Monday, November 16, 2009

My Latest Irritation

I realize that I am going to step on a few (okay, several) toes here, but I've just got to say it.

I hate applications on Facebook. Hate, hate, HATE them. (Okay, that's not totally true. I like "Pieces of Flair." But that's about it.)

Applications, for the Facebook-impaired, are little "additions" that people can add on to their Facebook profile. Now, because spending hours and hours updating your status (and looking at pictures and talking to people) isn't enough, one can add little games/activities to his/her Facebook profile. The people who created these games made them so that everyone who plays them shares their "game status" with every one on Facebook. The creators want as many people to add their application as humanly possible.

First of all, let me say that I think some of these applications are probably virus-ridden. That's one reason I do not add them.

Secondly, I think I should add that I find these applications incredibly annoying.

This is going to sound mean, but here goes: I don't care about your pretend farm. I don't care about how many times you've been able to pet a furry animal in your pretend vet clinic. I don't care how many people you have killed playing Mafia Wars or whatever the heck it's called. I don't care about how many times you've cleaned your pretend house. I don't care. And, to be honest, I think that the vast majority of people on Facebook really don't care, either. They are just too chicken to say anything about it, so the responsiblity falls to me (and I bear the weight with such a burden...haha).

Seriously, people. Why play a cruddy version of a computer game when you can buy a stellar version of one at Target for twenty bucks? That way, you get to play as much as you'd like and not bother the general Facebook populace with your gaming skills.

You could tell me to ignore this little problem. Believe me, I try. I have clicked "hide" on just about every game I can find. The problem is that there are 45 versions of the same game. I can't tell you how many versions of "Farm Town" I've found on Facebook. Farm Town, Farmville, Farmer's R' Us, Farm in My Pocket...(I'm being sarcastic, sue me). Ugh. Enough already.

I want to see pictures of birthday parties, glean glimpses of everyday life, look at funny status updates, read about the adventures that my friends are taking. I don't want to read about someone's latest video game exploits.

And yes, I realize that might sound mean, but if I don't care about Jeremy's video game exploits on his XBox, why should I care about someone else's? I mean, do you really care that I beat Paperboy on 8-bit Nintendo fourteen years ago? Ahhh...yes, you see my point, don't you?

Again, sorry to step on some toes, but that's why I have my own blog. I get to blog about what irks me. And applications on Facebook are sneaking up my list. I might add here that if I am ranking applications above snotty babies and stinky diapers -- well, they must be pretty irritating.

To those of you who love to play games on Facebook: if I sound mean or insensitive, I'm sorry. I'm just being honest. Most people find your constant game-playing unnerving. Most people have found that little "hide" button and are, in fact, hiding your games. However, that doesn't mean that we don't care about your life. If we didn't, we wouldn't be your friend.

I'm just trying to spread the word.

Feel free to reply with responses about how you hate obsessive nerds who construct poorly-written blogs concerning Facebook applications. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quotes From a Fearless Leader

I'm a big fan of SNL's "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" segment that they ran several years ago, and I often come up with deep thoughts of my own. When I write them down, I just attribute them to my principal. I'm kind of like a poor man's Jack Handey...not as funny, but probably cheaper to have around.

We have a hallway at school filled with sayings from folks like Aristotle, so I just add the "quotes from the principal" to the wall. Luckily, my boss is nice and a good sport, so he doesn't mind too much (I don't think...I mean, I still have my job...).

Here are several of my latest quotes (names have been erased to protect the innocent):

“You know, I think that song really has a point. A pirate’s life really is for me.”

“You know, they shouldn’t call it string cheese. That’s misleading. I was looking for that piece of string in my cheese to add to my rope collection, and I ended up being really disappointed.”

“I went to the lunchroom looking for some kid named ‘Kasey Dilla’ and got really confused. You know life is stressful when I start mixing the names of students up with the lunch menu.”

“If everyone really did go coo coo for Coco Puffs, wouldn’t there be more mental institutions in the world?”

“When people tell me I’m on edge, I always look down just to make sure I’m not falling. You can never be too careful, you know.”

So...looking back over these, maybe they're not as funny as I thought. But it's certainly a way to keep myself happy and giggling. :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Falling Into Place

Amelia will be three months old this week, and I'm starting to have little glimmers - moments where I'm feeling like my actual self again.

There's some sort of identity crisis that goes on after childbirth, and I definitely went through one. It was and is so hard to balance my role as mother with the other roles in my life. I'm not sure if I'll ever get the combination quite right again, but I'm going to try. I think it took me several weeks to come out of some sort of postpartum fog.

Going back to work was odd, because in many ways it felt like I never left. I love the people I work with, and I actually love what I do for a living, so it wasn't as gut-wrenching as I imagined. But leaving Amelia was so painful. For the past few Mondays, I held her and cried and cried. She's in a perfect situation staying with her grandmothers (I LOVED staying with my grandmothers growing up) and I know it, but I'm selfish and I want to take care of my baby. I'm thankful for a job that gives me plenty of time off during the year to spend with my little one.

Fall is a bittersweet time for me. I hate the upcoming cold, but I enjoy all of the fun things that I get to do during the season. October was so much fun. I enjoyed taking Amelia to the pumpkin patch, going trick-or-treating, going to the fall festival at church, and watching the Georgia Bulldogs get the junk beat out of them quite often (okay, I didn't enjoy that so much - but game days are still fun). There's so much to look forward to with my little family. I can't wait to begin enjoying the holiday season.

With the change of the seasons, I'm changing, too. I'm adapting to this life as a mother. Things are beginning to fall into place (and the pun is intended - haha).

Here are some pictures of our fall adventures: