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Friday 5: Regionalism
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Currently, summer night edition
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Friday 5: Happy ASLIRT

Friday 5: Regionalism

Happy Friday! This is my last Summer Friday of the summer (weeps, gnashes teeth) so I spent it the way I tried to spend every Summer Friday – down the shore.

via GIPHY

I made that animated gif! It’s 1994 all over again!

basic beach … collage


We got home around 3. I took a shower, had some fast food for dinner and parked myself outside with a stack of magazines to let my hair dry naturally to give it some beachy waves.

Left: What I think my hair looks like when I let my it air-dry.
Right: What my hair actually looks like when I let it air-dry.


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Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is regionalism, which looks to be interesting. Let’s get to it!

1. What regional colloquialism in your area would baffle people from elsewhere?

For anyone new, I live in Southern New Jersey, a quick 20 minute train ride from Fluffya — I mean Philadelphia. The big regional word lately is jawn. It’s a word you can drop in for any noun you’d like. I’m all up in this jawn. I gotta get some of that jawn. That jawn I linked explains more.

2. What’s something you call by a name that differs from what most people in your region call it?

The train I take to work is called the PATCO High Speedline. When I was a kid it was called the Speedline. Today, most riders call it PATCO, like they’d refer to SEPTA in Philly or BART in San Francisco. I still call it the Speedline though, because old habits die hard.

3. What’s a normal food in your region that people in other regions might be weirded out by?

People from elsewhere seem to be weirded out by Jersey’s pork roll and the region’s scrapple. I think every region has their own weird meat product, though.

4. What’s something in your area with an official name almost nobody refers to it by?
Many people still call ATMs MAC machines, because the first version of it here was called the Money Access Center.

5. What are the names of some convenience stores in your area?
7-11 has always been around. Royal Farms is staking a claim. But South Jersey’s heart is already taken by one. Wawa. Home of Hoagiefest (which sadly ended two weeks ago). Where the area’s rich and poor rub shoulders as they pour themselves delicious coffee every morning.

I love Wawa.

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This is day one of a four-day weekend. It’s going to be great, and I am going to be a hurting pup in September when I end up having to work five-day weeks again.

Currently, summer night edition

Relaxing out in the yard. I feel like we did a lot of outdoor work early in the summer, such as planting grass and ripping out 10,000 dandelions and setting up herb gardens, so it would be a shame to miss out on enjoying it.

I wanna sit under my own vine and fig treeA moment alone in the shade

Remembering all the time I spent with family this weekend. Yesterday my cousin had a big ol’ BBQ at his place, replete with food and beer and a firepit and strands of outdoor lights. I am a sucker for outdoor lights. The only factor stopping me from having outdoor lights is that we don’t have outdoor outlets. Otherwise, I’d have my yard lit like a Hallmark movie Christmas Tree Farm, and would never go inside.

I kicked a giant watermelon ball around with Nephew A.


Today, Nephew B was baptized, almost exactly 4 years worth of Sundays after Nephew A. B is a happy and easygoing chap. He has one of those deep husky laughs that seem like they shouldn’t come out of something so small and is instantly delightful.

With the minister, feeling skeptical about that water.


The party afterwards was held in one of the church’s rooms. The lovely Kristen and her husband-who-doesn’t-read-my-blog made sure it was filled with food and plenty of room for the kids to run and play.

Manic Pixie Dream Aunt at your service.


Apparently one of my hidden talents is blowing bubbles for packs of small children. Who knew?

Enjoying another 3-day weekend, because I’m off tomorrow. I was considering taking a ride to Atsion Lake because I haven’t been there since I was a kid. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks crummy. Never fear. I’m also off this Friday (fingers crossed for a beach day) AND next Monday. I’m so glad it’s this summer and not last summer!

Debating a trip to Sonic for a shake. It would require leaving my chair.

Watching Miz and Mrs and Making It this summer. Both shows are funny and warm. Perfect light fare for summer.

Friday 5: Happy ASLIRT

Happy Friday! Today was my summer Friday off and … it rained. Womp womp. I don’t have a shore house or relatives with a shore house, so we are daytripping folk. If it rains, we stay home.

I spent my July 4th hanging out of the pool.


Except Mom and I went to lunch today at Zinburger (omg yum) and poked in and out of Ulta and Barnes and Noble. Then we got her new wireless network set up. I played some Diablo, spent time with WM, and now I’m sitting outside in my lounge chair as the sun sets. A damn good day.

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Time for the Friday 5! This week’s theme is Happy ASLIRT and nope, no idea what ASLIRT stands for. Let’s get to it!

1. What are your favorite and least favorite nuts?
Favorite: Macadamia, which is one of the fattiest nuts. Naturally
Least Favorite: Walnuts. They’re a lot of work to crack, with very little reward.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite berries?
Favorite: Strawberry
Least Favorite: Raspberry, AKA hell-berry. UGH. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a description of a recipe and I am ALL IN until the last line which includes a raspberry glaze or a raspberry vinaigrette or a raspberry infusion and … ugh. Barf. I’m out.

3. What are your favorite and least favorite tropical fruits?
Favorite: Pineapple. Gimme pineapple anything and I’m there for it. Pineapple juice is amazing.
Least Favorite: I was going to say grapefruit, but paused because I’m not sure if it’s actually considered tropical. I used this list for reference and it doesn’t include grapefruit (but does include oranges, so …???). I was going to go with pomegranate and that’s not on the list either. Thus, I’m going to go with the Dead Man Fingers which is on the list and looks suitably disgusting-tasting like raspberries.

4. What are your favorite and least favorite varieties of M&Ms?
Favorite: Pretzel and I never buy them because they are that dangerous.
Least Favorite: Crispy. They’re weird. I’m leaving out the holiday stunty flavors and sticking with core flavors.

5. What are your favorite and least favorite raisin-containing foods?
Favorite: Cinnamon raisin bread. It’s heaven by the slice.
Least Favorite: There’s a carrot salad with raisins that perplexes me. It not awful, but I’d say it’s my least favorite.

Even thought Google is providing no help, I’m going to guess that ASLIRT is a variety of trail mix, because of the ingredients in the question and that ASLIRT is TRAILS mixed up.

Have a great weekend! Our plans include cruising by the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival, because we freaking LOVE spring/summer/fall festival time! I also think I’m going to teach myself to sew reusable coffee cup sleeves. Exciting, right?

Happy ASLIRT = Happy Trails? TRAIL MIX!

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