Sunday, February 10, 2013

Oh no, you didn't! (Monday Listicles)

This week's listicle theme is "OH NO YOU DIDN'T" a friendly educational guide to what not to give me for Valentine's make it easy on our partners. Most of these Mike already knows...but if not, just in case!! (Or in other words, ways I'm not your typical woman!) Happy Valentine's Day (a little early)!

Here are my "Oh no you didn't!"s:

1. Anything Twilight
Just no!!! 10 Reasons I Hate Twilight

2. Unnaturally dyed carnations
I prefer more natural flowers...preferably ones with nice smells, like daphne or lilacs.

3. Harlequin romances (or anything overly sappy or formulaic)
Although I did go through a Danielle Steele phase in college, I have NEVER read a Harlequin romance or anything of the type. I'm a little bit of a book snob.

4. Cheap chocolate
First of all, I like my chocolate to be fair trade if at all possible (ever since I learned a few years ago about the child slave labor that produces most cheap chocolate in the world). Second, I have converted my palate to prefer dark chocolate that is less sweet (and more expensive!). I always used to love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but no more. Green and Black's Ginger Chocolate is one of my favorites.

5. Tickets to the Civil War game
Living in Oregon, most people are either rampant Duck or Beavers supporters and they go crazy over the Civil War. I went out of state to college, and I'm also not a football I have absolutely no opinion about OSU or U of O. Being a liberal arts person, I would have fit in better at U of O...but my company was founded by OSU I'm completely neutral. And I don't watch the Super Bowl either! Last night at our elementary school auction I was talking to some other women, and we were all expressing our gratefulness that our husbands are not obsessed with sports. Mike only watches tennis and the Olympics. I'm more likely to be a Game of Thrones widow than a football widow.

6. High heels
When I was in high school, I loved to wear 4- or 5-inch heels to make myself taller. No more! Comfort rules. Life is too short to wear shoes that make your feet hurt!!!

7. New hardback books
Regular blog readers might recall that Mike got me a hardcover book for my birthday, The Casual Vacancy. I am too cheap to pay full price for hardcovers. Most of my books I get out of the library or on Of course I would have had to wait ages to get The Casual Vacancy from either of those venues. I finally accepted the gift and read it! But I think I can only bear one full-price expensive book per year, darling! :)

I might end up with this...

8. A purse (or coat)
I have a huge love of bags (or purses) but I try to restrain myself and not go too crazy. As I wrote about last week, I own two Queen Bee bags and would love to have another one. I have a coworker whose husband bought her a coat for Christmas...she didn't like it much but she wore it anyway so she wouldn't hurt his feelings...until she got the guts to tell him she didn't like it. Purses and coats are just too personal to buy for another person.

Or this...

9. Bling
I do not wear a diamond ring...when we got married, it was a statement against South African Apartheid. Now I wouldn't mind a diamond ring or some fancy jewelry, but I think I would like to pick it out together. My friend Amy's husband buys her beautiful jewelry and she loves her bling. It's just not my thing...I love jewelry and pieces that fit my personal style. And blingy cell phone cases? DEFINITELY not my style!!!

10. Iron
We know a woman who actually purchased her husband an iron for his birthday. She was explaining the rationale of her purchase...he had been complaining about the iron, so she decided that would be a perfect gift. I think he was less than excited about it. They often bought extremely practical, unromantic gifts for each was like a never-ending cycle. We are no longer friends with them (but not because of the iron)!!!

So there are my Monday Listicles for the week. Thanks to the wonderful Stasha who sponsors this fun activity!


  1. OMG, #9... All I can think of is all the grime that might get stuck in between all the bedazzling & how soon at least one or two would fall off when it was dropped. Ugh. Good list!

  2. I'm with you on the high heels. I just can't do it. But I admit. I love a good iron.

  3. I agree with the high heels, I very rarely wear them, but they do look gorgeous.
    And an iron, really??!!

  4. I feel the same way about the romance novel, but my sis and I did spend a whole summer reading every Danielle Steele novel. Erin

  5. A girl after my own heart. And I never thought about it before but you are absolutely right! Purses and coats are a very personal buy best done solo!