Proof of what I’m not certain, nor do I think it needed to be proven.

If Maineiac can do it, I can do it. Right? I mean, she makes it look fun. She makes it look easy. And, she showed no signs of nervousness. Check it out for yourself; Maineiac posted a Vlog.

Me? I’m sweating just thinking about it. Good thing I am wearing deodorant.

Because Maineac did it. I’m going to do it. Please know, this does not mean I would jump off a bridge or drive off a cliff if Maineac did either one of those things.

ACK. I’m nervous.
First things first, which I will no doubt repeat verbally, I talk like I write or I write like I talk. Frequently, I say things that go over like a lead balloon with others but leave me laughing. It’s a gift – or a curse, I’m not sure which one.

The purpose of this particular vlog is give readers a face and voice behind the posts. (For better or worse.) Bloggers are made up of many different voices and many different accents (dialects, in fact), and this vlog shares my accent with you. (Again, for better or worse.)

Just like Maineiac did in her vlog, I will answer specific questions and speak specific words. I suppose one might say this video was scripted, though I promise I did not use a teleprompter.

As my heart races and my underarms sweat, I give you proof of something; though, I’m not certain what I am proving or that it needed to be proven:

The words I mentioned in the vlog included:
aunt, route, wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, splitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught. (I added the words: pen, pin and hill.)

The questions I answered include:

  1. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  2. What is the bug, that when you touch it, curls into a ball?
  3. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  4. What do you call gym shoes?
  5. What do you say to address a group of people?
  6. What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body & extremely long legs?
  7. What do you call your grandparents?
  8. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
  9. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  10. What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?


That’s it! Hope you enjoyed the show. If you have not done this type of vlog yet – give it a go. I’d love to hear you.

33 thoughts on “Proof of what I’m not certain, nor do I think it needed to be proven.

  1. Awesome beyond words! Now who’s the one without vocabulary? 😉
    Pen and pin are different sounds. Period. As are hill and heel. Fight the good fight!

  2. Oh my lord, this was awesome! I am so happy you did it. First off, you have a much better voice than I do. Also, we do agree on one thing: it’s soda.

    I have to tell you, I was watching this with my daughter in my lap and we were both shocked when you talked to me through the computer, like it was magic. Julia kept asking you questions, like you’d answer her. 😀

    Also, one question. What do I say if my Aunt is on top of an ant hill? Can you clear that up for me? Thanks.

    This was wonderful. You looked much more awake than I did. I would love to see more bloggers try a vlog at least once, so we can hear their voices. I’d also love to just do a vlog from now on. I am sick of writing. 😉

    1. That is so cute that your daughter was talking to me. As luck would have it, my boys walked into the room when I was talking about the rolly pollies and the word ‘hill’. The video is nearly 9 minutes, and the boys happen to walk in the room at the two moments I talk about them … figures.

      The answer to your question is simple… Excuse me “Aah’nt, you are standing on an ant hill.” 😀 Just don’t say “heel”. *shudder*

      I may have looked away because it was in the afternoon. Truth be told, I tried to do it in the morning, but I fumbled big time. By the afternoon I was bound and determined to ‘get ‘er done’! And like you said, I thought it was alot of fun, too. I do hope our blogging buddies play the game, too.

    2. Hee! It felt like magic to me, too! Once Lenore started naming off names, I felt a lot less sleepy. “Ooh, is she gonna say my name? Is she, is she?” She did, and it was pleasing! *giggle*

      Lenore, it’s so freakin’ awesome to put a voice (and physical presence) to the photos!

      And now? It’s naptime for Deb, a.k.a. “that hopeless a(u)nt-sayer” 😀

      1. With every comment, the reality of my minority status becomes more clear. Apparently I am one of few that say ‘awnt’. Oh well. I suppose there are worse things in the world.

        I am glad you enjoyed the shout-out. I’m all for my readers being awake, so don’t be surprised if I do it again. (smile) I hope you had a good nap.

  3. HA! you said my name! Loved this! I could/would never pull it off, though, so don’t ask. If I did, I’d wear my “reading glasses” that I haven’t figured out but make me look smart and you wouldn’t know it was me anyway, so what would be the point, right? And you already know that I just sound like a more negative version of Darlene from Roseanne.

    Jack now insists that he will send me a very similar communication when he is in orbit, which leaves me to wonder when he’s OUT of orbit, n’est pas?

    Maineiac is correct–you do look very alert. How much coffee, L2? If I may, though, I don’t think fire ants (producers of hills worth noting) have gotten to Maine, and this is an excellent thing indeed–if they *were* in Maine, then Maineiac would have that Aunt’s fate in her hands, now wouldn’t she? And so she would have answered her own question. 🙂 (Now staring at angry fire ant bite on right ankle.)

    Okay–LRHF has an evaluation tomorrow at the house so I have to clean the bathrooms. For Reals.


    1. Glad you liked it, Leslie. I almost called you to tell you about the post. I know you don’t stalk me regularly like I stalk you. But – yeah – I didn’t pick up the phone. And, as I told Maineiac – I was awake. It was the afternoon. And yes, I did have coffee with me. Needed an afternoon pick’me’up, don’t ya know.

      Good point on ants in Maine… the winters may be too harsh. Let me know how LRHF does on the evaluation. Have fun cleaning the bathrooms. Yeah. Fun. woo. hoo.

  4. 1. Second billing!! Sorry I didn’t have any mascara on. I wasn’t expecting this.
    2. GET OVER GG.
    3. Your boys think they trained the rolly pollies!!!
    4. I saw tennis shoes and Hot Joe corrects me. They are sneakers!!!
    5. You skipped the rain question! I needed to know, because I have no idea what we call it.

    On another note, Hot Joe and my friend Lisa and I had a HUGE debate about Don versus Dawn. He insists they sound different. They don’t, dammit!

    And Joe calls a teeny tiny river a crick. I call it a creek. He’s stupid.

    1. I was going to give you top billing, but Darla can be quite intimidating. I didn’t want her packing up and heading south to kick my behind.
      Over who? I’m sorry. Did you say something?
      My boys think many things… I’ve given up the battle of the rolly pollies. Trust me. I tried to fight it.
      Hot Joe is a wise man. (Hot, too)
      I did not skip the rain question, Kim. We call ’em ‘sun showers’.

      Dawn. Don. Good point. And, I agree with you – they don’t sound different. No way.
      OH MY GOSH!!! I cannot stand ‘crick’. Good thing Joe is hot.

  5. Absolutely loved this – made my morning!!!!! 🙂 I like having a “voice” behind the writing now ;). Have a great day!

  6. So brave of you to do a vlog! You did a good job, too, no stage fright evident. My ignorant family taught me to call the parent’s siblings “ANT,” and at 56, I’m too old to change. Sorry if this gets under your skin. The same goes with “tennis shoes.” Though I no longer play tennis, they are now my “walking” shoes or “cross-trainers.”

    1. Thanks, Patti. I’m not sure there was bravery evident – perhaps just an egotistical love of my own voice? Maybe? Yes, quite possibly.
      Tennis shoes. Truth be told, I think I called them tennis shoes when I was younger. With the aerobics craze in the 80s it became, aerobic shoes, running shoes or – as you said – cross trainers. Changing the language with the times, I suppose.
      So, you say “ant”, eh? Yes, well. I’ll let that slide. You were too young to know better. 🙂

  7. I really enjoyed this, Ms. D! Vlog-tastic! Except… I thought I was totally in ‘stealth-mode’! Yikes! Something must have broken!
    P.S. Annabelle totally does the ‘pin’ thing (don’t tell her I said so, though… especially right now… since my ‘stealth-mode’ is down…)

    1. SIG you need to remember to turn the camera flash ‘off’ if you want to be in stealth mode. I hope Annabelle says “Aunt” and not “ant”; if so, it will make forgiving the ‘pin’ thing easier.
      P.S. Glad you liked it, though I’m not quitting my day job.

  8. Congratulations on this debut! You are such a natural with this “genre”. Thank you for the greeting…smile ♥….you do have more yankee accent than southern…but it’s all good. I did first and second grade in NJ and PA, and a lot of that influence stuck. But later I picked up “Bless your heart” which is in my speech too, and definitely I couldn’t speak with out emphasizing “you-plural” = “y’all”.
    Great video…so you uploaded to YouTube and posted that way? This was truly fun…you made it look so easy.

    1. Go on, Georgette, you should do it, too. Documenting your voice within your blog will make the book all the more special. Folks will be able to read your book while ‘hearing’ your voice. Yep. You should do it.
      Thank you for not noticing a southern accent in my voice. I don’t think I have one – but I often wonder if I am in denial.
      This is easy, and I hope you’ll try it. I am glad you liked it.

    1. Thanks, Jacquelin! Next time I do a vlog – I am totally calling you out. I think I’ll even do a shout out to Reggie. 🙂
      I am glad you enjoyed. Not sure I’ll do it again … we’ll see. Happy weekend!

  9. I love it! What good fun — you didn’t seem nervous at all! And you’re right, it is great to hear someone’s voice when you’ve only before read their words.

    PS I say “ant” for aunt.

    1. *sigh* I am finding I am in the minority with the ‘ant’ thing. Not sure why. “Au” is ah. But, I’ve said my peace. I’ll let it go at this point.
      I am glad you liked it. It was fun, I admit. And, yes – I was nervous, but I think the fun eased the nerves. Thanks for visiting, Steve.

  10. I really liked watching you on video, Lenore. As with Darla, you sound pretty much the way I thought you would. We’re in agreement about “pin” and “pen,” and I’ve had to ask people for clarification several times (“You’re writing with a what?”) But now I’m wondering why you don’t make the same distinction between “Don” and “Dawn.” I have a friend who’s married to a man named Don, and the first few stories she told me about him, I had no idea who she was talking about because I was picturing a woman named Dawn. Also, I must confess, I say “Ant” even though I can see that it should be pronounced “Awnt.” It’s what we grow up with, right? And speaking of that, I grew up with the Magic Mirror on Romper Room, and you reminded me of that in the video. I actually felt myself getting nervous that you’d say my name.

    1. Thanks, Charles. Glad you liked it. I am also glad someone got the Romper Room reference. I forgot to associate the magic mirror with Romper Room – so some folks may think I just get a kick of holding up a tinker toy configured into something I call a magic mirror. (By the way, my apologies for making you nervous. The Romper Room lady never called my name. I waited. Patiently.)

      Funny you mentioned ‘Don’ and ‘Dawn’. I remember when I was a kid, I was told the church had a new youth minister and his name was ‘Don’. I was confused. I thought ‘Dawn’ was only a girl’s name. I didn’t understand why the male youth minster was named ‘Dawn’. When I met him – I realized his name was ‘Don’. How does one enunciate those two words differently? Charles, your mission, should you choose to accept it is to create your own vlog and address the ‘Don/Dawn’ conundrum.

      As I believe I said in a previous comment response, I am finding that I am in the minority with ‘ant’ and ‘awnt’. I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. Oh well.

    1. Woo hoo! Another person who noticed the Romper Room magic mirror. As I told Charles, I failed to mention it in the blog. I wonder what the others thought I was doing. Perhaps they were just smiling and nodding in confusion. Maybe the magic mirror was broken whenever I watched the Romper Room, because the lady never said my name. I would get close to the television set and wave, too. I’m coming back as a ‘Jane’ or ‘Mary’ in my next life.

  11. Here I am! Over here, sittting on the pink carpet square…under the massive mountain of dirty laundry and no, I haven’t brushed my teeth yet.

    Lenore, you’re adorable! You’re just as I imagined…bubbly and fun. I see a future for you in vlogging. 🙂

    1. No worries – you need not clean up your place or brush your teeth to visit me in the blogosphere. (Reason #456 the blogosphere rules!)
      You are too kind, thank you for your sweet comment. Good luck on tackling the laundry. It’s a battle I fight several times a week.

  12. You’re much better than I imagined you! Much, much better. And that means a lot, because the much came in thrice. And I thought of you as a great person to begin with.

    I don’t know what the concept of the Romper Room mirror is, but I like it. Had I been a small girl, I’d have revered you — believed you were this sorceress with wow magic, who could see me from behind this square of plastic and call out my name. You called out my name, Lenore! And the pronunciation was impeccable! Thank you for that.

    1. Oh Priya, you are too kind. (Though I don’t mind that quality about you.) I hope I did pronounce your name properly. Perhaps I was presumptuous to think I knew how to pronounce ‘Priya’.
      I love that you used the word ‘thrice’, too. I wish thrice was more commonly used. I need to use it more.

      I always waited for the Romper Room lady to say my name. Alas, “Lenore” was never on her list of names. Rest assured, if I ever become a Romper Room lady, I will always remember to look for you – Priya – through my magic mirror, and I will say hello.

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