Monday, November 8, 2010

what you need you have to borrow

Both Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living have been sort of weird with their phrasing the last couple of months. They keep saying things like, "Problem is . . ." and "Thing is . . ." with no 'the' in front. I don't know what that usage is called, but I don't like it. It makes me feel like they're trying to be all informal and hip. Look, nobody likes a grandma in a miniskirt, I don't care how good her legs are (Tina Turner excepted).

Over the last week we have talked ourselves into and out of a dog again (not literally). It was really hard for me to not take Captain America's wish for a puppy and just ride it into the sunset. I want you all to applaud my growth. I keep reminding myself that I will regret it the second we get a dog. I will resent the burden it is on my schedule. I will hate the smell and the mess and the guilt for not exercising it. But you guys, the shelter in Logan gets 4-6 new dogs a day. And it just makes me grit my teeth in frustration. Why don't people spay and neuter? Why don't they adopt from shelters? It's like they grew up in a weird alternate reality where Bob Barker and ethical animal husbandry don't exist! Also many shelters want to die on the sword of recouping their entire investment in the animal, rather than ask for "a donation of your choice" to try to at least get the animal into a loving home.

I'm pretty sure that using recycled materials and energy-efficient appliances in a monstrously large house do not tip the scale to "green." Sorry.


tipsybaker said...

I agree with you about "Thing is." I don't like it when anyone uses it. And to go off on a tangent, where did "Just sayin'" come from? Is it supposed to sound hostile? It always sounds hostile to me.