Things I Don't Understand
Friday, January 29, 2016
I must admit this is just a random compilation of things that have been confusing me lately. Or in some cases, just things that have been driving me nuts. So here we go, a few things that make no sense to me.
Cake mixes and canned frosting make no sense to me. Now I like to bake, but I understand that isn't true of everyone. However, making a cake is not complicated. The chocolate cake recipe I use simply requires you to dump everything in a bowl and mix it for two minutes. There are no unusual ingredients and no complicated directions. Why would you use a box mix if cooking from scratch is that easy? And frosting is made out of only a handful of ingredients. Simple. I just don't get it. Homemade tastes so much better.
People who don't ask questions also are incomprehensible. I worked with someone new today. She was friendly and pleasant but she expressed zero interest in me and my life. I don't think all conversations should be about me, I just think it is common courtesy to express interest. ( I read a post by Forever Amber that mentioned the lack of questions. I was glad to know I was not the only one who evaluated people on their ability to ask questions.)
I don't understand people who don't read. I think this blog makes it obvious how I feel about books. Just like with baking, I understand it isn't for everyone. However, why do some people seem to take pride in not reading? And how is it possible to literally have no books in your house?
And then there are the people who get annoyed with you for not keeping in touch but who never contact you. Don't they realize communication goes in two directions? Maybe you just got tired of being the one who always initiates contact.
At the risk of sounding as if I belong to a different era, why don't people dress up for special occasions anymore? My husband and I used to go to the symphony with fair regularity. We would see people there in jeans and sweatshirts. Why not wear nice clothes and make it a bit of an event? And don't even get me started on the people who wear their pajamas to the grocery store. If you are not a baby in arms you should not wear your pajamas in public.
Again at the risk of sounding ancient, why do people insist on abbreviating words in such a ridiculous way when they are texting? Sometimes it looks like a communication in code. Why abbreviate a word that is already very short? Do you really save that much time typing "thnx" instead of "thanks"? I have to say, I feel very proud of my teenage son because he insists on texting with proper grammar and spelling. I seem to be doing something right.
I realize I sound old and curmudgeonly with all these complaints. Unfortunately, I feel old and curmudgeonly today. Though I must admit my day has been immeasurably improved by the fact that I just used curmudgeonly in a sentence.