Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Attempting To Not Appear Insane

Seriously, it's harder than it sounds. (That's what she said.) (NO! We are not going into Michael Scott jokes. NOOOOO!)

Okay. I'm forcing myself out of that mode. So do you guys ever have those moments when you are in a public-ish place* and you laugh about something that only you are being entertained by and whoever can hear you thinks you're crazy? That happens to me ALL the TIME. Here are the situations in which it happens most often:

1. When I'm sitting at a computer with headphones in, generally watching YouTube videos.
2. When I'm reading a book.
3. When I'm listening to my iPod.
4. When I'm at some large gathering such as church, high school choir concerts, or a lecture.

In that last instance it's usually because I'm remembering something funny that happened earlier that day; it's always at an inappropriate moment, like when someone else is speaking about something really serious--I just remember something comical and can't help laughing and then I get dirty looks from everyone who thinks I'm making fun of the speaker.

Multiple times this has happened when my family sits down to dinner and someone is saying the prayer on the food. The funny thought comes back to me and just...Oh dear.

So here's what brought this on: I was catching up on my YouTube subscriptions on my work computer at the writing lab because I didn't have any students today, when I came across this video:

I don't even remember if it was THAT funny, but I was just in one of those moods and I started cracking up. I literally had to clamp my hand over my mouth and nose to stop myself from sounding like a lunatic because I had headphones in and there were a bunch of math tutoring people in the room with me. They could probably still here my stifled giggle fit even with my muffling precautions AND the fact that I was pausing the video every few seconds so that it wouldn't keep being funny at me! Wow; I sure do sound like an insane person.

So there's your daily dose of Kiera looking insane! Let me know in the comments if this happens to you, too.

*public-ish place: any place where there is at least one other person within fifteen feet of you

Under-Appreciated Vocabulary Word of the Day:
maniacal (adj): wildly/violently insane

Random Movie Quote for Your Entertainment:
"Mental, that one, I'm tellin' ya."
-Ronald Weasley in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone


  1. oh, ALL THE TIME. what's annoying is when people ask WHY you're laughing. it's usually pretty much impossible to explain, haha!

  2. Haha, the word and quote of the day are awesome! =p

    "so that it wouldn't keep being funny at me" (best line from this one).

    This usually happens with my sister or I at home when one or the other is watching YouTube or blogtv with headphones in, and then we have to show/tell each other what we were watching. I think it's happened a few times while reading, but those laughs are usually more silent, so they're not as embarrassing.

  3. Oh gosh. I do similar things quite often. For me, it's more that I say or do things at inappropriate times. It's totally unintentional. I'm just an awkward person and sometimes have foot-in-the-mouth syndrome.

    An Example:

    As you know, last weekend I went to Montgomery. In Montgomery we went to Dr. King's home. The lady told us a story about one time when Dr. King was stabbed by a letter opener at a press conference. He survived the incident, but if he had sneezed, the doctors said it would have killed him as it was so close to his heart. Fast-forward to about thirty minutes later on the bus. One of my friends sneezes on the bus. I'm sure you can see where this is going. I blurt out, "It's a good thing you weren't just stabbed with a letter opener!" Everyone looks at me shocked. I say, "Sorry, that was totally inappropriate."