My friend Julie is pregnant, but that’s not even the most amazing part. On Saturday, due to a great idea by one of my friends, we had a virtual baby shower for her! With the help of Google hangouts we had a surprise 10-way video chat with Julie [it was a surprise to her, not us]. Two of our friends who were in on the surprise happened to be visiting Julie for the weekend which was helpful in setting up the surprise and getting Julie online. Overall we had “attendees” from San Francisco, CA [she had to get up super early because of her time zone… what a saint :)], Texas, New York City, Washington DC, North Carolina, Boston, MA and someone even video-chatted from her car driving on the road in Florida [she wasn’t the one driving though. We’re a safe bunch. The group would never allow ourselves to chat with someone who was videochatting while driving]!
It was great seeing technology bring us all together to share our joy and excitement for the impending birth of Julie’s baby. Just like any baby shower we had games and presents, but unfortunately, no food. Next time we do a virtual baby shower we should all cook the same food and eat it at the same time. We also had a website where we wrote well wishes for Julie and even suggested names for her baby. My personal favorite name was Meryl because then the baby would be Meryl Farrell! Pretty nice huh? It rhymes and she’d be named after the GREATEST ACTRESS ALIVE [said in your best Lil’ Wayne voice].
We gave Julie two presents, one was a book of prayers we had all written for baby Meryl* and the other was a framed alphabet collage where each of us decorated two letters and mailed them to one of our friends who assembled them all into a beautiful framed piece of art. Even still days later, I’m still talking about how awesome it was to see some of my best friends from college all together “in one place”. Oh technology, sometimes you can be pretty helpful [ok just kidding, it’s always helpful].
Here’s all of us posing for the camera!
*her name will most likely [unfortunately] not be this
I wouldn’t consider myself a hipster by any means but I’ve lately realized just a few instances in which I prided myself in liking things other people didn’t and now that it’s popular I am no longer fan.
1. I used to be OBSESSSED with Adele my senior year of college which was the year she won Best New Artist at the Grammys. I downloaded her album 19 immediately and listened to it on a continuous loop for 4 months [which is usually when my music ADD makes me switch to another artist/ song]. When her album, 21 came out and everyone loved it, I refused to download it because everyone had discovered her. Still to this day, even though Adele is just as talented, if not more now than she was 3 years ago, I do not have her album and refuse to gush about her with everyone else [because true inner hipsters leave the room when mainstream topics come up].
2. I also used to really love Zooey Deschanel. I even declared my love here on my blog because she was hilarious in Failure to Launch back in 2006. Every time she came on the screen of whatever tv show or movie I was watching, I would screech, I LOVE HER! Well guess what, now that everyone else loves her because of her new show, New Girl, I refuse to join in on the chorus of I LOVE HER’s. In fact, I even refuse to watch her show.
3. And finally, I fear that soon my love of Arrested Development might go the way of my previous two examples. Though the chances are low because my love is so strong. But I definitely get upset when people rave about how much they love the show that they didn’t start watching until it was on Hulu. Where were you all when the ratings were struggling and my favorite show of all time was canceled after only 2 1/2 seasons? WHERE WERE YOU THEN???? I’m happy to welcome new people to the fandom, but it’s definitely bittersweet. I’m happy you like it now, but you’re 6 years too late. So maybe this situation is actually the opposite of the first two. If everyone had like AD at the same time as me, maybe it wouldn’t even be on this list and it would still be on tv.
This inner hipstertude selfishness is probably all just because I am first-born child who can’t share.