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I don’t care much for cake pops. Cake? Yes. Cake that has been crumbled and overhandled and mixed with icing and then dipped in chocolate? Meh. Not for me. They are adorable to look at, however, and it’s amazing to see how much my children like them. More than they like Taylor Swift—which, based on the number of times I have heard the lyrics “we are never ever ever getting back together” this morning alone, is a heck of a lot.

Speaking of Miss Swift, I kind of adore her. And her wardrobe.

I can’t figure out why people would ever want to work at Seattle Grace Hospital. It seems quite dangerous—what with all of the plane crashes, drownings, and losing limbs.

I was surprised by how much I loved Pitch Perfect. Yes, I said loved.

I am not a fan of room service.

I am loving the new show Nashville, which means that it will most definitely get canceled soon.

Farewell Milwaukee. Deer Tick. Tigers on Trains. Middle Brother. The Lumineers. The Barr Brothers. They will change your life, I swear. (Related: I also sometimes steal lines from Natalie Portman movies.)

I don’t understand the concept of yoga jeans. Are they meant to be worn for yoga? Are they made of lycra spandex? Are they the same as pajama jeans? (Related: I am easily confused.)

I don’t like that Facebook makes decisions about my friends *for* me. I see the updates of exactly 11 people. I usually just assume that no one else uses Facebook. I am assuming incorrectly, it turns out. Facebook just wants to be a total a-hole.

I love oxblood, even if the name makes me think gross thoughts.

I sometimes tweet and fb the same exact update. And I will defend it until the end of time. I know some people frown upon this, but I have completely different audiences in each medium, and get completely different feedback in both places.

I give a f%^k about an Oxford comma.

I find olives offensive.

I do not think Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the best show on television ever.

I quite liked Gone Girl and was totally satisfied with the ending. See also: The Sopranos. See also: LOST (oh pick your jaw up off of the floor. I didn’t love it, I was satisfied.)

I have hipster tendencies. And they have rubbed off on my children.

Hipster Joshua


Opinions. I have no shortage of them. And I like to share them. This is obviously the reason why I never run out of blog post ideas—my head is filled with opinions. 

Here’s the thing about opinions. Share them, share them, share them. By all means. But just please be gracious about giving them and about receiving them.

You love cake pops? AWESOME!

You hated the ending of Gone Girl? GOOD!

You hate indie folk music? THAT’S OKAY!

You love room service? GO FOR IT!

You are not a fan of the Oxford comma? As long as you don’t write for me—by all means, don’t use it!

Agreeing to disagree—it’s the new black!

This is something that, admittedly, does not come easy for me. It was hard for me understand that it’s okay for people to not like the same things that I like. It’s okay for people to wear different clothes, to listen to different music, to watch different shows, to eat different things, to have different opinions on eating in hotel rooms. But I get it. I *totally* get it. And truth be told, it makes the internet a much more interesting place; it makes the entire world a more interesting place. I mean, you guys, my kids love the overloving shit out of olives.


Just please, for the love of all that’s important in this world, can we just all agree that LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS?!

  1. Cake pops are only a good idea in theory. Agree.

    I only love canned black olives.

    Comment by Kristabella on October 26, 2012
  2. Are canned ones different from jarred…I know nothing about olives. heh.

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  3. I think? I just know that canned, black olives are (to olive lovers) the grossest. They are the only ones I’ll eat.

    Comment by Kristabella on October 26, 2012
  4. Those bands are all so very awesome. I would hope you already know them but make sure you check out Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Also the movie “Big Easy Express” which is where I first heard of them. Finally, I’ve been digging ZZ Ward lately. Not folk music, but has a unique and catchy sound to her take on soul and blues with a beat you can move to. Not that I do, it would be awkward at my desk.

    Comment by Hockeymandad on October 26, 2012
  5. Oh yes. I am already a fan of Edward Sharpe. Don’t know ZZ Ward…will look it up right now. Thanks!

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  6. You have grown so much. 😉 I love agreeing to disagree. If everyone agreed on everything we would have such boring conversations! And if everyone loved olives, there wouldn’t be enough of them to go around!!! xoxo

    Comment by Sandy on October 26, 2012
  7. I guess I was bound to grow up sometime. Hahahah

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  8. Also the reason why you hate olives could be that you’re eating jarred and canned olives. YUCK. You need to eat Greek or Italian ones soaked in olive oil and garlic. Come to my house, I feed you good olives… and I’ll even make olive bread for you. YUM!

    Comment by Sandy on October 26, 2012
  9. No. I’m not eating olives of any kind. Heh. G buys super fancy ones. I’m not a fan of the way they smell.

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  10. Ok! More for me!!! 😉

    Comment by Sandy on October 26, 2012
  11. Yoga jeans bother me too. The other day in my (hot!) yoga class there was a woman wearing them. I don’t care at all what you wear to class, but I actually thought she wore jeans and they looked so hot.
    Anyway. She has worn them a few times. And she always seems to uncomfortable.
    PS. I like olives in very small amounts. When I get a sub i ask for 4 black olives. Totally manageable.

    Comment by Laural on October 26, 2012
  12. I love when you do posts like this.

    I love: Nashville. Greys, even though I wouldn’t want to work their either. Cake Pops. Facebook more than Twitter these days, which I can’t believe I just said.

    Want to see Pitch Perfect. Also the kids movie. The hotel Halloween one that I can’t think of the name.

    Not liking: My blog. Anything political. I’ve considered just hiding people on FB, but then I’d be hiding almost everyone. The New Normal. I tried man, I did. But I’m not a fan.

    Comment by Issa on October 26, 2012
  13. I’m sorry, I really, really love my leggings. And I don’t like Nashville. But I loved Gone Girl, and the twitter and facebook thing doesn’t bother me and I follow you both places.

    Can we still be friends?

    Comment by jodifur on October 26, 2012
  14. you *can* wear leggings…just cover up your ass and your crotch 🙂

    I can totally see why someone wouldn’t like Nashville. Totally!

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  15. I do! I do! I buy long tops just for that purpose!

    I keep watching Nashville in the hopes it gets better and, it doesn’t.

    Comment by jodifur on October 26, 2012
  16. then you are not wearing leggings as pants…you are wearing leggings as leggings and that’s totally okay!

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  17. “I give a f%^k about an Oxford comma.” ME TOO.

    “I do not think Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the best show on television ever.” Okay, maybe not the BEST show on TV EVER, but I like it A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT.

    Differing opinions IS the best part of the internet. My most-favouritest, bestest friends have differing opinions than I do. And I love that about them.

    Comment by Mrs. Wilson on October 26, 2012
  18. I so much love this post.

    Comment by Tarasview on October 26, 2012
  19. Aw, thanks so much Tara!

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  20. LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS! (PS I almost yelled this at my SIL as she was breaking this rule last weekend. I refrained. Barely.)

    I think you know that I obviously agree with you on most everything here, twins and all.

    Comment by Jen on October 26, 2012
  21. That picture of Josh made me think of Teddy Duchamp. 🙂 My very favorite movie!

    I like the Oxford comma too.

    Comment by Alison on October 26, 2012
  22. Ha! I can totally see that!

    Comment by ali on October 26, 2012
  23. Agree on the ending of Gone Girl … Loved it!

    Just bought and returned Yoga Jeans because they were too spandex-ish. Agree they have no place in any sort of exercise.

    Agree cake pops are gross.

    Comment by Marn on October 26, 2012
  24. I am totally in agreement with leggings are not pants. I don’t care if you weigh 42 pounds, everyone has a wedgie in the most inhospitable places when wearing lycra/spandex.

    Comment by gorillabuns on October 27, 2012
  25. aaah olives are offensive! The smell is vile and my kids (due to geography) LOVE them and pop them on their fingers while they eat them. So nasty.

    I do not know what an oxford comma, oxblood or Gone Girl is but I agree on the leggings issue, Grey’s and Taylor’s wardrobe.

    And I love that you make me smile, every flippin’ day.

    Comment by Cheri on October 27, 2012
  26. I don’t like this post.
    Just kidding.
    I LOVED (yes, LOVED) this post!
    Differing opinions, as long as expressed respectfully, are what make conversations interesting to me.
    But I totally have no idea what an oxford comma is.

    Comment by Amy on October 28, 2012
  27. As always, I was reading Ali’s post, nodding my head, snort laughing and causing my family to wonder yet again if there was something wrong with me… I mean, beyond the obvious 😉

    Comment by Chantal on October 28, 2012
  28. Love the list, I’m with you on so many, but its ok that I’m not on others 🙂

    Comment by Corey Feldman on October 29, 2012

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