Editor’s Note: The vote was tight (I think at 8 p.m. only one vote separated Pet Peeves from Six Flags), but you guys have chosen to talk about spousal pet peeves today! (Don’t worry JG we’ll hear your make-out stories from Six Flags next week!!) So here is the topic:
I was talking with a friend recently about house cleaning, and he started telling me all the things that irritate him about the way his wife cleans. (He usually cleans because he finds her job to be sub par.) He had a lot of similar complaints to what I think Michael would say about me. (I need to meet his wife. I think we would be fast friends!)
So I thought it would be fun to talk about your Top 5 Pet Peeves about your spouse!
Since I frequently pick on Michael, I thought I would write what I think HIS top pet peeves would be about ME, instead of vice versa.
5. Load the dishwasher incorrectly - I don’t sort the silverware into separate compartments while the silverware is in the washer. I like to sort after when you put the silverware into the drawer, but that makes him nuts. Also I tend to put bowls in inappropriate places where they don’t actually get clean.
4. Use his towel - For 15 years I have stolen his towel. I just grab the first one I see when I get out of the shower. I find it impossible to remember which color I happen to have that day. However, I have finally remedied this particular problem. I bought him three navy towels with his initials monogrammed on them so I would always know which was towel was his. And even Walsh commented the other day ‘Oh I can’t use that towel. It has Dad’s initials on it.” The funny thing is Michael is so colorblind he can’t tell if the towel is blue or green so he has a hard time grabbing the right one now.
3. Too chatty in general - Michael hates having to wait for me especially when I’m chatting with other women about things he doesn’t care about. He gets particularly irritated after church waiting on me to follow them out to the car. He also thinks I talk on the phone too much. He’s never said that, but I’m sure he does.
2. My car is a perpetual mess – When he has to drive my car, like to church, he gets very frustrated by all the jackets, shoes, bags and sometimes old fast food wrappers in the car. I am really trying to do better. Right now my car is pretty cleared out, but it doesn’t always stay that way.
1. I complain all the time – He says that I complain all the time, and it usually goes like this: I start with “I’m _____.” Usually it ends with “tired, sore or cold.” His problem is he doesn’t know what I want him to do about it. He thinks if someone is complaining then it must be so the other person will solve it or intervene in some fashion. I hate to break it to him, but I just think out loud. I pretty much say anything that comes into my head. And generally with those types of comments it’s almost like a mantra, and I’m not usually aware I’m even saying it.
So what are your top pet peeves about your spouse? What do you think they would say about you? (It’s kind of like the Newlywed game: Predict what they would say about you.)
Side Note: A reporter at the AJC needs your help! Jamie Gumbrecht is working on a story about parents who are considering or have let their kids stay home alone. If you are thinking about it doing it this summer or have done it in the past, she would love to talk with you. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.