Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Few More New Words and Some Phrases

In the interest of trying to stay "hip" or whatever the right word is these days for really being with it, I've found some more new words, and in this case some phrases, that may (or may not) be of use. These come from the latest addition of UCLA's slang dictionary. You're welcome in advance for all the ways these can enhance your conversations.

  • Bromance: extremely close platonic friendship between two males.
  • Roll mad deep: To go out with a large bunch of people.
  • Awkward turtle: comment made in awkward situation (said while putting your hands together, and wiggling your thumbs).
  • Didiots: stupid people.
  • Epic fail: What a mistake! What a failure! Oops!
  • Spit game at: to flirt with someone or try to get someone interested in you.
  • Crossfaded: drunk and high.
  • Chillax: calm down.
  • Skrilla: money

And the one I am (unfortunately) familiar with

  • Muffintop: flesh that hangs over the side of pants that are too tight.

Gotta go chillax and hope this post isn't an epic fail.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Things I wish I could still do....

It occurred to me recently that there a lot of things that I have been able to do at some point in my life that I don't or can't do anymore. This is sadly not a complete list, but includes a few of the things that are probably now in the past for me:

  • The splits-not a lot of call for this in everyday life, but it would sure be nice to still have that kind of flexibility.
  • Roller skate-I could, I'm sure, still roller skate, but I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago and chose not to, mostly because I've broken my tail bone three times and that is the way I always seem to fall, and I would surely fall.
  • Drive over the speed limit-without feeling guilty.
  • Hand stands and cartwheels-again not much call for these, but still fun things to do.
  • Ski the blacks-I guess I could still do this, but I refer back to the broken tail bone thing above. I'll stick to the greens and blues...with lots of breaks for a hot toddy.
  • Leap tall buildings in a single bound-okay, I could never actually do this, but it would be nice to have the confidence of youth that makes us feel like we could.
  • Stay up all night-or at least get by on only six hours or so. I am pretty fond of a good eight hours.
  • Water ski-I actually could and would still do this, but no one with a boat and all the equipment has made me an offer for a while.
  • Drink coffee after 2 p.m.-don't want to threaten that good eight hours.

They say life is about trade offs, and back when I could do the splits and ski the blacks, I didn't have any grandchildren, so there you go.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Words...Not mine

I read recently about the hundred or so new words that have just been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The truth is, even though I'm kind of a word nerd, I haven't been able to work too many (or, not any) of them into my everyday conversation and I don't have a blog topic that any of them fit easily into. A lot of them are pretty boring (medical terms and so forth), but a few of them were new to me and kind of interesting. In case anyone else can use them, here are a few I found interesting:

  • Frenemy: pretends to be a friend, but is actually and enemy.
  • Sock puppet: a false online identity used for deceptive purposes. (sounds like something a frenemy might do)
  • Staycation: a vacation spent at home or nearby. (We've heard this one a lot...let's hope we don't have to do it)
  • Locavore: one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible. (sounds more like a strange new insect to me)
  • Flash mob: a group of people summoned (as by e-mail or text message) to a designation at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing. (sounds like fun, but you'd have to have a lot of free time to participate)
  • Vlog: a blog that contains video material. (I 'll do this when someone shows me how to add a video from my phone to my blog)

Spellcheck is apparently not as with it wordwise as I doesn't like most these new words.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Picnic Pics

We had a picnic today to celebrate several birthdays, Joel, (June, 5), Leah, (June 19), and me, (July 7).

It was planned as a swimming party and picnic, but the unusually cool weather drove us from the pool to the park. It was a great park and we had it almost all to ourselves. There was:


A Playground

Family on the playground

Baseball More Baseball Watermelon
More Watermelom


Aww! Badminton anyone?

All in all, a great time!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Reasons-ok, excuses-For Not Blogging for a While

I read a lot of other people's blogs, and many of them seem to write something every day or two about all the everyday things going on in their lives. It seems like, for me, when I actually have something going on other than just going to work everyday I don't make time to blog or I don't find what I'm doing worth blogging about. I must find other peoples everyday lives more interesting because I keep reading.

In any case, my excuses for not blogging for a while include:

  • Having to move all the furniture out of the family room and kitchen to have new floors installed.
  • Clearing the kitchen counter tops so they could be covered in plastic to protect everything from the dust associated with doing the floors (actually the whole rest of the house was sealed in plastic...the bedroom and bathroom doors zipped open and shut).
  • Moving everything needed for a few days of meal preparation to refrigerators in the garage and moving the microwave and coffee pot to the garage.
  • Spraying and sweeping up ants that seemed to be a result of the meal preparation in the garage.
  • Leaving town for almost a week while the floors were actually being done.
  • Returning all the furniture, etc. I didn't actually move the furniture myself, but I had some supervisory duties that took some time.
  • Trying to sort out what to to about area rugs to cover the new floors (spending a lot of money on floors and then covering them with rugs is not sitting too well with Doc, so sorting this out may take a while).
  • Continuing to fight the ants in the garage.
  • Helping Joanna and Brandon move-Ok, I didn't help with the actual moving, but I did do some babysitting so they could do the move.
  • Adjusting to going back to work after a week of vacation (this was a hard one).

Since I'm blogging mainly to help myself live more consciously and to remember and be more aware of the day to day activities that make up our lives, I'll try not to let those activities keep me from noticing, thinking about and sometimes writing about them.

I'm looking forward to:

  • Getting rid of this whompin' cold I have.
  • The 4th of July.
  • A swimming party on Sunday to celebrate several family birthdays, including mine.