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Mad About It Mondays: What Part of “NO” Do You Not Understand?!

Mad About It Mondays

Welcome to Mad About It Mondays, a place where you can let loose and vent. Instead of posting that vague or passive aggressive Facebook status, join me and get that thing that’s been grinding your gears off your chest. You can find link up information at the bottom of this post. If you’re interested in playing catch up, you can find my last two MAM posts here and here.

Do Not Enter

What part of “Do Not Enter” is so difficult for some drivers to understand?!

I regularly shop at the Costco in my area. Costco, you might be thinking, a place for suburban families to spend their Saturday afternoons feasting on samples and spending entirely too much money on large quantities of batteries, milk at a very convenient price, and more cheese than you ever realized existed. Costco, you might be thinking…the place I would like to spend the apocalypse. But nay, I tell you, Costco is a hot bed for law breakers.

Our Costco happens to have a one way entrance for customers coming in from the East with a very clear “DO NOT (FREAKING) ENTER” sign for drivers who are already in the parking lot and yet, these derelicts drive through the one way street anyway. WHAT?! It’s horrible. It’s dangerous. It must be stopped.

Now you might be asking yourself why this is such a big deal. Well, I’ll tell you why…if someone is going to break such a simple, easy to follow law, what are they doing behind closed doors? Here is what I imagine these people are doing in their spare time:

Dirty, rotten scoundrels they are.

Dear Drivers Who Go The Wrong Way On The One-Way Street At Costco,

Here’s a little tid bit for you…you are not above the law. I’m not entirely sure why you can’t be bothered to drive the extra half block to the correct exit at Costco but, come on…really?! Most of you have children in the car. What kind of example are you setting for them? That laws are meant to be broken? No wonder we have a society of hooligan delinquents. Your behavior is a slippery slope. What’s next? Illegal U-Turns? Jaywalking?! Not paying the parking meter?!?! For the love of all that is holy, please stop. In case you’re not aware of what “Do Not Enter” means…

Don’t enter.

Do not come in.

Go the other way.

Find another route.

Stop.

This is against the law.

You’re going to hit other cars.

Please, do us all a favor and start following the rules. While you’re at it, put those carts back. It’s rude to leave them in the parking space next to you.

XoXoXo,

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Mad About It Monday: Never Enough

Welcome to “Mad About It Mondays”, a place to get that thing that’s been bothering you all week/day/night/month/year/your whole life off your chest. I want to try something new this week and, hopefully, every week going forward. I know that we all have things that annoy us. Maybe a driver cut you off on the highway and you wish you could tell them how you really feel or perhaps you went to purchase your favorite ice cream at the grocery store and they were all out or maybe you just need to vent. No matter what your story is, I invite to you to come along with me and share. I’ll post an Inlinkz link at the bottom so you can link up with me.

Mad About It Mondays

Finish this statement: I would be happy with my body (/with myself) if ____________________________________.

Warning: Things are about to get really real because I’ve got news for you…you’re never going to be happy. You’re never going to be perfect. Why? Because there is too much profit in a self-deprecating society. It’s everywhere, isn’t it? The idea of what society tells us is beautiful and the quick fixes (and sometimes not so quick, painful fixes) for how you, too, can achieve it. But the truth is, you’ll never achieve it because in the land of Photoshop and extensive editing, this beauty doesn’t even exist.

What happens when you confuse words like “healthy” and “happy” with “ultra thin” and “beautiful”? You get a society of women who think they’re not good enough. We all come in different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, hair types, skin types, etc. Why can’t we celebrate that?  The fact of the matter is that beauty is all around us but we’re so focused on these unrealistic ideas that we can’t even see it.

I plan to be more active and it’s not because I think I would be  happy  if I lost 30 or 40 pounds and it isn’t because I’m unhealthy now (because I don’t have medical issues)…it’s because I aspire to be a runner and, right now, I’m not in good enough shape for that. My point is that we have got to stop letting society define what makes us beautiful. We have to start recognizing that those magazine covers aren’t real- they’re edited versions of reality.

Perfection To-Do List

So maybe you’re not thin enough for “society” (read: marketers) to say you’re beautiful or maybe your hair isn’t thick enough or you’re too pale and need a tan. Let’s just say you fix these “imperfections”. Then what? What’s next? There will always be something. It will never be enough. So why don’t we just focus on being healthy and content with our own lives? Let’s stop trying to be just like (INSERT MAGAZINE COVER PHOTO OF CHOICE) and be ourselves. What’s healthy and right for you isn’t necessarily healthy and right for everyone else. What works for you doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Your health is something between you and your doctor and is, quite frankly, nobody else’s business. You are beautiful. You’re beautiful with the stretch marks, with the blemishes, with the thin hair, the wrinkled skin, with no makeup. You are good enough.

We Are Beautiful Because We Are Us

You might be wondering why this made it to “Mad About It Monday“. Well, because I’m mad. I’m mad that I see people who think they’re ugly when they’re not. I’m mad because I see people who are so amazing, who were born differently, and most of society will never call them pretty. I’m mad because I see beauty in this world and I wish more people recognized it, too. I mad because I want you to know that it isn’t the skin creams, the makeup, the hair products, or anything else that makes you a beautiful person…it’s who you ARE that matters.

You are beautiful.




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Mad About It Mondays: Poor Parkers

At the suggestion of the husband, I’m starting “Mad About It Mondays” where I plan to share a vent, observation, or anything that really “grinds my gears”. I encourage you to join me by either leaving a comment on this page with your Monday rant or by making a blog post of your own about it and linking back to me. My first “Mad About It Monday” goes to the people with poor parking skills who create problems for pedestrians, police, and paramedics.

Have you ever had something that makes you irrationally angry? Something that really shouldn’t bother you because it doesn’t have anything to do with you and it doesn’t impact your life but it still just pisses you off for absolutely no reason whatsoever? I do and it’s people who park in their cul-de-sac. Yes, I said IN. Allow me to explain…We have a neighborhood somewhat near where we live with a few cul-de-sacs that are right off the main street. I drive by this area probably three or for times a week. Every time, without fail, I see people parked facing their homes in the street. How many laws are they breaking by parking like that? I debated on taking a photo of the actual cars parked on the street but decided that I should probably just make an illustration instead:

You have GOT to be kidding me. These people HAVE DRIVEWAYS. They have driveways! Where you’re supposed to park! I could understand parking along the curb if you have some strange aversion to using the driveway the way it’s intended but to park the way they do is just outrageous and it’s really dangerous. It blows my mind that they haven’t been given tickets for parking the way they do. What if one of the houses, god forbid, caught on fire in the middle of the night? There would be no way for a fire truck to respond unless all the vehicles were moved out of the way. What if someone required paramedics? It’s so frustrating to drive by and see their ridiculous parking. I’m glad I don’t have to live there.

Speaking of parking…someone in my neighborhood is parallel parked in his driveway. What?! See below:

To his credit, he does have a trailer attached to his truck so I can see that there might be some logistical issues parking both the truck and the trailer in the driveway the way they should be parked but, at the same time, as a property owner in the neighborhood it kind of pisses me off. I would rather see him parked on the street than parallel parked in his driveway with the trailer on his grass. It’s just tacky. Come on, people, we live in a nice neighborhood.

There is a house for sale just down the street from him and I would be livid if I were the sellers. Who wants to buy a house when one of the first things they see in a neighborhood is someone who looks like they came home drunk and didn’t know how to park their vehicle? What kind of message does that say about the neighborhood?! I mean, really. Come on, people. Think about what you’re doing. Parking on the grass is something that has always gotten under my skin because I don’t understand why you would ever want to park on your front lawn (unless you live in the country). We had a neighbor who rented out his house to a family that did that a couple of summers ago. The renter would park his truck on their lawn every day. Every single day.

Poor parking doesn’t end at choosing inappropriate parking spots in cul-de-sacs and parallel parking in your driveway. I, like many Americans, am bothered by people who take up more than one space in a busy parking lot to avoid getting their car hit. What kinds of parking habits piss you off?