Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Farewell (kind of) to Blogging

I haven’t been blogging as much since my school let off for summer.

There are much less obligations during the summertime. While I have tried very hard to find a job, no one seems to want to hire a mostly-unskilled kid, just off her first year of college, for a couple of months during a recession. Go figure. I have access to a TV with DVD player, DVR, and the like, which shuts down productivity greatly. I have the ability to sleep late every day. If I ask a friend if they want to do something, they probably won’t have class. I can go to the library pretty much whenever and I actually have time to read. While I do have a card for the public library in my college town, the several-mile walk is much less appealing in several feet of snow. I only checked out books from the public once during my last school year and I didn’t have time to read half of them. Now and again I would go to the much closer Barnes and Noble after class and read for an hour or so, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I had a two-hour break in the morning where I could get breakfast and read, but that’s about it.

Now it’s summertime. I’m reading, watching TV, reuniting with high-school “besties,” etc. I don’t really blog anymore. I’m not reading as much news, finding humorous things on the internet, finding stupid little angsty things to complain about (and promptly delete), or anything of the nature. Earlier today, I started a post about how I have nothing to write – it’s come to that. (I didn’t end up publishing it – while it seemed clever in my head, I couldn’t really put it into words.)

During schooltime, I have free time where I can’t do anything. So I blog. I’m at work and no one has any projects for me. So, while I sit waiting for the phone to ring, I blog. I’m in my dorm room in the middle of the day, there’s nothing good on TV, and my friends all have class. So I blog.

In my first blog post here, I said that I “shall probably grow bored of it within the next few weeks and abandon it for months,” and that I tend to go through little phases of things I like to do. I feel this phase coming to an end, for the summer months at least. I will not abandon it completely, I don’t think. For one thing, I have another 18 days until I report my “25 Most Played Songs” on iTunes thing (see the first part of my last post). And I probably will start blogging again during my next school year. But for now, I think this could very well be (for the most part) goodbye.

Now that I’ve actually said that, I’ll probably start getting very inspired.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Four things of little interest

I have reset my iTunes playcount today and deleted my 25 Most Played playlist. In a month's time, I plan to recreate my 25 Most Played playlist and see what happens. Fun/Exciting.

I've been watching this over and over today. It's not exactly new, but it makes me laugh. I know people passing out isn't supposed to be funny, and I probably wouldn't laugh as much if my family - specifically, my mom - didn't do such a spot-on imitation of the guy. I personally start my compulsive giggling at about 15 seconds seconds in. "Now, pause it. Imma pass out." "...okay."

However, I find the comments on this video to be redundant/annoying. There's always at least one smart person who says something like "Glen Beck always makes me pass out." Hahaha. How very original/delightful.
(That's my attempt at sarcasm. I'm not very good at it)

I've also been getting into Espirit Cabane lately. It's cool look at, and I've copied their Fairy Lights idea. If I only had some real talent at crafty things, I would do more. As it is, I have aspirations of making earrings out of milk.

Finally, in my last blog, each little paragraph was less than 140 characters. Someone told me that that wasn't obvious. I thought it was clever.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Twelve Tweets

About 1 1/2 years ago I started liking this band. I became their friend on MySpace so I could see if they would tour in California anytime.

I came to realize that they sort of bother me. About 80% of the jokes they make aren't funny and their fanbase is mostly "tweenage" girls.

But still, their music isn't bad. A few of their songs have gotten criticism, but their next album has potential for magnificent growth.

I follow them on Twitter. I tend to follow people like crazy, though I've recently deleted the more boring/self-righteous people.

At first, they really struggled to fit within the 140 character limit. They used abbreviations and squished sentences together.

They started using TwitLonger ( This was the first time I had seen this service. (140 characters isn't enough!)

This service is unnecessary. If you can't fit within 140 characters, streamline it. You don't have to tweet about everything or elaborate.

If you can't do that, don't use twitter. Stick to Facebook. So I summed up my thoughts on this in 40 characters:

Pretty sure "twitlonger" is for pansies.

I was done with it until TwitLonger itself replied: "hmm. Interesting theory ;)."

Now I'm embarrassed and faced with a dilemma: Do I respond? I don't think I will. Something tells me they've already moved on.

So sorry TwitLonger. Your ideas are for pansies, but you're people too.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Alison Humphreys

I changed my blogger profile name from "Alison" to "Alison Humphreys" so I would be one of the first people to show up if I googled myself. After I did that, I actually did google myself. It didn't work.

So I googled "Alison Humphreys" Lunch and "Alison Humphreys" Narcissism and "Alison Humphreys" Everyone and so on. Didn't work.

I finally did a search for Everyone Cares What I Had For Lunch. The title of my blog, in case you didn't know, is a reference to Margaret Mason's blogging book called "No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog". I thought I was so clever naming my blog after a blogging book. Oh my, how clever I am.

Until I found out that there's another blog with the same name. It started 6 months before mine and is mostly pictures of the lady's kid. And she has six followers, which totally trumps my one.

So, you know, sad...

On the plus side, I've now used "Alison Humphreys" six times in this post and title, which may boost my standings.

Alison Humphreys

Here is an update from a day and a half later:
If you google "Alison Humphreys" (with quotes) this post is the last entry on the first page. I will file this under WIN.

Further Update: Never mind.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

catchy title

Hello friends,

So my dad sent in a "blurb" about me to Creekside Covenant Church in Redmond, WA, along with the ones about the rest of my family. He mentioned the URL to my blog in mine. Now it's likely that my view count will go up within the next week or so. I added a view counter! It has three hits, all of which are me. Let's see how it goes up.

Though I gave my father permission to give out my URL, I'm a bit worried, as my blog peaked in April. Since then, I have been writing about things that randomly run through my mind, usually late at night while I'm trying to sleep. Things I write then are not quite as funny as I think they are. So, Stranger, if you're reading this, I apologize. My dad said I was "witty", I think, but I'm thinking he's a little bit biased.

I'm very muchly looking forward to my upcoming trip to the greater Seattle area. I have my answers all practiced:
"Hi, I'm Alison."
"Nice to meet you too"
"Northern Arizona University"
"I'm double majoring in Sociology and Psychology"
"Yeah, I really like it a lot."

Fun! (And I do not mean that sarcastically. I'm not generally one for sarcasm, really.)

On a side note, Joann and Zack and I are making Shu Mai. Here are pictures:


Monday, June 1, 2009