Friday, July 15, 2011

Random Thoughts

1. Chuck and I have a couple-friend. We really like both of them. The male of the couple called Chuck the other day with a mathematical question. I was offended. Sure sure, Chuck is a math teacher. And he did do better than I on the math part of the GRE. But I am a mathematical statistician and I have a bachelor's degree in math AND a master's in statistics. Chuck's degrees, on the other hands, are computer science and education. I digress. While they were calculating on the phone and I'm fuming downstairs, the only excuse I would allow male friend as to why he asked for Chuck instead of me was that it was awkward to call a married woman. When Chuck came downstairs and said that male friend said exactly that, all was forgiven. (Then I solved the problem just to prove I could.) Question: Is it weird for a married man to call a married woman? And if so, why?

2. Project Runway comes back on July 28th! Summer television suddenly got 10,000% better. Question: Why is summer TV the worst? Who is outside playing in this heat and humidity? No one. We're all stuck inside wishing for better TV.

3. No matter where I live, I feel like I'm always the last to get the newspaper and the mail. Seriously. On Monday our mail was delivered at 6:00 p.m. There can't be that many people after us, right? And almost every single morning when we were in the apartment, our paper arrived at 6:30 a.m., the latest it could be delivered without me getting it free. And now that the time moved earlier for the Post (it's now guaranteed by 6), there are still some days when I'm leaving for work at 5:50 a.m. that it's not here yet. Question: Does anyone else have this problem, or do I just gravitate to living at the end-of-the-route places?

4. Let's say, hypothetically of course, that you have a countdown chain for something. Let's continue hypothetically speaking and say that you counted up for 20 weeks to create the chain, and now are counting down the remaining 20 weeks. But now that the chain is down to only three links, do you change it to count days, putting 19 links on the chain? You get to remove them much faster that way. Or do you leave it measuring weeks because, HOT DOG! there are only three links on it? Decisions!

5. Question: Is "Charles" one syllable or two?

Finally--some nice pregnancy comments! According to a stranger on the Metro platform, you can't even tell I'm pregnant from the back. That's what I'm talking about! This woman has never been pregnant, yet she knows exactly what we-with-child want to hear. Bless you metro woman, bless you.


  1. Haha- I love reading your random thoughts. Go metro women! When I was pregnant, I walked in to a meeting at work , and one women simply said , "you look beautiful". It made all of the "are you having twins" comments bareable. As for the friend calling chuck, I hope it wasn't Jason. Sometimes I think that people have a hard time wrapping their heads around educated women. Everyone at church thinks that I'm a hygienist, and they all call Jason "doctor". I could go on and on about this, I try to not let it bother me. As long as someone is calling me "momma" I'm happy.

  2. First off, he said before anything else that he could have asked either one of us but that we were the only two math brains he could trust. It is however more comfortable to call the husband if you are male. I can't speak for the women out there. And Eileen, yes it was Jason. :)

  3. We've been in similar situations where male friends will call Al to have me answer questions and the same is true for women wanting to ask him questions, but not as often. I think men are more aware of the implications of calling another man's wife...friends or not.

    Charles is one syllable. We determine number of syllables by clapping as we say it. Say it normally and listen for the syllable(s). We wouldn't say, "Ch...arles or Char...les." We say it all together as "Charles."

    3 more links, WAHOOOO!! I would say at 2 weeks should should add the additional links and count down each day as a celebration.

    Way to go, Metro lady! I hope the next 3 weeks are filled with complimentary comments from strangers AND friends :)

  4. 1- I think it depends on why the married guy would call a married woman- but I think in your case that it would have been totally find for him to call you.

    2-I have had that same TV though so many times myself.

    3-My parents mail comes at about 4-5pm I think. It used to be early, like around 11am but the the route switched.

    4- I'd make it a week chain because I am lazy.

    5-I'd say Charles is 2 syllables. Don't you get one syllable per vowel? Charles has 2 vowels so I say it has 2 syllables.

    Way to get a great pregnancy comment!

  5. 1. with this type of question the male could have totally called you and it would not have been weird. i was just telling ben the other day how it drives me crazy how some married men are so darn shy around other married women. come on. let's all be friends. and, yes, couple-friends are the best - when male likes male, female likes female, and males like females and vice-versa. :)

    2. i don't know how people have time for tv. i'm just treading water with my life. but i do spend some time on the computer, that's for sure. so who am i to say anything?

    3. i don't have this problem. our mail comes around 3ish. somedays i don't even get it until the next day, so it doesn't matter to me. :) no paper at this house.

    4. do a daily link and have rhett (hypothetically) take them off.

    5. it's probably 1, but for some reason i want to say 2. i don't think i really say it in just 1-syllable.

    AWESOME comment. and that's what matters! you're all baby. :)

  6. I just have to make this quick... I love getting the "you can't tell you are pregnant from the back" comment until it is followed by "but then you turned and WHOA!" Yes, I have heard that even from my husband when he returned from scout camp (apparently he forgot I had a growing belly).

  7. Charles two syllables??? This is a mystery for me. How does that work? Let's settle on a long French drawl and you have 1.5 syllabs. You math people average things, right? Or should I call Chuck to confirm? ;)

    And yes, when I had a TV I used to lament that summer had lame programming. Now I just get nerved when my streaming shows have to wait a week to appear.