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Thursday Thirteen – Focus on Positive

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Thirteen things I like about myself.

So often, we concentrate on the things that we don’t like about ourselves. I think it’s time to focus on the positive, don’t you? 🙂

1. I like my … eyes. I think they are a pretty color. (Amber, with a splash of poo. *grin*)

2. I like my … legs. I do a lot of walking and they are pretty toned.

3. I like my … sense of humor. I have a tendency to find the little things funny. (Even when it’s inappropriate – oops, that’s negative!)

4. I like my … life. It’s well rounded, full, rich and I’m very happy. 😀

5. I like my … car. It’s an ’08 Vibe and drives like a go-cart.

6. I like my … hobbies. I have a love/hate relationship with writing and I love (perhaps too much) the Internet.

7. I like my … new walking sneakers. I wore out my old ones and I purposefully bought a funky-looking pair. (Note the lime green piping – when have I EVER wore lime green anything?!)

New Walking Sneakers
(Ignore the hairy legs. Er, leg.).

8. I like my … boobs. I know, sorry. But they are a nice size and aren’t too terribly droopy – yet. Updated: They drooped. Never mind.

9. I like my … sense of fairness. I’m strict, but I’m also fair. Just ask my children. 🙂

10. I like my … guys. Well actually, I LOVE my guys. Okay fine, I like my guys A WHOLE LOT.

(Okay, I’m starting to search for things … bear with me).

11. I like my … wrinkles. Really, what choice do I have?

12. I like my … feet. Ugh, no I don’t. Scratch that one.

13. I like my … eyes.

Wait, I already said that.

Oh well, I came up with 12 things … close enough.

Now, tell me something that you like about YOU.

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Thursday Thirteen – Romance, From a Child’s Perspective

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Picked these up from Romance From the Heart

1. What age should a person get married?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
— Camille, age 10

2. What do people usually do on a date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
— Lynnette, age 8

3. Or from the male perspective:
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
— Martin, age 10

4. What would you do if you were on a date, but having a bad time?
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
— Craig, age 9

5. Is it better to be single or married?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita, age 9

6. How do you make a marriage work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
— Ricky, age 10

7. How do you decide whom to marry?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
— Alan, age 10

8. And the female side:
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
— Kristen, age 10

9. How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick, age 8

10. How would the world be different if people didn’t get married?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
— Kelvin, age 8

11. When is it okay to kiss someone?
When they’re rich.
— Pam, age 7

12. Or maybe:
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
— Howard, age 8

13. And my favorite, What do your mom and dad have in common?
Both don’t want any more kids.
— Lori, age 8

Kids. You can’t live with them, you can’t muffle their honesty. 😀

We’re off to camp for the last time this year. Pictures later! …. Maybe?

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Thursday Thirteen – Stay Healthy

Guess what. Cold season is upon us. According to health officials, cold/flu season runs from October to early spring, peaking in February.

So listen up, I want to make sure you stay healthy, kay?

1. Wash your hands twice every time you wash them. When Columbia University researchers looked for germs on volunteers’ hands, they found one handwashing had little effect, even when using antibacterial soap. So wash twice if you’re serious about fending off colds.

My two cents: You might want to make sure you have a tube of hand lotion on you, too. With all of that hand washing, your skin is going to turn dry and flaky in no time.

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2. Use this hand-drying strategy in public restrooms. Studies find a shockingly large percentage of people fail to wash their hands after using a public restroom. And every single one of them touches the door handle on the way out. So after washing your hands, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet. Use another paper towel to dry your hands, then open the door with that paper towel as a barrier between you and the handle. It sounds nuts, but it’s an actual recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to protect you from infectious diseases like cold and flu.

My two cents: I’ve been doing this for years. In fact, public restrooms completely gross me out and if I can get away with not using one, I will.

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3. Use your knuckle to rub your eyes. It’s less likely to be contaminated with viruses than your fingertip. This is particularly important given that the eye provides a perfect entry point for germs, and the average person rubs his eyes or nose or scratches his face 20-50 times a day.

My two cents: Yep, I do this.

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4. Run your toothbrush through the microwave on high for 10 seconds to kill germs that can cause colds and other illnesses. You think it gets your teeth clean — and it does. But once you’re done brushing, your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. Sterilize it in the microwave before you use it, or store it in hydrogen peroxide (rinse well before using), or simply replace it every month when you change the page on your calendar and after you’ve had a cold.

My two cents: Are they crazy?? Put your toothbrush in your microwave? So that you can consume all sorts of toxins from the plastic? DO NOT MICROWAVE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH.

Honestly, what were they thinking? Boil your toothbrushes (don’t leave them in the water longer than 30 seconds or they will begin to melt) or better yet, boil them AND soak them in hydrogen peroxide. I do this to our toothbrushes once a week. (Probably should do it more often, actually).

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5. Put a box of tissues wherever people sit. Come October, buy a 6- or 12-pack of tissue boxes and strategically place them around the house, your workplace, your car. Don’t let aesthetics thwart you. You need tissues widely available so that anyone who has to cough or sneeze or blow his nose will do so in the way least likely to spread germs.

My two cents: This is actually a pretty good idea. How many times have we “sneaked” a wipe with our hands because there weren’t any tissues around.

Oh come on, we’ve ALL done it.

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6. Lower the heat in your house 5 degrees. The dry air of an overheated home provides the perfect environment for cold viruses to thrive. And when your mucous membranes (i.e., nose, mouth, and tonsils) dry out, they can’t trap those germs very well. Lowering the temperature and using a room humidifier helps maintain a healthier level of humidity in the winter.

My two cents: No problem with that here. In fact, our house is always so cold that I’m usually pretty numb by the time I have to leave to pick up the boys from school. (*Sigh* I wish I were kidding).

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7. Sit in a sauna once a week. Why? Because an Austrian study published in 1990 found that volunteers who frequently used a sauna had half the rate of colds during the six-month study period than those who didn’t use a sauna at all. It’s possible that the hot air you inhale kills cold viruses. Most gyms have saunas these days.

My two cents: Oh SUUUURE. We all have access to a sauna, right? Pfft.

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8. Inhale air from your blow-dryer. It sounds nuts, we know. But one study conducted at Harvard Hospital in England found that people who breathed heated air had half the cold symptoms of people who inhaled air at room temperature. Set the dryer on warm, not hot, and hold it at least 18 inches from your face. Breathe in the air through your nose for as long as you can — 20 minutes is best.

My two cents: You lost me at 20 MINUTES?! Are you insane? Who has time to stand around for 20 minutes and breathe? And who wants to pay for the extra electricity this will generate, hhmm?

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9. Take a garlic supplement every day. When 146 volunteers received either one garlic supplement a day or a placebo for 12 weeks between November and February, those taking the garlic were not only less likely to get a cold, but if they did catch one, their symptoms were less intense and they recovered faster.

My two cents: My folks SWEAR by this one. In fact, they take garlic everyday. And I’ve read other places that garlic is really good for your immune system. And I wish I could do this, but the husband has a VERY sensitive sense of smell and even though you can buy “odorless” garlic, he still smells it and it grosses him out. Since I like keeping my husband close, I guess I’ll have to forget about this tip.

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10. Change or wash your hand towels every three or four days during cold and flu season. When you wash them, use hot water in order to kill the germs.

My two cents: I’m going to get slammed for telling you this, but we don’t use hand towels, we use paper towels. *sigh* I know. Wasteful, right? But I have to tell you folks, we’ve had a lot fewer colds since using paper towels than we have had using hand towels. I also don’t use a washcloth to wipe my kitchen down either, I use sponges. And then I throw them away once a week. It works for us!

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11. Eat a container of yogurt every day. A study from the University of California-Davis found that people who ate one cup of yogurt — whether live culture or pasteurized — had 25 percent fewer colds than non-yogurt eaters.

My two cents: Yogurt is not only good for preventing colds, it also keeps the happy doctor away (ladies, you know what I mean, right?) I’m a big proponent of yogurt. Go yogurt! Or is that Go-gurt? hehe

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12. Wipe your nose — don’t blow. Your cold won’t hang around as long, according to a University of Virginia study. Turns out that the force of blowing not only sends the gunk out of your nose into a tissue, but propels some back into your sinuses. And, in case you’re curious, they discovered this using dye and X rays. If you need to blow, blow gently, and blow one nostril at a time.

My two cents
: I’ve been doing this for years. But not because I thought it would help me not catch colds but because whenever I blow too hard, I get a sinus infection each and every time. So now? I wipe – a lot. My nose pretty much stays red all the time in the cold months.

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13. Don’t pressure your doctor for antibiotics. Colds and flu (along with most common infections) are caused by viruses, so antibiotics — designed to kill bacteria — won’t do a thing. They can hurt, however, by killing off the friendly bacteria that are part of our immune defenses. If you’ve used antibiotics a lot lately, consider a course of probiotics — replacement troops for friendly bacteria.

My two cents: Since I never go to the doctor, this one doesn’t really apply to me. 🙂

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Thursday Thirteen – What If #3

Thirteen Interesting “What If” Situations – How Would YOU Respond?

Please feel free to give your opinion on these situations even if you’re not playing Thursday Thirteen. There are no right or wrong answers here – it’s a question of scruples and what would you do?

null 1. A brown-wrapped package stamped SE XUALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL INSIDE is delivered to your house and addressed to your spouse. Your spouse is not home. Would you open it up without your spouse’s permission?

My answer: I would hesitate … for about 30 seconds and then hell yes! I’d rip that puppy open and see what was inside. I actually asked the husband if given the same situation, if he would open a package like this addressed to me and he said no. When I asked him why, wouldn’t he be curious? He said, “What if it was a gift or something? I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.”

HAHAHA! As if!!

null 2. You’re seated in a non-smoking section of an airplane. Two seats away in the same non-smoking section, a passenger lights up. Do you ask the smoker to put out the cigarette?

My answer: No. But I would definitely bring it to the flight attendant’s attention. But then again, I just might confront the passenger. I think it would depend on how, uh, feisty I was feeling that day. *grin*

I’m finding my patience is wearing really thin about smokers nowadays. Especially considering our city is virtually smoke-free so any time I smell it I REALLY smell it, you know? Ex-squeeze-me, but if you want to give yourself black lung, be my guest. But I’ll be damned if you give it to me in the process. Humpf.

null 3. A friend gives you a job in his factory. You’ve been working there six months when your co-workers vote to strike. Do you join the picket line?

My answer: Oh wow, that depends on what they were striking about. For example: if the employees were making $20 an hour to push a button or stuff boxes and they were striking because they wanted more money, probably not. Personally, I think unions are part of the reason a lot of companies are seeking overseas workers – simply because we can’t afford to pay the wages factory workers demand.

However, if they were striking because of unsafe working conditions or something along those lines, then I would probably jump on the wagon. I don’t know, I have strong feelings about this sort of thing because I used to work at Wal-Mart and there would be periodic threats for unions and the issues they cited seemed so … inconsequential when compared to the overall impact forming a union would have on the company and eventually, our jobs. I would be hard pressed to ever support a union – again, it would depend on what the issues were.

null 4. You own a restaurant and serve rolls with every meal. Often the rolls are returned to the kitchen seemingly untouched. Would you serve them again?

My answer: I would be tempted – sorely tempted. Simply for the fact that it would save me in inventory and cost. But in the end? I couldn’t live with myself if I did something like that. You never know where that roll had been or what the customer had done with it (maybe they licked it? GROSS!).

However, if very many of them came back, I might make giving rolls to customers optional – give the customers an option of whether they wanted a roll or not. That would be a much better alternative than re-serving them. Don’t you ever wonder if that REALLY happens?

I bet it does. *shudder*

null 5. A co-worker confides in you and tells you he/she is having marital difficulties. Your best friend also knows your co-worker and suspects that the marriage is rocky and pumps you for information. Do you reveal anything?

My answer: My first answer is “of course not!” But realistically? Given it’s my BEST friend whom I’m assuming I tell everything to? Probably.

But then again, it might depend. If the co-worker asked me not to tell anyone, I would respect his/her wishes. When the best friend pumped me, I wouldn’t say anything due to my promise. I would hope the best friend would understand and admire my resolve not to break a promise to someone.

null 6. You and your spouse are invited to play cards at another couple’s house. After a few hands of gin rummy and a few drinks, they suggest a new game – strip poker. Do you play?

My answer: Newp. Absolutely not. Oh sure, it would be fun to act “naughty,” but I’ve seen too many friends succumb to this sort of temptation and then their life/marriage crumble as a result of giving into temptation.

So no. I’d high-tail me and the husband out of there and race home and have our own game of strip poker. *wink*

null 7. Your spouse has died within the year and you are a single parent. You have just begun to date, but every time you go out, your child throws a temper tantrum. Do you curtail dating for a while?

My answer: A lot of my answer depends on how old the child is in this scenario. I really think getting involved in another relationship while the child is young (baby to teenager) is a bad idea anyway you look at it. It would be an unfortunate and sad situation to find myself, and my family in, but I really think I would just concentrate on surviving and making our lives as comfortable and secure as possible given our loss. I think getting involved with someone during that time period is just asking for more trouble.

Now once the kids have graduated from high school, that’s a different situation and my answer would be different. At that time, my life is my own once again and if my (grown-up) children had a problem with my dating, then they would just have to get over it.

null 8. You were in Vietnam and could have come in contact with the defoliant Agent Orange. You and your wife want to have a baby. Would you risk having children even though the defoliant has been traced to birth defects?

My answer: Wow. This is a really tough scenario. If there was any way I could be tested to find out for sure, then I would subject myself to any and all tests to find out. If it was determined that I didn’t appear to have absorbed the agent, then I would probably risk it.

But if there was even a SLIGHT chance I might be infected and it would infect my child, I probably would not. I just don’t think I could live with myself if I knowingly went into a situation where I was gambling with my child’s life. My gamble could affect my child’s quality of life – why would that be fair to my child? I would most likely not have children and adopt instead.

null 9. Your ex, who lives out of town, is coming to visit the children for a weekend. The kids want him/her to stay at the house. You have the room. Do you agree?

My answer: Depends. What sort of relationship do we have? Is it friendly? Is it hostile? Is he a jerk? A bad influence on the kids (hence the reason we split up?). If the split was amicable (as amicable as it can be given the circumstances) and we seemed to have reached an understanding both in our relationship and in his relationship with the kids … maybe. If our split was hostile and we couldn’t stand the sight of each other, probably not.

Here’s money for a hotel room, buddy.

null 10. Your 8-year-old hears the words “sexual intercourse” on television and asks you what it means. Do you given an explanation?

My answer: Of course. I don’t believe in keeping things like that from children. If you make a mystery out of something, then the child’s natural inclination is to want to find out more about it. And if that’s the case, then I would rather give him/her the correct information. However, I would water it down to an 8-year-old’s understanding and not get too technical. Kids deserve to know what is going on, they’re not stupid, but keep it age appropriate.

null 11. At your company, you have been accused of discriminating against women in your hiring practices. A new position opens up. Would you hire the female over the male candidate, even though the man has slightly better qualifications?

My answer: If the male had better qualifications, than I think it’s my duty to both my company and my employees to hire the best person for the job. However, I would document the holy heck out of the entire procedure and most likely discuss it with my boss/associates beforehand so that there’s a paper trail and witnesses in case it became an issue later.

null 12. You’re on a jury, but are not sequestered. The judge has warned you not to discuss the case with anyone and to stay away from news coverage of it. You hear that the case is on TV tonight with a special story on the jurors. Do you tune in?

My answer: Okay, this is going to sound weird, but yes, probably. Simply because I would be curious to see what the public conception about the case was. Not to mention, what if there was a case conflict of interest concerning one of the jurors? I would want to know so we could assess that particular’s juror’s possible persuasions.

However, I only say that because I’m a pretty fair person and really don’t allow myself to be swayed into the masses. If I honestly thought someone was being treated unfairly and the evidence backed that opinion up, then I would be the annoying 12th juror who wouldn’t go along with the plan. I would have to live with my decision for the rest of my life. That’s a long time to feel guilty about something.

null 13. Your new employee is the nephew of the company president. He’s lazy, incompetent and antagonistic to his co-workers. Do you fire him?

My answer: No. But I would try my best to make sure my boss realized what a loser his nephew was. In addition, I would work to document his behaviors and build a case against him so when/if it came time to fire his butt, I’d have documentation to back it up. (I’m all about the paper trail, people. *grin*)

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Thursday Thirteen – Reasons You’ll Never Be Rich

I found these tips on Yahoo Finance and thought they were WAY too good not to pass along.

1. Caring what your neighbors think: If you want to keep up with the Joneses, then be willing to keep up with the Joneses’ debt, too.

2. Not being patient: Rule of thumb – wait at least 24 hours before buying that “must have” item. Chances are, you’ll realize you really didn’t need it that badly to begin with. Resist impulse buying.

3. Not being prepared: Get in the habit of depositing a certain amount of your paycheck into a savings account each payday. You’ll end up with a nice nest egg to fall back on during the tough times.

4. Caring what your car looks like: A car is a means of transportation to get from one place to another, but many people don’t view it that way. Instead, they consider it a reflection of themselves and spend money every two years or so to impress others instead of driving the car for its entire useful life and investing the money saved.

5. Feeling entitlement: If you believe you deserve to live a certain lifestyle, have certain things and spend a certain amount before you have earned to live that way, you will have to borrow money. That large chunk of debt will keep you from building wealth.

6. Lacking diversification: There is a reason one of the oldest pieces of financial advice is to not keep all your eggs in a single basket. Having a diversified investment portfolio makes it much less likely that wealth will suddenly disappear.

7. Starting too late: The magic of compound interest works best over long periods of time. If you find you’re always saying there will be time to save and invest in a couple more years, you’ll wake up one day to find retirement is just around the corner and there is still nothing in your retirement account.

8. Not doing what you enjoy: While your job doesn’t necessarily need to be your dream job, you need to enjoy it. If you choose a job you don’t like just for the money, you’ll likely spend all that extra cash trying to relieve the stress of doing work you hate.

9. Not liking to learn: You may have assumed that once you graduated from college, there was no need to study or learn. That attitude might be enough to get you your first job or keep you employed, but it will never make you rich. A willingness to learn to improve your career and finances are essential if you want to eventually become wealthy.

10. Buying things you don’t use: Take a look around your house, in the closets, basement, attic and garage and see if there are a lot of things you haven’t used in the past year. If there are, chances are that all those things you purchased were wasted money that could have been used to increase your net worth.

11. Not understanding value: You buy things for any number of reasons besides the value that the purchase brings to you. This is not limited to those who feel the need to buy the most expensive items, but can also apply to those who always purchase the cheapest goods. Rarely are either the best value, and it’s only when you learn to purchase good value that you have money left over to invest for your future.

12. Having a house that is too big: When you buy a house that is bigger than you can afford or need, you end up spending extra money on longer debt payments, increased taxes, higher upkeep and more things to fill it. Some people will try to argue that the increased value of the house makes it a good investment, but the truth is that unless you are willing to downgrade your living standards, which most people are not, it will never be a liquid asset or money that you can ever use and enjoy.

13. Failing to take advantage of opportunities: There has probably been more than one occasion where you heard about someone who has made it big and thought to yourself, “I could have thought of that.” There are plenty of opportunities if you have the will and determination to keep your eyes open.

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Thursday Thirteen – Shame on Me

Thirteen Things About Me I’m Not Proud Of

1. The really, really mean thoughts I have about stupid drivers.

2. When I add to my husband’s stress levels with my irrational behavior.

3. My lack of patience (truly, it’s a problem).

4. My intolerance for, um, less than intelligent people.

5. My inability to listen to people’s excuses (because sometimes there IS a good reason why they did what they did).

6. Jumping to conclusions before hearing all of the facts.

7. My outspoken, sometimes arrogant, opinions.

8. The fact that my lazy streak can last for DAYS, Grr.

9. The fact that I can sometimes be selfish with my time.

10. Not taking the time to really get to know my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

11. My tendency to avoid people because of my insane shyness (which is weird, I’m not always that way, but there are weeks I simply can’t bring myself to TALK to people. I know, it’s weird).

12. The two days of the month when I’m a walking hormonal witch and could care less about people’s feelings.

13. The fact that I spend way too much time on this blog and not enough time on my writing. (Seriously, I need to focus).

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Thirteen (More) Common Writing Mistakes

I hope posting these tips help you. I hope they don’t bore you. (Obviously, the baby shown here is pretty bored with these language posts). But this sort of stuff interests me and being the self-absorbed peon that I am, I always assume anything that interests me, interests YOU. If I’m wrong, I do apologize. 😀

I did not write these tips. These tips, and many more like these, can be found at Common Errors in English. So, if you disagree with these rules, then please, don’t kill the messenger. These are here just for your learning/entertainment, nothing more, and nothing less.

Now that you know my disclaimer, let’s move on to the juicy stuff … *rubs hands together in glee* …

1. ALRIGHT/ALL RIGHT: The correct form of this phrase has become so rare in the popular press that many readers have probably never noticed that it is actually two words. But if you want to avoid irritating traditionalists you’d better tell them that you feel “all right” rather than “alright.”

2. ALTAR/ALTER: An altar is that platform at the front of a church or in a temple; to alter something is to change it.

3. ALTOGETHER/ALL TOGETHER: “Altogether” is an adverb meaning “completely,” “entirely.” For example: “When he first saw the examination questions, he was altogether baffled.” “All together,” in contrast, is a phrase meaning “in a group.” For example: “The wedding guests were gathered all together in the garden.” Undressed people are said in informal speech to be “in the altogether” (perhaps a shortening of the phrase “altogether naked” ).

4. ALUMNUS/ALUMNI: We used to have “alumnus” (male singular), “alumni” (male plural), “alumna” (female singular) and “alumnae” (female plural); but the latter two are now popular only among older female graduates, with the first two terms becoming unisex. However, it is still important to distinguish between one alumnus and a stadium full of alumni. Never say, “I am an alumni” if you don’t want to cast discredit on your school. Many avoid the whole problem by resorting to the informal abbreviation “alum.”

5. AMBIGUOUS/AMBIVALENT: Even though the prefix “ambi-” means “both,” “ambiguous” has come to mean “unclear,” “undefined,” while “ambivalent” means “torn between two opposing feelings or views.” If your attitude cannot be defined into two polarized alternatives, then you’re ambiguous, not ambivalent.

6. AMORAL/IMMORAL: “Amoral” is a rather technical word meaning “unrelated to morality.” When you mean to denounce someone’s behavior, call it “immoral.”

7. ANCESTOR/DESCENDANT: When Albus Dumbledore said that Lord Voldemort was “the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin,” more than one person noted that he had made a serious verbal bumble; and in later printings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets author J. K. Rowling corrected that to “last remaining descendant.” People surprisingly often confuse these two terms with each other. Your great-grandmother is your ancestor; you are her descendant.

8. AND ALSO/AND, ALSO: “And also” is redundant; say just “and” or “also.”

9. AND/OR: The legal phrase “and/or,” indicating that you can either choose between two alternatives or choose both of them, has proved irresistible in other contexts and is now widely acceptable though it irritates some readers as jargon. However, you can logically use it only when you are discussing choices which may or may not both be done: “Bring chips and/or beer.” It’s very much overused where simple “or” would do, and it would be wrong to say, “you can get to the campus for this morning’s meeting on a bike and/or in a car.” Choosing one eliminates the possibility of the other, so this isn’t an and/or situation.

10. ANECDOTE/ANTIDOTE: A humorist relates “anecdotes.” The doctor prescribes “antidotes” for children who have swallowed poison. Laughter may be the best medicine, but that’s no reason to confuse these two with each other.

11. ANGEL/ANGLE: People who want to write about winged beings from Heaven often miscall them “angles.” A triangle has three angles. The Heavenly Host is made of angels. Just remember the adjectival form: “angelic.” If you pronounce it aloud you’ll be reminded that the E comes before the L.

12. ANXIOUS/EAGER: Most people use “anxious” interchangeably with “eager,” but its original meaning had to do with worrying, being full of anxiety. Perfectly correct phrases like, “anxious to please” obscure the nervous tension implicit in this word and lead people to say less correct things like “I’m anxious for Christmas morning to come so I can open my presents.” Traditionalists frown on anxiety-free anxiousness. Say instead you are eager for or looking forward to a happy event.

13. ASCRIBE/SUBSCRIBE:If you agree with a theory or belief, you subscribe to it, just as you subscribe to a magazine. Ascribe is a very different word. If you ascribe a belief to someone, you are attributing the belief to that person, perhaps wrongly.

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Thursday Thirteen – Words You’ll Never Find in the Dictionary

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Thirteen Words You’ll Never Find in the Dictionary
These words came from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

1. sinspire
(v): to compel one to be creatively wicked

2. sprog
(v): to go faster than a jog but slower than a sprint

3. furgle
(v): to feel in a pocket or purse for a small object such as a coin or key

4. hoyle
(n): the point at which a genius transcends our reality and becomes a madman

5. onionate
(v): to overwhelm with post-dining breath

6. smushables
(n): the groceries that must be packed at the top of the bag or separately to avoid being mangled by the time you get home

7. pregreening
(v): the tendency to creep forward while waiting for a red light to change

8. wurfing
(v): the act of surfing the Internet at work and rationalizing that it is for work purposes

9. wibble
(n): a trembling of the lower lip just shy of actually crying

10. knitpicker
(n): a person who selects your knitted sweaters. Beware the Christmas knitpicker or the put-the-family-in-the-same-sweater-for-the-photo knitpicker.

11. ESPN-onage
(n): secretly viewing an all-sports network when your wife leaves the room

12. polkadodge
(n): the pseudo dance when two people attempt to pass each other, each moving in the same direction

13. whinese
(n): a language spoken by children or spouses on long road trips

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – Things that Begin with C

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Thirteen “C” Words that Describe my Life

Scrolling through my life, one letter at a time.

1. Cautious –
Considering I’m constantly thinking ahead and planning everything down to the last “what if,” I’d say I’m a pretty cautious person. I don’t like to take risks and I like to know what’s going to happen so I can mentally prepare myself for the outcome. I’m physically cautious but I won’t walk on eggshells. I’m cautious with people – I get very uncomfortable if anyone gets too close.

2. Catty –
Even though we make fun of females and all of their hormones, it is indeed a real issue we have to deal with on a monthly basis. And trust me when I say, I can be one of the cattiest, and nastiest people you’ve ever known when my hormones start raging. However, no matter how crummy I’m feeling, I will never go out of my way to be catty to people. I wasn’t brought up to treat people that way. However, if you provoke me, all bets are off. 😉

3. Censor –
Unfortunately, I have a sailor mouth. And if it wasn’t for my family being my physical censor, there’s no telling how bad it might get. I find myself going through spurts where all I do is run my mouth and it’s embarrassing when my kids are the ones telling me to clean it up and “stop cussing mom.” *blush* Aside from my mouth, I don’t believe in censoring ourselves – we have earned the right to think for ourselves and the moment we stop exercising that right and allow people/government to censor our lives, we’ll lose control of those freedoms.

4. Challenge –
I like challenges. I like tackling challenges. As long as I don’t have people breathing down my neck or any sort of deadline, I love trying to figure out problems through trial and error. I view life as a constant challenge that must be tamed and enjoyed.

5. Charismatic –
I’ve been told I’m charismatic and I suppose, on some level I can be. Though I’m not a big people person, I can be what someone wants me to be pretty easily. I’ve always been a take charge sort of personality and haven’t been, nor will ever be, happy to simply follow someone. I would be one of those annoying people who challenge everything. (See? That challenge word again).

6. Cheap –
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, then you KNOW the answer to this one. There is hardly a blog entry that doesn’t include the word cheap somewhere. I believe in stretching your dollar as far as it will possibly go and will forego a lot of creature comforts if I think there’s a better deal out there or if it would be more prudent to put that money into some sort of moneymaking account. As a result of this cheap gene, we are debt free (this includes our house though we did just finance my new Vibe. But we’ll tighten our belts and pay it off early simply because, that’s the type of people we are).

7. Choice –
I believe everyone has a choice in every situation in life. Sometimes the choices are easy, sometimes they are incredibly hard, sometimes they are consciously made, sometimes they are unconsciously made, but everything comes down to choice. There’s no way we can know if we’re making the right choices, all we can do is make the best of the choices we make. Choices are important and can be incredibly hard, but it really all boils down to having the courage to make that choice.

8. Christian –
I’m a Christian and proud of it. I was saved in 1977 and I’m absolutely sure I’ll be one of the people Christ takes back with him when he comes back for us. There is no doubt in my mind that I will have eternal life. I don’t belong to any religion; I am a child of God and have devoted my life, and the lives of my family, to studying God’s word and living the abundant life.

9. Clever –
I am not a smart person. I’ve never been that great of a student and any good grades I’ve received in my academic career have been through a lot of sweat and tears. I do have a lot of common sense though and I suppose that can make me appear clever at times. But seriously? I’m an airhead and an idiot. There are times I can’t believe I’ve opened my mouth and said some of the stupid things I’ve said.

10. Coffee –
A must have. I’ve grown to like coffee. I’ve grown to rely on coffee. I drink a cup every morning while I go through my morning computer routine and I alternate days I drink coffee in the afternoons. I have to, I get hooked and then get those terrible caffeine withdrawal headaches when I cut back. If it weren’t for those headaches, I’d drink coffee all day, every day.

11. Conservative –
Though I hesitate to label myself as a Republican (for I don’t agree with everything they stand for and actually agree with some of the things the Democrats stand for), I would say I’m a conservative soul. As mentioned, I believe in the bible, don’t agree with homosexuality, believe woman should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies and believe people who commit murder deserve the death penalty. I believe children should be spanked (note I said spanked, not beaten), and think organized religion is more interested in power and money as opposed to educating their congregation. I believe people should work for what they want and not expect the government to hand them things for free. Are there any more politically incorrect issues I can address? 🙂

12. Confrontational –
See number 11.

13. Cynical –
I am a very cynical person. I tend to be sarcastic in humorous and sneaky ways so that people aren’t quite sure if I’m being serious or just pulling their legs. I like to keep people guessing because the minute people “get” me is the minute I become boring, and bored. 😀

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen – Moments in Time

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Thirteen recent moments from my life:

1. MK lost his first molar at school Tuesday.

2. It happened at lunch, while he was eating a sticky fruit roll-up.

3. And it happened in front of the girl he has had a crush on for the past four years.

4. MK was NOT a happy camper.

5. Dinner Tuesday night, MK suddenly stopped eating his frito pie.

6. He had a strange expression on his face.

7. He lost an eye tooth at the dinner table.

8. It was a two-for-one sale for the tooth fairy Tuesday night.

9. According to MK’s dental x-rays, he has about eight more baby teeth on the verge of falling out – soon.

10. The tooth fairy is going to have to apply for welfare before this is over.

11. MK’s top-left eye tooth is growing OVER his baby eye tooth.

12. The baby eye tooth is not loose – at all.

13. I see another trip to the dentist in our future – very soon.

*SIGH*