Archive for : March, 2011
Southern Thesaurus — Entry #2
Hurry Up = Giddy-Up!
No really, I heard a Mom saying this to her 5 year old son the other day. And it wasn’t meant to be funny. “C’mon, giddy-up!”
Beach Count: 35
High Temperature: 55° (but at least we’re not getting a SNOW STORM tomorrow, sorry NY)
Aw – isn’t he changing so fast?
Okay. Notsomuch. We have faith in our little one, though. Don’t blink, because this precious baby is going to grow like a, er, weed. We think.
Really, I hope it doesn’t take a year or something to have actual leafy palms [technical term] hanging off of it. C’mon sweet pea. Make Mommy and Daddy proud!
p.s. Bag #2 of my Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans are toast.
p.s.s. I just figured out how to respond to comments (if you hadn’t notice – hehe). So comment away and I will respond now. Exciting stuff! We’ll have like a bloggersation…or something. Do it!
Beach Count: 35
High Temperature: 69° (and quite yucky/rainy – boo)
Many life changes have taken place since we’ve moved to Charleston. A big one being that we’re 1st time homeowners! Another being that we live approximately 900 miles from our closest family and friends. That change is rather large, as well! Any-who, lots of little (and not so obvious) changes have taken place in the past 8 months, as well. Here are the top ten things that have changed in my daily life due to the big move (I’ll try not to have all ten relate to the weather!)…
[In no particular order]
1. I am incapable of leaving our house without making our bed. This never used to be a problem for me (right, Mom and Dad – you remember?). But ever since our bed is in our house that we OWN, I get the shakes as the clock reads closer and closer to
7:20am 7:30am. It needs to get done, it just does! Now the (mostly clean) dishes in and around the sink? That’s a different story!
2. I am a coffee-aholic. Well, those who know me know it’s not really coffee that I drink. It’s iced lattes. So I guess I’m an espresso-aholic. I’ve always loved the stuff, but now it’s necessary on the daily. Oh well, there are worse habits (Another item with a palm tree on it, a birthday gift from Jen!)
3. I’m more Facebook obsessed than ever. Being so far from my original home has caused me to obsessively check Facebook to see what everyone is up to. Okay maybe I did that before, but it’s way worse now. Ask the husband. Complain all ya want about FB’s downsides, there are many upsides when you’ve freshly moved away! Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg.
4. I think of an excuse to get Chick-fil-A for dinner every single night. As y’all know, I had never even heard of Chick-fil-A before our move to Charleston. Read this and then this to refresh your memory. I try to convince myself that I deserve it and that if I just get the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (with as many Chick-fil-A sauces as I can secure) without the fries that it’s not so bad. But, then I remember that the fries are not just ordinary fries but waffle fries. They’re on the same level as the sandwich and thereby deserve the same kind of respect. Ugh, SO good but SO bad!
5. I no longer hate November, December, January, February, or March! Relax – I could’ve made these changes 5 of my top 10! The weather is definitely a positive change in my everyday life!
6. I am making new friends. Sounds silly, but when you’ve lived somewhere for a long time (your whole life) and settle into a life and job (ha! as if I settled into a job in NY!), it’s not something that you need to do often. If it happens, it happens – but no sweat. When you move away from everyone that you know, it’s something that you have to work at. Luckily, I have made a few great friends so far that I can be myself around. Don’t worry Mom and Dad, it’ll be even easier for you guys! (I’m tempted to break out into that old Girl Scouts “make new friends…” song, but I’ll fight it.)
7. Having THE BEACH on the list of possibilities any day of the week is quite the welcome change. It’s only a 12 mile drive to my happy place. The ocean breeze, sand on my toes, and clap of baby waves can undo the day’s stressors, no problem.
8. I’m obsessed with palm trees…so much that we now have one in our front yard. I know, I’ve already covered this. (Dan – I’m not calling them Palmetto trees, so just get over it!)
9. I wear flip flops year round. I know it’s another weather reference, but it’s true! Okay, maybe not in December or January. But, I don’t have to store them away in the closet for 6 months or one month or ever. Same goes for sunglasses. The sun makes an appearance here in Charleston year round. NY – take note…people like the sun.
[insert generic picture of flip flops here – I’m too lazy to go take a picture of a pair!]
10. I ♥ BLOGGING! I’ve always loved to write and now I have my outlet. Like it and read it or hate it and don’t. No one’s twisting your arm. But really, it’s no fun without readers – so give me a chance!!!
While your March Madness is probably including a lot of this this action…
MINE includes a little bit of that (Jimmer was fun to watch!) and a lot MORE of this…
My absolute weakness this time of the year are those bad boys, Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans. I’m not the biggest jelly bean fan, when it comes to the run-of-the mill pastel-colored kind. Now, Jelly Bellies? They’re pretty tasty. But, they’re a little steep in price for this low-paid educator. But the Jolly Rancher kind? Ohhhh yes, come to Mama! I went through an entire bag (seriously Scott ate maybe 1 or 2) two weeks ago. I’ve been holding myself back since then, knowing that bathing suit season is just around the corner and that a diet consisting of hardened sugar was not really gonna help a sister out. But, today was the day. I had earned it (nevermind the mint chocolate chip cupcake I had from Cupcake last night! The past is the past.). I couldn’t hold out any longer on bag number 2 of MY March Madness. So, I headed to Walmart to get it done. The seasonal candy aisle was my first stop (as if I was going to forget the darn things!). I found the bad boys, smiled as my heart went a flutter, and skipped right on to the makeup section to take a little look-see. Next thing I know, I feel something kinda gross on my hand. 93¢ nail polish deemed me too busy to actually look at what I was wiping on my clothes. After a wipe or two on my shirt, I became a little concerned. This gook was relentless. When I looked down, I saw this…
What in the…? When I looked at my little bag of nuggets, I saw that it was covered in the same ickiness. I realized that it was makeup foundation. I’d been caught makeup-handed! Who shops for jelly beans and makeup in one shopping trip? Geez! Well, I stormed back to the jelly bean aisle, (I gave one slight pause to the pink Peeps, giving them a little “how you doin'” look) – only to find an entire box full of my lovelies covered in makeup. What the bean? Luckily they were fully stocked with another box of ’em, so I grabbed another bag and went on my merry way. Boy did I look like a slob, though. Rightfully so – jelly bean addict – rightfully so.
My goal is to go through only 4 bags this season, buying only 2 bags to “hide” around the house to “find” later when I’m having a really bad day. Listen, there are worse addictions! And seriously, if you haven’t ever tried them – you need to. It’s ‘bucket list’ worthy in my candy-lover opinion.
Beach Count: 35
High Temperature: 70°
Living in the South means many things. And when I say “the South,” I mean my South in Charleston, South Carolina. Southern residence means 2 months of snow-free winter (instead of 6 riddled with snow), being outdoors for sun and sand year round, and great (I mean GREAT) food. Seriously, ask my thighs. One huge perk of the South, to me, is the existence of plentiful and plush palm trees. There is just something about a palm tree that makes me feel like I’m on a permanent vacation!
We’re not the only ones feeling the palm tree love. I mean, not any old tree is incorporated into a state flag. [Pause for a little history.] Apparently, the palm was added to our State’s Flag in 1861 in tribute to General William Moultrie for keeping the British Fleet from capturing the Charleston Harbor. “What does that have to do with a tree,” you ask? Well, Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island (10 miles or so from us) was made out of palmetto logs from the Sabal Palmetto (our palm tree). That there’s a connection [insert Southern accent]. And yes, there will be a test on this, people.
The palmetto is our State Tree. There’s a palm tree on our State’s Quarter and on our State’s Seal. South Carolina is nicknamed the “Palmetto State.” Is there anymore evidence needed here? I didn’t think so! Palm trees rock!
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina Quarter
South Carolina Seal
The sticker on the back of my car (I swear, at least 50% of SC cars have one!)
Our baby palms on our screened-in patio out back (we just fixed it up back there – doesn’t it look cute?!)
I am doing my very best as a 8-month-in-Southern-newbie to notice every palm tree in its waving glory. The day they lose my attention is the day I am no longer aloud to say, “I’m new in town.” Not cool and not gonna happen anytime soon.
So, in order to capitalize on how happy palm trees make us – we decided to buy one for our front lawn! Why not be able to look out our ginormous kitchen window and see our very own palm tree on the daily? We couldn’t figure out a reason why, so we pulled the trigger. After what felt like months and months (but was really a few weeks), our warmer climate dream came true. And now I introduce to you to our baby…Spikey (he’s got some growing to do)! →
There he is!
I can’t wait to watch him grow!
Now let’s be honest about what I’m MOST excited about…decorating that bad boy with lights at Christmastime. Ohhhh, yeah!
Tip: Click on pictures to make them larger. I know, Captain Obvious.
Beach Count (since July 6th): 34
High Temperature: 88°