Monday, October 6, 2008

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Che-volving

Oddly enough, The Baron and I, with our large-ish personalities, have more than a few passionate...

...arguments.

(Get your minds out of the gutters, you!)

They usually go something like this:

Baron: "Blah, blah, blah, yadda yadda yadda, I'm full of confidence and maven-esque qualities, so I will argue with an exponentially increasing volume and win because I'm extremely competitive."

Baroness: "Yadda yadda yadda, black is white, you're completely off-base, I'm an only child and used to getting my way and what I may lack in facts I will make up for in tenacity. I will wear you down to a nub of your former self."

These charming pas-de-deuxs usually end in an unsatifying "agree to disagree" tie. Damn it.

So, the memories of the ones that were rational and calm are usually somewhere near the front of my brain.

One of our more interesting "dis-gust-shuns" (as the Dukes used to call them) stemmed from a old chestnut of wisdom from none other than one Dr. Gregory House:
"Everyone lies"
As a corollary of that, the Baron trotted out a rather bold statement:
"People don't change"

His argument, annoyingly supported by facts and citations, was along the line that people are inherently who they are. They may say that they've changed, but it's a lie. Look at habits, said he. These are ingrained. They are practically written on ones DNA. One can't change what is and what always will be.

I, being an ex-scientist-type, threw down the irrefutable (ok, unless you're a creationist) gauntlet of Evolution. People do adapt, they do change - they have no choice.

Thusly, strangely, we both agreed with the other. And we begat a new word:
"Che-volve"
The act of not quite changing, but of kind of changing, and kind of evolving, so one appears to be somewhat new. But not.

All I can tell you is that, while I've been extremely successful with my recent weight loss, when I was circling the dessert table on Friday night, I had not che-volved. Not one little bit.

And that was a bitter pill to swallow.

(The 3 brownies made it much easier...)

17 comments:

Mental P Mama said...

Che-volve. I like it.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess Mama: Me, too. Hopeful, but not completely committed. A real win/win.

asthmagirl said...

Che-volve. The real reason I'll never walk away from peanut butter.

I did forego the apple strudle Saturday though. But I wanted it!
Badly!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Excellent word. And brownies make EVERYTHING better.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess AG: Good on you for sidestepping the strudel. As for PB, it's many a person's temptress - you are not alone. Don't go ch-evolving. I love you just the way you are.

Countess NATUI: Actually, they were Nanaimo bars, but most Yawn-kees don't know what those are...(epicurious.com, people!!)

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Oops! It would appear that one of the gajillion recipes of epicurious.com is NOT Nanaimo Bars.

Go here instead:
http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBars.html

asthmagirl said...

Ahem... I've enjoyed my share of Nanaimo bars...

One of the many benefits of hanging around in Canada!

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess AG: There is no such thing as a fair share of Nanaimo bars.

Fair? Hardly.

Share? I think not.

the redhead said...

that's quite true. both of those theories are accurate. so in essence we are all chevolving all the time.

though, chevolution or not, habits are still quite a pain to break.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess Redhead: Viva La Chevolution!!

Formerly Fun said...

See, I think change is completely possible. Thanks to therapy and an ace of a communicator husband, I have learned to argue constructively and ask for what I need and not sulk(most of the time) and communicate when I'm upset,blah blah blah. Really, I've become quite the healthy communicator.

However, five minutes with my mother and I completely devolve. Explain that.

Sandi said...

Ah, but human beings changed over generations. I am one of those people who believes that an individual does not change. A bit half-empty of me, huh?

Cormac Brown said...

¿Che-evolucionar? Yo no comprendo.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess FF: As a habitual pouter myself, I am in awe of your che-volution and growth in effective interpersonal relationships.

Would your mother be willing to wear a mask with your husband's face on it?

Countess Sandi: No wonder you like House!! It's interesting to think how we could change collectively, yet not individually. I need to go back to university...

Count Cormac: Por qué? Por qué hace no usted comprende?

Change + Evolve = Ch-evolve.

No Guevera anywhere around. Relax.

swampwitch said...

Today I'm putting all things aside (except for eating brownies) and hopping from one new blog to another. I arrived here from iPost.

Just wanting to widen my circles and meet new people. Your "screen name" intrigued me. Now I know why.
Love the, a-hem, conversation. I think my hubby and I have had similar ones.

If you have a second, stop my My Asylum to see my post on Breast Cancer Awareness.

Have a wonderful day...I have to go to the dentist...AARRGGHH !

Catherinette Singleton said...

Hmm...I wonder if McCain & Palin are going to come on over here and steal your word and use it instead of "maverick."

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess SW: Welcome, welcome! I'm so happy you hopped over in my general direction. Don't you just love iPost? What a woman!

I've had but a minute to check out the Asylum - it looks like there are a lot of things going on - but the dedications for those affected by Breast Cancer stood out - what a lovely thing to do.

Countess Catherinette: Yuh huh - *wink*.

As long as those royalties start flooding in, I don't give a rip who uses it.

OK, that's not true. I would die a little if that word ever came out of Miss Alaska's smug little mouth.

 
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