Confessional Friday: {Link-Up}

  • I confess that I really wish I knew how to turn off Facebook publicizing my every move. If I look at a website, inquire about a size from a boutique, listen to a dadgum song on Spotify or blow my nose – Facebook tells the world. 
  • I confess that I am cheap. Stephen and I have had this goal of learning Italian for approximately the entire three years we’ve been together. We are thisclose to buying Rosetta Stone, but it costs more than my car payment. Significantly more. So we recently did a bootleg version of it online. And there’s a reason it was a bootleg version. 

So far, we’ve learned “La bambina beve”: The baby drinks; and “La bambina mangia”: The baby eats. I have a feeling these phrases won’t get us very far in Italy. But we’ll be in luck if we need to identify an infant eating pasta.

Buy the real Rosetta Stone. Lesson learned.

  • I confess that I’ve been sucked into a vortex known as Rosecliff. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but it’s time – I have an addiction. Rosecliff is this really nerdy game that involves searching for random objects within various “rooms” that look like some of the houses on Hoarders. It’s probably a super ancient game that my belated-adapter self is just now discovering. I don’t care. 
  • Am I the only one who can’t resist clicking the recommended YouTube videos or iTunes songs? Like, when you go on iTunes to purchase one specific song and then it gives you the ‘ole “You might also like (insert name here)”. Why yes, iTunes. I believe I might. Gets me every time. 
  • The little mom ‘n pop pharmacy that I use sends me the sweetest handwritten thank-you note every time I have a prescription filled. This makes my heart so full of happiness for the small businesses that still do the little things for their customers. They are my heroes.

  Confess to me, bunnies!


  1. Are you a part of groupon or living social?

    I bought my boyfriend Rosetta Stone for his birthday, because I recieved a 42% off coupon from Groupon. Otherwise it would have been another tie ;)! [jk]

    Happy friday!

  2. I am with you on the Rosetta Stone. Ain't nobody got Tim for those prices. They know they could help a girl out.

  3. I laughed a lot at identifying an infant eating pasta.

    I'm always saying "I wish I knew italian" and never doing anything about it.

  4. I also want to learn Italian so badly. I know the basics because I took a class in college, but it's definitely hard. It also sucks that Rosetta is so dang expensive! I might just have to take the plunge and go ahead and buy it one day though.

  5. I confess that all I want to do when I get off work is go home, put clean sheets on the bed and watch netflix all night. I am 26 should be dying to go out and all I want to do is snuggle (alone).

    I also confess that I HATE my job working at the food stamp office and that we working Americans will be paying MORE taxes this year. Happy Friday!

  6. Mj gets us Rosetta Stone for free from the Army and I STILL haven't done it yet! Well, I did part of it and then stopped. I think you should go for it. I was learning and enjoying it...before I stopped. Happy Friday!

  7. That is awesome that they send you a note! Little stores like that are what make me proud to be from a small town!

  8. I took a semester of Italian in college and didn't feel like I'd learned anything until my first day studying abroad there in college when I realized my host mom didn't speak any English. I'd love to brush up on it with Rosetta Stone. It's such a pretty language.

  9. Rosetta Stone Italia was worth every penny. If you are planning on visiting Italy, it will help greatly in the all cities. Bigger cities like Rome and Florence are pretty well versed in English and like to practice it. Definitely a good investment in my opinion!

  10. Aw I've been wanting to learn Italian too! Best of luck with it :)

    xo, Ani

  11. Where did you get your bootleg version from? I got one and it works 100% just like the real deal! I use a bootleg site based out of Swedan (im in the US). Keep searching!! You'll find a good copy!

  12. I have great news for you! Get a library card at the Fayetteville Public Library. Then go to Mango on their website (http://www.faylib.org/content/mango). Mango is a language learning software (Italian included!) that is accessible through public libraries. I wanted to use it before living in Hungary this past summer, but Hungarian is one of the few languages it does not cover...I really hope this helps!

  13. Try this website for Italian:


    It's the Foreign Service Institute, a Federal Government website that's completely free. Here's more info about it: http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/


  14. Just to add to what Mindy just said. The FSI course is great - if a bit dated (some are 40 years old). They are however free!
    That being said, the site she gave for the courses has been down for the past few months. You can find the same Italian material here:


    I hope this helps.


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