The Wet Blanket

"Wet Blanket": n. A person who takes the fun out of a situation or activity, as by pessimism, demands, dullness, etc.

I explained to Geoff last night that I think I'm a wet blanket.

The conversation went like this:

Geoff: Huh?

Me: You've never heard that phrase? It's someone who sucks the fun out of everything.

Geoff: Really? I would think a dry blanket had more sucking power then a wet one.

Me: Psh. No, imagine this, you are ready to have a picnic, and you pull out the blanket to lay on the grass and it's wet. Ah, man, now the whole picnic is ruined because of the wet blanket.

Geoff: (smiles) I could see how a wet blanket would not be so desirable in that case.

Me: But, seriously, I'm a wet blanket. But I'm going to try to be more fun. I took you away from everyone - so I have to be that much more fun to make up for it.

But, seriously, guys. I tend to be that person.

Ya know -

In high school I was that girl in the back seat telling you to slow down, or that I had to get home by midnight (not because I was going to get in trouble if I was late, I was just that person), or that my parents were out of town, so we couldn't hang out at my house.

In college, I was that girl who never missed an assignment and wouldn't sneak around campus with my roomies late at night.

On the freeway, I'm the one never going more than 5 over the speed limit, and my heart makes a getaway from my chest into my throat any time a police officer is within my sights. Even though I'm not doing anything wrong.

I'm the one who drove around the river with Geoff on Friday and refused to get out of the car and investigate with him. For no other reason, then I'm that person.

I'm not saying I want to start speeding down the freeway or disregard good judgment, but I think there's a time and a place to say "let's do it!"

So - I'm gonna start today. Let's do it!


  1. Wet blanket? You? Hardly. One word for you: Hambone.

    There's a difference between beeing a decent, responsible, good-decision-making-person and a wet blanket. Wet blankets are, by scientific definition: rude, abrupt, moralistic, socially retarded, un-clever, and insufferable. YOU are charming, clever, motivated, and interesting. (Would that make you a "Warm Blanket" or a "Fuzzy" one instead? Food for thought...)

  2. If you are a wet blanket then I am a double wet blanket. It's not just grass wet, it has been soaking in a pool for days wet.

  3. This surprises me! I really think that you and Geoff are both NOT "that" person! :) You maybe more than Geoff are, however! :) You guys often do stuff that Ryan and I would NEVER do! Nothing bad or wreckless of course...but definitely going out to find fun! :) So, I think you've already started---but way to think positive and keep on going! :)

  4. No. Yo are a Safety Net, an inherited trait from your mother.

    As for fun, bring it. May I remind you that you wore a cutout swimsuit in the grocery store in St. George?
    Heck, yes!