Reverb Broads: Silent Sunday

Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads11 prompt for December 25. Inspired by #reverb10, #reverbbroads11 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 31 days of December. The December 25 prompt is: “Silent Sunday – Just post a picture that represents your day. (I cheated a little and am posting four).

Favorite gift -- a purple necklace from Poland

Drowsy Kitty

 

Santa knows what we like 🙂

Where Was I? Oh, right, I was peeved….

Thanks to a hellish week of finals, graduation (well, graduation wasn’t really hellish as I quite like attending — it’s nice to be at an event at which basically everyone has succeeded. But it did take up over six hours of my time), and grading, I am so behind on both the #reverb11 and #reverbbroards11 projects that I have no hope of catching up. And I don’t intend to. I do, however, want to go back and do the December 16 Reverb Broads prompt as there are few things I love more than a good list of pet peeves. So, here you go:

  • People who don’t turn out lights when they leave a room. Our work study students do this and it drives me NUTS. I can hear my father yelling in my head “turn out the damn light!”
  • Folks who stop before they make a turn while driving. No need to stop. Slow down, yes. Stop, no.
  • Made-up words. For example, “orientate.” That is not a word.
  • Student affairs professionals who use the word “intentional.” As in “we should be intentional about the learning outcomes for program X.” So…..in other words, before you were just throwing sh*t together? Everything we do should be intentional. No need to state the obvious.
  • People who RSVP yes and then cancel at the last minute with no good excuse. And no, “I’ve been busy and am tired” is not a good excuse. I’m busy and tired, too, but managed to show up. Illness and emergency are the only good reasons. My friends all know that doing this will get you off the invite list. Hmmm……maybe that’s why they do it?
  • An unwillingness to try new things, especially when it comes to food. So many lovely flavors out there — how do you know you’ll hate it if you refuse to try it?
  • Comic sans font. An abomination that should be eliminated from the world. And it really does not belong on a syllabus.
  • Being called “Mrs.” Bethman (or worse “Mrs. Powell”). My name is Ms. or Dr. Bethman. Woe to the student who sends a pleading email that begins with “Mrs. Bethman.” Especially if you’re in my women’s & gender studies class in which we’ve talked a lot about this. Also, do you call your male professors “Mr.”? I didn’t think so.
  • The word “feminazi”

Okay, I will stop now (even though I could go on) as I realize the list above is making me sound like a crank. But hey, we all have things that get on our nerves, right? And somehow it’s the little things that really drive us nuts.

Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads11 prompt for December 16. Inspired by #reverb 10, #reverbbroads11 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 31 days of December. The December 16 prompt is: “What are your biggest pet peeves?” Via Emily

 

Reverb Broads: Of Course I Wanted to Be Jo March

In her Facebook post regarding this prompt, Kassie asked “I can’t be the only one who wanted to grow up to be Jo March?” And indeed, she is not. I so wanted to be Jo March that I moved to New England, went into education (as she does in Little Men and Jo’s Boys), and married my own version of Dr. Bhaer (think about it and you have to admit that there are similarities). So, yes, Little Women is definitely high on the list of favorite books I read as a child/young person. But I also love books to pick just one, so to the list we have to add anything about horses (Black Beauty, the Misty of Chincoteague books, etc. Seriously, I was obsessed with horses and books about them).

And, of course, Nancy Drew. I loved Nancy Drew. My allowance for a long time was $2 per week and Nancy Drew books cost $1.95. My father would take me to the department store every week where I would blow my allowance on a new Nancy Drew book. From Nancy I learned that ingenuity and pluck will get you through anything and that loyalty to your girlfriends is important. Really, what else do you need to know? I am still blowing my allowance on books and I still love Nancy.

Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads11 prompt for December 9. Inspired by #reverb 10, #reverbbroads11 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 31 days of December. The December 7 prompt is: “What was your favorite children’s book?” Via Niki Rudolph.

Reverb Broads: Things That Make Me Laugh…..

For the December 7 prompt, Kassie asks what makes us laugh. Here’s a partial list (I could have gone on for a while as laughing is one of my favorite things to do):

My husband. Because how can you not find someone who writes the below about Kristen and me funny?

Possible film about KA and BB: Boss Busters (imagine the soundtrack… fingernails typing on keyboard in background… intimidating sound effects…)

What makes it especially amusing is the followup text and photo:

As long as one of you goes by name of Cruella De Vil (of 101 Dalmations) and is played in film by Yvonne De Carlo (Herman Munster’s wife in The Munsters) – sooo glam! (Below: pic of Cruella with arms on table, bored, at meeting.  Not intimidating at all–!)

Caption that accompanied this photo: "--(SIGH…..!!!!! they won’t let me play with my iPad anymore!!!)"

Bridget Jones’s Diary. Both book and movie, but mostly the book. It never fails to crack me up.

My friends. See photo below — a group of people who will crowd into a photo booth and laugh with you are well worth keeping around 🙂

Photo Booth Fun

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats. No matter how many times I watch this video, I still laugh.

The folks I work with at the Women’s Center (staff and others). Because if we can have this much fun making a custom coffee blend for the Women’s Center, you know that going to work is a fun time.


Last but not least, I have to confess to cracking myself up. Don’t know about others, but I tend to think I’m pretty damn funny.

What about you? Who or what makes you laugh?

Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads11 prompt for December 7. Inspired by #reverb 10, #reverbbroads11 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 31 days of December. The December 7 prompt is: “Who or what makes you laugh so hard that milk shoots out of your nose and why? Slapstick, dry witty comedy, your kids, Monty Python?” Via Kassie Stallings Sands.