An Ode to High Blood Pressure, in 6 Words

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All signs point to summertime.

The pollen has subsided. Baby geese are now awkward goslings. The Cubs and Astros have clinched last place, and LeBron is one of the last men standing in the NBA playoffs. There’s more spaghetti straps and short shorts, I’ve noticed.

And of course – High-Blood Pressure Awareness month is winding down.

And not a moment too soon, I might add. I’ve wanted to blow my top at least 30 times in May – that’s an average of once a day. That’s a lot, y’all, for a guy like me. Things keep pissing me off. Like, when we run out of graham crackers, and it’s 3 a.m.

I wanted to commemorate High Blood Pressure Awareness month. I asked friends, strangers, bloggers, and a few strange blogger friends what gets their blood boiling. Some were serious. Some, flip. And not one that I know of got pissed at me for asking.

Ernest Hemingway asserted that we can tell any story in a six-word sentence. Here’s our best effort.

Enjoy, and click the links on your favorites here. You’ll find that these bloggers do OK with more than a six-word limit, too. Also, Felicia of Felicia’s Red Door Life had so much to say on the subject, she posted her own blood-boiling manifesto today. Check it out.

Now that we’re all riled up …

What give you high blood pressure, in a six-word sentence?

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1. Injustice in the Family Court System.

Tina S., author of One Mom’s Battle blog

2. Transitions, clutter and a handsome smile.

Tamara B., author of Tamara (Like) Camera blog

3. Two Little Girls Screaming And Whining!

Janine H., author of Confessions of a Mommyaholic blog

4. I love dog poop on carpets!

Heather C., author of Heather Christo blog

5. Toddler temper tantrums drive me crazy! 

Jenna B., author of A Savory Feast blog

6. hate racism bullying misunderstanding all hurt.

Beth K., author of i didn’t have my glasses on … blog

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photo credit: tbone_sandwich via photopin cc

7. People who don’t use their blinkers!

Felicia E., author of Felicia’s Red Door Life blog

8. I’m outraged by the system’s brokenness.

Erica A., author of A Sign of Life blog

9. Late dinner guests make me scream!

Carrian C., author of Oh Sweet Basil blog

10. The sixth time I say something!

Rabia L., author of The Lieber Family blog

11. Band banquet, 230 RSVP, 500 attend.

Teri B., author of Snarkfest blog

12. Hearing myself say the same things.

Jamie J., author of Kreyv blog

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photo credit: matt.hintsa via photopin cc

13. Helicopters hovering and dark shapes lurking.

Laurie S., author of The Adventure of Writing blog

14. It’s a tampon…Spit it out.

Meg D., author of Dear Crazy Kids blog

15. Sunday night run for poster board.

Tammy M., author of Agrigirl blog


Meredith S., author of Mom of the Year blog

17. My teenagers dissing me as archaic.

Kelly M., author of Just Typikel blog

18. Constant complaints! Just be more positive.

Jennifer H., author of Dancing in the Rain blog

Meredith, Midlife at the Oasis photo
Lois, Midlife at the Oasis photo

19. When Vons runs out of cronuts.

Lois M., author of Midlife at the Oasis

20. Vehicles that don’t signal irk me.

Stacie V., author of Simply Stacie blog

21. Late trains, slow walkers, tourist food.

Laura H., author of Sprint 2 the Table blog

22. What part of “no” was unclear?

Tamara G., author of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom blog

23. Smart kids who pretend they’re stupid.

Julia T., author of Diary of a Word Nerd blog

24. He falls asleep when we argue.

Samantha J., author of Foreclosure 2 Frugal blog

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photo credit: melissaclark via photopin cc

25. Whining and crying, blood pressure rising.

Christina E., author of Letters from the Nest blog

26. Real men don’t kidnap school girls.

Amy M., author of Maisymak blog

27. Parents over coaching from the sideline.

Debbie, author of Heartbeats and Soul Stains blog

28. Excessive device use. Stop! Communicate IRL!

Kerith S., author of Brielle and Me blog

29. Your internet connection is not responding

followed by

30. Reminder: your post deadline is today.

Carly P., author of Fine Fit Day blog

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photo credit: reynolds.james.e via photopin cc

31. Parking space fighting. It’s t-ball, folks.

Gina J., author of Full of It blog

32. You’re running. Free. Fun. Stop! CAR!

Kristi C., author of Finding Ninee blog

33. Hearing NO when you want YES.

Madison F., author of Growing Up Madison blog

34. For the tenth time, SHOES ON!

Beth T., author of Writer B is Me blog

35. Being invited to the barbecue dinner.

Bacon T., author of Pig Love blog

36. Children screaming, people talking, all together.

Tricia M., author of Raising Humans blog

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photo credit: mdanys via photopin cc

37. Daring toddler taking risks too soon!

Devany, author of Still Playing School blog

38. Patients who arrive 30 minutes late.

Lindsay, author of Wedding Rings to Teething Rings blog

39. Running late while stuck in traffic.

Roaen, author of Love Life Logistics blog

40. Heavy traffic and intoxicated drivers. Stressful!

Rea A., author of Reality Bites blog

41. Corporate big wigs with inflated egos.

Holly C., author of Simplify, Create, Inspire blog

42. S’mores-induced sugar high in tent confines.

Nicole G., author of Work in Sweats Mama blog

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photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc

43. People who are oblivious to others. 

Meredith E., author of Perfection Pending blog

44. Finding out a deadline is tomorrow.

Cheryl D., author of Snaps of Ginger blog

45. Walmart’s blood-pressure machine is broken AGAIN??

Eli P., author of Coach Daddy blog

What would your six-word sentence be?

blood pressure quote


  1. Stephanie says:

    #10 & #12 – all the time! Constantly on repeat, no one’s listening. Great list again Eli! Saw your post about “what men think about before sleeping” (obvi not the exact title, but it’s late) – loved it! I really need to make you a photo with Ingrid. Soon. I promise.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Did you say something, Steph?

      Kidding … and this one was fun. The pressure’s on to find a great topic every month. I don’t want to think about the next one yet.

      Glad you liked the peek into the mind of a near-sleeping man. It’s a messy and brilliant place. Did you see the video of Ingrid Tricia put on her blog at Raising-Humans?

      Ridiculously dreamy. I had to punch myself in the jaw.

  2. Rea says:

    “Band banquet, 230 RSVP, 500 attend.” – LOL to this! True, this can be so stressful and blood-boiling! I see a lot that are related to transportation and vehicles so I guess I can justify that I’m not alone in hating the traffic! Haha. Happy to be part of this! Thank you Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That one just made my pancreas cramp up, Rea. But it looks like Teri handled it like a champ. I’d have served dishes of fancy cat food and called it pate. Traffic is to high blood pressure what wine and chocolate is to just about every other prompt I’ve given this gaggle of mommies.

      Glad you played along, Rea.

  3. Hahaha, good ones!
    Lindsay, you remind me. It’s pretty annoying the other way round, too… spending time in doctor’s waiting rooms.
    Now what time is Support Group to lower that blood pressure, because clearly, there are some “at-risk” people in here!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad one in the lot, eh TG?

      Uh-oh – are we opening the debate of health-care professional vs. waiting patient? Bring it.

      I think we all ought to get cronuts and forget the whole thing.

  4. NotAPunkRocker says:

    “it’s time to get up already?!”

    Great responses here!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Helluva way to start out the day 155/98, right?

  5. laurie27wsmith says:

    I read and saw every one of the entries except mine Eli. I thought, I’m sure I put one in. When I flicked through it again I found it underneath the helicopter. Crazy eh?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was a Jedi mind trick, mate. I had it drop down out of the chopper for ya.

      It wouldn’t be the first time I left one out, if I did. Once, Tamara of Tamara (like) Camera blog submitted, but it didn’t make the first edition.

      I put it in late, and settled out of court.

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

        Jedi mind trick alright Mate. I couldn’t see it for looking. You have to watch those court cases and cranky bloggers.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I hoped that chopper image wasn’t too ominous.

      3. laurie27wsmith says:

        No Mate not at all.

  6. I need to add one more, “My name said at 3 am”! Sadly that was last night with both girls!! But seriously, thank you for the inclusion again and love joining in. So much fun – Happy Wednesday now!! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Shannon Adams, of Radio Chick, submits 347 each time. All brilliant. So yeah, what’s one more? Do you think your girls conspired to wreck your sleep?

      Glad you were part of the blood-boiling party today.

  7. Another awesome edition of In Six Words. I love the sign about whining. I would be a millionaire if I charged my kids half as much every time they whined! Thank goodness for stress relieving outlets like exercise to keep blood pressure in check! Otherwise I’d surely blow a gasket.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Nicole. That sign should be issued to all parents when their first kid reaches age 3. A whine tax could paralyze our economy, if it were applied to adults.

      Coaching 1-1 soccer matches is also stellar for regulating blood pressure. Just ask my doc.

  8. Meredith says:

    As always, Eli, this is too much fun! Snarkfest’s made me snort! Love them all!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m afraid this is going to become government-regulated if we keep having this much fun. I would love to see video of Teri’s reaction when those numbers came to light.

      Not a stinker in the bunch, is there?

  9. crimsonowl63 says:

    When people put others down.

    That really burns me up.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The only people I like to put down are people who like to put people down. Know what I mean?

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        The only thing we put down around here is rums and Cokes. Oh, and red wings fans. And dodgers fans. And some dad bloggers, if they’re soft and whiney.

        Crap, we put down a lot around here.

  10. These are great! Thanks for including me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you like them, and for tossing in yours. I gotta get my Hump link on here this morning.

  11. Cheryl says:

    This is the perfect remedy for that high blood pressure. Some of these really cracked me up.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s like a big box of cinnamon graham crackers, isn’t it? Glad you got caught up in it this time.

      1. Cheryl says:

        My friend was having a bad day so I sent her this link. This was her reply:
        “Endless unnecessary old lady questions daily”
        She works in an office where everyone except her is of, ahem… advanced age. She’s in her 30’s like me.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Do they ask things like, “what’s this?” while they point to a computer mouse?

  12. PigLove says:

    Reblogged this on Piglove and commented:
    Oh friends – you must check out this posting!! My great friend asked me to participate in six words again (I’m #35 today). Today’s theme is an ode to high blood pressure in six words. Of course, mine is “Being invited to the barbeque dinner”. Shivers – that can be dangerous for a little piggy… especially one that is say well endowed in the pot belly – double snorts. Be sure to check this out today my friends. AND many thanks to Eli for inviting me again – you’re the man! XOXO – Bacon

  13. jamie@kreyv says:

    These are awesome! Thanks for including me!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad to have you along, as always, Jamie!

  14. Kristi Campbell - findingninee says:

    Awesome list, Eli. You rock. Sorry about running out of graham crackers in the middle of the night though – that sucks. As does having to tell somebody to spit out a tampon! HAHA 🙂
    thanks for including me!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The people made it, Kristi. I just gave them a drop cloth and a few cookies. I think an emergency box of graham crackers will make my life so much easier.

      I actually know a few people’s mouths I’d like to stick a tampon in, KC. And tuck in the string.

      Thanks for playing along!

  15. There seem to be a few common themes here. Will you be graphing them for us as a visual aid?! LOL!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I should – and usually it revolves around chocolate and wine!

  16. madgesw says:

    When hatred, killing are the norm.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That gets all our blood pressure up, for sure.

  17. Julia Tomiak says:

    These are great – except, I’m feeling my BP elevate! Why can’t people use blinkers! Why must parents coach from the sidelines! Glad I’m not alone. Putting my hands together for a deep cleansing breath…
    Thanks for including me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Wait, this wasn’t supposed to raise your BP! I think some people try to conserve energy by going easy on the blinkers. Probably because they expend energy doing my job from the parents’ side.

      Repeat this mantra: Blinking lights, quiet parents, eternal bliss.

      Thanks for playing along. I owe you a post – this week!

  18. tamaralikecamera says:

    I first read this early this morning. It certainly lowered my blood pressure, which I needed. No transitions or clutter, I guess!
    I can’t even tell you which is my favorite because they’re all.. so fabulous. The tampon one? Was up there.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Coach Daddy is a great early-morning read, studies show. In fact, they use this blog in dog training facilities to calm the pups. I think it’s the colors and stormtrooper art.

      Not a sucky one in the lot, eh T-bow? The only thing that would have improved the tampon one would have been an image to go with it.

      Next time.

  19. ksbeth says:

    glad we were able to get that off our chests! and thanks for including me )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      beth, thanks for hosting this Avs-wings peace treaty talks … this is an historic day.

  20. Kim says:

    HaHa – some great ones!!! Here’s mine –
    Just once, listen the first time!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not bad, eh Kim? I hope you’re ready for the next one, because 99% of all parents could get behind kids listening the first time around.

  21. Oh #12. Yes yes yes!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Say that again, Meredith?

  22. Jessie says:

    “It wasn’t me, SHE did it!”

    That drove my blood pressure up enough we made a new house rule. Blame it on someone else and you HAVE to take care of it no matter who was responsible.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      SHE causes tons of trouble, doesn’t she? And I love your rule. Works better than waterboarding. Probably.

      1. Jessie says:

        It might work better than waterboarding but I suspect the horror and screaming at the situation is about the same.

    2. bethteliho says:

      oohhh, Jessie, that’s brillz. I’m officially stealing it.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Heck, grownups can use that one.

      2. Jessie says:

        Oh good! I hope it helps! 🙂

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        Jessie, I’d charge Beth at least $1.20 for it.

  23. These are fantastic… and I think they ALL apply to me. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I just looked through them again … they really do apply to you. Except for the dog poop on the carpet (no dogs, but kids and cats, so that’s sort of the same).

      And, I don’t mind being invited to a barbecue, unlike Bacon T. But he’s a pig. So I get that.

      1. If I DID have a dog, I would be totally enraged though.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        What’s worse: When you wind up with dog poop on the rug, and you don’t have a dog.

      3. THAT would really chap my ass.

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        You do realize that was six words, right Laura?

      5. Accidental brilliance! 😉

      6. Eli Pacheco says:

        If it weren’t for accidental brilliance, I’d have none at all. Email me for the next 6 words prompt!

  24. 1jaded1 says:

    Hockey playoffs: Blackhawks forcing game six.

    Blaming other people for your mistakes.

    Stop your blaming. Accept your accountability.


  25. bethteliho says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE this! hahahaha I noticed a few people’s were in the same vein as mine, and they were all women. I guess we’re tired of repeating things 100 times before we’re heard. 😉

    Thanks for including me, Eli. Twas fun. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Ain’t it awesome, Beth? Usually, the terms that bind are “wine” and “chocolate.” Maybe if women would yell things the first time, we men and kids would hear it earlier.

      Strike that.

      Email me if you want in on the next one.

  26. I only need two: Deadbeat dad.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You could repeat that one three times.

  27. mountaingmom says:

    Love your sense of humor. Having raised 3 kids, I know you need one. Glad you found my blog so I found yours.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you. As you know, with three kids, you either have a sense of humor, or an ulcer. Your blog reminds me of when we lived in Asheville, N.C.

  28. Ugh stinky things have plagued me all of May. I’m glad you posted this because:
    1. I’m going to check out some links and
    2. I’ve been losing it these past few days and now I know it’s just because it’s Blood Pressure Awareness Month.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s about time to let May go, anyway.

      You’re going to find lots to love in these links. Because May was Blood Pressure Awareness month, I’d like to declare Relax With Cookies and Milk month for June. And July, if I feel like it.

  29. Felicia says:

    OMG I love #35!!!! I can relate in so many ways. My anti-social self hates being invited out or having my husband volunteer me for social gatherings.

    I also relate to #22, #23 and #28.

    Thanks for having me this month it was a blast!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Spoiler alert: Bacon Thompson is slated to become the first swine guest blogger at Coach Daddy. Stay tuned.

      I hope that after you liked 22, 23 and 28, you tweeted out the link on your smartphone.

      Glad you were in it this month, Felicia. And thanks for the corresponding post!

  30. Rorybore says:

    Brain noise. that stresses me out Big. I mean whining, yelling and having to repeat myself constantly can certainly do it too — but that’s “outside head” noise. But, when that is added to all the thoughts circling around in my head that just won’t stop: worries, deadlines, criticism, what if’s, what now’s, how’s, whys, whens…. etc. etc.? I need to go find my quiet place fast.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There must be a chemical element present in night-time man that could be put into a capsule or tea leaves and given to moms. I can’t imagine that thought cyclone buzzing between my ears – at least on a regular basis.

  31. Sorry it took us so long to stop by but I so enjoyed reading them all. Thank you for including us, it was a lot of fun and actually I’d reverse it for me….”hearing no 50 times a day”. Maybe its time I started saying yes because no has now become my toddler’s favorite word.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you made it! No is just the start. Wait til you see what the next 17 favorite words are!

      Thanks for contributing!

  32. Happy to be included and looking forward to following/reading you now! Thanks, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you played along, Devany! Looking forward to reading more on your blog, too. I just added you on Pinterest. I think.

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