Top three things I hear on a regular basis from strangers (and friends too, sometimes!):
1. You don’t seem very Texan. Why don’t you have an accent?
Most Texans who are from big cities (and especially the younger generation) don’t have much of an accent. Austin is filled with people who aren’t from Texas, including my parents. So I didn’t grow up hearing many Texas accents and I learned to speak English from people who don’t have accents. Sometimes I throw out an accidental “y’all” but other than that, I think I sound like a newscaster. Also, I don’t ride a horse to work or wear cowboy boots exclusively, so I guess I don’t "seem" very Texan, haha.
2. Are those your real eyelashes? (or, "What kind of mascara do you wear?)
I have insanely long eyelashes. So does D, so if we ever have kids I expect them to have such long eyelashes they can take flight every time they blink. I wear whatever Maybelline mascara is on sale.
3. You don’t look old enough to be married.
I LOVE hearing this. I don’t think it’s because I look especially youthful, I think it’s just because I’m short (5’1”) so people think I’m younger than I am. This has always been the case and it used to drive me nuts when I was younger but now it’s awesome. Except for the fact that I can never buy pants off the rack and always have to get them hemmed. It’s a tradeoff I can live with.
What are the comments you get the most? Anyone else riding the “look much younger than you are” bus? As long as I’m old enough to drink legally I don’t care how young people think I am!