RevGalBlogPals Friday Five

I love my RevGalBlogPal buddies. There are so many I can't keep track of them all anymore, but a lot is happening over at the mothership. I rarely get around to the Friday Five meme, but since my blog is getting stale and the likelihood of me having anymore independent and/or fascinating thoughts this week is nil, here goes. I feel a little sheepish posting about pet peeves during a week in which so many people have been so kind and generous to me (thank you for all the wonderful birthday & anniversary messages!) so don't take it personally.

1. Grammatical pet peeve
The usual: unnecessary quotation marks, overusage of commas, misplacement of apostrophes. But more than anything else, the inevitability that I will make a grammatical error anytime I deign to critique other peoples' grammar.

2. Household pet peeve
Myself. I am one big walking household pet peeve. One of these days I'm going to start picking up after myself on the first try, instead of walking into a room and berating myself for my lack of good housekeeping.

3. Arts & Entertainment pet peeve (movie theaters, restaurants, concerts)
Let's just say that I do not appreciate when people talk during concerts. Especially Over the Rhine concerts. And if you think I'm kidding, I can refer you to someone who can verify this particular peeve.

4. Liturgical pet peeve
This is not a hard one, if I can define "liturgical" broadly (and I'm a Disciple. We define everything broadly). THOU SHALT NOT EAT CHOCOLATE CAKE IN THE SANCTUARY. We were about to lock up and leave after a very long day today that involved a service and a wedding rehearsal. I noticed a black smudge on the carpet, and since the lights were already out I touched it to figure out what it was. It was a mass of ants, teeming over the remains of the aforementioned chocolate cake. This peeved me so fiercely I was plotting to post massive NO FOOD IN SANCTUARY signs over every entrance, but realized that would pose a problem for Communion.

5. Wild card--pet peeve that doesn't fit any of the above categories
The phrase "spiritual, not religious." I know, I know, it's everybody's favorite phrase. It isn't that I think one can't be spiritual if one is not religious, but I don't like that it sets up a dichotomy of seemingly opposing categories, one of which (spiritual) is obviously preferable to the other (religious). For a while I went around telling people I'm "religious, not spiritual," but that doesn't do anything to dismantle the dichotomy. Anyway.

Bonus: Because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God: What do YOU do that others might consider a pet peeve?
Considering that I consider myself my own biggest household pet peeve, you do the math.

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