many levels. Oh, and I'm not talking when they just glance at the headlines and comment on someone's haircut, this is more a stop work and flick through it and START READING IT. And honestly, if this had only happened once then perhaps I would be more forgiving, but no, it happens All The Time so my payback is putting at the top of this list (see how they are now all quivering in fear)

2)Husbands who refuse to learn where light bulbs are kept (also applies to cutlery, towels, scissors and sticky tape) (also only applies to one husband in particular)

Actually, I have no words for this one. If you live in a house and are over the age of five you can learn where things are kept. It's that simple.

3) Anyone who says 'can I ask you a question?'

Actually, if I wasn't feeling so grumpy about the magazine business, this one would be at the top of the list because it drives me nuts. Why waste a question with another question? It's wrong (plus stupid because I will naturally always answer 'no'). TV and movies use this lame piece of dialogue all the time and if anyone who is reading this has also used it, then 'I'm sorry, I love you, but please, for my sanity consider deleting it next time it appears on the screen!'

4) People who try and phone me when one of my favorite TV shows are on.

Anyone who knows me knows that I will not answer the phone when I'm watching a show so therefore it stands to reason that if you are ringing me, then you don't know me so I'm perfectly entitled to let the machine pick it up. The only exception to this rule is when Sara Hantz texts me so that we can pass judgement on Australian X-Factor. I'm down with that!

5) Bananas

Just because I really hate them and tend to blame them for pretty much everything that goes wrong in the world. Not only are they a displeasing color and shape but that squishy noise they make when people are eating them is just a world of no.

Of course being an indecisive person, this list will change by tomorrow (or even in ten minutes) but for now they are definitely the main offenders!

So what about everyone else, what is a small crime that annoys you, even though it shouldn't!!!!


Gracie O'Neil said...

You don't like bananas?? You're kidding, right? Now, if you were talking about chokos or something gross like that I'd be right with you. But bananas? Nuh-uh.

One of my many pet peeves are checkout operators who carry on long, involved conversations with people in line ahead of you (who generally have screaming babies or manic toddlers) and completely ignore the fact they have a line trailing halfway down the shop. It really fries my banana. Oops. Sorry.

Oh, and people who let their kids open packets of biscuits in the supermarket and then put them back on the shelf. I've been known to wait until they in the supermarket line and then hand them the open bag and say "You forgot this."

Amanda Ashby said...

Gracie - I'm afraid that the evil bananas have brainwashed you into thinking that they are sweet and kind, when really they are just a black sludgy mess waiting to happen!!!

But I do like your style of handing back half-eaten things to people! The only things my kids are allowed in the supermarket is if they are giving out samples and even though it's only if people offer it to them!

Eleni Konstantine said...

Oh you made me chuckle, Amanda. Poor bananas. One of my favourite fruit. though I agree I don't like them when they turn black and squishy.

Amanda Ashby said...

Eleni - apparently I wouldn't even eat them as a baby, much to my mum's annoyance, since they are such easy food to give a baby! Anyway, I like to think that I'm just being consistent!!!!

Julie J. said...

I guess I'm fortunate (or I don't buy magazines that interest the checkout person) because no one has ever done this to me before.

Number 3 on your list if my favorite most annoying thing ever. I teach school and my students ask me this all the time. My reply to them is, "You already did." They don't get it. I'll ignore them if they say it again!

I have a problem with people calling me and then talking to someone else in the background the entire time. If the phone rings and my favorite show is on, I just won't answer it. I also cannot stand when someone eats while they are talking on the phone!! GROSS!!

I do, however, love bananas. They are amazing! :)

I loved this post!

Amanda Ashby said...

Julie J - apart from the banana thing, I feel like we were separated at birth! Oh, and another one of my pet peeves is when I've been waiting in a queue to be served and then they phone rings and the person in the store answers it.

Hello, I was there first so I should be served before the phone call (hahaha - actually, it's probably a good thing that I contained this post to only 5 points or it would've been quite long!!!)

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Laurena said...

The thing that bothers me the most is when people put an 's' on the end of anyway. It's bothered me since I was a child, and I have to bite my lip not to correct people, especially my elders. Oh well. I enjoyed your list, and my mom would agree with you on the banana thing. She can't stand them. Even their smell. I however don't hold either opinion on them. They are simply just a healthy alternative to me.

Amanda Ashby said...

Laurena - do you mean like forward/forwards math/maths? It's weird because in Australia and England that is the norm and I didn't even realize it was done differently in the US until I got published over there. It still feels weird for me to leave the 's' off (which is probably why I still forget sometimes!!!)

Laurena said...

No, forwards/forward and maths/math don't bother me. It's just the word anyway. I don't know what it is, but I don't like it.

Amanda Ashby said...

Laurena - hahaha - I didn't read that properly but OMG, yes, I'm SOOOOOOOOOO with you on that one. It's just a big world of no!!!!

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I love this post - I really hate when people write on boards and then forget to erase the entire thing. It drives me batty

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