Southern Stereotypes

As a well-trained Southerner, I always maintained the habit of saying yes ma’am or sir to my dental school faculty and patients. Instead of the reaction I was used to back home (which was no reaction at all, since saying ma’am or sir anywhere south of Maryland is about as automatic as saying “hello,”), I would often receive a confused and borderline offended glance and a high-pitched “What did you just say to me?!

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Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky

Last month, Charles let me tag along on a work-related road trip to Kentucky. As usual when I’m about to head to a new city, I spent hours researching and planning all the adventures I would have while Charlie boy was stuck in meetings. I maybe had even let my OCD self go wild by creating an hour-by-hour itinerary based on site locations.  I wanted to make sure I had time to tour the Derby Museum, the 21c Museum hotel, and walk along Waterfront Park.

…none of these things happened.

The trip coincided with the “snow storm” that hit the South this January, and although Kentucky didn’t actually get hit with a lot of snowfall, it was absolutely frigid there. With the windchill, it was -9 degrees, and since I would be without a car and would need to walk (or Uber) everywhere, some of the outdoor and out-of-the-way tourist sites had to be nixed from my list. Plus, I seemed to have developed some sort of sinus congestion/cold virus that week; nothing that was serious enough that I could make a legit excuse to lay in bed all day, but enough to make me feel like that’s all I wanted to do.

And you know what, reader? That’s (basically) what I did.

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Charles and I spent the weekend at The Brown Hotel, a gorgeous historical Louisville mainstay dating back to the 1920’s.  It houses a well-known lobby bar and three restaurants which all serve the infamous Hot Brown (more on that later).

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So while Charlie boy spent the day getting #lawyered, I spent a delightful morning curled up in our hotel room sofa, reading and snacking on room service. Eventually I ventured out of my room for a small work out and then explored the hotel, taking way too many photos of the gorgeous lobby area while the bar pianist played jazz music. I felt like I had stepped back in time and half-expected Zelda Fitzgerald to pop up at any moment like in Midnight In Paris.

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That night, Charles and I had a ramen dinner at Milkwood  (absolutely delish, by the way) and then returned to the hotel bar, where we tried bourbon Manhattan’s and, at the end of the night, the famous Hot Brown. This is a dish created by the original chefs of The Brown Hotel restaurant, and it was often ordered as a late-night menu after a night of dancing at a wedding or party. The dish is basically toast in a creamy sauce and covered with turkey, bacon, tomato, tons of Romano cheese, and a thick gravy. In other words,prepare yourself and wear your elastic waistband pants when you order this monstrosity.  It’s just as delicious (and dangerous) as I imagined, and if you’re willing to risk the potential heart attack, it’s worth it. You can also make the dish at home using this recipe.

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The next day, Charles and I did actually manage to venture out together in the cold to work off some of that Hot Brown (though not for long). As on any trip, I am a brat and demanded we find the best independent bookstore in town, so we stopped by Carmichael’s bookstore to explore the shelves. I picked up a copy of The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan. As it is set in Kentucky and is, to some extent, about horse racing, I figured this would kinda-sorta-not really make up for the fact that I did nothing cultural in Louisville. I’m in the middle of this book as we speak and thus far no regrets for forking out the $25 for this book.

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So, I definitely loved our trip to Louisville, even if it wasn’t my typical action-packed road trip weekend! The hotel was a kind of historical site in and of itself, so we weren’t COMPLETELY lame. Plus, sometimes it’s fun to just have a lazy weekend in a fancy hotel! 😉

We do want to make another trip to Louisville in the future, when we can ACTUALLY explore the city – what should be on our cant-miss list? What should we skip? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Galentine’s Day Reads

HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY, everyone! Hopefully all of y’all know about Galentine’s Day by now, but in case you’ve been living under a rock…

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

(Psst…thank you and WELCOME to all my new readers! I was incredibly nervous to share this site with family and friends, but I am so glad I did. Hope y’all enjoy!)

 

Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with running.

This tumultuous affair began in elementary school, where all dramas begin: P.E. class.  I was never what someone would call the “athletic” type; I much preferred fulfilling my Oldest Child stereotype of bossing my classmates around and forcing them to play House or Baby-sitter’s Club or some other imaginary scenario. I usually kind of ignored whatever my elementary school coach told us to do and did my own thing, much to her chagrin.

However, there were two P.E. activities I was always pumped for: dodgeball and the Runner of the Week mile. My obsession with the first game would probably be be attributed to some sort of repressed aggression or anger issues by a psychologist, but really I think I just loved to throw things. However, my love of Runner of the Week is even more mysterious, because I usually didn’t even win.

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Mini-Review: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

It’s New Release Tuesday! What books have y’all been reading on these chilly winter days?

This past weekend, Charlie Boy and I headed to Kentucky for a weekend of meetings for him and a weekend of sightseeing (for me) – however, between the snow storm and a cold I seemed to have caught, I wasn’t up for adventuring in sub-zero weather and opted to stay in the hotel enjoying their amenities and READING IN BED ALL DAY!! What a perfect weekend, right? I’ll post a review of the hotel later this week (The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY if you’re interested), but in the mean time let’s talk about my first read of 2017, and out as of TODAY, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson!

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8 Movies to Watch This Winter

Time for cozy nights by the fire place and in the warm heated movie theater. All of a sudden there is a chill in the air here in Atlanta! We even have a slight chance of snow this weekend. I love how stressed Southerners become over the chance of a little snow…the entire city shuts down!

For some reason, winter weather makes me crave nights spent with a bowl of popcorn and a good movie on the screen. Luckily, this is prime season for some of the best movies of the year to be released. Here are the top eight movies I’m interested in seeing or have seen already this season:

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Top Ten 2017 Books I’m Excited For/Books I want to Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check it out here to see other top ten lists and bookish blogs! You can also check out some of my own personal Top Ten Tuesdays here, here, and here

I decided the first half of this list would be books specifically released in 2017, and the other half would be books on my TBR list for this upcoming year, regardless of when they’ve been published. Without further ado:

  1. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson – I have been reading the ARC version of this novel and have loved the drama and high school angst in this book!
  2.  Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’ve mentioned my excitement for this book a couple of times before (see here), but again, I am incredibly excited for this book. Two sisters on a mysterious island and a legendary once-a-year performance? Yes please!
  3. A Separation by Katie Kitamura – This book is described as a searing character study, of a couple whose marriage is falling apart. Character driven novels settles right into my wheelhouse.
  4. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – I loved Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, so I’m beyond excited for her to have a new release.
  5. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller – another ARC I’m in the middle of right now. Her prose is beyond beautiful, y’all.
  6. Evicted by Matthew Desmond – A study of the housing crisis in America.
  7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I’m ashamed to admit this, but I read an entire half of this book and then DROPPED IT last year! Not on purpose, but I got distracted by a slew of ARC’s that I needed to read by a deadline, and they never seemed to end…and the months went by and I never got any further with Tolstoy, though I genuinely enjoyed the portion I read. I won’t let this happen again!!!
  8. Diary of a Provincial Lady By E.M. Delafield –  everyone keeps telling me I’ll adore this story, so I’ve nabbed a copy.
  9. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – I love all his shows, and after reading a couple of writing samples of his I have to read this book ASAP.
  10. Swing Time by Zadie Smith – I received a copy for Christmas and can’t wait to dive into the world of dance!

What are you most excited to read this year? I want to know! Happy reading, y’all!