Monday, May 30, 2005

Fun With SiteMeter

I got SiteMeter a few weeks ago for the blog. This handy little website allows me to track how many hits we get by hour and also allows me to see where people are being referred from and what Google search terms they entered that led to their getting to the blog. Here's some of the highlights of Google search results from the past couple of weeks (and to the people who are visiting the blog because of them: You are always welcome here. Please come back!)

*Is Hayden Christensen Catholic? We certainly hope so, as that would immediately raise his standing from simply "good looking" to "attractive" (see post "A Trip Inside the Female Psyche" from a few days ago.) I've read nothing that says Hayden Christensen is Catholic, but we'd love to have him stop by the blog and find out why he should be if he isn't. So just in case Hayden Christensen Googles his name (as we all know we do ours for fun), I simply have this to say: Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen (should be Catholic). Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen (should be Catholic). Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen (should be Catholic). Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen. Hayden Christensen (should be Catholic).

*Can a girl leave Catholicism for marriage? Yes, but why would you want to? I'm guessing if one is considering leaving the One True Faith for someone else that means they don't particulary have a great love for the One True Faith, maybe including because they see the Church as oppressive of women (when it is, in fact, the opposite). If that's the case, isn't it more than a bit ridiculous that some guy is harassing a woman he supposedly loves to leave her faith to make him happy? This isn't to say that marriages between non-Catholics can't be good ones, but leaving the Church to marry someone will, I assure you, make that marriage more difficult and less fruitful, especially as it could be that the marriage may not be sacramentally valid. How about encouraging him to explore Catholicism? Seriously, whoever he is and however much you love each other, he just isn't worth it - especially considering the Church has the Eucharist.

*How to ask a Catholic girl out. This is my favorite. A couple of thoughts on this search: 1) I'm impressed you like this girl enough to take the time to think about how to ask her out. 2) I think your time would be better spent, however, in actually talking to her in person to discover the kind of person she is and what things she might be interested in doing on a date. 3) We Catholic girls are a pretty diverse group and there's no one surefire way of being successful at asking us out. I would suggest, however, that like all women (and probably more so than the rest of them), we respond to respect, chivalry, attention, flowers and candy (especially chocolate). 4) I think a really romantic Catholic date would be if you go over to her house at about 3 a.m. (with her parents' permission!), wake her up, take her to a parish with Perpetual Adoration and just sit there in silence together in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour or so, maybe praying a Rosary together, then possibly getting her some ice cream before dropping her off back home just as the sun is rising (I mean it's not like I've thought this is how I want to be proposed to or anything).