Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Apologizing (to no one, really)

I'm sorry I have not posted anything new in ages! I have so many ideas floating through my head (blackberry etiquette, posting ultrasound pictures on Facebook, documenting the size of your pregnant belly on MySpace/Facebook, updating your Facebook status to read every mundane detail of your life...no one cares if you are out for a run, save that for AIM...or just save it in general, etc.).

Hopefully I can formulate some thoughts for my five (maybe six?) readers soon.

In the meantime, keep telling me about all the ridiculous people you meet! I love feeling superior thanks to my refined social skills...psych!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

So soon...

I will express my thoughts on the following:

1. Wearing many designers at once.
2. Blackberries.
3. Leaving events before the end of the event.

Sorry for the extended vacation. I wish I had exciting tales of torrid love affairs, but alas, that is not the case.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Let's come to a resolution.

Everyone knows what January 1st means. A fresh start, a new beginning, a chance to redefine yourself. Whether the year before was the best year of your life or the worst, January 1st gives you the chance to pledge to work on an aspect of your life or personality you'd like to improve.

I know a lot of people don't agree with new year's resolutions. "Everyone always breaks them", "they are quick fix", "they aren't realistic", etc. Well bugger to them. I dislike when people try to steal the joy of others, or basically imply the person is going to be a failure at something. Even if someone's dreams are maybe a bit unrealistic, at least they are striving for something. A life without dreams is a life without hope. If someone's dream is something you might view as superficial, there is no reason for you to voice that. People dream for what they believe is attainable, maybe with a little extra effort, extra luck, whatever. It's like, I'm never going to say "I dream of being a superstar NBA player", because 1. I'm a girl, 2. I'm not that tall/fast/coordinated, 3. I know myself well enough to know I do not have the drive or determination to ever make that possible (nor the funds for that sex change operation I'd need to make the dream a reality). I might, however, say "I dream of being really fit and athletic". While this probably requires more effort than I really want to expend, it is ATTAINABLE.

Yesterday, along with about 114 million of my fellow American's (according to the last census, that's how many people there are between the ages of 18 and 45), I went to the gym. Yesterday was January 2nd. What do you think I expected to see at the gym? That's right, I expected to see TONS OF PEOPLE. Because these people, like me, are trying to right some wrongs of 2007 and start 2008 off on a good foot. Most of these people (but hopefully not me), will continue this for about 3 - 4 weeks and then fall off the wagon. Maybe they will injure themselves from pushing to hard the first couple weeks. Maybe they will get busy with work/school/family/etc. It's just a simple, proven fact most people will not be able to maintain their resolutions for the whole year. This is not to say they will fail. At least they've tried. When I walked in and saw all the machines occupied, I did not sigh in disgust. I was elated! Look at all these people trying to better themselves! I had a hard time finding a locker for my things. I did not complain! I found it refreshing.

So for the next couple weeks, let's try to be positive. If someone is going on and on about their goals for the year, please do not tell them they are "crazy". Let them live the dream. It won't hurt you to encourage them. Don't let your own insecurities stand in the way of you being a cheerleader for someone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"I want to see your ASS in the AIR..."*

*today's post title brought to you by the fantastic movie "The Cutting Edge".

Okay, let's settle this once and for all. YES, if you are an able-bodied person, you should offer up your seat to someone who is female/older/more frail/managing small children/carrying a large number of packages, while on a train/bus/in a crowded room/at church/etc. I don't give a rat's ass where you are, but if there are no empty seats in the place and someone walks in who either NEEDS it more than your or SHOULD BY RIGHT get to sit down before your lazy bum, offer it to them.

If someone ever offers you their seat, do not get offended. Do not think "Do I look old?", "What's their motivation...?", "Does that man think just because I am a woman I need to sit down more than he does?". SERIOUSLY people. Can't we just accept a nice gesture for what it is? If people would start giving total strangers a break every now and then, maybe this cold, hard world would start being a sweeter place to live in.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wastin' time

I find people like to be really judgemental about how other people spend their time. I'm sure you've all heard someone say "He's got too much time on his hands..." or something along those lines. Now, I'm not a scientist or a physicist, but I'm pretty sure everyone gets the same amount of time. Regardless of where you live, no matter your color, ethnicity, sex, religious preference, sexual preference, we all have 24 hours in the day, seven days in a week and 365 days in a year. So why must we pass judgement on how other people choose to use their time?

The time-hating generally seems to happen when a person witnesses someone doing something really fun or clever that happens to be time-consuming. Just this week I was telling someone I accidentally dropped my brand new carton of eggs, thereby cracking five eggs. Well, I didn't want to just throw out the eggs, so I went online and looked up recipes. I was trying to be resourceful. My story was met with "Have a little time on your hands?!" and a snide chuckle. Um. I don't know if they aren't familiar but the internet is pretty fast (Thanks Al!). It doesn't take long to look up something. The whole process of trying to find a recipe probably took me less than 10 minutes and I got a tasty, albeit eccentric, meal out of it.

Everyone has things they like to do. Whether it be an extreme amount of television or movie watching, a voracious appetite for celebrity gossip, a fanatical devotion to exercise, a passion for reading blogs, bird watching, reading, stamp collecting, working (that's so not me), sleeping, drinking, ho'ing...whatever it is, it's how they want to spend their time. Why do other people find it necessary to weigh in on whether or not they think they are using their time wisely? We are only in this life, in this skin, once. We might as well get as much pleasure from it as possible (within reason, of course).

So, the next time you find yourself thinking "Gosh, they must have a lot of time on their hands if they were able to alphabetize their 1,000 CD's/color coordinate their closet/scrapbook their college memories..." or something of the like, remember the day you spent on your couch watching a marathon of "The Hills". Or the time you spent 8 hours at the mall trying to find a pair of jeans that made your butt look awesome. Or the day you slept for 13 hours straight. Or every time you look at stupid blogs. Remember these times are because you have a CHOICE, and who are we to say someone's making the wrong choice?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ice Age

So, maybe I'm the only person who ISN'T chewing ice in quiet rooms. The other day I was at a meeting for a hospital board I sit on, and during this really intense presentation about how the doctor we are supporting is working diligently to try to cure cancer (seriously...and he's had some really amazing progress with prostate cancer cells and gene therapy), the person next to me was drinking his water and chewing his ice.

Maybe I'm late to this one. Is chewing ice the new black?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Noise pollution

I am currently in a graduate class. This graduate class meets at 5:45 until 9 p.m. Many of my classmates work, so they go straight from work to class (myself included). Often times, this means by the time you get to class, you are hungry, perhaps even a bit delirious from hunger. I do not have a problem with people eating in class (unless you are a loud chewer, but that's not the point of this post). I do, however, get a little shocked when people eat foods that are just not, no matter how tactfully you try to eat them, quiet. Some examples include:

A whole apple
Ice
Lobster (just kidding, but I wouldn't put it past people)
Nuts
Anything that comes in a crinkly bag

This week in class, one of my classmates had a HUGE plastic cup of ice. She would get a mouthful (which as you know, ice is loud in a plastic cup) and proceed to chew her ice. During intellectual discussion. I am pretty sure after the third or forth mouthful I muttered under my breath "Seriously?! Seriously." but I probably didn't. I just thought about it. Because poodles, I have tact. Just not when drunk (but that doesn't count).