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Ruby's Easy Guide To Don't-Dos

It’s week 7 and I’ve been thinking about things that you should never do. It comes down to things that really piss me off. Like, sometimes when you’re trying to be a good friend, you may ask a question that makes your friend feel worse. Or, sometimes you see someone that you don’t really know and you want to talk to them or tell them something and you’re trying to be nice but really, you’re not. Or, sometimes you’re not really thinking along the lines of Good Karma and are just saying things that maybe you shouldn’t. Here are ten things that could be one of those “D’oh!” moments for you.

Thing 1: NEVER ask your friend if she is pregnant.

Sometimes your friend’s belly may look rounder than usual. As her friend, you need to keep your observation to yourself, because if you ask, “Hey are you preggers?” and she isn’t, you have really insulted your ladyfriend.

Thing 2:  Don’t be so nosy when your friend looks grumpy.

“Are you mad?” I hate when people ask me that. Do I look mad? I do? I don’t know about you but when I am mad or sad I just want people to LEAVE ME ALONE! I know that you’re trying to be a good friend, but sometimes the concern only makes the mad-mood worse. So if you think your friend is mad, give your friend some space!

Thing 3: Never say to your friend, “You look tired.”

“You look tired” is basically saying, “You look like crap today! Just letting you know!” Um, thanks for noticing! If your friend looks tired, make a mental note of it and move on.

Thing 4: Never walk up to two women and ask the older looking one, “Are you her mother?”

This happened to my adult friend and she was so insulted! A guy came up to my friend who was with her friend and the guy asked, “Are you her mother?” Not cool, dude. If you want to make chit chat with two women, just tell them your name and take it from there.

Thing 5: Never say to a girl, “Is that a mustache?”

Sometimes, you just can’t control peach fuzz! Again, make a mental note and move on.

Thing 6: Don’t be all like, “Yeah-yeah-yeah.”

When you go to a store with your friends and you try on something that looks horrible and your friends say you look great: Just tell me your honest opinion! Don’t let me waste money! Give constructive criticism, people!

Thing 7: Don’t be a big you-know-what. (Remember, I don’t curse!)

You know those people who talk about you behind your back and then when you are around them, suddenly they’re your friends? You know what I’m talking about. Here’s how not to be a big you-know-what: stop the behind-the-back part. Just be nice. I know it’s not easy to like everyone you meet and that people can be annoying, but it’s worse to be all BFF-y and then when the person is not around, start texting your friends about how so-and-so is this way or that way.

Thing 8: Do bring gum.

Suddenly, when you open a pack of gum, everyone is your best friend. It’s the easiest way to be popular for a minute.

Thing 9: Don’t break up with me through technology.

Dumping someone through text, really? That is just sad that you seriously couldn’t just go up to the person and tell them. It hurts more in text and it pretty much just shows that you are a lame-o.

Thing 10: Don’t be an interrupter.

You know when you are talking to someone and they interrupt you with something really pointless and you forget what you were saying? How annoying is that?

Example: “Did you know that cheese is-“
“I love dolphins. They are cool!”
“What was I saying again?”

  • Erica Lane

    I love this! All of these things are so true, this really is a great blog!

  • Stephanie Sparer

    Adorable as usual.

  • Marianna

    Seriously, this was like, really REAL. Ruby, you’ve amazed me with this because it’s insight that I didn’t even have until maybe a few years ago.

  • Kimberly ‘Roddy’ Jimenez

    I think I violated rule #2 yesterday. Eeeeeek! It just made me so sad to see my friend so sad and upset… but I just checked to make sure she was ok and then left her alone. :( I may have pushed it with one too many, “are you sure you are ok?” UGH!

  • Ana Marie

    I disagree with being dumped via text. Sure it’s extra lame and makes you feel extra bad at first, but really… If you’re dumped by some super lame-o by text, you should think to yourself, ” dude. What a lame-0″. And then when you realized what a loser you’re NOT with anymore it will be a relief.. Vs an awesome guy who meets you in person to dump you and your left thinking, “dang. That was a good guy! I just lost a good guy!”

  • Vera McLaughlin

    Ruby LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You have such amazing ideas and sound advice! Lookout world Ruby has arrived!!!!

  • Laura E

    I totally agree with you on number two, sometimes I just want to be left alone.

  • Elise Newman

    I hate when people say #3 to me. I completely agree with you – don’t comment at all.

  • Mary Stokes

    I get #3’d ALL THE TIME, Y’ALL. It’s not my fault I have a naturally ghostly complexion and see-through eyelashes. Could I have put on makeup this morning? Uh-duh. But did I FEEL LIKE IT?

  • Rob Daitch

    Ruby, your Mom cannot have taught you all of these incredibly mature lessons. I’m sure you learned some of them on your own, probably the hard way. The last time I met you I think you were 3 or 4 and even then I could tell you were ahead of the curve. Stay real. Please say hi to your mom for me.

  • Sara Mitchell

    Great post, Ruby! You’re so smart!

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