Cool as a Cucumber


A couple days ago, I blogged about making up my own words. With many thanks to my blog readers, I’m happy to report that I’m not alone in doing so. In lieu of this, I think we should create a dictionary filled with all our favorite pretend words. It’ll be a best seller. I think I need to start practicing my autograph.

Speaking of words, I was chatting with JD today in car and I mentioned the world was his oyster. He cocked his head to the side, blinked a couple times, then asked me what it meant. You know, the whole oyster thing. It’s funny because english is JD’s second language and it wasn’t until he entered the first grade when he realized spanish wasn’t the lengua franca. Because of this, American idioms are sometimes lost in our conversation. Cool as a cucumber. She’s a good egg. Straight from the horse’s mouth. There are times when I find myself explaining these phrases and he looks at me like I’m speaking Xiaowiyhlasdnfp. Yes, like I’m speaking THAT language.

After explaining Shakespeare popularized the term (Why, then, the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open) and meant the world is where you seek your fortune, JD nodded in agreement and smiled. You know, Jaz, he said, you’re a good egg and that came straight from the horse’s mouth.

In other news, if you want to be as cool as a cucumber, I’d be honored to have you vote for my blog on the PPA Fresh Blog Contest 2009 website. My blog was nominated and I’m stoked to see so many cool entries. If you wanna swing on over and vote for my blog, I’ll think of something grandiose to do for my readers. Ummm, like give up my lasagna recipe. Okay, maybe not…I’m not that nice! πŸ˜‰

Many thanks to Kevin Fischer for pointing out that I’m entry 0005…there’s a search icon in the upper left corner where you can type that in and it’ll take you straight there. And I’m currently on second page of the website. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  1. Bobbie Brown

    February 11th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I am laughing out loud!!!! Haha! Going to vote…

  2. kasjr

    February 11th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    You have my vote!!! Let just say your all over it!!! Lasagna is my favorite, okay what makes it so good? BEST OF LUCK

  3. Nicole Monique Photography

    February 11th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    You totally have my vote! Your blog is the first thing I read when i turn on my computer everyday and I want everyone to recognize your fabulousness!

  4. Whitney Gray

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I already voted for you, OF COURSE!!!! You are the OBVIOUS choice!

  5. Lydia

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:16 am

    What’s funny is that I hadn’t heard of the oyster expression before. Maybe because lit was a class I despised in college?

  6. Chung Nguyen

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:24 am

    As an immigrant with English as the second language, I, too, hate idioms sometimes. They drive me bananas! And the boyfriend – a bigger FOB (that’s Fresh Off the Boat) than I am – is atrocious with the idioms. It’s totally not worth it to explain it to him just to get my point across. Le sigh.

  7. Rob Maxium

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:58 am

    I think your blog is a little overrated. You provide mediocre information, people flock too. I think this contest illustrates better sources of information.

  8. Marisa

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Rob… its called a photoblog…emphasis on "photo" – Even though I think there is alot of good info on here, anyway I think most of us come for the amazing photos. Thanks for all of the inspiration Jasmine!

  9. Melanie

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    you’re definitely not overrated πŸ™‚
    I think you’re fab. And I think you’re PHOTOblog is fantabulous as well!

  10. Jason

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Well, everyone is entitled to an opinion. I do not agree with Rob. This is not a mediocre blog by any means. It’s full of information geared to showcase the work of a VERY talented photographer as well as providing tons of information on equipment, style and the industry in general. And, she blogs nearly EVERY day. It’s enough to keep my wife and I visiting each day.

  11. Jeff True

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:22 am

    You got two votes from Holli True Photography!!!

  12. The Last Forty Percent Photography

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    That’s cool about your nomination. Great πŸ™‚

  13. Amy V.

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:34 am

    So great to see the "cool as a cucumber" quote… my Mom used that phrase alot when I was young (taking my temp). She passed away about a year and a half ago and recently my daughter was sick and what did I find myself saying… yep, "cool as a cucumber". Funny how a simple phrase can bring back great memories! I’m off to go vote. My husband and I LOVE your blog. He swears you’re in the wrong profession – he thinks you she be a writer. He loves your prose! So… I guess you just need to "write" a "photo" book. Hmmmm… where does the line start?

  14. Holli True

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:37 am

    My hubby’s right- we both just went and voted for you!! Good Luck and Congrats!! πŸ™‚

  15. Christina AKA FandangoChica

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Obviously voting for you! And I’m laughing out loud about the idioms!! All my friends in college were int’l students learning English. And I work as a Spanish medical interpreter, so I still work between both languages and have to explain weird idioms all the time. They are generally pretty entertaining! πŸ˜‰

  16. SJ Styles

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:27 am


  17. Kevin

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:29 am

    If anyone is wondering Jasmine’s entry number is 0005 to look it up quick.

  18. Meghan

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:36 am

    You’ve got my vote!!

  19. Katelyn

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:46 am

    ohhhh definitely voting but this comment is for Stephanie and Steven’s engagements! The comment box was overflowing so I thought I’d drop a little note in this one to tell you that their session is my FAVORITE! Yes! I think I have a favorite! Never before have a been able to pin-point a favorite…. but this one is the winner! Awesome! How do u luck out with fields of PERFECT yellow flowers!? gosh!

  20. jeramy

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:55 am

    done. voted. what’s the prize?

  21. Nicole (perfectlyposh)

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Jasmine, I adore your blog! It is always fun and amazing and represents you and all of your fantabulousness!!!

  22. Joan Solitario

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I voted for you!!! You really do have THE BEST blog design and content Jasmine!

  23. Jo-Anne Kyle

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Voted for you, of course! Something grandiose, huh? Well, if you won’t give up your lasagna recipe, how about letting us see a rerun of your PhotographyMentor webcast. For those of us who tried (for over two hours!) and couldn’t get on πŸ™‚

  24. Joan Solitario

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:11 am

    P.S. I told Ryan to vote for you too hahah so 2 votes from us πŸ˜€

  25. Cezanne

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Just voted! Hope you win! You deserve it!

  26. Hanssie

    February 11th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I totally would vote for you, but I voted for myself…heehee. (I think you have about 20x the readers I do, so I wouldn’t worry πŸ™‚

  27. Bobby Earle

    February 11th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Thanks ALOT!!! Now I’ve got NO shot at winning. You’re such a bully, Jasmine. First you try to take my wallet, sneak it back in DJ’s library like you didn’t take it (which means you CLEARLY crossed the line I drew), and now this?!?! Dems fightin’ words… πŸ˜›

  28. Velia

    February 11th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I voted for you Jasmine, you def inspire me and your site has become one of my favorite places to come to. Best of Luck to you and congrats for the nomination..

  29. Sarah Smith Photography

    February 11th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    hehe…my blog is just to the right of yours….i couldnt decide if this was a good thing or not since i have a feeling you will be getting all the votes πŸ™‚

  30. brandy

    February 11th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    ok jasmine, you paved the way to blogging- you are the mother of cool photoblogs, i think this should exempt you from the competition. πŸ™‚ JUST KIDDING!!! you got my vote. as if the pictures weren’t enough to drive folks here, the words! hilarious.

  31. jane button

    February 11th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    hey jasmine: you should check out – you can enter all the words you create and view tons of words other readers have submitted. some are very clever, others not so much…but worth the visit!

  32. Michelle

    February 11th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Your so funny, you crack me up! going to vote for you! hope you win

  33. Feuza

    February 11th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    My husband who is still learning English, asks me to translate some things and I blow it, I am so happy being bilingual to be able to explain many things if not in one language but in both. I know how hard to translate the idioms cause after all it is about a whole other culture. ofcourse I will vote for my favorite photographer and blog.

  34. Feuza

    February 11th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Do you know your # to vote Jas, cause I am not finding it on that page you are showing,,,

  35. Susan P

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    so, another photographer’s blog sent me to this context to vote for their blog the other day. But once I got there, saw your blog,, and realized i could only vote for one person, I voted for YOU! haha…the other photographer’s blog will remain nameless…my apologies to them for switching my vote at the last minute πŸ™‚

  36. Jenny Sun

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    woohoo!! Congrats on the nomination Jas! You totally deserve to be there, although I have to agree with Brandy – its totally not fair for the rest! You’d win hands down. You know you are way cool in writing and photography haha πŸ™‚ Thanks for being a star! πŸ™‚

  37. Sharon

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Jeramy voted here so it won’t let me vote! Now he’s gotta go to work and cast me vote for that computer!

  38. J.D.

    February 11th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    You are one of the most inspiring photographers and bloggers working today. Of course I voted for you, and I’ll be nudging others to do the same. It’s in the bag!

  39. melissa stava

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    things to do today- vote for jasmine, DONE!

  40. Gina Ontiveros

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Okay Jazz- just voted for ya.

  41. Amanda

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I love your blog, so of course you got my vote.

    FYI the urban dictionary (
    allows you to enter all your special words with the definition for others to discover and use. My friend has me hooked on his word: uncomfortafull – being so full that its uncomfortable.
    I ate so much for dinner that I’m uncomfortafull.

  42. Stephanie Stewart

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for the amusing post! Need it here on this super rainy day in Indy! Will be casting my vote for your blog in a minute! One of my favorite sayings of my husband is "Six of one, half a dozen of the other!" It cracks me up every time!

  43. CL

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Idioms are something that we are always having an issue with in our house. My 13 year old son has Aspegers (on the Autism spectrum) and interprets everything literally so what he thinks some of these mean is really quit funny. His teacher the other day forgot about his literal translations and told him they had a date after school and he was mortified.
    I headed over to freshblog and placed my vote for you because when it comes to photoblogs you are the cats meow!
    Cheers, cl

  44. Terrra Dawn

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I love those sayings!!! I need to find a good website that explains their origins. I’ll post it if I find one….

    Of course…Wikipedia probably isn’t a bad place to start. lol.

  45. Erica Velasco

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I saw that your blog was submitted…very cool. I’m sure you’ll do well

  46. Marissa Rodriguez

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    You and JD are too funny! Just voted!

  47. Amy Wenzel

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I voted for you!!! You are sooooo going to win.

  48. Liz

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Voted πŸ™‚

  49. Larry Reeves

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Voted! Great story about your conversation with JD!

  50. Moondog Photo

    February 11th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Voted. As well as the rest of the office who I forced to vote.

  51. ashley o.

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    okay, so i don’t make up as many upberfabulous words as you, but i do have a husband who i have to explain our american sayings too as well! english is his second language, and even though he can’t even speak his first any more, he still doesn’t know all of our little phrases. just wanted you to know i’m with ya!

  52. Sharon

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I reread my first comment… sorry. From now on, I’m going to make sure I am completely awake before I comment…

    I’ll make sure Jeramy votes on his computer at work for me.

    I’m a dork. A lovable one, but a dork all the same.

  53. Christa

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Voting Completed…good luck. I hope you win πŸ™‚

  54. Lindsi Luffman

    February 11th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Voted for J*…. CHECK!

  55. Lana

    February 11th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I voted for you!

  56. Mark Hayes

    February 11th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I was actually on the vote site looking for another friends blog, but when I saw you’re there I couldn’t in good conscious vote for anything but yours as the best.

  57. Elisabeth Nixon

    February 11th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I too was there to vote for another person – but after taking a look through to make SURE you weren’t on there (and then saw you were) I was unable to vote for anybody else. πŸ™‚ Good luck!!

  58. Raquelita

    February 11th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    voted for you and hope you win πŸ™‚

  59. Dee

    February 11th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    My vote cast for you, darlin’ Jasmine!!! And YES, you are that nice and so I’m waiting for your prized lasagna recipe complete with photos! πŸ™‚


  60. Autumn Olive Photography

    February 11th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    How fun! Good for you and the best of luck!

  61. Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography)

    February 11th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    CUTE! I always wonder what people who didn’t grow up speaking English would think of our strange phrases.

  62. terri Z

    February 11th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    my vote is for you jasmine !!! πŸ˜‰

  63. imthiaz houseman

    February 11th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Good luck, I already voted…so, maybe we can get the lasagna recipe πŸ˜‰

  64. Moondog Photo

    February 11th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    5D Mark II in stock at CA BestBuy stores. Ask for customer fullfillment check and theres only 8 left in CA. Just passing this info amongst friends. Thanks J* for bringing all these great people together.

  65. Seini

    February 11th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    You got my vote! Can’t wait to meet you in Vegas!

  66. brandi

    February 11th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Of course I voted for you!! You are the most beautifumous person =)

  67. allie

    February 11th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I’m certain your blog will do great in that contest! It is full of GORGEOUS images and great, fun thoughts! πŸ™‚

  68. Fishgirl

    February 11th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I voted for your already, I was bummed that I wasn’t allow to do a do over… πŸ˜‰

  69. Rachel Darley

    February 12th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Hahaha. I soooo totally understand where JD is coming from. I suck at those idioms… and I always repeat them wrong too. I was once told that I looked "like the cat who ate the canary"…….huh?
    Do i look like I have whiskers, lady???! No worries JD, no estas solo.

  70. Lisa Love

    February 12th, 2009 at 3:30 am

    My vote has been cast from Madison, Alabama and of course I "like totally" voted for ya!!! You’re soooooooooooo going to win!!! =)

  71. Danielle Wang

    February 12th, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I just cast my vote for your site! Good luck!

  72. Kristin Mizo

    February 12th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I voted! Hard decision…but I love your blog the best πŸ™‚

  73. V3 Weddings & Events

    February 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Voted! xoxo

  74. Jodi {In Any Event}

    February 12th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love following your blog, you have the most glorious pictures I have ever seen!

    Congrats on getting entered into the Fresh Blog Contest, I just voted for you and hopefully many others are doing the same! Best of luck!

  75. Melissa ~

    February 12th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I am laughing sooo hard….JD its cool, I suck at idioms too…each time I say them people give me these strange looks, and its then that I realize that I’ve managed to flip the words….LOSER!

  76. Ron

    February 13th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I just voted. You got my vote!

  77. cassandra m

    February 16th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Hey girl…You were on the first page when I just searched. YEA…I voted!!! GOOD LUCK! There are ALOT of amazing BLOGS shown, what a wonderful feeling to be among such other amazing people!

  78. nicole

    February 17th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Hi Jasmine, I’m what one might call a blog-stalker, and have followed you for a while. You rock! So, naturally, when I saw that you were nominated for something to celebrate your radness, I had to swing by to vote! I must say, after checking out some of the other cool sites, I was compelled to comment on yours – none impressed me in the way yours does, and with such consistency. I love the way you write, the way you shoot, and your outlook on life. As a wanna-be photog, I am constantly inspired by your work. Thank you for creating a daily gravitational pull to your blog, and keep kickin’ ass! : ]