Can I just say-- I felt a lot better after dumping my sadpants emotions all over here yesterday. Your kind comments and emails definitely helped-- but like...there's just something about getting it all out that helps so much in the first place, you know? Like...I said it, now I can move on. It's great. I can't believe I wasted so many years of my life bottling up all of my emotions and thoughts. Here's your emotional health tip for the day: don't do that. It's much better to tell someone-- or the wide, vast internet, as the case may be.
So now it's Christmas Eve- yay!!! I've got a full slate of present-wrapping, eating, and nephew-playing on my agenda today. You're probably busy too. BUT-- in the event that you have a minute to spare...I have an exciting task for you!
Yesterday I enjoyed doing the Dialect Map quiz/survey thing that everyone was posting on Facebook. I shared the link on the blog FB page and got a kick out of seeing how some of yall scored...and also realizing that there are so many different words/phrases for things! (For the record, my 'personal dialect map' pegged me as Jackson, MS, Birmingham, AL, and Columbus, GA. Pretty close!!) Then I started thinking about the varying demographics of all the people I've met through this blog-- for instance, Candians. I really had no idea there were so many cool people in Canada before I started this thing. My loss for sure-- at least I've remedied that situation now. And now I have friends all over the map! And the globe! And it's pretty fun. So I want everyone to fill out that dialect thing and report back your results, but I really wish I could SEE everyone's answers...especially for some of the questions that are like "what word do you use to describe ______" and there would be like 10 different phrases and I would have to admit that I DON'T EVEN HAVE A WORD FOR THAT THING/SITUATION/PLACE!!! And that's saying something, because I have a lot of words. You may have picked up on that at some point. Anyway. I would love to know who calls a traffic jam around a car accident a Lookie Lou. That's hilarious. I'm definitely going to start calling it that.
SO. I can't see your answers to the dialect map thing. But I CAN make my OWN survey to get the scoop on the demographics 'round here!! Won't that be fun? I just assume everyone's like me...but I bet that there's really more diversity than I think! So if you're bored and/or need an excuse to tune out your family for the next 5 minutes, have fun enlightening me with your personal demographics (and some information about what you like/dislike in blogs...why not? The more info, the better!).
I know that lately I've been terrible at sharing the results of surveys, but I promise to do better this time. This will be fun!! Also, I may share particularly funny 'other' remarks and/or data trends in live time on the blog FB page. You know I can't keep funny stuff to myself. So...GO!