White sunflower

Why summer has to end. I mean, really? Fall is waving its jazz hands and Winter is rubbing its hands together menacingly. Someone needs to off Winter already. I’ll even pay you. In Canadian dollars, but still. It’s better than nothing. Ish.

How my small children manage to drop loads that are the size of their heads.

Partial blog feeds. People try to give arguments in their defense (usually about advertising revenue), but I still don’t get it. You either want people to read your words, or…you don’t.

Racism. Last time I checked, we all had the same body parts, only different shades of the same when it comes to skin color. Extremists who try to use Jesus as an excuse for your crimes and promote Aryan Nation-type ideals? Maybe read the Bible. Jesus was JEWISH. Brown skin, hair and eyes. Now we just need to remedy all of the North American depictions of Him.

Four Square. The T.V. show and the social media game. For the former, I REALLY hope you’re getting paid the big bucks for wearing the blue skin-tight bodysuits. For the latter, I have yet to see it explained. My good friends entertain me with status updates mocking it, so at least there’s that point in favor.

The Internet. I’m not referring to whether you need to reply to comments (at all, or) via email or comment reply (though I’m still befuddled as to what I’m “supposed” to do) but how it works in general. I mean, I write an email to a friend in California and it gets there IMMEDIATELY. How did that happen? How did the words from my screen leave my laptop in Buttpoke Of Nowhere, B.C. and appear on a friend’s laptop in Southern California (or anywhere, for that matter)? Is it alien technology? Magic? A combination of the two?

People who do do nothing but complain. I mean, complaining is part of human nature and venting once in awhile (shows that you’re human, and) is good for you (says she who is venting). But when everything that you say is negative, I cannot help but think that maybe you’re choosing to leave out the good for the sake of attracting attention. Yes, I can just stop reading what you say and…wait. I just did. Thought I’d let you know about it first.

Why there is not a zero calorie potato/nacho chip. The pop/soda industry figured it out but the snack industry has not. Let’s MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

How the entire Internet shuts down when there’s an American holiday. It’s like we’re buying into the(ir) hype that they rule the world. (TEASING, my American friends. Just don’t blow up Canada, mmkay?)

The difference between baking soda and baking powder. I mean…I bake a lot, I post recipes (Thanks to Secret Agent Josephine for the banner (and the one on this site here, which I still love three years later) and to Jen Wilson for the site design) and am a pretty good (fantastic, even) cook and baker but I don’t always understand the science behind it all. It only took that ONE TIME I used baking soda instead of powder in corn bread to make me NEVER MIX THEM UP EVER AGAIN. I still don’t know how two rising agents that both taste terribly can have such different results.

People who stand RIGHT NEXT TO YOU in a checkout aisle. You standing so close (Don’t stand so, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me)(I’ve been known to hum that Police tune)(I am OLD) does not make the line move any faster. It does, however, increase the chances of me placing my grocery items on the belt one. at. a. time.

How our non-cordless phone (we have one! they exist!) works during a power outage. There is no electricity to be seen, no power, and yet I can pick up the handset and call someone.

Why there isn’t a Target in Canada.

How my oldest child starts third grade next week. THIRD GRADE. Have I mentioned that he’s starting third grade? And turning EIGHT in December?

Did I miss anything? Is there anything that you don’t understand?

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  1. Avitable September 2, 2010 3:42 am edit

    The answer to most of those questions is “magic”.
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..On boundaries and being “one of the girls” =-.

  2. angella September 2, 2010 8:07 am edit

    I knew it.

  3. Eric's Mommy September 2, 2010 5:04 am edit

    Amen Sister!
    My Boy just started 3rd grade too, I cannot believe it.

  4. DawnA September 2, 2010 6:29 am edit

    Why some people in customer service (retail, food, etc.) act like they are doing you a favor by assisting/waiting on you? It is usually teenagers, but I’ve encountered adults with the same attitude.

  5. Laura September 2, 2010 6:32 am edit

    I agree on many of those, ESPECIALLY partial internet feeds! Please, bloggers, stop it!!! I have unsubscribed to a few blogs because of this (obviously they weren’t my favorites, but I would have kept reading if it was easier…) I almost cringe when I click on one that is a partial feed because I’m dreading the extra click. That sounds ridiculous, but it is true.

  6. Sharon September 2, 2010 7:02 am edit

    I totally agree on most of these! Especially the non cordless phone thing. That is just strange! I’ve held onto my old phone forever, just in case of power outages.
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Where in the World – Winchester =-.

  7. Sharon September 2, 2010 7:04 am edit

    Oh yeah, and the Target thing really made me sad yesterday. Of course I found the cutest pair of shoes that I wanted to buy. Thankfully I think I’ve figured away around it, and will have them shipped to a friend in the States, and have her bring them up to me the next time she visits. It’s really tragic that we don’t have Targets here, nor do they ship to Canada. Think of the money they could make off of us!! ;)
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Where in the World – Winchester =-.

  8. Ashley September 2, 2010 7:31 am edit

    I’m with you on Target and people who stand too close! It’s called personal space and if I can feel your breath on my neck you’re in my space! I have once, even said such a thing to a woman who I could feel touching the back of my calves. We even spend an enourmous amount of time explaining the P.S. theory to Bethany. Hugs are good, mauling bad.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Telemarketer Advice =-.

  9. Carrisa September 2, 2010 7:32 am edit

    I’ve never heard a compelling argument for partial feeds. People “say” they do it for one of three reasons: ad revenue, or so they can see exactly who comes to their blog, or they say it’s because they are designers and want people to have to see the actual site. I think all three reasons are lame. I know this is a hot button topic, but I’m willing to bet those who have partial feeds skip over the partial feeds in their blog way more than they’d ever want to admit. I personally don’t have any partial feeds at all in my reader. If you’re a blogger I like and you have partials then I usually just visit your site when I think about it, or when you link to a post on twitter.

    As for how the internet works, it baffles me too, but I’m so glad it’s there. The pros have far outweighed the cons.

    Oh and I don’t get Four Square either. I don’t see the advantages at all.

    And since my comment is already eleventy words long, I’ll just agree with you whole heartedly that those who only seem to spew out the negative are annoying to be around and get unfollowed fast.

  10. Kristabella September 2, 2010 7:46 am edit

    My nephew started 3rd grade last week. He’s been having a rough go of it. Who knew third grade was so rough??

    Your non-cordless phone works because it isn’t powered by electricity. Phone lines and electricity lines are completely separate things.
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Portland Recap – Part 1 =-.

  11. Sizzle September 2, 2010 7:48 am edit

    Do not get me started on Four Square. Why on earth would someone want people to know where they are all the time? Do they WANT stalkers?! Ugh.

    The fact that there is no Target in Canada makes me weep for you.
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..Name That Business =-.

  12. alimartell September 2, 2010 7:52 am edit

    we are getting Target. in 2014. HOLD ME. and you KNOW it will not be the same. not at all.
    .-= alimartell´s last blog ..Josh is currently the worst mime to ever mime anything ever =-.

  13. angella September 2, 2010 8:09 am edit

    If you’re getting it in Ontario in 2014, that means we’ll get it in BC in, oh, 2020 or something. And no, it will not be the same AT ALL.

  14. Kate September 2, 2010 7:53 am edit

    I’m with you on most of these…except I’m American so the world does stop on our holidays, but also how about how most places are closed on Christmas? Doesn’t that send the wrong message to our Jewish friends and those of other faiths? What about people who bite their fork? Is the food not enough for you? Or how my nephew one day was a baby and now a 16 month old who has this personality and is crazy big. When did that happen? It’s not third grade (I’ll probably cry more then my sister when he goes to school) but still he isn’t a baby anymore, No Ka-Tee Cars (Carson) no do!

  15. Redneck Mommy September 2, 2010 7:53 am edit

    I giggled. I don’t understand any of it either. Glad to know I’m not alone. (And buttpoke of Nowhere? Dying laughing. I may have to borrow that term. You totally need to come visit me to truly understand how rural I am.)
    .-= Redneck Mommy´s last blog ..How to Survive Kamikaze Dogs and ATM Skimming =-.

  16. sizzle September 2, 2010 8:09 am edit

    I thought of another one- master keys. How is it that one key can open so many doors yet the individual keys that open each door can’t open the others? I’m sure it’s simple but it BOGGLES my mind.

  17. Kami's Khlopchyk September 2, 2010 8:12 am edit

    Why someone would call me only to beep me in the ear when I answer.

    No joke, this occurred right as I finished reading this fantastic post. I loved this and I have proof that it is indeed magic that causes all of these phenomenoms – our cordless phones do not work when the power is out! See! Magic in BC! No magic in SK…..

    Just another blow against us Prairie dwellers. It’s racism, I tell you. ;)
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Why It Is Good to Be Me =-.

  18. K September 2, 2010 8:40 am edit

    Corded phones aren’t plugged into the wall though, right? I thought that was part of the allure of a corded phone… would still work in the event of power failure (as long as the phone lines aren’t down). My parents still only use corded phones! (I might if I had a land line.. I’m all wireless)
    .-= K´s last blog ..11 miles =-.

  19. Heidi F September 2, 2010 9:06 am edit

    I don’t understand…

    Why they call women’s perfume “toilet water”.

    Why abbreviation is such a long word.

    Why the banks charge an NSF fee when they already know there isn’t any money in the account!

  20. bethany actually September 2, 2010 9:06 am edit

    This is how my brain works: I read the part about baking soda and baking powder, and I thought, “Oh, it’s simple chemistry! One requires an acid to react with…oh, shut UP, Bethany.” :-)

    In case you are really curious, here is a link for you:

    .-= bethany actually´s last blog ..hundreds of cameras and billions of photos =-.

  21. Jess September 2, 2010 9:34 am edit

    I always want to accidentally back up and smash the toes of the person behind me who stands too close. And be all “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you standing three inches from me”.

    And you don’t have Target? I am sorry. I will weep for you.
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..blurbs Im sickdont expect fluid prose =-.

  22. Mrs. Wilson September 2, 2010 9:40 am edit

    A big huge AMEN to that!!! I’d comment on every point, but I think you did a pretty good job of that. But, photos of a WHITE Jesus make me angry. DO YOUR HISTORY! HE DID NOT LOOK LIKE BRAD PITT!
    .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..no boys allowed =-.

  23. Nadine September 2, 2010 10:59 am edit

    Oh my Word…TARGET that would be sooooo very awesome…

    What I don’t understand is why some people feel the need to make other peoples lives difficult. PLEASE Stay out of my business unless you have something good to offer. Don’t just tell me I am doing it all wrong because I am not doing it your way….Sorry went on a tangent there..

    Grade three that crazy they do grow up fast don’t they. My girl is turning 18 this month…man does time ever fly.
    .-= Nadine´s last blog ..Coffee &amp Sunshine =-.

  24. Domestic Extraordinaire September 2, 2010 11:01 am edit

    Love your rant-y posts.

    As for the too close folks, I have been known to raise my arms straight out and spin back and forth (mostly when my children have stepped into my personal bubble with no thoughts of stepping out of it, but I have smacked an adult or two as well-I do warn them first.)

    I call it stretching and reclaiming your personal space, other people call it crazy or abusive….I say whatever they are just freaks that like people waaaaay to close!
    .-= Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..Around My Neck =-.

  25. Sherry September 2, 2010 12:03 pm edit

    One time I was making pancakes for my husband for breakfast. There is a reason I don’t do big breakfasts. It is because in the morning I am not caffeinated or awake enough to notice what I’m doing.

    That’s why I made pancakes with baking soda instead of baking powder. They were the most beautiful pancakes I have ever seen. They also tasted like burnt ass. Or at least burnt baking soda. They were NASTY.

    He didn’t want to hurt my feelings so he ate all five that were on his plate. I tried one bite of mine (mine weren’t ready until he was finished) and gagged, then threw them straight out. The fact that he ate them to spare me told me he was a keeper.

    Here’s what I don’t understand right this second: How is it even POSSIBLE for it to be this hot and humid? How is the planet not just bursting into flames from the sheer heat?!
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..How to beat the heat in Halifax- Nova Scotia =-.

  26. Madge September 2, 2010 12:46 pm edit

    No Target? Really? That’s just wrong.

    Fish has tried over and over to explain the internet to me, but it always goes over my head. I think his explanation is always so simple and I think it should be much more complex.

    I want to start my own complaining blog and call it Debbie Downer.
    .-= Madge´s last blog ..Strength =-.

  27. Chris September 2, 2010 1:12 pm edit

    Here is something else to ponder regarding the baking soda vs. powder question: in Germany, where I grew up, there is no baking soda, just powder and all baked goods come out just swell…
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Awesome August in review =-.

  28. Hannah September 2, 2010 2:52 pm edit

    I don’t understand why I am still not getting your blog updates in my feed reader!!! WHY?!?! Thankfully I usually see them on Facebook, so I don’t completely miss out.

    I’m really sorry your summer is ending. I know how you feel about a certain season beginning with W. However, we just entered Spring, which means for us, Summer is on it’s way!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Underpants =-.

  29. vahid September 2, 2010 3:54 pm edit

    So, more Foursquare jokes then? You got it.
    .-= vahid´s last blog ..a day on the coast =-.

  30. angella September 4, 2010 12:16 pm edit

    Promise? I’ll star every one of them if you do.

  31. amanda September 2, 2010 7:47 pm edit

    I love you even more when you post things like that…does that sound too creepy? :)

    So, completely with you on the internet thing…I don’t get the instantaneousness of it either…not to mention, how on earth did someone figure out how this was going to work. Then again, cell phone kinda get me too…I’m connected to NOTHING and yet I can talk to anyone I want and surf the internet, etc.

    Baking powder and baking soda…yep, with you there too. How is it made…what’s in it, and again, how did the person figure it out?

    I’m all about how people figure these things out. Do these people experiment a lot…have an internal voice…a voice from God. How, how do they figure it out?!

    As for Jesus…really? Considering where he was born, how can we screw this up? Do people not realize this? :)

    And on that note…I’m copying my own comment b/c you have me fired up and I may just have to continue this over at my little place.

    Have a great weekend…we finally got rain, and between that and the expected high of 15, it may be bearable here for a few days.

  32. Mama in the City September 2, 2010 8:22 pm edit

    LOL, great post Angella. Lots of great points and a few giggles too. I, for one, am looking forward to the Fall and fun sweaters and cute flats and pants. I guess I just like the transition into each new season. However, I’ve never been a big fan of Winter. The only glistening potential is the Holiday season and that is a whole other blog post!
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..Oh- September! I Really Love You! =-.

  33. Elle September 2, 2010 8:27 pm edit

    I hear you on all of that!!

    My parents just replaced our corded phone with a bunch of cordless phones (yah, I live at home, so what? lol). I always kind of enjoyed not having cordless phones around. Oh well.
    .-= Elle´s last blog .. =-.

  34. Allison September 3, 2010 12:32 am edit

    Summer needs to end for you so that it can begin for us here in Australia! Don’t bogart the warm weather, yo!

  35. Jennifer Kirk September 3, 2010 1:06 am edit

    hey sizzle! I can totally help you out with that one (hubby is a locksmith by trade)
    Master keys fiddle with all the little metal pins inside any lock. Other keys only fiddle with some pins, that correspond with the master but are still different.
    Wow… after typing this I realize I make no sense at all. It’s 1am and obviously time for bed. Hope you enjoyed my uber-scientific answer!! ;-)

    Things that make me go ‘Hmmmmm’:

    People who don’t like chocolate

    microwaves… just weird.

    People who tell me “gee… that camera must take nice photos”. Ummm, no. there is some skill involved. That’s why they PAY me instead of buying the same camera.

  36. Danica September 3, 2010 9:53 am edit

    I don’t understand that the speed limit seems to be understood by the general population as a lower limit.
    Quite often I’m doing 10 over and cars are rushing by me making me feel like some sort of loser and / or tailgating me to try and go faster. God forbid you should accidentally drive 5 kms under the speed limit. People would drag you out of your vehicle into the street and beat you.
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..Baking Day =-.

  37. hillary September 3, 2010 12:43 pm edit

    dude, I’ve had a foursquare account for months and I still don’t get it.
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..When I Was A Young Girl I Used To Drink Ale =-.

  38. Amber September 4, 2010 6:11 pm edit

    Re: Baking powder/soda – One is for when you wet the rising agent and it acts before it goes in the oven. The other acts in the oven. I don’t remember which is which!

  39. Rebecca September 5, 2010 2:18 pm edit

    HAhahahahaha! Four Square! I have SO wondered the same thing before! Seriously blue bodysuits people! Hahaha!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Shake It Off =-.

  40. Elaine September 6, 2010 11:00 am edit

    I think the reason you don’t have Target in Cananda is the same one wny we don’t have a Trader Joe’s near me. And both reasons suck. ;-P

    p.s. for some reason I couldn’t get the comment box to come up in your last post about your neighbor and I just wanted to say that I think you both need each other and that it’s wonderful that you have each other. :)
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..New Orleans Part I- The Best Way to Ride =-.

  41. Karsen October 20, 2011 1:46 pm edit

    I have been so belwideerd in the past but now it all makes sense!

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