Happy 2016!

2016Holy cow, y’all! The holidays kicked my butt this year!

Y’all know I got a KitchenAid stand mixer as an early gift and I used the crap out of it every week since I got it EXCEPT Christmas weekend.

I’ve made gingerbread, multiple loaves of pumpkin bread, banana bread for my middle son, pretzels most every weekend for the past four or five weekends, pie crusts, etc.

I’ve also been up to my eyeballs in soy candles and wax melts, which I gave to the girls in the office.

I’ve also been writing my butt off for /Slant.

My first article was about Star Wars Makeup.

The second was about how everyone showing up gets a trophy.

The third was about information overkill and too much sharing, which was from my blog on the same.

The fourth? About how the media cherry picks its battles. This came from another of my blog posts, but a not-so-popular one.

The fifth was about those insanely popular hover boards and my own experience with them. Mind you, I tried it again, did not break anything, but DID look fairly awkward on my dismount. (Thank you, Simone, for catching my @$$!)

The sixth was how there is TMI in the electronic age. This was based upon this blog.

And, finally? My weight loss for the new year article

Last summer I mentioned that I’d been interviewed for a webcast regarding fitness after forty. And because of that, I submit to you my horrendous interview from Forty Plus Fitness…(I was SO nervous; the whole thing sounds like the run on sentence from hell…)

All that said? My butt (which is considerably larger than it was 2 months ago) is back in the weight room and back on the dread mill…

I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2016!

Taking a….WTH? Who Rearranged the Furniture???

(just don't ask me to do it) photo courtesy http://www.allthingsworkplace.com/

(just don’t ask me to do it)
photo courtesy http://www.allthingsworkplace.com/

So, okay…I know I’ve been a little out of the loop recently (but less than two weeks), and I pop in here to kind of catch up on some things that have gone down over the past few weeks and…

What is going on in here, WordPress? I open a new blog window and everything is this institutional blue, and there are all these new “things” on the right hand side, and WTH? I mean, I’d just gotten used to flying through the composition window as I left it last time. It’s so…well, BLUE, for one thing; less responsive, for another; and why doesn’t the preview actually PREVIEW what my site is going to look like once I hit the “publish” button. (Oh, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me that the appearance of my page has been altered, too…) Ok, wait…Oh, I see…the preview doesn’t just open a new tab…It activates a pop up, which my pop up blocker beats down. Oh, wow. Seriously?

I guess it’s what I get for being absent for the vote to change all this. What? There wasn’t a vote? Okay, so my absence wasn’t that crucial.

So on to today’s business…Since I’ve been hit and miss, the most notable (?) occurences:

There was a hurricane. It didn’t come inland, so that was good. We got rain, so that was also good. We didn’t have a lot of wind, which was even better. I could have probably posted something about that in my last entry, but I was sort of too busy being butt hurt over that song that I still really like the melody to. 😉

Our vegetable garden is not impressive. It should have been impressive, though. All those squash plants? 😦 Maybe 8 squash thus far. Yeah, eight. So not impressed. Corn? Four ears to date, and not looking like there are going to be many more. The one eggplant we’ve picked was good, though. And the hot banana peppers and jalapenos are doing well, also, but squash, y’all!

Social networking hiatus: if burnout happened to me, it can happen to you!

Yeah, I know. I didn’t believe it, either, but it’s TRUE…I have successfully avoided Facebook, now, for a WEEK! I didn’t think that it would have lasted this long, but I’m not, apparently, as addicted to it as I thought, initially. As I observed in an earlier entry, sometimes there is over-sharing. Now, I get that there are things that are almost always appropriate for social networking (birthday and anniversary shout-outs, new puppy pictures, tacky e-card images that are really a hoot, etc.), and then other things that aren’t, or are simply so annoying that one thinks, “why would you DO that?” Having said that, I am well aware that this is MY issue, and I did have the ability to remove myself when I realized one of my favorite pastimes was making me want to send my tablet flying across the yard like a Frisbee. But because it IS my blog, I can bitch if I want to. So there. 😉

I love vacation pictures as much as the next person, especially when they are in an album, all together and viewable at once, so I know I don’t have vacation envy, which I never really understood, anyway…But I have to ask: Am I the only one that finds serial posting images from one’s destination every 15-60 minutes throughout the trip annoying? (Here are my feet on the cobblestone path. This is the restaurant I am about to dine in. This is the glass of water the waiter brought to my table. This is dessert, yum! This is the actual street at sunset that my feet were standing on in that other picture. Here is me right after I got up, even before visiting the bathroom.) Honestly? When your trip posts eat up the majority of everyone’s feed? Maybe it’s time to stop, okay? On the flip side? We can control how what you post displays in our account, so that’s pretty much a given, and something I have done in the past.

What else irritates me? Finding out pretty important bits of immediate family-related information (best shared with a phone call, or even a text at the very least) from a friend of a friend, because THEY knew before YOU did, since they saw it on Facebook before you even thought about logging on.  I think (and maybe I am old fashioned this way) that it is in really bad taste to be informed of pregnancies, miscarriages, deaths, divorces and births in one’s IMMEDIATE family from someone outside of the family because they saw it first. I understand that when something major happens, you want the entire world to know about it, especially if it’s a good thing, but doesn’t your immediate family deserve to hear it from YOU first? Again, this bugs the hell out of me, and I know I may be old fashioned, but is it possible that I could very easily be a relic, already? What the hell happened to respect and manners? (OMG, I sound like my mother!)

Body parts and bodily functions online, anyone? Need I say more? Do any of y’all WANT to see that? I mean, things that came out of or off of one’s body should not EVER be photographed for the sole purpose of putting that crap (literally) out on a social networking site. We don’t CARE what the stool was shaped like, okay? Enough, already. And please, do not go on and on about it, post after post. When our feeds start looking like pictures out of a medical reference book? There is a problem. You are either actually believe we all care, or you are a total attention whore. Again, just my $0.02.

The worst part, though, for me (and I have this horrible tendency to be a spelling and grammar Nazi) are the strings of posts from the people hoo chuz to use 2 many abbreviations wen tlkg 2 u. R u that lazy u can’t st8 ur case wid real words? (OMG, just TYPING those last sentences actually hurt my brain and made me cringe.) Seriously, these are not people that are in middle school; they are grown up individuals, so when I stumbled upon the following video, I knew I had to share it. Only not on Facebook, because I’m still avoiding it until I can peek at it and not be annoyed, LOL.

I figure my blog writing friends will enjoy and appreciate this as much as I did:

I have to admit, though, while it was kind of rough over the first couple of days to NOT log in and see what was going on in everyone’s lives, after an entire week without it, I’m finding it kind of liberating and nice.

So, I guess I can say…till next time… 🙂  TGIF!

 

The TMI of the Electronic Age

 

Just keep it to yourself, okay?

Just keep it to yourself, okay?

I love Facebook. I really do. It’s an amazing platform to keep up with everyone you have ever crossed paths with; from childhood friends now living across the country or the world to family, coworkers, current friends, and in special circumstances, people you’ve never physically met but find yourself engaging in philosophical conversations with because you share mutual friends and ideals. Then there are the TMI posts. You’ve seen them. We all have.

BODILY FUNCTIONS...

Periods. Really? I get that what you thought was a period-free zone has been messed up by a random peri-menopausal cycle. I get that you’re disappointed, but is nothing sacred, anymore?

Pregnancy falls under this category, too. Now, PLEASE don’t get me wrong. I think childbirth is a miracle, but some of the posts I have seen pertaining to the pregnancy? Not so much. Recently, I have had friends and family expecting, and they have brought forth some of the prettiest babies, ever, but we only knew about their good; not their bad and their ugly. Maybe think about keeping those bowel issues to yourself. I get that after eating an entire tin of whatever it is you inhaled (and really, I DO understand, having been through it three times, myself) you may be prone to some sort of Number Two issues, but two words, Mamma: Over. Sharing.

No. Just....NO.

No. Just….NO.

Further, to the meat heads on my friend list? Not sure I really want to know exactly WHAT happened in your pants when you pulled that deadlift of ungodly proportions off the ground. Dude. Seriously? To you I say this with respect.

FOOD AND NUTRITION…

I get that you are watching your diet and trying to lose weight. I think that is terrific and give you props for taking better care of yourself. I don’t get, however, posting a picture of every. single. morsel. that passes through your lips for days on end. Maybe I’m just jealous of the fact that you have time to take pictures of and post every meal that you eat, including snacks. Yeah, that must be it.

MYSTERY POSTS…

“You know you tore my heart out and now I am going to drink/smoke/drug myself stupid.” This is followed by a dozen or so comments asking, “What’s wrong? Can we help? Call if you want to talk.” Usually followed by this: “Oh, I’m fine.” Really? Don’t do that. Seriously. You freak people out when you post this kind of thing!

ANTI-EMPLOYER POSTS…

“My boss is such an asshat!” “I hate my frigging job so much!” “This establishment HAS to be run by barely trained apes!” I get it. We all have those days at work, but THINK before you post, people! Seriously?

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I know that Facebook also gives me the option to either block much, if not all, of the content on my feed, and I understand that I have the option of culling my friend list, but that aside?

THINK, people! Are you job hunting? Please know that potential employers WILL and DO try to access you online to see who it is they may (or may not) be hiring. Are you currently employed?

Maybe calling your boss an asshat or an untrained chimp isn’t exactly a wise idea. Also, that post about abusing substances because the love of your life du jour broke your heart? Easy, there, big fella.

All I’m saying is this: consider your audience. Does Grandma, Mom, or your coworkers follow you on Facebook? Is your profile set up so that only your besties can see what you post?

Also, consider the grapevine. Your profile might be set to “friends only,” but one of your friends might be secretly gunning for your job, and that picture of you swilling too many drinks and saying, “screw the establishment,” may be your undoing.

Or, your audience may simply be people like me, who get mildly grossed out over too much information.

Just sayin.

Until next time…