T-Rex Rantz, Volume 10


Annnnd we’re back with another edition of T-Rex rantz! If you’ve missed my days of complaining about inane and irrelevant things, today is your lucky day. I’m not sure if I am just getting more patient in my old age or if I’m just increasingly aware of how petty these complaints are, but either way – I apologize for the reduction in my rage. I’ve got some good ones today, though!

1. When other people walk their dogs at the same time I walk mine: So, my dog is an asshole. He hates all other animals. Recognizing this (and also the fact that he’s a 12 year old rescue and the training ship sailed long ago), AJ and I do everything we can to avoid him coming into contact with other creatures. This means walking him at obscure times of the day when no normal person would be out walking their dog, like 10:30 am on a weekday (if I take a short break from work and I’m working at home). Inevitably, someone else is out walking their dog. It happens every time. I think I’ve figured it out, though, because my neighbor also has a rude dog and he and I always walk our dogs at the same time. I think we, the owners of rude dogs everywhere, just all are trying to avoid other dogs and we all have the same strategy of walking them at weird times. Unfortunately, it is backfiring, because now all the rude dogs are on the street at the same time. Anyway, I would like everyone else to stop walking their dogs, because I am petty and selfish and I am the only person who matters, obviously.

Very cute? Yes. Very rude? Also yes.

2. When I try to support a local business and they don’t have what I need: In the interest of full disclosure, there are few things I hate more than going into actual, physical stores. In fact, I hate leaving my house in general if I’m not traveling somewhere cool. I prefer to order everything online (except groceries, because that nonsense is expensive) – and yes, I know I’m single handedly responsible for destroying the economy. Nonetheless, I recently needed to buy fuel for my run. I decided I would go support a local running store because I like running and the world needs running stores. Then, when I got there, they did not have ANY of my top five fuel options. I ended up with Clif Shot Blocks which, if you recall, did not go so well. Thus, I ended up having to order the fuel I wanted online anyway, proving my entire point in the first place.

3. When people don’t communicate: One thing I absolutely cannot stand is when people are poor communicators about outstanding projects or tasks. This happens in my work life, my freelance life, and just life in general. If you’re struggling with a project or task or you think you might not meet a deadline, that’s fine, but communicate that in advance. Do not wait until the last possible second, or worse, make me hunt you down and ask repeatedly for updates. Literally nothing makes me angrier. This isn’t even a funny one because I’m so mad just thinking about all the times this has happened to me recently. UGH.

4. Static hair in the winter: Occasionally during the winter (like once a month) I think to myself, “Danielle, you know, maybe you should wear your hair down and look like human being for once instead of just always putting it up in a bun.” And I’m like “Yeah, self, you should do that.” So I do. And then my hair immediately is overcome with static and is somehow both flat and electric at the same time and looks like garbage. I vow not to attempt to wear my hair down every again, then repeat the same cycle 4 weeks later. By the time the air has got enough humidity in it to stop the madness, I have approximately two weeks before the South Carolina air is so humid that I once again cannot wear my hair down. In summary: I should move.

5. People who follow, unfollow, and then refollow me on Instagram, like I’m some kind of fool: Ok, I recognize that there is a strategy involved in building an Instagram following. I do not follow any strategy because I am lazy, but I recognize that one exists. Essentially, some people follow related accounts, then unfollow the person once they follow back, in order to have more people following them than they are following. If it seems complicated, that’s because I just used the word “follow” five times in one sentence. Now, if someone follows me and their account is related to mine, I will follow back – why not? But then, when they unfollow me a day later, I unfollow back. It should end there, right? We’re good? Wrong. Because inevitably, half of those accounts end up refollowing me a few days or weeks later. MAMA DIDN’T RAISE NO FOOL. I can’t deal with it. I will not be duped again! In summary: this is why I don’t have an Instagram strategy besides being petty.


6. Excessive use of the word “tribe:” Can we all agree that this “find your tribe” nonsense has gone a little far? I appreciate the sentiment, and I like that we found an alternative to the word “community,” but it’s just too much. Not every group of people is a tribe. We don’t need to use the word “tribe” for everything. That is all.

7. My washer/dryer situation: I have a front loading washer and dryer situation, which is great. However, in both houses I’ve lived in with them, the hookups are apparently backwards and the doors now open into each other instead of away from each other. Therefore, in order to get my clothes from my washer into the dryer, I have to awkwardly shove them over both doors and into the opening, which mostly results in me dropping all of my wet clothes repeatedly on the floor. I feel like I cannot be the first person to have this problem since it has happened in BOTH houses. Why, I ask you, do they not make it so the doors can be used on either side? Why must I suffer? This is the bane of my existence and that is not an exaggeration.

THE WORLD IS UNFAIR. Also – we had to replace the original washed for this set last year. The original one still did this nonsense.

8. The number of things required to run a marathon: You know what I learned while taking the past 18 months off of marathons? Well, I learned that half marathons require a lot less stuff than full marathons. Perhaps I am in the minority, but I don’t take any type of fuel for half marathons or for long runs under 15 miles. This is mostly because I am lazy and cheap. For marathons and long training runs, you need things! Things like multiple packs of fuel. Things like chapstick, water bottles, body glide, a fuel belt, etc. It is way more high maintenance. I really just want someone to pack my stuff for me and also carry it for me during the race so I don’t have to do it myself. Is that soooo much to ask?

LEAVE A COMMENT: What irrational and petty things are filling you with rage lately?


39 thoughts on “T-Rex Rantz, Volume 10

  1. I should really do a post like this. I could go on for days with petty irritations!!…and I love yours. I too buy absolutely everything online so don’t take ALL the credit for economy destruction, and I cannot stand the word “tribe.” I have no clue how people even know when people follow and unfollow on Instagram…and I am dead serious. Finally, that washer/dryer situation would drive me bananas!! How are you still functioning?
    As for the hair – cut it.

    1. So, there is an app I have that shows who follows and unfollows you. It’s pretty simple. I had heard about it but never used one for the longest time until I noticed my follower were going up and down on a daily basis. I thought there was no way I could possibly be offending THAT many people on any given day, so I got the app – and now I know the truth!!

  2. I think there must be a tribe of rude dog owners–you could join them! πŸ˜€ and tribes of IG follower/unfollowers.
    I am really over how freaking cold it is in our gym. I AM A TINY PERSON FOR GOD’S SAKE
    Also, tell Ridley to give me at least a LITTLE acknowledgement when I say her name and she is outside. Even if she then ignores me. It would be an improvement.

    1. There is definitely a rude-dog owner tribe and unfortunately, I think I am in it whether I want to be or not. Sigh.

      A long time ago, I adopted a puppy (that my ex now has) that we thought was deaf for over a year. He never responded to his name or ANYTHING until one day, he did. Turns out, he could hear fine – he just didn’t care.

  3. You can totally reverse the way your washer and dryer doors open!!! There are plenty of tutorials on youtube/general internet.
    I reversed my fridge door, and it totally changed my life πŸ™‚

    1. Uh, I might have been mistaken. It depends on the machine, and most likely you-ll only be able to do it on your dryer. Sorry!
      You probably did the research though, so now I feel kind of stupid. Oh well.

      1. Hmmm…I will have to have AJ look into this! I actually had not researched it, shockingly enough – I just scream at the doors in frustration every weekend when I’m doing my laundry.

  4. I take my dogs out at 6:30 a.m. to avoid all other dogs and we inevitably see at least one, whose human is also trying to avoid other dogs. The ONLY, and I mean only because we’ve tried everything, thing that remotely works is bribing them with treats not to bark. I did NOT mind this morning then they barked at a guy in the alley and he took off, haha.

    1. I’m so glad someone else feels my pain!!! I have never tried taking treats with me, but that’s not a bad idea…I will do that next time!

  5. I agree with just about everything on this list! And If I had a dog, it would be a clean sweep.
    Psstt…how do you know who unfollows you on Instagram? Do you just compare lists?

    1. There’s an app for that! I had heard of it but never used it til I noticed weird things going on with my followers. It is super easy to use – it shows you tons of info like who follows you, who doesn’t, and most importantly, who has recently unfollowed you. It is almost ALWAYS people who just followed me a few days before! It’s called “Followers”

  6. I LOATHEEEE when people do that on IG. I have a program that lets me know when people do that so I can block them.
    FYI – I actually thought I was following you for the longest & then clicked on your IG account from your blog yesterday & saw I wasn’t… I dont know what happened with that. So if you see a new follower from yesterday, I’m legit πŸ˜‰ A T-Rex fan for years! πŸ˜‰

    1. Yes! I have that program too! I kind of wish I never got it because now I get so irrationally angry about when people follow/unfollow/re-follow me, but that ship has sailed.

      I saw your follow this morning and recognized your name immediately! It’s great to hear from you again πŸ™‚

  7. I just love that picture of Rocket!! You know he and Cede have to be related. I get irritated when people walk their dogs behind our houses in the drainage ditch area when I have mine out there. Don’t they know that is my place to take my dogs, so that Cede won’t attack their dogs? πŸ˜‰
    I was going to mention that you usually can reverse the dryer door (I did it myself on our old Maytag) but it looks like someone beat me to it. I don’t have a front loading washer but I assume it is the same. If I can do it, anyone can. πŸ™‚
    The communication thing is a big deal, especially in your line of work with all of your deadlines!! I get so frustrated with our managers forgetting to let us know about things that affect our daily job!

    1. Hahaha! Exactly! Like, people, I am TRYING to keep your dog alive. Help me help you.

      I am going to have AJ try to reverse the doors this weekend! Fingers crossed that it works – now I have my hopes up!

  8. Static in my hair makes me crazy…So much, in fact, that when my daughter was about 3 she used to yell, “Oh, STATIC!” when she was mad about something. She apparently heard me complain so much about it that she thought it was a bad word πŸ™‚ Anyhow, if you gently run a fabric softener sheet down your tresses, not only will your hair smell dryer fresh, but the static will be tamed (I reserve this for desperate times because I don’t always want to smell like a load of laundry, but it’s a quick and easy fix when needed).

    The one thing making me crazy lately is PokΓ©mon. My kindergarten class is obsessed and I know more about Pikachu and his little friends than I ever wanted to….Gah!

    1. HAHAHA that’s so great! I love that she thought static was a bad word…because it basically is. That’s awesome. I’ll definitely have to try the fabric softener trick next time!!

      I can’t believe Pokemon are still a thing. We played with those things when I was in school!!

  9. Oh I have missed these and now I want to write the world’s biggest comment!

    I’m currently hoping to redo some stuff in my house and while I have it picked out online I haaaaaate that I have to actually go to a store to get it. I’m debating tricking someone into picking it up for me because ugh.

    “When people don’t communicate” PREACH!
    I’ve actually received a message of “I don’t think we’re communicating” from a person AFTER I’ve detailed things and receive no response. AHEM.

    Your static cycle sounds like my cutting bangs cycle, except my bangs cycle is roughly every 12 months, but I thiiiiink I’ve stopped. For now. Bangs. Don’t do it.

    Follow/unfollow me on IG and you’ll get yourself blocked. No one has time for that BS.

    And, finally, I’ll cop to the use of the word “tribe”. I hope you’ll still be me creepy internet friend. Not that you’re creepy, because you not (I don’t think) just that the internet it….

    1. Hahaha! I have been tempted to give myself bangs once or twice, but I VIVIDLY remember how horrific the experience of growing them out was…from kindergarten. That trauma has stuck with me for literally 25 years.

  10. Oh man! I have the SAME w/d issue! W.T.F?! Our w/d is, sadly, outside (even more annoying) in the back patio area so when I drop my clothes (every time) when transferring from w –> d, it is always in my dog’s sheddings and dirt and leaves (because we also have the weirdest backyard that slopes so dirt is impossible to keep out.

    One more rant: when gnats get into your wine. They have no idea how obnoxious it is to fish them out and then watch them fly away, nbd.

    A finally, a comment on your rude dog. I completely empathize with you and thank you for choosing a rescue dog that may have otherwise not made it. I work for Austin Pets Alive! which made Austin a no-kill city by taking in the animals most at risk and people like you are what keep animals alive and get them into homes.

    1. Oh my gosh, Hannah!! Outside w/d situation is definitely worse. So much for clean clothes πŸ™ You have my deepest sympathies.

      For as rude as he is to other animals, he is so wonderful with people and in every other aspect that it is more than worth the stress of trying to walk him. I can’t imagine having anything other than a rescue dog, honestly! No question for me πŸ™‚ He came from a high kill shelter and was half his current body weight when I adopted him – literally skin and bones. Thanks so much for the important work you do!!

  11. My tribe is totally with you on number 3 πŸ˜‰

    The Instagram thing drives me nuts. Because I don’t follow these accounts back in most cases, I get the unfollow/refollow/flurryoflikes/waitfivedaysthenstartagain a lot. If I didn’t follow you the first time, probably not going to follow you the second or third time either.

    My mini rant: if you complain to me (rudely) about eLearning I created and then we discover that the issue was user error, I am not being unreasonable for expecting an apology. You emailed THREE managers in your initial complaint. I do not appreciate that you implied to them that my work was faulty. I have always taken responsibility at work when I am at fault for something. You should too. (My coworker. Not you, Danielle.)

  12. The unfollowing/refollowing annoys me the most on twitter. I just don’t get it. Why do that? It’s really obvious…plus who wants to follow 10,000 accounts.

  13. I can relate with the jerk dog problems. My mom has now had two dogs that are complete jerks to other dogs and they are almost impossible to walk when other dogs are around. Pretty much the only thing that ever works for me is cross the stop and stand in front of the dog to try and block them from seeing the other dog. Of course, this never works and they just try and look around me and try to charge through me but it’s something.
    On another note, I’ve been slowly catching up on your blog posts and I just recently read about your kidney infection. I just read an article “Can Running Marathons Cause Kidney Damage?”. They admit it a very small study group but think there should be more work done on the matter. Here is a link, if you are interested. http://acsh.org/news/2017/03/29/can-running-marathons-cause-kidney-damage-11063

    Love T-Rex Rantz!

    1. Hahaha that is my strategy with my dog, too! I make him sit down on the opposite side of the street from where the other dog is and try to block his view. This has yet to be effective, as you have experienced πŸ™‚

      Thanks for linking to that! Very interesting!!

  14. #1-#4 – We are totally twins, separated at birth. Wanna be besties… except I don’t want to leave my house, or make small talk or really do anything that would sustain a new friendship… Theoretical besties then…

  15. Hi Danielle,
    You realize you could just swap places of your washer and dryer doors would open towards each other? But maybe you can not do this because of the hookups?
    I like your blog, looking forward to your Prague marathon posts, being a Czech living abroad and all πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Eva! Unfortunately, the hookups won’t let us swap places. My husband was able to change the door on the dryer, but not the washer, so only half of the problem is solved.

      I’m so excited to hear from you all the way from the Czech Republic! Any chance you are doing the marathon also?

      1. Hi Danielle,

        You were able to half solve the problem, there is always that πŸ™‚

        I am so not a runner- currently 34 weeks pregnant with my 3rd- so no way in hell, lol. I live in France (have been since 22 years) but still like the connection to my country, wherever it may come from. I hope you enjoy Prague and the race, it is a wonderful city. Love your travel posts very much.

        1. Wow, 34 weeks pregnant! I don’t think I would be running either πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for reading and following along. I can’t wait to visit Prague and see your beautiful country for the first time!

  16. these are all perfect things to rant about, and your dog is so precious just laying there in a stream πŸ™‚

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