i love you like a fat kid loves cake

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

the "L" word is thrown around like lebron throws the basketball through the hoop these days. (for you non cavs fans, that's a lot)

for example, i love these shoes. i love this black keys album. i love my perfume.

see where i'm going with this? i feel like the word "love" at times gets diluted.

i've thought this for awhile now, actually since college when one lazy sunday i was sitting with my roommates (teen, d-ray and seifs), when we decided that saying i love you was so 1995. there had to be a better way to show someone you cared.

so instead of saying the normal and generic, "bye, teen - love you!", a new rule was made.

my roommates and i told each other daily that we were pretty.

yes, PRETTY.

when you roll out of bed on a sunday morning feeling like hell from the night before due to the 12-pack of milwaukee's beast best light that you consumed, you have a black 'X' on your cheek that transfered during your sleep from your hand, when you walk into the kitchen and run into your roommate you get the best greeting, "oh lex, you are extra pretty today. gimmie a hug."

but it didn't stop at pretty, we said any ridiculous (at times false) compliment to just brightened our days.

for example, "bye teen have fun at class - you are the prettiest, skinniest most popular girl on campus. now hurry home so we can hit up $1 well drinks at flannigan's".

see, now isn't that better than "i love you". who doesn't want to be told they are skinny and popular?!?! i urge you to try it out with your friends, significant other or coworker today - you'll be surprised how far a simple, sincere compliment will go.

and for the record, i think every person reading this blog is pretty.

really pretty - even the boys.

48 comments:

  1. "Hot" compliments totally work when someone goes through a break up. In my group, if a friend gets dumped, you're supposed to say, "OMG, don't worry. You're so hot." It's like that fixes everything. Haha!

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  2. Oh I love it! I have done this with my friends too. It really does work after a bad day or after a break up.

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  3. Love it! I mean, pretty post! My best friend and I used to tell each other we were the prettiest, skinniest and tannest girls in the world. If I remember correctly, there might've been a creepy dance too...

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  4. We totally did this too! Awesome.

    And PS? I too am LOVING the Black Keys ATM.

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  5. Wow, this was the most entertaining, funniest, sweetest, skinniest, hottest blog post I have ever read.

    I LeBron you.

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  6. gosh I love the black keys...so jealous you seen the live, YES I want to go with you next time you see them play.

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  7. I think this is a really pretty and skinny idea. Thanks!

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  8. Wow, that is better. Must come up with new "i love you."

    Oh, and you are super pretty today!

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  9. I think this post is your prettiest yet! :) And you - you mighty fine speciman of Cleveland-Prettiness, your blog rocks! I remember the hot black X days ... they were hot, and skinny and the most popular on campus! Thanks for making me smile this morning!

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  10. Like I said-- I've always been all of those things so these weird "fake" compliments don't get to me.

    hahahahaha

    Alexa, you are the sexiest lady in all of cleveland. <3 franzfiend

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  11. This reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld when people would sneeze and instead of "bless you" or "gesundheit," Jerry would say, "you are soooo good-looking."

    Who doesn't love to hear that?!?

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  12. Much better than the junior high...Do you...LIKE like him? Or just like him?

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  13. What I would have given to hear that on those college Sunday mornings.

    p.s. You're always lookin' pretty fine, lady!

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  14. that might be the best idea ever. i'll take skinny & pretty over love ANY day. :)

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  15. I'm going with Rachel on this. So much better than love!

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  16. I don't think I could ever get tired hearing it (true or not). Great idea!

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  17. haha - I love it!

    By the way, I totally saw Labron James at Cedar Point (I was in Huron for a business trip) and I was by myself and had no idea why all the people in line started going "LABRON" - the guy in front of me had to explain who he was - lol. My hubby went to OSU so he had to roll his eyes at me after that one. :)

    :) Becky

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  18. that's very girly, and awesome!

    I agree with the love thing. its just a word. you have to have back up for it. One should feel loved. you shouldnt have to say it. It means so much more when you dont say it, and show it!

    oh oh, like that one song more than words. i think extreme sings it. But I've been known to be wrong, sometimes.

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  19. My friends and I use to do this as well. Its great to hear that you are pretty and lovely when you look like shit.

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  20. I love this and I totally needed to hear it today.

    Thanks!!!

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  21. "Grow up Heather, bulimia's so '87"


    José

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  22. Now I am TOTALLY intrigued by this perfume.. because I've never heard of it.. and I like fragrance that not everyone owns.

    But then I think, Alexa already has it!

    And then I think, but Alexa is in CLEVELAND.

    And then I think, I shouldn't think so much.

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  23. Ew. I hate my coworkers. I wouldn't use the word love in the sentense unless it was, "I love it when my ex boss gets called out for being a lazy fuck".

    Maybe I'll test out the "pretty" on my stylist tonight while I get my hair did.

    She does rock and is deserving.

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  24. Best idea ever.
    Totally telling my roommate she's pretty today.

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  25. I already feel better about myself and I haven't even started using it yet!

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  26. I call José my "bestie" :)

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bestie

    xo,
    Kelly

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  27. Did you hear Lebron is going to be on the cover of GQ next week?

    Must be nice.

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  28. Sometimes I pet my fiancee and go, "you're soooo pretty." all jealous-like of his hair. And then he grabs my wrists and gives me a good stare to snap me out of it.

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  29. i could have done without the lebron reference.. me and him just aren't pals. but the rest of the post makes up for it.

    PRETTY?

    BEST IDEA EVERRRRRR.

    ps. you're like, the prettiest, skinniest, queen bee of the blog world. hell, why i'm at it, i'll throw the real world out there too. yup. you're it.

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  30. Alexa,
    You're pretty AND I love you!

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  31. I ENJOY THIS IDEA SO MUCH. (See? I didn't say love.)

    You are exceptionally pretty. :)

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  32. I feel pretty
    Oh so pretty
    I feel pretty and witty and bright!
    And I pity
    The girl who isn't me tonight.

    ...

    Now you've got those West Side Story lyrics running through my head. Awesome!

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  33. Fun! I'll do this to my MIL--at least she'll laugh!

    By the way, has this blog lost some weight? ;)

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  34. ha, AWESOME. and so pretty :-)

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  35. This is brilliant, and I am totally adopting it.

    First time reader - really loving your blog and am sad that I have only found it now!

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  36. ack you are so right about the love thing. I always comment with "I love this!" on peoples blogs. Because, well, I do. But you are right that it is overused.

    I am immediately replacing all love references with pretty. Thank you for your inspiration :)

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  37. LOVE this.
    When we used to say something particularly stupid, or we looked like death warmed over (read: hangover), we would pat each other on the forehead, smile, and say "Aww. ....you so preeeeetty.".

    And by "used to" I mean still do.

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  38. I agree that people can dull down the word love. So I'm bringing back the word "dig." I dig you baby bigtime.

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  39. I once told my girlfriend, "I love the shit out of you."

    It sounded better in my head.

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  40. whoo hoo!! Love the new design!!

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  41. Awww shucks! You're pretty too!

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  42. I tend to deliver such lines with so much sarcasm that people prefer when I don't say anything that might look nice in transcript form.

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  43. Interesting. My friends and I (hi, Lemmonex!) say this to each other when we do something particularly ditzy.

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  44. How fun! My friends and I need to do something like that because, if nothing else, it'll make you smile. (:

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