Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Hobbit Trailer Is Here!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Hobbit. Even more than The Lord of the Rings. So I'm especially excited for this trailer and just have to share it.

Also, good news: even if the world does end in 2012, we'll still get to see The Hobbit! It comes out a week before. Whew.

Word Definition Wednesday: Conversazione

If you're not as much of a word nerd as I am, you may not keep up with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day series; it's ok, I've got your back—I'll alert you to any of the cool ones. Enter, today's word.
definition: a get-together with the specific purpose of discussing literature, science, and/or art 
as in 
Our book club is working with a local art gallery to set up a conversazione for Jane Austen enthusiasts over the Christmas holidays.
Another fantastic word! I love to come across a word that has such a specific meaning and has not been generalized to take in a hundred different definitions.* Sound smart (or stuck up?) the next time you hang out with friends and pull out this gem of a word.

*While its English meaning may be preserved as specific, its origins show that it is itself a manipulated meaning of another word: Italian's conversazione, which simply means conversation or interview.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

If it wasn't so long, I would quote this whole piece here. I highly recommend going to Marc and Angel Hack Life and reading them all...if you take them seriously (at least, the ones that pertain to you), 2012 could be a great year of changes!

A (short, abridged) taste:

  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.
  2. Stop lying to yourself.
  3. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes.
  4. Stop being ungrateful.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Assholocracy: I'm spreading the word.

Geoffrey Pullum, over at Language Log, posted recently about the word assholocracy. I happen to agree, so I'm reposting it here, to show my support! Some background:
I had been talking to Calvin one day about the ghastly crew of obnoxious multi-millionaires who dominate the newspapers, and how they keep threatening to achieve success even in the political arena. Calvin pointed out to me both that we need a new political term for the concept of being ruled by such men, and that there already is such a term. We are living, he observed, in the age of the assholocracy.
His call to action (an excellent one, I might add, since it worked!):
Think about the phrase "President Trump". Or even just "presidential candidate hand-picked and endorsed by Trump". Doesn't it chill you to the bone? ... So get out there and prepare the lexicographical ground. With words, we can win. Without the words, we don't have the concepts: just as the Eskimos have many apposite words for . . . no, never mind that; bad example. Just push the word  assholocracy wherever you have influence is what I'm saying.
You can read his full proposition by visiting his post, The Assholocracy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Word Wednesdays: Galvanize


definition: to subject to an electric current, or, to excite as if by an electric shock

as in 

The news--so sudden, so expected--galvanized her in a way nothing else could have; it was time to act.

My husband keeps asking me to write a book...he's convinced it'll be a top seller and make us millions (isn't he sweet?). Today, I almost feel as if I could--with the stories of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Hunger Games swirling around my head and the excitement of heading home to see my family. Who knows?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

These are my "going out" pajamas.

I have been rebelling against this lately, but the lure of pajamas is so intense! Ah, the life of a freelancer...

via Passive Voice, via Indexed

Monday, December 12, 2011

Travel: A Quote (or Three)

Yes, I've been home a week and, yes, I'm still working on getting into the swing of things. So a few more easy (but enjoyable!) posts. Today celebrates travel by offering you a few quotes that I would agree with 100 percent. :)

- St. Augustine
- Mark Twain

I especially love the last one for the way it turns the idea of foreign in its head—you are as "foreign" to others as they are to you!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

La Dolce Vita

We're back!

Italy was amazing (obviously). We saw so much, ate so much, learned so much, WALKED so much—it's hard to believe we fit all we did in nine days! We were sad to leave—there was still so much to do!—but glad to be home. Chloe (our kitty) was very happy to see us. :)

Some pictures (yes, I took them all!):

Venice, Italy
Greve in Chianti in Tuscany
Florence, Italy
Rome, Italy