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Happy Festivus: The Airing of the Grievances

I have been so busy this holiday season that I almost forgotten about this annual tradition! Yes, it’s Festivus, the holiday for the rest-of-us, and now is the time for the airing of the grievances. You have free space in the comments — my gift to you this holiday season. I’ll start:
  • My daughter's teachers who seem to believe they offer the only challenging course in the school and are therefore entitled to assign homework over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.
  • My local Safeway that after years still can't figure out that the time right before 3:30 p.m. is always busy and needs to be staffed appropriately.
  • Okay yeah, my mom for staying here last week and throwing off my whole holiday schedule. (I swear she doesn't read this blog.
  • Anyone who utters anything about the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, especially if they do so while I'm on the information desk at work.
  • Can I be annoyed with a whole year? Because honestly, 2012 didn't do it for me.
So how about you? None of your people are likely to see your grievances all the way over at my blog, so go nuts. Talk about your boss, your neighbor, your drama queen of a friend. Tomorrow we can get back into the spirit of the season, but now it’s venting time.

5 comments:

Ms. Yingling said...

I'm irritated that for a split second I thought that the way to get a librarian in every school was for librarians to offer to BE the armed staff member. I hate guns. I'm irritated that winter break can't be a two week long reading marathon where I am not required to get dressed and/or bathe, cook, or do anything but read. And I'm pretty much irritated with my entire family, so I feel ya. 2013 has got to be better. 2012 was okay but... Irritating!

Melissa Fox said...

I'm annoyed with people: who think that owning guns is synonymous with being American. Who feel that the best way to stop massacres from happening is arm everyone. Who argue that if guns shouldn't be controlled because the criminals will get them anyway (because so many drug dealers shoot up schools, y'know). Who think that those who vote Democrat are Evil and (again) unAmerican. Who fight for the rights of unborn babies, yet will just say "it's a terrible thing" when 6 year olds die and not do a think about it.

I'm seriously considering moving to Canada, where they actually respect discourse and are sane. Except it's so damn cold there.

tanita davis said...

I'm completely pissed that I've been well for 360 days this year, and the four days I have back to back concerts? Of course, some nasty, breath-stealing, lung-hacking cough. Yay, for being sick at my first paid Christmas Eve gig.

I'm pissed that the trip we'd planned to Germany for next October is going to be indefinitely postponed, since Tech Boy lost his contract due to UTTER INCOMPETENCE on the part of his boss. I hate uncertainty.

I'm also furious with the NRA, for all the good it would do. How STUPID is it to ask teachers to be armed?? Seriously??????

Jennifer said...

My director, who persists in thinking that an army of volunteers who will solve all our staffing problems are waiting just outside the library. Also, her belief that teens will magically appear if we just marketed programs correctly. And that marketing just happens on its own, so saying "you need to do more publicity" does not entail any additional work.

Charlotte said...

Of course I too have big, deep issues with life, but just wanted to share that I'm deeply annoyed that the hideous non-verb "gifted" is turning up in middle grade fantasy books. As in "the dragon gifted the kingdom with his magic."