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Does getting older mean that you slowly freeze from the inside out? I swear poor circulation will be the death of me one day. My hands are SO COLD.

I hate sitting here staring at the screen, unable to think of a single thing to write about. What a lame-o!

Forging ahead, regardless. Never let it be said that writer's block has got the best of me!

My kids have been traditionally a little late to the party when it concerns iconic movie figures. Last year they were obsessing over Star Wars, watching the movies over and over, play-acting Jedi Knights (Karin) and memorizing the names of every figure named in the films (Martin). Lately it's been Pirates of the Caribbean (and High School Musical, simultaneously), and while I'm all for lots of Johnny Depp, even I have to retreat quietly with a good book whenever possible these days

Aside: how do YOU pronounce it? CARE-IH-BE-AN or CA-RIB-EE-AN? Martin was asking why people said it different ways and I was stumped. Does it depend on where you're from? Googling this just made me laugh: Apparently EVERYONE is confused. Websters, for the record, lists both. /aside

Aside II: I pronounce it both ways, depending on context, what words surround it when it leaves my mouth, and whim. /aside

Today on the way home, Martin informed me that he really needed to watch The Lord of the Rings as soon as possible, because all his friends want to play it and he has no clue since he's never seen any of the movies. He judged them too scary long ago and has never shown any interest in them until today. (Same with the Harry Potter films) (Same with Wizard of Oz for years, as a matter of fact). I said, "You would choose to tell me this right before you go away for a'll have to wait until after the ski trip."

So, we'll be sitting down in February to long myskväll evenings with Aragorn and the hobbits, I foresee, since I own all the extended versions, and they're like, what, 42 hours long each? What a quandary! Having to give up Johnny for Viggo! Life is rough.

Have managed a couple of good night's sleeps recently, got some news at work I was hoping to hear, had a massage yesterday and looking forward to sushi AND book group tomorrow as well as dinner on Friday with the Wonders (yes, I shortened the stupid name). The kids and I also ate watermelon Jello for dessert tonight and pronounced it good. I haven't had Jello in years, despite having 13 boxes of the stuff stashed in the back of the pantry for those killer homesick cravings that descend once in a blue moon. Life is rough, indeed.
mood: contemplative
music: Charlotte Church—Confessional Song


Having to give up Johnny for Viggo! Life is rough.

Poor you!

Hm. While I'm not a native English speaker, I would have said CARE-UH-BEE-AN. I suppose that is completely wrong then. :)

I'm a native speaker and that's how I say it. :-) Can we both be wrong?

Interesting you bring up the subject of age = freezing. I've been so very cold this winter and I'm older now than I've ever been. :)

I flip-flop on the Caribbean pronunciation. For the Disney movies, it's Car-uh-BEE-yin. For the cruise line it's car-RIB-bee-yin (not that I discuss cruises much). According to that Billy Ocean song, it's pronounced "car-rib-YOON."

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For cold hands I cut the fingers off of my older gloves. I can be found in bed reading with fingerless gloves on my hands.

Like the others who've answered the query, I use both pronounciations, plus others. I wonder how they pronounce it in the caribbean?

Choosing between Viggo and Johnny is like cookies and candy. Either way it's sweet.

And you've got your "support" systems, but I'm mistaken for a lesbian swinger when I say I'm hanging out with the Wives on Sunday! What we go through for our women's groups and the names we've come up with! *chuckle*

There is a reason that all those old people live in Florida and it's not just the favorable inheritance tax laws.


I like the kids' combo of Pirates and High School Musical. I can just imagine them playing Johnny Dep on a pirate boat with all the mateys singing along as they swab the decks. It would work!!

We have cherry jello hidden away in our cabinets for the same blue moon, but I think watermelon sounds even tastier. What else do you stash for blue moons?

Julia from kolokolo

Red hots for cookie baking, campbell's soups, and then once in awhile I hit the American store and buy a bunch of candy and junk food that I don't need (or Pop-Tarts)


I'm a ca-RIB-ee-an kind of gal. But, tomato tomahto, ya know?

Do you say AWNT instead of ANT for your mom's sister, too? :D

I was just talking about how "behind" my kids are with programs. They just got "Annie" for Christmas and while other kids (mostly girls) are into the "High School Musical" craze, mine are untouched. They're a little sensitive to violence and therefore we're a "Pirates, Spiderman, Harry Potter"-free house. I'd do it if I though they could handle it but Linnéa especially isn't ready.

My friend's dad used to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy to her when she was little but I don't know how young she was. I'm kind of hoping we can do that when the time comes . . . we own the movies so I'm thinking mostly it will be Viggo before Tolkien.

I say it car rib bean.
My daughter is "behind" with the hip movies.
I have noticed my tolerance for cold has decreased in recent years.

I don't know if I've ever heard anyone pronounce it CARibbean. Most Americans seem to say caribBEan (a la the Depp movies). I typically say caRIBbean.


Did you know there is a Jello museum in upstate New York? Neither did I until we were driving through LeRoy, New York and saw signs. To get to the museum, you walk down the -- I kid you not -- Jello Brick Road. It is so quiet that the woman at the souvenir counter actually closes up and takes you around, giving you a private tour. It was surprisingly fun. One of those little gems you stumble over occasionally.

Re: Jello

Ha! I love it! I have never been to upstate New York (closest I got was Niagara) but I think I might have to put it on the list just to go to the Jello Museum.

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