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Friday, April 27, 2007

Myspace Migration: Lest You Think I'm Perfect (Or Think I Think I Am)

So, I woke up this morning to an AWESOME email questioning my last blog. In fact, the author went so far as to ask if it was slightly "hypocritical" when I was discussing the whole 'abuse of the English language' thing. The answer is, of course, no. I'm not looking for perfection, nor do I claim to be perfect myself. What I'm looking for is discernable effort - and since I give discernable effort to write sentences that are easy to read with a minimal number of typos and spelling errors (and there are some that you understand)... I don't think hypocrisy applies. It was keen fun discussing it with him, though... I think that does qualify me for 'dork status.' LOL

So, lest I give/have given anyone else the impression that I thought I was above you all, in any way... I don't. I'm a goober; I embrace it. In any given day I make oodles of mistakes, and not just with my writing. I break my foot/ankle on level driveways, I trip over the carpet, I stumble over words, and this just in: I run into perfectly functioning cars! I, in no way, think I'm better than anyone else as a person. I do, however, think it's possible that I exercise better execution at times than others. In recognizing that, I came to the realization that makes me kind of a snob. And I had to laugh at that and share it with you guys. Those who know me well know that the point of this is to laugh at me and my gooberishness (how's THAT for a word?) as much as anything else.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Myspace Migration: I.Am.Such.A.Snob! LOL

Ok, so there was this guy that sort-of-kind-of intruiged me on True, so I decided I was going to email him. I haven't yet, because I got completely distracted filling out the profile (which took FORever). Afterwards, I decided to puruse who was "looking for me" because I kind of remembered that I really don't have time to date. In fact, there are still people I'm trying to find time to meet!

I was SO cracking up at people not paying attention to their spelling! Is it just me, or are people slightly less attractive when they can't discern 'through' from 'threw' from 'thru?' Or 'your's,' 'you'res,' and 'yours?' Or incorrectly spells the easy words like 'stolcker' for 'stalker?' It just kind of seems to me, that if I were trying to attract someone, I'd take pride in my words. Use capitalization, proper spelling, and punctuation. Grammar I'm not as strict on, because truly, proper sentence structure is evidently subjective. It's dependent on what school of English you were taught. What I was taught in English I in High School was quite different from what I was taught in College. What I was taught in College was quite different than what my ex-husband was taught in the very same class. Go figure.

I think part of it is that it's distracting when someone 'rights' a sentence with no real sense of purpose because frankly it doesnt end or flow like a normal conversation Because really the person writing it hasn't put forth the effort to make it structured. Call me old-fashioned, but I've got a thing for commas and periods. It just brings order to the chaos! :) I asked someone about this once and they said it was 'free-association.' I couldn't help but wonder, "Is sentence structure and basic English really that logically constraining?"

Moving on, the other thing I really have to question is people on dating sites who DON'T fill out the profile. Here's my question on this: what is the point? If you don't provide me a reason to email you - why would I? Are you really THAT stunning that I'm going to completely ignore the fact that I know precisely the same amount about you as I do someone in my neighborhood that I see at our gym?? Just kind of seems to me that if you want people to date you, you kind of have to provide some kind of detail. Someone emailed me this evening - NOTHING about him on his profile. Which isn't the end of the world, it just made me ask a lot of questions and honestly, it just made it so that he wasn't immediately interesting. Not to say he never could be, but it certainly didn't put his best foot forward!

Finally, in my laughable rant about dating profiles, I have one other question. What is with the large people of the world who list themselves as 'large' or 'very large' and 'less than average' who only to date 'slender' and 'very attractive' people? This doesn't bother me as much as it baffles me, on two points: One, isn't that slightly hypocritical? That, of course, leads to the second point of - aren't great relationships supposed to be equitable? I mean, there's no real good way to say this ... so, I'll just come out with it: If you're going to be that unfairly superficial with your wants (and yes, I do think there's an inequity when a rather large person ONLY wants to date a slender person or someone who thinks they're ugly MUST date an uber-attractive person - seems like compensation for poor self-esteem)... where's the pay-off for the other party? I mean, what in your mind thinks that's going to work? I'm not really saying it will or it won't - I'm just kind of intruiged with the thought process. What compensates for the inequity, in their mind? I think Bev and I came up with money - that maybe they feel if they're 'banking,' everything else is irrelevant. The sad thing is, I'm sure that's true for some people.

For me, appearance isn't THAT big of a deal. I'm not going to lie, it plays into it: I don't want to date someone who's morbidly obese - it's unhealthy and indicative of a larger problem. But I don't care if someone's bald (that's actually kind of cute), what color your hair is or if you have love handles. Lord knows I'm far from perfect, so who am I to judge? Besides, as I always say... we're all wrinkly when we're old.. it's the personality, common interests, and friendship that lasts. THAT's what's important.

Ok, re-reading this, I am a complete dating snob, aren't I?

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Myspace Migration: You Know You're A Single Parent When...

... you get geeked up about being able to use your "Adult Dishes" - aka my china settings. I love them. They're white, simple, and go with anything I'm cooking. I even have various chargers to put underneath them, depending on the setting. When I was married, I used them regularly when we had dinner parties with my friends, family and neighbors. Since my divorce, not so much. I was a little amused at how excited I was to use my adult dishes - I typically use my PB Earthenware. Actually, I would have last night, too... except I used them for the PTA Champagne Thursday the night before and forgot to run the dishwasher. And let me tell you; hell will freeze over before I hand-wash dishes I don't HAVE TO.

It dawned on me: I've lived in this house for nearly 2 years. I haven't used them ONCE. I just don't really entertain at my house like I used to - we're always in Dallas. But, it felt good to unpack them and let them see the light of day. I think I've decided to have people over to eat at least once a month from now on. One, it gives me a chance to cook fun meals for my friends - which is important to me and it's been too long since I've done it - and two, I'll get to use my "Adult Dishes" more often.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Myspace Migration: Join Me In Some Random Thoughts

First of all, if you have showtime/shotime (however's it's spelled, I'm far too lazy to actually look it up), then you MUST check out the Tudors tonight. Now, I'm sure my love of the Tudors and Anne Boyeln has something to do with it. I wrote several papers on Anne and the Tudors in school; they fascinate me. Henry VIII was the most fascinating man. Anne was a brilliant strategist and schemer; you have to respect that on some level. As everyone who knows me truly well knows, I look to Elizabeth I for most of the lessons I want to learn on leadership. LOVE the book Elizabeth I, CEO; you absolutely should read it if you have management aspirations or are in a position to try and gain influence over others or a number of other reasons. Anyway, I'm sure all of that has to do with it. So, check out the series: The Tudors. It's on tonight at 9pm. I'm PSYCHED!

Having the sex talk with the girls this week - I think I've mentioned that. Changed my mind on which book to intially used. Decided to go with Where Did I Come From? instead of the American Girl book. I am using the American Girl Books The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls to discuss the finer points of periods, sweating, pimples and boobies... as well as their Feelings Book and the Smart Girl's Guide to Sticky Situations to discuss things like jealousy, peer pressure, and emotions. These books all come highly recommended from the child psychologist I've been talking to, as well as their pediatrician and the reviews are (as you can see, excellent). We began broaching the subject this evening; I know what they know, and it's nebulous at best and misguided for the most part. Thus the change to the Where did I Come From? book. It has cartoonish illustrations with this fat little married couple that will show enough that they understand without being terribly pornographic in nature or threatening. I think, though, this is going to be a series of cocoa discussions - as opposed to one long talk. I expect we'll be discussing this pretty much every night for the balance of this week. And then we'll probably move on next week to something far more interesting for them and less stomach turning for ME. :)

Mooching off Bev's "I is Smert" post - I is, too, smurt! So, I think everyone that knows me has heard that my phone was making no noise this weekend. I jacked with the settings, tried everything I could think of... everything except the fabulous little "silent" switch at the top of the phone that I forgot I turned off. I'm.Utterly.Retarded. Figured that out tonight... and cracked up.

Time to get out the rasberries and pour the champagne - The Tudors will be on soon! :)