18 Things I Can’t Stand (That Everyone Else Loves)

18 Things I Can't Stand (That Everyone Else Loves) by Catherine Summers, AKA Not Dressed As Lamb

Ever get the feeling you’re the only person who doesn’t like something when EVERYONE else thinks it’s absolutely brilliant?

And you can’t understand WHY everyone likes it?

Harry Potter. Bubble baths. Autumn. Oasis. These are just a few of the things that leave me cold, things I can’t get my head around why anyone would like/enjoy/participate in at all. Stuff that makes me go, Whyyyy?? Stuff that makes me want to run to the hills screaming, all the while baffled at the appeal that it has to everyone… everyone except me.


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Now I KNOW that these things will be controversial, and I know I might offend many people reading this(!) but that’s kind of the point. (My intention isn’t actually to offend, and to preempt all the keyboard warriors out there: CALM DOWN, IT’S JUST A BIT OF FUN.)

The post is, after all, about things I can’t stand that everyone else – or NEARLY everyone else – loves. (Maybe you agree with me on some of these, and you want to proclaim to the world: AT LAST! SOMEONE SAID IT!!)

There are, I’m sure, PLENTY of things that I love, or do, or say, that many, many other people dislike or can’t stand.

And that’s okay – we’re all different and that just makes life more interesting.

So no judgement from me if you do/like/have any of these things – life would be much more boring if we all did and liked the same stuff. Plus I LOVE it when people have hobbies others would class as weird or nerdy, I thoroughly believe in not having guilty pleasures or fear of what others think. I just reckon it’s funny when you can’t bear something that everyone else seems to love… does that make ME the weirdo, I wonder…?!!


Here they are: 18 things I can’t stand that everyone else loves…


1. Bubble baths

No, no, no, no… aaaaaaargh the thought of bubbles touching me sends shivers down my spine (and not in a good way). I really don’t understand how people can have a “relaxing” bubble bath – it’d do the exact opposite for me, I’d be completely tense till I got that damn fluffy stuff off my skin. As a kid, I remember swooshing all the bubbles down the other end when my mum ran me a bath so they wouldn’t touch me. As a side note, I have a horrible fear of insects (especially spiders, flies and moths) touching my bare skin probably because it’s a similar feeling. Soft, “feathery” things touching my skin. Ughhhh, get them all away from me.


2. Dunking biscuits in tea

WHY? Why would you do that? Maybe it’s a wholly British thing, but if I see someone dunking a biscuit in their tea I have to look away at what comes out. If I left a biscuit on the kitchen side and spilt tea on it by mistake, there’s NO WAY I’d pick it up and eat it… it’s now soggy, ffs. Plus, crumbs in the cup when you get to the bottom. OMG now I’m gagging.


3. Harry Potter

Oh lord, I don’t get this. At all. I mean, I don’t have children so I’ve never had to sit down and watch any of them properly, but ANY movie with English public school kids just puts me right off (maybe because I was one myself, with the uniforms, old Victorian classrooms, etc. Though I loved school…?!). The clips I’ve seen make the HP movies look like they have the worst special effects ever, and don’t get me started on the whole Lord of the Rings rip-off theory I have. Every character seems to have a parallel character in LOTR: Frodo/Harry, Gandalph/Dumbledore, Sam/Ron, Gollum/that little skinny creature thing (I can’t even be bothered to look up his name). So yeah, it leaves me cold. But then get this: I freakin’ LOVE Daniel Radcliffe as an actor [in other stuff] and as a human being. I think he’s awesome. Emma Watson: same. Just love her entire feminist badassery.

DOBBY. (Dobbie?) That’s JK Rowling’s Gollum equivalent. Dobby… =rolls eyes=


4. Strictly Come Dancing

I’m imagining the first few bars of the opening music: BA-DAH, DAH DAH DAH DAH DAHHHH, BA-DAH DAH DAH DAH…” Aaaaaaargh noooooo, turn it OFF. Watching it makes me want to stab my eyes out with a spoon. First of all, the dancing is pretty awful for the first several weeks until the bad ones are voted off. Then the band – OMG the band. The singing is the worst bit. Bad covers of popular songs are bad at the best of times, but add dancing that makes me cringe and you’ve got the cringefest to end all cringefests. I do NOT want to watch a sleazy politician tango awkwardly round the room with a sequinned-covered, lithe-limbed ballroom dancer to a lousy cover of Robbie Williams’ “Let Me Entertain You” or “Roxanne” by The Police. (Can you tell I don’t like Strictly…?!!)


5. All-grey interiors

This is hardly surprising seeing as I rarely dress in all neutrals – yeah you guessed it, my home is pretty colourful. Most walls are white, but just about everything IN the house is brightly coloured or patterned. So the interiors you see so often on TV and Instagram which are an abundance of grey, charcoal, silver and – just to mix it up a bit – black and white leave me (literally) cold.  Grey carpets, grey wallpaper, grey soft furnishings, silver accents… I can’t be dealing with all the cold greyness. Now in small doses, I LOVE grey – my upholstered bed is a soft grey and so is the sofabed in my office – but I pile the colour on top to make me feel happy, in the same way my mood is brought right down by wearing all-black. It’s a trend I’ll be glad to see the back of.

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6. Oasis

If I hear the first couple of bars of ANY Oasis track, I can’t move myself quick enough to either turn off the radio or shout ALEXA STOP!! at the top of my lungs. Apart from the fact that any of their Beatles-rip-off tracks will stick in my head like the world’s worst earworm all day, I just can’t stand Liam’s whingey, whiny vocals. The tracks sound all the same. And everyone seems to absolutely adore them and I cannot work out why for the life of me. Give me Blur over Oasis any day, forever and ever.


7. ‘Trends’ on social media

Sorry everyone who does any of these, but I can’t stand clicking fingers or jumping in reels to magically change outfits. I can’t stand any kind of hauls. I can’t stand unboxing (I mean, what’s interesting about seeing something come out of a box?!). I can’t stand changing room selfies and try-ons. I can’t stand things like that ice bucket challenge a few years ago, or any other kind of “challenge”. I’m often not keen on any of these to begin with, but then every influencer and their dog jumps on the trend and does it to death. Any interest I might have had in it in the beginning gets killed off very, very quickly.


8. Anything coffee

Coffee, cappuccino, lattes, espresso… I can’t stand any of it. As far as I’m concerned, coffee smells absolutely RANCID. I don’t get it. Why anyone drinks something that literally smells like coffee breath is beyond me.


9. Wine

I think this might take the biscuit (not dunked in tea) for the most unpopular one here (or would that be coffee?). I have NEVER been a wine drinker, and I have NEVER been able to get used to the taste. Beer, lager, cider, gin, prosecco, etc. – I love them all. Wine? Just the smell is bad enough. However, I will say I love cooking with wine. Maybe it’s the smell I can’t get past and once it’s in food and the alcohol has been blasted away I can take it? Who knows. But I’m nearly 50 and I don’t think I’ll ever come around to being a wine drinker. At least my teeth will be saved from the staining red wine drinkers complain about ; -)


10. High street shopping

Maybe this is an age thing, but the older I’ve got, and with online shopping becoming easier and easier, the less I’ve wanted to “go into town” to do any sort of shopping. Our nearest big town/city for proper high street shopping is Exeter (about a 30-minute drive) and I honestly can’t remember the last time I went in for actual shopping. I’ve definitely not been since they built the new Vue cinema there, because that’s the only thing we’ve been into Exeter for… and that was built in 2006. The crowds, finding a parking space, the queuing, the changing rooms, the time it all takes, not finding what you want – all utterly hideous. I KNOW they talk about the death of the high street, etc. etc. and I KNOW I’m contributing to that by buying online, but thankfully I live in a small market town with lovely independent shops and businesses – and those I DO support and shop from. But the high street can take a hike as far as I’m concerned.


11. Reality TV (Love Island, KUWTK and TOWIE, I’m looking at you)

Another thing that leaves me cold. If there’s something I can’t stand watching or understand the appeal that it has, it’s people being thoroughly vile to each other. I just don’t get why anyone would watch arguing, backstabbing, temper tantrums or general bad behaviour of any kind under the guise of “reality”. I watched (and enjoyed) the first couple of series of Big Brother 20 years ago when it was more of a social experiment, but since TV has become saturated with these shows I just can’t justify spending my life sitting watching others being terrible human beings. The only reality show I sometimes watch is I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, but only if they’re a nice bunch and they get on. If it’s becoming clear that it’s going to be a bitch-fest or has behaviour that tantamounts to bullying, then I’M outta there. Maybe it’s my age, but give me The Repair Shop, with its heartwarming stories and feel-good restorations, over that reality rubbish and celebrity wannabes any day.


12. Autumn

Nights that get longer and longer and days that get shorter and shorter (“OMG it’s only 5 o’clock and it’s already dark”). Days getting colder and colder. Rain. All that mess from leaves dropping everywhere that need raking up. The horror of winter stretching out ahead of me and knowing I’ve got at least another six months of this to come, only worse. Having to wear more and more clothes rather than being able to throw on a dress and sandals. Knowing that if I don’t put the heating on I’ll be really cold, but I was sitting outside in the sun just four weeks ago and I’m not going to do it out of principle. Why people rate autumn over spring or summer will NEVER make sense to me. I like warmth, I like daylight, I like hanging the washing on the line and not having to hang it on the airer indoors. I say let’s ban autumn and winter and just have spring and summer instead.


13. Blowing kisses at the camera

I’ve talked about this before, but it continues to be done to death on social media. I feel like the “blowing kisses at the camera” thing at the end of a video clip or similar is done just because they can’t think of a better way to end the clip. And GOD it makes me cringe. I think the only person who ever did it convincingly was Marilyn Monroe, and we should allow her to be the only one to have ever done it. I’ve been asked to do it on photo shoots and after the last time I vowed that I’ll refuse next time I’m asked. That next time is yet to happen; I’ll keep you updated.

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14. Cristiano Ronaldo

I don’t know why, but when footballers earn half a million quid every time their foot comes into contact with a round lump of air covered in synthetic leather it irks me a bit [when nurses, for example, are paid pittance]. And I say that as a football fan: I’m still crying into my tea every time I’m reminded of England losing to Italy in the Euros last weekend. Anyway, Ronaldo: all the talk of him being the most stunning male ever to walk the earth… OMG really?! I’m sorry but he absolutely creeps me out. And maybe I’m wrong, but he acts like such a sore loser when he either loses a match or loses the ball. And yes, I understand that he may be the nicest person on the planet and I don’t doubt that he might be a very generous or charitable man indeed. But where the adoration of him comes from – especially where women are concerned – simply baffles me.

(And for all you Brits out there – have a look at pictures of a very young Cliff Richard in the 1950s. He’s the SPIT of Ronaldo, amirite?! He ain’t no Chris Hemsworth, if you ask me. Which I know you didn’t.)


15. Visible duvet covers

This might be my strangest one here, and maybe belongs on my list of weird phobias I have, but when duvets (with a cover) are on a bed I can’t bear to see the end or edges of the duvet just hanging over the edge of the bed. All flappy and hanging there. It makes me want to get a big bedspread or blanket and cover the whole thing until it’s all tucked in all neat under the mattress like a hotel bed (I’m a bit of a Monica when it comes to making the bed). When people show off their new bedding on social media and I see a floating duvet with those visible bottom corners I’m freaked out. I think it has to do with the fact that I can’t stand getting into a bed when the duvet is loose and flappy by my feet, because if it’s not tucked in then the monsters will be able to get in and bite my feet off. And for anyone thinking that that doesn’t actually happen, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU…


16. Tattoos

This one I KNOW will offend many…! I’ve just never seen a tattoo I’ve liked. Some I find a lot less offensive than others (some really colourful and beautifully executed ones are just about acceptable in my eyes), but to cover up beautiful skin with an image or pattern that’ll most likely date in 10 years… why? I’m all for people wearing whatever they want, having whatever hairstyle they want, etc. etc. but none of those things are permanent. I don’t understand it. I actually considered getting a tattoo in the 90s, and the one I was considering? Yes, the 90s lower back tattoo, AKA The Tramp Stamp. Dodged a bullet there – thank goodness I made myself think about it for six months and only then get it if I still liked the pattern. Guess what – I hated the pattern AND the placement position after about three weeks. Tattoos almost always date, and I have serious doubts when someone says they’ll love it forever. I said that about dyeing my hair black 30 years ago. Imagine if I had to have black hair forever #TheHorror


17. The expression “a cheeky [something]”

No, I don’t want to go out for a cheeky beer. No, I don’t need a cheeky nap. Nor do I want to order a cheeky Nandos. I have no explanation why this expression grates on me so much, but I get so judgemental when people use it (I’m really sorry if you use this expression, but ughhhhh). It’s just so CRINGEY, it’s as if you’re a middle-aged person using expressions that you think are down with the kids. Let’s allow this one to die along with “Wassssup” and “…not!“.


18. All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey

This song makes my ears bleed. There are SO many great Christmas songs; even some of the cheesy ones that they play over and over and over again are fine with me. But MARIAH CAREY?! Why would I want to listen to her warbling all those unnecessary, gratuitous notes up and down at ANY time, let alone at Christmas when you have to put up with a somewhat limited music selection anyway, hearing the same songs a hundred times over? All I want for Christmas is for that song to be dumped into the bargain bin and never heard ever again. There, I’ve said it.


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Is there anything on my list that you can’t stand either? Just so I know I’m perhaps not the only one?! And what things (do YOU dislike) that seem to be loved by everyone but you? Comment below…


Stay safe XOXO

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P.S. One week today will be my 10th (TENTH!!) blogiversary, as well as my 49th birthday. Expect another blogiversary post and some very exciting images: all will be revealed next week on Friday 23rd! Can’t believe it’s been 10 years…

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  1. cathy
    13 June 2022 / 3:18 pm

    I’m with you. No to wine very time. AND literally any other song than Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas …” It’s a lovely sentiment, but any other Christmas love song would be better …

  2. Michelle Springer
    29 July 2021 / 9:34 pm

    My controversial choice- I never could understand the appeal of Seinfeld. Everyone else was watching and talking about that when I was in college, and I was (and still am) a Frasier girl.
    I love wine (although I don’t drink so much of anything anymore), love the smell of coffee, but not the taste of coffee and, sorry I adore Harry Potter- although I came into it after the first movie.
    I also cannot stand reality shows- as a theater major, I just keep thinking about all the people who are not employed because we keep watching The Kardashians (and please don’t get me started on them!).
    My limit of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is Love Actually, because she does not sing it. Olivia Olson’s version is amazing.
    And… last, but not least, I have to admit that I love Autumn. Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up in Hawaii or that I live in Chicago now, where heat and humidity go hand in hand, but give me ALL the cold! I love sweaters, I love making heartier food (white chicken chili), I love endless cups of tea and I love burrowing under tons of covers. I always say that you can add layers, but you can only take so many off before you get arrested for indecent exposure.

    • Catherine
      30 July 2021 / 12:26 pm

      Ohhhhh Michelle you’ve reminded me of something that REALLY should have been a no.19 on my list – in fact it probably should be no.1 – and that’s Love Actually. I absolutely detest that film (I’m so sorry as you probably love it with your mention of the song)!! I love Colin Firth but only when he’s in a good film (good in my eyes LOL), for me he either makes BRILLIANT films (The King’s Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, etc) or TERRIBLE ones (like Mama Mia, another I can’t stand). I cringed through the whole film and there are so many scenes I could describe that make me want to curl up and die that I’d be here all day listing them, hehe!!

      Interesting fact though: the school in the end scene with Hugh Grant on the stage is actually the school that Keith went to, it’s seen quite a lot in adverts and TV shows for some reason!

      P.S. I get the autumn thing, sort of… but it’s the impending onset of winter that kills it for me!

  3. Emerald
    22 July 2021 / 9:47 pm

    Tattoo fan here – although I absolutely think that you should think hard about having one over several months, if not years, and not have one done in haste. And I do think you can overdo it. I have one on my arm and waited till I was 27 to have it done and have loved it ever since – which is just as well! I’m not remotely offended by people who don’t like them – it’s personal choice and I have plenty of friends who don’t like them but still like me. But I was offended by someone in my past who invited me to be in her wedding party, then sheepishly asked if I’d mind if her make-up artist covered it up on the day. I minded very much. By all means ask me to wear a long-sleeved dress or say you can’t have me as a bridesmaid because of it. But don’t invite me to be one then try to manipulate my appearance outwith the visits to the hairdresser nail bar.

    Things I dislike which other people love – hot weather! And I’m with you on Oasis – I do like some their stuff, but I was unimpressed when I saw Noel Gallagher being needlessly unpleasant to Michael Hutchence.

    Harry Potter –

    • Emerald
      22 July 2021 / 9:49 pm

      Meant to add Harry Potter – no thanks! Not my cup of tea!

      • Catherine
        29 July 2021 / 4:23 pm

        Wah-hay!! Another Harry-Potter-No-Thank-You person to add to the list, LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Catherine
      29 July 2021 / 2:38 pm

      Emerald you’re absolutely right about it being all about personal choice, in the same way that 90% of people probably don’t like what I wear… and that’s perfectly okay (I’m not making them wear my clothes in the same way you’re not making others get a tattoo, lol)!

      But I agree with you 100% that asking one of your bridesmaids to cover up a tattoo on your wedding day is out of order – it’s like asking someone to dye their hair a “normal” colour for the day if their hair was blue or green. Just, NO (bridezillas just make me cross generally – maybe I should have put them on my list too)!!!!!

      • 12 August 2021 / 10:12 am

        Funnily enough, I rarely recommend people get tattoos – unless they already have them, in which case they’re already someone who has chosen them. My friend’s 18 year-old wound her mum up about having one and we both said NO, DON’T (just because it’s legal it doesn’t mean you should rush in)! My friend loves mine, but young people change so much and leaving yourself a decent cooling-off period, as you did, is always a good idea.

  4. Kate Howie
    20 July 2021 / 9:10 pm

    Catherine, I have to agree..Harry Potter?? I just don’t understand the fascination people have with the films and books!!! I’ll never read the books or watch the films. Same with Lord of the rings!!! No thanks.
    I thought I was the only person who loathed rhe Mariah Carey Christmas tune – god, it makes me nauseated and grit my teeth when I hear it.
    My favourite Christmas tune is Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry.
    I do like a French or Italian wine, definitely don’t like lager or cider!
    Bubble baths – yay!!!
    Autumn, love it!! Cosy warm fires, bonfires, Guy Fawkes, Indian summer, gorgeous colourful leaves…I do love summer too…
    Oasis..meh..I agree, not a favourite either!
    Guess we’re all different and it makes life interesting!!!

    • Catherine
      21 July 2021 / 11:03 am

      Katie I think you and I are half and half on my list – yay to a dislike of Harry Potter (though I do like LOTR), Mariah Carey’s loathsome Xmas tune and Oasis; boo to your love of wine, bubble baths and autumn, haha!

      Funnily enough Keith’s favourite Xmas tune is Stop the Cavalry, mine is I Believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake… it’s not just my favourite Christmas song but a song I’d play ALL year round if I could, I love it that much. It gets me all weepy and emosh as the orchestra kicks in… I love it <3

  5. 20 July 2021 / 4:00 pm

    Sorry….I’m deeply offended. Harry Potter?? Really??! AND COFFEE?? AND WINE??? LOl I’m only joking, Catherine!
    I happen to be a MAD HP fan and I just adored Dobby. I’ve got Harry Potter stuff all over the house lol. I’m an avid coffee drinker and I used to be an avid wine drinker too until I realised I was probably drinking a bit too much of the stuff!
    I totally understand your dislike for reality TV though. GAWD, it drives me nuts. It’s so cringe-worthy! I can’t stand it! I’m also not a fan of Ronaldo either. He irritates the heck out of me (maybe it’s because I’ve lived in Portugal almost all my life and everybody here worships him!!)
    Great post, Catherine!
    Suzy xx

    • Catherine
      21 July 2021 / 10:56 am

      Haha you know now we can NEVER be friends because of Harry Potter, Suzy?!!!! hehe joking ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Coffee is disgusting and I’m happy I don’t like it, but I’ve always WANTED to like wine. So every now and then I’ll try it, but noooooooo it’s still awful. I’ve given up hope of ever getting to like it…!

      I’m so glad you’re in Portugal and not brainwashed into any sort of adulation over Ronaldo. He’s just so creepy he makes me go bleurghhhhhhhh when I see him on TV. I think it’s just because he’s SO not my type, I don’t get the adulation and then people think he’s god’s gift. As far as I’m concerned, if someone doesn’t look like they’d look amazing in either a fireman’s uniform or dressed as a superhero, then it’s a NOPE from me, LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. 20 July 2021 / 12:08 pm

    Catherine, thank you so much for this super fun post that had me giggling straight through my second cup of coffee this morning! And yes, I LOVE coffee and coffee flavored things! And I don’t mind tea but don’t drink it as often. However, you will never find me dunking any kind of baked goods into my drinks. That is so totally gross. All the soggy crumbs at the bottom is just the same as backwash in your drink. So blarfy! (Full disclosure…I took notes while reading so I could hit all the main points that I wanted! I am that much of a nerd. Haha.) Bubble baths I don’t mind so much, but I usually shower first because I don’t want to sit in the dirty bath water. THAT is the grossest part of a bath to me! And I also have serious bug phobia and the smaller they are, the worse! They creep and crawl and tickle on your skin. Ugh! I did enjoy all of the Harry Potter books but I found the movies dreadful to the point of unwatchable. I never did finish watching a single one of them. I agree with you about Oasis and Wine and High Street Shopping and Reality TV! Oooh, I don’t understand why anyone would enjoy watching humans being terrible to other humans either! However, Autumn is my favorite season, followed by Spring then Summer with Winter a big fat NO! Yet I live in one of the winteriest places on earth! As for Mariah Carey and Christmas songs, I honestly despise almost all Christmas music. I will play it while I decorate my tree and other than that, I can do without all of it! And I know I am in the minority when I say I actually kind of hate Christmas altogether. It just makes me cranky and annoyed with all the overconsumption of goods and the greediness that abounds!

    Such a fun post!


    • Catherine
      21 July 2021 / 10:51 am

      I love the fact that you “get” the fact that dunking biscuits in tea is absolutely gross, Shelbee!!!!! And HP movies being dreadful to the point of unwatchable… OMG YES. In fact the bits I’ve seen makes me think it’s as bad as reality TV, and yeah why do people watch people being terrible humans? Maybe you and I are just getting old and grumpy, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 27 July 2021 / 11:06 am

        Nope, not old and grumpy! Weathered and wise! And we know better than to think it’s cute or endearing to be an awful human! Ha.


        • Catherine
          27 July 2021 / 2:18 pm

          hehe I like “weathered and wise” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Alison Simpson
    18 July 2021 / 8:54 am

    Thereโ€™s so much โ€˜canโ€™t stand..,โ€™ here, I wonder whether you might be high functioning autistic – the visceral aversion to certain textures, tastes and duvets hanging over the edge of the bed are particularly suggestive. No shade on autism you understand, my 28 year old son is ASD and he is one of the funniest, most clever creative people I know.. whatever, I did enjoy your list.

    • Catherine
      21 July 2021 / 10:47 am

      I can see why you might think that Alison (and no, no shade on autism as you say!) but looking at the common signs I’m most definitely not high functioning autistic… for example, difficulties with changes in routine (no I love and embrace change, almost to a crazy point and I’m impulsive too); difficulty with social communication and interaction (my dad would spit his tea out if I suggested that might be me ๐Ÿ˜‰ ); challenges with empathy (I cry at ANYTHING and can’t bear seeing others, human or animal, in pain or sad), and so on and so on… I think I’m just highly interested in stuff, and I guess it comes across as being really passionate about something – whether that’s a like or a dislike of it. But I’m also really easy going, AS LONG AS the duvet cover is tucked under the mattress…!! I value my feet too much, lol

  8. Annie
    18 July 2021 / 1:37 am

    Lol soooo with you on the coffee, biscuits in tea, trends on social media, oasis, Strictly, and reality tvโ€ฆ.I mean what is with reality tv!!! Noโ€ฆjust no!!! And no one can ever understand my utter dislike for that or for coffee or anything coffee flavoured and anything with coffee in itโ€ฆ.grossโ€ฆso gross! But I must say come and live in Australia and Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll learn to appreciate Autumn over Summer Give me layers over sweating to a puddle on the floor any day

    • Catherine
      21 July 2021 / 10:35 am

      Haha seems we have a lot in common, Annie – I definitely think my love of summer partly comes from living in dreary Britain… though I say that as we’re roasting (for us) in 30C, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll take the melting and the sweating all day long ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. 17 July 2021 / 2:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, I agree with so many of these!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

    • Catherine
      17 July 2021 / 4:51 pm

      Hehe I’m quite surprised that quite a few of you do, Danielle…! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. 16 July 2021 / 9:57 pm

    We all have our quirks but I think that your list is perfectly acceptable. At the top of my list is that “oh no” song which seems to pop up in about 90% of reels. Also, bloggers who don’t respond to comments .


    • Catherine
      17 July 2021 / 9:37 am

      Oh no I’m ever so slightly disappointed that you thought my list was acceptable, Rena!! lol

      I’m not sure what song you mean, but how much do you bet I keep hearing it now when watching reels…?!

      (Oh and comment responded to, WHEW ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  11. Judy
    16 July 2021 / 7:23 pm

    I laughed so much reading this – you are such a tonic Catherine! How do you start your day without coffee????? I am impressed! I am definitely with you on the tattoos and blowing kisses at the camera, among other things, but wine is a important as air or water! Thanks for this, really loved it.

    • Catherine
      17 July 2021 / 9:34 am

      Judy I honestly can’t think of anything worse than starting my day with coffee… I think I’d even rather be forced into a bubble bath, hehe!!!!!!!!

  12. Kristin Sherwood
    16 July 2021 / 6:26 pm

    The use in any context of โ€œanywho,โ€ gorg,โ€ and โ€œtotesโ€ to replace anyhow, gorgeous, and totally.

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 6:53 pm

      Hmmmm I bet you totes hate “amazeballs” as well, Kristin?! Anywho, must go…

      ๐Ÿ˜‰ heehee

  13. Christine
    16 July 2021 / 5:35 pm

    I love this post! You’ll have to pry my coffee/latte/cappuccino out of my cold dead fingers! Summer is the worst – give me Autumn/Winter all the time. I am in the US in a hot/humid summer climate. Also can be bitter cold/windy in the Winter but I’d still take it over Summer. Too hot, humid, bright, crowded. The clothes aren’t as interesting. I could rant on… Loved the Harry Potter books – and I don’t have kids. I tuck in my top sheet but never duvet or comforter. That’s just crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also proudly have 2 tattoos. A small open star on my wrist and a heart w/ my husband’s name near my hip. He has a matching heart w/ my name on his upper arm. One thing I never understood the love for – parades. Bored out of my mind by them.

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 6:56 pm

      Haha I love that you loved this post but my hates are your loves, Christine…!!!!!! Like I said to Karen below, if you’re not tucking in your duvet and your feet get bitten off by monsters, you’ve only got yourself to blame. CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED…

      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Lynn Jones
    16 July 2021 / 12:47 pm

    Oh, I’d swap a boiling hot summer day for a cool autumn one in a heartbeat. Darker nights, yes, but not melting, no wasps/midges, cozy clothes, not having to slather any exposed skin in SPF 5000, warm colours rather than day glo, boots/shoes that don’t need emptying of stones (unlike my Birkies), harvest fruits, and did I mention the not melting?

    As to Alexa and a choice of music, do we need: “Alexa? Never pay this artist again and if I request it, call for help”?

    Could we add to the list the current trends of socks and pool sliders (just say no kids), depressing soap operas/mopey dramas, and bad fake tan that makes you look like the Tango genie?

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 1:55 pm

      Lynn I think the autumn/summer debate might be more of a US/British divide… we rarely get boiling hot, melty summers so maybe we appreciate hot days more?! (I assume you’re in a hot country/the US?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Though I LOVE your suggestion to get Alexa to say Never pay this artist again and if I request it, call for help… I’m going to try it, and see what she says. I bet you ANYTHING she replies with Sorry, I don’t know that.

      Bloody Alexa, she’s like your best friend who says she’ll do anything for you, but then when she gets in a mood she leaves you high and dry and fending for yourself. Bloody Alexa…

      • Lynn Jones
        16 July 2021 / 5:10 pm

        “…youโ€™re in a hot country/the US”

        The subtropical zone of Nottinghamshire I think it’s my distant Celtic/Nordic genetics that don’t do for hot weather. Twenty one is okay. Above that, I’ll be under the A/C

        • Catherine
          16 July 2021 / 5:37 pm

          OMG I so didn’t expect you to say Nottinghamshire, Lynn!!!!!!!! ROTFL here, hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Karen
    16 July 2021 / 12:27 pm

    I agree with lots of these – except bubble baths (love them). I can’t stand booties with skirts, underwear showing (bra straps), or misspellings and bad grammar (I was an English teacher).

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 1:50 pm

      Karen I’m with you on the bad spelling and grammar, I bet you wince constantly at comments on social media like I do, amirite?!!! Hehe x

  16. 16 July 2021 / 10:59 am

    Those click the finger reels haaaa agreed!
    Maxi print dresses with leather jackets and trainers (so 2017!) Loud prints and bright colours. Blue and pink hair (sorry)
    I guess itโ€™s all about โ€˜live and let liveโ€™ right?
    Love this post but then I think Iโ€™m turning into a grumpy old woman !!!

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 1:48 pm

      The clicking fingers and jumping on reels Ashley – kill me now LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

      As I said to Karen (below), isn’t it odd how someone can love so many things that someone else hates… as you know I have pink(ish) hair and wear loud prints and bright colours, but then you’re a grumpy old woman hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜€ (LOVE YOU REALLY MY GORGEOUS FRIEND xx)

  17. Karen Joseph
    16 July 2021 / 10:29 am

    Can’t bear a tucked in duvet – I love sitting in my gloriously floaty, untucked bed, dunking biscuits in my tea (never coffee, it smells wonderful but tastes like an ash tray). Hate tattoos (just think how they are all going to look in 50 years’ time when they’re all wrinkly – reminds me of my grandad). The Harry Potter books are great, with or without children. Don’t watch the films, read the books and draw on your own imagination. I hate everything by Mariah Carey EXCEPT that Christmas song. Yes, she warbles up and down, but those sleigh bells…

    I also hate the colour orange (sorry) but I don’t let that stop me enjoying your lovely posts. It would be a very boring world if we all liked the same things.

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 1:46 pm

      Haha Karen I LOVE the fact that we’re opposing on so many things, I find it really funny that one person can dislike a set of things so intently, when another person loves them!!! Makes life interesting, doesn’t it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      No need to apologise for the orange thing – I follow a girl on Instagram whose account and style I absolutely adore, but her favourite colour is purple and it’s the only colour (okay, along with cobalt blue) that I really, really can’t stand. Doesn’t make me love her any less. Maybe I should have made purple and cobalt blue my no.19 on this list, hehe…!

      P.S. When your feet get bitten off in the night by monsters, DON’T COME RUNNING TO ME. I WARNED YOU.

  18. Lise
    16 July 2021 / 10:07 am

    Unbelievable! I cannot stand most of the same things as you eg. Harry Potter (I also don’t have kids, maybe there is a connection). I did try to watch the first movie and yes it is for children. Why do adults love it. Oasis, cannot stand them for exactly the same reasons as you. Complete Beatles rip off with whiney vocals. But I also cannot stand Robbie Williams, ugh, and so many think he is so hot (Not!) and such an amazing vocalist (Not!). This Cheeky adjective I have only seen used on English blogs and admit it got under my skin, was not sure why, just seemed so undescriptive. Hate reality shows, never watch them. Mariah Carey is a pain in the butt singing Christmas songs, but then I find all Christmas songs a pain in the butt. I find Ronaldo sleazy looking, not hot. I don’t drink coffee. Wow, I think I should stop here, getting a bit long. We seem to have alot in common ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Catherine
      16 July 2021 / 1:42 pm

      Lise I think you and I must be kindred spirits!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I think I fancied Robbie Williams for about 5 minutes years ago but these days I’m with you, he sooooooo doesn’t do it for me now (AT ALL). I think we’ve bonded most over our dislike of Oasis and coffee, lol!!!!

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