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1.15.2008

Duh

Do you guys have things that people say to you all the time? Things that you wish people would stop saying? For me, it's "You have long hair!" or "I can't believe how thick your hair is!" or maybe "Kara, is that dog hair on your sweater?" For my husband, it's "You're so tall!" or "How tall are you?" I confess, even I say this now and then, because I normally forget that he is at least a foot taller than me, and sometimes am startled when I see a photo of us or our reflection together in a mirror.

(I should also confess, I have weird um, personal height perception. Even though I am not really even 5'4" I was convinced for years I was at least 5'6". Or 5'8". And it said on my driver's license that was 5'6" for years, before a sceptical license employee measured me.)

What do you have, that people always say to you? Does it drive you crazy?

14 Comments:

Blogger Tessie said...

Ugg, I have a list AS LONG AS MY ARM, starting with:

1) You look so YOUNG!
2) You're so TINY!

One of my college boyfriends was over 6 feet tall (I'm 4'11"), and everytime I saw pictures of us together I was SHOCKED. I never really noticed our height difference, but maybe that's because I am used to having some sort of height difference with everyone I meet.

8:13 AM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Shelly Overlook said...

When I walk the dogs, esp with stroller, people always say either "You're brave" or "You have your hands full". Both comments irritate the shit of out me.

8:19 AM, January 15, 2008  
Anonymous Swistle said...

Ever since I had the twins, it's ALWAYS "You have your hands full!"

Before that...I can't remember anything people consistently remarked on. Oh, actually I can: people are always telling me what a BIG SMILE I have. And sometimes this is nice, and sometimes it makes me wonder if I look like a shark baring my blinding teeth.

9:38 AM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Mary said...

Because I'm around 5'10" people always said, "Do you play basketball?" which annoys the crap out of me since I am not athletic and I kinda HATE basketball.

10:31 AM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Marie Green said...

I get "are they twins?!?" as in- shocker! Twins are SO RARE (yeah, not really).

Also, "you must have your hands full!!!" Um, yes, I do, now quit yapping at me and hold that door.

Also, I tend to see the WHOLE WORLD as MY height, so then I have occasional SHOCKING moments when I realize someone is taller than I am. (I'm 5'4"... or maybe 5'5"- I've been told both).

11:01 AM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Jess said...

I definitely do, but I hardly notice them anymore. In French, especially, I always had a few key phrases I relied on, including, "C'est trop bien" and "C'est clair."

11:21 AM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Fine For Now said...

Friends and coworkers are always asking me (one today even), "Did you lighten your hair?" Which is really not annoying, but if someone asks you twice a week, then you start to wonder if your hair looks like crap.

Complete strangers make fun of my last name.

A couple years ago I used to hear, "you can't be more than 15 years old." (I'm 25) Gee thanks.

1:13 PM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger CAQuincy said...

"You're so skinny!"

Um, NO, I'm NOT. I am EXACTLY WHERE I SHOULD BE.

You'd think it'd be a compliment, right? Well, after a while, it does become insulting. Especially the one comment from a co-worker, "You were looking a bit anorexic for a while there."

I repeat: all charts have me in the median--EXACTLY where I should be. I am NOT anorexic, and good grief, woman! you've seen me EVERY DAY for years! You KNOW that I EAT--a LOT!

1:56 PM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Penny said...

I hate when people tell me, "You're so independent," which I think is a disguised way of saying, "You are a big bitch and you don't care about anything or anyone."

When I was pregnant, tons of other cliche statements would pour in daily at work and they STILL piss me off.

2:26 PM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger Saly said...

Upon seeing me with the boy and girl:

"Oh, the perect family....."

I also get "you're hands must be full"

and "wow, your hair is so long!!" which it really isn't.

2:32 PM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger desperate housewife said...

I used to get the thick hair thing all the time. In their defense, my hair IS weirdly thick. It's like horse hair.
Also, people always comment on Addy's looks, which is usually fine, but sometimes is borderline creepy. Especially when it's from leering old men.

3:49 PM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger jen said...

3 kids. "wow, you have your hands full!" or "wow you must be busy!" or "so, are you going to have any more??"

the last drive me bonkers, the first two just make me roll my eyes.

Also since I carry my youngest in a baby carrier/sling, EVERYONE stares at me all dreamy and says "I wish I had that when MY kids were little" It doesn't really bother me it just makes me think, you know, they DID have baby carriers since the dawn of time.... but my favorite is "oh he looks so comfy in there!" and "I wish *I* could ride around like that!" which always surprise me because generally people tend to be negative and this is a positive surprise.

9:35 PM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger PixelPi said...

"Do you color your hair?" drives me crazy, since the ratio of white to brown is pretty obvious. I consider this a rude hint that I should be. I always say no, and that I never will, but I am due for a trim.

"I can't believe you're 137! You only look 35!" This is because I'm stupid enough to tell people my age when they ask. Now I ask why they need to know.

"I can't believe you have 3 cats! Do you have all kinds of cute cat decorations in your house?" Answer: "No, my cats are the decorations.

6:10 AM, January 16, 2008  
Blogger Banana said...

You're so cute!
I am not a baby, nor am I a puppy. A grown woman is not cute.

3:51 PM, January 16, 2008  

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