They say nobody loves you like your emum, but we’d say no one loves you as uniquely as your brothers. Our bros (who adamantly demand to be unnamed on elaney) sent us our valentine in the mail today. A bunch of random free spiff they found around their office and a card that plays music in Spanish. Signed “Roberto.” Nothing says sibling love like total randomness.
Because of our deep reverence for our Irish culture, lauren and I were unable to come to class today. Athough our academics are a major priority, our family heritage sometimes takes precedence. As you know, yesterday was Ole Saint Patricks Day- the pinnacle holiday of our ancestors. We felt that lifting them up through green attire, Guinness, and celebratory cheers was the only appropriate way to thank them for their hardships. If you recall, our ancestors suffered from discrimination upon coming to America (not to mention the potato famine), and the reality that we are now accepted into the new world would be a priceless triumph for them.
We’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to have the interns write up a NY Resolution post (there is a draft of one saved if anyone is really interested); however, this year we’ve felt a little weary of reinvention. To quote the best resolution we’ve heard in awhile, “My New Year’s Resolution is just…more of the same.” And while we aren’t approaching that conclusion with the same complete satisfaction and off the charts self-esteem, we’ve stumbled on the same end result.
That said, we do think there is always room for self improvement, and if you don’t know exactly what it is, here’s how to tell when you’ve arrived: elaney’s Three Signs of a Well Differentiated Individual. Don’t know what it is about this combo, but if you stumble across someone that does all three – they have their act together.
1. Doesn’t use artificial sweeter (no diet coke or splenda)
2. Is finished with their work out by the 7 am hour on Monday through Thursday
3. Listens to NPR
We have a love hate relationship with New Years. The reason is threefold: 1) there is so much expectation to have so much fun on NYE, and expectations are a risky animal. Sure, it’s sort of fun, but it’s too much pressure. It’s most likely not going to deliver. Most occasions where crowds feel like they have license to behave however they please don’t. 2) After Thanksgiving and Christmas, all we want is bland food and a minimalist existence. Champagne and spinach dip = not welcome here. 3) We welcome a fresh start (this a resolution friendly environment), but January and February are so cold! Being out in little dresses in December just reminds you of the elements you’re about to face.
So sure, we see some good in the arrival of the new year, but we also have mixed emotions about the beloved NYE. That said, we have faith that a good NYE is possible. What are your suggestions for the best way to spend the final holiday evening of 2009?
“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~G.B. Stern
Thanksgiving is here! And at elaney, we believe that Thanksgiving is such a wonderful idea. A whole day to just think about all of the blessings in our lives, good friends, good food, impossible but loveable families…so great! So while elaneymedia is not meant to be a lovefest (let’s try to keep this sort of cool folks), what are you grateful for in 2009?
Halloween is almost here, and the Huffington Post has a list of the 15 most popular costumes for 2009. Apparently the Swine Flu and the Octomom are going to be hot picks (we find both pretty creepy, but still better than something of the “hot toothfairy” genre). Have you settled on an idea? We’ve found Halloween hard this year, as there are so many unknowns. Are we too old for the group costume? Or what is funny enough to boldly do by yourself? What’s the best costume idea you’ve heard so far?
“Short skirt, not a surprise. Couldn’t find a way to work the go-go boots into this one?” -elaney’s 10th grade history teacher, to elaney circa 1999
Perhaps it’s still the “haunting” memory of the high school humiliation, but we have a huge problem with girls that use Halloween as an opportunity to dress like trash. If you want to show your skin, fine. We get the temptation to shorten the skirt every now and then (see above). But what makes it annoying is pretending like you don’t know what you’re doing. Halloween does not give you license to dress like a Playboy bunny. It just doesn’t. If you want to do it, be our guest. But just don’t let us overhear you in the back room saying something like “omg why are so many guys starting at me tonight?!” If you do it, you have to own it. Now, go forth and prosper (preferably covered).