I said this week that I was going to blog a little every day and not get behind.
Well guess what, this is the most boring day in the history of days.
Our renovation has begun...yay new Front Desk wallpaper
I did triple duty today, I checked rooms when the Attendants were finished, I did reception, so I fake smiled and mingled, and I caught up on all my emails, reports, and began Time and Attendance.
I also made the saddest chicken salad in the history of lunch.
Tuesday was a turd.
I had pizza.
Wednesday, I went into the day thinking that it was going to be the worst, so I had LEFTOVER pizza.
It ended up being okay.
The meeting I was dreading (because I hate speaking in public) was alright.
Scott made Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls (well he cooked them, he bought them from Troy's Butcher Shop) and they were divine.
So right as dinner began, Jr (Uncle next door) started knocking. I tell Scott it's his turn.
As soon as the door open, Jr said "do you have a shotgun?" This may be startling to some, but we were like, "No, but we have pistols.."
No one asked why, LOL.
Turns out there was a rattlesnake in the backyard.
I think I handled it well....
I'll spare you the details, but it's dead now.
I have video, but it's mostly just Scott's butt crack.
Apparently the rule is, if you kill a snake you have to cut off their rattlers. Rattles?
The best part of the story was, why was Jr in our back yard to begin with?
He said he went to steal a cinder block, but it turns out they were stepping stones.
"Well damn hell, those ain't even got holes in them!"
Rebecca and I went walking, I came home, cleaned up the kitchen, and watched a movie.
CAN WE NOT!!! MORE SNAKES!!!!!
Thursday we loaded up and went to Alexandria.
Of course, I was putty in her hands......
When we got back, Scott had a surprise for me.
He still makes me swoon.
Scott and I went grocery shopping.
This is why Walmart is bad...
Below is my list;
Do you know how much was spent? $194....
And I forgot the avocado.
Friday I was off. I slept in until 9:30am. It was fabulous.
If you ever wondered what I do on my off days besides clean the house and laundry, this is it:
I stuff face, read recipes, and watch Harry Potter.
Saturday I got to sleep in a little, then head to work. It wasn't terrible.
When I got off, I headed to the grocery store to get more groceries, I get in line, I always have my card ready to go when they start to scan.
Yeah....after an hour of accumulating everything I needed for a week's worth of meals, I had no wallet.
I had to leave empty handed, do the walk of shame.
I get about 10 miles from home, and my fuel light comes on. It says that I have 12 miles left.
I found my wallet at home, in my bedroom, inside of a Shoe Carnival bag.
So Sunday morning I decide that I am going to rule this day. I made a list, got ready for church, got clothes to change into when I got to work, I even remembered shoes.
I pull up at the gas station and see a good looking guy, and I think, aw yeah, I'm going to get out, suck in, smile real big, make him fall in love.
I got to get out of the car......
and I was still in my seat belt. He saw me get caught. He mocked me.
I messaged Scott my dumbass move, and how we will be together forever because no one would ever want me. LOL.
Lily is always my BFF in church.
**cropping out the super fatty areas, lol**
That's all I have for this week!
Monotony at its best.
I feel like I haven't blogged in months.
Nothing much to tell....work, sleep, church, complaining about low carb, taking/stealing pictures of Lily.
We had a "town day" this past Thursday.
I am currently at 13 of 50 for my Book Reading Goal
Carnage at the Christmas Party: A Mystery Novella by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
So after 25 years of reading nothing but serial killer+forensic+dark murder books, I decided I needed a change for a while. I have been looking at a more lighter genre, so I saw this and borrowed it from the Kindle Library.
It's a no from me.
I am neither a writer or an editor, but this was just bad on both parts.
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This book deserves its own blog, but I am just gonna leave this here:
The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I first started reading, I was so pumped up because I have waited almost a decade for this. It was not like the other books. I sat it down, and would read a couple of pages here and there. About two weeks ago I thought well pish posh, I'm going to finish it. I loved it. Once you figure out WHY this bizarre thing is going on, it IS like the other books. Loved it.
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Do to my affectionate personality, there is no doubt that I am not the favorite child.
I am loving this Snapchat filter....
Random thought: When I die, there is to be no "she has gained her heavenly wings", "she is free from the bounds of this earth", "she has gone to be with her daddy", none of that.
I died. I was cremated.
The heat has arrived. It will be here until October.
So maybe there was an alligator 5 miles from here (I did not take the picture)
That's pretty much all I have for now!
A few random pictures, and me, counting down the days until vacation!
I was nervous about this box. From watching Bizarre Foods, I know all of the unusual snacks that are popular there.
I dove in deep with the most unique one.
The Chocolate Cheeseburger.
Then there is Sakuma Matcha Candy:
The below video was for the Grean Tea flavored....something
The brown looking candy....
The Kiwi Gummy one...
I should have probably wore makeup and fixed my hair for a video...meh
Umaibo Teriyaki Burger Flavor and Gyutan(beef tongue) Flavored something.
I didn't like it, then I did, then I didn't.
It's a complex snack time.
Now these things, the Bourbon Petit Caramel Rice Crackers, I thought tasted exactly like Ginger Bread Cookies.
The last thing was Mame Mix, I just went in all willy nilly.
It was the most bizarre trail mix ever.
It was super spicy, and then boom, chocolate.
There were seaweed peas, broad beans, soy covered peanuts, and then...chocolate morsels.
I dig it.
Next month, Mexico!
This month's box spoke to my heart.
It was mostly chocolate.
The first thing we opened:
had me like...
In 1849, the Austrian baker Oscar Pischinger found great fortune with a very simple creation. A super thin, light wafer cookie that flew off the shelves. To make the cake, the thin wafers were laid on top of each other, with a delicate coating o chocolate spread between each wafer. After a stack of 12 wafers were added, they were covered in a melted chocolate coating to finish off the cake.
I was so excited to try the Pizza Rolls!
I ate one...
Then Scott ate one....
Then I gave Callie one....
But you know what? They totally redeemed themselves.
The next day I tried another one, MAMA DIDN'T RAISE NO QUITTER!, and they weren't that bad.
And honestly, all of the rest of the stuff was good, and it was just chocolately. It was all kind of the same...until the last thing:
I could eat this every day.
Apple Strudel, ya'll.
Here are the rest of the snacks, all yummy:
Next month, Japan!
I am nervous, the booklet said something about a Chocolate-Covered Cheeseburger?!?!?!?
This book sucked me in for days.
I finished, but I am not done! Now I am looking for more books on the topic. I have 7 pages of notes.
My house and laundry are neglected, I haven't seen the Walking Track in a week, and instead of making lunch today, I didn't want to stop reading so I ate a can of Vienna sausage.
People at work are like "SHUT UP ABOUT THE BOOK!!!"
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read many articles about this book, the figures and tribes in the story, and several of them said "that ending though!". I see what they mean. At 73% (if you're reading on the Kindle), the book ends. The rest is footnotes and sources, and to my delight, pictures. I kind of don't want to watch the film, which is loosely based on the expeditions of Col. Fawcett, because I know it will not hold a candle to this book and all of research that went in to it.
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My beautiful sister had a birthday!
Lily was excited, she planned a party. There were "Frozen" plates, cake, and Skittles.
Had fun on our Chinese Buffet Carb-Fest!
Percy Fawcett and the Lost City of Z: The History of the Explorer's Mysterious Disappearance in Search of El Dorado by Charles River Editors
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I learned a few new and different facts. A quick read.
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Peter & Emily, The Girl From New York by Thomas Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I always say that when I finish a book with a satisfying ending, I will not read he epilogue, because I had closure, and then bam!....things change.
When I finished this book, I was at peace. Then!!! I read the epilogue, which was a set up for the next book. WHAT!!!!!! Now I am going to get sucked into this series. I am not going to say what happens, it's a huge spoiler, but I am looking forward to reading it.
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I realize that I am a grown ass woman, but after emptying the Amazon Prime Pantry box, I was like hmmmmmm......"what if I could fit in that?"
The answer was yes.
As a couple of 13 years, Scott and I have been to a sporting event of every sport that I watch, minus NASCAR. I did that before we met.
This weekend, we can add Bull Riding to the list.
We went to see the PBR Touring Division in Alexandria.
It was everything that I hoped it to be.
I wait all year to trick out the May Lost and Found tub.
That's all for now!
This is the fourth post that I have written about my oscillating fan, Matt.
Sadly it will be the last.
For over a decade, it's because of him that I have slept through all the ruckus next door.
He has caused many fights between Scott and I (because he is an anemic little girl)
Matt is Tearing Us Apart!
He has sparked many a late night conversation.
In Which We're The Donner Party
And once, he tried to kill me.
The Night Matt Tried to Kill Me
But he was a fine roommate.
I feel like the kid on The Brave Little Toaster that just wanted his things back.
I really wish that I had something interesting to blog.
For the most part, since the last blog, it has been work, sleep, complaining about no-carb, and reading.
I am never going to meet my 50 Books in a Year goal because I got sucked into "The Lost City of Z' by David Grann. Now when I start to read about things that pique my interest, I can't just read it. I have a notebook, and highlighters, and as we speak, 14 tabs open on my laptop about not only the man the book is about, but about where he was, the people that were involved, the country, the tribes, all of it.
I am a inveterate reader, I can't help it :)
The movie premiered this weekend, but I think I want to wait until I finish the book. I heard it was extremely watered down, and changed up so much for cinematic purposes.
Hockey is over, DISH Network airs ZERO Braves games, and if they did I am sure they wouldn't come in anyway. NASCAR was rained out today, and PBR is currently recording. We are going to an event in a couple of weeks, so I am excited about that!
Easter Sunday pics!
You know you live in Louisiana when....
This got me in the feels. A local policeman passed away, and for the funeral procession two firetrucks on each side of the road had this flying high.
I was stopped underneath it when I took it. It was breathtaking from farther away, but Scott flipped out when I went to take a picture because "There are cops right there!", like they are going to stop the funeral procession to give me a ticket for taking a picture whilst driving 3 MPH.
(Note, I always pull over for a funeral procession, they were just getting ready to leave the church, it had not started yet)
I end this week with Callie...the most helpful dog in the history of domesticated dogs.
We recently signed up for Universal Yums. We will receive a monthly box with the most popular snacks from a different country.
We were doing Love With Food, and I didn't want to be a big fatty and have two boxes, so we will try this one for a while.
I am sure you have wondered what the most popular snacks from Israel are!
So here is what was in the box, and what I thought:
There is only one snack in Israel that is bought by 90% of households, and it's this peanut butter covered corn puff, called Bamba.
Scott was like:
....aaand I was like:
But in it's defense, I don't generally like peanut butter flavored things. I am a eat it straight out the jar kinda gal.
I loved these! Super high in carbs, but they ARE mini bagels.
Called Abadi Falafel Mini Bagels, what makes these special is falafel. Falafel is one of the most beloved foods in Israel. You can find it in stands all across the county selling hot, fried falafel with pickles and cabbage rolled inside a pita sandwich. Israelis claim falafel as their own invention but the Egyptians, Palestinians, and Lebanese have all countered, declaring that they invented the delicious chickpea and bean fritters.
Ya'll. Imagine one of the richest chocolate bars you have ever eaten, only .5 seconds after swallowing you get the sensation of Pop Rocks.
I ate a small piece like a good diabetic low-carber should the first night.
Then on night two, I gobbled the entire thing up.
Meh, I lived.
It is called Elite Chocolate Bar with Popping Candies.
In 1918, a man named Eliyahu Fromenchenko began making chocolate in his kitchen in Russia. He soon realized that the Soviet Union was too unstable for launching a company, so he decided to move to nearby Latvia. He named his business Leema, and remained in Latvia until Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. He feared that Europe was becoming too unsafe for Jews, so he moved his family to Israel (then Palestine) in 1934, and it quickly became the largest chocolate company in Israel. Today, one of their most famous creations is this chocolate bar filled with popping candy.
I really loved the texture of this. Not too rich, not too bitter.
To create the razor thin folds for this smooth, crumbly milk choloclate bar, the company Elite uses a secret process. The wing of the factory where they make this car is strictly off limits to anyone without a special badge, and no photos of the manufacturing process have ever been taken.
This tiny thing had 45 carbs. I nibbled on it for 2 or 3 days, until I came home from a 16 hour shift, having been awake over 24 hours, I was tired and hangry, so I shoved what was left in my mouth.
It was fabulous.
Vanilla & Walnut Achva Halva.
Made with sesame tahini, table sugar, and glucose syrup, slowly, each batch stirred by hand.
They were indeed bittersweet.
After I ate them all without sharing!
I forgot to mention that all of the nutritional and historical info I have on these items come from a provided booklet :)
Also provided, a toy Dreidel.
With instructions on how to play.
And lastly, these little gems.
I didn't read any info on them before I popped one in my mouth, but I was expecting cinnamon.
To me they tasted like bacon and sunflower seeds.
I really hope I enjoy future boxes as much as this one!
The info pack includes trivia, info about the food, and a brief history on the county.
Next month, Austria!
For the past few weeks I have worked many days in a row, all three front desk shifts, plus checking rooms, plus my normal jobs. Two days I was awake 24+ hours.
I took the weekend OFF!!! LOL.
We came to Tyler, Texas. We were here last summer (Summer Texas trip). We are in a very nice Homewood Suites. The Grand Opening was yesterday. It is brand new, in a quiet part of town, but just minutes from everything.
Our room has a ceiling fan, full refrigerator, and a dishwasher. I am never leaving.
Not to impugn our hotel in any way, but this is swanky. I work in a hotel, I never get to visit any!
I feel I am being mocked.
We left Friday afternoon:
With minimal arguing, we stopped in Shreveport for lunch.
Right now I should warn you that my low-carb way of life is on the back burner this weekend.
We went to Arby's, I got the Traditional Gyro, no fries. 55 carbs, y'all. I ate every crumb.
When Scott decided to stop driving on the side of the road, and at almost the speed limit, we made it to Tyler.
We got checked in...
I went straight to the potty and tried to turn on the bathroom light. I flicked on and off, and nothing. I tried the one by the sink, nothing.
I said well hell, our room is defective. I grab my key to go downstairs, and see RIGHT by the front door.....MASTER SWITCH.
I also wanted to keep these, but delete them off of my phone. :)
After unpacking and walking the property, we went on a food search.
Jucy's Hamburgers it was.
Shut up, I ate a whole 1/4 pound.
Scott however, got the biggest one they had AND fries.
When we left, I said "let's go down this road and see where it goes".
This NEVER turns out well.
We drove for a bit, I love to just ride and look. We didn't see anything from our previous trip that was recognizable, so Scott said "let's turn around". And then....
A prison. If you knew how hilarious and dramatic Scott can be, this was LOL.
"Oh HELL NO, that's a guard tower, LET'S GO!!"
Not half a mile away, I said "oh look, there's an Islamic symbol. Oh hey! It's a Muslim temple!"
SCREEEEECH!!!! He did a u-turn right there and headed back the other way, only to find a guy digging in a donation bin with his bicycle in tow. Simultaneously we yelled, "DEEBO!"
We made it to a grocery store, alive, got beverages, and went back to the hotel.
GUESS WHAT WAS ON!!!!!
Scott said a dirty word.
I cheered and clapped.
I messaged Rebecca and she said "Good Lord, that is always on when you stay at a hotel! Do you plan your trip around it!"
So for the rest of the night, I sat at the desk, pretty much doing this, watching LOTR, and catching up on my other shows.
Scott did this:
Tomorrow isn't going to be much different.
I can pretty much sleep anywhere under any circumstance. I never sleep well in hotel rooms.
I tossed and turned all night, got up and down, turned on the a/c, turned off the a/c, read, Facebook scrolled....finally at 9am I got up for good.
I took my medicine and started watching Titanic documentaries. Scott rolled outta bed after 10, even thought I woke him before breakfast ended, and then said he was hungry.
We went back to What About Kabobs.
For four hours we just drove around, shopped, and killed time. I got some good stuff in Gordman's, it was going out of business. Scott bought a watch, I OF COURSE found a flamingo, a Dallas Stars shirt, and Scott bought two paid of pants that make him look like Brock Lesnar.
After the successful 5 and Under plunder and hitting a good Lane Bryant sale, I didn't even NEED to go in TJ Maxx or Burlington!
Now we're back at the hotel lounging until it's time for dinner.
Scott did his thing, I Snapchatted and watched Chicago Fire
We have been to The Jalapeno Tree before, and it was just as good this time.
My personal highlight?
Scott got a Puffed Taco as an appetizer.
LOL! He kept eyeballing it, "What IS it??!!"
"Where's the meat? THERE IS NO MEAT!!!"
If you ever go, order the John Wayne:
I know you're sad that you missed his Brock Lesnar impressions.
I won the night with ANOTHER LOTR movie!!!
Saw this on the way back to the hotel.
I named him Francisco.
We slept in both mornings, so I have no idea what the hotel had for breakfast.
We packed it all up and headed home after a quick stop for lunch in Shreveport.
I napped in the car on the way home.
I napped on my couch. (While ANOTHER LOTR movie played!)
I napped in the bed.
I went to buy groceries, came home, and GUESS WHAT! I went to sleep.
The weekend was a success!
It's been several weeks since I have done a weekly blog. Ya'll haven't missed a thing. Lots of work, lots of complaining about low-carb, my shins hurt all the time, and I am catching up on all of my shows, so I sit at home a lot.
The most exciting thing that has happened lately?
I get a message when I am in Walgreens:
"Did you know that Lily was in the ER? Don't panic. She has a carrot stuck up her nose."
Walgreens is just across the street from the hospital so we went over there.
I walk in, Lily and Rebecca are sitting there. She said "EESA!! You here!" and her "here" sounds like "HE-UH".
I said "LIL! What did you do?!", and she said "Me stuck a cawwot in my nose"
Rebecca says it best in her own words:
Let me set the scene for you... I'm sitting at my kitchen table, organizing my music library on my laptop. My daughter is in the living room (open concept house, so we're essentially in the same room) watching Bubble Guppies. She keeps going back and forth from the refrigerator eating out of the vegetable platter that she insisted on bringing home from the grocery store. Then she comes over to me and mumbles something about a carrot and her nose. *Wat* "You put a carrot in your nose?!?" "No mama." *Phew* "I put a piece of a carrot in my nose!"
So I look inside her nose and there is indeed a piece of a carrot stuck up there. And it's pretty damn deep. Like I can barely see it. Apparently she just pushed it until her stubby little finger couldn't reach it anymore. So I'm all "Dude , we have to go to the hospital right now" Which makes her start freaking out because she's scared to go. So I make an attempt to get it out myself. I tried tweezers, a q-tip, a toothpick, making her smell pepper and sneeze, nothing was working. So I'm starting to panic and all I can think is "Didn't I see this on tv once?? Why is my life turning into a sitcom???"
So I put on a bra (because I'm classy like that), throw some clothes on her (that I'm assuming were clean) and texted my husband and my mother where I was going. Thank God I was wearing yoga capris and not my usual plaid pajama pants. Thankfully, we were the only ones in the waiting room, so it didn't take very long. And after about 5 minutes of picking and pulling, the carrot was set free!
Now, I know it doesn't look very large, but you have to remember that she has very tiny toddler nostrils haha. And it was raw, so it was very hard. I'm also not sure why they put it in a cup and gave it to me? But you will be pleased to know that after showing everyone I know, (including Facebook because apparently I'm gonna be that mom) I did indeed throw it away...
I am still on the low-carb way of life. I haven't been blogging it, but I do have the documentation and pics to write the blog if that counts for anything.
14 pounds down so far, but nothing in the blood sugar department. It remains in the low to mid 200's. ONCE it was 112. For like 4 hours. My A1C is down though, and that is what matters the most.
I blogged a few recipes:
The Bombdiggiest Caesar Salad
Beef and Slaw Stir Fry
Ham, Cheese, and Egg Roll Ups
Spectacular Slow Cooker Cube Steak
Ugly Zucchini "Pizza" Bites
Steak and Mushroom Bites
A Tale of Two Broccoli Casseroles
I fell down the stairs at work.
It was quite embarrassing for people to see me limping with a head bruise and me not having a cool story to accommodate. No bar fight, no saving a nun from a fire....my knee gave out while I was walking down the stairs. I feel knee first on the corner of the stair, and hit my head on the rail.
Books 5, 6, 7, 8 of my 50 goal for the year!
Death Comes to Town by K.J. Emrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all of the "heavy" books I read, and I need something light. There is still murder of course, but nothing like the serial killer+forensics+save the world books I am used to. I am looking forward to more in this series.
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I screenshotted a bunch of pics......
I read once that if you get ink on your clothes, that toothpaste and a toothbrush will get it right out.
It is true!
But then, you get to go through the rest of the day like this:
Our hand dryer is a fancy Dyson one that when you have to have both hands in it to activate it. I have tried many times to dry my shirt, because I am always looking like my water broke.
I ended up getting a hair dryer and taking off my shirt in my office.
No one thought it was weird I had a hair dryer going with my door closed.
They've been around me too long.
One thing that I discovered I can only get in Alabama?
Diet Grapico. It's bottled by Buffalo Rock, and found only in certain areas of the state.
I have tried unseccessfully to order it from various places, the shipping costs that I have found the cheapest? $39.95. Per case. That was from the Buffalo Rock site itself.
Luckily, I whine about it enough to all of the Guests that are coming from Alabama, and a sweetheart brought me not only TWO cases, but two Alabama koozies.
I was way more excited than Scott, and they are for him!
I end with not one, but two tornados.
On a Friday night we were alarmed of bad weather. Phones were charged, a/c was turned down, everyone was watching the news. Around 10:00pm it got bad. Like....bad.
I think Scott was trying to be macho, but he kept insisting that we go to the hotel so "I would feel safer".
I didn't want to get out in it, but I put on shoes and we went. It wasn't so much the rain but the wind. There was debris all over the highway, and we met no cars that I thought was weird, but hey, we were in a tornado warning. We get within a half mile of where you turn off our highway onto the highway that the hotel is on.
Annnnnd......there is a tree across the road.
No way in, no way out. No wonder we didn't meet anyone!
We had to turn around and go back. The power was out, my phone was dwindling down, and I was eating peanut butter straight from the jar.
I was calming down, and then I get a text from my Mother.
Like I wasn't already. And then....
"Bailey is on her way home".
I explained the tree was across the road and she had no way to get home. She needed to go to the hotel, or stay wherever she was.
Then I had a mini panic attack until I knew she was somewhere safe. But not THAT safe! A confirmed tornado touchdown hit right where she was. My boss lady's house suffered damage, her daughter's house, that she has only been in a couple of months, a tree went right through it. Many, many homes and vehicles are still currently tore up.
Tarps everywhere from this storm as I type.
I kept heckling Bailey until I knew she was safe and was going to stay somewhere overnight.
Our power was out for 15 hours. It wasn't bad, I got a lot of laundry folded and put up.
But thank the Lord when it came back on.
Bailey finally made it home.
3 days later, the tornado watch is back, horrendous rain and winds.
I am kinda freaked out, but chill for the most part.
THEN!, Bailey SnapChats me, "If I get stuck in another tornado, Imma be pissed".
I said "MY LORD, don't you ever stay at home!!!!".
She made it safely.
So we're getting back into our groove, and then boom. Sunday. Tornadoes ERR'Where.
At the hotel we had to call every room and bring them down to safety. For 2 hours I had to be calm and all manager like, making sure everyone had what they needed, when inside, I wanted to curl up and cry. There were touch downs, just not at our exact location.
I knew at Scott's job, they have a safe place to be in emergencies, so I didn't worry.
He then tells me when he got home that they never stopped working.
AND THEN!!! Rebecca, Steven, and Lily were right in the heart of it!
Can't white people stay home in tornadoes!!! Am I the only one!!!!!
But once again, no one I know was hurt, and we survived. I ended up staying over at the hotel and watching Wrestlemania.
The Undertaker is done.
It was overwhelming.
I enjoy sports, binge watching TV, food, reading, and slightly bearded men.