Here’s what I’ve been thinking about, but not writing about:
The Bachelor Finale
While I understand that Chris Soules was in the mindset that he would, at the end of the season, find a wife, it seemed as though the only reason he truly picked Whitney is because she was ready to be a wife. No, no, hear me out. He clearly had strong feelings for Becca. In any real life situation, there isn’t actually a deadline for a proposal. In the real world, he would likely have continued to date Becca. As for everyone who says they “love” Whitney, she seemed normal for a long time, but definitely came off as needy/desperate in the last few episodes. No matter, Chris seems to be completely under her control, already. If you weren’t able to see that Whitney was running everything at After the Final Rose, then you weren’t actually watching.
The Bachelorette Announcement
Fail. Everyone else has already said it, but I agree. The Bachelor, as an initial, stand-alone, idea is incredibly sexist and wrong – on so many levels – for women. Luckily, someone noticed and The Bachelorette was created. In theory, that should balance the issue, right? I mean, it doesn’t fix any of the inherent problems with basing your life plan on a televised competition, but it should at least balance the women vs. men business. So… why would you start The Bachelorette with two women and force them to compete against each other, as judged by a large group of men that have never met them before… in order to gain the right to be in control? Horrible, horrible, awful idea. Completely separate – I don’t think either one of them is going to make for a good show. Jade? Becca? Tara? So many other options.
I love linking up, every other Wednesday, with Laura over at Life with Lolo for #HASHTAGHUMPDAY. Also, very supportive of Kasey’s Around the Horn link-up on Kasey at the Bat (Thursdays). However, since I didn’t get around to my baseball post for last Thursday until this Monday, I feel that linking up today would be a cop-out on my part. As for yesterday (Wednesday), you know, life. These are not to be considered excuses. The point is that I want to share links to the greatness, even though I didn’t participate.
Yesterday, during life, I asked Tall Guy if there was anything I could do to help him out, since he’s been super-swamped with work. He said yes, and did I know how to use PowerPoint? No. Somehow I made it through college without being asked to create a single PowerPoint project or presentation. My friends had to do them, but I did not. My only – only – interaction was self-guided and spurred purely by boredom. I created a PowerPoint to explain to my then-boyfriend the differences between different levels of casual/dressy clothing, so that he would know what to wear on Valentine’s Day. It was incredibly basic and may not have had any images, just words. (Although, to be clear, it did work – he dressed appropriately) Tall Guy is not concerned that I haven’t used PowerPoint and tells me it will be easy. Don’t get me wrong – in the end, it is fairly intuitive, and easy to pick up. However. This is how his tutorial went:
Sit in front of his computer. On his screen is a 47 page PDF brochure that he previously created for this particular client. PowerPoint is NOT on the computer screen. He says, “Okay, so this is the brochure for the 18 level trucks. We need to create one for the 15, 16 and 17 level trucks. So what you’re going to do, is use these pamphlets with the specs for the new trucks, and pull this (text) and this (image) and this (diagram) to look like this (PDF brochure). So you’ll capture this, put it on there. You know?”
Capture what? A single diagram from a PDF page full of content? And then put it into a program that I have yet to even see? With tools I’ve never used?
“Okay, so that’s it. Easy. Get started and let me know when you need help.”
Three hours later, I had a (smaller) brochure for the trucks. There were still some kinks – I use a MAC, the client uses a PC. Checking the finished product on Tall Guy’s PC led us to some glitches – the fonts didn’t translate and a few images needed to be changed from psd into png (not interesting). Did I learn? Yes. Will I foolishly offer my assistance on projects that I don’t understand… and begin them at 10 at night? No.
Previously, I shared a photo of two eyeglass frame options. There was actually a clear winner, the set on the right. Then my mother weighed in. And she chose the most tactful way possible to tell me that really, neither was very flattering. So those are now out the window. I’ve been asking around for budget-friendly frame options and have spent a great deal of time perusing Coastal and Zenni Optical. You know what can really mess with your head? Staring at a grid of photos of your own face, over and over and over and over. The problem now is that, unlike Warby Parker, you can’t try these before you buy. With Coastal, you get 100% money back guarantee and with Zenni you get insanely low prices. Has anyone used either of these?
That covers what’s been on my mind for the past few days. I did leave out the really boring stuff. Time to catch up on some DVRd goodness! Hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday!