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CuriousParty

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10200 on: January 04, 2013, 09:52:57 AM »
My current real peeve? People who don't understand that "Working from home" does not mean available for long telephone chats, meeting up at their convenience, running errands for them etc. I've just cut short yet another conversation with a relative who phoned for "just a chat" right in the middle of my work day, and I know I'll catch it in the neck from them later on. They don't do this when I'm in an office, but apparently because I'm working from home my deadlines aren't real.

Am I seriously going to have to go back to turning the phone off?
YES! This too!  My DH just diverted a call from a friend who was on her morning commute and calling to complain about her DH and how he makes her late/interrupts her procedure for getting out the door in the morning (they also have a new baby, and are adjusting).

Which I get, but it was 9 in the morning.  She knows full well that I am either 1) working from home or 2) taking care of my two littles and/or getting the oldest off to school.  This is a good time for me to chat in what universe?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10201 on: January 04, 2013, 10:02:17 AM »
When people want to chat on the phone, period.  I'm not a chatty person.  The phone is for delivering messages, not a long heart-to-heart discussion. Just get to the point already and let me get back to what I was doing!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10202 on: January 04, 2013, 10:17:04 AM »
When I'm putting pants on the baby.  Usually put them on when he's laying down or at least get the little legs in, then stand him up to pull them over his bum.  What does he do? Pulls his legs out of the pants.  I  put them back on one by one. 

Put the second leg in, he pulls out the first. Put it back in, he pulls out the other.  Like putting pants on an octopus, I swear.

Totally this. The twins are 13 months old, and getting pants on them can be an exercise in futility some days. Not to mention, in order to have the correct length of pant, the waist is often too big, so they end up crawling out of them!

Also, diaper changes are apparently torture to them-don't they know we'd be done a whole lot faster if they didn't scream, try and roll over, or sit up, or stand? And they're also at the point where they just love to put their hands in the dirty diaper, so it's ever so much fun to try and keep the mess contained, their hands away, clean them up, and keep them from crawling away! All while they scream their heads off. I'm fortunate that my husband DOES understand that I spend all day with them, and so if I say I need time away to decompress, he takes over and tells me to have fun. :)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10203 on: January 04, 2013, 10:27:33 AM »
My current real peeve? People who don't understand that "Working from home" does not mean available for long telephone chats, meeting up at their convenience, running errands for them etc. I've just cut short yet another conversation with a relative who phoned for "just a chat" right in the middle of my work day, and I know I'll catch it in the neck from them later on. They don't do this when I'm in an office, but apparently because I'm working from home my deadlines aren't real.

Am I seriously going to have to go back to turning the phone off?

I recommend screening your calls, or having time set aside to receive calls and leaving the ringer off during your work time. My MIL loves to call when she knows I have taken a day off from my office job, which is usually intended for various appointments, baking and decorating a cake order, studying, or when I am ill.

If you use a mobile phone, there is an awesome app called Semi-Silent that allows you to keep your phone on silent, but "white list" certain numbers to come through.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10204 on: January 04, 2013, 10:44:31 AM »
I used to take Baby DD and the dog up to my parents for a visit and DH would call that a "vacation."  I asked him, in what universe is that a vacation?  Yes, the grandparents helped some with the baby but not with the dog and there was all the packing up and unpacking associated with a baby, as well as having to be "on" for the grandparents and other relatives who came to see The Baby. 

HE was the one at home with no responsibilities after work.  HE was the one on "vacation."

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10205 on: January 04, 2013, 11:28:08 AM »
When I'm putting pants on the baby.  Usually put them on when he's laying down or at least get the little legs in, then stand him up to pull them over his bum.  What does he do? Pulls his legs out of the pants.  I  put them back on one by one. 

Put the second leg in, he pulls out the first. Put it back in, he pulls out the other.  Like putting pants on an octopus, I swear.
If they will fit, put your hands through the pant legs from the bottom up.  Grab the baby's ankles and pull both legs through the pant legs at once.
 

Totally this. The twins are 13 months old, and getting pants on them can be an exercise in futility some days. Not to mention, in order to have the correct length of pant, the waist is often too big, so they end up crawling out of them!
Overalls. 

In my grandmother's day, they kept infants in dresses, no matter which sex they were.  No pant legs for the baby to pull out of or crawl out of.  Granny said that she would put the kitchen table legs on top of the tail of their little dresses so they couldn't crawl away.  (They couldn't afford a playpen.)

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Also, diaper changes are apparently torture to them-don't they know we'd be done a whole lot faster if they didn't scream, try and roll over, or sit up, or stand? And they're also at the point where they just love to put their hands in the dirty diaper, so it's ever so much fun to try and keep the mess contained, their hands away, clean them up, and keep them from crawling away! All while they scream their heads off. I'm fortunate that my husband DOES understand that I spend all day with them, and so if I say I need time away to decompress, he takes over and tells me to have fun. :)
That's why I changed mine sitting on the floor.  I could rest my feet on their little arms to hold them down and keep their hands out of the diaper contents.  Plus they couldn't fall off the changing surface and hurt themselves if they DID manage to wiggle away.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10206 on: January 04, 2013, 11:53:40 AM »
When I'm putting pants on the baby.  Usually put them on when he's laying down or at least get the little legs in, then stand him up to pull them over his bum.  What does he do? Pulls his legs out of the pants.  I  put them back on one by one. 

Put the second leg in, he pulls out the first. Put it back in, he pulls out the other.  Like putting pants on an octopus, I swear.

Totally this. The twins are 13 months old, and getting pants on them can be an exercise in futility some days. Not to mention, in order to have the correct length of pant, the waist is often too big, so they end up crawling out of them!

Also, diaper changes are apparently torture to them-don't they know we'd be done a whole lot faster if they didn't scream, try and roll over, or sit up, or stand? And they're also at the point where they just love to put their hands in the dirty diaper, so it's ever so much fun to try and keep the mess contained, their hands away, clean them up, and keep them from crawling away! All while they scream their heads off. I'm fortunate that my husband DOES understand that I spend all day with them, and so if I say I need time away to decompress, he takes over and tells me to have fun. :)

13 month old twins getting dressed must feel even more like dressing an octopus at times than just one.   And I know what you mean about the length and waist of the pants.  All 3 of my boys have always been long in the torso, short in the legs when they were little.  Like right now, a 2T shirt would fit him just fine but when wearing 18m pants? If not for the diaper we'd have serious plumber's crack going on. 

He's pretty good about diaper changes in that he doesn't yell and if I give him something to keep his hands occupied we're alright but I don't always have something in reach to keep his hands occupied and then they go wandering.

Oy.

DH and I made a deal when I found out I was expecting this one though. Every Saturday is my day off.  He looks after the 3 boys so I can go out and do my thing.  I got to see Les Miserables last Saturday, hit up the craft store, Target, etc. :)

And I like your suggestions Elfmama.  :)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10207 on: January 04, 2013, 11:58:12 AM »
Snowflake, is it possible to close your office door during lunch to keep people out, or do they barge in? Does your office have a door? (Some don't!)

The door doesn't lock.  It's a long explanation but the whole building is designed to be "welcoming" which means zero privacy.

My current real peeve? People who don't understand that "Working from home" does not mean available for long telephone chats, meeting up at their convenience, running errands for them etc. I've just cut short yet another conversation with a relative who phoned for "just a chat" right in the middle of my work day, and I know I'll catch it in the neck from them later on. They don't do this when I'm in an office, but apparently because I'm working from home my deadlines aren't real.

Am I seriously going to have to go back to turning the phone off?

My current pet peeve is when I have to work from home for some reason and someone castigates me because the baby still goes to the sitter.  If I'm at home can't I just work and watch him at the same time? 

No.  My work requires undiluted focus and so does the baby.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10208 on: January 04, 2013, 12:08:41 PM »
One of the cats wants outside really badly.  He wants to eat grass.  We are at the start of winter and have a nice amount of snow on the ground.  The grass is brown.  It's cold outside.  But still he wants to go out and check. Daily..

And he is ignoring the nice batch of cat grass we grew especially for him (the other 3 will nibble it.. even one of the dogs will nibble it).

I think next fall we will comb the ditches for grass seed heads and try growing "ditch" grass. Maybe then he will be content.

I also have thought about trying to make a grass roll-up for him.. grind grass into a slurry and dehydrate it into a chewy.  But that will have to wait until summer.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10209 on: January 04, 2013, 01:19:26 PM »
When I want to reread a particular book, but can't for the life of me remember either title OR author!  And having done library work, I know the futility of searching for vaguely worded descriptions like "It was about a boy and a dog, and I think the cover was blue." Even "It was about a little girl who was stolen and adopted by the Comanche in mid-19th century Texas, but it wasn't Ride the Wind" is pretty vague.  So I rarely bother the nice reference librarians.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10210 on: January 04, 2013, 01:26:12 PM »
Empire of the Summer Moon?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10211 on: January 04, 2013, 01:26:35 PM »
When I want to reread a particular book, but can't for the life of me remember either title OR author!  And having done library work, I know the futility of searching for vaguely worded descriptions like "It was about a boy and a dog, and I think the cover was blue." Even "It was about a little girl who was stolen and adopted by the Comanche in mid-19th century Texas, but it wasn't Ride the Wind" is pretty vague.  So I rarely bother the nice reference librarians.

I used to ALWAYS have that issue, back in the day, as soon as I'd walk into a record store. Anything I might have possibly wanted to look for went right out of my head. It was very strange. Drove me nuts too!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10212 on: January 04, 2013, 01:34:19 PM »
When I want to reread a particular book, but can't for the life of me remember either title OR author!  And having done library work, I know the futility of searching for vaguely worded descriptions like "It was about a boy and a dog, and I think the cover was blue." Even "It was about a little girl who was stolen and adopted by the Comanche in mid-19th century Texas, but it wasn't Ride the Wind" is pretty vague.  So I rarely bother the nice reference librarians.

I used to ALWAYS have that issue, back in the day, as soon as I'd walk into a record store. Anything I might have possibly wanted to look for went right out of my head. It was very strange. Drove me nuts too!

That used to happen to me all the time. It still happens sometimes when I go to the iTunes store to look for a song.  :P
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10213 on: January 04, 2013, 01:42:41 PM »
Empire of the Summer Moon?

Or The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10214 on: January 04, 2013, 01:48:09 PM »
Empire of the Summer Moon?
Lots older.  A Woman of the People.  The name "Katy Sunflower" popped into my head a few weeks back and that let me google it.  Loosely based on Cynthia Ann Parker, I believe. 

But that's only one of many.  Sometimes there isn't even a plot in memory, just a scrap of dialog or description.  And let me tell you, boy/dog/blue cover is easy compared to "tugging crossly at chains that only she herself could see."
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