Friday, December 30, 2011
For the time being, at least, I'm sticking with Facebook. It certainly doesn't seem as if Google+ has gone anywhere and I don't know anyone who hangs out there anymore. (Actually, I forget that I even have an account.) I really don't know why I'm staying with Facebook--most of the people I have 'friended' are terribly annoying and not anyone I'd be around in real life for any length of time. But I stay, mainly because I find things out I wouldn't any other way. (AND for the people who are dear to me. :)) So, here are some of the whack-a-doodles I am friends with:
One of K's nephew's daughters has friended me. I don't ever remember seeing this girl in person--ever. She is about the age of The Oldest and lives in California. With the amount of things she says she has done, she should be about 64 years old. I can't believe anyone can be quite as accomplished as she claims to be and not be older--or rich, or a celebrity. If you can do all she supposedly has done at such a young age, you have to have a lot of money--something I am sure she doesn't have. For several months, she posted every single tornado watch/warning that was issued in the US. I don't know why, I don't ask. (If you don't think this cluttered up my timeline...) She says she auditioned for one of those singing contest shows--while she didn't win, she got praised up the wazoo and encouraged to try again. She knows three languages, other than English. She acts, sings, and goes to school--with a double major--all while raising a few children (not sure how many) as a single mother. (I'm not sure if she works--doesn't seem like it.) And these past few months she has been deathly ill and the doctors can't find out what's wrong with her. (I don't believe it is a recurrence of the cancer she has had twice.) So, is this girl interesting and accomplished, or just a complete and total whack-a-doodle? I would like to ask my sister-in-law, but how do you ask someone if their grandchild is a head case? If I'm wrong about the girl, I'm sorry, but I kind of have a feeling she is 'not all there.'
Now, my family is more than well represented on Facebook--and most of THEM are people no one wants to know. My cousin's daughters, for example.
The youngest of the two girls hasn't been on Facebook as much these days--she now lives with her two boys and no computer, since the divorce. (I can't understand how her ex actually kept her around as long as he did.) While she was married, all of her time was spent on Facebook, complaining and belly aching over EVERYTHING. She hated her life and her step children. And it didn't seem as if she actually did anything around her house--and yet, she complained about the way things were done. (It sounded like her ex did most/all of the cleaning and cooking. She only looked after the boys--the kids she gave birth to.) Even though she is a presence, once again, the fact that she only can post via cellphone has kept her off of Facebook as much as she used to be.
The oldest of the girls is the biggest drama queen in the world. And she airs the family laundry every chance that she gets. These days she has been bad-mouthing her in-laws and her husband's best friend so badly that I'm surprised anyone is still talking to her. (Not too long ago she berated her father's family, so she is an equal opportunity lambaster.) She just gave birth to her sixth child and we had to 'listen' to all of her health issues daily--and this is because the doctors told her to never get pregnant again. She decided to ignore the medical profession. I believe my Oldest must have the patience of a saint, because she is quite close to this girl--and I can't understand how.
One of my non-relative friends is very dear to me, but he is living vicariously through his kids these days. He keeps posting about his sons' band and the gigs they play. I couldn't get through one of the videos he posted, so I'm not too sure how good the kids are, but they really seem like brats to me. (I've never met them, but some of the things he writes...) Anyway, I'm just happy that they live far away because I'm not sure I could figure out how to say "No, thank you." to going to watch the kids perform.
Of course, one of the things that gets me the most are the conversations some people have to post--these are conversations with their very young children that THEY find hysterical and interesting. (NO ONE who reads this blog is implicated here!!!) Many times I have read one of these and wound up shaking my head, asking myself "WTF????" I've said it before and I'll say it again: Not EVERYONE thinks your kids are cute/amusing/geniuses. I'm happy YOU think they are, but just keep it to yourself, please.
I got on Facebook because of my girls--I figured it would be a good way of keeping in touch with what is going on in their lives. Come to find out, The Youngest doesn't post often to Facebook--I believe she does most of HER communicating through instant message and texts. Now, The Oldest shares quite a bit--and a lot of the time she shares too much. Today, she commented on someone else's status update and I found out something I wish I didn't: It looks as if she is planning on getting pregnant again next year. There are no words...