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What year is it? Get a clue.

It's Monday (well, it will be when you read this - for me, it's Sunday night), and you know what that means - we're checking in with Stasha of The good life fame to see what today's Monday Listicles theme will be.


I have lotsa exciting stuff cooking this week (blog-wise - not in the kitchen, of course) that I'm working on feverishly and can't wait to share, so I'm going to try to actually keep this as short as the meme's intended to be instead of rambling for twenty pages like I normally do.  We'll see if I succeed.

Unlikely, considering I just wrote a whole paragraph about how short I'm going to make this post.

So what's the topic, already?!?!

10 Clues That You're Living In 2012

  1. Half of the arguments you have end with one of you saying, "Fine, why don't you go ahead and Google it, then?"
  2. Instead of that one "friend" who always gave you backhanded compliments, doled out condescending advice, and was better than you at everything, now you have Pinterest.
  3. You get e-vites to weddings and read pregnancy announcements on Facebook.
  4. You can hardly find a good, old-fashioned 2-D movie to watch at the theater anymore.
  5. Your pictures are now in overflowing, disorganized computer files instead of in overflowing, disorganized envelopes from the photo lab.
  6. You don't know a single phone number by heart, including your own.
  7. Your kids think you don't really  appreciate their artwork/Lego creation/cannonball into the pool unless you take a picture of it on Instagram and share it on Facebook.
  8. OMG, u can totes almost give ur IRL BFF TMI w/out spelling any real words - WTF?  Also, you LOL all day long, though you rarely laugh out loud.
  9. Every time CSI comes on, you scramble to find a channel that is (mercifully) not in HD before they do their Extreme Corpse Close-Up.  Same goes for America's Got Talent (sorry, Howard Stern - love him or hate him, the man has a face made for radio).
  10. If you run into one of your friends in public, they have to show you a tiny, square photo of themselves before you recognize who they are.

OMG, I wrote a short post!  I'd better tweet about it - which brings us to clue #11 you live in 2012: waking up to check what stupid wine-induced tweets you sent out the night before.
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67 comments:

  1. So true about the phone numbers! Erin and I can't even call each other without our phone's contact lists.

    And seriously, HD is NOT a friend to everyone. So CSI is still on in 2012? Haven't pinned anything about it, so I thought it was canceled. Ellen

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    1. Oops, replied under my husband's profile... There's another sign of 2012 - you can accidentally be somebody else on your own blog. ;)

      What I/he said was something about the funniness of your comment, and then I gagged a little at the thought of a CSI pin board. ::end summary:: :)

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  2. OMG, so true! How things have changed. I also know I'm in 2012 b/c I don't talk to my kids on the phone anymore...we just text. :-)

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    1. That was going to be confusing - my reply said something about it getting out of hand when Gerry texts our 17yo to tell him to come upstairs for dinner, except I didn't realize I was signed in under Gerry's profile, which made it sound a little like he was talking to you in the third person, which is almost as weird as how long my explanation is getting. :)

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    3. Talking in the third person as Third Party... cue the dopey suspense music they play on American Pickers when a pickee is deciding whether to take the $60 offer or counter-offer. OMG!!!! Is Sue Ellen gonna take that offer for a piece-of-junk bridle that hasn't seen the light of day since horses were our primary mode of transportation? Duh dum dum... Or is she going to come back with $75, suddenly feeling like the garbage she has been ignoring for the better part of forty years is worth much more. I mean, if it's worth 60 then it must be worth 100. What kind of reasoning is that? Duh dum dum...

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  3. It's so true about the evites. We never get an mailed invite. And what would we do without google? Great list.

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    1. Thanks! I'll tell you one thing - if it weren't for Google, I'd win a lot more arguments!

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    2. With who? So, I just did the same thing you did by commenting as you. And this is not addressing the e-vite comment, it just happened to be the next comment. Though, frankly e-vites are a godsend for people like me. I'm too lazy to send actual invitations, and too unorganized to remember everything that's going on. Also, too lazy to add most things to my phone calendar-thingy. But I digress. So, I commented as you, then signed out to comment as myself, realized that I hadn't deleted the comment, had to sign back in as you, delete the comment, then come back to here and make the comment again. The end.

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  4. I know I live in 2012 because I proposed marriage to a fellow blogger I met on Facebook. P.S. It was you. I'm still waiting for my answer (impatiently taps fingers on keyboard). I can't wait to hear all about what this week has in store for you. You deserve all the goodness the interwebz has to offer.

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    1. I thought I made my answer clear with all the flowers and chocolates and virtual Modern Interwebz Bride magazines I sent you! I wondered why you didn't show up at the cake tasting.

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    2. Hmmm. And I could have sworn you were already married. In fact, I hear that your husband is awesome.

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  5. I have SO MANY TIMES won arguments with, "I'll Google it." Just did today on the lyrics of a song!!!

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    1. Google usually proves me wrong, but I can sometimes win with Google Posturing - threatening to Google something while wearing my "I'm 100% Sure" poker face. If the other person doesn't really care that much, occasionally I'll get an, "Eh, forget it," which is a WIN in my book!

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    2. Who could you be talking about? Thanks for giving me the tip that you're usually bluffing.

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  6. OMG all of these is soooooo me. But 5,6 and 7 really are spot on in my case.
    Also I once saw a lady in a grocery store who's husband worked with mine and she did not recognize me. The day before she send me a request to be my friend on facebook after we met at the Xmas party... And yes, years later we are still facebook friends. Go figure.

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    1. It's truly amazing the people we "connect" with on Facebook. The word "friends" is starting to lose its meaning. ;)

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    2. Hey. I know that lady. Does anyone have a facebook friend who doesn't seem particularly interested in being very friendly? This one cat from high school... aw, never mind. I don't even care.

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    3. I have recently taken to the belief that having gone to the same high school with me or having 72 friends in common with me no longer makes one a friend. I cut my friend list over half! If I dont love or like or interact with them, or they dont amuse me - gone! It was very liberating! Now my news feed is just a constant stream of mommy blogger updates.....at least I laugh!
      Devan

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    4. That's such a good outlook - unfortunately, a lot of people see their Friends number as a status symbol. Note to the world: I'm not impressed that you have 498 facebook friends - I'm assuming you don't even know most of those people. At the very least, there's no way you can convince me that there are 498 people whose dinner plans you want to hear about. ;)

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  7. OMG, STFU! #8's TLAs made me LOL IRL, srsly! ;)

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    1. Damn, you're good at that! I'm so incredibly hip that I had to Google a couple of those.

      Google: A crutch for the tragically uncool since 1996.

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  8. I do actually LOL all day every day when i am reading some of my favorite blog buddies posts which you my dear are one of you always make me laugh out loud and even once I drooled shhh don't tell anyone or should I say PLEASE DON"T POST THAT ON FB!!! I am living in 2012 but no FB here hate it.

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    1. Good for you - don't cave to the pressure! It's pretty difficult not to get sucked in to all the social media stuff.

      So glad you come here for an LOL. Me too. ;)

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    2. You held out a long time, Baby.

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  9. Hahaha to #10! Also, I hate all the 3D movies, I just want a plain old 2D:)

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    1. Yes, somebody needs to tell Hollywood that more dimensions is not necessarily a good thing. :)

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  10. I had to laugh at not remembering phone numbers. Then again, I couldn't remember them pre-cell era either. The texting language just makes me cringe.

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    1. Good point - unfortunately neither cell phones nor the passage of years has improved my memory.

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    2. Nerdy Comment Alert: I was talking to Robyn a few months ago about this topic. As writer-y people, we cherish the language and find artistry in the words and how they are assembled to form sentences, or lines in a poem, and we do wince a little when we hear OMG or LOL. But the fact that we are at the point where we can communicate fairly well using only acronyms is huge for its utilitarian properties. Still annoying, though.

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  11. Phone numbers made my list! So glad to see I'm not the only one. Your list is fabulous! The idk irl lms stuff is nuts!!! SMH

    I would add reading blog posts at 445am from my phone in bed. Ha! No more flash lights and books hiding under the covers to read all night. Just my phone :D

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    1. Oh, that's a great one - that almost makes me want to force my kids to stay up late with a flashlight and an real, made-of-paper book (they still make those, right?). Of course it won't really be nostalgic for them, now will it? I guess *I* could do it, but I have trouble staying awake once it's dark. ;)

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  12. Ha, I love 8! But the best one is sneaky number 11. Wine induced tweets (and FB comments). I would never (wink) do that...

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    1. Heh heh heh... no, me niether... ::deletes tweets:: ;)

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  13. I am not yet competent enough to drink and tweet at the same time...which might be a good thing!

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    1. Nor am I, as evidenced by the number of misspellings and bad auto-corrects on my Tipsy Tweets. ;)

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  14. I love you list! It's my favorite so far- what a hoot! Love your blog too.

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you like it. :)

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    2. She's in. She said "hoot." Plus, is that a Yo-Gabba-Gabba hat?

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  15. So stinkin' true! All of them! I actually love not having photos in envelopes everywhere now. I'd much rather have them on the computer where I can ignore them more. Great list!

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    1. I wish I could say the same, but I still order a lot of my photos, so now I have them all over the computer AND the house. So much for the Paperless Age, eh?

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  16. I have to remember to not eat or drink anything when I read your posts; I almost choke because you always make me laugh! :)

    "You don't know a single phone number by heart, including your own." This is so true. What's great is when someones asks what your phone number is, and you draw a complete blank. It also helps if you have your mouth hanging open when drawing the complete blank.

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  17. ::smiles:: The phone number one drives me nuts, because due to some cell phone provider stupidry, I have an out-of-state area code. So if somene asks for my number, SOMETIMES I can give it to them if I do it quickly without thinking about it, but they always stop me after the first three numbers because they were expecting it to be local - and by then I forgot the rest of the number.

    I know, me and my sad, sad first world problems. ;)

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  18. You forgot you know you're living in 2012 when you understand the sentence "ERMAHGERD I CERNT BERLERV ERTS TWERNTER TWERLV"

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    1. Haahaha, her cerd er fregert thert wern???

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  19. Ok so I don't need a smart phone. I would never leave the house. Thus far I can still leave and survive without being kept updated. Although Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with far away family, and some closer that I would rather they be far away.. ahem did I just say that??? Coming by from Monday LIsticles...

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    1. Take my advice and AVOID THE SMART PHONE! It really wasn't very long ago that I didn't have one, and got along just fine without it - now I'm already so addicted that there's no hope for me, but save yoursellllllffffff!

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  20. I LOL'd at so many of these! #2 cracked me up. Your hilarity with these lists (and everything else) inspired me to join the Monday Listicles linkup. It was fun!

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    1. SO glad you joined the link-up - your list was great! And it was super sweet of you to link to me on your blog; I can't tell you how flattered I am to have inspired such a fun post! :)

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  21. Fantastic list! I especially loved #1, 3, and 5.

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  22. Number#8, Number#8!!!! That one gets into my nerves. I wonder how it's going to be in 10 years.

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    1. Me too! I'm afraid in 10 years people won't even remember they used to be entire words.

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  23. I keep swearing that I'm gonna stop using my phone shortcuts to learn people's phone numbers. I'm terrified that I'm going to be abducted and I won't know any numbers to call on someone else's phone (mine will have been confiscated). I suppose there's always 911 but I'd like to know at least one backup.

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    1. There's something about that last sentence - I can't stop laughing. Maybe because I've thought the SAME THING! That's gonna make me so irritated with my abductor, too.

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    2. What makes me laugh about this is that there is a phone at your disposal in this scenario. Are you picturing running through the streets of Paris in the rain, having leapt from a moving car just moments earlier? You stop the first person you see on his phone, but you look crazed, and you don't speak French. He shrugs you off. You look around frantically, finally seeing a pay phone. Crap. You don't have any Euros! Just then you notice a woman about your age, exiting a nearby café, opening her umbrella-ella-ella. You make the universal sign for PHONE to her while spilling out your tale. She seems to at least understand that you are in trouble, and she quickly fumbles through her purse. Voila! There is the phone. You fumble with it for a moment, get the keypad to come up on the the screen, go to dial... but YOU DON'T KNOW ANYONE'S NUMBER!!!!! Auuuuugggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! You hand the phone back, making the universal sign for GUN. She takes the phone back, and produces in its place a gleaming nickel-plated snub nose, straight out of a James Bond movie. You thank her. Merci. Merci. Now where is that sunnuva...

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    3. Don't be crazy - there are no pay phones anymore.

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  24. Ha ha ha Your list is hilarious! And so so true! My favorite are the top 3!

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    1. Thanks - glad you could relate. :)

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  25. Great stuff. And I'm sorry about the area code thing. Number 10 was perfect. No pun.

    And sorry for being so comment-y above, but I get going and then... well, you know. If it makes you feel any better I deleted quite a bit. :/

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    1. It's cool, babe - but I will be hiding the laptop when I go to bed from now on. ;)

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    2. Awwww... but it's the only chance I get to communicate with you.

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  26. LOL, LMAO, ROTFLMAO too...hilarious as always Robyn! Your Howard Stern comment really did crack me up.

    Looking forward to reading all about what you've got cooking. =D

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully everything comes together as planned - as my kids will be quick to tell you, I don't always follow through on my promises. ;)

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  27. It kind of scares me about #7 because my kids are always asking me when I take a really funny/cute picture of them...did you post it on Facebook? Well ok the two year old doesn't ask yet..but give her a minute!

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    1. That's right, it won't be long! ;)

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