Even Pollyanna Has Some Pet Peeves

Pollyanna's pet peeves

I try to be a very positive person.

Even in the face of adversity, I tend to stay (often unrealistically) positive and cheery. But even I have my limits.

I decided to make a list of my pet peeves, thinking I’d list them, get it off my chest and move on.

Originally the title of this post was “My 10 Pet Peeves” but I found that once you get started, it is hard to stop.

Is this the same dark cloud that comes over internet trolls as they spread their negativity across the land?

Fear not, I won’t turn into THAT girl but I hope you will indulge me in a mini-rant.

My 23 Pet Peeves


  1. Wine served too warm – you had to know that I would start with a something about wine. Too warm is WAY worse than too cold.
  2. People who talk about how fattening everything on their plate is. And worse, how fattening everything on MY plate is. No bueno.
  3. Moldy strawberries at the bottom of the carton. Every.single.time.
  4. Intolerance. Judge not lest you be judged. Plus it’s just mean.
  5. When people say “I’m sorry” when what they really mean is “I’m sorry I got caught”. #AshleyMadison among too many others.
  6. People who don’t say “thank you” when I hold the door open for them even after I say “you’re welcome” in my friendliest, passive/aggressive voice.
  7. People who don’t scrub their hands after using the bathroom. I’m tempted to start carrying a Sharpie to edit the public restroom signs that say “Employees must wash hands” to say “EVERYONE must wash hands.” Just gross.
  8. Unkindness. Kindness is so much better.
  9. Wedge Salads. If I wanted to chop up and assemble my own salad I would have stayed home and passed on the $10 price tag. Plus, my grandmother taught me that a lady never takes a knife to her salad. Now you understand why a wedge salad causes me such angst.
  10. Bad customer service. See The Clunker. At least they apologized.
  11. People who vote based solely on name recognition.
  12. Internet trolls and all other bullies. Just stop.
  13. Airline passengers who carry on too much luggage. I admit that I rarely carry on luggage because of my exceedingly wimpy arm muscles, but still. When you carry on too much luggage, hold up the boarding process and drop your duffel on my head trying to shove it into the overhead bin, I feel that I am entitled to object.
  14. Waiters who don’t write down my order. I’ve heard that it is often servers waiting for their big acting break who use this technique…it supposedly helps them work on their ability to memorize scripts. All too often this turns into a recurring role as The Waiter Who Had To Ask Me To Repeat My Order or The Waiter Who Screwed Up My Order. Neither award worthy roles.
  15. All election commercials. My least favorite TV season.
  16. Shaming. 
  17. People who think they are above the law.
  18. Fine print. I can never find my reading glasses when I need them.
  19. Needing reading glasses. How can I read the fine print?!?!?!
  20. Clerks complaining to other employees about their job or their boss while waiting on me. See #10
  21. Mushrooms in EVERYTHING. I’m not a fan of fungus in food form. Is there such a thing as a mushroom allergy? Can I make one up?
  22. Bad grammar. Is it too much to ask that you spend two minutes to edit your work, making certain that you’re using proper grammar? There are too many examples of people not taking pride in their work. They’re annoying.
  23. Negative people. The glass half empty is not my kind of glass.

On that note, I’m going to take the advice of the brilliant, beautiful and talented Taylor Swift and

Shake it off!

I may be a pathologically positive person but it’s the only way I know how to be. I learned that from my mom.

Pollyanna is back in the house.

I’m going to take that half empty glass and fill it with some wine.

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  1. Ha ha…I think I have many of the same pet peeves, but also found myself guilty of a few…my husband always tells me to, “Let stuff go.” It is so hard to do. Have a great positive day.
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  2. Ha! Great list. I found myself agreeing with much of it.
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  3. What a great article! I found myself agreeing with everything!

  4. Great list, Mo. I agree with every one, especially the warm wine. Drives me crazy!! Enjoy your week!!

  5. Love the company of positive people!
    Pet peeve: People who are not careful while doing work in my house. Wouldn’t you want to be extra careful since it’s not your house?? My grammar pet peeve is using an adjective to modify a verb. My mom’s pet peeve is having her grammar corrected.

  6. Oh, so many of these are on my list. #7 is more than a pet peeve, it’s just gross. Along those lines, when public restrooms don’t have any soap in the dispenser, ESPECIALLY at a restaurant. If I can’t wash my hands with soap, how can the people making & serving the food wash theirs? Blech!
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  7. Ooh, I love venting about pet peeves – it’s good to let it out! My newest pet peeve is on me…I’ve noticed that I say “gotcha” too much. It’s my way of saying, “I get it,” or “I understand,” but it’s annoying. That’s right, I annoy myself.
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  8. Wedge salads are a menace to society. You know I’ve never really encountered a troll on my blog? I feel kind of excluded.

    Some of my peeves: When people toss cigarette butts out the window, grown people who will cut in line, and also grown people who said “wooo!” when there’s applause.

  9. Love your list & agree with all! Know the not washing hands is a big one & one that I might add is loud people having a non important cell phone chat in public! I have learned a lot about being positive from you & with our family + friends we have so much to celebrate!

  10. Oh now this is a corker. Doesn’t it feel good to get it all out? I love this, Mo. When we do get to meet in person, I’ll share an extraordinary experience that some horrid troll shared with me on my blog. It was an INSTANT case of “Delete and Forget.” Deleted but rather hard to forget …
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  11. I agree with every single one!! Hope you have a fabulous week, Mo!! xoxo

  12. That’s not my job, always drove me crazy. The job has to be done we are all responsible for getting it done, if you aren’t going to do your part so be it but don’t call me a brown noses because I am going to make sure it gets done.

    Ok I don’t want to eat a wedge salad but I sure do love the look of a nice pretty crispy wedge of iceberg lettuce!

    Be careful with your mushroom allergy, it would be my luck to declare one only to find out my very favorite new wine uses mushrooms in the aging process! And I am sure it is a real thing, Caroline tested allergic to beef, the doctor said it was more because she was allergic to everything cows eat than an allergy to the actual beef!

    I hate election season, one day I do believe it will begin the day after we vote! All I can say is research the candidates, don’t vote sex, party, race or name recognition vote for the person who most represents what is important to you.

  13. Amen to #’ to #2 and #23!!!

  14. Whoops…. My last reply has an error! One should not type without glasses! #19 is a good one too!

  15. LoL! #6! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one saying “You’re welcome” into the silent air when I hold the door open for someone.
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  16. Recognized and cringed at several of these. Now I’m dancing to shake it off. Maybe it would make a nice ring tone??
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  17. I didn’t know that about the servers! You’re so positive even this post felt it was positively written! 🙂
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  18. Oh, I’m late to the party and just now catching up on bog reading. What a fun post! First of all, a man close to us has invented a new containers for strawberries and he claims they will keep the berries fresh longer! They are in the new Piggly Wiggly, but not my store yet. Can’t wait!
    Then . . . my 16 year old just requested I cook mushrooms for him tonight! They were delicious! Ha! Other than that, I was nodding right along with you!
    (it also irked me that the Pope showed up wearing white after Labor Day . . . just kidding!)
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  19. this made me laugh because I love wedge salads! I will totally think of you next time I have one.

    but I have totally with you on waiters not writing things down. they ALWAYS end up getting something wrong. whenever I see this, I turn to dean and say, ok what are we going to get this time.
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