1 peter 3:4

"cultivate inner beauty--the gentle, gracious kind
that God delights in.the holy women of old were
beautiful before God that way.." -1 peter 3:4

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crews' Kitchen: Meat 'n' Potatoes...'n' Asparagus

When I said I'd post more recipes, I meant it! Thanks to Pinterest for being the source of all things new and creative and fun and TASTY...I was able to dig up some good looking recipes to try. I picked THREE that seemed to go well together, and crossed my fingers that all went well...and guess what? IT DID. Joe loved it, I loved it, and it is being chalked up as a success in my short little book of recipes I've dared try.

I found recipes for no-grill sirloin steak {pinned here}, "crash hot potatoes" by the Pioneer Woman {pinned here}, and a self-proclaimed "best recipe ever for asparagus" {pinned here}. While I cannot take credit for the original recipes, I can give you my tweaked-to-fit-my-schedule-and-abilities versions! Without further ado, I give you "my" recipes:

**Please excuse my lack of/quality of/need for more photos. I was late coming home from work, rushing, and am currently using only the camera on my iPhone. Bear with me, people.**
{I thought the texture of this was very similiar to Outback steaks! Next time I will try a higher-quality cut and I bet it will be almost identical to their recipe!}
you will need:
- steak of your choice {I choose a mid-grade sirloin; not the nastiest of cuts, but not the cream of the crop either.}
- butter
- olive oil
- salt {I used garlic salt!} and pepper
1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees.
2. Put a few "dollops" of butter in a frying pan, and drizzle some olive oil in there as well. Sprinkle some pepper and some {garlic} salt in the mix. Turn the stove burner somewhere between "almost really hot" and "HOT." Allow the butter/oil mixture to begin simmering and bubbling.
3. Place your steak{s} in the pan. Allow them to sizzle and get a brown bottom.  
4. Remove from heat. Place the BROWN SIDE UP on a toaster oven tray, and place a "dollop" of butter on the top. Sprinkle again with {garlic} salt and pepper.
5. Put the steak tray in the toaster oven for approximately 6 minutes. *You may want to shorten or lengthen this time, depending on how you like your steak. 6 minutes gave me a light pink middle, with some very scarce deep pink/red. Shorten the time for more red; keep it in longer for less pink.*
6. Remove from heat and VOILA! Awesome steak.
you will need:
- small red skin potatoes {I bought a small, sealed bag of about 20 potatoes, about 2 inches long each.}
- water
- olive oil
- potato masher {The original recipe says if you don't own one, you can use the bottom of a cup! I used a masher.}
- salt and pepper
- toppings for potatoes {I used a package of baked potato toppings and some parmesan cheese sprinkles; the original recipe calls for herbs such as rosemary. I HATE HERBS. But more power to ya if you want to use 'em.}
1. Salt a pot of water and bring it to a boil. A watched-pot never boils, so occupy yourself by drizzling a baking sheet with olive oil. Go ahead and turn on your oven, and preheat to 375 degrees.
2. Toss in your potatoes and allow them to boil until they are very soft.
3. Lay them out on your baking sheet in rows, much like you would do while baking cookies, leaving some room between each potato.
4. With 1-2 "smooshes" of the masher, smash those little taters to make what resembles little cakes.
5. Using your fingers {carefully, because they are hot!}, generously dab olive oil onto the tops of the smashed taters. {The more oil, the less dry/crunchy your taters will be when you eat them!}
6.  Salt/pepper the potatoes, and sprinkle the toppings of your choice.
7. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes.
8. Remove and enjoy!
you will need:
- fresh asparagus
- olive oil
- parmesan cheese sprinkles
- salt and pepper
1. Cover a small baking sheet in aluminum foil. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. {I made this right after I put the potatoes in the oven, and set them in the oven after the potatoes had been in for 5 minutes, so that they'd be ready about the same time.}
2. Lay out the asparagus in a row on the baking sheet.
3. Drizzle olive oil, cheese, and salt and pepper all over; move the asparagus around to evenly coat the veggies.
4. Place in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes.
5. Remove and enjoy!

Is your mouth watering yet? It was SO GOOD. I had some A-1 on hand because that's just my go-to steak sidekick, but it didn't really need it! The potatoes were a little dryer than I would have liked, but I will put a little more olive oil on them next time.

Try it out and let me know what you think!


NOTE: Blogger's image upload system is not currently working; but you CAN see a photo of the finished project here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

I've Been Pinned!

Y'all, I found out something really cool last night. Like, super cool. It got me a little giddy, probably more giddy than I'm okay admitting publicly.

Someone pinned my chicken chili recipe {found here} to Pinterest! And of course being pinned means it was repinned...and that's exciting. Poor Joe, he was on his way to being asleep when I squealed with excitement, "Baby! Someone pinned my chili recipe, and some other someones have repinned it!" Thank God for having a husband who understands me and my simple sources of happiness...oh, it's the little things in life. ;)

It got me thinking: I am going to make a point to post more recipes. Be on the lookout for some Crews' Kitchen posts coming soon!

I'm trying out some Pinterest recipes tomorrow night...no-grill sirloin, "smashed potatoes" {not be confused with mashed potatoes!}, and "the best asparagus you will ever eat." Yum!

Have a wonderful Monday evening, y'all.


*Sidenote: THANK YOU, thank you, thank you...to those of you who have pinned my blog. You guys are the BEST and I am super grateful for the opportunity to be heard!*

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Potlucks and Challenges

This week's post is a little late, and for that I apologize. It has been one long, crazy week! I have been brainstorming some ideas and think I have found some cool ideas for making this blog of mine a little more interesting, and I am very excited to get the ball rolling.

First off, I read the COOLEST blog today. If you haven't come across it already, GO BROWSE THROUGH IT. It is called The Pollock Potluck...and it is super cute. Ashley went to my youth group and was a few years ahead of me in school; I always thought she was just the prettiest, most put-together girl. But seriously, I remember she got a senior superlative in my freshman yearbook, and I thought she was like, the coolest. I barely knew her, but knew she was someone I aspired to be like one day. Her blog, in a nutshell, makes me STILL want to be like her. She is a dedicated wife, amazing mama, and sweet sister in Christ. Her posts are humorous, and her how-tos are super relatable {see the stove-top cleaning post}. Overall, its just a good read...so turn off the Golden Globes and go browse through.


On another note, I heard a really cool acronym {for lack of a better description} in church today. It was a review of what the students learned last week, but Joe and I weren't there. {Joe and I, after serving in youth for almost 4 years, are finally getting to attend our OWN adult Sunday school class, once a month! First Sunday of every month we get to connect with other young couples at our church, and I couldn't be more excited! :)} Our friend Tom had taught last week, and he shared with the students a challenge for 2013:

2 = Make TWO friends.
0 = Have ZERO tolerance for caplacency.
1 = Live for an audience of ONE...God.
3 = Share the gospel with THREE people.

I am excited to challenge myself with this! Are you willing to take the challenge?

Have a wonderful week, friends. Xo

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello, 2013!

Hello, there!
2012 was a crazy one, was it not?
Was anyone else a little relieved when the ball dropped and a new year - a new start - was given to them?
If I could describe 2012 in one word, it would be this: change. Change in job, change in living situation, change in income, change in dating outlook, change in marital status, change in youth leadership, change in family, change in friendships, change in my relationship with God. Some of them were far more for the better, and some were far more for the worse.
If there is one thing that people can tell you I don't cope well with, it is change.
Ironically, our sermon on Sunday {taught by Gary Vaughan} was centered around the idea of a new year bringing the opportunity for new change. The statement was made that "change is not working hard and willing circumstances to be different...real change comes from submitting your life to Christ and living out of that relationship." Colossians 3:1 was referenced, which points us towards the idea that we are raised in a new life with Christ, and that real change begins with that new identity. It reminded me of II Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." It just brings such a renewed sense of hope for new beginnings - excellent way to view a new year!
Tonight, while assisting in leading the 11th and 12th grade girls' small group, we asked the girls what their spiritual commitments were for 2013. One said to get more involved with activities at church, another said to read her Bible more. I remember having similiar answers at their age, and I even have the same answers now.
But then I realized: without the real change that Gary spoke of on Sunday, aren't those resolutions just "working hard and willing circumstances to be different?" Is there a real change of heart when those resolutions are made?
Whitney {my co-leader} mentioned an example she heard in a Beth Moore study years ago: "What ugly wallpaper do I have on the walls of my heart, that needs to be removed before I can replace it with something new?" What steps do I need to take to empty myself of the bad, to make room for the good? Furthermore, what is the "bad" in my heart? We asked this question for the girls to answer, and their answers were insanely relatable: cussing, bad attitude, anger, impatience, laziness, and selfishness. What is the "good" I should replace those characteristics with? More good answers from my girls: compassion, peace, patience, selflessness, humility, gentleness.
I came to the conclusion that I will resolve to give my heart a makeover: too often do I lose my patience at work, or get irritated with my husband (still weird to say!), or allow a curse word to slip out in a moment of frustration or pain. Too often do I let selfishness win out over selflessness, and a negative attitude declare victory over a positive outlook.
2013 will be another year of change, that is without a doubt.
Here's to it!
P.S. I also am resolving to begin with a post per week...if I do more, that is GREAT. But one post per week is achievable, I think.
What are YOUR resolutions in 2013?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

We Did.

I am now Mrs. Anna Crews!
A few of my favorite photos are below, enjoy!

{I got my toenails done to match the girls' dresses.}

{My personal favorite of Joe.}


{Thank you, Pinterest!}

{Remember my top secret unity ceremony idea? A unity braid! A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken...<3}

{A few of our youth group girls that I work with!}

{Joe and I with the Powell's--a HUGE thank you to them for allowing us to use their property for our big day! We love y'all!}

Hope you enjoyed the brief photo summary!
The Crews'

Saturday, September 22, 2012

T minus 28 days!

I cannot believe my wedding is only 4 weeks from today. Panic is starting to set in! There is so much to do still, I just want to freeze time. When I said, "Yes!" in May, I had no idea how fast time would fly to October. I feel like I've blinked, and it's almost here. Pinterest isn't helping with the process, because I only keep seeing more ideas I love. Someone should really block Pinterest from my iPhone and laptop until October 21st. {No, but really, please don't...} Haha!
Today is bittersweet: it is the first day of fall. I LOVE FALL. I love layering clothes, I love not having a ton of humidity, I love a slight chill. I also love bonfire-season. The downside to this is that I no longer live in my sweet little house on Sugar Hill Road, where I could have bonfires in my huge backyard every weekend. I moved into the house Joe and I will live in together at the end of May, and Joe is at his parent's until the wedding. I realized this morning, when I let the dog out and felt the brisk morning air, that it is bonfire season...and for the first time in a couple years, I can not have a bonfire kickoff to fall. This is probably not a bad thing, as all my time and energy is invested in this wedding and settling into our home...but I sure do miss having all my friends over for fire, drinks, and music.
I told you I would keep you posted on this wedding process, so here's some of the "new" news:
1. We decided on a unity ceremony idea! I don't want to share it yet, as I'm so excited and want it to be revealed the day of the wedding. But what I can share is my thought process leading up to the choice! Our wedding is outside...meaning candles/open flame symbolizing an eternal commitment probably aren't a good idea. Nothing would be worse than lighting a beautiful candle to represent our marriage vows, and to have a fall breeze come in and blow it right out. Embarrassing!
The only other choice it looked we were left with was the obvious sand-pouring ceremony. {Insert gag here.} First of all, sand is beachy. I like the beach, but our wedding is not at a beach, nor beach-themed. Second, I am so "anti" doing what everyone else does or expects. Not that I'm a huge rebel, I just like to be different. Obviously with a wedding, there are certain traditions I am sticking to because I'm a southerner, and a Jesus-lover. But I want to do them {respectfully} different. My dear friend, Whitney, {an amazing wedding planner who loves Jesus with all her heart!} found a really beautiful idea, that fits the feel of the wedding perfectly, and I am so beyond excited to use it.
2. I am using tutorials from The Small Things Blog for my hair, my sister's hair, and Beth's hair. I have always had a love for Kate's blog {see here or here}, and I am so thrilled that most of her tutorials are for beautiful, classy, simple styles that will be stunning for our wedding vibe. A very close friend of Joe's, Autumn, will be doing our hair.

3. Some of the guys from church (particularly a group of senior high students whom we dearly love) are choreographing a dance for the reception. They are extremely excited and I am beyond curious and thrilled to see what these goobers come up with. I was totally rooting for having the bridal party and a few select friends do a flash mob during the reception, but after my sister giving me a strong "NO," I decided to let it go. {But I still think it'd be REALLY cool!}

I think that's all I am at liberty of sharing at this time. :) I can not WAIT until after the big day, when I can show you everything else! Secrets are SO hard to keep when I am this excited. :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bridal Shower!

I meant to post these a few weeks ago, but my sweet friend Betsy threw me a beautiful bridal shower a few days before my sister left for college. My matron of honor, Beth, threw me a shower last weekend at the church. Unfortunately, I have no evidence of the latter, as we were all having too much fun to remember to pick up a camera! But here are some goodies from the August shower:
 {My sweet friend Betsy. She did a wonderful job, I am so grateful to have beautiful people like her in my life! Our friendship has seen it all, and I am so thankful I'll have her by my side on the big day.}
{The lovely monogram Mrs. Carroll and Betsy ordered for me! I can not wait to hang it in our home.}

{Mama and her girls! Love them so much.}
{Bets is literally the cutest person I know...who else would have been this creative? So cute.} 
{My soon-to-be mother-in-law, Brenda...such a sweet lady, with an even sweeter Southern drawl!}

{Ash made me these, modeling something I repinned on Pinterest! These will definitely make an appearance at the wedding.}
The best part of the shower was definitely the "game" they played: but first, let me explain. A year and half ago, at Beth's bridal shower, one of her friends from college pulled me aside and handed me some paper and a pen. She instructed me, "Have someone help you, and write down everything Beth says as she's opening her presents, but don't make it obvious or let her know. When she's done, we'll read them aloud and say that they are phrases we hope that her and Nick don't say on the wedding night." SCORE. The perfect "that's-what-she-said" game. It was a blast, and so hilarious. Since then, I've done it to all my girlfriend's at their showers. I've bragged and joked with each of them: "You'll never get me with this game one day, because I'm the one who does it each time!" Obviously, I didn't realize when I would say that, that on the day of YOUR bridal shower, you are so happy and consumed with other things, you don't pay attention to things that aren't obvious. Imagine my shock when, after opening gifts, my own mother read back to me everything I'd said during the process. A few memorable quotes?
- "Are you one of those jerks who uses tape?"
- "That was a fun sound, did you hear that?"
- "Hope Mom cleaned out her van!"
- "Thank the Good Lord for Pinterest."
My second shower, in a nutshell, was lovely. Beth and Whitney hosted it at the church, and at one point they each, along with Stacey, another good friend, read verses that meant a lot in their own marriages, and shared some special prayers and wisdom. Homemade strawberry jam and biscuits were included, and a beautiful cake by Mandy, the wife of the pastor marrying us.
The summary of both showers? I am SO BEYOND BLESSED to know and be loved by each of my friends, and love you more than I can ever put into words.
Happy weekend y'all :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Engagement Sesh!

Just because I love you...I will share with you the sneak peek photos from my engagement session. (Note: I spelled "peek" correctly. At 6am this morning when I tweeted the photos, I said "peak" and was attacked by an anonymous Twitter grammar officer and informed of my mistake. Never. Again.)

And here you are! I love love love the colors in this one...

And I love the big-wide-world-openness of this...


Friday, July 20, 2012

In Tribute

Words cannot express how my heart hurts for the families and friends of those lost in the Colorado tragedy. At work, I just kept getting a lump in my throat each time I thought about it -- so I swallowed the lump, blinked tears out of my eyes, and said a prayer.

Upon coming home, all of my emotions released, and I just could not stop crying. It shocked me that I was so invested in the lives of these families I'd never met, and these friends I'd never been acquainted with. I wasn't sure why I was so upset. And I felt anger - not at anyone particular, I don't think - and certainly not at God. But I was still, nonetheless, angry.

The events brought back emotions and pain from April 16, 2007, when a friend of mine lost her life at Virginia Tech. I think that for that reason, I feel so intensely for the persons who lost loved ones in Colorado.

In memory of all those who lost their lives, and all those who are left here to miss and love them...

{via @twloha, @davebarnesmusic on twitter}

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I Said Yes!

While getting my hair done tonight, my stylist (the lovely Allison at Salon Amore!) told me that I should be blogging about this time in my life. "Think of it as your journal, a place to sort your ideas," she suggested. Why didn't I think of that?, I wondered. I have been absent from the blogging world for so long, I should be banned. In my defense, my life has been insanely busy...so without further ado...

JOE AND I ARE ENGAGED! He asked on May 19th and we have been super busy ever since. We are planning our wedding for October 20th of this year. (AHHH!)

Want a sneak peek at what I'm considering? Keep reading. I want to share this process with you and my planning ideas, because I know that not all of you will attend. I wish so badly that I could invite each and every person I know, but its just not financially possible. I have had to make all kinds of cuts to my guest list, and it hurts me each time I have to, because I care so much for the people invested in my life. I'm finally down to 220 people, and I'm having to leave it there. I can't make it shorter, and I can't add a single more. I figure this way I can at least share wedding details and excitement with everyone, regardless of invitation status. If you get one, know that you are loved and dear to me. If you do not get one, know that you are also loved and dear to me and that it was very emotional for me to not be able to offer the opportunity to attend.

* * *

I have always been very sure of the desired feel of my wedding: rustic southern. I'm not sure what triggered that desire years ago, but it seems a natural thing for me.

I've always wanted 3 components to make up my wedding: water, but not the beach...a barn...and a large open field. I figured I'd never find all 3, but that I would settle for as close to the perfect trio as possible. Then, I saw the photos from one of our youth girl's birthday parties: her parents live in a house with a barn and large field. It was beautiful. I fell in love with the scenes from the pictures. When I saw her dad, Tom, at church, I asked him if he'd consider allowing me to look at his property as a potential wedding site. He was thrilled I'd asked, and offered to let me come by sometime and look at the property. I went out, and lo and behold, there was the barn and field I'd become so fond of. But it wasn't at all what I'd expected: there was a long drive from the main road, with fields on either side. The barn was in front of the house, to the right. I'd imagined it in the back, but felt fine with it being in front. As he walked me around back, I was amazed to see that their backyard sits right on a riverbank. All 3 of my wants were right there in front of me!

Our plan is to have the ceremony in the back, and reception in the front. I have this beautiful vision of a ceremony with the river in the background, and a party of a reception in the front with the fields and barn, with lots of strung lights.

Here are some ideas I'm in love with:

{I love this color scheme: so much that I'm copying!}

{I love the idea of cotton in the centerpieces! That's truly a southern thing!}

{Everyone knows: it's not a party 'til you play some cornhole...}

{The dinner plates will have similiar foods!}

Once I have more ideas finalized, I will share more! I could not be enjoying this time anymore than I already am. :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

yes, i'm alive..

well hello there!
how are you? how is your life, what is God teaching you? what neat things have you found on pinterest this week?

i've decided to break my silence and finally catch you up on the last 2 months' happenings :) i can't really offer a good excuse as to why i haven't been blogging, except that i haven't really used my computer for much of anything lately. i've finally today sat down and sorted through facebook requests, twitter followers, and pinterest ideas.

major things that have happened since my last post:

1. i started a new job!
i accepted a position closer to home at southside eye care, and am really excited about it. i've been here almost 2 months and i have learned so much. i actually made a pair of prescription sunglasses a few weeks ago! cut the lenses, and everything :) i'm working with patients a lot more now, doing all of their exam work-up prior to them seeing the doctor. i love it! i get to chat with my patients more, and i love spending that time with them.
{note: i really, really miss my friends from the other job though. not a day goes by that i don't miss my scribe support system girls!}

2. after 3 long years, i have a boyfriend!
i am dating my best friend, and while i'm still working through what a dating relationship should look like (for me/us), it's going great. it's kind of a long story, and i will spare you the lengthy explanation/back-story. short version: we've been friends for years and i finally allowed myself to open my mind to the idea that we could be more. the biggest adjustment for me is trying not to be SO independent. it is strange for me to have someone else around. ha! for so long it's what i longed for, and now that i have it, i'm so lost on how to handle it! it's a learning process, and i love it.

3. my sister AND my brother are in relationships now, too!
i've known jill's boyfriend for years, and i love him to pieces. i've been rooting for this coupling for a while now. they have been best friends for a long time as well and it was only a matter of time. :) i'm meeting lee's girlfriend tomorrow, and i'm very excited. she seems beautiful in multiple ways. and whatdya know?! all 3 of us are dating our best friends.

4. um..i'm not sure if this is exciting, but i'm ending "the best year of my life" on tuesday!
my cousin, maggie, who is 4 years older than me, told me when she turned 24 that it would be "the best year of her life." i looked forward to 24 with such anticipation for the best year of my own life; and i must say, it didn't disappoint! i wouldn't say it was the BEST year, but i have grown in so many ways and learned so much. in 3 days, i hit the big 25. and to quote jessica simpson (which is something i don't make a habit of):
"..25..it's almost mid-twenties, which is almost 30."

catch up with me on twitter or pinterest! hope to post again soon <3

Friday, February 10, 2012

sick day thoughts.

a little over 2 weeks ago, i started coughing a lot. a little over a week ago, i went to the doctor. two days later, i went back to the doctor. a few days after that, i called back to let them know i was having awful side effects to the medications. yesterday, i went back to the doctor. all the while, my symptoms haven't faded from 2 weeks ago, and more things keep adding on.

yesterday's final diagnoses? a sinus infection, bronchitis, 'reactive airway disease', a UTI, and clinical anxiety. oh, and medicine reactions that are causing insomnia and lucid dreams.

to say that i feel like death would be an understatement.

what is frustrating for me, more so than the rest, is the anxiety. because i know my God is bigger than it. i know in my head and my heart that these feelings are NOT of God. i feel guilty for feeling so anxious, because i know what God promises:

"come to Me, you who are weak and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." (matthew 11:28, niv)

he says "I WILL GIVE."
not "i will try to," or "i will but it's conditional."

i like the way that the message version of the bible puts it:

"are you tired? worn out? burned out on religion? come to Me. get away with Me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. walk with Me and work with Me--watch how I do it. learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." (matthew 11:28-30)

sorry to get a little preachy, i tend to get carried away. :) all of that to say: because i know His word to be true, i have a guilt that is associated with the anxiety. i am constantly reminding myself to give it to Him. thank goodness He is so much stronger than me!

totally unrelated, but i had CMT on last night while i was laying on the couch, and saw a music video for waylan jennings' son, shooter jennings. it was FULL of southern colloquialisms! as miserable as i felt, i couldn't help but smile and couldn't wait to mention it in a post. the song is called "the deed and the dollar." here are some of my favorite lyrics from it--

"she got a special way/it makes me happy everyday/what do the old folks say/she's finer than frog hair split both ways...she's such a good catch/she's got me grinning/like a goat in a briar patch...she never loses sight of the important things/but she's wilder than a junebug on a string."

i had never heard any of those phrases until last week; i read all 3 of those when i was looking up fun colloquialisms. just thought it was ironic :)

something else i've had time to do since getting sick: think. think about my life. about what i really want. about what my actions say; what the words that come from my mouth have the power to do. and thankfully Christ has been right here, pointing things out to me that my little brain isn't good enough to pick up on. i just love discovering little truth nuggets in the bible! i am coming to a place of surrender with my plans for my life. i have tried to surrender them in the past, but held tight to certain parts...but surrender doesn't mean,

'take this, but don't touch that..'

it means

'here is all of it, take it.
you can do this better than me.
i don't want to worry about it anymore.'

what has God been teaching you lately?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

happy superbowl sunday!

well, today is here; the end of football season! i'm so sad.
are you going to watch the game? do you do it for the love of the game, commercials, or game snacks? i do it for a little of it all :)

i'm still a little bitter that tebow didn't make it to the superbowl.
and i'm extremely bitter that it was tom brady, my least favorite human, who took him out of the running.

i'm not a fan of either team today, but i view it like this: a manning brother vs. brady.

let's go, giants!

happy viewing, everyone :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

hootin'-ninny-hoots, and other things.

so my most recent favorite thing to do is learn southern colloquialisms.

whew, let's say that word again. it's fun.


i think it's sad that these amazing phrases aren't being carried on by the younger generations; you only ever hear them said by older people anymore!

i had a patient the other day that scheduled surgery; as she walked out of the room, i said, "i'll see you soon!" her response, without looking back, was "good Lord willin', and the creek don't rise!" it caught me off-guard, being something that you don't hear often. but i loved it. it was like hearing a beautiful foreign language; i grew up hearing phrases like that but they seem to be heard less and less frequently as i grow up.

another patient, a sweet little lady who sounds like she was raised in carolina, responded to a question with "oh honey, i don't give a hootin'-ninny-hoot." {translation: i don't give a care.}

it led me to look up more online, and here a few of my favorites i found:

"he swooped down on it like a duck on a June bug!"
{i think this would be fun describing guys hitting on ladies!}

"well don't you look prettier than a glob of butter meltin' on a stack of pancakes!"
{that sounds pretty appealing to me, i wouldn't be opposed to being told that! ha}

"he's as useful as a pogostick in quicksand."
"the engine's running, but nobody's driving!"
"that boy's two sandwiches shy of a picnic."
{i know some people these could be said about!}

"that dog just won't hunt!"
{it just won't work.}

"so good, it'll make you want to slap your mama!"
{this paints a funny picture for me.}

"well ding-dang!"
{i say this one all the time.}

"i'm fixin'ta ______"
{i'm about to _____}

and lastly, you can say anything you want about a person, as long as it's followed by a "bless his/her heart..."

okay, so some i might try to revive, and others i might not...do you have any favorites? let me hear them!

Friday, December 30, 2011

when Love sees you

i know i just posted about this cd..but i love the song about Jesus:

"i'll show you what Love sees when Love sees you: i see what i made in your mother's womb, and i see the day i fell in love with you. i see your tomorrows, with nothing left to chance. i see my Father's fingerprints. i see your story, i see my name written on every beautiful page. you see the struggle, you see the shame; but i see the reason i came.."

have a wonderful friday!