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Elfmama

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15555 on: April 23, 2014, 11:30:39 AM »
Vending machines that accost you as you walk past.  I'm walking at a mall in the early morning, and no less than 7 vending machines holler at me every morning that I should spend my  money on them.  ::) 2 candy machines, 1 coke machine, a weight scale at the vitamin & supplements store, 3 toddler ride-ons (car, carousel, fire engine) and 1 acne medicine dispenser.   The car ride-on is the worst; it spurts out diabolical laughter that I guess is supposed to sound like childish glee.  I tell you, if any of my kids or grandkids sounded like that, I'd be looking for an exorcist!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15556 on: April 23, 2014, 11:37:10 AM »
While I love secondhand bookstores, it would be nice if we had at least one full-sized bookstore in our town where one could purchase books brand new.  I'm looking for the first book of Rick Riordan's "Heroes of Olympus" series for Oldest Pirate's birthday, and the one 2nd hand bookstore only had one of the author's books-one OP has already read.  2nd and Charles seemed to have every one of the "Heroes" books except the first. Grr.

I didn't even make it to the Books-A-Million express in the mall cause Littlest Pirate fell asleep in the van. :P
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15557 on: April 23, 2014, 11:40:01 AM »
my sewing machine is driving me crazy right now. I have so many projects, and I finally have some time today. But I keep getting the loopy, messy thread bunching that everyone knows and loves. I've tried everything I can think of. I've been playing with the tension, I've rethreaded my machine, rewound the bobbin, and even changed out the needle. When I sew on my scrap piece, it turns out fine, but as soon as I start on the dress, it bunches up again. grrrrr!!!  >:( I really don't want to get my smaller machine down from the closet. But I don't want to hand stitch either.
Take it in to the sewing machine repair people stat.  The timing is off, so that the thread hook isn't coming around to catch the thread when it should.  Did you hit a pin recently?  That can throw it off.  (Not as bad as a 5-year-old driving the needle through a wooden puzzle piece, but very few things are THAT bad!)

:( I was worried it was something like that. I hate having to take it in, and I was really hoping I could wiggle it back into action. I have a talent for messing things up in odd and spectacular ways. Last time I took this machine in, the problem was that I had put the needle in backwards ::)

So, my next thing that drives me up the wall is going to be heading to the machine shop. This machine is built into a cabinet, and it's a pain to take anywhere.

This is so long ago, but....

If the machine is sewing fine on the scrap (so the timing is fine), but the timing is off on the real fabric, it's very possible you don't have the right kind of needle.

If you have the wrong needle for the fabric, you'll get a tiny, tiny delay, which throws off the timing. But that would explain why you don't have the problem on some other kind of fabric.

It may be that you have an extra-problematic fabric, as well.

I had trouble w/ a double needle, and I thought it was the brand. But I bought a bunch of brands and then realized that the problem was the fabric I was using. It was extra-stretchy, and it simply would not work with any of the double needles, not even the ones marked for "stretch." But those needles worked totally fine on every other fabric type I tried.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15558 on: April 23, 2014, 11:40:55 AM »
Easter candy, and the grandparents who buy it. There is no way 100 kids could eat this much, let alone my 2.

Ooh, I used to hate that! I ended up feeling that the only way to control the candy was for me to give up the Easter bunny.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15559 on: April 23, 2014, 11:49:22 AM »
Drivers on a 75mph interstate that drive under the speed limit when there are signs posted that there is no minimum speed.  In the state I live in laws have been enacted to actually ticket people who do this when you are on sections of the interstate that are only two lane to prevent road rage incidents.  Don't know if it does reduce it or not, but I do get miffed when stuck behind someone going 60 in a 75 zone.

It's not just to prevent road rage; people who drive very much slower than the norm on busy highways are actually a danger to everyone.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15560 on: April 23, 2014, 12:19:16 PM »
Easter candy, and the grandparents who buy it. There is no way 100 kids could eat this much, let alone my 2.

Ooh, I used to hate that! I ended up feeling that the only way to control the candy was for me to give up the Easter bunny.

Or you could freeze it and give it out at Halloween :)

TootsNYC

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15561 on: April 23, 2014, 12:21:25 PM »
Easter candy, and the grandparents who buy it. There is no way 100 kids could eat this much, let alone my 2.

Ooh, I used to hate that! I ended up feeling that the only way to control the candy was for me to give up the Easter bunny.

Or you could freeze it and give it out at Halloween :)

LOL!!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15562 on: April 23, 2014, 01:16:35 PM »
While I love secondhand bookstores, it would be nice if we had at least one full-sized bookstore in our town where one could purchase books brand new.  I'm looking for the first book of Rick Riordan's "Heroes of Olympus" series for Oldest Pirate's birthday, and the one 2nd hand bookstore only had one of the author's books-one OP has already read.  2nd and Charles seemed to have every one of the "Heroes" books except the first. Grr.

I didn't even make it to the Books-A-Million express in the mall cause Littlest Pirate fell asleep in the van. :P

I have found the Riordan books at Target, Walmart and Sam's Club.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15563 on: April 23, 2014, 02:09:30 PM »
People telling me that a spider is not an animal; that is the first time I have had that argument this month...it is the third.

I being slightly arachnophobic -- am wondering whether the people you mention, were coming from the mistaken premise that animal = mammal; or considered spiders to be loathsome entities from the seventh circle of the nether regions; or some of each?

I thought that maybe they thought the animal = mammal thing, so I said as much...but two of them still argued.

I don't know where the animal = mammal business came from in the first place -- it's so epically wrong.  Or, I wonder whether some folk have a mistaken notion that only vertebrates count as animals -- "everything else is insects"... ?

Elfmama

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15564 on: April 23, 2014, 03:07:11 PM »
People telling me that a spider is not an animal; that is the first time I have had that argument this month...it is the third.

I being slightly arachnophobic -- am wondering whether the people you mention, were coming from the mistaken premise that animal = mammal; or considered spiders to be loathsome entities from the seventh circle of the nether regions; or some of each?

I thought that maybe they thought the animal = mammal thing, so I said as much...but two of them still argued.

I don't know where the animal = mammal business came from in the first place -- it's so epically wrong.  Or, I wonder whether some folk have a mistaken notion that only vertebrates count as animals -- "everything else is insects"... ?
No, I had DH try to tell me that birds and reptiles weren't animals, either. 

I asked "What are they, then?  They certainly aren't vegetables or minerals!" 

"They're birds and reptiles."

I handed him the dictionary and invited him to look up the definition of "animal."
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15565 on: April 23, 2014, 03:22:39 PM »
Upselling, no matter what it is or who's doing it.





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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15566 on: April 23, 2014, 03:26:01 PM »
Finding out I'm in a competition I didn't know I was in nor want to be in.  It would be OK if it was something worthwhile, like at work or for fun, but it's not.  I have been entered into a competition of weddings...by the other competitor.  She is comparing everything we're doing and talking about it endlessly to other people.  I guess the only thing good about it is that I'm apparently winning without even trying, right?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15567 on: April 23, 2014, 03:46:20 PM »
Drivers on a 75mph interstate that drive under the speed limit when there are signs posted that there is no minimum speed.  In the state I live in laws have been enacted to actually ticket people who do this when you are on sections of the interstate that are only two lane to prevent road rage incidents.  Don't know if it does reduce it or not, but I do get miffed when stuck behind someone going 60 in a 75 zone.

It's not just to prevent road rage; people who drive very much slower than the norm on busy highways are actually a danger to everyone.

Okay, I do this when I'm driving to/from Home and Grad School (it's a very long drive along one interstate), but I have good reasons for doing so:
  • The MPH changes enough between 60-65-70 that it just makes much more sense to stay at 60 than kick it up, slow down, kick it up again, etc.
  • Often it's windy and curvy, so I feel a better handle on the car at 60.
  • At least in my state, unless it's posted, the understood minimum speed is 45 on the highway.
If I feel comfortable, I will go 70 MPH, but that also burns through gas faster, and I'd rather not use money I don't have to if I can make the whole trip on one tank of gas. However, unless it is absolutely necessary, I stay in the right lane, because it's made for the slower traffic.




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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15568 on: April 23, 2014, 06:36:37 PM »
As long as you're staying in the correct lane - it's when idiots stay in the 'fast' lanes and insist on going 90 in a 110kph zone that people get annoyed. Especially when there are two of them side by side (most often people towing caravans I have found, usually travelling in a convoy) and end up with a *massive* queue of people behind them. Arghh!
... it might frighten them.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #15569 on: April 23, 2014, 07:29:13 PM »

I found a notice on my door yesterday that our fire system sprinkler heads must be replaced on Wednesday. All furniture must be moved to allow a 3 foot opening around the sprinkler head so ladders can be placed.

We have 15 sprinkler heads in our townhouse. One is at the edge of our bed. Our king sized bed that can't be moved without being more in the way. DH had to take the day off since the complex has the hours of replacement from 9 AM to 6 PM.

I am so happy DH took today off. Especially after he noticed the maintenance staff member accompanying the fire system techs just unlocked each unit and let them go in alone. We have pets. We have objects that can be dangerous in the wrong hands and a lot of valuable electronics!

These were units with no one home in them.
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