Friday, March 02, 2007

Love Lost



(A few old moments that have nothing to do with my post.)

I love Lost, I really do. But I don't know how long I can handle having tiny snippets of information when there is still SO much to be revealed. I can't help but constantly remember that it is a show and they want it to run forever, which it won't do once they really answer our questions. Kate and Sawyer had Carl long enough to drill him. They could have finally gotten a clear picture of what the $#@@ is going on in this Bermuda (Dharma) Triangle. In ALL reality they would have. And all they really got was a visual of a backyard?! That sparks about a hundred other questions in my mind. So I get it, the writers have no motivation to give us real understanding, just tiny revelations mixed with a lot more questions, or the show wouldn't continue to entertain us for as long. I respect that, as it does entertain me... but I'm always kind of mad at the end too. Just ready for some bigger "Ahaa" moments you know? I've decided this is why I love 24 (although I'm nervous this season isn't going to be as good as previous ones.) It's full of suspense and anticipation but you are constantly reaching little Ahaa moments... with the confidence that the whole picture will essentially be revealed within a few short months. And then an entirely new predicament will start the excitement again next year. Just less of the frustration for me I guess.

Ross, on the other hand has no qualms with Lost. We have discovered in our near four years of marriage that this illustrates one of our fundamental differences. I may have mentioned it before.


*Ross is ALL about the delayed gratification.

*I am not.

I'm embarrassed to admit that, as mine isn't exactly an admirable trait...pretty much screams little child and lack of self control. You know that study they do on children where they give them like five M&Ms and tell them that if they don't eat them, they'll be given a whole bag later? (For anyone who actually knows what I'm talking about, I'm filling in the many gaps in my memory with my own ideas.) Well what do most of the children do? They eat the M&Ms. The five. With almost no memory of the bag that was promised them. Instinctive right? A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. I would most definitely be one of those children with a ring of chocolate around the mouth. Huh?

Ross on the other hand would be the little boy sitting quietly, arms folded, in front of five untouched M&Ms. He would also be the boy that after receiving his reward of a whole bag, would share it with the rest of the kids... but I guess that illustrates a whole other trait. Anyway, therein lies the difference that allowed him to disperse his Halloween candy throughout the YEAR while my chocolate was gone before I was done trick-or-treating... and the nasty sugary stuff a day later. It still allows him to wait for his dinner to settle before dessert, while I am unable to relax at night until I've snuggled with my ice-cream mug. It is the reason I am always thinking NOW is the time to buy another house while he can actually use logic, finances, and market research to make a grown up decision. And of course, it is what allows him to sit perfectly content in front of Lost, while I watch, brows furrowed, mouth open, ready to complain while we fast-forward the commercials. Oh thank goodness we are different.

13 comments:

Laci and the Girls said...

OH HOW TRUE THAT IS LILLIE!!! ALL of it! How can two people that are so different love eachother so much? I guess it's that same "love" that gives us something to stand on :) And keep lovin' eachother!

Laci and the Girls said...

p.s I SOOOOOOOOOOOO would've eaten all the m&m's even BEFORE looking at the colors or listening to the "rules".....I'm pathetic in that way :(

Lowdogg said...

Aside from the fact that I am louder and get in more trouble with my mouth than Ross, we have a lot in common, right down to our instant gratification wives. I still love Lost, just enjoying the experience of visually stimulating camerawork and interesting character studies. Lacy is frustrated by the lack of answers too, and she eats her candy fast.

Denae said...

THAT is funny. Maybe it's a woman/man thing cause Dave and I are the same. I always eat the best first and he saves the best for last. All of that was so true for me. Very funny. We don't watch Lost though so can't relate there. I've heard it's good... maybe one of these days we'll check it out. Funny post.

Erin said...

Lillie, THAT IS SO DAN! Like to a "T"...That is why we are still in our duplex, (but also could be moving out of state, to either Austin, Arizona, or Northern Calif., or Oregon.) Did I mention that? Yup, we have a lot of decisions to make in the next couple of months...but anyway, if it were up to ME, I would have bought a house like 2 years ago, but the logical man in my life has to remind me that we could have this much in savings by the time this happens, and yadayadayada....so I am more like the instant M&M type personality too, who wants everything now. And, now that we are aware of the transfers out of state, boy am I glad I have a husband who has his head on straight!! We would have the stress of selling, and it sounds like a nightmare. Also glad we are two very different people with one common goal...that's what makes it all work!! Love the pictures of you guys, you truly are such a beautiful little family.

Lauren said...

I can't relate to Lost either, sorry! I have heard that it's good though. And as for instant stuff, I'm the same way. Joseph is so good about being level headed with that kind of stuff. I want everything now and I think that goes along with me being very impatient. I love the pics. So cute!

Missy said...

Ok, I'm with you on LOST...I wish they would answer ONE question at least?! Each episodes leaves me with more questions, more confusion and a tiny bit more frustration. I'm too into it though...I can't give up on it. I HEARD via www.spoilerfix.com/lost.php that the producers were scrambling to make new episodes b/c they hear the general public is getting fed up with the no answers. Keep our fingers crossed.

Now Office? That leaves me hanging, but also provides closure. Love that show.

Rossco said...

Yeah, I think I am delayed gratification guy to a fault. In fact I'm almost pretty sure that somewhere, in a box in my parent's garage there is a pillowcase full of good candy. Candy, I anticipated eating but put off to "delay the gratification". The obvious problem is there will never be any gratification. I think the healthy thing would have been to have eaten the candy by now. We all have our personality quirks.

Brandon or Michelle. said...

glad to see other people love your posts as much as I do. comments comments and more comments! love it!

I also love the mom/babe sepia pic. do you have that in ross' office? :) SO BEAUTIFUL!

Becky Freestone said...

i felt like you were just describing zac and i. he is ok waiting to do everything and it drives me crazy. example: he wants to buy a new water bottle and so he shops around at six different stores gathering data about the pros and cons of each different kind. are you kidding me? it is a water bottle for crying out loud. if he wants a new pair of shoes he will think about a pair for a couple of weeks and if he is still feeling excited about them, he will purchase them. if i see a pair of shoes i like, i am lucky if i try them on before i buy them. differences are good i think. otherwise we would probabaly drive each other crazy.

Crazy Lifferths said...

Lillie-
This is Karalee (Olmstead) Lifferth. Hope you don't mind but I look up your blog through my sister Laci's. I HAD to comment on this post because all of it is soooo true!! My hubby and I watch LOST and it just gets more and more frustrating each week, yet we have to keep watching to find out what the heck is going on. They NEED to answer my questions. Also, I am the kid or adult for that matter that finishes her candy before the credits to a movie are over and then beg my husband to share his throughout the movie. Luckily he is like Ross and saves it all so there is plenty to share!! HAHAHA!! Oh yea, we watch 24 too, but haven't gotten into this season...bummer!

Genny said...

Lillie--Nate and I are the *SAME* way! I'm all about instant gratification--to a fault. And I feel the same way about Lost!! (It's still one of my faves, though!)
To answer your questions from my blog--I'm in SC now, and I think our cabinets were painted white...we're just in an apartment, and they came this way! I love your house (what you've posted)--you've done a great job with it!

Lindsay & Weston said...

In an M&M/Lost situation, I am the Ross and Wes is you. I am just fine with waiting to get the ultimate reward. How funny!

We too love lost. While Wes still loves the show, he gets frustrated sometimes with wanting to know more & I just enjoy the suspense.

Wes is the same with surprises. If he has something & he's trying to surprise me, I'm not sure I've ever truly been surprised. He has spilled the beans early almost every time because he can't wait. Where as I will receive a birthday present in the mail and I will just wait until the actual day to open it. I think it's the differences we all have that make marriage fun.