-Of all the sounds I cannot tolerate, open-mouthed chewing is the worst. It's so bad that I dream of duct-taping any offender. With that in mind, imagine this: I have a student this term who sits in the front row and chews her gum as though she means to kill it. Open-mouth gum chewing. Loud. Juicy. Distracting enough that I try to make eye contact with her as a means of shushing her. But every time I try that, she smiles sweetly and continues right on smacking away.
-Next on my list of annoyances would be driving on the newly snowy driveway without first shoveling. I always try to shovel two little tracks at least if I don't have time to shovel everything first. I despise the packed snow/ice effect of not shoveling.
-Sit-ups. Hate 'em. My lower back says it will file for divorce if ever again I try one.
-Cool kids and the power each of my children gives them.
STOP!! I can't continue this way. By nature, I am a glass half-empty thinker but by choice I am a glass half-full thinker, so I've got to turn this post around.
-The student has a wonderful attitude and if I talk louder during my teaching, I will hear her gum-chewing less.
-Chemicals work fairly well on the packed snow tracks on the driveway.
-Instead of sit-ups, I've been doing leg raises. I lie on my back and raise my legs to a 90 degree position. Then I slowly lower them almost to the floor and then start all over again. YES! My stomach is sore and that is GREAT news.
-I happen to think my kids ARE cool. Someday they will believe me.
AND now for bonus positive material:
My 11 year old son casually announced that he will be wearing a moustache to church on Sunday. He said it as though we were discussing a nice shirt or pair of shoes. I will surely post a picture when that happens.
What annoys you AND what do you do to compensate?
Time to go visit Mrs. 4444's. She can fix any annoyance.