Thursday, September 3, 2009

What's Really Going On

My sister-in-law (who I would link to, but her blog is private) has this cute side-bar on her blog titled "Top 5 New Things Going on With Us." I love it. Because that's really why I visit blogs. I want to know what's going on. 

That is also why I hate Facebook. It tells me nothing about anyone's life. All it does is show me that my friends have a lot of other friends. Ones that I don't seem to know. This fact is especially apparent on my Friends' birthdays when all the people they've ever "friended" visit their wall and type, simply, "Happy Birthday!"

I want to type, "Happy Birthday, and who are all these other strange people typing on your wall? How come I don't know them? Does that mean that there's other stuff going on in your life that I don't know about now? And if so, what exactly is the stuff going on that I don't know about?" 

I would probably get defriended.

So I just don't visit Facebook. I blog watch. 

Which, actually, now... sounds kind of... creepy... I'd rather keep --in touch-- with old friends by silently visiting their blogs than actually communicating with them. 

Okay. Well. Anyway, if you're weird like me and just want a quick overview of your friends' lives without having to ask, here are the top five things going on with us:

1. Brad has started school in Lubbock. I am still working in Dallas. He makes me laugh hysterically on the weekends when he comes home, and I cry every time he leaves. It's ridiculous and unsustainable. I don't know how army wives do it.

2. Claire just turned 2 on Monday. We told her "Happy Birthday," and then she started singing herself the Birthday song in her adorable lispy voice. But we didn't have cake or presents. Not yet. We just can't party without Daddy. We're celebrating on Sunday instead.

3. Grace started preschool today. Four days after the official first day. She couldn't go on the first day because she hadn't been to a doctor in over a year, and was missing five immunizations. Count them. FIVE. She got them all at once and didn't even whimper. I, however, was pretty much a wreck because what kind of mother forgets to take their kid to the doctor so they can make it to the first day of school? A bad one, that's what kind.

4. After a whole three weeks of attempting to be really good and healthy, I started eating ice cream again. A lot of it. It happened when Brad went to Lubbock. You could call me an emotional eater.

5. My mother is Superwoman. Not exactly news. But she has outdone herself lately. She prepares the house for several guests, unpacks boxes from storage, attends stake Relief Society meetings, chauffeurs children, maintains a Saint's portion of patience with my obstinate daughters, makes gourmet dinners, cleans up piles of sugar (and puddles of shampoo) that Claire has dumped (or smeared) over her hardwood floors, and sits down at the end of the day to crochet dishcloths. That's all in a single day, people. 

Five things. Short and sweet. What are your top five things?


  1. I was just talking with some friends about this, sort of. I have a blog, a facebook, and a twitter, and at times they all seem kind pointless and excessive. I mostly use facebook to keep up with family and co-workers, blogs to keep up with distant friends and as a pseudo-journal, and twitter to talk to myself. I miss writing in my regular paper journal.

    I like the five things idea, especially as a sidebar. I think that will be my next post!

  2. I love it! Great 5 new things. I'm glad to hear more of what is going on. I'm happy that you and Brad are so happy together.

    I was checking to see what everyone is doing because it is our year to be with my parents and thought it would be fun to see you guys but totally understand it's a long trip and expensive. Who knows... we may not even be able to go.

  3. I love reading your blog and I love glancing into your life.

    I agree about the facebook thing, it has it's purposes, but it will never replace blogging for me. By reading your blog, it helps me feel that though it has been years since we have seen each other, we are still good friends.

    I hope Brad's schooling goes by quickly!

  4. If you're ever sad, bored, or lonely, you can make the drive to S.A. and visit us!

  5. I do not think you are creepy I totally blog watch all the time. Actually thats what I'm doing right now.

  6. Oooo, I love blogwatching. For me, it's all about THE NARRATIVE. There is no narrative to facebook, just chunks of disconnected information. I hate that!

    I love the "five things" idea. I'm totally stealing it for my blog!

  7. I may steal the 5 things idea if I can figure out how to do it. :) I was in Lubbock on Tuesday. We are living in Artesia now. I love reading your blog!

  8. Just found your blog Elise! (Thanks to facebook haha!) I'm loving catching up with you here. I just left you a message on FB about the possibility of us moving to Lacey WA. I saw your listing as Gig Harbor, but I think from reading your blog this far you are in Texas?? Update me girl! By the way, your daughters are just adorable. I've never even met Claire, and baby Grace is all grown up!!