Thursday, April 20, 2017

Southernisms that were new to me

Before I moved to the South I thought I had a fairly good grasp of Southern culture. I'd traveled a lot with my family, eaten at plenty of Cracker Barrels, and had seen many movies and TV shows that took place in the South. Much of my family tree can trace its roots back to the South, even Alabama, and I considered myself a well-traveled and well-educated person. I knew about "Bless your heart," (an insult), and, "Y'all," and, "Ain't." I had eaten grits and fried okra, so obviously I knew everything about the south...

So I wasn't expecting too much of a culture shock. Obviously I knew things would be different. I just didn't realize how much there was that I didn't know about the South! Here are a few "Southernisms" that took me by surprise.

Using "done" and "seen" incorrectly, even by well-educated people!

Example: "I done it already," or, "I seen that show last week!"

"Whatchu got ta say?" actually means, "How are you doing?"

This one freaked me out the most. Some random man who maintains our coffee machines at work looked at me and said, "Whatchu got ta say?" I had no idea how to respond! I just looked at him and said, "I have no idea what that means." Then HE thought I was crazy.

"I bled more'n a stuck hawg." 

I think you can figure out what that one means. 

"Like putting lipstick on a pig."

Meaning trying to make something that is inherently ugly, beautiful.

"Make" for any random thing. 

"Get your picture made," or, "The class didn't make - not enough people signed up."

What do you think about these phrases? Did any of them surprise or confuse you, too?

In other news, after 3 years in Alabama, we will be moving this summer! I can't give any more details at this time, but once our plans are fully set, I'll be updating here! We're also going to Ukraine and Europe this summer, so I will definitely blogging about those trips.
Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Links and Loves

This post does not contain affiliate links. 

Sniff Sniff, looks like Spring!

Am I the only person in the world who hates springtime?  The pollen!  The allergies!  It's miserable!  And don't get me started on Daylight Savings Time.  I feel jet lagged for a week after we "spring forward."  Maybe I'd feel different if I lived somewhere truly cold, where spring brings a welcome relief of temperatures...


I've been horrible about blogging this month.  So much has been going on.  I've actually had tons of ideas for posts but just not enough time to sit down and make them happen.  But we're coming up on Spring Break next week, so maybe I can get a few scheduled soon!  In the meantime I thought I'd pop on and share a few links I've been loving lately!

These erasable pens have changed my life.  I'm actually doing a full review of them soon!  (You can find them at Target for much cheaper than Amazon, just saying!)

I'd love to order one of these prints!

I find myself frequenting these types of blog posts a lot when my chronic illness creeps up and getting out of my pajamas to go to work is physically painful! (P.S. I've gotten a few more answers to my health problems, and I'll be sharing about it soon.)

I plan on doing some "spring cleaning" next week, so I'll be consulting this handy checklist to keep me on track!

This is still one of my favorite posts I've ever written.  Should I do a Part 2?

I could listen to this song over and over again.  Plus the lyrics just speak to my soul.

What have you guys been loving lately?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Favorites

My January Favorites post was a big hit, so I decided to try to do one each month!  What have you been enjoying lately?

Jade roller

I use this for nightly and morning facial massages.  It is supposed to help reduce puffiness.  I don't know if it's really working; I've only had it a short time.  It feels really lovely, though, especially when it's a bit cold.  Feels very soothing.  And if nothing else, just rolling it around my face reminds me to relax my facial muscles, which has to help with something, right?  I got it from Amazon.

Lipsense - Napa

As you know from this post, I am now a distributor for Lipsense.  I recently got this color, Napa, and it is my new all-time favorite lip color!  It makes my eyes look green and my teeth look white. Win-win!

Handmade thank you notes

I used some old water color pages from my art journal and wrote a simple thank you message on them.  I was thinking about sending these with my Lipsense orders.  I'm inspired to make some more little notecards with all my art journal pages and painting scraps.

Using a men's razor

I picked up a pack of Gillette Fusion razors from Sam's club because they were cheaper than the Venus ones.  And guess what - they work so much better!  They give a smoother shave and don't cause as much irritation on my sensitive skin.  (I'm talking about my legs, by the way...)  Also, I don't have a picture of the razor because I thought that would be kinda weird...

Thanks so much for reading.  What are your favorites from February?