Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 In Review

I starting doing this a few years ago, I enjoy looking back on my year and thinking about all the fun I had.  It is strange to think of all the things that have happened and changed in the last year, but it has been a great year.

January
Rang in the New  Year in Paragould with some great friends.
Went to See Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church in Southaven with Katie
Watched the Razorbacks play in a bowl game with friends at Upper Crust
Went on a day trip to Little Rock with Allison

February
4th Row at Rascal Flatts :)
Saw Gary Allan for the 4th time, went to the front row, stalked his tour bus, he walked by us
Saw Andy Roddick play tennis (it would be the last time I would watch him play in Memphis, I didn't know that then)
Saw Million Dollar Quartet

March
Worked Merch at the Steven Curtis Chapman concert, got a CD signed to Jillian
Saw Zac Brown with Katie
Bought my Ray Bans, that I have wanted for 3 years
Spring Break Trip To St Louis with Katie, Lindsay and Andi.  Went shopping, went go kart riding, went to the brewery, went to the zoo and there were no hippos :(
"Why is he in Washington, he's not a senator"
Got to watch the Hunger Games
Daddy had a massive heart attach

April
Dad spent April in the hospital
I got pneumonia.....it was a long week with lots of Doctor visits, shots and blood work.
Birthday Bash with my BFFS
Spent my birthday in Memphis with Allison
Crawfish Boil :)

May
Saw the Cleaverly's with Jonathan, tons of fun
Ended my 3rd School Year
Went to the River, had a great time
Went to Hot Springs, got my first massage, ruined a bathing suit, had a great time
Fell and hurt my behind at the pool. :(

June
CMA FEST!!!  Saw awesome concerts.  Met Chuck Wicks, Trevor Bayne, and Laura Bell Bundey.  Became a Jason Michael Carroll groupie, saw the Springs Again.  Met Steve Burton, Scott Reeves, Bradford Anderson and Brandon Barash (from General Hospital).  Fun Times!!!
Beach Trip with my BFF

July
Won Tickets to see Brad Paisley
Nashville Trip with Katie, Lavender Cowboys, Cupcakes, Rain Forrest cafe, Monell's, marathon shopping, and Loretta Lynn.  

August
Joined a tennis team
Went back to Nashville.  Stayed at Opryland, went to the Grand Ole Opry to see Keith Urban.  Went to a scary drive through zoo
Started my fourth year teaching
Steve Burton announced he was leaving General Hospital.
Andy Roddick announced his retirement from tennis

September
Took mom and dad to see Meat Loaf (I bought these tickets right after daddy got out of the hospital so it was special to me)
Took mom to karaoke for her fist time
Had my first tennis game
Became addicted to The Vampire Diaries (Thanks Katie)

October
Bought Lady Gaga tickets (concerts not til March)
Brad Paisley concert with Allison (FREE TICKETS)
Started hanging out with my brother
Had the best Halloween

November
Karaoke night with my BFFs
Started running
Got to hang out with my long lost friend Tera
Filled out my intent to graduate
Nashville Trip

December
Nashville Trip Continued
Ice! For the 3rd year.
Zoo lights--3rd year
Les Miserables with mom and Tera!

It's been a great year.  I slacked on concerts compared to years passed and yes you read that right I went on Nashville a lot (four times).  I can't wait til next year :)
 







Sunday, November 18, 2012

Taking Applications

Friday, some insurance people came to work.  Like all insurance people they started asking 1,000,000 personal questions.  I was feeling feisty Friday so I thought I'd have some fun.  The conversation went something like this:

Guy:  Ms. McWayne are you married?
Me:  No, and Mrs. McWayne was my grandmother.
Guy:  Do you have any children?
Me:  I have 18 down in my classroom.  I get to spend all day with them and send them home to their moms that have to cook for them, make sure they take a bath and put them to bed.  I have no children of my home and I'm perfectly content to keep it that way.
Guy:  (Nervous Laugh)  Do you ever plan to have children?
Me:  Well, first I have to find a man to put a ring on this finger here, and then we can discuss children.  But, I'm a little hard to handle and no one has been up to the challenge yet, so we may never discuss children.  I am, however, always looking for the man, so you can send one my way if you know any.

Upon reflecting back to this conversation, two things have come to my attention.  1. Maybe I should just be polite and short with my answers and 2.  I was correct, I am hard to handle.  So, in true Megan fashion, I have decided to post a blog with a list.  These are the things one must be able to handle when taking on the challenge of dating me.

1.  I have a sarcastic and odd sense of humor.  I enjoy laughing.  I laugh a lot and I laugh loud.  A lot of times I laugh at inappropriate times.
2.  I shop, a lot.  I know I have a problem, therefore I do not need someone to point it out.
3.  I have a lot of shoes, so I will need someone that will be willing to build me a big closet, like Big does for Carrie in Sex and The City.
4.  I love to sing.  I sing with the radio, I sing in Wal-Mart, I sing sometimes when there is no music.  I can't sing.  I am aware of this, too.
5.  I like to go out and have fun.  I need you to want to do the same thing.
6.  PDA drives me crazy, however hand holding is acceptable.
7.  Karaoke skills are a must.
8.  I would prefer someone with a sense of style.  I mean, just because I can dress myself doesn't mean I want to dress you.
9.  I like to watch and play tennis.
10.  I feel it is acceptable to listen to Christmas music anytime I want.
11.  My first love will always be Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, and I am not certain that anyone will hold a candle to him.
12.  I enjoy taking pictures and lots of them.
13.  I like to go to musicals and would like a man to accompany me.
14.  I like my dog, I probably will not like yours.
15.  My car is my baby, no, you can't drive it.
16.  I am messy.
17.  Marilyn Monroe put it best "I am selfish, impatient, insecure.  I make mistakes.  I am out of control and at times hard to handle, but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at me best.

There you have it folks.  The list of my "hard to handle" traits.  I don't think it's too much to ask for someone to be willing to look passed these qualities.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Who I Am

Hello everyone!

I am a 26 year old single woman.  I still live with my parents.  Even though sometimes I despise both of those facts, ultimately those are both choices I have made.  I could have gotten married at 23, believe it out not someone actually proposed to me.  However, I knew I would be settling and that wasn't good enough for me.  There was actually another guy that wanted to marry me as well, again, I knew that would be settling.  And yes, I could move out of my parents house and rent an apartment or buy a house.  But, A. I would not like to live alone.  B.  I'd be over at my parents house all the time anyway.  C. If I'm not paying rent, I can buy shoes.
Apparently these facts make me an "outsider" or "weird' or "not right".  I don't really care.

Also, while I am add it, here's some other facts about me.

I like to buy shoes.  I like to buy lots of shoes.  When I'm feeling bad, I will buy shoes.  I will not buy shoes at Pay-Less.  I will not buy shoes at Target.  Don't shame me for buying shoes.
 I love music.  Mostly I love country music.
 I love musicals.  I love to listen to the soundtracks and pretending I'm in the play.
 I love to sing, but cannot carry a tune in a bucket.
I have read every Twilight book and I am excited about seeing the new movie Friday.  So, what if I'm a dork.
Hippos are my favorite animal, I don't care if they are not cute and cuddly.  Neither am I.  I will trample you like a hippo.
No, I'm not pissed off or sick all the time.  Most of time I'm not talking because I think you are stupid and I'm afraid if I open my mouth, I'll tell you that.
I have an XBOX 360, that I absolutely never play games on, I watch movies.  Yes I know that's one expensive DVD player.
I like to paint nails, but I also love to pick nail polish off.  It's a vicious cycle. 
I don't like to talk on the phone (refer to #7), just text me.
I will devour french fries, probably before you can say "hey can I have one of those"
I love my job, even though most days it wears me out.
I would rather Junie B. Jones or Fancy Nancy books than any adult book.
People Style Watch is my staple
I don't like Meatloaf (the food). I like Meat Loaf (the singer).
I am compassionate and give people to the benefit of the doubt too much.  I try to find the teeny ounce of good in people.  It's a blessing and a curse.

This is me.  Take me as I am or leave me.  I have spent 26 years turning into the person I am.  I kind of like me, most days.  But I don't really care if you do or not. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Things A Girl Just Don't Understand

I am a college educated woman.  Furthermore, I am almost completed with my Masters Degree.  However, there are some things I just don't understand.

For example, I don't understand why people think it's acceptable to wear pajamas in public.  Pajamas are made for the bedroom not Wal-Mart.

 I also don't understand why they put the hill in the loaf of bread.  Who eats that crap?

I don't understand why a round pizza comes in a square box.

I don't understand rap music, or why I have to press one for English.

I also don't understand who someone can change their feelings so quickly.  I don't get how you can go from "Hey I like you", to "I feel awkward" in less than an hour.  I don't understand why I'm not worth a little effort. 

Oh well, maybe it's a blessing in disguise. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ms. Megan's Fashions Rules

Not that I am like a budding fashionista or anything, but I have come up with a short list of rules of fashion for your reading pleasure.  *I am by no means calling any person out, just my thoughts that I choose to share with you fine people*

Rule One:  Don't Trust Women That Don't Wear Heels.
You may wonder why I feel this way.  Well, I'll tell you.  Heels hurt.  They take commitment to wear.  You have to have confidence, tolerance and a commitment to wear them.  Those are all good qualities for a woman to have.  If you can't handle to pain of heels, you cannot handle the pain life brings.  If you can't commit to wear uncomfortable shoes, you can't commit to a friendship.


Rule Two:  Sparkles Make You Feel Better
Think about it...sparkles are shiny.  Shiny things are bright and fun.  You cant be sad, mad, or upset if you are shiny and fun.  (Sparkles can be rhinestones, glitter, sequins, etc.)

Rule Three:  If "Bootyliscious" can fit on the butt of your shorts, chances are that's not a word to describe you.
In fact, don't wear anything on your butt in public, unless you're under the age of 10.


Rule Four:  Just Because It Fits, Doesn't Mean You Should Wear It.
Hi, I'm a big girl.  I know you want to look cute, and I am aware of the things you can find in the plus size stores.  However, just because they sell it, doesn't mean you have to buy it.  Trust me, you will look better if your clothes fit.


Rule Five:  Never Underestimate The Power Of Spanx.
Unless you are an Olympic athlete, a stick figure, or a hardcore exerciser chances are a pair of Spanx will be your friend.  You don't have to be a size 24 to benefit from Spanx.  They just make you less jiggly and wiggly and give you a pull together look.  They can be uncomfortable, but hey, beauty is pain.

Rule Six:  Attitude and Respect Make You Look Better.
Everyone looks better with a smile.  And if you are rude, it doesn't matter if you have a pretty face or nice clothes.


Rule Seven:  Confidence is Key
If you are confident people will be confident in you.  When you are unsure, people will be unsure of you.  This goes for more than just fashion, it goes for everyday life.  If you don't believe in yourself, others won't believe in you either.  If you don't feel confident when you look in the mirror, change into something that will make you feel that way.  And when you are feeling extra low remember GOD MADE YOU AND HE DOESN'T MAKE JUNK.  YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE (PS. 139:14) AND THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GIVE ANYONE CONFIDENCE!

Rule Eight:  "Shoes always (ALWAYS) make the outfit" (ok so I may have borrowed this idea from Clinton Kelly's book Oh No She Didn't! but I couldn't agree more and the thoughts that follow come from my head).
You wear a simple black dress and black flip flops.  That's cool, but think about how red pumps would make that outfit pop.  Or even better fun shoes!  Fun shoes make you fun.  Always wear fun shoes.  Fashion over function!  And remember the wise words of CoCo Chanel "A woman in good shoes is never ugly".  Wear good shoes.

Rule Nine:  If It Doesn't Go With Anything, It Goes With Everything
Don't be afraid to step outside the box and take a risk.  As for shoes, jewelry and handbags--if it doesn't match--you're golden.  Add a pop of color with your choice of accessories and you'll be glad you did.  (Disclaimer: I'm not talking brown shoes and a black belt.  I'm talking a purple shirt, jeans, and red shoes.  Or a yellow purse with a red dress.) 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Backlash

Apparently I need to make some clarifications.

1.  I am an open book.  Always have been.  I tell it how it is.  I am not shy.  I don't easily get embarrassed.  I started writing this blog for the fun of it.  I didn't even publish or share most of it for a long time.  I shared my first post and got lots of positive feedback from my friends and family.  Most of the people told me that loved that I was honest and wasn't afraid to be myself, that's something I am proud of.

2.  Something else I am proud of is that fact I do have a relationship with God.  We're tight.  I know there is someone out there for me.  I know it will all be in His timing.  Funny things seem to happen to me when I am single and dating so I thought I would share those thoughts and feelings.  It doesn't mean I'm depressed, need therapy, or dont' believe in God and His plan for me.

3.  When I wanted to start blogging, the advice on blogging said to blog about what you know (how many times can you use the word blog in one sentence?).  I don't know how to cook, clean, or do anything crafty.  I do know how to make people laugh.  I do know how to pick the wrong men, and I do know how to date (at least I think).  Even if no one else finds this little piece of my blog land entertaining I do.

4.  I will not apologize for who I am.  This is me.  What you see is what you get.  You can find the X button if you don't like it.

I promise I am ok with being single.  It's like everything else in life.  It has it's ups and downs.  I am not writing this to get a pity party from the world.  I LOVE MY LIFE!!!!!
I get to do things that the people that are my age with husbands and kids don't get to do.  And I have had them tell me that they get just as jealous of my life as I do by theirs.  I do not wish for you to feel sorry for me or for you to think I feel sorry for myself.  I do not.  I know my time will come.  I am content with waiting until it happens.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Single and Fabulous Once Again

I find myself single once again, although I never quite lost my fabulous-ness.  The breakup was something that needed to happen, and while I can't say that it didn't hurt, I am ok with it at this point.   But, I have come to realize that for most of my adult life, I have been in a relationship.  I guess that's why I find being single so dang hard now.  Granted, I spent my teenage years suffering through the single stages, but since the ripe old age of 21 I have spent most of my days committed to another individual (not counting the summers I took off from boyfriend #1).  The longest period I have been single since 2007 is a whooping six months.  In the week since I have been single it hasn't taken me very long to remember all the reasons I hate being single.  For instance the everybody's in love be me feeling.  I love my friends and coworkers to pieces but I get tired of feeling like the only person that is alone.  I have some very wonderful single friends that I am very thankful for, don't get me wrong, but when you see all your high school friends married with children, it gets depressing.  Also, when you are the only single person at your work, it gets a little upsetting as well.  Another feeling I hate is worrying.  I already find myself on the prowl and worrying.  I have a tendacy to look too much into things as it, and now, with my new found "freedom" I find myself worried about getting text from "someone".  I read too much into what these messages mean.  Obviously when I get a "Good Morning (insert nickname here)" I can't help but think he is thinking about me, but what if he's just being nice?  I hate the way my mood changes depending on the way he responds.  I know I shouldn't place so much into it, but I do and I can't help it.  I know I can't be the only one.  I feel like now I need to change myself to find a man.  I mean, I am very aware that I am hard to handle.  I'm high maintaince, loud, overbarring, demanding, and I pretty much tell it like it is, and that's on my good days.  How can I expect someone to want to jump into a relationship with that.
However, for as much "bad" that comes with being single, there is just as much good.  I have enjoyed a spring break not having to answer to anyone.  I didn't have to call to check in and let someone know what I was doing every second that I was gone.  I have gotten to go out at night with my friends.  I have gotten to reconnect with some friends and make some new ones, all in one week.  I am thankful for that.  Although I find this a burden sometimes, I know it's my lot in life, not forever, just for right now.  So while I have this lot, I'm going to do that best I can with it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Single on Spring Break

This year I planned a getaway to St. Louis for Spring Break.  Katie, Andi, and Lindsay joined me on this trip.  I found myself single three days before we left, so I was prepared to have a wonderful time.  I was single and ready to mingle.  We left out early Monday morning.  The ride down there was interesting to say the least.  Katie tried to make me use the bathroom at a barn, (it was a convenience store shaped like a barn) but took me to McDonald's instead.  When we got to St. Louis we went to the brewery, which Katie declared smells like beer.  We had a good time at the brewery and then ventured to St. Louis Mills to shop.  After a little shopping we went to the NASCAR SpeedPark for some Go-Kart racing.  I won.  I lapped Katie about 20 times.  I hit her once and she was not happy about it.  After that, we went to check in.  That was an experience in itself.  They had my name down wrong.  Apparently I am with Thomas Green.  We got the reservation fixed (or so we thought) and got ready to go to dinner.  At dinner we realized St. Louis has the worst service of any place I have ever been to.  The next day we decided to take public transportation to the zoo.  We survived and enjoyed a day at the zoo.  We got to see lots of animals, but no hippos.  I was highly upset.  There is so much more I could say about this trip, but I have to get ready to go to the Orpheum.  Let's just end it by saying I am so thankful for my friends.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Something Has Changed Within Me

Defying Gravity

"Something has changed within me.  Something is not the same.  I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game."

Yeah, I'm through.  Mostly through with being Ms. Nice Guy.  There are some people that didn't listen to the golden rule....Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated.  I am pretty sure I am going to start treating people the way the treat me.  Friendship is a two-way street.  It cannot strive with one person making all the effort.  I, personally, am tired of making the effort.  So, therefore if you are reading this, and you don't hear from me in the next couple of days, you can assume this is directed to you.

Thank you and good night

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

First Amendment

Recently in school we studied the Constitution.  If you have ever taken a Civics class you know about the first ten amendments, widely known as the Bill of Rights.  Today I want to focus on number one, but if you need a refresher course you can click on this link to find a nifty Bill of Rights for kids, you know cause Old English is hard to understand.  Anyways, on to number 1.

For those of you that didn't pass Civics, don't remember it, or don't feel like clicking my link, the First Amendment pretty much gives us some big rights.  To pretty much sum it up, we have to right to practice what religion we want, we have the right to publish things like newspapers and books, and we have to right to petition the government for changes.  It also gives us the freedom of speech.  We can say what want, when we want and all that stuff.  Freedom of speech is one of our rights and cannot be taken away.  No matter how uninformed the speaker is. 

Recently I have had major issues with this whole freedom of speech thing.  Before we dig any further into this.  I want you, yes you reading this, to take a good look at yourself.  Are you perfect?  Good, neither am I!  Do you have flaws?  Yes, me too (like these two planet resembling zits that have decided to camp out on my face).  Good, now that we have established that we are all not flawless nor perfect, we can continue.  I just want my point to get across that I know that I am not at fault sometimes as well.

While we have the right to say what we want, there is a time and a place for it.  I will be the first to admit that I have made mistakes on when the proper time and place is to air thing.  I just urge you to think about things before you say them, or especially post them somewhere.  It's hard to take things back once the are said.  Yes, you can delete posts and get things off but still.  Before you start, get the facts and remember things, especially when typed can come across in a way you didn't mean.

Please remember to respect the first amendment and your right to say what you want.

Thank you and goodnight.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

100 Places To See Before You Die...Megan's Version

*Disclaimer****There's really not 100 places mentioned in this blog :)

Tonight as I was wondering around Facebook, I saw one of my friends post a link to a survey type thing titled 100 Places To See Before You Die.  You checked the places you have been to and it said something about people going to more than 9 are above average or something.  I clicked on it just to see how I compare to others.  I had only been to two of the hundred places, The Gateway Arch and Disney World.  That means there's 98 places on the last I haven't seen.  Most where out of the country.  I guess that should have been a fire under my butt.  Like saying "Oh man, I really need to get traveling and see these places."  And for a brief second I did think that maybe I was lacking some experiences.  However, after that brief second I realized that I was not lacking.  Sure there are places I still want to go to, but I have done so much here.  So here you have my list of *some* of the places I recommend you see before you die.  Granted this is just my opinion and you may not think much of it.

1.  Graceland.  I believe every person should visit Graceland at least once in their life.  Elvis made such an impact on pop culture.  He paved the way for so many.  It is also amazing to see how he lived then compared to the way most celebrities live today.  Also, if you consider yourself a fan of his at all, I highly suggest going to the candle light vigil on August 16.  I have been once and it was awesome!

2.  Sun Studio, Memphis  If you are a music fan at all this tour is a must.  This is the place Elvis got his start, but it's also the place where Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King and many others came to record.  It is amazing to be in a place with so much history.  It is still a working recording studio too, which is pretty cool.

3.  The Gateway Arch, St. Louis MO  This was one on the survey on Facebook.  I am terrified of heights but it's pretty awesome to stand up there and feel it move in the wind.  I like looking down on the cars and people.  The only negative I see in it is the small cars that take you up and down.

4.  The Old Court House St Louis MO  This, much like Sun Studio in Memphis, is full of history.  This is the building where the Dred Scott Slave Trials were held.

5.  The City Museum St. Louis MO (yes I'm apparently on a St. Louis Kick).  This is an awesome place for kids and adults alike.  There are a million things to do.  You can ride a Ferris Wheel on top of the building, climb in a bus hanging off the roof, go down a 14 story slide and then try to find you way out of some caves.  Fun times

6.  The Ryman, Nashville.  As many of you know (or could have told by my first to places) I love music.  I toured the Ryman in 2010.  It, like Sun, is full of music history.  It just amazes me to be in these types of places.  It makes me wish walls could talk and I could hear what it was like to hear June Carter and Johnny Cash talk back stage.  I know, I'm a nerd.

7.  Disney World  I went to Disney World many moons ago.  I believe it was the summer before 7th grade.  Maybe 8th.  I am not sure.  But I do remember how much fun I had.  We opened the parks and shut them down.  It is a magical place and I want to go back!

8.  Destin, Florida (or Panama City Beach or any Beach for that matter).  There is just something about the ocean that literally takes all your troubles away.  It is the most relaxing thing in the world to sit in a chair and hear the waves come in.  It is one of God's most beautiful and wonderful creations. 

9.  Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Branson MO  I'm very aware how dorky that sounds.  But if you are in Branson you must go!  It was so much fun trying to find my way out.

10.  The Mall of America  I was lucky enough to venture here when I was in Junior High School.  We went on a mission trip and this was our reward day.  I only wish I would have liked to shop then.  I remember being so overwhelmed by everything.  Now, I wouldn't be overwhelmed I'd be in shopping Heaven.  I hope I can go back one day.

11.  St. Louis Zoo.  First off, it's free and that's awesome.  Second off the hippo exhibit is friggin cool.  And third off, you can see penguins up close and personal.

Now granted, I have not been many places and there's still so much more I want to see, but here is my list of the top 11 places I think you should go to.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Miss Megan's Rules For Life

Do any of you remember the song from the 90's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Luhrmann?  Well, it really wasn't a song, more like some guy reading some other guys speech with music behind it.  They gave lots of great "rules" or advice for life.  I always liked it and thought there was good advice in there.  Here is the link to the video on YouTube if you need a refresher.  Anyways I said all that to say, here is my advice and rules for life.

A Little Back Story
This idea for this blog came to me in the bathroom of Upper Crust last week.  I know sounds nutty.  I was there watching the Cotton Bowl (Woo Pig Sooie, anybody?) with my friends.  Allison and I went to the restroom and there was a line of ladies waiting, there were two other people there in front of Allison and I.  After one went in the next open stall, the rest of stood in front of the other "occupied" stall for another minute when it occurred to us that it was, in fact, unoccupied.  This prompted us to talk about the right way to leave a door when you leave the restroom, which we (me and a total stranger) decided should be in a Rule book.  We also bounced around some other ideas.  So this blog, Miss Megan's Rules For Life, was born....enjoy.

Rule #1.  The Bathroom Door Rule
Ladies, this mostly applies to you.  If you leave a bathroom stall with a tall door (you know when you can't see someone's feet) leave the door cracked.  Do not shut the door the entire way.  It will not be clear if there is someone in the stall.  Knocking can help but sometimes someone may answer from another stall and get everyone confused.  Leave the door cracked, you can see in, then we will all avoid standing in line so long.

Rule #2 The Dropped Call Rule
Face it, at some point during the day, you will drop a call.  But, who calls back?  It gets tricky, you can both be trying to call at once and wires get crossed and busy signals happen and it takes 10 minutes to finally get back on the phone.  The person who made the call in the first place should be the person to call back.  They are the ones that had something to say in the first place.  If they don't call back, then they were done talking.

Rule #3 Fast lane/slow lane
There are two lanes on most interstates or major highways around these parts.  There are two lanes for a reason.  One lane is for slow drivers, the other lane is for me to pass you.  If you are cruising down the fast lane at 55 miles per hour, I have to change back over to the slow lane to get around you, then back to the fast lane to pass the people that are obeying the traffic rules.  It really is an inconvenience to me.  If you are not passing a car, do not have to potential to pass a car in the near future, or drive significantly below the speed limit, stay where you belong--in the right lane!

Rule #4 The Sudden Pause Rule
This is one of my biggest pet peeves.  I see this happen the most at my two favorite places...church and the mall.  It normally happens when there are a large amount of people in one place.  You are going right along following the person in front of you when the suddenly come to a complete halt.  You know have to throw your breaks on fast or run into them.  If you must suddenly pause in a crowded area, please step out of the way then pause, to do whatever you had to do.

Rule #5 Inside Voices
I understand freedom of speech.  I also understand freedom of stupidity and lack of common sense.  I know a lot of times when you want to catch up with a friend you'll ask them to dinner and you may have a drink and get to talking.  That's swell.  However, if you are in a public dining establishment, you need to realize this.  The person at the booth behind you may not want to hear the graphic details of you love life, sex life, party life and life in general.  Once, in St. Louis the girls sitting by us talked so loud about one of their breakups I could tell you the whole story before I got a salad (he's stupid to dump you for her, she's so fake and you're just naturally pretty).  Now this was a harmless story, but still didn't want to hear it.  If you want to talk to you friend/boyfriend/mom/dad/girlfriend/lunch date/brother/sister/friend over dinner that's fine, just remember we don't all want to hear.

Rule #6 Put your cell phone down
*I am guilty of this some too, not as bad as others*.  Hello, I'm your friend.  I called you up (or text or Facebooked you, whatever) and say "Hey, let's go to the mall today".  You say "sounds fun, let's go".  So we go to the mall to shop and talk.  But, guess what?  You have your head up your phone.  I am talking to you, but not getting any response.  What is so interesting on that phone?  Facebook?  It's the same as it was 5 minutes ago, Sally loves her life, Susie loves her boyfriend, Johnny posted song lyrics and Tammy is eating cake.  Let's try to spend an hour in real conversations when we hang out, that'd be cool.  To add to this rule, don't talk on your phone at dining establishments.  That annoys me.

Rule #7  WASH YOUR HANDS. 
Or don't touch me

Rule #8  Gentlemen ALWAYS let a lady have your seat


Rule #9  Do other nice things
Like, say please and thank you.  Open the door for people.  Offer to help with things.

Rule #10  Let people know you care
Send a card.  Write a text.  Call them.  If you love someone, anyone, let them know.  If you miss someone, let them know.  If you want your friend to have a good day, let them know.  You never know when you will lose them and you'll never know how much it means to someone.


That's all I have now.  Feel free to comment and share some of your rules for life.