I Hate Fickle

fick•le adjective 

Definition of FICKLE – : marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability : given to erratic changeableness

Origin of FICKLE – Middle English fikel deceitful, inconstant, from Old English ficol deceitful; akin to Old English befician to deceive, and probably to Old English fāh hostile


•  So this morning it is still snowing here.  Pathetic.  I am tired of this stuff.  I am depressed because I cannot make any progress on any of my health + home decorating goals.  I am bored being stuck inside.  I feel like I have lost the month of March, one of my favorites, to fickleness.

•  This last week or so I’ve used my iPad more.  It’s a great device if you want to consume something.  Read an article or a book.  Watch a movie or a TV show.  Play a game.  Wonderful.  Easy.  But when it comes to creating an email message or a blog comment I find it awkward.  Fickle even.

This cute little machine auto-corrects willy-nilly and often sends/publishes what I write before I’m finished writing it.  So if you’ve received something from me that doesn’t make sense, know that it came from me & my iPad.  And that I am trying to get more comfortable using it.  There’s a learning curve here.

•  And while I’m in a complaining mood, let’s talk about advertisements.  In just the last few months I’ve seen more adverts on blogs & in magazines & on cable TV & in my snail mailbox than ever before.  And I don’t like this trend.  It seems desperate.

It is visual clutter and/or wasteful.  And, quite truthfully, when I see or receive lots of advertisements I immediately wonder what is really going on.  My spidey senses tell me that I am now the product and that someone is trying to use me.  Deceive me, perhaps.  It is fickle [in the original meaning of the word], ‘ya know?

15 thoughts on “I Hate Fickle

  1. Chrysti the Wordsmith used to be my favorite part of Morning Edition. Who knew about the original meaning of fickle?! Ditto on the weather. I think it was prettier around here in February than it has been this March.


    • Zazzy, when my mother used the word fickle she meant it in the more ominous, older sense of the word. It’s only been in the last decade that I came to realize fickle has a lighter meaning now. Go figure?


  2. I have some of the same issues with my iPad but overall it’s fabulous. And that’s not an ad for Apple 🙂


    • winesomebella, I like it most of the time, but when it comes to using the keyboard w/ a stylus I have difficulties. I’ll get the hang of it eventually, I’m sure.


  3. I am so sorry about the stupid snow(bad idea to mention that it was a sunny 63 here?) but feel better that your iPad is like my tablet–great for internet and reading but awful for e-mail and blogging.


    • Margaret, actually I’m happy to know that somewhere it warm & springy. It gives me hope. I didn’t realize what I was getting into w/ this iPad. When it does things w/out hassle it is great… but composing anything on it is time consuming.


  4. Oh, boy, do I ever hear you. I’m freezing and resentful, and honestly, I’ve started to take it personally. I made such a bigass deal last year about the mild winter and how much I was loving the early spring that I really think I’m being punished. This last snowstorm really hurt my feelings. All I want to do is curl up in my big chair with my soft fleece blanket and not move until June.


    • nance, I feel the same way. This is personal. I usually enjoy March because it gets pretty outside, but not this year. Instead what do we have? Fickle. meh


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