May 16, 2011


Hello friends! Hope you all had a good, recharge of a weekend. Mine was good, except for the—TMI alert—mini-bought of food poisoning I got from eating H-E-B sushi last night. My stomach's still gurgling.

I reposted Nerd News from last week, as well as some comments that went missing during the outage. I had been hoping all weekend that Blogger was going to repost my actual post, but what they gave me was just a previous version of a draft. I know I shouldn't complain—a tweet from a fellow blogger about the issues on Friday made me feel bad for grumping; she was asking how people can justify complaining about something that's free—but really, I work hard on getting the posts just right, and on a schedule. I know Blogger didn't have issues on purpose, but I still feel like it's OK to complain at least a little bit about losing something you spent time on. If my computer geeks out and files disappear, I'm still going to complain. It's human nature!


I found this image on Pinterest and thought: YES. I struggle with this all the time.


After getting to know some girls in my dorm freshman year of college, one of them mentioned that she'd thought, at first, that I was totally cold and stuck up. I felt awful that I came across that way.

I try really hard to be a nice person, but am super shy and anxious in social settings. So I get kind of closed off, even when I want to be outgoing and personable. Anyone else struggle with this?

My mom sent me a forward the other day—thankfully, she's not one of those moms who forwards things willy-nilly. It was full of life's lessons, many of which are actually quite amusing:

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

Hope you're all having a good start to this new week!


  1. You shouldn't feel bad. People can complain about whatever they want to complain about, regardless of what they pay for the service, and they shouldn't be made to feel bad for that by a judgmental tweet.

    If blogger can't provide good service, then they shouldn't be doing it. If gmail started deleting all of my emails, I would sure as hell be pissed off. Besides, the people who work at blogger make TONS of money from Google to keep blogger up and running and I'm sure that, eventually, we will have to pay for this service or an upgraded version if Google wants to make money from it. I personally have my own domain that I pay Google for, so I don't consider blogger to be a free service at all, and I know that tons of people are in the same boat.

    I feel the same way you do in social situations, and people are always telling me to smile. The thing is, I wasn't pissed off or sad before, but people telling me to smile makes me want to kick them in the shins. It totally defeats the purpose. I'm not Kari Byron. My default facial expression is not a (slightly creepy) constant smile. I'm also awkward, especially with people I don't know, and if no one makes an effort to talk to me, I'm sort of miserable. But then I think, do I really want to hang out with people who don't bother to talk to me?

    It doesn't help that I'm a totally geeky flamingly liberal atheist who used to work in an industry mostly populated with boring vanilla conservative Christians. No wonder I didn't like it.

    Ok, I think that's a long enough comment.

    I am going to have to share that picture on Facebook and all my friends will be like "OMG That's so you!"
    Thanks for sharing! It's nice to know you are similarly afflicted. Ha ha.

  3. yay for this post. that's all there is to say - it couldn't have come at a better time!

  4. Yeah, Bitch Face = Me my whole life. I too was a shy quiet child/teen. Most thought I was a total snob. I don't get that quite as much anymore.

  5. Lol, that forward was awesome. So very very true. And I think I might have bitch face when I think. It doesn't happen often, but often enough it might be a problem.

  6. I've seen that before and I laughed sooo hard. It's totally true!!! hahaa

  7. I think I have the emo version of bitch face because people tend to think I'm sad (or perhaps that's a nice way of asking if I'm being bitchy?).

    Also, these life lessons are hilarious and so true! I feel that you should have an answer to number 19 though since you married a mumbler. ;) <3!!

  8. yikes sorry about that mandy - hope you're feeling much better now. I should send you some Vernors Gingerale, its a michigan tummy-ache specialty

  9. Thank you dolls, I'm glad to know that other people deal with this too!

    Jen-Epic comment. :D Great thoughts, really.

    Rachel-I've had Vernors! It's delicious. Very spicy.

  10. This is one of my favorite posts of yours! I know exactly what you're talking about! I have Bitch Face too! People are constantly asking me why I'm angry or what's upsetting me. I think, "Are you kidding me?! I'm in a great mood today!"

    I have the same problems with people thinking I'm snobby or stuck-up too. I'm not. I'm just incredibly shy. A therapist once diagnosed it as social anxiety. I have it bad.

    I love the bits of that e-mail you received from your mom! I was laughing out loud! I'm going to have to find it on the Internet.

    Thanks for such entertaining posts! I really enjoy your blog!

  11. Vernors is the best for a stomach issue!

    (Another fan in Michigan!)

  12. Love the Bitch Face. I suffer from one, too! Came over from Artichoke Design's Blog Love list. It's nice here.

  13. Thanks, Annika! Glad to have you here. :)