My friend Jeff is part of a blogger brawl. You should all vote for him here! He is hilarious and an amazing writer and just deserves it...so vote!
In his blog, he says this: "Just one more question to verify: Is it rude to use a coupon on a date? Jeff says yes. New Era says not at all! What? You mean, not only am I lacking in dating expertise, I've also missed out on chances to save money all these years? Good grief."
This set off a spark of electrical thought-currents in my mind. Would you believe me if I said that I had one long-term boyfriend whom I would not go out to eat with unless we had a coupon? I was the culprit all the way. Even now, I jump in with suggestions on where we should eat on dates based on where I have a coupon, although this is not the lone determining factor these days. Does using a coupon make me think a man is cheap or poor or thinks I am not good enough for full-price? NO! Coupon-usage makes me think how smart and economical this young man must be. How he is saving his money for our long and fruitful life together. I have other friends who have shared with me they do find it unappealing when a man uses a coupon on a date. To coupon or not to coupon? That is the question.
Today I walked into a bona fide flower shop for the first time in....wow...at least 7 years, probably longer. There were two men full of heavy sighs and arms full of flowers and teddy bears or balloons. I heard one total - $99.85! That's two weeks of groceries! Hear me out on this. My heart just melts when my romancer brings me a flower or two. I swoon, really. The thoughtfulness! The things is - flowers die. They die. A couple of flowers can perfectly convey the sentiment needed without the grand massacre of plant-life and money. And let's talk about this giant teddy bear that could eat me while I sleep. Really? Is that necessary? What do you do with one of those things? I stand by their balloon purchases. That helium's entertainment value is priceless. Perhaps my practical mind has taken over after years of romantical interludinal disappointments. One of my long-term boyfriends was actually too embarrassed to ever bring me flowers because he says that a man purchasing flowers is a man in trouble. Touché. Am I alone in the universe with my unique flower perspectives?
I looked up some stats on my blog and made a couple quite amusing discoveries.
No thanks to this post, someone found my blog through a Google search of: "What does a fried baby chick look like?"
I have recently been thinking about a few common-place things I have never done. I have never: 1. Eaten a corn dog (ok, I took a small bite of one for the first time on National Corn Dog Day March 20, 2010) 2. Been skiing/snowshoeing/snowboarding/what-have-you 3. Said a swear word 4. Dated a man who is more financially successful than myself 5. Done the things the "Good Book" says not to (drink, smoke, horizontal mambo) 6. Owned a car newer than a '93 7. Owned a video gaming system 8. Been to Lake Powell (very popular Utah vacation destination) 9. Had short hair (once it initially grew out as a youngin' of course) 10. Enjoyed Twinkies. Blagh 11. Been afraid of mice
Has any other movie changed the way we think about dating more than Hitch?
Last night I watched this gem, one of my favorites, and realized the abundance of dating philosophies that did not seem to be common knowledge until February 11, 2005. Maybe it didn't "change" the way we think about dating so much as it pointed out a lot of obvious truths that were perhaps not so obvious before.
Top Ten Lessons I learned (or you should learn) from Hitch:
1. 90/10 - The kiss initiator moves in 90% of the way and if the receiving party wants some of that action, they move the other 10%. 2. Fiddling with the keys means the lady wants a kiss. Every date I have come home from since this movie, I have made it a point not to fiddle my keys...even if I want a kiss...cause now it just makes me feel like I'm screaming "kiss me." Some codes shouldn't be decoded. I've gone so far as to get my keys out and have the correct one ready before we are anywhere near the door, lest he ever mistake my clumsiness for fiddling. 3. Cheesy lines win over the lady. If a man said these to me on a date, I would literally laugh. Very sweet and true and reflective, but I'd laugh. "Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away." "Begin each day as if it were on purpose." 4. Women are lying. But not about what you think: "Basic Principles - no woman wakes up saying "Gosh, I hope I don't get swept off my feet today!" Now, she might say "This is a really bad time for me," or something like "I just need some space," or my personal favorite "I'm really into my career right now." You believe that? Neither does she. You know why? 'Cause she's lying to you, that's why. You understand me? Lying! It's not a bad time for her. She doesn't need any space. And she may be into her career, but what she's really saying is "Uh, get away from me now," or possibly "Try harder, stupid," but which one is it? 60% of all human communication is nonverbal, body language; 30% is your tone, so that means 90% of what you're saying ain't coming out of your mouth. Of course she's going to lie to you! She's a nice person! She doesn't want to hurt your feelings! What else she going to say? She doesn't even know you... yet. Luckily, the fact is that just like the rest of us, even a beautiful woman doesn't know what she wants until she sees it, and that's where I come in. My job is to open her eyes. Basic Principles - no matter what, no matter when, no matter who... any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet; he just needs the right broom. " 5. Arm placement on your back has many levels of meaning: "Lean in, place your hand on the small of her back, say it in her ear like a secret. But watch your hand placement, too high says, 'I just wanna be friends,' too low says, 'I just wanna grab some a**." 6. If you can get a lady to go out with you three times, you can get a first kiss 7. Eight out of ten women believe you learn all you need to know from the first kiss 8. Saying yes to a date is key: "When you're wondering what to say, or how you look... just remember... she is already out with you. That means, she said yes, when she could've said no. That means she made a plan... when she could've just blown you off. So that means it is no longer your job to make her like you... It’s is your job NOT TO MESS IT UP." 9. The thought that on any given date, I could have my *last* first kiss. Thrilling:-) 10. "I waited my whole life to feel this miserable." Albert says this pertaining to feeling heart broken because he loved so much and that hurt is the only thing keeping him connected to Allegra. How many times have we not let go of relationship blues because that feeling is the only thing we have to keep us with the person? *bonus* - Don't ever try to make a pizza on the dance floor. The clubs already have food:-) Did I miss any of your favorite Hitch lessons/moments?
Two phrases for contemplation: 1. I am going to empty the trash 2. I am going to take out the trash
Now, to me, these have two different meanings. One means that whatever the trash is in is being taken to the dumpster and returned. The other means the container will be deposited in the receptacle with the trash therein. To one of my dearest friends, they are synonymous. What do you think? Any other weird phrases for this action that you all use?
Imagine my excitement as I walked through the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City after seeing "Legally Blonde," and heard my hunkalicious date say, "I just saw your picture back there." We were strolling along the main lobby area everyone has to pass through to get into the theater. I couldn't figure out what sort of a joke he was cracking with his nonchalant tone as if you pass your own photo in a ritzy theater every day. Then the thought hit me, "Oh! I wonder if the Utah Opera publicity photos are up here?" Sure enough! I was so tickled, I made him take a photo of me and...me! Some little girls stopped to gawk in wonder and amazement, which tickled me even more. They thought they were encountering someone famous, I think. I mean, naturally anyone on a poster in a professional theater must be famous. Oh the little things in life:-)
Dear Little Debbie, Why did you do it? Why did you take away something I love so much just as I am able to once again partake of its goodness? The world is so unjust. No longer will this sweet lemon-y treat caress my lips and hips. If I had only known you would rip them from my world...
"We may often find ourselves making quick judgments about people, which can change or redefine our relationships with them. Often we make incorrect judgments because of limited information, or not seeing beyond that which is immediately in front of us. …" - Gregory Schwitzer
This past Sunday afternoon, I listened to a speaker who reminded me that I never know someone's entire story. I can use my judgment to enable to me get to where I want in this life and eternally when choosing a companion, making employment decisions, or deciding who I will surround myself with socially. But I am never to judge my fellowman.
I admit, I am guilty. I need to use my judgment to not just make my life better, but the lives of all of those around me. Here is to making a change in the world one small decision at a time.
When I travel to NYC, I stuff random bills in random places so that I never pull out one large wad. I n-e-v-e-r put money random places unless I am traveling. I am organized to a fault sometimes. Yesterday I was buying kitty litter for my poofy-tailed baby and I found, stuffed next to my pet perks card, a fifty dollar bill! Yeah for random surprises and clearing up my confusion about how I could have possibly spent all my cash in NYC!
I've never owned an Apron. I have no use for them. That is, until I find myself wiping my hands on my pants when I cook or looking down five hours later and realizing I have saved myself a little dollop of treat for impromptu snack time. I found this beauty and a coupon code code for 40% off (FA-4110B) and suddenly I just couldn't say, "No." I am now the proud owner of an Apron. Go ahead, call me "Domestic Goddess" - because I am.