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Translation Tuesday: Madder Than A Wet Hen

January 27, 2015

“Oh, child. Before that committee meeting was even over she was madder than a wet hen!”

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Basically it means that you (or someone) is so angry that you are acting crazy and making a scene. This tends to happen to me when I am stuck in traffic and I’m yelling at other drivers who are total idiots. Have you ever used this phrase?

Retail Therapy

January 23, 2015

I just paid off my credit card for my post holiday shopping while I was in Cincinnati and surrounded  by so many malls in driving in one beltway. All of those sales, that Dillard’s outlet closeout, the large selection of winter coats (there were hardly any in the South), the Bengals shirt I had to have. I went a little crazy. Actually, most of the shopping started after I survive two and a half tense hours with my mother….

 

So yes, I really do wish retail therapy was covered by my health insurance… totally a mental health relief! At least it made me laugh, and that is my Friday funny folks.

Throwback Thursday: Comps Celebration, 2006

January 22, 2015

About 8 years ago at this time, I was frantically studying for COMPS. Short for The Big Scary End of Grad School Comprehensive Exam. Four to five hours at a computer answering questions about 15-18 classes covering anything and everything over two years of a grad program. Talk about stressful. But after it is the celebration.

Group pic post comps

Group pic post comps

 

From left to right my closest friends from my grad cohort: Me, Vicki, Elizabeth, Liz and EWH. Flowers and champagne were necessary!

Vick and Liz both have toddlers now and Elizabeth is pregnant with twins. We’ve all been going back and forth over group messages the past few days trying to find a good weekend to have a reunion before four little addition feet are added to the world! I am so excited about seeing them all sometime this spring I wanted to go back to this moment…. where we were all so excited to be done with a major part of our educations!

 

Translation Tuesday: Too Big For Your Britches

January 20, 2015

Oh, this one is a fun one that I use fairly often.

Too Big For Your Britches via Southern Living

Too Big For Your Britches via Southern Living

 

Don’t go getting too big for your britches now… which basically means don’t go letting your ego get to big or don’t go letting all that go to your head. Try using it this week if you haven’t before!

Fun in Louisville

January 19, 2015

Growing up in greater Cincinnati I went to Louisville, KY fairly often in my childhood an teen years. My mom had a number of events there so we went a few times a year. In high school I would go for conferences for a group I was in each April. My Dad even lived there for a year when I was in middle school for work. It was an hour and a half from Cincy, so it wasn’t hard to go for a day or weekend. So when a conference I regularly attend announced it would be in Louisville I was so excited! As I mentioned HERE I was able to fly up a day early and drive up to Cincy to see my loved ones, so double bonus there! The Bestie goes down all the time for work, so we were talking about things in Louisville and it made me realize I hadn’t been in about 14 years. Like, senior year of high school or freshmen year of college was the last time I was there. I can report that Louisville is a much cooler city than I remember. Here are a few recs about where I went in case you are heading there!

Food

So, this conference actually came with a ton of meals and I ended up only eating out twice. BOTH places were yummy and very distinctive to the area.

1.  Bluegrass Brewing Company http://www.bbcbrew.com/

We ate at one of the downtown locations and it was really good. Burgers, wraps, and local brews. Not that I drink beer, but several others seemed to really like them. Randomly, I ran into someone I went to high school with…. proving that it is a super small world.

2. Hillbilly Tea http://www.hillbillytea.com/

Adorable local hole in the wall restaurant. We found it on Yelp and I think we overwhelmed them a bit for a random Monday at lunch. Immediately after our group of six was another group of six and the place wasn’t all that big. The food was all local and very good. I got to have some Ale 8! Ale 8 is a soft drink made in Kentucky and similar to ginger ale. I rarely get to have it when eating out! So fun!

Ale 8! A childhood fave and Kentucky made!

Ale 8! A childhood fave and Kentucky made!

 

Chicken Salad at Hillbilly Tea in Louisville.

Chicken Salad at Hillbilly Tea in Louisville.

 

 

Hotel

I was at the  Louisville Marriott Downtown and it was great. Wonderful service and a very nice room. My only complaint was not enough power outlets in the room and a shower curtain that didn’t like to stay on the hooks. The customer service was wonderful though, really top notch. If they had ever bothered to send me a follow up survey I would have told them that.

The Louisville Marriott Downtown

The Louisville Marriott Downtown

Things to Do

A couple things to note that are fun: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Churchill Downs- the museum specifically.  For those of you that don’t know Churchill Downs is the home of the Kentucky Derby that is run each May. Lots of memory of derby parties growing up! The fun thing about this museum is they have so  many Derby outfits on display. ALL of those hats! It is awesome! If you like college campuses like I do: The University of Louisville campus and Bellarmine University are both lovely places to tour and have some amazing facilities. I’m a higher ed dork, what can I say?

Churchill Downs. Louisville KY

Churchill Downs. Louisville KY

 

The Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum

Translation Tuesday: The Best Line Ever

January 6, 2015

I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw Gone With the Wind. All I remember is being little and being enthralled. Just a small part of my path of falling in the love with the South. In that case, it was the dresses. I loved the hoop skirts.

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And it gave one of the most iconic lines in all movie history. “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn.” And I use that phrase all the time. How can you not?

Saying Yes

January 5, 2015

The holidays, travel to Ohio and back, sickness I got from a three year old, the list goes on… and has therefore been a crazy few weeks. Potential posts to come covering some of adventures.  But this is my new year post. Not about resolutions exactly, but more about a frame of mind for the year. One night over my visit in Ohio the Bestie, TT and I were having one of our long “what is happening in life” conversations. I’ve been friends with them for 20 years… these conversations always pop up. We move around from topic to topic, person to person, but when we got on the topic of things I want to do in my life, the Bestie looked at me and said: “Just say yes. Make this the year of saying yes.” We were talking about one thing in my life in particular, but she went on to say that I need to just say yes to more things and see where it takes me. I thought about it and said, what the hell, why not. So here I am going with the flow and not freaking out about what the plan of my life is supposed to be and seeing where saying yes will take me.

 

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