Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Random Things - the Facebook Addiction

Yesterday, was Wednesday. And, as I've been participating in the Wordless Wednesday meme, apparently, I hit the nail on the head. I was indeed "wordless" ... and "pictureless" ... and somehow my facebook community has prodded me with guilt ridden tags to do the 25 random things ... so I'm killing two birds with one stone ... so there.

And stop tagging me! (please?)

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.

---> this is the Facebook version (To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)<----end Facebook version
1. I'm thinking of starting a Facebook Anonymous Fan page ... for those people (like me) who have completely immersed themselves in the cult and actually need to work the 12 steps so they can get other things done (bathing, eating, sleeping, working, etc.).
2. I always have a soundtrack of songs running in my head - it drowns out the other voices most of the time.
3. I am a die-hard Steelers Fan. Seriously.
4. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA - see #3 - and have spots on my lungs apparently caused by the pollution in the 70's - or at least I did in 1986.
5. If I could ask for just one thing each birthday, I would ask for snow. My birthday is January 11 - when it snows on my birthday, it feels magical.
6. I spent 3 of my last 4 birthdays on a plane.
7. I am related (3rd cousin) to Rico Petrocelli, former 3rd baseman for the Boston Red Sox.
8. I'm grateful that my friends Randy and Jeff who are die-hard Yankee Fans still talk to me because of my affiliation (see #7).
9. One of my favorite things to do is to laugh so hard, I cry.
10. Oh, and I cry at just about anything.
11. Being able to play, read, or just spend time with my son, is one of my greatest joys in life. I wouldn't trade that time for anything.
12. Although, having "me time" is really cool too.
13. I love to be around people who make me laugh (especially the ones that make me laugh so hard, I cry ... I married my favorite).
14. The first thing I notice about people is their smile. It makes me sad if they don't have one.
15. I love music - see #2, most genres (although I can't think of a rap song that speaks to me ... and I inadvertently used 50 cent lyrics in an email without editing them ... and have been embarrassed about it for 3 years - why oh why couldn't it have been the Hallelujah chorus?).
16. I never thought I was a cat person until I had one for over 13 years.
17. My cat never liked anyone I dated until she met Doug. And he didn't like her. She knew. But I think she won him over in the end.
18. I have always liked dogs and have had several, one for 16 years, the other for 7. Yes, I'm older than that, but there was that cat thing ...
19. I'm an approval whore and want people to like me ... right - like you guys haven't figured that out. But at least I've recognized it - it is what it is. I will leave you alone if you don't like me, eventually.
20. I tried to give up caffeine once ... I lasted close to 2 years - the year I was pregnant, and the year after ... and I will never do that again.
21. I love to read.
22. As much I love being the center of attention, or so people tell me, I hate public speaking, it makes me nauseous.
23. Doing the Thanksgiving Half Marathon with Esther and the Jingle Jog with Kel cemented the fact that running a race with friends is much more fun than running a race alone.
24. Completing a full marathon on my own (until mile 25 when met by my coaches) was a life changing accomplishment - right up there with motherhood IMHO.
25. I have never been more excited to finish a list than I am at this moment.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Who knew?

Today's post is prompted by the Tuesday meme, Heads or Tails. Today's prompt is: "Heads: Loud". To find out more about this or join the fun, click here.

When I saw the prompt, "Loud", I immediately thought of expressions using loud, such as "LOL ... laugh out loud" - which, according to a friend's 12 year old daughter on facebook, using "LOL" as a response ... is sooooooo yesterday. Just an FYI ... oh wait, I wonder if FYI is still OK ... oh no ... another one, I wonder if OK is, um ... now, I've lost my train of thought.

Well then.

The other expression that came to mind was, "For crying out loud" - as in the gritted teeth response to something frustrating ... as in my GYN visit yesterday, when he suggested that I get a gallbladder ultrasound ... "For crying out loud, dude ... I don't have a medical degree, but I'm fairly certain that particular organ (the gallbladder) is not gynecological ...".

But that's another post ... for another day.

I googled the origin of "for crying out loud" ... I had no idea it was a Minced Oath ... which might be similar to Minced Meat or Minced Garlic - but I think that's another post as well. Seriously, I didn't consider that particular phrase to be a euphemism - I'm not sure what I considered, but certainly not a euphemism. So - who knew ... apparently, not me.

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hat I found ... it was a bit too long to post all of the examples ... but here's a question - is using a "Minced Oath" still "swearing"? If you feel it's impolite to utter the "real" word(s) - is it ok to utter the more polite version when everyone knows what you're really saying/thinking anyway? By using these euphemisms, are we teaching our children to still curse but it's ok as long as they use the polite version? It's an interesting conundrum ... to which I don't think I have an answer just yet (darn). But it has given me something to think about while I'm waiting in radiology for my (freaking) gallbladder ultrasound.

Minced Oaths

The English, being a restrained lot, have a long list of euphemistic phrases, many of which became part of the language before it spread to other parts of the world. The root cause of these is a wish to communicate without being explicit. This is something the English are particularly fond of, hence their long tradition of double-entendre comedy.

Euphemisms aren't all from the distant past though. For every Shakesperian 'beast with two backs' there's a 20th century 'knee trembler'.

Minced oaths are a sub-group of euphemisms used to avoid swearing when expressing surprise or annoyance. If you hit your thumb with a hammer when great aunt Edith is in the room what do you say? It's probably going to be a minced oath. Shakespeare might have resorted to 'gadzooks' (God's hooks - referring to the nails in the cross), we might try 'shoot' or 'freaking heck'.

They are usually, although not exclusively, religious in nature and date from the days when it wasn't acceptable to use the name of God, Jesus or other religious notables in everyday speech. To mince your words, or mince matters, means to choose words so as not to offend anyone. Some example are 'Jiminy Cricket' (Jesus Christ), 'dagnamit' (God damn it'), 'for Pete's sake' (for St. Peter's sake).

It's interesting that, while we continue to generate new euphemisms, new minced oaths are few and far between. Perhaps that's because, while there are still taboos about discussing death, disability, homosexuality etc, the restrictions on swearing out loud when surprised or annoyed have slackened somewhat.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes, those are my feet

Today's post is prompted by the Tuesday meme, Heads or Tails. The prompt this week is "Feet" or "Feat".

I'm pressed for time ... seems like that's always the case these days. So, rather than regaling the masses with amusing tales of mishaps, or sharing words of inspiration, I'll be honest ... I'm tired and taking the easy way out ...

So follow the link to my January 7 Wednesday's "Wordless" entry ... and yes, those are my feet.

One of my favorite Christmas ornaments is pictured, along with my son, and his "Herr Frosch". The green on the ornament is the shade of green I typically wear on my toes - much to the delight of my son, because it's the same color as the frog. At a Christmas party, I was talking to someone about my "signature" toe nail polish and somehow came up with the idea to mimic the Christmas ornament for the holidays - that might have been the egg nog talking, but I digress.

After a glass of wine and some fuchsia nail polish accents, voila, the dots were born. But it still needed something ... (other than polish remover) ... (maybe that was the wine talking ... but I digress again) and then I saw the white & silver iridescent sparkles ... more voila ...

I'm a bit saddened, however, that the ornament has now (finally) been packed away for another year and the polish has (finally) begun to chip.

Which leaves me the "feat" of figuring out my next source of inspiration ...

And if that wasn't enough - check this out ...

Thanks to I Meme It for reminding me how much I enjoyed this ...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ho, Ho, Ho ...

OK - how many of you thought this was going to be Santa related! HA!!!!! No, no, no ... not "ho, ho, ho ... Merry Christmas"

- but "Ho! Ho! Ho! and a bottle of rum!!!" - "Land Ho!" - and "Arrrrrrr, Matey". Oh wait, that's "Yo, ho, ho ..." whoops - maybe I should cut back on the libations - I'm still celebrating my birthday.

I was going to post this anyway, but since today's Heads or Tails prompt is "Heads: Bottle" - I thought I'd throw this one at the proverbial grand ship.

Cute, eh? Or would that be, Aye?

Yes, I know, it's not "Talk Like a Pirate Day" - HOWEVER ... Santa brought Dominic Pirate Legos for Christmas ... and, as Santa knew our (ok, my) recent plight over the lack of girl Lego-guys, there was a girl pirate included. Upon opening the box, Dominic discovered the Lego girl-pirate, he promptly said, "Mommy, look - it's a girl pirate that you can play with!" And so I did ...

The girl pirate, dubbed "Lolita", was celebrating the holidays (using an upside down telescope as a goblet to drink her wine). Apparently, there were no reserves but she discovered that the soldiers (a.k.a. Scurvy dogs) over at the fort, had a bottle of wine sitting on the table by the map.

So off she went with the band of merry men ... singing "Yo, ho, Yo, ho, a pirates life for me" and the classic, "Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" or was that "ho, ho, ho?" Eager to navigate the high seas, and do some pirating!

The band of pirates, defending Lolita's, um ... honor ... and desire for additional beverage to quench her thirst, raided the fort (along with their trusty sidekick, Captain Bones, the skeleton.

The soldiers, angry, but apparently inept at dealing with the likes of Captain Bones, somehow allowed Lolita to enter the inner sanctum of the fort and grab the wine. Maybe it was her charm and apparent good looks.

And off they went, victorious, in their adorable (I mean, er, swashbucklin' timber of a ship) back to their treasure island ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lessons Learned

Today's post is prompted by the Tuesday meme - Heads or Tails. Today, the prompt is "Three Things" - Three Things learned in 2008.

While pondering this, I came up with quite a few three's ... the number three happens to be an important one for me. I was married on the 3rd day of the 3rd month. My son weighed 3 lbs 3 oz when he was born ... my birth month and day is 1/11 (three ones ... adding up to three) ... you get the idea.

Back to lessons learned in 2008.

1. Perseverance: I finished a full marathon on January 13, 2008. That's 26.2 miles of sheer will and perseverance - especially when you don't run fast (at all). At mile 22.5, when I had to start walking so that I could use what energy I had left to convince myself that I could actually go another 4 miles - what is another 4 miles anyway, after you've already run/walked 22? It was a test of will, mind over matter, determination ... and a touch of insanity. But the lesson is this ... when the road is not so well marked, has a lot of hills, and seems just a bit too long, you have the opportunity to identify your true intent (why did you choose this route, where are you really going, and what will you do when you get there). If nothing else, my lesson is that perseverance has provided me with a chance to think ... sort out the whys, wheres, and whats - without focusing on the hows.

2. Appreciation: This one is an offshoot of the first. Not just the marathon, but there were so many challenges this year (trying to grow a financial business in a down economy, health issues, employment challenges, client relationship opportunities, plumbing woes - just to name a few). Perseverance led to an appreciation not only of accomplishments, but also of the journey itself. Being able to look back to see how far I came, that I was actually able to stick it out, see things through ... even if they did not end the way I would have preferred - provided me with the opportunity to look at things through a different perspective and appreciate the opportunities for what they were and appreciate my friends and family for all of their support.

3. Faith: I think of this as the glue that held the first and second points together. Believing that there was a positive aspect of each situation somehow helped sooth the rough edges a bit. Believing that God doesn't give us more than we can handle and that there will be a rainbow made each challenge more navigable somehow. Faith is indeed the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.

So GOODBYE 2008, thanks for everything and WELCOME 2009! I believe that 2009 will be a great year - I will persevere no matter what, will appreciate the opportunities to learn, and will have faith that everything will work together for good!