Thank you, Yahoo! Shine for posting an article about the “10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Singles.” I’ve seen these articles about the things you shouldn’t say to a bride, pregnant woman or mom, so it was refreshing to see an article that acknowledges the dumb things that people say to singles. Whether someone’s been married for 30 years or three months, I feel like they’re prone to “married person amnesia” that makes them forget about what it was truly like to be single.
I’ve noticed that as I get closer to 30, there’s a lot more unsolicited advice and questioning about my marital status (or lack thereof), so it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who hates hearing these things. Here are some of the things that especially irk me:
1. “Why aren’t you married?”
I get this one a lot. Whether it’s from a family member or a stranger, I stumble over what to say. “Guess it’s not my time yet” is what normally comes out, but “none of your freakin’ business” is what I’m really thinking.
2. “Have you tried online dating?”
This one is especially bad when it comes from the over 50 crowd that’s been married since high school. Online dating looks awesome in commercials. But it was a sad, yet hilarious, experience for me that didn’t yield any dates. It’s great that it worked for your co-worker, niece, sister, cousin, etc., but I’m not doing it again anytime soon.
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Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. I blame this on my favorite hobby: sweepstaking. Okay, that’s not true (work, volunteering and other commitments are the true reasons behind my slack blogging), but my sweepstakes experiment continues to take up a few minutes of each week. I still haven’t won a car, cruise or cash, but here are some the prizes I have won recently.
1. Grey Poupon Gravy Yacht
Grey Poupon describes the gravy yacht as “perfect for every occasion when ordinary gravy boats just won’t do.” Watch this video to take in the brilliance.
2. Dateline NBC Snuggie
I live in a vibrant and fun part of the city with lots of trendy clubs and restaurants. This gives some the impression that I’m partying it up on the weekends, but most Fridays you can find me at home doing laundry and watching Dateline. This blanket with sleeves is my new favorite accessory.
3. popchips Autographed by Katy Perry
I have a bit of a popchips obsession, so I was really excited to win a month’s supply (24 bags) of katy’s kettle corn popchips, including a bag signed by Ms. Perry herself.
4. $25 Target Gift Card
Target took ordinary tweets and used them in their Everyday Collection Tweet-to-Runway Fashion Show. They chose one of my tweets and sent me a $25 gift card. Somehow I don’t believe that the model reading my tweet struggles with eating an entire frozen pizza in one sitting.
5. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Hoodie
I wear this when I’m feeling angelic.
6. Litter Genie Disposal System
I don’t have a cat and I’m highly allergic to them, so this prize went to a friend.
The journey for bigger prizes continues, but these random surprises in my mailbox still brighten my day. Have you won anything lately?