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Complete Randomness

I’ve been a bit absent lately, I know.  I’ve been working quite a bit on the book, actually (yay!), and then we were gone for a week and a half to Ireland.  Ireland posts coming soon, but in the meantime, some random links and info, plus a cat video:

Wonderful words that have no English equivalent, part 1, part 2, and part 3.  Some favorites:  Tartle, Scots, “for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember.”  Seigneur-terraces, French, “coffee shop dwellers who sit at tables a long time but spend little money.”  Hygge, Danish, a word I have actually recently been introduced to through other means.  It “is the pleasant, genial, and intimate feeling associated with sitting around a fire in the winter with close friends.” Kummerspeck, German, “excess weight gained from emotional overeating.”  Literally translated, it’s “grief bacon.”  Cavoli Riscaldati, Italian:  “The result of attempting to revive an unworkable relationship.”  Been there.  Gumusservi, Turkish, meaning “moonlight shining on water.”  Jen, I *so* hope you get a picture of this and use this word when blogging about your trip to Turkey!

Wondering what Finnish Lapland (in the Arctic Circle) looks like in winter?  Check out photographer Niccolo Bonfadini’s photos of frozen trees.  Very pretty, but I’m glad it doesn’t get that bad where we live!

I’m going to start challenging myself in the kitchen – working outside my comfort zone with complex recipes and ingredients/cooking methods I’ve always been afraid of.  I’ve started a Pinterest board for these recipes, and I hope to do one per week.  We’ll see how it goes…and how much I screw up!  🙂  I’ll post as I go, I’m sure, but for a sneak peak – I’ve always been scared to try anything with yeast, so that’s one of the first things I’ll be doing.

A couple of weeks ago, just before our trip to Ireland, my husband was getting ready for work, and I was working on waking up.  He turns to me and says, “We’re going to start doing P90X.”  Me, still being half asleep, said, “Okay….  Wait.  What? We?  We who?”  We did a couple of trial workouts before our trip, but now we’re back and getting into it.  The idea is that each of us holds the other accountable.  Sounds great in theory…we’ll see if it lasts.

I ran across this video a while back and wasn’t sure I wanted to post it.  I don’t really care for the girl in the video (no offense to her, I’m sure she’s a lovely girl), but this is my cat.  My baby Mercury, I do miss him, and this made me miss him more.  He used to do the exact same thing, loving on me, sniffing my eye, curling up in the crook of my neck (all 14 pounds of him – I don’t have that much neck!).  And Mercury looks almost like this cat – the markings are just a little off.  I hope my parents (who took Mercury when we moved) get to experience some of this kind of loving!

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Words escape me

Writers should have a command of their native language.  As wordsmiths, they should rock at word games.  As a writer, I should rock.  And yet…

I’ve been playing WordTwist on my phone, and let me just say…I suck.  SSSSSSSuuuuuuck.  With a capital S.

In a recent game, I had the following board:

E   U   A   V

W   A   Y   G

H   Y   E   O

O   T   W   H

Here are the words I found:  ahoy, aye, get, hay, hew, hoe, hog, hot, hoy, tea, thaw, toy, way, wet, yaw, yew

I found 16 out of 56 words.

Now, granted, I can’t possibly find 56 words in the 2 minute time period provided, and some of the “words” are iffy (wha, vau, tho, tew, hayey – they don’t even exist in MS Word, damn it!).  But still, I couldn’t come up with more than 16?  What about ago, or age, or hey, or why?

I mentioned my vocabulary inadequacies to the Beau, which I think prompted him to invite me to a game of Words with Friends.  The first game he whooped my butt 387-209.  Yes, I suck that badly.  I’ve done better since, and it’s been a fun way to kill time at work. 

Then this weekend we played Quiddler – it’s like Scrabble, but with cards.  One round, I came up with the words “the” and “is.”  He looks at me and says, “I would have gone with “thesis.” 

Duh.  (The score count would have been the same, but I would have gotten 10 extra points for having the longest word.)

Anyway, I’m enjoying the mental calisthenics these word games are giving me.  I hope it helps me extend my every day vocabulary, because obviously, I need it.

(What words can you find in the WordTwist board above?)

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