Thank You!!!

Wow! I have 10 followers now! My mind has been completely blown.

I just wanted to say thanks to y’all for taking interest in my blog and choosing to follow/like it and read my posts. I really do appreciate it. Seriously. In fact, this is me right now:

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So, you all have made my week!

And, when you think about it, feel free to comment! I’d love some feedback on my writing. And suggestions for posts are always welcome!

Stay tuned for a new post on Thursday! Have a fantastic week! 🙂

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Southern Sayin’s

I’m a southern gal, born in Florida and raised in Texas. So I use sweet tea as my coffee and believe that “y’all” and “ain’t” are words. Biscuits and gravy, along with Tex-Mex, are staples of my diet. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m constantly sweating off fat (thank you, Texas summer weather), I’d probably be really overweight! By the way, speaking of weather, if you ever come to Texas – no matter what season – bring all sorts of clothes, long-sleeve and short-sleeve t-shirts, pants and shorts, coats and sweaters. Because you NEVER know what the weather might decide to do. It’s rather bi-polar down here.

You’ve been warned.

The thing I love most about the south is our sayings and our off-the-wall humor. Down below is a list of my favorite southern sayings and insults. It’s a lot more fun if you read them in a hick accent. Just sayin’.

“There’s too much month left at the end of the money.”

“If dumb were dirt, you’d be ’bout an acre.”

“I’m so blessed, I could step in cow manure and come out smellin’ like a rose.”

When something is for certain, you could say, “Is a frog’s butt watertight?”

“Don’t let your mouth overload your butt.”

If someone isn’t making much sense, you might say, “Man, your shirt is missing a few buttons!”

“If your brain was leather, it wouldn’t make a saddle for a june bug.”

“His cheese slid off his cracker.”

When you hear some disturbing news, you might say, “Well, that sure jars my preserves.”

“She gets tuckered out from her own chin music.”

“He’s two years older than dirt.”

“He’s about as sharp as mashed potatoes.”

When you’re referring to a time when you got the last word in an argument, you might say, “I sure preached his funeral!”

“She ain’t exactly ugly. She just looks better from a distance.”

“Well, don’t that just dill my pickle!”

If you’re surprised by what you’ve just heard, you might say, “Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!”

 

Disclaimer: These sayings are taken courtesy of Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit by Allan Zullo and Gene Cheek. It’s a pretty awesome book. You should check it out!

Random Friday Facts. . .Part 3!

Here are your completely random facts for the week:

  • The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want. (I have this problem ALL THE TIME!)
  • When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
  • Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
  • The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran a Zoo.” (Suddenly, being a nerd just got ten times cooler.)
  • Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • In Texas, it is illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
  • No matter where you stand in Michigan, you will never be more than 85 miles away from a Great Lake.
  • Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump.”
  • A healthy (non-colorblind) eye can detect the difference between 500 shades of grey.
  • All polar bears are left-handed. . .(or left-pawed?)
  • Cats’ urine glows under black light.

I just wasted about a minute of your life. You’re welcome! 😉 Now, go have an awesome weekend!

The Wonderful World of Entertainment and Social Media

I’ll admit, I’m not a big social media person. I stick with skimming the news, browsing the internet, and hearing about the latest crazes from my friends. My contact with people consists primarily of texts and emails. I’m not addicted to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

But then I ran across Pinterest.

There are so many things to do, so many things to see! Crafts or recipes? It’s got everything. Hilarious quotes? Oh yeah. Celebrity funnies? No limits. Fangirl material? ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES! Pinterest has it all! Literally.

I signed up for an account last night. . .and I’ve spent at least five hours browsing through things. I’ve been fangirling all day on things from Lord Of The Rings to Star Wars to Avatar: The Last Airbender to Harry Potter. It’s brilliant! Well, it’s horrible, really. Just now, I have realized something and I really want to share it.

Media is a gift, it’s true. We have world news at our fingertips in an instant, can communicate smoothly with loved ones no matter how far away they are, can watch movies and shows that can brighten even our rainiest days. But media can also be distracting. We allow ourselves to be sucked in, even if for a little while, so we can get away from all that’s going on around us. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from all the crap. But sometimes we’re on so long that the internet and social media becomes our life while we neglect the real world. And real people.

I issue a warning: DON’T GET SUCKED INTO THE APPEALING WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT! It will distract you from doing anything and everything of importance. Now, hear me say this: social media and entertainment isn’t bad. Not at all.

But we sure abuse it.

So, limit your Facebook time, turn off the computer or TV, set aside the iPhone. Spend some time with family, call up your grandparents, get some exercise. Value the things that you have around you, such as parents, siblings, sunshine, a house, a bed, the opportunity for an education, food, rain, air conditioning, etc.. The list goes on and on; we have so much to be grateful for!

Time is fleeting. Life is too. Don’t waste it by remaining glued to your computer, TV, or iPhone screen. Don’t allow life to slip by you while you’re focused on things of little value.

God wants us to live life to the fullest – a life that revolves around Him and is lived to glorify Him and carry out His purposes. Don’t you want an abundant, fulfilling life? A life of little regret? A satisfying life? When we’re buried in entertainment and are completely distracted by it, we miss what He has planned for us. And a life lived strictly for yourself and your own interests is a pretty bleak one.

I urge you: set aside the wonderful world of entertainment and social media, and make time for the Lord. You won’t regret it!

I know I haven’t.

 

~Annelise