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Thursday, July 29, 2010
(Borrowed from Blue-Eyed Bride)
15 Ways to Charm Her
Southern Living, July 2009
By Amy Bickers
“Want to impress a Southern girl? Just think “What would my grandfather have done?”
Number one: We still expect you to give up your seat for a lady. On a bus, at a bar, on a train. . . we don’t care where you are. Unless you are at a restaurant and the only lady in sight is the one taking your order, stand up. Now.
On a recent Friday night at a bustling restaurant bar, two friends and I waited for our table to be called. The barstools were occupied so we stood patiently, sipping wine and chatting about the workweek. When a couple nearby stood up, another woman – who had been there less time than we had – swooped in, reaching across us to put her purse on the stool. This isn’t the worst part. It’s what happened next: Her male companion then slid onto the other barstool.
Hang on while I do a geography check. Are we not in the South? If ladies are waiting for a seat and you have a Y chromosome, do you sit down? No, sir. No, you do not.
We know modern life is confusing. The roles of men and women have evolved over the years. As Pink once sang, “Shorty got a job, Shorty got a car, Shorty can pay her own rent.”
But come on, let’s keep some things old-school. My late grandfather- he of the East Texas upbringing, U.S. Navy captain status, and Cary Grant good looks – would never have allowed a woman to stand while he sat. And if you want a Southern woman to love you, neither will you. So, men, here’s a short list of things Southern girls still expect from you.
We still expect you to…
- Stand up for a lady. Actually, this doesn’t just involve chairs.
- Know that the SEC has the best football TEAMS IN THE NATION. Big 12 fan? Hmm, perhaps you should keep walking.
- Kill bugs. Delta Burke as Southern belle Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women said, “. . .Ya know, when men use Women’s Liberation as an excuse not to kill bugs for you. Oh, I just hate that! I don’t care what anybody says, I think the man should have to kill the bug!”
- Hold doors open. This goes for elevator doors too.
- Fix things or build stuff. I once watched in awe as my stepfather built a front porch on the house he shares with my mother. He knew just what to do, cutting every notch, hammering every nail. The project was complete by sunset.
- Wear boots occaisionally. Not the fancy, l-paid-$l,000-for-these kind. We’re talking about slightly mud-crusted, I-could-have-just-come-in-from-the-field boots.
- Take off your hat inside.
- Grill stuff.
- Call us. If you want to ask us out, don’t text and don’t e-mail. Pick up the phone and use your voice.
- Stand when we come back to the dinner table. ”Just a little half-stand is enough to make me melt,” my friend Stephanie says.
- Pull out chairs. Wait, that’s not all. Scoot them back in before we hit the floor.
- Pay the tab on the first few dates. ”If you ask me out, you pay,” Stephanie says. “If I ask you out, you should still pay.” Listen, guys, it’s just simpler this way.
- Don’t show up in a wrinkled, untucked shirt. Care about your appearance but not too much. Don’t smell better than we do. Don’t use mousse or gel. You shouldn’t look like you spend more time in front of the mirror than we do.
- Never get in bar fights. Patrick Swayze might look cool in Road House, but in reality, bar fights are stupid and embarrassing. You don’t look tough. You look like an idiot.
- Know how to mix our favorite cocktail JUST THE WAY WE LIKE IT. Fix your favorite too. Sit down on the porch (it’s okay if you didn’t build it), tell us how your day went, and we’ll tell you about ours.
We’ll leave the long list to the girl who falls in love with you.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
The above photo is the view that was outside our window. AWESOME location!
The trip was hands down one of the best trips I've ever been on. We took the opportunity to spoil ourselves and do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. And we walked EVERYWHERE. I can count on one hand the number of times we were in cabs (not including to/from airport) and we averaged about 5 miles a day. At 14 days that is a large amount of walking! I know that we may not travel like this for a while again but it was a wonderful trip and I have such lovely memories of my honeymoon.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I really liked the height and the fact that it had a small drawer on it. It was an odd off-white dirty color so I repainted it a pale pink. It looked terrible, so I then repainted it a royal blue. TERRIBLE.
At that point I'd given up until I read that the Ralph Lauren paint collection at Home Depot was going to be discontinued to make way for the Martha Stewart collection (have you seen her colors at Lowe's?? AMAZING!) Ian and I went to Home Depot on Saturday and I found that my local store had already cleared out the RL colors and MS was in. I had seen a color that I really wanted called Golden Candlesticks and I kind of panicked that it wouldn't be there anymore. Luckily, the metallic series will still be stocked so you can get those forever. The rest of the colors will have the formulas but not the actual paint anymore so you'll have to use a Glidden or Behr's or another brand that Home Depot carries. But I digress.
I painted this little beauty and I LOVE the gold color! I didn't use any techniques on it so it's just the standard paint job but I think that this piece will find a lovely new home in our basement living room!
One of the things that I scored on was an adorable little black iron stool/table thing for $15. It sat in our entryway and held a vase of flowers until my lovely new coatrack took its place. When that happened I decided I wanted to paint it and put it somewhere else where it would get more use. I first picked an orange color that Ian HATED. He thought it looked like a road sign (in all seriousness, the paint I bought WAS fluorescent orange. Think HUNTING). I went to Home Depot with Ian on Saturday and I spent some time perusing the paint section where I found the perfect sagey green color that Ian had wanted for the table. A couple coats and this bad boy is transformed!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Last weekend I went to Goodwill and scored on an amazing coat rack, candleholders, small dresser, table, and lamp for around $40. I managed to sand down and paint the rack and the candleholders and I think that they turned out pretty well!