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Sunday, February 28, 2010


jeal•ous (jel′əs)

1. very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping
2. resentfully suspicious of a rival or a rival's influence
3. resentfully envious
In my opinion, jealousy is one of the most useless emotions. If you want what someone else has, work harder to get it yourself. If you’re jealous of your partner’s friends or exes, you need to have a talk with yourself & your partner about trust. Put the energy that you’re wasting with jealousy towards improving your own situation and get on with living your own life!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


il•lit•er•ate (i lit′ər it)

1. ignorant; uneducated; esp., not knowing how to read or write
2. having or showing limited knowledge, experience, or culture
As someone who can (and frequently does) read a 300 page book in just under a few hours, corrects her family’s grammar, and edits her friends’ emails, I don’t think the word illiterate applies to me. Being able to read & write is such a beautiful gift and I’m so thankful that I have it. For information on literacy projects in this country, please see The National Institute for Literacy.

Friday, February 26, 2010


hard•headed (-hed′id)

1. shrewd and unsentimental; practical; matter-of-fact
2. stubborn; obstinate; dogged
I sometimes comes off as hardheaded, but it’s usually because I’m playing devil’s advocate. I love discussing different opinions and try very hard to keep my mind open in all things. And I don’t know if it’s even possible for someone with children to be unsentimental… even my husband gets weepy when he thinks too hard about our kids growing up!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


gaudy (gô′dē)

1. bright and showy, but lacking in good taste; cheaply brilliant and ornate
Brilliantly cheap, maybe, but not cheaply brilliant.

I’m not a fan of flash for the sake of flash, which is why I wouldn’t make it very far in Hollywood. I prefer jeans to gold lamé, Shaker to Gothic (or Gaudi), and raw silk to sequins. Give my daughter some time, though, and she’ll surely have me completely decked out in pink rhinestone bejeweled, princess gaudy-ness. Heaven help me.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


fun•ny (fun′ē)

1. causing laughter; laughable; amusing; humorous
2. Out of the ordinary; strange; queer
So, a Catholic, a Mormon, and an atheist walk into a bar…

No, jokes and witty banter are definitely not my thing! I always screw up the joke and forget the punchline, or I’m laughing so hard just thinking of the end that I can’t even get it out.

My Dad & I crack each other up, but we have the exact same sense of humor. Everyone else just thinks I’m weird... which, I suppose could make me the 2nd definition of funny.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


ego•tist (-tist)

1. a person characterized by egotism (constant, excessive reference to oneself in speaking or writing; self-conceit)
“I’m no egotist!”, I say, as I spend every day writing a paragraph about my grand and wonderful self… ;p

Monday, February 22, 2010


de•pend•ent (dē pen′dənt, di-)

1. influenced, controlled, or determined by something else; contingent
2. subordinate
3. addicted

1. a person who depends on someone else for existence, support, etc.
This one made me chuckle. I’ve always considered myself to be one of the most independent people I know, but the noun form of dependent comes scarily close to describing me. It’s against my nature to rely on help or aid from anyone else to get by in life. As a SAHM I have to be somewhat dependent on my husband (for financial support), but even that goes against my grain. Hence my little cottage industries, The Covered Bottom & Key Fob Fairy.

I may not be paying the mortgage with my profits, but last month I made enough to make my husband’s car payment!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


ca•reer•ist (-ist)

1. a person interested chiefly in succeeding in a career, to the neglect of other things
As a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) to two little ones, I’m hardly a careerist. Had I not been blessed with children, it’s certainly possible that I could have headed in this direction. I was already fully ensconced in Corporate America, working towards my own office, assistant, and 60-hour a week headache. Now that I’ve tasted freedom, though, I hope I don’t ever have to go back.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


bale·ful (bāl′fəl)

1. harmful or threatening harm or evil; ominous; deadly
2. sorrowful; wretched
Sorrowful & wretched I am not. Most people would refer to me as the eternal optimist. Not perky, either, mind you, but we'll save that for later in the alphabet. I do occasionally threaten harm, though, especially if something threatens my children, but that's about it. In general I'm not evil or ominous, preferring to try to see the good in people & situations. Baleful definitely does not describe me.

Friday, February 19, 2010


(ā′bī ät′ik)

1. of nonliving substances or environmental factors
Okay, we'll establish the most basic of basic when it comes to being. I'm am not, nor have I ever been, abiotic. Parts of me are, I suppose, like my nails & hair, but for the most part I'm a living, breathing, female human being.