Perpetually Peeved

The phone! The phone is ringing!

What sound is more annoying than an unanswered phone?  Okay, besides your kids whining, your mother-in-law bitching (not mine, love her!), or a car alarm going off for an hour?

Not many, let me tell you.  So, this morning I go into work, I’m drinking my coffee and getting settled for the day – and I hear it – RING! RING! RING! RING!

Peeved: [The phone! The phone is ringing! – ah, shit.  Now, I’m going to have that song in my head all day]  Who’s phone is that?


Peeved: (to co-worker) Do you hear that?  Is that your phone?

Co-Worker: No.  I don’t hear anything.

Peeved: Come here.  Do you hear it now?  I think it’s in that empty office next to mine. You know, the one with the incense that smells like a geriatric’s bathroom.


Co-Worker: (with ear up against empty office door)  No.  I don’t think so.  It does freaking smell, though.

Peeved: It’s got to be somewhere.  Come in my office.  It’s like it gets louder.

Co-Worker: It’s definitely louder in here.  It sounds like it’s coming out of the air duct.  Maybe someone is stalking you and forgot their phone.


Peeved: Yeah, I can just picture someone walking around their house calling and looking for their phone.

Co-Worker: Maybe it’s in the hallway.  It’s definitely louder back here by your desk.

Peeved: [The phone! The phone is ringing!…. GD it!  ANSWER THE PHONE ALREADY!]  I’m going to look in the hallway.




Co-Worker: So?

Peeved: Nothing in the hallway.  I think someone is trying to torture me.

Co-Worker: This is so weird.

Peeved: I’m going to have BossLady open that empty office.  It’s got to be coming from there.


Peeved: Hey, BossLady, would you mind coming and opening the office next to me?  Someone’s phone is ringing incessantly and I’m going to go bonkers!


Peeved: Do you hear that?  It’s been going on for like 20 minutes.  Seriously.  I’m going to lose it.

BossLady: (opening office door)  Nope, not in here… but DAMN! it stinks in here.  I have to talk to her about this.

Peeved: That is SO WEIRD!  Come here in my office… doesn’t it sound like it’s right in here…  oh… um… wouldn’t it be funny if it were my phone?

BossLady: Please tell me you’re joking.

Peeved: Oops.

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OMG that is the most annoying sound. Drives me nuts! My DH can sit there and not answer it and listen to it ring away. Seriously, how does that not annoy someone.

I hope there wasn’t an animal in trouble when you finally answered it:)

Comment by Denise

The only animals in trouble this week are turkeys! 🙂 It was my alarm.

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

Awww what a sad ending? Sounds like something I would do def!

Comment by marinasleeps

Mommy brain? How long can you use that as an excuse?

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

I say forever. I have three kids. I think I have tripled my mommy brain. Ah, shit!

Comment by marinasleeps

I hate letting phones ring too, it drives me bonkers. It only happened once that I didn’t answer my own cellphone… I didn’t want to talk to the caller. I know, shame on me! I was standing in line to order some McD’s and you could tell that the ringing was getting on everybodies nerves, so I put it back in my purse to muffle the sound. It rang like… forever. Geez I was imbarrased. The worst part was that people standing around me kept saying… “Your phone is ringing!” I’m like “Duh!Really? I didn’t notice!”

Comment by Melissa Picard

I probably would have been one of those people. It was driving me absolutely nuts that the person was not picking up the phone. Oops.

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

Mrs. Peeved, I hope you will accept this advice in the spirit in which it is offered. This post clearly indicates it’s time for you. Time to reach out. Time to make that phone call to the nice man whose title has 12 letters. The first letter is a P(which is not pronounced) and the last letter is a t. There is also a y and another t. I am using this encoded form(just finished The Lost Symbol, another Dan Brown book)so that the other commenters won’t understand. Only you can make this call. Perhaps he will place you with Alice and her wonderful friends. But beware of that hat man and the evil queen and don’t drink the tea. Face it. You’re ready. I moved that time bar on the video to 3;07 real quick. I can almost taste the baked salmon in the delightful picture you provided. I’ve always wanted to have an Alaskan kinda Thanksgiving like our favorite wonder girl Sarah Palin.

Comment by carldagostino

Ooh, ooh PSYCHIATRIST!! It took me less time to figure that out than it did to figure out that my own phone was ringing. Doh!

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

You rang?

Comment by Dave Hambidge

I’m confused… why didn’t it just go to voicemail?

Comment by tryityoumightlikeit

It was actually my alarm set to “old phone ring”. My phone is always on vibrate, that’s why it never occured to me that it could be my phone.

Comment by perpetuallypeeved

That’s so sad. That’s like getting mad and storming out of the room, then going back in because you forgot something. At least tomorrow is the last day before a four-day weekend.

Comment by Todd Pack

I’ve not realized my phone is the one that’s ringing either. Apparently Restricted calls have a different ring tone on my phone. Who knew? Not me.

Comment by thoughtsappear

This exact thing happened to me too! I had just gotten a new phone and it was making the “dying battery” sound every five minutes or so, but I didn’t know it was my phone. I called my boss over because I thought the phone in the cube next to mine was making a weird ringing sound and it wouldn’t stop. About 20 minutes later I realized that it was my phone and I felt like an idiot.

Comment by Amy

Thanks, for putting that horrid Wonder Pets song in my head before going to bed….

Comment by apieceofthepiehole

Ever see the Office where Jim puts Dwight’s phone in the ceiling? Classic. Thought that was where this was headed. You probably wish that’s where it had headed, too.

By the way, whoever the guy was in character development that actually got paid to mastermind a duck with a speech impediment is living right.

Comment by mc6pack

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