13 March 2013

Five Favourite Miffs.

We all have our miffs, don't we?  The things that really naff us off - not rage-inducing stuff, just a bit narky.  Well I'm going to  let you into a little secret - I've re-named them.

You know when you're generally just thinking to yourself  'FFS,' like you do, which, if you use text speak, you'll know exactly what it means, but, if not it shouldn't take you very long to work out?  Well miffs have been re-christened 'My FFS!'

Here are my five favourites presently:

Feeling miffed starts pretty early in the day. We'll by-pass the whole sleep (or lack of) palaver and go straight to getting the Nutella out of the cupboard for the kids' morning porridge.  You can guarantee the jar will be found empty, as will be the peanut butter / marmalade / jam ones in the fridge, also, when we decide on toast instead then.  This will be kind courtesy of our foreign language students.

Why not leave the plundered containers out on the side so some more gets bought?  Why put them back, thereby lulling us all into a false sense of security? And, honestly, do they really have to leave their late night feast entrails all over the kitchen worktop FFS for Heavens' sake?

On the whole, however, they're great guys!

The second miff - we move on to the school run - a journey that takes seven minutes in the car, apart from when we're on the school run when it takes forty.  Despite the fact we use this time constructively for the eldest to learn his times' tables (and it looks like an opportunity to learn five languages in the years to come), it's still annoying that there's a mad dash around at home, with lots of shouting plenty of good hearted cajoling and coaxing, grabbing coats and book bags and lunchboxes in order to get out of the house on time, just to come to a sudden sit still in the car, for an age, and for which I'd really rather be briefly relaxing and listening to Radio 2 than doing sums.

Mind you, the majority of it this is along the coast road with splendid views out to sea, so should I be feeling so frustrated at all?

Morning coffee with friends makes number three.  £2.30 per cup, per day?  Whose planet did that get decided on?  And what's all the fuss about cake all the time?  It's vastly overrated, not to mention also overpriced.  I find the nation's need to obsess about it increasingly flummoxing.

Yet, here we are with three lovely big Birthday cakes at home - one we made ourselves (a first), another so very kindly brought by a friend who is a chef and the last bought by said students!

Something that doesn't happen daily, but mightily miffs me though is number four and it is much more common than is bearable:  Hearing anyone, anywhere, anytime bleating about 'Could of / would of / should of.'  Aaargh!  It's 'coudda woudda shoudda' because it's 'Could HAVE / would HAVE / should HAVE,' FFS for goodness' sake.


Perhaps we should check on the ex-husbands'?!

And the most massive miff of all, number five, would be my ex-husband presently paying only £7.00 per week maintenance, off arrears of many hundreds of pounds, or nothing at all, thus forcing them to continually accrue and compelling me to take in yet another foreign language student, which is only going to exacerbate my FFS matters, but there's no way I would want to give him that satisfaction so we won't go there.

Instead, him not giving me money due is one thing - I'm used to being exploited by him - but parking meters?   If they can get a man on the moon soft drinks machines can give change, why can't they?  It's irritating enough having to pay for parking constantly anyway, but needing the correct coins - and naturally never being organized enough to always have them on one's person can rather give rise to feeling ripped off regularly when they don't cough up the balance owed either.

But I suppose that I should appreciate the fact I own a car, that I run it and that I'm not catching the bus everywhere with two children in tow?

So these are my little miffs, my FFS - nothing earth shattering, just little tolerations that we all have to endure.  What are yours?  I'd really love to know!

29 comments:

  1. And who pointed out to you that you have beautiful sea views on your school run eh *coughs*.

    It is crazy the way such a short journey involves so much traffic.

    Love this post; will have to ponder on what my miffs are.

    As for the ex, how come he only has to pay the arrears and not a current liability for maintenance?

    Did you contact? what are they called ...? CSA or something? Can't they debit it at source from his salary?

    Liska xx

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    1. You did point it out darling, thank you! This is already through the CSA who are taking it out of his salary! He gave up work before so this is a bonus! xx

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  2. Gosh, no 5 would have left me mightily miffed indeed. Thank goodness that foreign language students exist - even if they do eat the last of the nutella.

    One of my miffs is people uploading pictures of my children to Facebook and tagging me. Really annoys me. If they looked, they'd see I don't put pictures of my children on there - so why would I want them to do it?

    Passwords is another one. Why do you need a password for everything these days? Every time I try and buy something online I seem to need a password. I've had to create a spreadsheet to look them all up - because some need to be a certain length/ alphanumeric etc so they can't even all be the same. Completely defeats the object of internet security as if anyone steals my pc - they'll have the spreadsheet at their fingertips!

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    1. I have a spread sheet for my pass ports too - so, so annoying!

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    2. FB and photos! So annoying. I have a friend whose own husband puts pics of theirs up despite her repeatedly asking him not to. And passwords? Mine are handwritten in a diary. Someone's tweet did the rounds about them wanting a heiroglyph and the blood of a virgin!

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  3. Have to agree with Mummy Plum, N0. 5 would have me beyond FFS. I mean £7 a week is just a joke amount right? I know it's better than zilch - but still... I think you are doing incredibly well Anya all things considered - you are very strong and so supportive of others in spite of everything.

    But my current miff would have to be this stop-start-stop-start weather we are having at the moment - It's doing me head in .... Spring, would you just get a move on please.

    And my roots growing out so FFS fast too!
    XXX

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Absolutely with you on the weather thing - and the roots!

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  4. Great name Miffs...there are so many - the parking one is a particular fave. I now keep a child's purse HIDDEN in the car (otherwise the teenagers and the Shah nick the money) with some change in it just for parking. Because you always run out of change when you are in the greatest hurry :-(

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  5. £7 a week, that's just not right!
    A miff for me is, and it's only a small one, is trying to find a £1 coin for the shopping trolley - you never used to need one and I've never got one in my purse. If you offer a stranger with a trolley 2x50p's for theirs they look at you like you're a mad woman!

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    1. LOL! Have you not got one of those key rings with a special coin on you mad woman?!

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    2. No, I am just too disorganised to own such a thing!

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  6. I am alway thinking FFS but rarely say it! The £7 joke aside I laughed at the password spreadsheet. I have one of those but in white font so it looks like a blank file. Who am I kidding?!

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    1. I can't imagine you even thinking FFS , let alone saying it! White font? Class!

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    2. Yes, you h ave to higlight it to read it! Should a burglar ever steal my laptop and trawl through all the files! It has an innocuous title too. I think I watched too much Bergerac in my youth.....

      Btw, I giggled to myself....your post title is one vowel away from a VERY different post altogether! *sniggers*

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    3. I can't believe you said that Mrs Miles - is that what your pupils in you RE CLASS call you eh?!! ;)

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  7. So with you on these! Tweeted only the other day about would of. It's the 90s version of text speak annoyance. Was also going to say shopping trolleys. Actually got angry at the staff once for clearing all the trolleys away from the car park so only the one chained to the railing was left. As I pointed out, how was I supposed to get two very small children down to the entrance in a blizzard on my own?!

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  8. My miff is developers who plan to erect three three-storey houses against ones garden wall 16 metres from ones windows which will block all light and halve the value of ones hard-won house.

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    1. Oh dear Anna - am going to have to ask you about that!

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  9. Number 5 would miff anyone I think! That is awful.

    My current miff would be my rapidly increasing number of grey hairs and rapid loss of dark ones...why is it the healthy looking ones that fall out in the shower?

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    1. Good question - keep dyeing it - might be the answer!

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  10. Loving your FFS and incidentally I must live at your house - there was not even an empty jar for the Nutella this morning and you can guess when I went shopping can't you!!!

    I see you are a "butterfly" is it? I do hope we get to pick who it is that looks after us at Britmums - hopefully you wont miss me - I will be the one with the Mooncup lol.

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    1. You and your mooncup. I think we'll be doing shifts but I'll always be around - it would be lovely to meet you mother of four boys! :)

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  11. Lots of valid miffs there! I am so looking forward to meeting everyone at BritMums! :)

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  12. Hope getting those off your chest has made you slightly less miffed. Today mine are a combination of my utility room being so cold my washing won't dry and the fact I keep leaving my teabag in the mug because I'm always trying to do three things at once and not concentrating.

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  13. You need a heated airer - has changed my life - and I think getting your teabag into the cup to brew is a result!

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  14. These made me laugh a lot! The school run is also my big miff :-)

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    1. That's good news - and the other not. Grrrr!

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