25 Things That Fire Me Up

I’ve not shared a Things That Fired Me Up post in several months. If you’re a new reader, Things That Fired Me Up is my space to get a few things off my chest: the funny, the serious, and the slightly neurotic.

As a nod to my upcoming 25th birthday, here are 25 things that fire me up.

  1. Americans who mimic Scottish accents.
  2. When someone introduces a topic of conversation, just to brag about something they wanted to say anyway.
  3. Braggy people in general.
  4. When I realize I’ve been braggy.
  5. Unsolicited Facebook advice.
  6. Drivers who don’t use turn signals. (Commonwealth of Kentucky, I’m looking at you.)
  7. The sentence, “I’m a big Jane Austin fan.” (If you’re really her fan, you’d spell her name correctly.)
  8. Strangers who look at my crying baby in the store and ask, “Oh, why is she crying?” (If I knew…she wouldn’t be crying.)
  9. Strangers who touch my baby. (!?!?!?!?!?!??!?)
  10. Buttons on the back of infant outfits.
  11. Fox News.
  12. CNN News.
  13. Actually, all 24/7 cable news networks.
  14. Passive aggression.
  15. Gas station restrooms that sell products intended to prevent the making of babies, but fail to supply a changing table in the event that those products fail and one finds herself needing to change a baby.  (I could get on a soapbox.)
  16. Cappuccino-flavored Lays chips.
  17. Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving.
  18. The song Christmas Shoes.
  19. Billboards.
  20. Neon Lights.
  21. Cheap souvenirs.
  22. Basically, the city of Gatlinburg, TN.
  23. Rude customer service employees. (Seriously, you’re getting paid to be nice to people. You can be mean again when you clock out.)
  24. Referring to Africa and Asia as countries. (“There’s all sorts of horrible things going on in countries like Mexico and Africa.”)
  25. As always, my own sin. (Covered by the blood of Christ and being put to death by the Holy Spirit to the Glory of God. Amen!)

I’m curious, what fires you up?


  1. Kelly on December 5, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Hilarious! I love that “Christmas Shoes” is on this list! I would have to say that kids with phantom pains used to get them out of work or out of bed are aking my list today!

    • writer on December 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      LOL Kelly! I had a friend who would tell her kids, “Throw up in my hand if you’re feeling that sick.” She was so intense! Loved it!

    • Ted Easter on December 8, 2014 at 2:16 am

      very good list maybe you need some rest. just saying…

      • writer on December 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Funny Dad 🙂

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