Self-Improvement

First of all, did you see The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? on ABC last night? I’m not joking when I say I had it written in my planner for at least a week beforehand, and that I actually squealed with joy when I turned onto the blank new page for Monday and saw it scrawled at the bottom there, right by the 8 o’clock mark, with several exclamation points, and maybe just a few excited starbursts and squiggly lines shooting out from either side of it. You know, just so that I would know immediately to cancel all my other engagements for Monday night at 8 o’clock, should any actually happen to arise.

(But really, it was sort of a letdown, wasn’t it? I mean, come on, I’ve got better Where Are They Now? gossip than that show had. I can tell you exactly where Tessa is, for instance: my co-worker did jury duty with her last week. And Meredith? My boss ran into her at a party at the beginning of the year. Pshaw, ABC: Tivo that!)

Speaking of where people have been, where have I been? Well, I’ve been trying to overhaul my life, that’s where I’ve been. Since it’s now mid-March and all, I decided it might finally be time to have a look at the New Year’s Resolutions I’d made in January, the resolutions that said things like this: eat better, sleep better, get a French novel out of the library and start trying to remember my French. Also on this rather optimistic list? Don’t resent things so much, learn to shrug the little things off, go to the gym three times a week, and be in bed by 10:30pm in order to read for half an hour every night.

Now really: do you actually know anyone who does all of those things? Because if you do, I salute you. Or rather, I salute them. Oh hell, I salute you too, come to think of it, because I can only imagine what it might be like to be friends with such a cranky perfectionist. I mean, reading French novels from the library? Seriously? Would that be before or after I grow my own mung beans, whip up a wheatgrass smoothie, translate some Ovid from the original Latin, tutor a Rwandan orphan in trigonometry, and learn not to resent things so much?

So far, I am working slowly: I have done two days of eating better and sleeping better, but even then, I can’t really take credit for the last---if there’s any outside noise keeping you from nodding off at night (what up, city dwellers!) you should all get yourselves a sound machine, that’s all I can say. Drifting off to the sound of waves crashing on the shore---very, very realistic waves, it must be noted---beats the heck out of drifting off to the sound of drunk people walking home from the bars, crazy people yelling about spaceships, and the relentless wail of sirens. (Even as I write this right now, at half past ten on a Tuesday night---whoops, not in bed reading! Especially not in bed reading in French!---someone is totally singing out on the street. Rapping, actually. The rhyming couplets are impressive for what I can only assume is an off-the-cuff performance.)

So yes, that’s the deal: we’re all about change around here at the moment. And there’s going to be a fairly big change coming up sometime in the next few days, actually, since Sean has been working incredibly hard on a totally updated website for me, set to go live---I can only assume---as soon as the cussing from the living room stops. He was home all last week, you see, taking a little staycation---as the kids are all calling it---between the end of his old job and the beginning of his new one. That’s just how it happens, I suppose: give a man a day off and he’ll watch some CNN and play a little Guitar Hero; give him a week off and he’ll redesign you a website as well.

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Diane
Mar 12, 2008

Jemima is the master of setting resolutions and doing a fab job of keeping A LOT of them. I tried to take a page from her book this year but am not doing so well. I did go for a run last night - but then I had wine so I think it was a wash.

What happened on the Bachelor "Where are they now" stuff? Other than boring Trista and Ryan

Looking forward to seeing the new site! Thanks Sean

Diane

PS - remind me to tell you sometime of my connection to Trista and Ryan - only 2 degrees of separation.

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She Likes Purple
Mar 12, 2008

I thought of you when I saw the Bachelor "Where Are They Now" preview. And then I saw the preview for the new! English! bachelor! and I thought of you again!

I do have to admit something, though, and I think I may be standing embarrassingly alone on this, but Andrew Firestone was, to me, the best bachelor and not stupid Andy Baldwin. And I actually am kind of charmed by Trista and Ryan.

I also have a sound machine I sleep to--to "brook" or "rain"--depending on how loud my husband is watching Family Guy in the other room.

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Nathan
Mar 12, 2008

I can't believe they voted Lorenzo the worst bachelor. Nerdiest perhaps. Fakiest fake prince ever, yes, absolutely. But worst?? The first bachelor had more "worst bachelor" in one pinky finger than poor Lorenzo.

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Teej
Mar 12, 2008

Oh! You must tell me what kind of sound machine you have! I've listened to quite a few and they're all sort of... terrible. In the realism department, anyway. If you don't want to offer a free advertisement, email me.

Oh, the anticipation.

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jonniker
Mar 12, 2008

Not that anyone cares, but my one connection to The Bachelor was Kristin Morse (the one with the orange fake teeth during the Travis Stork season -- the Teeth of Her Undoing). I used to see her ALL the time, as she lived in the town I worked in, and holy hell, Holly, she was hot. Way hotter than she appeared on TV.

I also embarrassed myself the first time I ran into her by asking if we went to college together because she looked so ... FAMILIAR, until she finally told me she was on The Bachelor. Which: HAAAA. I am an ass.

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Heather B.
Mar 12, 2008

I thought of you as well, HB v. 1.0 when I saw the previews for The Bachelor. I thought, "That Holly Burns must be peeing herself out of excitement".

Even more exciting though? A site redesign. I'm looking forward to it especially since I cannot handle change and so my site stays the same.

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Moose
Mar 12, 2008

I started trying to eat better too! It's been two whole days. Well, one. Since yesterday's bout with leftover pizza and Ben & Jerry's probably slaps the healthy factor down a few notches.

Know what happens when you try to eat well? The number of available cookies and donuts multiplies. By multiple degrees. It's spooky.

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Chiada
Mar 12, 2008

Wow, you're fortunate to have your very own in-home site designer. I took a few classes on web design and volunteered to redo my company's site. I can fully appreciate the sounds of cussing coming from the living room aspect of redesigning a site. What a pain! (But fun pain, of course.)

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georgia
Mar 12, 2008

Even almost a year after moving away from San Francisco (holy crap, it's been almost a year!!!), I still wake up at 5 a.m. once in a while and expect to hear the first L Train roll by my window, or feel the last one of the night gently rock our little flat while I would lie in bed and think about the future.
Now that I'm in Los Angeles, it's police helicopters and barking dogs that lull me to sleep at night.
Even though I've never watched a single episode in my life, I got excited when I saw the new Bachelor ad last week, solely for your updates.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Mar 12, 2008

Uh yeah, about that: there aren't going to be any more Secret Bachelor Tuesdays, I'm afraid. You're on your own for this one!

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Laura
Mar 12, 2008

I can't believe someone else is still watching this. I set my DVR.

How bad did you feel for the crazy chick now owning her own home in Idaho?

And yeah, major let down.

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The Over-Thinker
Mar 12, 2008

Can't wait to see what Sean came up with for your new website--I'm sure it will be awesome.

And I know this is a sacrilege, but I've never seen The Bachelor (!)

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E
Mar 12, 2008

Andrew Firestone was, and will always be, the. best. bachelor. For reals.

You CANNOT give up Secret Bachelor Tuesdays in time for the FIRST BRIT BACHELOR! Pllllllease?!!?

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Jummy
Mar 12, 2008

I'm woefully out of the loop no doubt but I was really hoping for an update on Meredith and I got nothing!

I also cannot wait to see what Sean will do to your site next! His work is very oooh and ahhh worthy.

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AA
Mar 12, 2008

You can't be serious about giving up on Secret Bachelor Tuesdays (or Wed or whenever). I was sure you would be all over this one-- what with the British Bachelor and all. We may need you to translate or fill us in on culture.

I don't think I will make it through the season without your recaps. Please reconsider!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Mar 12, 2008

I just kind of think the Secret Bachelor Tuesday recaps have run their course. We all know what's going to happen anyway: hot tubs, roses, cat fights. It's too easy to be snarky about that stuff! And watching the show has just started to feel like homework, rather than the awful guilty pleasure it really is.

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Lissa
Mar 12, 2008

I try to read at least a half hour before I go to bed but sometimes it's just so late and the book ends up hitting my face because I'm so tired.

Oh and I can't wait to see the new site!

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jkrunning
Mar 12, 2008

I loved Tessa. I'm actually sort've sad her and Andy didn't work out, but I guess that's the way it goes.

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gina in sc
Mar 12, 2008

ok, we'll let you off of bachelor tuesdays but can we still chat about what happened in your comments??? wahhh! i missed the "where are they now"....

tell sean i can probably school him in guitar hero - i kick the most ass in social distortion :) haha

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Adele
Mar 12, 2008

I'm grinning.

OH the number of times I've vowed to read a French novel in order to refresh my quickly-disappearing French.

I even have a few ready and waiting on my bookshelves.

I've EVEN picked them up once or twice. (Yes! PICKED THEM UP and held them in my hands).

But, ah, that's as far as I've got.

The spirit is willing but the flesh is English.

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Linda
Mar 12, 2008

Adele -- "The spirit is willing but the flesh is English." Beautiful! Bravo! Wow.

Holly -- um, sorry if this is creepy, I know, but -- did your coworker talk to Tessa? What did she say? I truly was wondering what happened to her, although I didn't watch on Monday because I, er, forgot.

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Jemima
Mar 12, 2008

ooh! I can't wait to see the new look! How exciting!

Also, just peeked at my resolutions list and am so far behind now I can never die.

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metalia
Mar 13, 2008

My resolutions inevitably involve exhortations to stop biting my nails, and eating raw cookie dough, but sadly, I still do both of those things. Like, nonstop.

Can't wait to see the new site design!

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Maya
Mar 13, 2008

Can't wait for the new site either!! As the (lone, I believe) person here who never did watch any of the Batchelor, and relied on your website as my sole source of information, I shall miss the recaps, but understand they got to be tedious for you- long! Funny! Nicknames! Pop culture references! Take care!

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robin g
Mar 13, 2008

I too am interested in the sound machine type! I have big noisy dogs for neighbors who have reset themselves due to daylight savings time or something and it's driving me crazy.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Mar 13, 2008

Oh sorry, I totally meant to say which sound machine I have! It's the Tranquil Moments Sound Therapy System and Alarm Clock; the link is here: http://www.brookstone.com/store/product.asp?product_code=530014&search_t...

(Whoa, check it out, you get a free sleep mask when you buy it now! Can I have that, if you don't want it?)

Sean bought it for me for Christmas, and I am totally not lying when I say it CHANGED MY LIFE. I actually sleep through the night now, which is unheard of. It's all to do with...some sort of sciencey stuff that's explained in the manual. It's a lot more expensive than the range I was expecting him to look in, but it is SO WORTH IT to have a product that really works.

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Monica
Mar 13, 2008

No, no, no.. you need to recap the Bachelor... I live for those recaps, they are better than the show.. plus, hello British Bachelor, its like it was MEANT for you this time!

Pleeeaseee... prettttyyyy pleeeasseeeeee...

Si?

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Jen
Mar 13, 2008

Can't wait for the site re-design either! Also, the city noise/sleeping thing? I've gotten so used to the city sounds at night that I have the opposite problem - I can't fall asleep if it's too quiet. Nothing like police sirens, barking dogs and/or impromptu freestyle singing to lull me into a peaceful sleep.

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Jonna
Mar 13, 2008

I don't need the sleep noise thing, living down here in southern Mexico I'm used to the dogs barking and the mariachi music and the gas truck guy yelling. I could do without the reggetron full blast though. Anyway, as you know from Singapore, in the tropics the fans are always going. I can't sleep without that whirring sound.

What I want to say is how instantly I got green about Brookstone! Argh! I'd forgotten the joys of Brookstone.

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Leah
Mar 13, 2008

My honor's thesis involved translating Ovid from the original Latin (and then tying that in to Shakespeare). Do you salute ME?