Thursday, June 1, 2017

Exciting News!

This is what I posted on Facebook: "The last 3 years in Alabama have been good to us! We've enjoyed our jobs, made some wonderful friends, AND we got Little Bit (what more could we want?!). However, we have missed family and friends (and the weather) back home. So we are happy to announce that, when we get back from Ukraine this summer, we will be moving back to California! Julie was offered a job at a school in San Jose, and Peter is excited to move to a location that has plentiful options for his career."

But you guys know the truth. 

The last 3 years have been HARD. I've had ups and downs with my job. We've missed family. We've stressed about weather (TORNADOES ARE THE WORST). Overall, it wasn't quite what we were expecting. But that's ok. We've also learned a lot. We've grown as a couple. We've actually made some really incredible friendships. And, of course, we got our fur-baby. So it's a bittersweet time.

We are super excited to move closer to friends, and I'm thrilled about my new job. I think I'm going to love it! (More job-details to come soon... Don't worry, I'm still teaching music!) We think Peter will have some great opportunities for his career in Silicon Valley. We are a little stressed about the crazy cost of living in San Jose, but overall we're looking forward to returning to a city we already know and love. (And also looking forward to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's!).

Monday, May 1, 2017

Current Favorite Pens || April Favorites

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I had started doing a monthly-favorites post series, but as you probably know, we are currently raising money for our trip to Ukraine this summer. So we put ourself on a spending freeze. Which means I didn't have any new products to share with you last month! But we recently purchased some much-needed office supplies, and I fell in love with these pens. So I thought this post could double as a monthly favorites post!

I, like many people in this world, am addicted to office supplies. And more specifically, pens. I'm always on the hunt for The World's Greatest Pen. I have built up quite a stash, yet there a few I keep coming back to. So I thought I'd share with you my current favorite pens!

My husband recently bought a pack of the Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Ink pens, and I might have stolen one from him! They write super smoothly. I love that they are completely opaque and that the ink dries quickly. It is a unique hybrid of gel and ink, with a tiny needle-point tip that I find very easy to use.


The Sharpee Pen has also been a long-time fave of mine, but recently they came out with a stainless steel body that you can refill. It has a heavier weight than the regular Sharpee Pens, and it looks so much cooler!


The Faber Castell pens are widely used by artists. I'm not an artist, but I do dabble sometimes. I got the XS pen, and I love it. It is great for when you need to write something very small or fill in tiny details!


The Uniball Jetstream has always been a long-time favorite of mine ever since undergrad, which has been over 10 years ago (eek,  I'm getting old!)... It writes smoothly and is great for taking quick notes. Note: I took ALL of my notes in college by hand using the Uniball Jetstream pens. I needed something that could write FAST to keep up with my professors' lectures!


So, what's your current favorite pen? Have you found The World's Greatest Pen, yet? If so, please tell me! Have any other pens or office supplies you'd like me to review? Leave a comment below!

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!