Tuesday, November 3, 2009

guest blog: single lady

Just few things before I jump into today's guest blog.

1. I DON'T NEED A BOOT! I went to the orthopedist yesterday and aside from him being funny as hell, he said that I definitely do NOT have a stress fracture. I have tendinitis of the Peroneus brevis. I'm not allowed to run for another week or so and when I start up again I have to cut my mileage by a third.

2. Thank you to all the emails and comments with well-wishes. When I started this blog, I didn't think anyone would read. And now I have readers, and some people who actually look forward to my entries. More than that, I have people who care enough to let me know that they're thinking of me and while they want to see me HULK SMASH in a boot, that they hoped my foot would be okay. And it is! So thanks again.

3. I've been expanding my baking repertoire. Last night I made chocolate chip pumpkin bread and oh. Sweet. Lord. It is so delicious. In case you're wondering I used this recipe and substituted chocolate chips for raisins and nuts. It yields two loafs (loaves? hm..) so I brought one to work, half of a loaf will go to Koodles and half will stay in my apartment for about 3 hours because that's how long it'll take me to devour it, most likely.

I've been asking Natalie to write this story up for weeks. Okay, asking is a nice way of putting it because I actually stalked her until she finally emailed it to me. So today's Jessie-ism is that annoying people and asking incessantly for things will always eventually get you what you want. I like that lesson. And I hope that you enjoy Natalie's story:
I have always been very independent. I was feeling exceptionally ‘girl power’ on my walk to my 2nd day at my new, fantastic job. As usual, I made my way into Starbucks for my fix when an older woman approached me to tell me she liked my pink trench coat. I happily thanked her since it is always wonderful to wake up to a compliment.

That high did not last long. She asked if I was married-I said I was not. As a follow-up she glared at my ring-less ring finger and asked my age. When I replied that I was 25-the look of utter shock on her face was remarkable. ‘I thought you were much younger!!’ She looked at me with desperation - ‘Do you at least have a boyfriend?!’ ‘No’…. She gasped, ‘Well, you better get on that! You are already 25…pretty soon it will be too late!’


Now, I am in no rush to be married but I am pre-caffeine and NO ONE enjoys being told of the possibility of dying alone. I am getting publicly agitated-meanwhile she believes she is saving me from a lifetime depressed and alone. She stared at me and critiqued that in order for me to find my husband I must straighten my wavy hair and cut off two inches. ‘Remember, ANYONE is better than no one.’ Until this point I was pretty much just curtly responding to her-but that sentence got me. Anyone? Really? A convict, a rapist, or a hobo? Anyone?

I told her that that was ridiculous especially since there are so many bad people out there. She shook her head. At that point she realized that she was ‘losing’ me and quickly told me that she is a psychologist therefore everything she professes is accurate. As I walked away she promised that she would pray for me to find a man.

I promised that I would find a new Starbucks.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't believe that story! I feel bad for the people who actually PAY for that woman's "advice." o_O

PJ said...

I swear, the psychos are taking over the entire world.

Amy said...

Chocolate chip pumpkin bread??!! My mouth is watering.

And great guest post. That lady saying, "anyone is better than nobody". That lady is obviously a person who settles. she doesn't feel good enough about herself to be with someone she deserves. Oh well. That SNL Single Ladies skit was UH-MAY-ZING! Haha.

Nik said...

OMG! First of all, I love the Starbucks logo! Cracking me up right now!! Also, this same thing just happened to me yesterday!! I was honestly also thinking about writing a blog about it. I was filling out paperwork for my new job and the HR lady asked me how old I am (29) and I swear throughout the entire process she repeated "when you get married" at least 8 times. WTF???? Argh. I feel ya. I feel ya.

Unknown said...

Isn't it amazing that this woman is actually allowed, by law, to give this sort of crap advice??

Amy - the chocolate chip pumpkin bread was SO delicious, everyone in my office flipped over it! and glad you enjoyed the guest post :)

Nik - i have a flair for finding appropriate pictures on google image haha. when will people learn how to shut their mouths???

Charlotte said...

just stumbled in and i'm going to bookmark your blog, for sure :)

thanks for the pumpkin bread recipe--that looks ridiculous.

wow, the nerve of some people. to imply that a 25-year-old should begin to worry that her eggs are shriveling and no man will ever take her... well, i just have no words. i wonder how i would even react in such a situation?!

Allison @ Happy Tales said...

Hey there! I found your blog through Ensley's and I just have to say I LOVE IT! You are too hilarious for words. I also zoomed over to your about me and saw that you were/are training for a marathon (it won't let me comment there, though)! I am a runner, too, and am about to sign up for my first!

Anywho, so glad I found your blog!

Unknown said...

hi allison - welcome to the blog, so glad that you're enjoying it! what marathon are you thinking of doing? i just finished disney and am already thinking about my second.. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! nice blog!

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