Wednesday, 13 January 2010

It makes me angry!

Sometimes I feel like I'm invisible.

Sometimes, in a shop, the workers seem more interested in their conversations or nails than in serving me.

Sometimes, when I actually want to ask a shopping assistant about a product, nary a one is to be seen in the entire store. (Of course, if all I want is to browse quietly, in every aisle I trip over an assistant asking me if they can help me.)

Sometimes, when I want to speak to someone and they're deep in conversation, I'll wait patiently nearby till they're ready. But then someone else will turn up and just wade in and interrupt that conversation even though I've been politely and patiently waiting all that time.

Sometimes, when I've phoned up about some tedious business matter or other such as a problem with the gas bill, I can be left hanging on hold for so long I'm certain they've forgotten I was ever there.

Sometimes, because they are after all children, I can ask The Children several many times to do something and they still. will. not. do. it. (I guess that makes me inaudible too.)

Sometimes, because The Children have me around all the time and The Doctor works full time (even though he is a *very* hands on Dad and spends a lot of his free time with them) The Children seem to take me for granted and not bother about me much while getting wildly excited whenever they see The Doctor.

Mostly this doesn't matter (especially the last). But sometimes it makes me ANGRY.

So, All About Me, does that answer your question?!



Photo converted to Watermark and printed onto textured white cardstock. Most of title die-cut from the same cardstock. Large letters are transparent die-cuts by Fancy Pants Designs, edged in white acrylic paint and stapled onto the background, which is the same textured white cardstock.



What makes you angry?

23 comments:

Beth Norman said...

How cool is this. Your commentary really is a good lead into your page. It is a layout I think you should submit for publication because it is so unique.

Gemma* said...

love the way you've done the layout, especially the white on white letters :)

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Love this layout, it's really original.
And I can understand how you feel sometimes--it's enough to drive you crafty, er I mean, crazy...

Great job with this!

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh such a brilliant concept and application. mine was cold callers and the bank!!!
jo xxx

furrypig said...

That layout is really great Mel so simple but it speaks volumes! I can realte to a lot of what you say. To answer your question INEQUITY makes me angry especially at work!

Photographing Mom said...

Your layout is awesome and I can definitely relate to the invisibility!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Mel,
This is awesome and moving! thanks so much for saying what so many of us feel!
And great job with the ghost letters.
Rinda

scrappyjacky said...

I think we've all been here,Mel....love the way you've scrapped it.

Lizzie said...

Oh yes! I have often found myself muttering in shops, when the sales assistants appear to think their purpose for being there is to organise their social life, or discuss what they did last night! I suppose they are not very well paid, but still, they do get paid for the job.
Suggest you develop a polite, but firm voice for interrupting - "Excuse me?" - big smile - "Could you help me please?" - eye contact, big smile...
That should do it!!!
But I do find myself muttering sometimes "No one Ever Listens to Me!!"... kids are especially good at being selectively deaf. Try removing privilges, or make them suffer the consequences of their non-co-operation. Say "Dinner is nearly ready. Please turn off the tv now and come to the table." Say it loud enough to be heard, from within the same room - so they have no excuse!! - then go and serve up. Maybe give them a second chance - "Dinner is on the table now." If they don't come, eat without them. If they still don't come, clear away their meal. Let them wait for the next one.. etc etc. It's amazing how their hearing can be improved by a bit of starvation / cold / no clean socks etc!!!
I think we women (esp. mums) can be too "nice" for our own good. It is a universal problem. Then we get all stressed and go all stroppy...

Lizzie said...

How rude of me! I didn't even mention your layout, which is a really great one!
I haven't seen this technique used to such great effect before. I really like it - unusual and very effective!

Amy said...

I love how this layout turned out - especially the photo ... it looks fabulous!
I would feel angry if I had the energy to be angry with a chest infection in the middle of SUMMER!

Liberty :) said...

Marvellous layout!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Wonderful layout! I get that feeling fairly often.

Melissa Elsner said...

Oooh YES.. this definitely answers our question!! This is so awesome! I've never seen a layout quite like this and it gets your point across so well. I hope you do submit this for pub! Thanks for being such an active part of AAM!!

Melissa

melody said...

first off ~ love your journaling chickie! yep...drives me crazy when ya get ignored when shoppin...wuz up with that! ACK!
i love your lo ~ the simplicity...is so *effective* and speaks loud! awesome work chickie

hugz
melody

Mary said...

Mel - your LO rocks! I'd never think to do a page about anger on white cardstock and then to do the title white as well!! Genius!

Sian said...

Brilliant! I love the white on white and the ghost letters. Do you know what makes me angry? People checking text messages when you are talking to them..I just think that's so rude!

Deb said...

Oh my gosh, I love this layout! So very clever!

I had to laugh because someone told a joke last week and this reminded me of it: A man goes to his doctor and says, 'Doctor, doctor! I think I'm invisible.' and the Doctor says (looking around), 'Who said that?'

And, oblivious store clerks irritate me too!

Cheri said...

Love the layout and I am right with you on this one. I too, am invisible (as is my car which people seem all too happy to cut in front of). I think it is time we learned some polite assertiveness. Unless those store clerks are discussing a business issue, we need to feel okay with interrupting their social time - after all, they are getting PAID to be there (even if the pay sucks) and we are not, but our time is valuable too.

Fiona said...

Fantastic LO, it really gives the idea of being Invisible.

Jocelyn said...

This is such a cool layout, and the sentiment behind it - I sooo understand, sometimes I feel like I am invisible (and inaudible) too and it makes me angy too!

Barbara said...

This is just amazing!!! I also think you should submit this one for publication! It is very powerful!

I noticed you have a 365 on your side bar..... going to check that out.

Donna said...

This is a fabulous technique that says so much by itself without a lot of words!!