Anyway, i got cantaloupe and cucumbers with my lunch today. Yummers. I’m adding them to my LJ Interests list. Isn’t it odd that it’s called “interests” when it’s really “likes”? LiveJournal even tells you that what you put should fit in the blank in the sentence “I like ___.” I certainly like cantaloupe and cucumbers, a whole lot in fact, but i’m not interested in them, per se.
Sem-relatedly, i’ve had fun using the paid user feature of “which LJ user is most similar to you by virtue of listed interests”--with myself and various other LJers i know. My friend Allison’s longtime boyfriend comes up at the top of her list. None of my LJ friends (although granted i don’t have too many) comes up anywhere in my 150 person list, except for the two library communities i’m in. Yeah, i have lots of unrelated weird interests--and lots that just no one else has.
And on another tangent, i was thinking about the fact that i plan to splurge on half.com and get myself some CDs after we get home and the fact that i won’t be getting very many gifts for my birthday this year -- largely because of my grandmother’s injury. I realized that birthdays don’t seem all that important to me anymore, or at least not this year. Sure, this is probably partially sour grapes because i’m not getting a lot of presents or having a big party or anything and i want to rationalize why this doesn’t bother me. But i think part of it is honest, too. You have a big party and lots of presents to celebrate the fact that you have continued on this plane of existence for another year. It’s essentially just celebrating yourself. Why can’t we celebrate people every day? Give people gifts and recognition for no reason but the fact that we like them? I don’t like feeling like i have to save presents for birthdays and Christmas, nor do i like the feeling of being obligated to give gifts (or at least cards) to people at Christmas. Not that i’m saying down with birthday/Christmas celebration and gift-giving (celebrating Christ by giving of ourselves to loved ones and not-so-loved ones is a whole nother entry, or rather essay). I just think we should do more celebrating for the sake of celebrating, just because we care about people, and less obligatoriness.
(I think one of the things i like about LiveJournal is that i’m not obligated to make everything flow and be coherent and have points and resolutions and such. On the other hand, i’m inspired to do zining again because that would force me to do something with my thoughts as well as get them out to people besides the select few who read my LJ. :) )
And last but certainly not least, i finally made chocolate chip cookies today. Yay.