Does bad parking make you want to slash tires? Do poor manners make you want to punch someone in the face? Does general ignorance make you want to scream?

Relax- you're not alone. Studies* show that seven out of eight people experience these emotions everyday. The eighth person is usually the moron causing the problem.

Quotidian Quips is here to provide relief to your agitated state and to help bring a bit order, civility, and common-sense back to everyday life.

* By"Studies" I mean "A statistic that I made up"

Friday, 22 February 2013

QQHH# 35: Sometimes it is just best to park where there are no other cars around at all.

This is the type of thing that happens when parking lots haven't been plowed.  The red car in the line of three was the third one at this party...

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

QQHH#34: Sometimes, "go with the flow" is really bad advice. Walking on the street when the sidewalks haven't been cleared is one of those times.

It's winter in St. John's.  Pedestrians are hitting the street because they can't hit the snow/ice covered sidewalks.  If you're a walker: Be brave and FACE THE TRAFFIC! It makes it so much easier for you to react to the drivers out there who don't know what they are doing (please see several previous posts).

And while I'm at it: TAKE OUT YOUR EARPHONES! Honestly as a driver I'm doing my best not to hit pedestrians, but come on.  

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

QQHH# 33 (Holiday Edition): In the last week before Dec 25, the meaning of Christmas does not change from "peace, love, and goodwill" to "@#$%, *$%!, and &*#>",

On a serious note, in these last few days before "Christmas" (which I always find a bit funny because I think that Christmas is really a "time", not just a day), it is easy to be impatient with both strangers and loved ones, and frustrated that everything we "need" to get done is not working out. 

In those times of impatience, frustration or anger, please take a moment to remember the families of those who lost loved ones in the very sad and tragic shooting on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, and all those people that are struggling with loss, pain or loneliness this year. 

The things that most of us complain about at Christmas (and for the rest of the year) are privileges, not problems. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

QQHH#32 (Holiday Edition): Wrapping gifts a few weeks early is an effective way to save time during the holiday rush only if you also remember to put gift tags on them as you go.

Yeah. You know all that thoughtfulness you put into picking out the perfect present for everyone on your list?     That goes out the window once the gift is wrapped.  Then it is just another box in fancy paper. 

Monday, 10 December 2012

QQHH# 31 (Holiday Edition): On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a shearling coat-clad monkey.

Ok, it's not a hint, but it had to be done.


The little guy decided Ikea wasn't quite his thing and now he's going to a primate sanctuary. Quite frankly that sounds like an okay place to spend the holidays.

Friday, 7 December 2012

QQHH #30 (Holiday Edition): The gifts you give should reflect the personality of the recipient and/or your relationship with them.

Caution: If you abide by this tip, you may find yourself questioning why friends and family choose certain gifts for you.  For example:  

This is a "LCD Digital Alcohol Breath Tester", to be used "for entertainment purposes only".  Basically a toy breathalyser. What does this say about the people that will get it as a gift this year? "Hey, we know you love to party, and we want you to be safe, but this is only for your amusement, so good luck with all that!"? That's some quality holiday spirit right there. 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

QQHH #29 (Holiday Edition): The best way to feel good about your level of holiday readiness is to avoid looking at posts of other people's Christmas trees, wrapped presents, and baking.

Well after a rather long hiatus, QQHH is back.  QQHH started out as hints for surviving the 2011 holiday shopping season, so I'll be getting back in the Christmas spirit and sharing my Helpful Hints for Holiday Survival.  Today's anxiety inspiration comes from all the beautiful Christmas preparation pictures that others have shared on Facebook.

My Facebook newsfeed is on track to have pictures of children opening their stockings on December 18th. I might hit "like" but I won't mean it.