Archive | July, 2010

Kill her with good ol’ Southern kindness…

31 Jul

I saw this article on Erin’s blog and couldn’t resist reposting it…this should be something a man follows religiously…or at least very closely! Listen up, guys: Tradition never goes out of style ;)

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…

  1. Stand up for a lady. Actually, this doesn’t just involve chairs.
  2. Know that the SEC has the best football TEAMS IN THE NATION. Big 12 fan? Hmm, perhaps you should keep walking.
  3. 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!”
  4. Hold doors open.  This goes for elevator doors too.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Take off your hat inside.
  8. Grill stuff.
  9. 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.
  10. Stand when we come back to the dinner table. ”Just a little half-stand is enough to make me melt,” my friend Stephanie says.
  11. Pull out chairs. Wait, that’s not all. Scoot them back in before we hit the floor.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.


You Spin My Head Right ‘Round

21 Jul

This has been my second official week of teaching Spinning/Group Cycle, and I’m LOVING it so far. I’ve taken Spin for years and always thought I’d like to try out teaching the class and so here I am! Its crazy that I’m finally doing what I’ve dreamed of for the longest time, and I really enjoy it :) My class just seems to go by so quickly…but not without some hard work involved! We were all sweaty messes today…I’m just glad that I’m able to help people get a good workout in to start their day! I’ve been in their shoes before and I loved taking Spin classes for the intense workout that you got in such a short period of time! I teach a 45-minute Starter cycle early mornings and I find that to be almost more challenging than a regular 1 hour Cycle class…not only do you have to cram an intense workout into a shorter period of time, but you have to keep it interesting without making the class too advanced for the newbies! I think its safe to say that today’s class was just that! ;)

Here are some songs that I’m loving for class right now:

  • Somebody to Love–Justin Bieber *Good song to use for jumps!
  • Airplanes–B.o.B *Climb/Run with Resistance!
  • First Time–Lifehouse *Seated Flat/Jumps/Sprints!
  • Chelsea Dagger–The Fratellis *Seated Flat/Sprints!
  • Heartbreak Warfare–John Mayer *Climb!
  • Summer of ’69–Bryan Adams *Seated Flat!

*These are just suggestions! I’ve varied them in my classes…most of these songs can be used a variety of ways :)


Where has the time gone?!

17 Jul

Well here I am again neglecting my blog…ha ha! July has turned out to be pretty busy, so I haven’t had time to sit down and write out my thoughts and catch up with where my life has taken me lately!

First of all, I just found out I was accepted to a law school nearby my home, so I will be commuting from home now instead of moving 5 hours away to go to law school in Charlotte! I’m a little excited, to be honest…I wasn’t sure about moving to a big city where I knew no one…and not to mention I love being home. After being 5 hours away from home at college the past few years, its nice to be back in my hometown :)

I also finally started teaching group fitness classes at the gym, and since I’m living at home now(!) I get to continue to work throughout the school year…I’ve never worked and juggled school at the same time, but hey, I know I’m going to work out anyways every day, so may as well get paid to do it! haha ;) I’m going to stay busy with this one though…I have lots of trainings to take to be an “official” Y employee and then I’ll have trainings that I have to keep up-to-date every year as well. I’m really excited though…this is what I’ve always wanted to do. Some people have dreamed of becoming an actress…or a doctor…or a musician…but I’ve dreamed of becoming a fitness instructor! haha…kidding…maybe…

I’ve been spending lots of time with family & friends…I love summer and everything it entails. Parties, fun, swimming, riding on the backroads listening to good music, random road trips and lots of fun. Ah. We haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet…concerts, friends visiting, and vacation are coming up real soon…so excited! Here’s to hoping summer slows down just a bit so we can enjoy it as much as possible! ;)


Things To Do When There’s Nothing To Do…

10 Jul

I figured I’d do a little questionnaire since I don’t have a lot to say! Sometimes I do wish my blog was anonymous so I could talk about whatever it is that I want to, but for now I’ll keep my mouth shut! haha :)

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: 70 degrees…what can I say, its been extremely HOT here and I like staying cool :)

B- My BEDROOM theme is:
Pale green walls with a Tommy Hilfiger floral print comforter/window treatments…its preppy-ish and classic looking…
C- The CAR in the driveway is: Chevrolet Blazer…my next vehicle is going to be a big truck…haha

D- My DESK looks: Organized

E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: 9am…I am lucky I don’t have to work early this summer, so I get to sleep in a little!

F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: My hair

G- My GARAGE is filled with: Lots of things…everything but VEHICLES. Who actually puts their cars in a garage nowadays though?! haha kidding :)

H- My HOUSE is: my favorite place…we custom built it, so its really a special place since we put so much into it!

I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you’d see: Lots of pictures of friends and family

J- My favorite JUICE is: I don’t really like juice actually…except for orange juice in my mimosas. haha.

K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: The island countertop…plenty of room to get some baking done!
L- The LAST person who visited my home was: The boy

M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: Tim McGraw concert tickets!

N- My NEIGHBORS think I’m: crazy…for going out and running in all types of weather every day, no matter what the conditions…haha.
O- If you OPENED my fridge you’d see: Fruit, veggies, Diet Coke, leftovers…ha

P- My last house PARTY was: June 5th

Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: A salad…always quick!

R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: The kitchen or screened porch…especially in the summertime :)

S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is: Sunsilk

T- My largest TELEVISION is: 42”…its in the room over the garage aka “theater room”. My treadmill is up there too so it makes for awesome TV watching while I’m working out haha

U- UNDER my bed you will find: Not a thing…I like for my room to be neat

V- The last time I VACUUMED was: Last weekend

W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: The front yard and big field across the road…love living in the country :)
X- I wish I had X-TRA: I’d say money…could definitely use that right about now with law school starting soon!!!

Y- My YARD is: Nice and relaxing….plenty of shade. Laying in the hammock on a warm evening is glorious ;)

Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: Well ideally 11, but its usually after 12!

Happy 4th!

4 Jul

July 4th is probably one of my favorite holidays…what’s better than warm weather, sunshine, family and good friends? Oh yeah and: parties, cold beer, swimming in the pool, going out on the river, good music, cookouts, red, white, and blue, and of course…fireworks :)

Photo credit: Google Images

I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday!