Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Podunk, Mississippi

I will not speak ill of the town in which I was raised. It's a charming town, smack dab in the middle of the Bible belt where people say things like "smack dab" and "y'all", are most always willing to lend a hand to a stranger in need, deliver all types of preserves and jellies and jams to their neighbors, and wave at every person they pass on the street. It has a cute little historic town square, a couple clothing stores, and a few fast food restaurants. Also, lots of fields and factories and churches. Oh, lots of churches. 

You have a mutual friend with everyone (most likely your mama), and everyone knows your business. Wait. That's where the problems come in, huh? Small, southern, Bible belt towns are all about the same in that manner. Everyone's #1 priority seems to be someone else's business. 

My little hometown, Mississippi voted yesterday on whether or not to make the city wet. For those of you who don't know what that means (because you probably didn't know that dry counties exist)…the sale, transport, and possession of alcohol is currently illegal in this town. As in, if you are driving through on the highway on your way to a BBQ in another county and happen to have a cooler in your vehicle…you could get a ticket, you definitely will be forced to pull over and pour out each container one by one, and you could also potentially spend 3 weeks in jail. 

I haven't been back to this town much since I graduated high school 8 years ago, so this vote doesn't really affect me. My mother still lives there, but she comes to visit us, especially for holidays (so we can have a glass of wine with dinner). 

However, my Facebook has blown up with my two biggest pet peeves throughout this election. 

#2. Poor Grammar. Honestly. What this town really needs to be voting on is education reform. Okay, that's taking it a little far because (somehow) this county was voted as the best place to raise children in Mississippi based on standardized test scores. There just must not be an English portion. Really. People. SALE and SELL are not interchangeable (and they don't rhyme)! Two, to, and too. You're and your. They're, their, and there. Those words all have different meanings. Those are just the basics, too. There were posts that I couldn't even understand. They speak another language, I'm tellin' ya!

#1. Intolerance, Hate, & Hypocrisy disguised as religion. I can't even go into all of the judgement and "expert opinions" I saw without feeling frustrated. I won't even mention the "God Hates Drinkers" sign (oops). Instead, I will just share with you my favorite hypocritical statement that I read. The argument was that people should vote for alcohol because it will increase local revenue in the city, as currently, people must buy elsewhere. This person. This hypocrite. She disagreed. This was her statement,

"I know there are a lot of people that drink behind closed doors, do you really think they will buy it here out in the open? No, they will continue to get it elsewhere."

No. Just no. Although it's probably true. Which might explain why after loads of comments made their way to Facebook about the destruction of the town coming from alcohol and the devil…the vote still passed. Because I bet half of those people who spoke out against it in public voted yes. It's all about image to them. Unfortunately, they're giving off the wrong one.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A [re]introduction

Hi! You might remember me, I used to blog here regularly. I've lost touch with Blogland over the past year, but I'm ready to jump back in. Not having this creative outlet has been a struggle for me. So I will be going full force from here on out. Starting with a stolen topic from Rachel Rewritten.

basics // Faye. 26.

what you should know about me // As I grow older, I am working on being more feminine (cue red lipstick and curled hair). I've always preferred heels over flats and dresses over jeans, but I am no girly girl. I love sports (watching, not playing), music, cooking, and my manfriend. I have a hard time being spontaneous and might be a tad OCD.

loves of life // My man, A. Family. Friends. My Mosby pup. Laughter. Food. Words. 

home // The small, southern, surprisingly quite liberal, town where I went to college. There are some struggles that come with staying in my college town, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else (most days).

dream job // I would love to be someone's personal assistant. Or an editor. Or writer.

work // My official title is Coordinator of Distance Learning Facilities and Technology Services. It's a mouthful. Basically, I coordinate all of the technology purchases, training, setup, etc. for the department. Fun fact: my first ever job was as a student worker in this same department.

other half // A and I are approaching the one year mark. Our love story isn't very typical, but it's perfect for us. And we're perfect for each other. He cooks for a living, plays golf for fun, has two beautiful daughters, and never seems to age.

favorite food // I am not a picky eater. I think my favorite meal is steak and potatoes. But I also like to eat chicken and fish and veggies and pasta and snack foods (salty more than sweet) and raw oysters and salads and pizza and tacos and burgers. What? Girl likes to eat.

standard bar order // Miller Lite.

what I blog about // That's a tough questions because I'm trying to go in a different direction than I used to. Short answer: life.

why I blog // I've always loved to write, whether it be publicly or in a journal. I don't blog for followers or to please anyone. Hell, most of my posts don't get a single comment. I blog for me. Because I want to share my feelings and my experiences, even if it's just with future me when I go back and read old posts. Also, the blogging community is an amazing one. I have made friends with people I've never met just by reading their words on my computer screen. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014


This month, I am taking off from setting goals. Instead, here's a list of exciting things that are happening in September!

+ Nashville this weekend for The Wild Feathers and Ole Miss vs Vanderbilt
If you're going to Nashville for the game, be sure to come see The Wild Feathers at Live on the Green Friday night!

+ Sons of Anarchy final season premiere 
If you don't watch this show, I'm begging you -- don't start. It will kill your soul. But I gotta see how it ends.

+ Cooler weather (fingers crossed)
I'm ready for boots and sweaters.

+ First Ole Miss home game next weekend
It's Grove time!

+ Taking A to see the Avett Brothers
This will be our first big concert together. And it's my favorite band!

+ Fall shopping!
I need boots and sweaters. (see above)

What are you excited about this month?