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Correcting other people's grammar...

Monday, May 17, 2010

In my head only! LOL! During our meeting today (at work), I noticed folks saying things that they normally wouldn't. One of the guys used the word less instead of fewer. There were a couple of other examples that I noticed at the time, but can't think of now. And I corrected my mind. emoticon

I really think that the only reason that I even noticed was that I was really bored and needed something to keep me awake. That and I'm terribly judgemental! LOL! emoticon

Of course, I did not make any such errors. At least, none that I heard! Besides, I didn't say much. I was an observer. tee hee!

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GEEMAWEST 5/19/2010 8:59PM

    My biggest language pet peeve is when people say "these ones" and "those ones". Just thought you needed to know.

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LADYIRISH317 5/18/2010 9:57AM

    Oh, I know what you mean! I'm a writer and majored in English in both high school and college. My tongue looks like Swiss cheese from the number of times I've bitten it. Once I found a note in our system at work: This patient has duel coverage, so this bill has been tooken care of. I almost fainted! Don't they teach English any more? A few others:

So I borrowed him the money...

He gave it to her and I...

I could go on but you get the idea!

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BKNOCK 5/18/2010 5:55AM

    Barb, maybe I should send my research paper to you so that you can tear it apart! I do get annoyed reading blogs, especially loosing weight instead of losing!

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    I taught English to corporate clients overseas for a few years, so I'm REALLY obsessive about grammar. Less and fewer drives me CRAZY!

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STEELERCRAZY 5/17/2010 11:47PM

    As someone who reads alot, like YOU, I do it ALL THE TIME! What really ticks me off is when I say something and my DAUGHTER corrects ME. And my husband? Oh Lord. Poor guy. "Git me one of 'em them there thingies that I like at Lowe's. You know, one of them there gadgets by the kitchin sinks."

But his great legs make up for everything, LOL!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 5/17/2010 11:32PM

    Hi ya!!!

I keep hearing these things too, and boy it annoys me, which is funny as I'M the foreigner here, and SO make my share of mistakes.

I hate it when people say " I brought that yesterday" when they really mean, I BOUGHT that yesterday, or people that say: " I aks them' instead if 'I ASK them"

etc etc etc

;0) Dutchie


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ELYMWX 5/17/2010 11:28PM

    Well you know that their Grampar's aren't going to correct their Grammar's!

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Instinct or Learned Behavior?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My daughter and I walked about 2.5 miles (round trip) to our local Family Dollar store. I wanted new sunglasses (mine were literally falling apart!) and I figured she'd be up to walking if that meant she could shop. I was right, by the way! emoticon

About halfway there, I realized that I was walking on the side of the sidewalk closest to the street. And I had been the entire way. We crossed streets and changed directions, but I was always on the side nearest the cars. I'm sure that I did it on purpose. My reasoning (had I had any conscious reasoning) is that if a car should swerve and hit someone, the car would hit me first and not my daughter. Paranoid? Maybe (again, if I was consciously thinking about it!) Protective. Heck yes! After I realized what I was doing, do you think I changed? Well, NO!! I was just more conscious (there's that word again!) of my actions.

So, back to the question - Instinct or Learned Behavior? Maybe a little of both? Either way, it was not needed on this particular trip. No car swerved, jumped or otherwise drove into us, or even anywhere near us. But the next time we go walking, I'll do it again!

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STEELERCRAZY 5/17/2010 12:57PM

    We live out in the boonies and Breanna and I are always walking/sort of jogging our back country roads. They are windy, curvy with a lot of blind spots. Nine times out of ten I am grabbing the back of her shirt and pulling her closer to me so I can shove her out of the way if I have to. It's instinct. Why do you think mother bears will eat your face off if you reach in the den and touch one of their cubs?? Or momma gorilla would will rip your limbs from your body if touch the glass at the zoo where her baby is sitting? (Okay, had experience with the last one...)

You're a good mommy. This just goes to show how great you really are!

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JUNIAATROME 5/17/2010 9:37AM

    of course you'll do it again. You are a mother after all. I still do it and my kids are adults LOL. So there is some instinct in that.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 5/17/2010 8:58AM

    I think it's something that parents do. My cousin always insists on walking on the outside and has been known to throw her arm across my chest when riding the bus and it brakes suddenly, lol. I tease her about this, but having 3 kids, all of whom are nearly full-grown, she can't help herself, it's second nature now. I don't think it ever goes away.

Glad you had a nice relaxing Sunday.

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BKNOCK 5/17/2010 7:25AM

    Wow, great walk! How are those new sunglasses? I do that with the kids to by the way!

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TYLARDERDIN 5/16/2010 11:45PM

    Protecting your loved ones ... I dunno... learned... instinct... does it matter? It's what we do. Congrats on being more aware. Be in the moment. Do everything you do with mindfullness.

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.

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Day off = extra busy the next day

Saturday, May 15, 2010

As some of you may know, I took yesterday off. Not just from work, but from everything! No laundry, no dishes, no errands, no nuthin'!!!

So, today, I paid for it! Got up at 7:00, started laundry, headed to they gym. Oh...and got the girl out of bed first so she could get ready for her softball games (yes, plural).

Came home, helped get sandwiches made, drinks gathered, mitts found (still missing one! emoticon), and treats gathered (I had treats after first game). Took DD and her friend to the game. Came home, showered, dressed and gathered everything I needed to take. Stopped at the Chevron for ice and got to the game just as it was starting. emoticon

Four hours later (and multiple applications of sun block), gathered all my stuff and headed to the library. After that, got more laundry going and started some auctions for my hubby. Dropped the boy off at a friend's to spend the night, and went out to dinner. Had DH drop me off at the Chevron (yes, I bought cookies) and then I walked home.

Did my pushups (Day 1, Week 5!!) and now I'm Sparkin'!!! Debating on whether I will start more auctions or go read for a little bit. We'll see if I can stay up long enough to watch SNL...any bets? LOL!

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TYLARDERDIN 5/16/2010 11:47PM

    That reminds me... I need to start my laundry.

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 5/16/2010 7:05PM

    Sounds like yesterday cancelled out Friday. Poor you. I hope you had a more restful Sunday.

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RWETHAIRYET 5/16/2010 10:49AM

    Yup, the tough part about a day off? YOu always work double time the next day.
Which prompts a need for another day endless cycle, haha!

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CARLANNIE 5/16/2010 7:04AM

    I'm a softball/baseball fan from way back. Used to play, so yeah, I would have gladly come to watch your dd. I like that you made time to visit the library during all your hecticness - thank heaven for libraries. What an excellent spring day yesterday!!! I'd take more of those kind of days in a heartbeat. Today's looking pretty favorable . . . emoticon

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BKNOCK 5/16/2010 6:24AM

    Very productive day! You are going to have some tan watching softball for 4 hours! I hope that your Sunday is a bit more restful! We have 20 people coming over so mine will be hectic!

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LMB-ESQ 5/16/2010 5:08AM

    Ahhhh..... and there's the rub. I love taking the day off of work. But I always spend an extra hectic hour or two the day before getting ready to be off, and I'm always slammed the day I get back catching up.

Is it worth it? Well, I guess that depends on how well you spend the time you're off. It's up to us to make sure we get the most out of it.

So did you?

Sounds like you have enough energy for multiple people! But I guess that's what being a mom is all about! Would we have it any other way? emoticon

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ELYMWX 5/15/2010 11:30PM

    My bet is you'll be asleep before the opening skit.

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A truly do-nothing day!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mostly. I slept in until 8:00. Went to the gym. Came home, got ready, met my friend for lunch (Thai, YUM!) and stopped at the grocery store for milk and lettuce. Came home and read my book outside. Then I read my book inside. Then I read my book outside again.

Made dinner (tacos). Got my daughter from practice. Read my book. Played Scrabble on my phone. Sparkin'. See? Really a whole day of nothing! And guess what? I LOVED it!!!!! The only thing missing was a nap, but apparently sleeping in made it so I wasn't as tired. Weird how that works, huh? LOL! emoticon

I did start a load of laundry about 15 minutes ago. DD has a game tomorrow and guess who didn't put her uniform in when I did laundry last night? Yeah...teens rock...NOT!

Oh well. Sparkin' and then I'm going to read my book and play solitaire and Scrabble and then go to bed. I could get used to this! Tomorrow, DD has a double header. At least the temps will be pleasant - mid 70's! Woo Hoo!

All right, time to go back to my do-nothin' day!

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CARRAND 5/15/2010 8:32PM

    A truly great day. enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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MOM2ACAT 5/15/2010 5:18PM

    It's not quite warm enough here to read books outside yet, but I am hoping soon!

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LMB-ESQ 5/15/2010 9:22AM

    emoticon We all need "do nothing" days from time to time! I usually call them sanity breaks LOL

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CARLANNIE 5/15/2010 7:52AM

    What a great day! I'd come watch the double-header with you but we're heading out to golf. Then a BBQ at a friend's house tonight, so I don't have to worry about making dinner - heavenly. Mental health days are the best! emoticon

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BKNOCK 5/15/2010 7:25AM

    Next time I take a day off I think I will have to come over and learn how to do that! My day off was productive, does that count?

I read ch 4 of Spark!

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    Hey, that was a great idea!
Why didn't I think of that?
You wonder what I'm talking about, huh?
You said that you read your book inside then you said you read your book outside. I'm gonna start reading my books outside ALL THE TIME, it takes much less time to read the outside of the book, the inside of the book takes me FOREVER!!!!!

Glad that Tie food was good, did you cut each other loose before you left the restaurant?


Enjoy your weekend!

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ELISELOVE1 5/14/2010 11:42PM

    emoticongood job on getting your fitness in at the start of the day. i love reading book for most of the day. what are you reading right now.

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Lunch with a friend! Yippee!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I have a friend that I used to work with...more than seventeen years ago! After I moved to another job, we met on a regular basis for lunch. After I had kids, I'd bring them along and she got to watch them grow up, with two or three month gaps! I don't know exactly what happened, but we stopped getting together!

I decided to take Friday off (mental health day!!). DH asked me what I had planned for my day off. I was thinking of meeting one friend, but said this friend's name instead. DH was surprised and mentioned how long it had been since we had seen each other. After thinking about it, I decided that I would ask her to have lunch.

Luckily, she still works at the same place. Otherwise, I'd have been SOL. I called her this morning and we are having lunch! I am so excited! I've seen her a few time in a store or a restaurant, but not when we could really stop and talk. This will be nice! And, to top it off, she works downtown. I rarely go downtown. That means that all of the restaurants down there are "new" to me. Well, except the Subway. But if I have the choice of a Thai restaurant (that my family would NEVER go to) or Subway, I'm not wasting my trip downtown on a samich! LOL! Lunch can be an adventure!

BTW, my other "big" plans for tomorrow? Sleep in. Exercise. Read my book. And, if I read my book correctly, that will lead right into a nap! Yep, that's it! That's my big day. Spark y'all tomorrow!

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STEELERCRAZY 5/14/2010 12:22PM

    Yay! It's always so much fun meeting up with old friends! Hope you had a great time (or have a great time, depending on when you read this...) Love mental health days. I usually take one about every day!


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    Sounds like fun, Hope you HAD FUN or are about to have FUN as we speak or in a couple of hours, you get the picture.


Enjoy your mental health day,
mine last week turned into a whole week,
but not sure how much good it did, tee hee

Have a wonderful weekend!

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AUNTIEANNE22 5/14/2010 10:23AM

  Have a great time!
I'm really looking forward to a day when I can take a nap or sleep in. Won't be happening anytime soon.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 5/14/2010 7:35AM

    Enjoy your lunch today. I think going out for lunch is very civilised and wish I had the opportunity to do it more often.

Enjoy your weekend too - great plans. Think I might do the same.

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BKNOCK 5/14/2010 7:14AM

    Sounds great to me! Enjoy it!

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USFBULL 5/14/2010 1:17AM

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