Have a Happy and Really Very Good 2011

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good day!

I seriously don’t know how the first 3/4 of December whizzed by so fast, but as it’s been increasing in speed each year, I shouldn’t be surprised.

I know. I know. It’s probably an age thing. When I was eight years old like my daughter is now, it took FOREVER for Christmas to arrive. Now I feel like I have about 30 seconds to get everything done between Thanksgiving and today. (Or for that matter two weeks between last Christmas and today.)

But. That said. Today was a rather nice Christmas morning. My little family is together. We got a cute picture with our favorite Santa. The tree is up. It looks lovely, and is in no danger of hitting anything too important if one of the cats should try to climb it again. My daughter loved all her gifts. Which makes me happy! I like one of her gifts, Club Penguin Air Hockey, more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be another something that doesn’t work very well and takes up lots of space, but my daughter wanted it soooo much that Santa brought it. It’s actually somewhat functional and MUCH smaller than a standard-size air hockey table. So aside from bonking our knuckles into one another, we had a lot of fun! Adding to the plusses for today, I am surprised and thrilled with my goodies!

Now I just have to hope that the rest of the family likes their gifts and that our friends and family have a wonderful Christmas and happy 2011. That would be pretty much perfect. Happy Holidays!

Word Disease of the Day: periphrasis.

Wow, if this word were a disease, I think have it—especially when I talk. The good thing about writing is that I can go bad and read and find that, “wow, I could so use fewer words to say that better.” But when talking my mouth just keeps on going until I finally manage to get out what I want to say, but by then most folks have that glazed expression…

December 9, 2010 Word of the Day: periphrasis

PRONUNCIATION:
(puh-RIF-ruh-sis)
MEANING:
noun: A roundabout way of saying something, using more words than necessary.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Latin, from Greek periphrasis, from periphrazein (to explain around), from peri- (around) + phrazein (to speak, say). First recorded use: 1533.

A real life Space Odyssey has me squeeing!

I feel as giddy as a school girl awaiting NASA’s astrobiology announcement. Aliens so rock! OK well, the thing is, I’m fairly well intrigued that scientists may have found an arsenic-based life form in a toxic lake in California and that the DNA may not match any life form previously known to man. The idea that there is also arsenic on Titan just makes it that much more intriguing. And that much more real life 2010: A Space Odyssey Two (and in 2010 no less)!