These Games They Really Do You In When You’re Making Up Your Own Rules

I’ve noticed lately that my most popular blog posts are those featuring memes.

As I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t really start this blog to gain a ton of followers.  I started it because I enjoy writing, but often feel unmotivated to do so.  Updating a blog forces me to work on my writing on a fairly regular basis, which I’m hoping will eventually translate into better creative/fictional writing.  Blogging is also fun because it gives me an outlet to share random thoughts, reviews, etc.  I share a lot with the people in my life, but some things just seem better suited for sharing on a blog.  For example, most people in my life wouldn’t benefit from wedding planning advice.  A random person who stumbles upon my blog might, though.

But anyway … The point of all of that is to say that I don’t always make an effort to post things that I think will be “popular.”

Today, however, I am.

I’m pretty sure I’ve written about my love/hate relationship with Facebook in the past.  I appreciate that it gives me the opportunity to stay in touch with people I might have lost touch with otherwise.  I enjoy seeing pictures that my close friends and family share, especially since a lot of them live far away.

But … I hate some of the random shit that people post.  I don’t care what you had for lunch, nor do I want to see an Instagram picture of your peanut butter sandwich.  I don’t want to try to decipher what you mean when you tipe lyke dis nd thnk ppl can reed it.  I don’t want to scroll through a ton of images of sick children saying “If I get 1,000,000 likes, my rich uncle/neighbor/Prince William will pay for my cancer treatment!”  I also don’t need to see a bunch of pictures of Jesus that say “Like if you love Jesus!  Keep scrolling if you hate him and love Satan!”

No.  Just … No.

So today I’ve gathered some memes that represent some of the things that I hate about Facebook.  (And yes, I realize I could simply delete my account, but, as I said, it’s not all bad.  I just have to limit the amount of time I spend on it … Otherwise, I might go crazy.)

I’ll start with the profile picture.  I think this is pretty accurate:

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I said it before, but I’ll say it again … I have no idea why some people insist on typing up a bunch of gibberish to post on Facebook.  I have to wonder … Is this person drunk, dumb, lazy, or all of the above?:

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Another issue I’ve already mentioned … The random sick child/religious/insert other random thing that’s supposed to make you feel guilty if you don’t “like” it images that pop up in my newsfeed.  Do people really believe this shit?:

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Some people love to share everything.  Seriously.  I understand that you’re sick … If you want to share that, that’s cool.  But I don’t need to know that you’ve had explosive diarrhea for the last two days.  No one needs to know this (and this is coming from someone who tends to overshare!):

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Then there’s the question of Facebook etiquette.  I’m sure most people with a Facebook have wondered about this at one point or another:

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I will admit, though, that sometimes I like to watch the drama unfold on Facebook.  I find it particularly amusing because the majority of the people I’m friends with on Facebook are within 5 years of my age (so most people are between the ages of 24-34).  Adults.  Adults who, for whatever reason, sometimes feel the need to stir shit up.  While I always stay out of it, I won’t pretend I’m above busting out the popcorn and doing exactly what this meme says:

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Following a Facebook fight, I’ll often see one of the people involved make some sort of passive aggressive jab at the other person.  Then they’ll (OMG!) delete that person from their friends list!  (Or at least threaten to do so.)  This is pretty much my reaction every time this happens (and sadly it happens on a fairly regular basis):

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So yes, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook.  This leads me to my final meme, the one that sums up how I often feel after wasting some time scrolling through my news feed (especially if none of my close friends or family have posted anything):

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In Your Eyes I See And Feel It All

This week I’ve decided to continue working through my 30 day blogging challenge for my Friday Lounge post.  (I kind of need to do this … Otherwise I may never finish!)

So today I’ll share a date I would love to go on.

I’ve had some really great dates over the years.  They haven’t all been extravagant, but sometimes little things like discovering a new favorite place to eat (even if it’s kind of a hole in the wall) make for the best dates.

The date idea I’ll be sharing today is something I didn’t even know was a thing until very recently.  I mean, I knew these types of classes existed (and I’ve wanted to take one for quite a while!) … But I wasn’t really sure where to find a one time class that would be ideal for a couple.

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This is a picture of the local Whole Foods, though I can’t take credit for taking it.  Image courtesy of http://www.weitz.com.

I’m talking about cooking classes. 

Apparently Whole Foods offers these types of classes pretty regularly.  At $25/person, they seem like a pretty good deal.  I just searched through the February events and realized there was a class yesterday evening.  This is kind of a bummer since the meal we’d be learning to prepare sounds like something we’d both want to have often: shrimp alla Santorini over orzo, meatballs with a side of tzatziki, and chocolate baklava triangles.

Now that I know about these classes, though, I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a good one.  Eric and I already enjoy cooking together, so I think a cooking class would be a fun date for us. 

If anyone reading this feels like commenting, what are some of your favorite date ideas?

But It Was Not Your Fault, But Mine … And It Was Your Heart On The Line … I Really Fucked It Up This Time … Didn’t I, My Dear?

I know I said that Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal for Eric and I, but I couldn’t resist using this holiday (and I use that word loosely) as an excuse for posting hilarious memes.  It’s been a while since I last made a meme filled Friday Lounge post, so enjoy!

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I’m a huge nerd obviously.

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This cracked me up.

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I often insert “bitch” into my statements and then blame it on my inner Jesse.

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Maybe even more than leather jogging pants?

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I don’t know much about Taylor Swift, but I do know that a lot of people say that every song is supposedly about a different guy … So this is probably pretty accurate.

You Said That Irony Was The Shackles Of Youth

You may have noticed that I enjoy random online quizzes based on some of my previous Friday Lounge posts.  I try to keep most of them at least somewhat topical (such as the ones that have been popping up all over my Facebook news feed), but sometimes it’s fun to spend a few minutes taking a quiz that’s just completely ridiculous.

So I did a little soul searching and determined that I just couldn’t live another second without knowing how addicted I am to Sriracha.

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Image courtesy of theoatmeal.com.

If you’ve never had Sriracha, you’re missing out.  (And I’m saying that in all seriousness.)  This shit is amazing on pretty much anything, but especially macaroni and cheese (bonus points if it’s macaroni and cheese from Noodles & Co.), pho (I admittedly dump so much sauce in my pho that the broth turns a little red), and dumplings/pot stickers.  At least, those are my favorite things to slather in rooster sauce.

But how addicted am I?  Let’s check out the results of this very scientific quiz.

From the “How Addicted To Sriracha Are You?” quiz at http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/sriracha_addict:

I am 95% addicted to Sriracha!

This apparently makes me The Dark Lord of Sriracha.  My catchphrase?  All foods of the world must burn!

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Image courtesy of theoatmeal.com.

I have to say, I’m not that surprised.  I love spicy foods, and I also love making non-spicy foods burn with the fire of a thousand suns.  One of my favorite things to say when eating something particularly spicy is that it “hurts so good.”

And it does.  All the way down.

You Know You’re Better Than This

I haven’t devoted a Friday Lounge post to an article I’ve read in a while, and today seemed like as good a day as any to do this.  Once again, I’m using an article from my favorite online magazine, Slate.

The article is called “What’s So Bad About Likable Women?”  It was written by Willa Paskin and posted on Friday, 01/10/2014.

If you’d like to read the article on your own, here is the link:  http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/01/likeable_versus_unlikable_women_the_great_debate.html.

This particular article drew my attention because it’s something I’ve been noticing more and more in TV, movies, and literature.  There are often “good guy” male characters, the type that come with some flaws (though nothing too noteworthy) … And then there are the female characters who we want to like but can’t because they’re too brash, too crazy, too cruel, too something.

I’m currently reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (yeah, I know I’m late to the game on this one!), and Amy Dunne, one of the main characters, was specifically mentioned in this article.  I’ll be writing a more in-depth review of my thoughts on the book once I’m finished, but she’s a character that I find really interesting.  She starts off as incredibly likable.  I was literally thinking, “Wow, I can really relate to a lot of the things she says, does, and thinks,” as I was reading.  And then … She changes.  She isn’t really this likable woman at all, but someone who wants to appear likable.  I’ve read so many reviews (minus spoilers, of course) of the book in which people mention that they really didn’t like any of the characters.  But here’s the thing … I still do kind of like Amy.  (Granted, I still have about 80 or 90 pages left to read so I guess I could change my mind.)

I found it interesting that Willa Paskin points out at the end of this article that some people are actually drawn to unlikable characters.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.  In fact, I’m one of those people.

When I was a kid, I often seemed to like the bad guys.  I wanted, just once, to see a kid’s TV show, movie, or book in which the bad guy (or girl!) won.  Of course, in the world of “happily ever after,” that generally didn’t happen.

As an adult, I’m still not really a fan of “happily ever after” endings.  That’s not real life (at least not most of the time).  And while I don’t always need my entertainment to be super realistic, I like that the option is there.  The good guy might not triumph over all.

The thing that bothers me about female characters in particular, though, is something Paskin also discusses in her article.  On the one hand, you may have a likable female character.  Unfortunately, she’s likable for all the wrong reasons.  She’s either a poorly developed cardboard cutout of a “good” woman without any “real” flaws or, if the character actually has some depth, she’s perfect in every possible way.  She may have had to work hard to get to that level of perfection, but dammit, she’s perfect!  On the other hand, we have the blatantly awful female characters, the psychotic bitches, the smug know-it-alls, the brash women who will say and do whatever they like, no matter the cost.  These characters are usually well developed, but unfortunately many audiences can’t connect with them.  It’s as though a woman can only be one of two types: she can have no personality and be likable or have depth and be unlikable … There isn’t a lot in-between (at least not in much of what is produced these days).

As someone who loves to write, it’s definitely something to consider when creating female characters.  Yes, there are some awesome female characters out there that are strong, intelligent, and likable (Katniss Everdeen is an example Paskin used that I have to agree with) … But too often writers want to make likable characters without having to think much about why they should be likable.  Sure, she’s pretty, likes to have fun, and doesn’t have any real flaws to speak of (except that maybe she’s a disaster in the kitchen or some other easily overlooked issue) … But why should I, as a reader/viewer, like this woman?

Since I’m often a fan of the unlikable characters, I may not have to place too much emphasis on finding the balance in creating a likable female character with real depth in my own work.  But still … I don’t want any audience I may have to dislike each and every character (female or male).  The thing is, sometimes a character doesn’t have to be obviously likable for you to like them.  You may like them because they do the things you know you could never do.  You may like them because, even though they’re obviously mean, they always say exactly what they think no matter the consequence.  Or you may even like them because you see a glimmer of yourself inside them, which may be both thrilling and terrifying.  Whatever the case, I think that in general female characters just need to be more developed.  Real women have depth.  And real women want to read about and watch TV shows and movies about women with depth.

At least I do.

I Will Float Until I Learn How To Swim

For this week’s Friday Lounge post I’ll be sharing a fun quiz that’s been floating around on my Facebook for the last few weeks.

You may have already heard about it (and possibly taken it yourself), but if not, don’t worry … You will now have the opportunity to check it out!

The quiz is from The New York Times Sunday Review online and was published on Saturday, 12/21/2013.  It’s titled “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk” and it can be found here:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/20/sunday-review/dialect-quiz-map.html.

The purpose of the quiz is to determine where you sound like you’re from based on the terms/phrases you use and how you pronounce certain words.  It contains 25 questions, and the questions may differ between individuals taking the quiz (Eric took it and was asked a few questions I wasn’t).  Many people find the quiz to be freakishly accurate, but I think my results were kind of weird.

Here’s the thing … I don’t really have an accent.  This isn’t an issue of denial, it’s a fact.  I started actively trying to lose my West Virginian accent (I grew up in the southwestern part of the state and there’s definitely a noticeable accent in that region) when I was only 8 years old.  And I succeeded!  Most people are either surprised when I tell them where I’m originally from (if they’re familiar with the area) or are surprised when I tell them that my friends and family from that area have fairly heavy accents (if they’re not familiar with the way people usually speak in that area).  That being said, my dialect isn’t really indicative of the area I’m from.

After taking the quiz, I got the following results:

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If you don’t want to click on the link, I’ll share that I speak most like someone from the following areas:

  • Fremont, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Santa Clarita, California

I’m obviously not from California.  The results aren’t really that surprising to me in some ways, though, since most Californians don’t have a “true” accent.  Although dialect is a slightly different concept than accent, the ideas are similar.  For example, the way you pronounce a specific word could be an influence of both accent and dialect (although dialect could also simply refer to the specific word used).

Interestingly, when Eric took the quiz his results were pretty spot on.  His top three areas were Omaha, Nebraska (where he was born and we currently live), Lincoln, Nebraska (he lived there for a few years), and somewhere in Illinois (I can’t remember the exact city name, but it’s obviously still a Midwestern city).  We definitely pronounce several words differently and also use different words for the same thing, so it was kind of cool to see the impact that had on our results.

Yes, They’ll Nosh The Love Away But It’s Fair To Say You Will Still Haunt Me …

Although Christmas is already over, I still have this incredible urge to go shopping.  Sometimes I just need to get some fun new clothes, a gorgeous new handbag, or some awesome new music or books.  It’s a sickness, really.

Anyway, for this week’s Friday Lounge post I’ve decided to share a few of the pricier things I’m currently lusting after.  (And who knows?  I’ve been told that some of my gifts are coming a little later, so there’s still time!)

Michael Kors Large Specchio Harper Tote

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Image courtesy of http://www.michaelkors.com.

I am in love with this handbag.  Everything about it is perfect, from the color to the unique chain detail.  I’ve been in the market for a grey purse for quite a while, and this is exactly what I was looking for.  I’ve been holding out because I wasn’t sure I really wanted to drop $328 on a new handbag right now (especially after paying for a wedding and Christmas gifts!).  But maybe I can convince myself that it’s worth it.

Frye Melissa Harness Zip

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Image courtesy of http://www.thefryecompany.com.

I’d actually like these boots in black since I most often wear black (or grey), but this was the main image on the website.  They do have several gorgeous colors available, but at $398, I don’t think I could really justify buying more than one pair.  I’ve been looking for a pair of leather riding boots for a while now, and Frye also makes “wide calf” options (which I may or may not need due to my muscular calves).  

The Galeazza Shift from Anthropologie

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Image courtesy of http://www.anthropologie.com.

This is such a beautiful dress and it really fits my style (even down to the headband the model is wearing!).  The only problem is that it’s $275 and I don’t really have an opportunity to wear dresses that often … So I really can’t justify spending that much.  But oh man, it’s gorgeous!  

Gucci 54mm Sunglasses from Nordstrom

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Image courtesy of http://www.shop.nordstrom.com.

I love sunglasses.  I constantly rely on them while driving, but I also think they’re a fun accessory.  These Gucci sunglasses are awesome with the two tone color scheme, and I think the shape would be incredibly flattering.  Unfortunately, $280 is a little steep for sunglasses … Though I’ve always told myself I would completely splurge on a great pair of designer eyewear.  One day.  

Tiffany Cobblestone Diamond Band Ring

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Image courtesy of http://www.tiffany.com.

I know I won’t be getting any jewelry from Eric any time soon, which is totally fine.  I’m more than happy with my engagement ring and wedding band!  I am allowed, however, to drool over other pieces.  This band is funky yet classy, with alternating sizes and cuts of diamonds.  It’s definitely the most expensive item listed here so far at $4600 (for my size, anyway!), but it’s what I picture when I think of getting a right hand ring.  Maybe for our 10 year wedding anniversary?  (Hint hint, Eric!)

Asscher Diamond Stud Earrings from Blue Nile

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Image courtesy of http://www.bluenile.com.

The final item I’m currently lusting after is a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings.  As you may have guessed based on my choice of an emerald cut diamond for my engagement ring, I adore step cuts.  Although I’d prefer to eventually build my own pair of diamond studs on Blue Nile (the option is there, though I wasn’t able to locate a setting other than the one featured here when I was poking around), I’d want something very similar to this.  Asscher cut with great specs, white gold, and nothing larger than 1 carat (total weight).  Absolutely stunning … And absolutely expensive with an expected starting price around $2375!

So there you have it … My current personal (expensive!) wish list.  If you were to add some higher end items to your current wish list, what would they be?