There’s something to be said for average

12 Apr

Have you seen this website?

This weekend my nieces have been posting random facebook status updates followed by MLIA.  Being the old person that I am, I had to google it to figure out what the kids were talking about these days.

So apparently, MLIA (My Life Is Average) is just a place where people can post random stuff that happens to them.  Little tidbits or moments of a day in an average life.  It’s kind of like that GMH (Gives Me Hope) website, but more pointless.  Well, one could argue there is real value in recognizing those small, unremarkable everyday moments that make us smile in our otherwise average and ordinary lives.  Some of them are lame, but some of them are pretty funny.

A few of my favorites just quickly browsing this morning:

Today i was going through the cabinets in my house trying to find staples when i came across an unopened box that said invisble tape. When i opened it there was nothing inside. touche tape. MLIA.

Today, while at work, I was helping an old lady find some books. I noticed she was wearing brand new Nike shoes, which I thought was pretty rad. I then realized that her shoes were about ten times cooler than any of mine. MLIA.

Today, I bit myself while drinking water. Yeah, I’m just as confused as you are. MLIA

Today, I opened a bag of peanut butter M&Ms. Three of them fell out in a line on my desk: green, yellow and red – like a traffic light. I ate them in order. But I didn’t stop after the red one. Nice try, M&Ms. MLIA

What I would post today:

Today I saw a Kohl’s ad for 25-40% off seasonal bottoms.  I started thinking how awesome it would be if I could take 25-40% off my own seasonal bottom. MLIA

What’s going on in your average life today?

There’s also something to be said for ordinary. 

Duran Duran, Ordinary World

Check this out.


21 Responses to “There’s something to be said for average”

  1. Susan M April 12, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    My daughter told me about that site. When she told me about the Gives Me Hope site. I think both sites were done as reactions to the F— My Life site. (Which is where people post crappy things that have happened to them.)

    Love the M&Ms one.

  2. Alison Wonderland April 12, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I’m kind of having a f- My Life day. Today I took 4 kids to home depot. it really really sucked.

  3. Alison Wonderland April 12, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Today I was having a crappy day and then a friend of mine linked me to the MLIA website. It cheered me up immensely.

    Oh and this was my favorite one. Today, I tried logging in to a website. When I couldn’t remember my password, I clicked the “Forgot your password?” link and the website emailed me a hint. My hint was “I am the perfect example of this… but opposite.” I hate Younger Cryptic Me.

  4. Julie April 12, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    I love the M&M one.

  5. shazbraz April 12, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Today I am sitting at my desk eating my Special K for lunch and chuckling out loud at my friend, even though the reading groups are looking at me weird. MLIA (A for Awesome!)

  6. tawnya April 12, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Today I opened the windows in the house for the first time since fall. And I realized that may be the most exciting thing in my day. I know I realize I suck. That is all…

  7. bythelbs April 12, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Susan—I think the FML site is the most pointless of all. Why do you think I saved the m&m one for last? 🙂

    Alison—Home Depot + 4 kids = total sucktitude. I liked that “younger cryptic me” one too.

    Julie—Where’s your contribution??

    Shaz—A is for Awesome!

    Tawnya—No, there is no suckiness, only awesomeness! Open window conditions ARE exciting.

  8. evitafjord April 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    I get almost as excited about my 2yo taking a nap as I do about taking one myself. MLIA.

  9. evitafjord April 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Also, Ordinary World was our graduation walkout song, which would have been significantly less average if performed by monks.

  10. madhousewife April 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    “Today, I tried to get out of my car before opening the door.” Totally something I would do.

  11. boquinha April 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Just saw this one: Today, I got a paper cut opening a band aid. MLIA

    However, your Kohl’s one? My absolute favorite! I’ve already recounted it twice today and both times, I totally laughed out loud. I’m so lucky to have such a funny friend.

    Okay, here’s mine: My friend posted a YouTube link to a great Duran Duran song and I totally listened to it while reading comments on her blog. And then the song abruptly ended mid-note. MLIA.

  12. boquinha April 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Ugh. I forgot to tick the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” button. MLIA.

  13. bythelbs April 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Evita—When did you graduate? (If you don’t mind my asking.)

    Mad—I don’t know if I’ve done that, but I have come out of the grocery store and gotten into the passenger side of the car when I was running errands. Alone.

    Boquinha—It does stop mid-note! What a rip-off! And right back at ya.

  14. evitafjord April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    1993. I can’t believe how close that is to 20 years ago.

    • bythelbs April 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

      Um, hel-lo, 1991. NEXT year is 20 years for me!

      • madhousewife April 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

        LAST year was 20 years for me!

  15. madhousewife April 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    Also, you skipped a grade, so you’ll be the youngest person at your reunion! 😉

  16. madhousewife April 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Also, I wish my bottom were seasonal.

  17. foo4luv April 13, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    BratzBasher and I like to try to run over the other miis when playing Island Cycling on Wii Fit, but they always just run away or swerve to avoid you. Last night I was playing, and I actually made BB’s mii trip and fall. Oh, and she fell into the side of a mountain, so she just sort of disappeared. Am I a bad mother for laughing at that?

    Those m&m’s were obviously as effective as the chocolate cage around a cake — and just as delicious, I imagine.

  18. Patience April 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    That looks like a website I could quickly become addicted to.

  19. bythelbs April 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Mad—Technically, I did skip a grade so that’s true. Thanks for the reminder!

    Foo—That’s totally laugh-worthy. There’s no bad mothering there. Funny is funny.

    Patience—Yes, I’m afraid that’s what’s happened here. I told my 13 year old son about it and he spent the next hour sitting on the couch with his laptop snickering.

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