Saturday, May 17, 2008

Creative Advertising?

I was just watching a commercial that made me laugh. It was for Chocolate Special K cereal. I'm sure their product is great, but this commercial stretched it a little. In the commercial, a lady is watching her son put icing on a cake. She picks up the icing bowl and scoops up a huge bite of chocolaty goodness on her finger. As she ALMOST puts it in her mouth, she thinks, "hmmm, I bet a bowl of Chocolate Special K would taste just as good as this gooey finger-full of chocolate icing." You know, because HELLO, CHOCOLATE ICING AND SPECIAL K CEREAL ARE THE SAME. I mean, the last time I made a chocolate cake, I almost iced it with cereal because they are so similar that I got confused.

But at the same time, I'm also thinking that people who can happily substitute chocolate icing for Special K cereal probably don't have the weight issues that usually are associated with the need for substituting Special K cereal with other stuff.

Know what I mean?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Sweet ole South

I'm a Southern gal. I live in Alabama and have lived here for 28 of my 33 years. I lived in Louisville, KY for 2 years, but I was ages 0-2 and don't remember it. I also lived in Tallahassee, FL for 3 years. Other than that, It's been all Alabama.

And I love it.

But I'm beginning to see how limited my knowledge is about other places in the USA. I mean, I've traveled extensively across our fair country, but have never LIVED outside of the South. And the more I get into this Bloggy community, the more I'm starting to realize how many people aren't from the South and really don't understand it. So I thought I've have a little South tutorial.

(I can totally give credit to Boo Mama for this idea. You gotta read this post of hers.)

Here are some things about the South that you may not know.

1. If you've ever watched a movie where an actor/actress plays a Southern person, you can pretty much guarantee that they will have the accent all wrong. We don't all talk like we should be barefoot, chewing grass, and riding in the bed of a pickup truck. The exception to this rule is Reese Witherspoon. She's from Nashville and her accent is genuine.

2. We do not sweat all the time. Yes, it is hot down here. And yes, the humidity is so thick that you can cut the air with a knife, but we do have airconditioning in our homes and cars. The movie "A Time to Kill" totally bugged me because they were drenched the whole time.
And by the way, we also have paved roads, cordless phones that don't have a rotary dial, and shoes. We love our neighbors and take "welcome to the neighborhood" cakes and/or casseroles to people who move in. We also do the same for neighbors who have babies, get married, or have a death in the family. If you have a baby, you won't have to cook for 2 weeks, minimum, because neighbors will bring you food.

3. We do eat grits and not just for breakfast. They are a great addition to many meals. If you've never tried them, you aren't allowed to say you don't like them.

4. Sweet, iced tea is a food group. And when I say "sweet," I mean syrup. And when I say "iced," I mean jam slam packed with ice. Not just a few cubes. That doesn't count. Your tea should have to fight to get in between the spaces of the ice.

5. "Coke" is the generic term that is used for all soda. When you are at a restaurant and order a "coke," the waitress will say "what kind?" Then you specify. Dr. Pepper, Sprite, etc. We do not say Cola, Soda, Pop, or any other generic caffeinated beverage term. It's all coke.

6. We cannot drive in the snow. That's because it rarely snows. If we are fortunate enough to get an inch or two of the white stuff, the city in which we live shuts down. We don't have the equipment to drive on snowy roads. No chains for tires, no snow plows, etc. We are stuck. And I guarantee that you will see someone wearing a tshirt that says "I survived the blizzard of 2008" within hours after a snow. I can remember every snowfall of my life. I can also count them on 2 hands.
(Also, if you live in the south and can drive in the snow, you aren't truly Southern.)
((The kids in my neighborhood all own sleds. They aren't used for snow, though. They are used in the summertime when we wet the grass with the sprinkler and they sled down wet hills.))

7. Southern Hospitality isn't a myth. It's really true that people down here are NICE. We help each other. We let neighbors borrow eggs and never ask for them back. Men hold doors for women. Manners are taught at an early age. Every little girl in the south has been to a tea or shower by the time she's 4 and knows how to act like a lady at it. We say hello (or at least smile and nod) to perfect strangers all the time. Auburn University, my alma mater, even has a day called "Hey Day" where they promote friendliness. The requirements of Hey Day? Say "hey" to as many people as possible. Be nice. It's awesome.

8. The beaches in the south (especially Alabama and the Florida panhandle) are the prettiest beaches in the USA. The sand is white. Not white-ish. WHITE. The water is clear and blue-green. Plan a vacation here soon.

9. "Y'all" is the plural form of you. And I bet I'll say that word 1000 times today.

10. Tomato sandwiches in the summer are the best things ever. Tomatoes in the winter aren't even worth the energy used to cut them up. To make a summer tomato sandwich, put enough mayonnaise for 3 regular sandwiches on 2 pieces of white bread. Add sliced tomatoes, salt, & pepper. Pair with sweet tea. That'll be my lunch 5 out of 7 days a week this summer.

11. Everyone in the South has members of their family that totally blow the "sophisticated southern men & women" image out the window. Yes, I have family members who define the word "redneck." However, they'll give you the shirt off their back, will help you fix your garbage disposal, will jump at the chance to change a flat tire, and will lend you eggs whenever you need them. It's just part of being Southern.

For my non-southern friends, what characteristics do you think of when you think about the south? I'd love to hear them, even if they're wrong.
For my southern friends, please feel free to add to my list at any time.

Now, I'm going to get a Coke, y'all. You can guess what kind....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WFMW - Glass shower door cleaner

I have a big shower in my Master Bathroom. I love it. But with big showers comes big glass shower doors. And if you are like me, you have a hard time keeping those silly things clear.

Here's a secret. Spray-n-Wash.

Yep, the laundry pre-treater.

Clean your shower like you normally do. Then spray the glass doors with Spray-n-Wash (the generic kind works, too) and rinse with water. Don't scrub, just rinse. That's all. Your glass will be clear and will stay that way for a long time. Plus, they don't fog up as easily.

It's that easy.

For more easy "Works for Me" tips, head over to Shannon's blog.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Things I Think About (Part 2)

I've blogged before about random things I think about, but that was almost 2 months ago. You can that post here. I've had many more random thoughts since then, so I thought I'd make this a recurring theme. You'll soon find out (if you already haven't) that I am pretty random. I think about some crazy stuff sometimes.

Ok. Part 2. Here goes.

1. Have you noticed that Benjamin Linus (LOST) never blinks? Never. That's just weird.
2. I have an uncanny ability to remember phone numbers and addresses. I can also remember the name of any child I've come in contact with. I can't, however, remember an adult's name. Ever. It's so frustrating.
3. I don't understand people who don't wear seatbelts.
4. I am not a friend with the hot weather we're having right now. I love winter and being able to cover up in warm clothes. Hot weather brings out small clothes. I don't have the body for small clothes.
5. My friend, Erin, is going to the Siesta Fiesta in San Antonio with me. I am so excited I have been doing happy dances for weeks now.
6. There's nothing better than an ice cold glass of milk.
7. I really, really can't wait to see the new Indiana Jones movie. Holler.
8. I think I would be a really good actress if I ever had the guts to try it.
9. One day, my goal is to run a marathon. Guess I'd better start running, huh?
10. I have 51 episodes of Reba (the TV show) recorded on my TiVo. I doubt I'll ever get the time to watch all of them. I never get sick of them, so I doubt I'll delete them in case I get about 3 days solid to watch TV.
11, I'm so much of an optimist it can possibly be labeled a fault.
12. I love Law and Order SVU. I wonder how a person gets cast as a dead person. I mean, I totally could lie still and be dead. I'd love to be on that show.
13. I wonder what it's like to wash windows on a skyscraper.
14. I love interesting houses. I'm tempted every time I see a cool house to knock on the door and ask if I can look around. Dangerous, I know - which is why I haven't done it.
15. I drive around and intentionally get lost just so I can find my way back. I like finding new ways to get places in my city. It's not odd to hear me say, "Ooo, I wonder where that street goes - I'll have to drive down it and figure it out."
16. I ate shrimp one time and got food poisoning because of it. Since then, I have a really hard time eating shrimp. Why can't I have the same experience with chocolate? It would totally solve my weight issues.
17. I'm bribing my 2 1/2 year old daughter with M&Ms to use the potty. Is that bad?
18. My daughter's All-Star softball team is asking each family to raise "x" amount of money for the team. I am quite possible the worst person at asking people for money in the whole world. I would sooo rather just write a check than ask people for money.
19. I never win at any sort of random contest. Ever.
20. I'm so sleepy right now that I'm falling asleep while I'm typing. But I'm too stubborn to stop and go to bed. I'll regret that at 6:30 in the morning.
21. People who misspell contractions make me crazy. It's "y'all." Not "ya'll." "You're" means "you are." It does not mean that something belongs to you. Don't even get me started on "their," "there," & "they're."
22. Last one, I promise. My husband gave me a 55 minute massage for Mother's Day. A friend gave me a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure. I'm looking so forward to a day of pampering that I can hardly contain my enthusiasm.

Ok. My random brain has now shut down. Nite nite, y'all.