So I just let them sit.
Step 1: Think about getting married. (A logical step. So logical, in fact, that it often seems to get overlooked.) Then, get on facebook and head over to your profile page.
Step 2: Check out your profile pictures, recent pictures, wall comments, statuses (stati?),mutual friends, etc.
Step 3: Ask yourself these questions: Do I have one or two profile pictures with the potential recipient of my pending proposal? (by golly I just created a tongue twister) Do we have a solid amount of mutual friends? A few wall comments from each other that appear on the first page of our profiles? Pictures with each other that go at least three albums back?
If the answer to these questions is yes...Great. Proceed. You have my blessing.
Here are some facebook red flags that are fairly good indicators you should hold off on popping the question:
1. They are not friends with your brothers, sisters, parents, roommates, life-long best friends, that weird high school friend or anyone who is even remotely connected to you. (Exception: Grandparents. Anyone being facebook friends with grandparents is weird.)
2. It still says on your "recent news" that you are "now friends with (insert significant other here)". You know that joke where you write on someone's wall and say "Oh look...we're facebook friends, guess that means we're real friends now! ha. ha. ha. ha." Well, that just doesn't work with fiance's.
3. If you aren't tagged in a single picture with them, but your profile picture before last is with your most recent ex. How ticked will your fiance be when all the girls in your ward get on to facebook-stalk your recent engagement and they all think you're marrying the girl two pictures back? I'll tell you how ticked: WAY.
You may think it's silly to care what people are going to think about your facebook when you get engaged, but lets be honest, its a legitimate concern. No matter what you tell yourself, they are going to look, and judge, and you will care. Please, its facebook.
Which is why I have provided this lovely guide to avoiding this problem.
And you can trust me on this. My roommates and I are top notch facebook stalkers.
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Blogging: part of my life plan.
2. Turning on the car and the song starts playing in the middle. I personally believe that songs were written to be played from beginning to end. Now, this isn't to say that I don't change songs like mad when songs come on I don't like (drives my brother Jordan crazy) but when it comes to some good ol' bonafide and respectable tunes, starting in the middle just 'aint gonna cut it.
3. Comments like this on facebook pictures:
"Oh my gosh Britney! You are sooooo pretty I hate you! SERIOUSLY!!!! Stop making it so hard for the rest of us to date hot boyz!! You are so GORGeous that every hot boy wants you and we all HATE you for it! OMG, you suck! loves!!!!!"
Britney's resulting thought process: "What? You hate me? I suck? I'm confused. Also I haven't had a boyfriend since 6th grade. Also this is my family picture from when I was 14. Loves? People say that?"
These kinds of comment's severe spouting of bi-polar tween phrases does nothing but give me a headache and make me embarrassed for my gender. It has the same effect on Britney.
I often get comments like this on really hot pictures of me. Like this one. (Sorry Erin.) And I'm like, omg, don't hate me, hate Erin. Those santa clause earrings I got in my stocking last Christmas get her all the boyz. She sucks.
Okay, okay, so they might not get her ALL the boys. But they sure did get her ONE boy. :)
Something that isn't a pet peeve of mine: My best friend/cousin getting engaged!
Congrats Erin & Broc! So happy for you!