Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here's what I found:
In case, for whatever reason, you can't see the image, it's a picture of a page in a magazine that defines something called "Pre-Dating." This is what it says:"It's a new term that describes what happens before a blind date: the research of someone's online history. It's a new phase of the would-be relationship!"
I love how it makes it sounds so peppy and normal - and not the slightest bit creepy or stalkery. But having just gone on several blind dates I can relate to the idea of "pre-dating." I will admit to looking the guys up on Facebook, at least. But beyond that, I'm kind of lazy when it comes to researching my dates. I always forget to google search them or try to find out if they have a criminal record or are on the Most Wanted list or anything like that.
How much effort do you put into stalking, er, I mean "researching" your dates? Should I be more concerned about the guys I go out with than I am?
I also can't help but wonder what a potential date would find out if he googled me. I suppose he would find my blog, but I'm going to try not to think about whether that would make him want to go out with me more or less.
Is the idea of "pre-dating" smart or creepy? And for those of you who have done it, have you found out anything that made you not want to go out with the person because of your research?
Friday, August 27, 2010
So here's what happened. I double checked the card before leaving for work in the morning and confirmed that it said 5:00. I got to my appointment at 4:53. An hour later, I was still sitting in the waiting room. I'd leafed through all the decent looking magazines, read about what what clothes look best for my body type, what Julia Roberts liked best about traveling for her recent movie, and everything else the waiting room magazines had to offer.
The longer I had to wait, the more annoying the magazines became. I got really frustrated reading an article about "how to choose a hair style based on your face shape." Is my face shape oval, round, or square!? If I can't figure that out, my bangs will never look good! That's when I realized I was getting irritable because I'd been waiting for almost an hour.
But I figured I'd be next, right? No. When the old lady sitting behind me got called in at 5:45, I'd had enough. I asked the nurse who'd come out for the old lady how much longer the wait would be and she said, "probably at least 20 minutes." So I asked the receptionist if I could reschedule. That's when we had this conversation:
Her: Well, your appointment isn't until 5:50.
Me: The card said 5:00.
Her: Do you have the card with you?
Me: No. It's at home, but I double checked it this morning. I'm sure it said 5:00.
Her: Well, your appointment is at 5:50, so the card says 5:50.
Me: (This is where I imploded.)
Anyway, I rescheduled. And yes, I want to bring the card in next time to show her, because I'm mature like that. Whether or not I actually will remains to be seen. I have had to wait a long time in doctors offices before - probably even an hour. But the thing that really ticked me off was her telling me I was wrong about what the card said.
5:50! Yeah, right!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I will tell you one thing though. I thought you might enjoy this little story. When I was in Moab, I was looking around this little grocery store and I saw something I found a bit odd: anti-aging deodorant. I'm worried enough about aging on other areas of my body - but my underarms? Does anyone really care? And if I used the anti-aging deodorant on other areas - like around my eyes, would it work to fight signs of aging there too?
Wrinkly underarms. It's exhausting.
What's next? Anti-aging Q-tips?
Happy Wednesday. I guess. (Is it obvious I'm "blah" today?)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
You know what that means...
Even though it still feels like summer, fall is coming. I've heard people say they can feel it in the air already.
I've been going into fall kicking and screaming but only because I hate winter, not because I hate fall. In fact, I absolutely love fall. I've been thinking about it lately and I think fall is maybe the best season for dating. What do you think? Here are some fun date ideas for fall:
*cider mills (creating traditions early on... so sweet.)
*corn mazes (even if you figured out how to get out early on, pretend you didn't.)
*haunted houses ("I need to hold onto you because I'm scared." - actually I do get this scared so I'm not mocking this. If I go to a haunted house with you, I really will need to hold onto you.)
*carving pumpkins (adorable - and competitive.)
*football games ("explain to me again what a 'down' is.")
*watching scary movies (cuddle, much?)
...and so many more.
Most likely I'll just be doing all of these with friends, but I'll try to trick someone into a date for at least one of them. What do you think the best fall dating idea is?
Saturday, August 21, 2010
*Michigan is humid. My hair was flat in Utah and it's an afro in Michigan. Which is better? That's how I'll determine where I live the rest of my life. ;)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Don't ask me how I discovered that. I'm pretty sure it involved vanity.
*If doing that did not take you directly to my blog, I suppose I'd rather not know. In my head I'm pretending it means more than it actually does.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
But as long as you promise not to be mad about this, I'll tell you that I'm having a fabulous vacation. I only have one full day left but I'm trying not to focus on that. Do you want to hear about some things I've done? I'm assuming you do since you're reading this, but I've been wrong before. Here are a few things that stand out from this trip:
Arches National Park - I know I already talked about this in a previous post but I absolutely loved that park. And Moab, the town nearby, is adorable - with lots of cute shops and restaurants. Emily and I camped in Moab, if you call staying in a cabin camping, and we had a campfire too. And in the spirit of totally roughing it, we also saw Inception, which I thought lived up to the hype. And is it just me, or is that guy from 3rd Rock from the Sun really cute all of the sudden?
The outdoors - now you know I love the outdoors in Michigan. I love it so much I would marry it, in fact. But now that I've done some hikes in Utah and seen some more of the scenery here, I think it's gorgeous here too. I've been to Utah many times in the past but this is the first time I've truly enjoyed the mountains.
Eating at restaurants we don't have in Michigan: I had some "awesome sauce" at Wingers, some taco salad at Cafe Rio, some Jamba Juice, and I took your advice and got some root beer at The Brick Oven. I know they brew it themselves but there Emily wasn't convinced. She kept saying, "this is some good A&W!" But it really was good. I mean, I like A&W so either way...
Blind dates - what is not fun about blind dates? Tell me that. But truly, my attitude going into blind dates is always: you can survive this. And that's not to say I have low expectations for the guys, it's just that I get so nervous about it. But I've had some good ones out here so maybe my mantra will change.
Injury: So, here's what happened. I was climbing up the side of an arch when I saw a huge snake - a rattler. So I scrambled away and tripped over the edge. That's when this happened (the picture is blurry enough and the scrape is healed enough that hopefully this doesn't gross you out when you're trying to eat or something):
Ok, the truth is I did get hurt goofing around at Arches, but it was in a much lamer way.
So those are a few highlights. There's so much else I could say but I'll leave it at that. As I mentioned before, I'm sad my vacation is ending. Good thing Michigan holds many good things too!
Monday, August 16, 2010
The book is called "There's No Place Like Home... Evening." For those of you who aren't LDS, Family Home Evening is a program that encourages families to devote one night per week to spending time together as a family. There could be a spiritual lesson shared, or maybe just a fun outing or a game night. Whatever the agenda is, the point is to spend an evening together.
This book is dedicated to single people who don't have FHE as a family unit, but instead have it with other singles. It's written as a guide book for planning FHE nights for singles and I have to say, it far exceeded my expectations. Like most single LDS people, I have been in the position of being made co-chair of an activities committee and thinking, "ok...where do I go from here?"
This book is like finding the answer key to a hard test and being told you're allowed to just go ahead and reference it the whole time you're taking the test.
Janna laid it out perfectly - she talks about what the point of FHE is, what troubles you might come across as you're planning activities, and then she just goes ahead and gives you a whole years worth of ideas! But she doesn't just list them, she gives ideas for hand outs, refreshments, and ways to get people excited about attending your activity. The book even comes with a CD full of hand out and flier ideas.
The illustrations in the book are very fun, and to be honest, when it arrived I just couldn't stop flipping through it to look at the fun pictures and fonts. But even more important than the fun lay out is the content. If you are put in charge of FHE or really, any activities committee, I would highly recommend ordering a copy of this book. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't know it was going to be this good.
I know this review is very gushing but trust me, I don't owe Janna any favors and she didn't pay me to write this - it's just a great book! Thanks for letting me be one of the first to see it, Janna.
Where are your favorite vacation destinations?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
It comes in tons of flavors - my favorite is Rock 'N Rye. I just had some last week for the first time in a long time and it honestly rocked my world. Soooo good.
What are some foods that your state is known for? What would you miss if you moved away, or what do you miss from your home state if you're no longer living there?
I was just having dinner with friends last week and they were talking about their favorite foods from Utah, where two of them have lived. I can't remember the foods exactly - but one of them was some brand of bread - I think it was "grandma's something or other bread." (The memory's the first thing to go, I guess.) And the other was a brand of honey. If I can remember the names of the items, I'll look for them when I'm in Utah next week.
To my Utah friends: anything I should try next week? Foods or restaurants?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
1. Try not to over think it. Your life was fine before you met your blind date and it will be fine afterward if things don't work out.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
As I was watching the game, I kept thinking, who are these olde timey baseball players? How did they get into it? It fascinates me when people pursue off the beaten path hobbies. If you could be a reenactor, what would you reenact?
These players were nice enough to offer their bats to Sarah and I for the picture.
In closing, today is my 7th day in a row of blogging. I figured I'd make it a full week and see how it felt. It was kind of fun! Heaven knows I have plenty to say - unfortunately, not all of it is necessarily blog worthy. I think I'll give you a little break from reading my daily thoughts but who knows... I may miss writing every day and do it again (insert evil laugh here).
Friday, August 6, 2010
So as I was saying, I was driving home from a friend's house last night when suddenly, I heard a terrible sound outside my car. It sounded something like this: "sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss." I'm no mechanic but that sound usually means one thing. My friend Amy was in the car with me and we both looked each other nervously. I pulled over and sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed: flat tire.
As I stood there "supervising" them, I felt increasingly guilty. There they were, on their backs, grease all over their hands, getting eaten by mosquitoes, trying to figure out my weird jack, and I'm just standing there holding a flashlight - trying to make it look like I'm really doing something - angling the flashlight just so. They were both very nice about it and brushed aside my thank yous but I was conflicted in my role as damsel in distress.
Should I know how to put my spare tire on my car? Don't answer that because I know what the answer is: yes. Or at least probably. I can put windshield washing fluid in my car and you know... put gas in it and drive it and whatnot. But I can't change the oil or identfiy the serpentine belt (unless it looks like a snake, which is how I picture it). Do men mind helping women with things like that? I think that question might be sexist, actually. It assumes that all men know how to fix flat tires and that women don't. Secretly that is my perception but I'm embarrassed by that - it's not very progressive of me.
Who among you can change a flat tire or do other minor car repairs? (And can you teach me?)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Oh yeah, this is my fifth day in a row of blogging. What up with that?*
*I promise I'll never say "what up with that" in this blog again.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A few years back there was a ballot initiative which I believe was called "stump the hippies" (like me). It involved the environment and I remember being quite concerned about it. I read through it several times in the days leading up to the vote but couldn't sift through the double negatives. It was so bad, I couldn't even determine if voting 'yes' would save or destroy the environment. I asked some friends about it, hoping they could help me sort it out but after reading through it together, we were even more baffled. In the end we determined a "no" vote was the way to go but it turned out we were wrong. As I was watching the election results on the news that night, I remember thinking, "wait - why are those guys in suits laughing and pouring oil all over the trees and why are they draining the Great Lakes? And why do those people in the tie dyed shirts look so sad?" Tricky tricky ballot initiative. Everyone was standing around baffled, going, "Wait, I thought we...? What happened there?"
So yeah, it's a pretty serious thing, voting.
Some other things on my mind today:
- I wish people would stop saying summer is almost over. We still have one more month!
- I just got back from vacation but am leaving again soon to go to Utah for a week! Way excited to see friends and sites.
- I've written in my blog four days in a row - what's up with that?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Unless.... I'm older than I thought I was. I should probably take a look at my birth certificate and double check something.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Do you say anything to her? Do you pretend you didn't see it? Do you order one for yourself??
*Thank you Sara, for the link!
**This situation is purely hypothetical! It didn't happen. (Unfortunately.)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Note from me: After reading this the day after I posted it, I really wanted to take it down. It makes it sound like the only thing I think about is getting married, which is not the case. But I decided to leave it up anyway - take it how you will. It's a part of me.