A Words Post Because I Haven’t Written My Resolutions Yet

I was too busy shopping. Whoops.

But the good news is that I now have a pair of winter gloves (that lack was getting a bit problematic in this negative Fahrenheit New England paradise. Even in France I had some trouble with my keys and doors).
And also a pair of fishnet socks, because not everything can be practical.

  • condiment: a spice, sauce, or preparation added to food to give flavor
  • sediment
  • calcify: to get all calcium-y
  • cajole: this is a word with so much imagery behind it, for me. Kind of like guffaw.
  • nematode: ‘Sa worm
  • toff: pejorative British slang for the overly aristocratic/pretentious/landed gentry. A very Britishly British insult. In the US we don’t even have landed gentry.
  • peccadillo: a small and trivial offense, not to be confused with the very inoffensive armadillo
  • glaucous: dull grayish green or blue color. Also the powdery bloom on grapes. I like the connection.
  • pernicious: credit to Roald Dahl.
  • cusp: like Leo on the cusp of Cancer.
  • irascible
  • muse
  • festoon: a chain or garland, more commonly what you do with it.

 

  • bruyère: heather

  • égérie: muse

Sleepy Listening

Did anyone else ever listen to books on tape when they were little, as they were lying in bed at night? I did. Almost every night until I was 6 or 7.  Lots of different stories. My parents would just slide a tape in the tape player (I’m dating myself- we may even still have the tape player in the attic).

It occurred to me recently that this history may explain why To sometimes find listening to ASMR at night so relaxing. Continue reading “Sleepy Listening”

Haunting Lady Vocals

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Inspired by my recent obsession, Mirel Wagner, and by my last first day of classes at university tomorrow, which is as haunting as anything I know.
But hey, silver linings!: I’ll finally be able to return/check out my books and the dining halls are going to have the “Golden Jewels” quinoa blend for dinner, which makes my little soul a happy clam.

I also forgot to put on perfume until just now (1:36 pm!). Dzing! it is.

Lets start with the inspiration of the post: Continue reading “Haunting Lady Vocals”

A Few Choice Words

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Every once in a while, if you’re me, someone asks you what your favorite word is.  Maybe it’s Princeton’s supplement to the Common App.  Maybe it’s your obsessive brain at 2 a.m.  And, if you’re me, you never know what to say to Princeton or to your 2 a.m. brain.

Well, future Mimsy, and anyone else who is wondering: I started keeping track.  And I came up with a lot of words. All over the past week.  This may be the first part of a multipart series, because I certainly didn’t thoroughly thumb any dictionary to come up with this collection.  No, these are just those words that popped into my head at odd moments, generally sometime between 1 and 3 in the morning.

If you’re here looking for answers to the Princeton Common App addendum: Move on. These words are taken MY PRECIOUS.
If, however, you’re searching for some sweet nothings to whisper in the ear of your little grey cells, borrow liberally and without shame.  The night is dark and full of terrors.
Continue reading “A Few Choice Words”