Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Q


For me Q is always one of the hardest letters, what about you guys?

Quash
Definition: put down by force or intimidation.
Sentence: More than 500 people are thought to have been killed since mid-March as the security forces try to quash dissent. 
            — BBC (May 7, 2011)

Quiescent
Definition: being quiet or still or inactive.
Sentence: Under normal conditions, only a fraction of these blood-forming stem cells are active; the rest are deeply quiescent – asleep. 
              — The Guardian (Jan 17, 2011)

Quintessence
Definition: the most typical example or representative of a type.
Sentence: This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the quintessence of his genius.
                — Walter Raymond Spalding

Quisling
Definition: someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force.
Sentence: Naturally enough, the attitude taken up by the Christians earned them fresh attacks from the Quisling followers. 
               — Johan Martinus Snoek

Quixotic
Definition: not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic.
Sentence: Granted, Latin American integration is an elusive if not quixotic goal: the region stretches farther than Africa, and its nations' interests are just as balkanized.
                  — Time (Dec 4, 2011)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z Challenge: P

I feel really great about having made it this far this year.

Panacea
Definition: hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists.
Sentence: The city fathers speak of binglang as if it were a panacea for all of Xiangtan’s ills, from curing tapeworm to solving unemployment. 
                    — New York Times (Aug 20, 2010)

Parsimonious
Definition: excessively unwilling to spend.
Sentence: In allusion to greedy, parsimonious people, who would rather be put to a great deal of trouble than incur a trifling expense. 
                 — Alexander Hislop

Pedagogy
Definition: the principles and methods of instruction.
Sentence: What type of pedagogy, or teaching method, makes me thrive? 
                 — New York Times (Jan 13, 2011)

Perfidious
Definition: tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans.
Sentence: Any one who studied her treacherous and perfidious countenance would detect therein craft and cruelty. 
              — Eugène Sue

Pusillanimous
Definition: lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful.
Sentence: The public is pusillanimous and cowardly, because it is weak. 
             — Ernest Rhys

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sweet Chalkboard Party Supplies

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Sweeten up the celebration with the new Birthday Sweets party theme from BirthdayExpress.com! This chalkboard-inspired theme features a black background with "Birthday Girl" written on it in white and pink. Birthday Express has all the party goodies you'll need to fit any size party and budget to make your chic little girl's day super special. 

Birthday Sweets Party Supplies - Try Birthday Express' brand-new Birthday Girl Sweets Value Party Pack. It has everything you need including polka-dot invitations and candy stripe candles, to pink crepe paper. Or you might feel like creating more of a customized, one-of-a-kind celebration with chalkboard placemats and the David Tutera Chalkboard Party Design Kit (326 pieces)

Birthday Sweets Chalkboard Decor - Chalk it up to girls just wanting to have fun! The Birthday Sweets party theme includes black chalkboard sheets in a variety of sizes that you can decorate with chalk (not included), or make permanent with chalkboard markers (sold separately). And don't forget the sweet hanging swirl decorations,Chalkboard Drink Labels (13), Birthday Sweets flag banner, and colorful balloons! 

Birthday Sweets Party Favors - What's sweet birthday girl would do without party favors? The Birthday Sweets party theme includes cute pint size favor pails, favor boxes, or personalized treat bags that you could fill with sweets (of course!), pink nail polish, party straws, chalk, and silly Chalkboard Photo Booth Props (10) for endless fun!

When you're planning your sweetie's next birthday party, head over to BirthdayExpress.com and pick up all of theBirthday Sweets Party Supplies you need for her special day!


Chalkboard Drink Labels (13)

Chalkboard Photo Booth Props (10)


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A to Z Challenge: O



Obdurate
Definition: showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings.
Sentence: Mr. Oldstone, in particular, exhausted all his powers of persuasion to yet delay his departure, but he found him obdurate. 
     — M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)

Obfuscate
Definition: make obscure or unclear.
Sentence: Yet as we tried to understand, there always seemed to be an obfuscating layer: something or someone was working against comprehension. 
                  — Time (Dec 11, 2010)

Obloquy
Definition: state of disgrace resulting from public abuse.
Sentence: Thus public men are content to leave their reputation to posterity; great reactions take place in opinion; nay, sometimes men outlive opposition and obloquy. 
          — John Henry Cardinal Newman

Oligarchy
Definition: a political system governed by a few people.
Sentence: The track management of this particular university was an oligarchy; was governed by a few absolute individuals. 
           — J. N. Marchand

Orthogonal
Definition: having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles.
Sentences: His love of the orthogonal, which like 1980s dance moves once verged on the robotic, is relaxing into less pure angles. 
          — The Guardian (Sep 19, 2010)

As a side note, my fiance has taken it upon himself to help me learn new words as well.  He has texted me or sent me Facebook messages with random words and links to their meanings.  I would just like to say that this is not always helpful.  I like to learn but what people think you would be interested in knowing is not always true.

Have a great day guys.

Celebrate The Small Things: April 17, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

Wow, I haven't been here in ages!  Seems like with all the sick and life in general I haven't felt like there was much to celebrate but you know I have found it this week.  The kids and I made a lasagna for the first time on Wednesday afternoon and it was fantastic!  Ace ate half a pan of it.  The joys of having a pre-teen boy in the house.

I started 5k training this week as well, it's my goal to be able to run a 5k by the end of the summer.  If you are laughing now then that means you know me.  But I am serious about this, once the A to Z Challenge is over I am going to start keeping you guys posted about how it is going.  I assure you so far it's been pretty hilarious.  

Lot's of fun and exciting stuff coming up though so keep an eye on this spot.  I am back in full force. 

This is a blog hop, go check out what everyone else is celebrating.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

A to Z Challenge: N




Nascent
Definition: being born or beginning.
Sentence: The initiative also invests in nascent solar companies, acting as an incubator for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to bring disruptive new technologies to market. 
           — Scientific American (Feb 29, 2012)

Nebulous
Definition: lacking definite form or limits.
Sentence: “The time for nebulous, unspecified and non-detailed commitments is gone,” Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said yesterday in London. 
             — BusinessWeek (Sep 21, 2011)

Neologism
Definition: a newly invented word or phrase.
Sentence: Perhaps the solution is to be found in " neologisms", where words are taken from somewhere totally different and given an entirely new meaning.
                     — BBC (Mar 8, 2011)

Nihilism
Definition: the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal.
Sentence: In her despair she succumbed to a sort of nihilism that made her ask: “What is the reason of anything?...
           —  Louis Couperus

Nomenclature
Definition: a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline.
Sentence: Technical names of fishes are those that seem to qualify under the International Rules of Zoological Nomenclature. 
           — Deacon, James Everett

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A to Z Challenge: M



Myropolist 
Definition: a perfume dealer.
Sentence: I bought my favourite perfume from the myropolist down the street.

Machination
Definition: a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends.
Sentence: With life experiences like those behind her, the extreme plot machinations of Hollywood melodrama must have possessed an everyday familiarity for Stanwyck. 
             — New York Times (Apr 24, 2010)

Magniloquent
Definition: lofty in style.
Sentence: The day was spent in magniloquent addresses, which affected the style of ancient types, urgent exhortations to war, poetical orations, rounds of applause, rapturous demonstrations. 
            — Æneas MacDonell Dawson

Malapropism
Definition: the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar.
Sentence: New words are eagerly seized; hence the malapropisms and solecisms so frequently made fun of, without appreciation of their cause.
             —  Stephen Sydney Reynolds

Mawkish
Definition: effusively or insincerely emotional.
Sentence: Herself full of mawkish sentimentality, her verses could not fail to be foolish, their whole impulse being the ambition that springs from self-admiration.
                — George MacDonald

I particularly like malapropism given my theme this year.