1. I think Facebook is getting a little pushy with the whole “Give your friend a gift for their birthday!” thing.
Yesterday was Alyssa’s birthday, which, of course, is a fabulous occasion because birthdays are always fabulous occasions! But my Facebook friendship with Alyssa is still in its infancy…as in, I believe we had been Facebook friends for a whopping 36 hours when her birthday rolled around. Am I the only one slightly unnerved by the fact that Facebook was like, “Hey! You literally JUST became friends with this person — SEND THEM THINGS! That’ll lock up your friendship FOR SURE!”? I mean, this was at the very top of my newsfeed! I had another Facebook friend from high school with a birthday yesterday, and never once did Facebook tell me I should send her a gift, even though we’ve been Facebook friends for four years.
Don’t get me wrong…Alyssa’s a wonderful person and totally deserves to be showered with gifts for being alive for an entire quarter century. I just think it’s a little disconcerting how in my face Facebook was over the whole situation. You can’t buy love, Facebook. It doesn’t work that way.
(Although if anyone’s interested in putting that claim to the test, my birthday is in five months and nine days, and I will happily accept gifts through Facebook. Or the mail. Or in person. Particularly sugar based gifts, because as we’ve established, I love that business. But you know…it’s all in the name of social experimentation and verifying claims made in Beatles songs and not in any way for my own selfish pursuits. Promise.).
UPDATED TO ADD: And now today, a day where I have three Facebook friends with birthdays, Facebook isn’t encouraging me to send any of them gifts. What the heck, Facebook. I call shenanigans.
2. Well, kids, for the first time in the history of this little blog, I’ve got something to pass on to you: a discount code! Woohoo! The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is putting on their Move for the Kids 5K on May 19, and though I can’t run the race because I’ll be visiting family in Seattle that day, if you want to run the race, the code “readM4TK” will get you $4 off your registration. Yay discounts! Yay raising money for children!
Speaking of discount codes, if I can con anyone into taking hip hop or breakdancing with me next session, I’ve got a code for that as well. You know you wanna…
3. It’s book club weekend!
After much to-do last time, we finally chose The Live You’ve Imagined as our book for April. I suggested this book, but it had actually been about two years since I last read it, so I had my fingers crossed it was as good as I remembered. The Life You’ve Imagined follows the lives of four different women in (fictional) Haven, Michigan, your standard small, west coast, touristy town (feel free to add a “South” or “Grand” in front of “Haven” and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what this town is like). The lives of all of these women intersect in various ways, as lives are apt to do in small towns, and the book chronicles the various trials and tribulations each of them faces as the summer progresses.
While I’ve become a bit of a literary snob since the last time I read this book, I did enjoy revisiting the story. From a writing standpoint, it may not be The Best Book Ever, but I think the storyline is engaging. It’s not too fluffy, but it’s also not too heavy, and, as a native Michigander and former resident of a town not entirely unlike Haven, reading this book made me feel like I was home.
Have you ever given a gift over Facebook?
What are you reading? Currently working my way through The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman and I LOVE it. I became a big fan of Klosterman after reading Downtown Owl a couple months ago. I highly recommend Klosterman if you’re at all into small town life and/or the phenomenon of small town high school football, and though I’m only about halfway through The Visible Man, at this point I highly recommend it as well.