Wednesday, June 13, 2007

seven hundred forty two

Just to make a note of it:
This is post #742 on this blog! That's an average of 26 posts per month! *lynne pats self on the back*


Moving on....
one of my first Blog Buddies from Little Neo has called it quits... I really enjoyed her exploration of Karma, of human nature, of just about every topic in the universe(s?)... I recently got the free Yogi Tea and Soy Joy bar samples you told us readers about, btw, thanx! :-) Omni, here's wishing you all the best in recapturing your pre-blog fuller life. Hugzzzzz!


Moving on again....
so, last Saturday, did two out of the three activities I'd hoped for:
>> meditation was good, especially considering I've not been "practicing" at all over the past month - it's been a rather draining month or so, and I've still not gotten back in balance, doesn't help we still don't know where we are gonna be in a month's time... *sigh!*
>> the Printers Row Book Fair was certainly interesting, lots of different publishers, loads of used books, new books, some authors signing their work... at what a glorious day for it too! Kosh and I spent about 3 hours there, and that was just doing very superficial browsing! If we'd buckled down and hunted through every stall for hidden gems, it might have taken us all weekend.
>> so the game of Settlers didn't happen - KTN realised she had conflicts in her schedule, and we gladly agreed to put the game off, maybe this weekend instead, because walking around in the hot sun for over 3 hrs was rather draining!


... and again....
"regular" photo places now don't seem to provide 3x5 prints anymore! "Premium" 4x6 seem to be the standard now! So what do you do if you *have* to have 3x5 prints? The solution i came up with: Manipulate your photo such that you have two photos in one, and print it/them at the 5x7 size... after trimming, each 5x7 will give you two 3x5 prints. Might not be cost-effective, but hey, it was either this or order from some online photo provider and pay shipping which would probably have come up to the same price!


and again!
Just thought this was hilarious:

So Chicago has this Greektown area over at Halsted, and it's quite mind-boggling to pass by and see that every. single. restaurant. is Greek. We were in the neighborhood this weekend, and, well, I just had to take this pic of the neighborhood Walgreens... there's no mistaking where it's located, what with its services like "pharmacy", "open 24 hours" and "1-hr photo" displayed on the building not just in English, but in Greek too [or with Greek alphabet, at least!].


... and now for something completely different!

[a big tip-o-da-hat to Kim who featured this in her "100 WORDS" post on June 7th]

So it seems the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries came up with a list of 100 words they think every high school graduate should know. I'm always amused by such pronouncements, especially when English is not officially my native/mother tongue yet it's the language I am most at ease at using, although many times I feel I lack the [active] vocabulary most British/Americans take for granted.

Like Kim, I've gone through to see how I fared... ignoring the additional fact that I "graduated from high school" in November 1989, almost 17 years ago :p

Words I've never heard of, in bold.
Words I can use relatively confidently, in italics.
Words I've heard / read but don't use actively, and would need to reconfirm their definitions before use, unmarked.

.... here goes ....!
abjure
abrogate
abstemious

acumen
antebellum
auspicious
belie


bellicose

bowdlerize
chicanery
chromosome
churlish
circumlocution
circumnavigate
deciduous
deleterious
diffident
enervate
enfranchise
epiphany
equinox
euro


evanescent

expurgate

facetious

fatuous
feckless
fiduciary
filibuster
gamete
gauche
gerrymander


hegemony

hemoglobin
homogeneous
hubris
hypotenuse
impeach
incognito
incontrovertible
inculcate
infrastructure
interpolate
irony


jejune

kinetic
kowtow
laissez faire
lexicon
loquacious
lugubrious
metamorphosis
mitosis


moiety

nanotechnology
nihilism
nomenclature
nonsectarian
notarize
obsequious
oligarchy
omnipotent
orthography
oxidize
parabola
paradigm
parameter


pecuniary

photosynthesis
plagiarize
plasma
polymer
precipitous
quasar
quotidian
recapitulate
reciprocal
reparation
respiration
sanguine
soliloquy
subjugate
suffragist


supercilious
tautology
taxonomy

tectonic
tempestuous
thermodynamics
totalitarian
unctuous
usurp
vacuous
vehement
vortex
winnow
wrought
xenophobe
yeoman
ziggurat


Warning: I probably wasn't 100% consistent with my answers!

okayyyyyyy,,, off to pretend to be healthy..... byeeeeee!!!

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