MAJOR FAULT LINES
Okay, we always talk about our pets' faults and the faults of our "better" halves--The Boss, The Saint, Flyboy, Sweetie, etc.
Maybe we should also talk about our OWN faults? The Boss is a bit ticked off at me, because he says one of my faults is that I "plan" things without talking to him first. He got "dogged" about my blog the other day, inviting people to the house. He said people at work are asking when they can bring their dogs here! So he wants a retraction! LOL. I'm a social sort, very extroverted, while he's a total introvert.
Now, I figure I can plan things as long as I'm not ASKING him to be involved or do any work for it. You see, as I mentioned before, we are polar opposites in personality. So, that is one of my major faults. I'm not like him, I'm a Yankee, and you know what some Southerners think of Yankees!I fit all the stereotypes. I'm glad I live in a place where there are a lot of Yankee transplants like myself. Some other things he might see as faults (I of course don't) is that I am outgoing, bossy, sarcastic and always right (he thinks that is a fault, my always being right, but I don't think of it that way!) I make decisions quickly and act quickly. I'm not one to worry over a decision for days on end.
I'm also very opinionated and can come off as rude to others who are sensitive sorts. I don't like dancing around an issue or softening people up, I prefer being direct and like when others are that way with me. Just cut to the chase. I'd never be a good diplomat or politician.
I disgust him if I eat food that's dropped on the floor. I'm sure he could tell you about many of my perceived faults, such as I like to argue, but when you are always right, that's just a chore you must do! I also drive him nuts because I think out loud and like to brainstorm. He keeps his thoughts to himself until he's come to a conclusion or resolution. I move fast all the time, while he's a slow Andy Griffith-type walker. I've only seen him move fast once, and that was when it was raining and we were going from the parking lot to a restaurant. He trotted a bit. I'm very impatient as well, which also drives him nuts. He'll say "Does it have to be done NOW?" Why, yes, yes it does. I'm the opposite of a procrastinator most of the time.
I talk too fast. I "con" him into going to the store to pick up stuff we need. Con is his word, not mine. I spoil the pets, I let them get away with stuff. We are not good in a car together--I think he drives too slow, he thinks I drive to fast. I will not drive with him as passenger, because he's a worse backseat drive than I am. Oops, I forgot, this is supposed to be about my faults!
He doesn't like when I tell him to turn on his blinker (I hate when people don't use their blinker!) I "question" him. You see, he thinks my asking him a simple question is the same thing as his BEING questioned, as if I had him tied up with a blinding hot light beating down on his head.
I can see how I get on his nerves, but he gets on mine sometimes too, so we're even. And I wrote a whole column about all the GOOD things he does, but do I get credit for that? :)
He knew what I was like before we got married, as we knew each other in the Air Force. I was bossy, opinionated and always right then too, so he knew what he was getting into! So whose fault is that he has to suffer so?
So share how YOU get on people's nerves, especially your "better" halves! Our pets have faults, and so do we, but it's all a matter of perspective!
In closing, I will add that I am the one who puts the toilet paper and paper towels facing the right way on the holder, and I am the one who loads the dishwasher properly.:)
Above is a picture of Scooter and one of his many faults: A stuffed toy lasts about two seconds before he gets a hole in it and pulls out the stuffing. I don't buy those kind of toys, but my sister often sends them as Christmas presents.
posted by Sandy at 5/02/2007 10:35:00 AM