Friday, November 8, 2013

bits and pieces

This just in:  Kashi GoLean Crisp! is not as good as Kashi GoLean Crunch!  You heard it here first.

It annoys me when people give their kids goofy names with invented spelling and then are all SHOCKED and SURPRISED and MIFFED when their kid's gender identity or the spelling of the name gets mixed up by other people.  I mean, when you named your daughter "Parker," you didn't see that coming?  You really expect people to know you named your daughter "Hailey" spelled "Hayley" or "Haileigh" or "Heighlay" or "Heighleigh" or "Haili" or "Hailie" or "Hallie" or "Haley" or "Haxly" (the "x" being silent in that last mutation)?  Listen, if you choose a goofy name for your kid, part of the consequence is explaining that choice to the rest of the world--teachers, government officials, friends, neighbors, parents of friends--until they're no longer under your roof.  Then explaining the name falls 100% on your kid's shoulders.  Something I'm certain they'll spend their entire life resenting.

I'm incredibly susceptible to food advertising.  Seriously, I watch an ad for hamburgers and all I can think about is how bad I want to eat a hamburger until I'm chewing on one.  Watch an ad for ribs and cornbread and I'm jonesing for ribs and cornbread.  If I drive past a Dairy Queen, I obsess over how delicious a Heath Bar Blizzard would taste--until I'm spooning soft serve past my lips.  The same thing happens online--if people post pictures of a meal they make or a dessert they assemble, I'm instantly craving it. 

Tomorrow morning I'm starting yoga classes in the shed.  Come one, come all.  Bring your own mat and cash for the instructor (who is not me).  Last night I had a nightmare where a constant fury of interruptions (including uninvited children getting caught in Mr. D's weight machines) meant I completely missed out on the yoga class I'd arranged to take.  I confess I'm nervous about tomorrow now.

Dang, I sound like a grump.  I should leave you with something nice today ... here you go:  this weekend we set up the "Thankful" wreath except I could not find the darn wreath, just the leaves and the stick pins.  So I set up a bulletin board instead--same concept:  write down something you're thankful for and stick it to the board.  To date everyone has contributed something they're thankful for and we're spending the entire month of November cultivating more gratitude. 


In particular this morning, I'm thankful for a place where I can let it hang out, rechargeable batteries, clean windows, a quiet place to write.

Spill it, reader.  Bits and pieces--what vexes, blesses, entices, surprises you of late.

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for the kashi tip. Wish I could make yoga! !

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  2. Of course, English is a language that lends itself well to all sorts of ways of spelling names. Luckily, you can't get away with that in Dutch. There are of course those people who decide to give there kids English names and oh boy, the imaginative spelling! I hope those kids never go to an English speaking country.

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  3. Oh, I wish I could come to your yoga class! I'm thankful I have Monday off and the husband and kids do not! A little bit of time for me!!!

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  4. That odd spelling of names rant is funny and I share your opinion. Of course, my name is Terra and sometimes people ask if it is spelled Tara, but they don't mistake it for a guy's name. LOL

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  5. love your post today. Wish I could be there tomorrow, I think it would be fun.
    My daughter uses a tree branch and ties the thankful leaves to it. By Thanksgiving it looks like a fall tree, last year we all congregated at her house for the occasion and by the time the rest of the family left she had 2 thankful trees in her living room.

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  6. Oh, the names, don't get me started on that! There was Jasmine and Jazmine, both with the same last initial, so I called out "Jasmine with an S" or "Jazmine with a Z" but the Jasmine started spelling her name the other way and I asked her to please spell it the way she was enrolled with and finally the Jazmine got tired and asked if we could just call her by middle name.

    I'm always vexed by drivers. The guy who nearly ran me down today as I walked across the drive at the market at least had the courtesy to look embarrassed. The right-of-way-thieves and stop-sign-scoffers did not.

    I am thankful for lovely friends, a son who is making chicken parmigiana, and a fun event to attend tomorrow. And NaBloPoMo, which is keeping me on my toes...no, fingertips!

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  7. "Haxley" with a silent X? LOL!! My parents used a Gaelic spelling for my name (I was named for a close family friend who was from Ireland) so it is endlessly mispronounced. Before I had a career, I didn't mind too much when people mispronounced my name, but now, hearing myself introduced incorrectly at meetings drives me crazy. It bothers me so much that I want to start using my middle name (Elizabeth) professionally, but I don't know how to announce it.

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    1. I am guilty of mispronouncing your name. I also mispronounce my own name though, so it's not personal, it just runs in the family.

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  8. I do believe I've done a rant or two about the invented spellings. Teaching preschool, I see all sorts. I think Molleigh is the one that drove me the battiest.
    Your yoga idea is fantastic! How I wish we had a place to do that at my house.

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  9. You know (or maybe you don't) I read your blog through a reader - it's easy to catch up, especially if I'm at my desk and have to sneak looks. Anyway, for days now I'm scanning down past SOMEONE'S posts about yoga in the shed and I'm all: gee, that person keeps talking about that...is it an ad? How'd it get in there? What SHED? Today I'm slapping my forehead. THE SHED. DUH.
    How I'd love to come over for the class. (And I'd keep that kid away from the weights while you relaxed.)

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  10. Oh boy, I'm with you on the names! I have students with crazy names - and parents that pretty irritated when I either pronounce them incorrectly or simply can't remember them. "Ashling" is too close to "Ashley" for me!

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  11. the names, the names...ahhh. I did not think back 21 years ago, when naming my youngest "Sean" that it would be not only a name that girls had, but the spelling would be, could be, "Shawn". Which, mentally I hate. Probably because growing up in the 60's and 70's, "Shawn" was a person or celeb that I could not stand. Now, on to pretentious naming, and spelling, of names my husband's side of the fam came up with: Brian Jr. (yep, after the dad, Brian) I know what comes to my mind, every single ding dang time I think of this kid (and btw, I am so not close to his side of the family, thus, my disdain or whatever I term it in my head) and his name. And what he will most likely be called by school age kids later in life....yeah, that. Then there is Carter (boy) after the baby clothes maker, Ashlee (forever having to be corrected in the spelling dept) Parker (Stevenson) Ethan (Allan--furniture store here in CA) Landon (Michael, Bonanza & Little House on the Prairie fame) this is how I visualize these names of these kids....all pretentous, much? in my mind. Now, when some form of this topic came up with my son's new wife, I think I stuck my size 10 foot in my mouth talking about this very thing---the spelling of names, and how weird it is to name your child something not common (her name is Reena) which of course, is said by husband's side of fam "Renee?" huh? how do you spell that? So, endlessly explained. and youngest son just acquired a new girlfriend at college whose name is "Hali" not Haley, or even Halie! Her middle name, or as I've come to find out with some fb looking about, *part of her first name* is Hali Nirvana...yeah. I've yet to meet the mom who did this, but I do think it will be an interesting encounter someday. Hoping that if I ever see grandkids, these girls of my son's will not fall into the Very Weird Naming Of Children rabbit hole (aka Suri, like iphone, Apple, like iphone) heh

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  12. Glad you had your yoga...I'm home with the sniffles...been wimpy all 'weak' ;D

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  13. Tiphanie. Good lord, what a cruel thing to do to someone.

    I hope your yoga was the bomb!

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  14. I am continually thankful for in-door plumbing. I have no problems going rustic and even enjoy returning to nature but on the whole (a cold morning in winter) I thank God for the souls that figured out plumbing.

    Thanks for stopping over at www.livelearnwithsally.blogspot.com. It is surprising how fast time can pass between posts when there is no schedule. :/ My favorite thing on this particular quilt is how intricate it looks but how simple to put together.

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  15. Great idea with the thankful board. I'm gonna do that. Also, I appreciate your comments on strange names. Reading the roster as a substitute teacher is always a treat. I do my best but often mispronounce just because I have no clue. The kids get so disgusted that I got it wrong. Really?

    Gotta go. Packers just came on. Worried without Aaron.

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  16. Edie knows a Clair and a Clare, a Clio and a Cleo. I inevitably spell it wrong whenever I am emailing their mothers. Did I ever tell you the tale about the preschool dad who told myself and another mother, "We heard the hip thing to do was to make up a name for your kid?" I kid you not. Yep he did make up a name and no one could pronounce it.


    I cannot watch anyone injured, on television or in real life, without rubbing that spot on my own body in sympathy. My husband used to say he could tell exactly where the patients on ER were hurt by watching me watch it.

    I am thankful my husband fixed the washing machine, saving us buckets of money on labor and no doubt, the part in question.

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  17. Blesses me? That my kids seem to be growing into lovely and loving men and that I had/have and awesome husband who participated fully in facilitating that growth. What vexes me? People at the state level ruining public school for everyone concerned.

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  18. I can't wait to read about how the shed yoga went.

    And stop writing about food because then I want it, too.

    MMMMMM. Hamburger.

    I just posted a pic of dinner rolls on FB. Look away.

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  19. Totally with you on that stupid name spelling business. Some parents are just plain dumb and selfish when selecting a child's name spelling.. doh.

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  20. I have been thankful for my priviledged life indeed :)

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  21. I did a post a month or so ago about names so I understand your consternation. My current post has food pics, so beware. I love your Thanksgiving display and idea for giving thanks.

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  22. ssooooo funny!! Greens, you crack me up...a friend and I "invented" a secret Aztec way of spelling" everything, in which you merely inset a random X into words... wxords at randxom...*heehee!! become AZTEC WORDS...
    also wanted to congratulate you on your correct use of JONESING in the second paragraph - brava, Chica Verde! *ha! I have had a number of people ask this Reader, "...what is Jonesing.." so it was very refreshing to read that in correct contexxt. That is that Aztec spelling of "context". *haha.
    Seriously, though, a slight deviation from traditional spelling doesn't unhinge me, but the real twisters are a setup. Why not give a simple spelling and then let the kid decide to f&%k around with the spelling if s/he wants to? We'll do it on our own, anyways...sheesh. I know plenty of "Tracy"s who switched to "Traci" to be trendy...

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  23. The creative name spelling? I'm with you. I once got a note from a mother saying that "Haxlea" (changed to protect... no one, but anyway) was upset every time someone misspelled her name. My first reaction (thank goodness she didn't tell me this in person): Why the Heck did you spell it that way on the birth certificate?!!

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  24. I wish I were closer that I could participate in your yoga classes. Sounds like so much fun!

    And I LOVE that thankful board. What a great idea!!! :)

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Spill it, reader.