Thursday, July 20, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: Rude, Inappropriate, & Arrogant

We're finally in one place after several days of travelling - it's cold at the bottom of the world. Whilst battling jet lag it's time to sit down with a coffee and list the top ten things that people do that are rude, inappropriate, or arrogant - I don't think we've got enough time for all the things I could list. Here's the ten that I'm going to share.

1. Airline queues: this is one that we've experienced over the last few days and it always brings out the worst in people. We're all in the same departure gate, the plane is not going to leave without us, and yet what could be a nice orderly queue turns into a free for all with people pushing in line and basically being very annoying.

Bangkok Airport 
2. Cold Callers: Those calls that are people wanting to sell things, sort out your accident, claim back money from your bank, and basically infuriate us constantly. As a result there are certain times of the day that we don't answer our phone as we know it will be one of these calls.

3. We don't need to see that: don't you just love it (not!!) when you see people sitting like this and showing way too much of their anatomy off to the world. There should be trouser police who go around squirting ice cold water down these 'openings'.

4. Mobile phones at checkouts: it is so inappropriate and rude and probably stems from arrogance for people to think it's alright to be talking on their mobile whilst they are being served in a shop, usually totally ignoring the person behind the counter except to shove money at them.

5. Dogs outside shops: I know this is quite a common practice but I don't like it for two reasons. Firstly, the dog could be stolen, very easily, and that would be devastating. The other reason is that some people leave their dogs for ages and it really upsets me when you see a dog whining and barking for their owner to come back. I've seen dogs left outside shops in really hot weather and equally in really cold and wet weather and I find it really inappropriate, but hey, that's just me.

6. Bad car drivers: in particular, the really rude ones who cut you off and nearly cause a car accident. The ones who get in the wrong lane and then realise at the last minute, cutting across several lanes to get to their turn off. Thankfully I have a husband who had police driver training and we always make it home in one piece.

7. Littering: we live on a beautiful planet with so many wonderful places to visit and explore and yet people still insist on littering our world. It would be great if we all lived by the quote: Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.

8. Excuse me: don't you just hate it when you're looking at something in a shop and someone else decides they want it and rather than saying excuse me they just push in front of you and get it. If I'm feeling cheeky then I might say excuse me (very sarcastically) to them, but usually I just huff and let them get away with it. I think the phrase 'excuse me' is an optional extra in some people's vocabulary's.

9. Train & Tube commuters: One thing that I really don't miss from London is travelling on the underground and the trains to work. People get in this head down mode where they can't see anyone else and they just rush forwards, not caring who they bump into - don't be going slow and get in the way of the commuter wave as it's not a good thing. I was in London for a couple of the underground strikes so for the first one I got the train to work, but getting onto the train was a very scary experience as it was so crowded on the platform that it took a few trains before I got near the doors, and then as I started to step on a man grabbed me and shoved me back so that he could get on. Commuting brings out the worst in people. 

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10. Phubbing: this is that really awful habit that some people have of ignoring who they're with in favour of their phone, so phone snubbing = phubbing. Sometimes when my beloved and I go out for a meal or even just for a coffee we'll see people at other tables who are all on their phones rather than interacting with each other. It looks particularly rude when it's in a restaurant, and hopefully none of the people we've seen have been on a date.

Do you agree with my list or have you got lots of other pet peeves that you consider rude, inappropriate, or arrogant? Before you go, pop over to Tamara's blog Part-time Working Hockey Mom and see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and be nice to everyone you meet.

Pamela & Ken

Friday, July 14, 2017

Top Ten Thursday - To Do List

This weeks top ten is the things on our to do list - but which list to choose? I have many mental to do lists both personal and professional. I also have my 'if we won the lottery' list and the 'I'm living in a dreamland' list. There's also my list of things to do before I'm fifty, of which I'm fast running out of time for. Maybe I'll do a mixture of all of the above for you and show you just how strange I am (as if you didn't know).

1. Double the number of posts I write for the blog from last year - I want to prioritise time for writing and blogging is very much a part of this.

2. Do more art journaling as it relaxes me and often helps sort out thoughts and emotions.

3. Get serious about learning the tin whistle. I've learnt the Lord of the Rings theme tune but still need to improve my fingering technique.

4. Go through my clothes as they need sorting, and send some to charity.

5. Organise my craft supplies in the spare room and get more things out of their boxes.

6. Send some of my poetry to appropriate journals to see if I can get anything published.

7. Travel first class on the Trans Siberian Express from St Petersburg to Beijing, via Mongolia. This is our dream trip but definitely needs a win on the lottery first.

8. Find a good recipe for vegetarian sausage rolls and then make them. Sausage rolls were a favourite before giving up meat so need to develop something scrummy and much more nutritious to take their place.

9. Teach Bramble Jelly (our cocker spaniel) to balance on her back legs. This trick is a work in progress and I'm not sure who's going to give up first.

10. Find more romantic and quirky ways to show my beloved how wonderful he is.

Gorgeous man 💖

There you have it, my to do list. Before you go, pop over to Tamara's blog to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with in their top tens.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and tick something off your to do list this week.

Pamela & Ken

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Top Ten Thursday - Quirky July Holidays

Today's top ten is about what we like or dislike about national holidays in July - slightly difficult as in the UK there aren't any major ones that I know about, so I've looked up all the quirky national or international days that people around the world recognise.

There are some really strange ones, for example July 15th is gummy worm day?? Very odd.

Here's my ten favourite that I've found.

1. I'm cheating slightly with the first one as it was actually last Friday which was June 30th. Ken heard on the radio that it was national cream tea day so off we headed to a cafe so that I could have a scone with jam and cream - well it would have been rude not to.

2. July 3rd is compliment your mirror day!! This is not as strange as it sounds, it's based on the belief that you should look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a compliment.

3. July 21st is a day that all Australians should celebrate, and that is national lamington day. That wonderful sponge cake covered in chocolate and coconut which is named after a previous governor of Queensland. Guess what, I'll be in Australia on July 21st so will be able to indulge.

4. Here's one of the strangest days I came across - July 27th is take your houseplant for a walk day! I can see it now, hoards of people walking around the streets with their potted plants like a scene from the body snatchers.

5. National tattoo day falls on July 17th. Do you think there are loads of people around the world getting new tattoos to celebrate this one?

6. July 19th is national ice-cream day - this one I can take part in easily. I think my favourite icecream flavour is coconut, but love trying all the quirky ones that are around now. A shop near us does peanut butter and jelly icecream which is scrummy.

7. July 12th is simplicity day. I think that the busier we all get and the more technology that enters our lives then this day could be a reminder that we all need to stop and just be in the moment every now and then. Let our brains rest and enjoy a moment of peace.

8. Here's a day that Hindus must love, July 11th is cow appreciation day. Whenever I see cows in a truck going to market I want to liberate them and put them in my imaginary farm sanctuary.

9. July 28th we all have a perfect excuse to eat chocolate as it's milk chocolate day.

10. And finally, today, July 6th is international kissing day. Who are we to go against an important international day - there's nothing I like more than smooching with my beloved.

What strange days have you come across and do you celebrate them? Before you go, pop over to Tamara's blog Part-time Working Hockey Mom to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take some time to enjoy some chocolate and ice-cream this week.

Pamela & Ken

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