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People keep friending me. It makes me feel so cool! I feel like one of the cool kids every time! Do you people know something about me that I don't know? Because I assure you, I am not one of the cool kids. Aw Cawntrar. hahaha! I always wanted to write that. It drives me crazy when people write "wallah!" but I can understand why. If you've only ever heard it said, and never seen it written, how would you know it WASN'T "wallah!" ??

A word I was asked to spell today and then had to go look up because it looked so weird: turquoise (I was right)

One of the women at julbord yesterday told a story about working with some Australians and having one of them say "Bob's your uncle" to her in the course of a conversation, upon which she was very confused and all "wha??" because she had never heard the expression before. "We don't have that expression in America," she claimed, at which point I spoke up and told her that yes, we do, and she very strongly reprimanded me (ME!) and told me it was not the case, nuh uh, there is NO BOB'S YOUR UNCLE in America. I know that it's primarily a British/Commonwealth phrase, but I'm also positive that I've heard it used in America and by Americans. Some one back me up here, willya, because I was going to give her the smackdown, but then decided it wasn't worth the effort, and now I'm regretting it.

1) Is Bob, indeed, your uncle?
2) If he is, have you ever used him in a sentence?
3) If you have, are you a) American, b) British/Australian/Canadian or 3) William Safire Dick van Dyke?

My first-born is turning 8 tomorrow. This is freaking me out a bit. He was a baby, a toddler, a little kid just a minute ago! Now he's only moments away from shaving and wanting a moped.

I am supposed to be working on our Christmas letter. Why am I procrastinating so bad on this project?? Pretty soon it's going to be a Happy New Year letter. Okay, I am going now to work on my letter.

Going now.

Now, I am going.


I went Christmas/birthday present shopping today and managed, even after going into 2 bookstores, to come away with only 2 books for myself! I think that's pretty darn good.

Okay, going now.

No, really!

Edited at 11:15 p.m. to add: DONE! 45 minutes later! Ta-dah! *bows*
mood: accomplished
music: Joan Armatrading—When I Get it Right


I use it regularly. But then I am Dick Van Dyke's lovechild ;)

It originates from Lord Salisbury (whose name was Robert) continually giving his nephew high-ranking posts in politics in Victorian times, whether he was qualified or not.

Is that the same Salisbury as the steak??

I have no idea, actually. I *thought* it was, but this is what I found:

In the late 19th century, Dr. James Henry Salisbury came up with chopped beef patties to cure Civil War soldiers suffering from "camp diarrhea." The patties were made of meat from disease-free animal muscle fibers with no fat, cartilage or connective tissues, seasoned, and broiled. Dr. Salisbury advocated eating beef three times a day for a healthy constitution. The term "Salisbury steak" dates back in print to 1897, and is considered a forerunner of the current hamburger.

disease-free animal muscle fibers. mmmm! :P

Makes you wonder what you USUALLY get, doesn't it?

Ha. And there you have one of the reasons i shun red meat products ;)

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