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What … happened? July 21, 2010

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Prepare yourselves … this is kind of a downer post.

On a whim (and because I refuse to start a new assignment 10 minutes before COB), I was looking through old pictures on Facebook, making sure I don’t have any obscene pictures from college up there, hanging around for potential employers to see.

And you know what? It really upset me to see how obviously happy I was back then. Like, really, legitimately, not-worried-about-anything-in-the-back-of-my-mind happy. Here’s a few:

See what I mean? (And no, I’m not drunk in ALL of these pictures.) I look at pictures that have been taken recently, and there’s just something that’s different. Sure, I’ve gained weight, but that’s not it. There’s just something missing in recent pictures that shows up here.

And that really makes me sad 😦

Currently loving: Pedicure with coworker today (baby pink!), crossing stuff off my to-do list, Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes (foodgasm warning)

 

Are HS Reunions Old-Fashioned? May 14, 2010

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Happy Friday everyone! To celebrate, here’s an image I sent to some coworkers this morning:

Now that that’s out of the way ( 🙂 ), I really do have a legitimate topic to blather about.

It recently came to my attention that my high school reunion is coming up in a few years. Since about 98% of my friends here in Orlando are older than me, that means that all my friends are currently deciding whether or not to attend their own high school reunions. It’s been interesting to listen to the discussion.

It seems that (for the 10-year reunion, at least) people go mostly to show off husband/kids/job/success, or to see how everyone looks 10 years later, or to reconnect with old friends.

While this may have held true 10 or 15 years ago, I’m hearing a lot of, “Why would I go? I already keep in touch with most people through Facebook, and I can pretty much find out what everyone else is doing that way, too.”

And to a point, I think this is true. I’m friends with a pretty decent number of the people in my graduating class. I’ll be honest, I Facebook-stalk people pretty regularly (just to satisfy curiosity), but even though I know what they’re doing … I think I’d still want to see them face-to-face again. In the years after college, I found that when I ran into people I graduated with, they’d changed. There are a couple of specific examples where I became friends with people I hadn’t talked to in college, after having only a few interactions with in high school. Guys who I thought were total jerks in high school ended up turning into not-so-bad dudes in college.

It’s this sort of change that makes me want to go to my reunion when it rolls around. You can see where someone works, where they are going to grad school and who they are dating/engaged to/married to on Facebook, but you can’t judge the progression of their personality.

And to me, that’s the most important part of these gatherings anyway. I’m sure I’ve changed in the last 8 years (and will probably change more in the next 2!), and it will be fun to potentially reconnect with these people on a more mature level than we were at in high school. I might feel differently if I lived in Seattle and was constantly bumping into people from Redmond High (as it seems to always happen when I visit home) … but for some reason, I don’t think so.

Are you going/did you go to your 10-year reunion? If you did, did you admit you found anything out about people ahead of time (via Facebook, etc)?

Currently loving: Power breakfasts (I had oatmeal with bananas and strawberries, and don’t want one of the donuts in the kitchen AT ALL), this photo currently on my Cute Overload desk calendar, lemongrass green tea

image via BoingBoing

 

Millennial Relations: Creepy or Normal? April 27, 2010

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This weekend I was poking around on Facebook and plowing through my Google Reader when BF walked behind me and said something along the lines of, “Are you seriously on there again? You are too involved with other people’s lives.”

I started to protest, and then I realized he was right. And then I began to shock myself a little bit. At any given time on any given day, I can check in to Facebook and see what any number of my friends are thinking or doing. I can see that my boss went to Orlando GreekFest this weekend and was uncomfortably full afterward from all the food he ate. I can see that my friend is flying cross-country to Boston, and can’t decide what to pack. I can see that a sorority sister I had minimal interaction with in college got married on Sunday, and that the first batch of her wedding pictures are up.

This in itself sort of creeps me out. And, it gets even worse. I know there’s a number of blogs that are built on this premise, but I know more about Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point, Kath at Kath Eats Real Food, Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake, Angela at Oh She Glows, Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers, Gina at The Fitnessista and Ree at The Pioneer Woman than I’d like to admit. And the creepiest part? I have never actually met any of these women. I feel so voyeuristic right now.

All told, I am intimately familiar with the lives of a lot of people, and I got to thinking … it never used to be this way. When I was younger, I had actual pen pals (as in written letters), and the phone was my primary method of communication with people outside of my family. I mostly met people through sports and school. All of this being said, I should point out that I first used the Internet in 5th grade, back in 1995. I know things change (especially with technology), but in 15 years, I’ve managed to increase my network exponentially. The very idea that I’m so knowledgeable on the lives of people I don’t even really know would shock 5th grade me.

I guess I’m sort of awed at how the Internet (because really, it was all due to the Internet) widened my circle of influence so dramatically. It used to be a circle mostly centered on Redmond, Washington. I knew few people outside of Western Washington, much less Washington state as a whole.

Today I am on conversational terms with hundreds of people across the country — even the globe. And, none of them think it’s weird that we are conversational, yet I’ve only met a small percentage of them.

I attribute most of this to being a “Millennial.” Although I sort of chafe at these generational titles, it’s no secret that my network is far different from that of my parents, and that I interact with it in a far different way. Not all Millennials are as involved as I am (example: BF), and I do realize that I was an early adopter. Hell, once I found the Internet, I found myself some bulletin boards and made friends in a few days (one of which I am still very close with — I’m actually attending her wedding this fall).

I guess it’s just a little crazy to me that I have this much access to the people I know (or “know,” if you want to get snarky), when 10-15 years ago, this was pretty much unheard of. And, it’s considered normal!

Currently loving: The Pioneer Woman’s landscape photography competition, Yoga, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Ingrid Michaelson

letter image from Pink Sherbet Photography

gen y image from darth87

 

It’s Official October 28, 2009

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I think it’s telling that even after 2+ years down here in Orlando, I still refer to Seattle as “home.”

Maybe it’s just the fact that I go on Facebook daily and rip holes in my heart by looking through friends’ photo albums … but I really, really just want to go home.

 

Facebook – come ON February 16, 2009

Filed under: rant,social media — lexd @ 3:39 pm
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I’m pissed about Facebook’s new terms of service. They’ve decided that they can use whatever I post, however they wish, without asking or paying me anything. 

 

So, they think that one of my pictures would work swell in a new advertisement? They can just lift it and go. I could end up in a Valtrex commercial, for all I know. 

 

Well, maybe not, but you get my point. 

 

I guess that, beside the obvious, I’m just irritated because I’ve overlooked FB’s past shadiness because I enjoy the platform, and I think it’s a great medium for sharing pictures, communicating with friends, etc. I detested MySpace, and FB was a great alternative to that cesspool. 

 

But this? Come ON, Facebook! I’m a pretty hardcore fan, and if this continues, I’m thinking about pulling my account. I don’t want to, but the new TOS don’t give me much of a choice (personally). 

 

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