Irritating Moments that Leave a Mental Rash

handling your irritationWhat irritates you to the point that you feel you may just commit an act that could have you facing a judge, pleading not guilty by reason of insanity? At any point throughout the day, there are any number of events that could set me off. Sometimes it is as simple as my husband forgetting to replace the toilet paper. Other times it is lights.

Good gracious, I cannot stand light in the mornings when I first wake up. Natural sunlight is welcomed, but artificial light peeking underneath doors and glaring in my face as I stumble to the kitchen for breakfast is absolutely uncalled for. My light aversion could be the cause of my inexpertly applied make-up, but let’s not go there.

I didn’t start off writing about what irritates me. No, I actually began with the intention to write this article about Pinterest. My heart was happy, my head filled with creative thoughts. I wanted to share with you a pin I recently tried and detail the lovely experience that I had while experimenting with that pin. Eventually, I will get around to writing that and you will be able to view it here.

What happened, you ask? What happened was that while sitting at a table at a local eatery two things happened that have managed to throw me off my game and make me incredibly irritated.Which in turn leaves you, my faithful reader, at the other end of one of my hissy fits. One, the free WiFi is being cantankerous, leaving me disabled and discombobulated. Unable to move any faster than a snail’s pace, I quickly gave up the notion that I would be able to get anything done online. Even as I type this, I am using my computer’s word processor…UNCONNECTED! Incredible. Unheard of. How do we live without the internet and technology.? What would happen if my computer deserted me all together this evening? I would be forced to write to you in Neanderthal ways using a notebook and pen. I don’t even want to entertain that thought for a second longer.

Losing access to technology was brutal, but then came the icing on the cake. The one thing that could irritate me more than my husband watching the same episode of Dr. Who ,over and over again, happened. Actually, as I write this it is still happening. One of the restaurant staff began to vacuum the floor. That’s fine. I want this restaurant to be clean. Clean anywhere you want, but why do you insist on vacuuming underneath my table, around my feet, next to my purse? Why is it absolutely necessary that you invade my space? It absolutely cannot wait until I leave?

Yep, I admit. I sound pretentious, spoiled and uptight. Usually, I would have made an effort to take a restroom break or a drink break. I probably would have even picked up my purse and feet. Maybe I was still bitter about the WiFi. Who knows? Sometimes I can’t  reason my actions.

Tonight I will post this and tomorrow I will be embarrassed that I shared these trivial insecurities with you, but for now I don’t care. Perhaps you will find the humor and have a little chuckle at my expense. This is my gift to you.

What irritates you to the point of bad behavior? How do you handle situations that threaten to unleash your inner demon?

About Denise McGrail

I am thrilled and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of The General Gazette. Like so many women, I put off my dreams of being a professional, published writer for longer than intended in order to meet the more practical needs of my family. However, after much soul-searching, I realized I was doing a disservice to them and me by not following my dreams and my passions.

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  1. my husband always leaves the fan on in the bathroom. I literally ask him every day to make sure he turns it of.. but nooo.. he doesn’t! also, when my kids are hanging at my feet asking for snacks while i’m cooking dinner! ahhh

  2. It irritates me when the pans can sit in the sink for days and no one will touch them!! Are they all blind? I have a husband and 2 teens!

  3. sheila musselman askins says:

    right now what irks me…and i say now because on any given day it could be something completely different lol!…is people who think that only THEIR opinions, THEIR way of life, THEIR religion is the correct one. They refuse to say..ok your entitled to your *insert opinion, way of life, religion* but instead choose to criticize or belittle others who do not think their way. I just want to scream at them and tell them what arses they are…but I just take a deep breathe and chalk it up to ignorance. Look life can be rough,, why can’t we just all get along? *singing Kumbaya* That is all..for now. I might have to revisit this post and share what is irking me on a different day LOL

  4. Gahh! Sometimes the people in my class drive me crazy @: My problem is that I’m not the type to complain about their attitude or the way they do thing; I’m pretty patient and can deal with people but I’m not often able to express how I really feel so I bottle it up inside until… boom! Which isn’t a good thing for the people around me at that time, haha.

  5. Mike Bratek says:

    I am sick of people bullying me as well as other people! They don’t realize that verbal hurts just like physical sometimes even worse…..please stop the bullying, its a lifetime scar that it leaves behind!

  6. A walk for me! Doesn’t have to be a long one, but somewhere with scenery and a bench to sit on! I usually take a short stroll in the park and just sit on a bench or the grass to cool down a while and just let myself watch things around me!

  7. Christina Ferguson says:

    Impoliteness. I recently had a guest stay at my home for Thanksgiving (Canada) and would not say thank you for anything. Not for breakfast, lunch, snacks that were left in a basket in his room, and ultimately for Thanksgiving dinner. I was floored. So..yeah..Impoliteness is a huge irritant for me.

  8. Austin Baroudi says:

    The thing that irrates me the most in life is how messy my girlfriend always tends to be! It’s like a tornado goes through whenever she stays in a room for more than 5 minutes. It’s pretty rediculous. I love her so much but she really needs to stop being so piggy like :P

  9. It may seem silly, but what ticks me off is hearing people chew or slurp things. Don’t know why, but man that’s an annoying sound.

  10. Kelly King says:

    I wait tables and I hate when someone leaves without tipping and yes a $2.00 tip on a $60 check is the same as not tipping. I take really good care of the guests and my tables so when It happens It really burns my butt! And I would never vacuum around a table until the table is empty.

  11. Sara Mcconville says:

    What irritates me is when im talking to someone and you have been talking for about 2 mins and they said huh what did you say I hate repeating it

  12. i am sick of people thinking by son is a girl!!! he is almost two years old and almost everyone thinks he is a girl! i dress him in very boyish clothes – things with trucks and robots and people still think he is a girl!! when he was little it did not bother me as much but now it is just annoying!!!

  13. The thing that is most irritating lately is political facebook posts from all my friends. They all bash and don’t take a minute to think that maybe someone on their friends list might be voting for the guy they hate so much, which causes them to alienate that friend.

  14. Andrew Sellen says:

    Political adds are getting to me now. Nothing new here, but if I wanted to listen to that much negativity I would watch the nightly news.

  15. Christina Roth says:

    What irritates me the most are blue-tooths. Working in retail, it is so completely rude when people try and order something and are speaking so some mystery person in their ear and then get mad at me because they ordered the wrong thing!! OMG, you have no idea how much I want to slap them….

  16. colleen boudreau says:

    It irritates me when people constantly interrupt people.

  17. Mya Murphy says:

    The only thing that really irritates me is ex-flings that get into MY FB and twitter literally and I have to change passwords and crap. I also hate that Jim picked a bad , evil woman to have relations with who has screwed him over so much in life.

  18. Heather Thiel says:

    Loud neighbors and slow drivers are at the top of my list!

  19. Richard Hicks says:

    When I am running errands and some nut insists on riding my bumper despite the fact i am doing the speed limit!

  20. What irritates me is when in a car you are waiting patiently in a line of traffic at light and then another car comes up the side and cuts the line and some how finds a way to squeeze in.

  21. Shandie Ü Chandelier says:

    what makes me irritate is that when someone make fool of me many times

  22. Susan Smith says:

    Both my husband and myself are neat people so it irritates both of us when our teenagers always leave their dirty clothes on their bedroom floor. We are always telling them to put the clothes in the hamper.

  23. Kellie Conklin says:

    It irritates me to no end when people talk loudly in the library or make noise on their cell phones. I can understand quiet/normal talking but if you are standing next to people who are obviously trying to concentrate and work please be courteous and move to another area.

  24. Anita Anderson says:

    What irritates me is when my husband goes to the bathroom with his smartphone. It urks me because he is in there forever cuz he is playing games on his phone or watching youtube videos. While my 5 yr old keeps knocking on the door cuz he also needs to go.

  25. April Evans says:

    I used to ask my husband to rinse his dishes before he put them in the sink/dishwasher. After 4 years of him not doing it I finally gave up and just asked that he put the dirty dishes on one side of the sink so I would know that the ones I had rinsed were on the other side. He still cant even do that!!! Its not like I’m asking him to actually do anything.