Sunday, March 08, 2009

Friending and Twittering

I joined the social networking revolution last year by opening a Facebook account and thanks to my dear, thoughtful daughter, did not remain friendless. Isn’t it sad to click on a name and read, “Linda has no friends” :( For the past year, I’ve been a bad friend and have not responded to gifts of flowers, ice cream, and other nice gestures. Nor have I reciprocated by writing on people’s walls or telling them what I was doing at some random point in time. I had gotten several messages from Melody, a friend of Jen and had often wondered who this nice person was that was sending me little notes. At Jen’s dance competition last month, Melody’s name was announced on the floor and it was an AHA moment--that is who Melody is! The big break came this weekend when I discovered that my high school graduating class in Illinois has gotten on to Facebook and I have connected with half a dozen classmates that I have neither seen nor heard from in 35 years. One classmate has worked at Stanford for 20 yrs. It is simply the wildest thing to see their photos and read their messages. Comparing their photos to our high school yearbook is a rude awakening that people change a lot between age 17 and 53!

Last night, I took another plunge and set up a Twitter account. Now this is a concept that I cannot grasp. I immediately got a message that Leah F. was following me. Now why in heavens name, would this person Leah want to know what I am doing and why would she want to be bothered by my tweets all day? Who is this Leah person? Does she have her account set up so that she follows any new person that joins? Does it make her feel liked to be tweeted by everyone on Twitter??? Now that the account is opened, I am not sure what to do with it; I guess I will have to wait for my dear thoughtful daughter to set me up with some tweets.

Not a Care in the World

Ah, to be a dog with not a care in the world except whether...
-- you really want to go outside because your paws will get wet
-- your treat is where you left it before you got distracted by the bird flying around the room, and if the bird is going to eat it before you do
-- you can sneak out and grab some toilet paper before someone notices
-- you can hide so mom doesn’t grab you to give you a bath

I have been tuning out the news on TV, ignoring the economic predictions, and shoving stock reports in a drawer without looking at them. Ignorance is truly bliss and by living in denial, I am so much happier! I am so happy not to know that the greedy have taken hard working people’s savings, we will not have enough water this summer, and charitable giving is down by 25%. What I do know is that there is great work being done in the community, Obama is now in office, and I can still fit in to my clothes.

Have you ever analyzed every penny of your expenses for the year? We discovered that we buy too much food--which must mean we eat too much, because we throw very little of it away. This was quite a surprise to us since in the past year, we have made a concerted effort to eat healthfully, filling our plates with lots of veggies. I always knew that fresh food is more expensive than processed, and I wonder how much it would have cost us to eat packaged foods all year. If we spend half as much as we did last year on food, maybe I will weigh half as much! Therefore, in 2009, I am going to try to reduce our food bill by 50% and still eat healthily---stay tuned for the conclusion at the end of 2009.