Emoticons are very convenient shortcuts. You use them to convey your feelings. For example, instead of texting your close gal pal “he texted me and my heart is just bursting with joy”, you can say “he texted me :D <3”. In my case, I use emoticons whenever I’m…
I use emoticons when I’m texting people I’m not particularly close to (i.e.: seatmates from class asking about the assignment) because I know I come across as a stone cold Ice Queen bitch to strangers* and yes, maybe even as an emotionless robot, and it’s not an image I feel the need to reinforce.
* Case in point, the first day of Tai Chi class: Everyone seemed to know at least one other person in class so while we were huddled in the Cov Courts MPR waiting for our prof to show, a freshman who was also friendless approached me for a chat, obviously hoping to pass time not-alone. I answered her attempts at conversation (“Are you a sophomore?” “What’s your major?”) with succinct one-word answers, and after that day she’s been avoiding me. Okay, I know it’s bad to answer the question and leave it at that, but I’m awkward okay, and small talk is so stifling. See: My Adventures as a Jesse Eisenberg. Also, please forgive my sudden love for footnotes. I just recently discovered how to make the font smaller and it amuses me to no end.
I’m on a writing high after our nearly 5-hour delibs last night, and all I want to do today is determinedly sit in front of my laptop and type up a story I’ll believe in enough to submit*. But I have a family thing today, which I attempted to get out of by saying I’m going to the LFC team building session, but I don’t particularly feel like team building either. I just want to write a short story. Except if I tell my mom I’m not going to LFC anymore, she’ll make me go to the family thing and then I’m back in square one. Times like these I wish I had a boyfriend. Or maybe even a midterm exam.
* Notice how I attempted to tieback the action in the first sentence to the title, messily disposing of the need to mention as a prelude that I am a member of Heights which is a student-edited literary folio in Ateneo: We accept submissions from students, faculty, alumni, any member of the ~Ateneo community, and we then decide whether said submission is worth publishing. We do that through deliberations, somewhat unnecessarily but still affectionately called “delibs.” Anyway, considering it needed a footnote this long to fully explain the previously mentioned action in the first sentence, this blog entry isn’t any good at all. Also, this footnote has too many adverbs.
“To live (as I understand it) is to exist within a conception of time. But to remember is to vacate the very notion of time. Every memory, no matter how remote its subject, takes place “now”, at the moment it’s called up in the mind. The more something is recalled, the more the brain has a chance to refine the original experience, because every memory is a re-creation, not a playback.”—