A few years ago, I found myself in Washington DC with a girlfriend who I was getting bored with. Dunno why, she was just getting on my nerves, so when I was waiting in the car with the engine running, while she ducked briefly into various monuments, I took to jotting on a bill in my wallet some brief notes of exactly what she did that irritated me. It was a remarkably petty list, things like “Talks baby-talk to animals,” stuff that got on my nerves, all things that I couldn’t really hold against her, but I somehow did. It was quite a long list in the end, scrawled all over Ulysses S. Grant’s face, but it was petty beyond belief.
I was just trying to voice excuses to justify breaking up with her, which I eventually did, but I realized afterwards that in some other woman these annoying traits might not have seemed annoying at all. They may have seemed charming, in fact.
So I’d like people to list one trait their Significant Other displays that irritates you and one that charms you, just to see if I can identify which one is which.
In my case, this particular girlfriend also liked to get up early in the morning, which was a delight to me. What are your petty dislikes and your petty attractions?