Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday

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harris tweed breeches/breeks/plus 4's
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At that moment, a wizard in plus-fours appeared out of thin air next to Mr. Roberts’s front door.   (77)  

Plus fours are breeches or trousers that extend 4 inches (10 cm) below the knee (and thus four inches longer than traditional knickerbockers, hence the name). As they allow more freedom of movement than knickerbockers, they have been traditionally associated with sporting attire from the 1860s and onward, and are also particularly associated with golf.
Definition found here.

I was clueless and now I am not.  Of course, if Rowling had said golf pants, I probably would have thought of something more contemporary.  Something like these.  Now I don't know that I'll ever use this in a sentence, unless I'm describing a character in a novel or movie or something.  Otherwise, this is one of those new-to-me words that will likely be forgotten due to disuse.

The Most Annoying Things On Facebook photo 5
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Remember, she interviewed all the Gringotts’ Charm Breakers once, and called me ‘a long-haired pillock’?  (152)

pillock (noun, slang)
a stupid or annoying person; simpleton; fool
Definition found here.

This slang word has a long history and comes from the Norwegian pilicock.  So what does that word mean?    Well, it's akin to "dickhead" so finding an appropriate image was . . . ummm . . . not easy.  I mean, I could have gone literal and . . . let's face it, some things are simply not pretty and it's still fairly early when I type this.  I just don't want to sift through those images this early in my morning.  So I'm focusing on "stupid" or "annoying" and I can't help but think that Calvin think she's stupid while Susie finds him annoying.  

I noticed that the language and jokes of the characters in the Harry Potter novels definitely become more colorful as they get older.  Quite appropriate if you ask me.

toss that kale
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complete with recipe!
Bung him some Owl Treats.  (155)

bung (verb)
to fling; toss
Definition found here.

At this point, I've pretty much determined that I have to be more careful with my reading material.  I mean, I realized that bung is a slang but I rather thought it meant something else altogether.  Frankly, I was completely confused because I could only think bung as in . . . erm . . . bung hole.  Now that makes sense to me when you know that in science there is the need to use a "stopper" for certain apparatus and this is called a bung.

For obvious reasons, I focused on the "image" of bung meaning to fling or toss.  Seriously, you do not want to know what some of the fling images turned up.  I mean, seriously.  I was almost scared to look up toss but I played it safe by subtracting the word salad.  It is still too damn early for some things.

(Interestingly enough, it also means bribery, as wikipedia's redirection suggests.)

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But at that moment, the whistle blew, and Mrs. Weasley chivvied them toward the train doors.  (164)

chivvied (verb)
to vex or harass with petty attacks
Definition found here.
tell (someone) repeatedly to do something
Definition found here.

I've a feeling that this word's meaning and usage have changed because this just doesn't make sense.  Or Rowling used an improper word in this context.  I mean, I can see Mrs. Weasley hustling them onto the train, or hurrying them, or pushing them.  But can you harass someone towards a physical object?  Or vex them?  I suppose but that is not a strong choice in wording, if you ask me.  I have enough faith in Rowling's writing to assume an evolution of this word but if there is none, then I'm genuinely surprised the editors didn't change it, especially given that American editors had no problem changing the title of the first novel altogether.

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I wouldn’t mind giving him my bed, I could kip on a camp bed.  (249)

kip (noun)
1. A rooming house.
2. A place to sleep; a bed.
3. Sleep.
Definition found here.

As a verb, this world obviously includes the third definition.  Which makes the album title I found for the image deliciously ironic, don't you think?

There was a bleak and forbidding air about the place; there were no pictures on the walls, no decorations at all; just these serried rows of benches, rising in levels all around the room, all positioned so that they had a clear view of that chair with the chains on its arms. (586)

serried (adjective)
pressed or crowded together, especially in rows

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I hope you will visit the website for this image because every painting sold helps pay for children to get an education.  Perhaps spread the word, tell others about this website.  If times are hard for those of us who have the privilege of living in a highly wealthy country, can you imagine how much harder it is in other countries?  And children deserve only the best.  An education is the least we should strive to offer.  After all, this sharing of Wondrous Words is all about learning, right?  

Tuesday, May 01, 2012


It's past my bedtime and I'm writing this so I'll be brief.

I mistakenly linked my blog with another site. I didn't realize that is what I had done but now I do know and I obviously need to disconnect the two.  But not now.  I'm too tired.

Videos and Such

A while back I mentioned in a post that I have a tendency to flit about online sometimes, linking from one bit of nonsense to another, finding myself in the most peculiar corners of the internet.  This week, as a sort of personal sociological experiment, I am going to save some of the randomness into a single post.

Now, if I were to share each and every one, you would more easily see some sort of logical flow.  Well, not really but you might see a connection between three of four different things.  Therefore, I am not going to share each and every jot and tittle of online exploration I do.  Rather, I am going to pick a random number by the roll of a dice (D10, to be precise) and whatever number comes up, that is the next addition.  This will make it more fun for you as you look at the seeming randomness and ponder the synaptic processes of my mind.


PS:  I've post-dated this to publish after my bedtime on Saturday, 29 April.

Carl Sagan.  Need I say more?

It may be plebian of me to say this but I do so adore this aria.  I've shared it before.  Perhaps not this video but this aria for certain.

I think Snowdoll would do very well with an agility test. However, I caught myself giggling whenever Shelby found a better/easier way of doing something and I realized that if Snowdoll were to be trained for something like this, it would have to be by someone other than yours truly.

This song, this particular version, has been stuck in my head. Methinks I need to borrow a dvd from my son.

This one kind of made my brain hurt because lately, in some fit of insanity that seems to come with "middle age," I have decided to learn more about science. Not really.  What I mean to say is that sometimes when I'm dabbling in some philosophy over here, I read about something sciencey over there.  So I go over there and then I find shit like this before I've even had my first cup of coffee and I'm all confused but cute purple particles are cute even without coffee.  Anyway, by the time you read this, I'll probably have watched this about four more times, visited wikipedia and about ten other sites, and I still won't get it but I won't give up on my ability to do so.

It was nearly a Danny Kaye video but . . . roll of the dice and here we are with a young Dylan.

Yoga In Pinks and Purples

My friend Pia asked me to find some yoga pants she could give me as a belated birthday present. While shopping online, I became a bit carried away because I kept finding pretty things so I created this collage. Lots of pinks and purples. I'll have to create some yoga-related collages in different hues another time.
Yoga In Pinks and Purples

WELLICIOUS long sleeve yoga top
£30 -

Yoga tank top
$28 -

Danskin yoga top
$7 -

Fila straight leg pants
$65 -

Puma activewear top
$50 -

Patagonia activewear
$39 -

Elements Yoga Pants
$38 -

Yoga skirt
$36 -

Victoria's Secret slimming yoga pants
$22 -

Victoria s Secret slimming legging
$15 -

Buddha Yoga Tank
$28 -

$13 -

Fold over pants
$13 -

Yoga activewear
$13 -

Yoga activewear
$14 -

Sport bag
$16 -

Satya Jewelry Black Onyx Mala Women
$185 -

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ugh . . .

Anyone who knows me knows I think spitting is, at best, vulgar.  The truth is, I find it so distasteful that any time I see/hear or even think about it . . . yes, even this writing about it . . . I feel my jaw clench and my gag reflex begin to kick in.

Vomiting falls under this category of disgust so any scene in a movie, even when it is a moment that is not there purely for the sake of making the audience turn away, will make me cringe.

I could tell you stories about how far I will go to avoid being exposed to these things but to do so might make you sick.  Or me sicker than I already am.

Anyway, there you go.  A little insight into Satia.  Mind you, this isn't a phobia. It's not that I am scared into a mental paralysis by it.  I just don't want to heave at the thought . . .

Sunday, April 29, 2012

How a Saturday Gets So Complicated

Picture this:  Kanika asks me if I want to do a 5k walk and I immediately say “Yes.”  I then invite Erin to join us to make a happy threesome.  Kanika and I update our respective calendars and life goes on.  In the meantime, Erin is on vacation so she waits until her return to sign up.

This timeframe is essential to understanding what happened on Saturday.

But first . . . the rest of the week. 

Aside from Romanov having a seizure, it was mostly uneventful.  And yes, the latest seizure is alarming enough to have me now worried about him in spite of the veterinarian’s previous reassurances.  I had a nightmare, even. 

Other than that, the week was focused on studying and resolving issues that were not really issues. I alluded, in my previous email, to a financial situation that had arisen but, as it turns out and as I trusted it would all along, the crisis was quickly resolved.  They made a mistake and fixed it.  Easy as that.

Which segues perfectly to Saturday . . . but first . . .

Chris is a good friend
and a good person
Halfway through the week we learned that our friend Chris is thinking of moving away.  We’re kind of hoping that it is just a growing frustration leading up to his vacation which begins later this week.  And if not, when he comes back from his vacation we’ll know more, including a timeframe for his leaving Georgia.  It threw me into a bit of a funk thinking of his possibly leaving because, even if it is a pre-vacation burnout, it still means our friend is unhappy.  And because he is unhappy, we want to be there for him in whatever capacity he needs.  Sometimes that means silence.  Sometimes that means showing up and being quietly present.

Saturday Rob and I headed to the 5k walk but Rob had never looked at the website link I sent to him and for some reason I could not fathom Erin was there very early.  And Kanika was silent even as I hurried to get there “on time.”  By now you, dear reader, already know that something is amiss and what it was proved to be an updated website.  The times Kanika and I saw are not the times Erin saw and, if Rob had checked the hours the night before he might have caught the mistake sooner.  He did not and clearly neither Kanika nor I had which is how Erin was confused by my saying “No, it didn’t start at 8am.  We’re fine.”

We weren’t.  We were late.  Or at least Kanika and I were late.  So apparently the jog/walk started at 8am, which is not what I had seen when I first looked at the website; the two began separate from one another.  And all of this would have been embarrassing and a little foolish but the people at the walk were remarkably rude, dismissive, and arrogant.  The three of us were left with choices:

1)      We could take our t-shirts and not do the walk.
2)      We could take our t-shirts and do the walk.
3)      We could take our t-shirts and head to my house and walk around my neighborhood.

We chose to do the latter and walked around my neighborhood thrice which is, approximately, equal to a 5k walk.  It certainly was more hilly than the official walk would have been.  We took a not so great situation and made it a lovely experience.  Yay us! 

The rest of the afternoon was spent with Bibi being thrilled with her new wings and Erin and I taking a nap.  Oh and cake.  Chocolate cake.  With chocolate filling.  With raspberry whipped cream frosting.  All sugar free and delicious.

Anyway, busy studying and such.  This week has a little distraction coming up early in the week and nothing much else between then and now.  Unless of course, Erin and I run a few errands.  We were talking about doing something special which we may accomplish this week.  Other than this, I will be studying, studying, and studying some more.  Unless I can lure someone over to play a board game with me.  I have a new one I need to play and for which I will be writing a review.  But first, I must play it.  Any takers?  No?  Okay.  I guess I'll be studying.  

On a slightly related note . . .

While I study, I occasionally need distraction. Not a lot. Just enough to keep my mind focused on what is immediately before me. So I was re-watching a certain television series and I am including a video trailer below to give you a taste of what I've had easing me through my studies.