Friday, September 19, 2014

Nobody Wished Me a Happy Birthday on Facebook

Today's my birthday.

One of the best things about a birthday in the social media era is that you know, at any time of the day, you can log into Facebook and see a page full of Facebook birthday wishes.

A couple of years ago, while I was still working in an office, my cubicle neighbor was complaining that nobody had wished him a happy birthday on Facebook. I opened up my own Facebook page and looked for his name in the upper right-hand corner.

No name.

"Facebook doesn't know it's your birthday," I pointed out.

"I know. I don't want people to know," he said. "That's private information."

"Then how would they know to wish you a happy birthday?"

"They just should know," he said.

Hope you have a happy "my birthday!" I'm spending mine at the beach! See you all Monday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Should I Be Scared to Be Nice?

From a young age, we're taught to do the right thing. To be good to other people. To avoid being rude. So why is it that sometimes being nice gets you nothing more than this?

When I worked in an office, dealing with different personalities every day proved to be a challenge. I always tried to be polite, though. So imagine my surprise when one day I asked a woman, "Have you lost weight?" and she took it as an insult.

Her exact response was, "No. I'm good." She said it in a very defensive manner. And that was the first time I realized asking someone if they'd lost weight has now joined the ranks of "impolite questions."

Like this.

While most people may see, "Have you lost weight?" as a compliment, apparently it's an insult for some. Who knew?

Have you ever been snapped at for doing something nice? 

Monday, September 15, 2014

I’m Not Quitting Soda

Is it me, or has everyone given up soda? Especially diet soda. Seems every other day, someone on Facebook is announcing their 7th day without diet soda, as if they've joined a 12-step program.

During the A to Z challenge on Indulgences, my D is for Diet Dr. Pepper blog was pretty enlightening. You'd think I'd posted "D is for Drugs" or "C is for Cigarettes" instead of just saying I drink one Diet Dr. Pepper each day with lunch. The comments were overwhelmingly in the, "I don't drink diet soda anymore because it's going kill us all" line of thinking.

I don't like the taste of coffee. I tried to force myself, but it wasn't happening. If I do drink water, it always has a dash of this:

Or a packet of this:

I used to drink water with lunch, but I found I ate more. When I had a diet soda, I ate less. Maybe this goes against some scientific study, but it works for me.

The industry actually backs up the fact that diet soda consumption is way down. Regular soda, which is also bad for you, has dropped dramatically in popularity in the past couple of decades. I think it's due in part to the wide variety of bottled water options available now...

Interestingly, a recent study actually found drinking diet soda can promote weight loss compared to drinking only water. However, for every one study that says one thing, there will always be another study that contradicts it. In the meantime, the soda companies are scrambling to create a diet soda that uses a natural sweetener. Of course, someone will find something wrong with that.

Do you have an unhealthy indulgence?