Sunday, June 13, 2010

Story time Sunday: The Princess Diaries in Prom Dresses

Do any of you have favorite stories from your amusing life experiences that you like to bring up at parties, hanging out with friends, or basically any time the opportunity arises and you're with someone who hasn't heard the story before? Maybe I'm kind of lame, but I have a bunch of those stories. I guess I can be a bit repetitive; my brothers have probably heard me tell some of these stories (to other people) tons of times, and sometimes I have to stop and ask people, "Have I told you this before?" because I lose track.

Now, I don't tell these stories out of nowhere, I'm just good at taking opportunities in conversations where I can smoothly (or maybe not so smoothly) transition into them. This means, however, that they mostly haven't come up on this blog, where I am (almost) always the one initiating the conversation. So I've decided to do a series of posts on my favorite stories. I've called it Story time Sunday because, well, it has the alliteration. But I haven't decided how often I'll do these posts. I don't want to run out of stories too fast, after all.

Because these are stories that I'm accustomed to telling verbally, in conversation, I figured it was only appropriate for me to tell them in audio on my blog. It's part of the experience, me rambling on about something I think is funny. Blogger is kind of stupid, however, and I couldn't figure out how to insert just an mp3. So I've been forced to turn it into a sort of video, hastily thrown together, so go easy on me. Anyway, without further ado, here is my first favorite story.

14 comments:

SparklingBlue said...

Aw, that was sweet.

::adds another log to the campfire::

Hezabelle said...

hehehe That was a cute story, and your telling of it was also super cute!

Holly said...

See, dressing up makes everything better. hahhaa ;D

Eleni said...

Blue - Thanks :)

Hez - Going back and listening to it I'm bothered by my little verbal mannerisms. It's a bit different from telling it in conversation, where you have a little feedback from people during the story. Hopefully I'll get better.

Holly - You're so right!

Sebastian said...

And, like, like, totally! You know, like!

I did laugh out loud at the maroon/cape caption though :P

Are all your stories like mine? They kind of... go nowhere? :P

Sebastian said...

(I call them goose egg stories... as you might recall!)

Eleni said...

Oh, right, goose egg stories. That sounds vaguely familiar.

I will strive to keep out the "likes" in future stories. You don't realize you're saying it so much until you hear it played back...

Sebastian said...

You didn't sound very EAST COAST.

Eleni said...

Clearly you don't know as much about U.S. regional dialects as you think.

Eleni said...

P.S. You know, Sebastian, I just re-listened to this recording, and I only said "like" once in the whole 2 minutes and 40 seconds. So I am somewhat baffled by the fact that you made fun of me by saying "And, like, like, totally! You know, like!" Three "like"s in two sentences is not exactly accurate. I think you just heard what you wanted to hear, given your preconceived notions of what an American girl should sound like.

I did, however, count eight "you know"s, eight "uh"s and fourteen "um"s. So no, I can't improvise a perfect 2-minute-40-second stream of words. But make sure you're mocking me for the right reasons :P

Sebastian said...

I know! But if I'd written 'you know, you know, you know', it would've sounded like that Bill Withers song.

It was a gentle ribbing, nothing more!

Eleni said...

Yes, but now I've been looking out to correct the wrong speech problem. It's the "you knows" I should be watching for.

Though I did much better with the Chocolate Orange story--still some ums and uhs, but no likes or you knows. Maybe it was just something about that day, or that story. You know?

Sebastian said...

I say 'you know' a lot too, but very quickly. My sister (and a LOT of other semi-common British types) have taken to using 'do you know what I mean?' at the end of every sentence.

Or, transliterated, doyerknowwotimeeearn?

Eleni said...

Like a multi-syllabic version of the Canadian "Eh?"

I guess practically everyone uses filler words or phrases, whether because they need to stall as their brain catches up with their mouth, or because it just doesn't sound quite right without that little something stuck in there. The trick is not annoying anyone with it, though you never can be sure what other people will think.