Alyx the Grouch

I’ve been a real grump lately. Mind you, I’ve had good reason. I’ve been working like crazy on a big project at work, which means lots of unpaid overtime. All the pressure from information provided at the last minute (not my fault, I’ve been pushing this puppy since January!) means I’ve been having weird dreams and making lots of mistakes.

I’ve been having various health woes as well, and it looks like I’ll have to finally schedule an operation I’d been putting off for awhile. *sigh* Even my brat was starting to get on my case, and you know what a bad sign that is. πŸ˜€

It doesn’t make for a pleasant disposition. So lots of things that I normally shrug off I’ve been finding particularly annoying. Like, let’s learn the concept of a PASSING LANE, people! There’s no shame in driving slow. Go only as fast as you can handle that death machine you call a car…it’s safer for everyone. However if you’re going slower than the posted speed limit and/or the flow of traffic, YOU DON’T BELONG IN THE FAR LEFT LANE! Yes, I know the merging lane on the right is more of a hassle, but that’s the price you pay for driving slower.

And while we’re on the subject, if I catch you texting while driving I am going to haul your *ss out of your car and slap you silly. And no, not in a fun way. You think you can multi-task. You are wrong. It’s obvious you cannot pay attention to traffic and do anything else, so pay the h*ll attention to traffic and quit endangering the rest of us!!

Finally, stop correcting me in the pronunciation of “bruschetta.” There’s no reason why everyone would know how to speak Italian, so I’m not blaming you for not knowing. I’m blaming you for trying to correct me when I DO know the pronunciation. Here’s a quick lesson. (I know how to pronounce “calzone” too, but I know I’m fighting a losing battle on that one, and it’s not as critical an “e,” being on the end and all.) I could go on about the right way to pronounce “karaoke” as well, but I sense I’m losing my audience here. So I’ll shut up now. The next post will be funnier.

Unless someone cuts me off in traffic. 😑

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54 Responses to Alyx the Grouch

  1. pippin says:

    Oh dear Alyx! I’m sorry you’re going through a rough time right now. *HUGS* my friend. πŸ™‚

    • Alyx says:

      Thank you, Pip. *hug* I’m doing okay, just felt like posting a grumpy post. *g* But I’d be happy to never have to see another doctor! :p

  2. Kayla says:

    *smiles and tries really hard not to laugh* Sorry to hear you are having a rough time at the moment. No worries…this to shall pass. Just take a deep breath, rub your ear lobes (or if you have a butt handy) and hum. You’ll be feeling better in no time.

    • Alyx says:

      Hmm…rub my ear lobes or a handy butt….tough choice! πŸ˜† I think walloping a butt rather than rubbing it would be more stress-relieving, don’t you? πŸ˜‰

  3. bystander says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you are having a hard time of things just now, i hope that things get better for you. Hugs

  4. SP says:

    Wow, you ARE grouchy! *hugs* My sympathies and hope things get better for you soon. (Although you do need to take care of your health, otherwise I might be tempted to get on your case too!) *g*

    Oh, about Italian food. Do you like focaccia? In the office, my colleagues and I simply call it “f***cha” bread! lol

    • Alyx says:

      Hey, I have good reason to be grouchy! *g* And you can jump on the band wagon to bug me, right behind TMT, Fizzy, Pippin and V. πŸ˜› (Actually, I feel all warm and fuzzy knowing so many people care.) Thanks for your concern, Peach.

      (I do like focaccia. But remind me never go into an Italian restaurant with you and your buds. :lol:)

  5. micah says:

    Great job, Fizzy, for bugging Alyx to have the surgery. Please keep at it until she finally gets it done.
    Alyx, I totally agree about the cell phone texting while driving. As a matter of fact, I plan to make sure a brat I know reads your posting today.
    Take care of yourself Alyx. Long stressful days coupled with health issues drain you mentally and physically. Pamper yourself a little and relax every chance you get.
    Sending you hugs…

    • Alyx says:

      Thanks, Micah. It means a lot that you and everyone else is sending such nice thoughts my way. *hug* And yes, make sure that brat of yours is NOT texting while driving….or give her a few swats from me!

  6. tigger0011 says:

    I’m sorry you’re so overwhelmed, Alyx! Don’t you wish you had a tank sometimes to just ram into the people who drive so slowly? Especially the TOURISTS!?
    But, then, I digress…
    Please take care of yourself…slow down when you can!
    And why does everyone pick on us poor texters?

    • Alyx says:

      *LOL* NO, naughty Tigger, I have no desire to ram into tourists! They keep our economy going. And most of the time, they are nice people. (Okay, maybe I do want to ram the ones who are rude and demanding. But I restrain myself. πŸ˜€ )

      Texters are fine. As long as they are doing it when standing/sitting still or lying down. Unless they’re doing it during a play or movie! Then they deserve a good smack. *g*

  7. naughtyney says:

    Alyx, you poor thing. Its bad enough that work is so hard right now. Remember that things move in cylcles. This one: not so good. The next one: should be fabulous. BTW Make sure you take care of that surgery thingy so it will help you feel better. Lastly, way to go on the B__ching about those slow dang drivers but everyone knows that drivers while texting. LOL

    • Alyx says:

      Thank you, Ney. I agree with you about the cycles, and funny how when you’re down, everything seems to fall on top of you! πŸ˜† But I’m sure once I get my health in order it’ll all be much better. And even bad drivers and people who can’t pronounce Italian will not bother me! πŸ˜€

  8. Tarabeth says:

    So, sorry you’ve had a difficult time. I hope things make a wonderful turn around soon. xoxo

  9. Fizzy says:

    You all should have HEARD the brat logic she was using to explain why she should put off the surgery till next year. It was Brat Hall of Fame material. πŸ˜† But fortunately Alyx is wise and brave too. *hug* You can be as grouchy as you want, you’ve earned it.

    • Alyx says:

      I beg your pardon! It’s only Brat Logic when a brat does it! 😑 When a top does it, it’s called “perfectly reasonable.” And don’t you forget it, missy! *swat!*

  10. Ney says:

    That sounds about right. Tops tellin’ us that we are brats but then when it comes down to it who does the BIG bratting…they do!!! *wg* Ney

  11. Indy says:

    Hope things calm down for you soon, Alyx!

  12. lola says:

    Oh, Alyx…sorry to hear about the surgery. Sending you a big hug your way! As for frustrating things in life…I hear ya! How about:

    1 – Grocery store lines – no matter which one you pick, it will undoubtly be the longest a$$ one;
    2 – Getting stopped by a female cop – you KNOW you’re NOT going to get out of it, no matter what you do or say;
    3 – you have a stupid tune in your mind that has been buzzing up there for like “ever” but you can’t figure it out and can’t hum it either so no one can help you;
    4 – some idiot in class asks a question at the end just when it was over and THEN the teacher randomly asks people what they think.

    I’m sure I could go on and on (and on) but just thought I’d share that frustrations lurk everywhere!


    • Alyx says:

      Gee, Lola, you’re almost as grouchy as I am! πŸ˜‰ Just kidding. I really hear you on #4, though. That happens in the workplace too right when a meeting is about to be concluded. And usually the person asking is a total suck-up, aren’t they? 😑

  13. sandy1984 says:

    I can’t for the life of me imagine you, of all people, being’re always so polite! But if the current health issue is the same one you mentioned to me at the beginning of this year, then It’s no wonder you’re a bit crabbit!! Now I’m the last person in the world who should be nagging, but please get it sorted. At the very least, you’d get a couple of weeks off work, lying on the couch, getting pampered…you deserve it!!
    I would pay to see you slap someone silly for texting and driving, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve almost been flattened by someone on their phone..and they were just walking!

    I don’t get what you’re talking about with the Italian food stuff. Is it pronounced differently in America? I’m not a huge fan of Italian food (too much cheese), but is it brush-etta?

    Hope things get easier for you soon Alyx.

    • Alyx says:

      Aw, Sandy, that’s very nice of you, saying you always find me to be polite! πŸ˜€ Actually, in RL I am very polite, but I didn’t think that came through online. Especially since, if I remember correctly, YOU were the person who censured me once for using inappropriate language! πŸ˜†

      (Yes, it’s the same health issue, finally getting taken care of. I think. Latest word from the doc is I gotta see another doc! :roll:)

      Everything is pronounced differently in America! πŸ˜€ It’s “brews-ketta” and most people pronounce it “brewshetta.” I love Italian food. But then I am a fan of lots of kind of food….that’s the problem! πŸ˜‰

  14. Kayla says:

    I hear you about the cycles. I’m a doozy of one right now but I shall not bore the crowd with that one. I did hear an interesting statistic that relates to the topic at hand so I shall share. In the U.S. 11% of people are on their cell phones while driving. You are 4 times more likely to have an accident while talking on the phone and 23 times more likely to have an accident while texting. I hate when people are walking down the sidewalk texting. They never look where they are going. So rude. Then again sometimes I do people watch and it’s great fun to see two texters walking towards each other. They must get some kind of sense that they are near someone (electrical charge maybe) because they always look up at the last minute. So disappointing. *shrugs* Guess that makes it’s a love hate thing.

    Anyways, glad to see you are feeling better.

    • Alyx says:

      Sorry to hear you were in a doozy of a cycle, Kayla. I hope things are better by now. πŸ™‚

      (Some people defend talking on cell phones while driving by saying it’s no more distracting than having a conversation with someone in the car. You know what? Lots of people can’t do that either! They slow down, they swerve, they simply can’t pay attention to the road. Get a clue, people: If you can’t do both competently, then it’s the conversation that should suffer! Let your passenger wait for your next word or wonder what the hell you’re mumbling about! The rest of us driving with you should not be endangered or inconvenienced!) *phew* Okay, rant for the day is over. πŸ˜€

  15. cras says:

    *Waits an appropriate amount of time for the grumpiness to wear off and then comments* πŸ˜‰

    I hope that things have smoothed out for you over the last couple of weeks. I’m totally with you about people who drive slow in the left lane though. The driving manual for every state I’ve ever been in says to move right if you’re driving slower, and there are even signs up on some roads that say it, so people should do it! (I suppose it should be noted that I have a notoriously short temper while driving, though I tend to be better about it when people are in the car with me….the rest of the time though I’ve been known to yell at the other drivers. Usually things that are part driving tip, part insult.)

    I have no comment about the texting while driving bit, though I’m totally with you on the pronunciation thing. Not those particular words (thank you for the lesson in how to correctly pronounce bruschetta) but I’ve been known to get a little touchy about pronunciation corrections too.

    Glad you decided to deal with the surgery instead of putting it off. Bad things happen when you put off medical stuff for too long. Not that I would have any real experience with that. *whistles and looks around the room innocently*

    Anyway, hope you’re feeling less grumpy and life is rolling along smoothly for you. πŸ™‚

    • Alyx says:

      Well, if you read my last comment reply you’ll see the grumpiness hasn’t worn off. πŸ˜† If you’re not commenting on the texting because you do it yourself, then I hope your top makes sure you don’t sit comfortably for a week, young lady! *frown* It’s seriously dangerous, Cras. Not only to you but other people as well.

      Okay, your last email was scary. *sigh* I will definitely schedule that puppy soon. Life is rolling along, all right. But smooth ain’t the word. *snort*

  16. bystander says:

    :(. sending you super huge wishes for better days. hugs and more hugs

  17. Amy says:

    Wow, Alyx. I have never seen you so angry before (Or read you so angry before).

    • Alyx says:

      Well, you would’ve seen worse if the presidential election had turned out different! *shudder* No, actually, I would’ve been depressed more than angry. That post wasn’t angry….that was grumbling. Serious grumbling. πŸ˜€

      • Espy80 says:

        Amen to that. As the non US half of a binational lesbian couple, an alternative outcome to the election worried us a great deal. As it is now we get to wait and pray and hope that SCOTUS deals with doma in the spring.

        • Alyx says:

          I don’t know when the US will catch up with the civilized world, unfortunately. Blame England for sending all her Puritans over here. πŸ˜€ I’d consider moving to Canada if it wasn’t so cold. πŸ˜›

          • Espy80 says:

            Haha it’s not always cold here. The summers get pretty hot buuuuuut I am dreading shoveling snow for at least 4 months now and the first heavier fall was this week urghhh.
            Additionally as a Canadian Brit, we did try and export lots of good things to our North American brethren… Good grammar, afternoon tea, discipline(?!) (not sure I can get away with that one lol), and the Beatles !
            Canada is a great place for relationship equality though and has a lot of pluses for it I would miss, but I’d give it up for the woman I love in the US if I could. I have a lot of fingers crossed for Doma repeal and federal recognition over the next year.

            • Alyx says:

              I’d have to agree with you that the Brits know how to do discipline and afternoon tea damn well. I think we improved on their spelling though. *LOL*

              I’m thinking there is hope for repeal of DOMA….I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and all the other bi-national same sex couples! πŸ™‚

              • Espy80 says:

                Thanks Alyx

                Grrrrrrr North American spelling. Grrrrrrrr

                That is all.

                You’ve for me dreaming of a cream tea now *eg* and sigh….

                I’m keeping almost everything crossed re Doma. Only hoping people’s fairness in judgement eventually prevails. (Sooner rather than later as patience is not my first strength lol)

                It’s past my bedtime πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

                • Alyx says:

                  *g* You do realize some of that grammar/spelling was actually initially British spelling, and it was YOU guys who changed, right?

                  Mmm….I had a wonderful cream tea while in England. Not to mention lovely fish and chips and pasties!

                • espy80 says:

                  Ack you are making me a little homesick now … Something I have refused to dwell on since emigrating from old blighty

                  We didn’t exactly change the grammar and spelling rules… We *standardised* them*vbg* just because until the 1800s or there abouts pls don’t quote my timeframe it was fashionable to customise one’s spelling as one saw fit.

                  I want a cream tea. I’m from a region where the clotted cream is wonderful (and artery closing)

                  I love pasties. I’m not good making pastry items though as this weekend proved once again as I took my annual foray into Mince Pies. Sighs

                • Alyx says:

                  What happened was you lot continued to evolve the language and we kept some of the old ways. Do you know that Shakespeare used the word “mad” as we do (to mean angry), and not just in the sense of “crazy”? I’m reading a book now on the story of English and it’s simply fascinating.

                  The clotted cream I had was delicious. So the age-old debate: cream on the scone first, then jam…or jam first, then cream? *bg*

                  I’ve never had a mince pie (yet). I’m curious though, as TMT makes those at Xmas too. πŸ™‚

                • espy80 says:

                  Garr you might be correct in that … Lol… On the evolution front at least…(but I like to tease my wife about American English πŸ™‚ ) I see the same thing here with French in Quebec where they got the 17th century version and developed it… Rather differently from the Parisian French I learned at school (and sadly after many many many years if study / immersion am still not more than acceptably functional)

                  Oh gosh…. I’m not sure I mind the order although thinking about it… I prefer jam on top… But I like lots and lots of clotted cream…. No skimping please. Drool. (Diet 2013 to start soon?)

                  Hmmmm well mince pies are turning out yet again to be a challenge living in north America. I can make pastry, albeit not well.. But the mincemeat is a pale pale imitation of the kind we get in the uk. Gosh now you have me missing marks & spencer! Actually the pastry I tried this time was called “no fail” but although the texture was perfect the taste was blah…. So I’m giving up again for the year…

                  Btw… I was rereading Lizzy Mcfizzy learns a lesson when I saw this message had flagged up. I really do enjoy your writing. Going to sound like a star struck fan now but you really do capture the tender essence of our relationships… that resonates deeply with me. Thank you

        • Alyx says:

          It doesn’t surprise me that you tease your spouse about American English…TMT and I tease each other all the time. (Me: “You always make fun of my R’s!” TMT: “Darling, I love your arse!” πŸ˜€ )

          I’m glad you liked the Lizzy McFizzy story. *smile* She is an endearing brat.

          • espy80 says:

            Hehe I’m trying to be good and not rag too much on that one (usually a bit of a fail though!!)

            Lizzy is very sweet…and I can certainly relate to her πŸ™‚

            I call my w “darling” too when I’m having
            a more British speech moment… She is a southerner and calls me “darlin’ ” from time to time southern style πŸ™‚

  18. espy80 says:

    Ps I’m curious to know whether TMT makes or buys them. To be honest the supermarket ones are pretty darned good too…. And so much easier to polish off…. Hehe maybe she can ship you some.

    I was discussing mince pies with my coworker today… We both concluded there probably was not much point my bringing 24 of them to the office (they will consume any of my other baking experiments!) but something that sounded to him like christmAs cake or pudding in a pie shell was not likely to be taken up… That said I’m tempted to check and find out now I think about it.

    • Peach says:

      Oh I love English cream tea! It’s the best. Jam on top of the cream, a warm scone, and a lovely pot of Earl Gray. Yum. Wish they had it here in the States! But mince pie… um… tastes a bit … you know sweet and salty and I guess you can tell not one of my faves. lol

      • espy80 says:

        Hey there Peach

        I’m not sure the mince pies I created I like either. Lol and the good ones are an acquired taste I guess πŸ™‚

        I’ve researched clotted cream as this is the only component I know to be hard to come by in the states… Come to the conclusion I have to find a neighbours with a cow and learn to make it. The jarred stuff on amazon is awful!

        Drooling now…

    • Alyx says:

      TMT does both — she can make her own and sometimes she buys them. She said they’re best eaten hot and with cream. I don’t usually care for preserved fruits, so it might not be my thing either. But the way she raves about them has me curious to try. Too bad they don’t ship well. *g*

      (I can’t imagine clotted cream would be any good from a jar! *shudder* Best to find it fresh….guess I’ll just have to travel to Devon. πŸ™‚ )

      • espy80 says:

        Yikes. It’s showing as 454 your time so a 5 hr time gap…

        I want. No, demand a mince pie now. Preferably an m&s one. You should definitely try at least one if not two. I bet they might grow on you…

        I’m supposed to be asleep but am a little too awake … *sigh*

        Hehe Devon is very very close to where I come from. To all those wonderful UK clotted cream producing cows: moooooo

        Night night!

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