This isn't the sort of shit I'm talking about, but this pisses me off, too:
My piano teacher (yes, I'm trying to learn the piano) was flipping though my notebook and hit a couple pages of equations my wife sent me to crunch for her. Sometimes I need to write something down, and my music book is right there. Anyway, J always balks and gets math-panic when she sees my cyphering.
"What did you go to school for, anyway?"
Me, pausing "... Electrical Engineering"
Her, pausing "But you don't work as one."
Her, "But that's unusual that someone so to school for something so specific and doesn't get into it"
Me, "Yeah well, you'll find I'm not a typical engineer. In fact, you probably won't see too many engineers trying to learn the piano at 47."
"FORTY SEVEN??? Wow. You're going to be FIFTY in ... 3 years!"
"Yeah... thanks for pointing that out."
"But OMG, 50! 50 seems so old. I'd think you were in your late 30's, maybe 40. But not as old as 50."
"OK, you're not making me feel better."
"OK, now you're laughing at me"
"No. I'm laughing with you"
"I'm not laughing"
"I can tell, you're laughing on the inside."
"Let's just do this before I say something mean."
"No, you can come at me."
"Let's just do the lesson."
Fuck. I'm pretty sure she's just teasing. But lady's gotta learn to not be a butthead. So, I have three options:
1) bite back -- which would only make her cry
2) make a fuss or fire her
3) trust she's just teasing and not be so defensive
So now I'm just stewing...