8 Examples of Stuff I Think About, and Stuff You Might Think About, Too, If You Read This Post Today

by anna on September 30, 2008

  1. After the wild success of yesterday’s numbered post, I realized I wasn’t just whistlin’ dixie about numbered posts being all the rage. Why, Karen Sugarpants is doing it today! And so is Darren Rowse. Can Dooce and P-dub be far behind? Who knew I was such a trendsetter?
  2. That was sarcasm.You will find I use it a lot. It is sometimes funny, but also a defense mechanism. I make up for my own insecurities by exaggerating the flaws of myself and others. I also use excessive hyperbole in my posts, to the same purpose. If you didn’t read this post today, you might not realize this. You might actually think that I think I’m a trendsetter. And that the Emperor is wearing a totally cute outfit today.
  3. Let me tell you about a book I am reading. It is called Intuitive Eating. It is about this revolutionary nutritional concept where you eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full, and exercise because it makes you feel good. I think it is really going to take off.
  4. I have to write a guest post for Mary Anne by tomorrow. Shit. When am I going to do that?
  5. Speaking of other bloggers, sometimes I’ll be reading a blogger and they’ll start talking about politics and either one of two things happen: 1) I zone out and start to daydream about crumpets with apple butter; or 2) I notice that they are talking about the importance of “values” or something equally moronic and I start getting extremely angry and disdainful. Because usually when people talk about how “values” are important, they think that it is a “valuable” thing to try to retrain gay people so they won’t be gay anymore, or that we should not have birth control education in public schools. Sometimes I will stop reading the blogger, or I will stop following them on Twitter, or I will keep following them on Twitter just to see what dumbass thing they say next. And then I think about how we would never be friends if we were to meet in real life. And I think that wow, things must be different where she is from, because if she thought like that here and actually articulated it, I don’t think it would go over well with the majority of people. And then I think, plus, we wear flats with our jeans ALL THE TIME here. I mean, who can wear heels and boots all the time, every day? Especially if you’re chasing after a toddler? I mean, I can only “fight the frump” for so long. And then I go back to thinking about crumpets and apple butter, because it’s much easier.
  6. I’m not really sure where I stand on this whole “bail out” issue. On the one hand, I think it is necessary that the government do something to keep another depression out of the picture. On the other hand, it makes me nervous that there was so little oversight in the original plan. I also think the Secretary of the Treasury is a major retard. I’m really not sure why we didn’t bail out Lehman Brothers, if we were just going to turn around and bail out AIG. I don’t know very much about economics except what I have learned from my own experience and watching the market, but I can’t help but wonder why the Treasury people seem always to be a day late and a dollar short.
  7. Speaking of economic experts, can somebody please explain to me why Suze Orman is the go-to expert on macroeconomics on CNN? I understand that she’s Oprah’s go-to personal finance person now, but in my mind the personal finance issues are not what people are having a hard time understanding. I mean it’s pretty straightforward–the economy’s bad, so Little Joey doesn’t get any new shoes this fall. DUH. What the problem is–people don’t understand why they should want congress to bail out banks. Don’t we need someone more, I don’t know, heavy duty, on this topic?
  8. I hope I don’t lose all of my readership with this totally weird post today. Must remind self to do another contest soon so as to rally up support in the wake of subpar posting. I learned that somewhere. Just keeping it real, folks.
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    Hey everybody! We’re starting a meme View definition in a new window! Care to jump on the bandwagon? Here’s what to do:

    1. Write a “list” post on your blog. Ideally, this would not be a sincere list, like “10 Ways to Declutter” or something. In fact, if you write that post, go directly to your browser and delete this address. How did you get in here, anyway?
    2. Copy this code, and paste in the text of your post:
    3. Either comment or email me at anna at abdpbt View definition in a new window dot com to let me know you’re participating, and I’ll link you up below.


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    Check out these list lovers:

    1. Shonda
    2. Pauvre Plume
    3. Becky aka Suburban Matron
    4. Ginger at Ramble Ramble
    5. Dagny
    6. Steenky Bee
    7. The ex
    8. KitKat’sKnits
    9. Lisa at AllDayMom
    10. Elizabeth at Twiceasgood

{ 32 comments }

Becky September 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

I feel you. (And I have got to try this whole numbering thing. Catch the wave!)

I was poking along in the blogosphere, happy to ignore whatever political leanings might be lurking behind someone’s awesome sewing project or their cute kids or their amazing skillz with coupons. And then Sarah Palin happened, and several bloggers posted paeans to her feistiness. And I was like, well, now I can’t comment about how cute your kid looks or what a great job you did sewing those curtains without feeling queasy, like I’m lying to you, so goodbye.

I don’t know if that makes me extra judgmental or if these are just tense days we are living in.

jenni September 30, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I’m totally doing a number post tomorrow. I just love jumping on the bandwagon.

anna September 30, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Number posts are the new black.

Amy September 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Now I want to jump on the bandwagon with a numbered post. Although I do call all of my Wednesday posts “Porn” so that keeps the google searchers busy.

I try not to blog about politics too much, but I just can’t help it sometimes. I am a little scared on occasion and then lose all ability to remember that people don’t read my blog to find out my opinion on Palin, they read my blog for the substantive things – like pictures of shoes & home improvement products – and the occasional recipe.

Ginger September 30, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I can ignore the occasional political post from the non-political blogs I read, as long as they’re not crazy stupid (even if they differ in opinion). But there are definitely some deal breakers that will cause me to hit unsubscribe pretty quickly. Living on the coasts must have done it to me, but I’ve got a pretty low tolerance level for those with…well, no tolerance.

shonda September 30, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Okay, I’m totally doing a list…I just have to figure out what it will be about.

anna September 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Let’s start a meme, I’ll make some cutesy graphic, and then everybody can link back and forth to each other and their numbered posts. But the only rule will be that you cannot have a real list, like 10 ways to simplify your life, or something sincere like that. You just take a regular post, put it in a list form, and then put a number in the title. Maybe we can vote for whose is best or something?

Becky September 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Do it, Rockapella!

shonda September 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Okay, my list is done. You were totally my inspiration.

PauvrePlume September 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm

1. I’m all over the # post-lacking-an-overall-theme thing.
2. I’m pretty sure Suze Orman is a crack-head, psycho Fraggle. Like, the antithesis of calm, nurturing, graceful Mokey.
3. I firmly believe Oprah is the anti-Christ. Please don’t leave me hate-mail trying to prove the alternative. I am stubborn in my beliefs, and I like it that way. (ps: Anna, I’m not talking to you here, I’m talking to any potential Harpo connoisseurs among your readers. Just to clarify.)
4. The word “values” is anchored in contextualization and subjectivity and, as such, scares me. Values according to what/whom/where?! Suck it.
5. I don’t have a toddler; I’m just a lazy sack. If I wore heels for 10 minutes I’d be a whiny biznatch with broken ankles. Plus, I’m already a wookie (aka, I’m 5’9″), so…I prefer not to feel giraffe-like as much as possible.
6. I just bought the comfiest long-sleeved, green/grey striped waffle hoodie from Old Navy, and it’s a men’s size LARGE, and I think I’m in sloth heaven.
7. Kaybye.

anna September 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm

OK, I’m working on a badge for number post meme, will edit post with info as soon as I’m done dicking around in photoshop.

shonda September 30, 2008 at 4:32 pm

It’s a good thing you lured me back with the talk of the link so I know about the badge now. That bitch is up, girl.

surcey September 30, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Listen, dear, we are all in the same boat RE: confusion about bailout and where to get our information. I read recently all the hoity-toity mag articles and left them saying “WHAATT?” I mean, I know the gov’t's got to do something, but there is so much disparity in opinion about the details –it’s completely confusing. Thanks for articulating that.

jenboglass (steenky bee) September 30, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I love the list thingy! I do one on Saturday or Sunday every week. I want to participate! Is it only for today or are you having a regular feature? Sorry, I don’t follow directions too well.

anna September 30, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Definitely not just for today. I don’t know if I’ll do it every week, but I will definitely keep doing it.

Ginger September 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Ok, I’ll play along.

becky September 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Here’s my list offering: http://www.suburbanmatron.com/2008/09/our-front-yard-3-landscaping-andor.html

Love this meme/carnival idea!

Mary Anne October 1, 2008 at 7:52 am

I smiled through this entire post. Random and rambling but so fun to read. Suze Orman haunts my dreams with that “I’m going to eat your children for breakfast” smile…she is really sorta scary in an intense way.
Also, stop dicking around with photoshop and get me your effing post so I can get to the beach, would ya?
PS. I’m kidding, if you need more time just tell me. I’ll still be your friend. :)

anna October 1, 2008 at 7:55 am

[hiding from Mary Anne]

Just kidding. I’m about 1/2 done. I have to go to the doctor this morning, and then will finish. Never fear.

Dagny October 1, 2008 at 9:11 am

OK. I’ve written my list.

anna October 1, 2008 at 9:27 am

Cool, you’re linked up, Dagny! I’m off to check out your list.

jenboglass (steenky bee) October 1, 2008 at 11:35 am

Keep me posted on when you’re listing again. I love them. Their easier for me to write. I love looking at other’s lists because it’s sort of voyeristic of me. I have a list up at my place but it’s based on a meme I was tagged in. But I think it sort of qualifies.

anna October 1, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Sounds good to me, I’m linking you up.

Jenny Henny October 1, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Kind of with you on the new politics thing… except I just found this really awesome PUMPKIN butter, and I can’t stop thinking about it….

Lisa Hawkes October 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

List is done…
And Im going to bed… Therell be another list tomorrow. and the next day… Im catching on to this lists are the new black trend. And lists are SO much more thinning. ;)

And I agree with PauvrePlume… Oprah is the anti-Christ…

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