Perfect in my Mind

Perfect in my Mind

Friday, July 6, 2012

Awkward Compliments.

I love people, I really do.  But sometimes, you just gotta wonder what compels people to say the things they say.

--Before I had long hair, I had short hair.  (What!?  I know.)  I kind of hated having short hair.  I just didn't feel like myself with the Beckham bob.  So what did I do?  I got extensions.  The day after I got my extensions, I proudly walked into school feeling like the hottest thing there ever was.  The first person I met said, "Oh!  I like your hair!  It makes your face look less fat."

--I hate public restrooms.  HATE.  I'm pretty sure no one in their right mind loves public restrooms . . . but I try to avoid them at all costs.  However, a few days ago, nature called and I had no other option.  After finishing what I came in there to do, a woman took my stall and I thought that was that.  While I'm washing my hands, I hear the lady in my stall talking.  After a few seconds, I realize that she's talking to me.  "Um, excuse me!  Girl!  Girl!  Thanks for warming the seat up!"  

Uh . . . okay.  You're welcome?

--When I was in high school, I did student government.  I was the publicity chair, so I would read the morning announcements over the intercom every morning.  It was really fun to do, and I thought I was really cool because I got to do it.  At the end of the year, someone said "I really didn't want you to win publicity chair, because I thought you were going to be way annoying on the announcements.  You weren't that annoying, though.  Good job!"

--I sing all the time.  Literally.  I just sang "I sing all the time" out loud while I typed it.  I'm kind of annoying, but at least I recognize it, right?  Anyway, after a performance I had someone come up to me and say, "Your voice is really pretty!  Except when you do that 'Aheeeeaheeeyyyye' thing with your vibrato, or whatever.  That's weird."  

--I once had someone tell me "You look like Barbie!"  And I was like, "Wow!  Thank you!"  And then they said, "Well, I just mean that your hair looks like straw."

Sooo . . . what's the best "back-handed" compliment you've ever received?  Can you top mine?  


33 comments:

Carlie said...

hahaha oh my gosh! I can't stop laughing at these. I know I've had similar things said to me, but I can't think of any off the top of my head that would top those!

Christi Lynn said...

oh my heck! those are horrible! you're hair does not look like straw and you sounded great on the intercom at school!

Sean Marie said...

Wow! I laughed so hard at all of these. My favorite was the first one though. The most recent backwards compliment someone gave me was like three weeks ago. I was at the bar with a co-worker and she order some food. She kept bothering me to have some and I told her no, I was cutting calories. She said, "What? Your BMI isn't even THAT high." Um, thanks bitch. You're not a complete fatass yourself.

The Johnsons said...

Holy crap! I can't believe people feel comfortable saying those things. And they are so not true! I think I get so many back-handed compliments that I just try not to remember any of them hahaha I will make sure to remember the next one and I will randomly message it to ya!

Deveny said...

"You seriously do not have a butt. It's like a flat butt. But at least you have huge boobs."
Gee....thanks?

Elyse.Beard said...

"You don't look pregnant, you just look dumpy!" Thank...you....?

Mother in law: 5
Elyse: 0

Annette said...

These were too funny!!! Oh your blog is the best!!

Jess said...

When a girl in my graduate program found out I was 30 she said, "Wow Really? You look *amazing* for your age!"

Um...thanks for saying I'm old.

Amanda said...

Ha, WOW! Those are intense. I'm not sure mine can top these, but a few weeks ago I was in line to use the bathroom near the Washington Monument (I was standing behind 2 middle school girls) and a woman in line behind me asked, "Are you girls in DC for the 8th grade school trip?"

I didn't even know what to say....... I'm 24.

I walked out of there feeling pretty sad. Do I really look 13??? Hahah oh well.

Nathan and Kristen said...

Wow. People are CRAZY! You are so cute! You crack me up and I love reading your blog! Also, thanks for making me giggle with those little picture/video things. Loved them.
They added a wonderful touch to this post. lol

Sean and Deana said...

Two months after having my son a friend told me "You look good. I mean you still have a lot of weight to lose but you can tell you have lost a little"
I JUST had a freaking human in me. Ya I had a little weight. haha Thanks.

I love your blog by the way. You are so funny!

Alexis Kaye said...

HAHA I loves these! I know I've had a ton but I can't think of any right now.

Alexis Kaye said...

HAHA I loves these! I know I've had a ton but I can't think of any right now.

Courtney B said...

HA HA! "Girl, girl! Thanks for warming up the seat!" That is DISGUSTING and so creepy. Just another reason why I hate public restrooms. GROSS.

Lara said...

Some people! Goodness!

But thanks for the laugh...the public restroom one is WAY weird. Really.

I can't think of a single one, but I know that's happened more than I care to admit.

tifsong said...

haha. these are amazing.
oh people.
i dyed my hair dark brown once.
some girl (after i had just complimented her haircut!) said "thanks, i liked your hair better blonde."

i've also been called a wet sandwich.
i wouldn't say that was a compliment though.

tifsong said...

ps. amazing anigifs.

Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies said...

Wow, I think my jaw dropped open halfway through this post. People never fail to amaze me.

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Ronda said...

Laughing, people are amazing. My favorite backhanded compliment ever was when a mom was trying to get me to hire her daughter and said she is undynamic just like you. Uhhh, is that a good thing? I didn't know how to respond to that one.

Emma Frances said...

People are so weird! I know I have gotten compliments like these but I can't think of any right now. I'll have to get back to you! I can't believe someone thanked you for warming up the seat!! What the weird?!

Sara Shoemaker said...

hahaha I love all these silent video clips. I'm always guaranteed a good laugh when I visit your blog. you have some really weird experiences and horrible friends apparently! hahah time to make friends with people that will truly make you feel good about yourself! :) makes for some good stories though lol


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D. on the Spot said...

i love you post, just became your newest follower!!!! i been told wow you look amazing for having 5 kids, but aren't you too young to have this many kids??? which i will answer NOpe, I am actually 30 ;which they will replied "well that is still too young". I mean what are you supposed to replied to these people and believe me i get this like weekly!!!By the Way i am your newest follower....

MrsB said...

People crack me up, why would any of these things make someone feel good? I mean really folks, come on.
Someone once told me (when I was 6 months pregnant) "Are you sure you aren't having twins? You are huge?"
After I said no she then said "but you look really good".
That's funny, I thought I was huge...
Pretty Living

Dyana said...

Woman, you need to blog daily.

Do you even want to know how often I check to see if you've updated? I mean, do you even want to know?!

Hint: far, far fewer times than I've ever texted to say "hello" because I am a creeper.

Translation: You're still as hilarious as I remember, and I look forward to your postings.

Catherine said...

Hahaha.. This post is hilarious. I'm 6'2" so I get comments on a regular basis about my height. Most people are nice enough about it, but one time I came from behind and put my hand on one of my guy friend's back. He got all startled when he turned around and said, "Oh, hi! I thought you were a dude!". Ummm. Okay, so..

Haha.

Awesome blog, by the way.

Catherine (your newest follower)
FEST (food, style & travel)

Janette said...

Oh my gosh!! Are these for real????????? i can't believe this.. People are soo weird.. and funny.. and that toilet seat warming thing was hilarrrrious!! Oh my gosh! I would've died! lol


Janette the Jongleur

lj said...

My now husband told me a couple of years ago that I should dye my hair dark (it was blonde), and he would say this all the time. When I finally did, he asked me when I was going to change it back. CHANGE IT BACK? It's still dark just to spite him.

Mary Anne said...

Oh my gosh, Chelsea. Somehow I missed this gem of a post, and it DID not disappoint! This has got to be one of my favorite posts you've done so far!

Your gif variety and choices were supoib. The Jim one was genius, and some people just amaze me with how unintentionally-blantantly rude, awkward, and jacked up they are!

I will ponder on back-handed compliments. I'm pretty sure I've gotten them, but I can't think of any.

Niken said...

that Barbie-like-straw-hair comment is just plain mean. sometimes people get too artificial

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

some people's children I tell you! hahaha wow... this had me cracking up... the one about a stranger thanking you for warming up the seat?! what the nasty?! haha

Rachel said...

Oh man, what possesses people to think they need to say such things? So strange. Well, back when I had short hair people asked if I was a boy or a girl...(I was like 16)...that was not a compliment either!

Brooke said...

I hope you guys are having fun in jersey! I'm so sad we never got a chance to meet up while we were there! Also you are darling and hilarious

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I had a coworker tell me I'm going to look really pretty when I'm older. The way he said it made it sound like I'm not pretty now. Um...