Postcard #27 “What Makes Me Happy”

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello again! My brain is full of second graders, Halloween candy and banjo rolls so I am turning to the Chat Pack to help!

This week’s question is: If you made a list of the five things (not people!) that make you the happiest in your life, what five things would you write down?


1. Ice cubes. I finally have a fridge that gets cold enough to make ice cubes and I make sure to keep the tray filled with water so I can always have cubes when I need them. I think ice cubes make me happy because they are a little party in a glass waiting to happen.

2. Chubby kitty fleece. A couple of years ago I was wearing an especially fuzzy fleece jacket while visiting a friend. His youngest son was about 5 years old at the time and really into cats. He sat by me and proceeded to pet my arm while saying, “oh, chubby kitty.” So since then anything that is soft, cozy, cuddly or warm is referred to as a “chubby kitty”. They make me happy because they are soft and warm, sort of like wearing a sleeping bag, which brings me to the next thing that makes me happy…

3. Camping. There are pictures of me as a baby hanging in a tree wearing pink footie pajamas and a smile. One of my favorite places to be is in a tent snuggled down in a sleeping bag. Camping makes me happy: being outside, the feeling of being miles away from everyone else and of course, the smell of pine trees. I could go camping every weekend in the summer and it still wouldn’t be enough.

4. Waking up in the morning and finding out that my cat Clementine asleep at the end of the bed. There are many comfortable places in the house to sleep (especially those chubby kitty jackets I leave around) and I am always happy when Clem chooses to sleep with me. Clementine is one cool kitty and she makes me happy.

5. Dogs. I didn’t think I was a dog person, but I was. After becoming a dog owner, I’ve learned there’s something really special about them. Maybe it’s the way they are genuinely excited when I come home or perhaps it’s the way they make me be a better and happier person. Sure they need to be walked and you can’t leave them alone for a long time, but they’re worth it.  If you own a dog you know what I’m talking about.

 There you go, there’s my 5. What’s yours?

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Postcard #7: Panoply

Posted on March 11, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I have a new favorite word: panoply (pa-nə-plē) and according to The World English Dictionary it is “a complete or magnificent array”. I like saying it. I like how it feels when it rolls off my tongue. Panoply. Give it a try. Panoply. If you’d rather hear someone else say it, click on: and listen. Or if you have my number, call me and I’ll say it for you…no, really…I don’t mind; just give me a call and I’ll whisper it into the phone.

Since I heard the word panoply in a Decemberists song, I have been trying to use it every chance I get. Here are some actual examples: At Starbucks: “Look at that panoply of cookies, which one shall I have?” Browsing at “What a panoply of socks, which ones should I buy with the gift certificate from my sister?”I really don’t spend a lot of time around warriors, so I’m not able to use the second definition of panoply which is “the entire equipment of a warrior.” But if I did, it might sound something like this: “What a manly panoply you’re wearing. Does it chafe?”

Postcard #7 is more than just my love of the word panoply. It is about you finding your own new favorite word. To help, I have included some words that I found on along with some fun sentences you could use. Try these on for size and let me know how it goes.

Scaevity (noun): unluckiness; left-handedness.“Please help me. Due to my scaevity, I was unlucky enough to find only a pair of left-handed scissors. Now I’ll never be able to cut open this package of Twinkies I bought at the store. Rats!”

Clementine likes fancy words

Cucamonga (proper noun): I think this usually has the word “Rancho” in front of it and it may very well be a place in California and if it is, I have never been there.“I spent my entire spring break in Cucamonga mowing my grandparent’s lawn and walking Spriggy their ancient Boston terrier. Am I glad to be home!”

Filicology (noun): the study of ferns. “Why yes, I am a filicologist. Would you like to see some of my fronds? They’re fresh, tender and green.”

Sedecuple (noun): quantity sixteen times another.“I would like to sedecuple my order of cupcakes and make it to go, please.”

Teterrimous (adjective): most foul. “Excuse me, the noise from your __________ (videogame, car stereo- fill in the blank to make it your own) is teterrimous that I am forced to wear earplugs to block out the noise.”

Aquabib (noun): water-drinker.“Ever since I was arrested for public nudity and drunkenness, I have become an aquabib.”

I could go on forever, but I am going to stop at these six. Choose one and make sure you use it in conversation as much as you can. Don’t worry if people don’t understand what you’re saying or that you have to explain what the word means; they can be such foppottees.

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