10 things to know before visiting the South

This is the first in a series of guest posts from some of my very kind, generous, and talented blogger friends who are covering for me while I’m at a blog conference in New Orleans, where my blog mentoring program is putting on a live session the final day of the conference. While I plan to do some sightseeing and maybe a little drinking, I will actually be doing real stuff, too!

First up is my good friend Nadine, who blogs at Life by Nadine Lynn. Her use of ecards is spectacular, and she makes me laugh almost every single day. She loves beer even more than I do and I wish I lived closer to her so we could hang out. Saying that is probably the only time I’ve ever said I wish I could visit Alabama.

Since Jana is in New Orleans, I thought I should give her some pointers on “southern things” from a Yankee living in the South’s prospective (Jana’s note: I live in Delaware, which thinks it’s the South but really it’s not. Someone needs to tell the natives that).

1. Y’all – This should be obvious, but y’all is plural for you all or you guys. All y’all means a large group. I myself still cannot say this word properly, but I don’t cringe when I hear it anymore. I sort of like it. Shhhh don’t tell anyone!  

2. Bless Your Heart – Southerner’s find it rather rude and inappropriate to call people stupid or idiots. Instead, they say phrases like “Oh, bless your heart!” Really it is like saying, “fuck you…you are dumb”.

3. College Football – It doesn’t matter if you don’t give a damn about college football, you MUST pick a team. The rivalries down here are real y’all! And the SEC is the only conference as far as we are concerned. I mean, we have our own network!

4. Sweet Tea – When you order your tea in the south, you are going to get it sweet unless you specify un-sweet. Don’t you dare say how gross sugar water tea is; there will be none of that nonsense! Also while we are on the topic, instead of pop or soda….everything is Coke.

5. BBQ – The south is very serious about their BBQ. BBQ is not created equal. Don’t even try to compare Carolina BBQ to Memphis BBQ to Alabama BBQ. IT’S NOT THE SAME!

6. Mason Jars – Everything tastes better in a mason jar. Don’t question the logic! They can even be used as décor too!

7. Initials/Monograms – They are on everything!

8. Attire – Down here, you sort of are on display all the time. Everywhere you go you want to consider it a fashion show. You should see all the dresses that get worn to football games. What happened to team sweatshirts? Not down south! 

9. Mosquitos – They are the size of a small bird down here. Don’t be alarmed. Actually, be very alarmed!

10. Humidity – It might only be in the 80’s or 90’s, but with the humidity at 34958869058%….let’s just say you have no clue what hot means yet! 

Well Jana, I hope you have an awesome time in New Orleans! It sounds like you might need a passport to travel below the Mason Dixon line, but you indeed do not!

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Friday favorites, volume 19

This is my last full week at home before I leave for my blog conference in New Orleans, where my mentoring program is putting on a live session. And the word of the week is–stressed! There is still so much to do, along with a big announcement about my mentoring program that might or might not involve Jenn from Business, Life, & Design (hint: it does. Also, I got to meet her on Tuesday because FINALLY there is another Delaware blogger and talking to her proves once again that in Delaware, you are only one degree removed from everyone else). We’ll be sharing that on Tuesday so make sure you look for that. I also have some fabulous guest posts planned from some of my favorite bloggers and I can’t wait for you guys to read their posts. 

And now, what you’re here for. Friday favorites.


So, in 2012, I won NaNoWriMo and I’ve been working on that book. However, I don’t know that I want to keep going with it but rather, start a new one. I’d lie if I didn’t say that this song, one of my all-time favorites, is an inspiration for the new story I’ve been drafting in my head. I know I’m usually a hard rock gal, but I love me some Better Than Ezra, too. And that’s whose song this is. Hope you enjoy it! They’re also from New Orleans and that’s totally not an intentional characteristics for this week’s pick but it’s fitting.

 Cry in the Sun by Better Than Ezra on Grooveshark

 Frugal find

Any time I can buy clothes with a gift card, it’s my favorite purchase. I bought some desperately needed T-shirts at Old Navy with a gift card and also revisited MAC for another back to MAC purchase. Free stuff FTW!!!

Book/TV thing

I signed up for Amazon Prime earlier this year and was pretty unimpressed with it. Until. HBO put their shows in the inventory. My husband and I started watching Deadwood together and I started The Wire by myself. #obsessed  Have you watched The Wire? If not, you need to. I don’t care that I’m coming into it years after it ended. It’s still an amazing show, and since it started in like 2002 or something, it’s fun reminisce about technology and fashion and all that good stuff. the-wire

As far as my favorite book thing, I didn’t come across any new or exciting book news this week. But I did find this post about authors who found success after 50 so I still have hope. 

Internet reads

Considering I’ve been elbow deep in conference preparation, I haven’t had much time to read anything other than a book at night before bed or while I’m waiting for my daughter in the school pick-up line but I did come across this accurate depiction of weird fights that all married couples have, this interview with Rick Springfield talking about his depression (also, his memoir is great so far, and he definitely doesn’t shy away from discussion depression), and this pretty cool list of amazing TV characters that weren’t supposed to last (hey, there, Jesse Pinkman and Sophia Petrillo. I’m so glad you survived!)




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Humane torture. I like it.


I will be saying this A LOT next week


Sorry I’m a little light on the funny this week. It’s been that kind of week. 

Enjoy your weekend! I’m hoping for rain and a cancellation of a football game so I can binge watch The Wire some more. 

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Linking up with Amanda

Friday Favorites

Maybe I suck at this stuff

So last week my girl Nadine posted about all the things she’s not good at and it was awesome because I totally had a similar post planned for this week and now we have proof that we’re both super cool and have great ideas. Make sure you check out her post, too, so you can see that she and I also have very similar things that we both cannot do. 


Draw. I cannot draw anything except flowers and anchors and bubble letters. You might be wondering “anchors? What the hell, Jana?” But there’s a good reason. My sorority symbol is an anchor so when I was in college and got bored in class, I’d draw anchors. It’s not classy but it kept me awake.

Tie shoes with the “loop, swoop, and pull”. Bunny ears for life!!! #noshame

Kiss ass. It is not in my genetic makeup to do such a thing. I’m a terrible liar so if I were to kiss your ass, you’d know right away that I’m full of shit. I wear every emotion on my face, too, and that doesn’t help when you’re trying to blow smoke up someone’s ass. (My vivid imagination is running away with me now and I can’t make it stop but I don’t know how else to word that sentence.)

Nadine and I differ in some of the things we can’t do. Like:

Math. It’s pretty much the worst subject ever and when I took AP calculus senior year of high school, I brought the class average down so much, it wasn’t even funny (how I wound up in calculus is it’s own insane story). My grades were unreal. Yet I somehow passed the class, got a 3 on the AP test, and vowed never to do anything with math ever again. 

Whistle. This is something I’ve been working on forever and it’s really a failure at this point. For some of us, it’s not as easy as “put your lips together and blow”. And yes, I’m a 12 year old and think the double entendre in that is hilarious. 

Remember anything important if I don’t write it down. My brain loves to remember phone number and birthdays of people I haven’t spoken to in 25 years or  lyrics to songs I haven’t heard in 10 years, but remember to sign a permission slip or make an appointment? Nope. And forget the grocery store. We’d be eating cardboard if I went to the store without a list.memory

Sports. Have you ever met someone so unathletic you look at them with pity when they try to engage in any sort of sport? No? Well, now you have. I’m a terribly uncoordinated and I have slow reflexes and I’m short and pretty much every characteristic of an unathletic person. I’ll watch sports. Just don’t ask me to play.

Cleaning my car. Good grief, do I loathe this task. I don’t so much mind running it through a car wash but cleaning the inside? Not really for me. And I drive so much with the child and my dogs that 10 minutes after I’d clean it, it’d be disgusting again. Confession: sometimes I don’t mind when the ice in a takeout cup leaks because I sort of use the melted ice to clean the cupholders. #noshame  

There you have it. All the things I’m no good at. At this point in my life, it doesn’t really bother me to suck at those things because I’m pretty good at what matters.

Except laundry. I’m really bad at that, too.

How about you? What aren’t you good at? 


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Linking up with Kathy and Liz 

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