This, That, And Some Other Stuff, Too

– I am way behind on TV right now, so last night I decided to watch an episode of Scandal before I went to bed. It was the episode from week before last – the one that involves a character who is on her death bed – and y’all, that was the most intense hour of television I have ever seen. I had the most visceral, “OH, NOOOOOOOOOOO” reaction to the last ten minutes of the episode, and I was so haunted by it that I had trouble sleeping. I wasn’t even a little bit prepared for the way the whole thing unfolded. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Let us be mindful of spoilers in the comments, by the way.


– Have any of y’all been in Gap lately? Because last week I ran in there to get some jeans for the little guy, and they have some of the cutest spring clothes. Bright colors, cute styles (though still too much of the skinny jean for my personal preference), and tons of great-looking accessories. WELCOME BACK, GAP. I’ve missed you. And I hope you’ve grown out of that whole stretchy-pants-for-men phase.

– I got some bookmarks in the mail today.

First thought: Ohhhhh, sweet Nellie Olsen this makes me nervous.

Second thought: I think “insights” is a strong term.

Third thought: I would like to go hide somewhere very small.

I have to say, though, that I am so happy with my book cover. I wanted something that was a little loose-y goose-y and artsy and whimsical, and by diggity the design team at Tyndale totally delivered. It makes me smile whenever I look at it, and that is a very lovely thing indeed considering SWEET MERCY, MY NERVES.

– For some reason, whenever I type “the Lord” on my phone, it autocorrects to “The Lord.” And it makes me feel a little bit like Moses. Or at the very least Charlton Heston.

– Today at lunch A. was telling me how much he loves to write. “I may even write a book someday,” he said. And when I asked him if he knew what the book might be about, he said, “Oh, yes ma’am. It’s going to be called My Life: Burps I Have Loved.” So y’all be on the lookout for that sometime around 2036-ish. It’s gonna be a must-read.

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  1. LOVIN the book cover! I can’t wait til it comes out!!! And the fact that you referenced Nellie Olsen… yep, I just about died! Ha!

  2. Forgive me if this is rude, but do children in the south call their parents ma’am and sir? I’m from New York and we don’t really even say it to strangers. :-) I’m just curious!

    • Oh yes! I’m 32 and I still do!

    • Not only their parents, but their friends’ parents, and teachers, and most any adult. Children raised in the Deep South usually call their parents Mama and Daddy, but answer them with yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am or no ma’am.

    • Yes, ma’am, we do! I am 49, and still do, to everyone from my doctor to the checker at the grocery store and the little old lady at the post office.

    • andi hunter says:

      Yes ma’am, we certainly do! I’m from Texas & I address everyone this was, so does my mama, and so do my children. It’s just our way.

  3. You have so many commenters that I rarely comment, but the Nellie Olsen comment, The Lord (at least it doesn’t do like King James and change it to The LORD!) and the Burps I Have Loved made me pop out of lurkdom to spill my laughter out. So funny.

    And yes ma’am Ms. Samantha, those of us who are real Southerners still make our children say that. Although some people these days do seem to have a hard time making their kids behave properly, Southern or not. :-)

  4. The majority of books I read are from the library, however, I do buy my grandchildren books. BooMama, I’m going to buy your book all for myself for two main reasons…your blog brings me joy and laughter and you so graciously posted a listing of books your son was enjoying reading when I asked if sometime you might do this. I’m so looking forward to reading your book and buying it is the least I can do in appreciation.

  5. Christine says:

    I bought two pounds of bacon at the butcher shop the other day and thought of you the whole time, hoping that you have available to you the same level of bacon-y goodness that is thick cut, apple-wood smoked pork from the butcher. I will purchase more in June and read your book while eating it!! And unless I can get my hands on one of those darling bookmarks, I’m afraid I’ll have to use the bacon to mark my progress through the book, but I suppose there are worse ways to use bacon. Alternatively, I’ll just read it in one sitting and then the pages will remain pristine and bacon free. Although again, there are worse things.

    Also, as a mom of girls and a resident of the Fantasy Land that is SoCal, I can’t fathom what it would be like to have a nearly ten-year-old boy come back at me with an “Oh, yes ma’am!” to a question, especially if it was for the title of his future book. It’s like we live on different planets.

    And in completely unrelated news, there’s a commercial running on ESPN-U right now with a darling MSU cheerleader talking about how she’s overcome scoliosis to cheer for her school and every single time I see it I think of you and just know that you would say that she is the most adorable thing ever. There’s also a part of me that thinks you know her well, but there’s really no reason at all for me to think that.

    Happy Three Day Weekend to you and yours!! ;-)

  6. No spoilers but oh my I love Scandal! Wait till you see this week’s episode. Steamy. That’s one word to describe it!

  7. Donna Dear says:

    I can’t wait to read your insights. I just wish it was coming out before a long plane ride I have coming up in April. It would be a delight to read.

  8. Oh my gawsh, I just snorted and about spewed hot tea across the room after reading A’s book title. Love it!

  9. I laughed out loud at your autocorrect story. Sometime when you are feeling like a laugh you should search the term “autocorrect fail” on Pinterest. Some of them are a bit salty, but there are some mighty funny ones.

    I cannot wait for your book. CANNOT. WAIT. I stayed in bed last Saturday and read Melanie’s all the way through- it was the best Saturday morning in a long, long time. I’ve already planned to do the same with yours. So, smile, go get some colorful Gap denim, and be proud of yourself.

  10. Love your book cover! Can’t wait for it to come out!
    And I literally laughed out loud at A’s book title! Hilarious!

  11. You my Dear are precious!
    Can’t wait to read the book. . .and your little guy. . .what a hoot! Aren’t nine year olds fun?!?!

  12. I love that A already has a book title picked out! I laughed out loud!

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  13. BooMama, sweet Nellie Olson had me dying!

  14. So excited for your book!!
    And for the one that is to come… :) That was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while!

  15. just wanted to drop by and say that i am SO excited about your book! my hubby just ordered it for me for my v-day gift! we are both going to enjoy reading it! your insights on all things are hilarious!! hope your having a great weekend!!!

  16. Where may we purchase the bookmarks? It’d make this durn wait a little easier!

  17. Mine is already pre-ordered. Purchased at the same time as Melanie’s (which I read in 2 sittings! And loved.) also- I’m pretty sure we’d be friends in real life if I lived in AL again instead of AK because for Valentine’s Day, we enjoyed a bouquet of roses made out of BACON and dipped in chocolate. Hello!

  18. Scandal.
    Oh my stars.

    That is all.

  19. Haven’t watched Scandal – it’s nerve-wracking enough getting my share of Downton Abbey and the Bachelor in a house with a soldier and only one TV, but it sounds gripping!
    Sophie, the bookmarks are adorable and just a preview of all the joy and love in store for you. I totally understand the nerves, (I thought I was going to jump out of my skin the whole time I waited for the results of a competition in which a screenplay I edited was entered – it won!) but I hope you’re able to savor the “makes me smile whenever I look at it” part!

  20. I have been thinking about this, and have decided that I cannot wait until early summer to read your book. So please call your publisher and tell them that they’re going to have to go ahead and move the release date up a few months. :)

  21. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Your son needs to take it on the road!! Takes after you…which as a mama, doesn’t that tickle you to death?! I just love it when my kids make me laugh or come up with something clever especially now that they are getting older and I am seeing who they are becoming! Hoping to see you at the dotMom conference!

  22. Not only did I love love love Melanie’s book, but I was so excited to see the advertisement for your book at the end of hers. It was so fitting. Can’t wait for your book to come out. I read Melanie’s in one sitting and am sure I will do the same with yours. Congrats.

  23. So excited for your book. My son would totally buy A’s burp book so perhaps he should write it now!

  24. Speaking of running away and hiding, did you know there is actually a place called Dark Corner in South Carolina? (See google for the details) Sounds like a perfect place to hide. I am excited about your book and so proud for you. I’m even ready for your sequel. I’ll likely be in the old folks home when A’s book comes out, but given the topic I think it a big hit there as well as with the adolescent boys.

  25. How much am I LOVING the use of “Oh, yes ma’am” and “My Life: Burps I Have Loved” in the same sentence!

  26. So excited for the release of your book! Have loved reading your blog all these years.

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  28. Hi Sophie! This is the first time I have been able to comment on you blog. I found you through Pioneer Woman (who I love) and I am so happy that I did. You are Awesome!!!! I live in Queensland, Australia. Reading your blog is like talking with a really great friend. I have just spent the past 8 weeks reading every one of your posts from the very first one. I so love reading about your family and I was sad to hear when Sissie passed. I bawled when I read that Maggie and Ally passed away. I hope to visit the USA one day. I think it’s a fantastic country. I can’t wait to get your book… Can Not Wait!! Also, I just want to thank you for the way you speak about God and Jesus. It helps as I don’t really have a lot of people to speak about these things with. It’s been a bit of a tough time lately and I think I found your blog at the right time.

    Best wishes to you BooMama and to your beautiful family xo