Tuesday, February 01, 2011

odds and ends fourteen

Does anyone remember Indiglo watches? Man, I really loved those things. Mine looked kinda like this one. I mean, I was really fascinated. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it was because they reminded me of fireflies.

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Speaking of fireflies, one of my mom’s nicknames for me is firefly. She said that it’s because I light up her life and not because I’m bug-like or because my butt lights up.

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Speaking of my mom, one time she had a house full of guests and she came in the room and said, “Hey, do you guys like watermelon?” They all said yes very expectantly. Her response: “Oh. Well I don’t have any. I just wanted to know if you liked it.” Then she left. That was about 12 years ago and we still make fun of her for it. We’re a ruthless family.

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Speaking watermelons, am I the only person who thinks seedless watermelons are weird and unnatural? I still eat them, though.

Speaking of things that are weird and unnatural, do you ever say a word that you use all of the time and realize how strange it sounds? Like “fork” or “noodle”? I’m mean try it – say “fork” like twelve times in a row. Go on, no one will stare. See? Strange.

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Speaking of words I use all of the time, I think that I’ve permanently adopted the word “bin” in lieu of “trash can.” It’s one of the things for which I can thank the great people of the UK. That and adding the words “as well” to the end of every sentence on which it will comfortable affix. I may be a bit paranoid but I think there are probably other things that I’ve picked up but don’t realize it. After two years of being in the country, I sometimes forget which phrases/words I adopted there and which I brought with me. It’s like a weird selective amnesia. It wouldn’t be a problem but I hate it when people try to impress you by having an accent from somewhere else or use sentences they think make them sound interesting. Now and then my friend Liz looks at me and says, “That sounded British.” GAH. Not that I don’t love they way the British sound (I do) but I’m not being pretentious. I’m just an idiot with a poor memory.

Speaking of digging holes, whatever happened to all of the sinkholes you used to hear about all the time? In the 80’s or 90’s there were so many on the news. Lately….nothing. What gives? (Ha, ha…what gives? Get it?? It’s the ground that gives because it’s a sink hole!)

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Yeah. I’m just gonna go now.

I'm linking to Random Tuesday Thoughts.

12 comments:

Stef said...

I loved this post. What a great way to write about some pretty random stuff. I am with you with the seedless watermelon, and I too eat them despite.
I remember there was a sink hole that I would walk past all the time when I was in elementary school. I actually would have bad dreams that someone in my family was falling into it and we couldn't get them out because if we tried we too would be sucked in. Huh.

H said...

It's no good. I just can't make 'fork' sound weird! I do get words like that sometimes though; unexpected, out of the blue. One second I'm reading a word and everything is normal, the next second..!

Jen said...

Random is fun! Cute nickname!
Have a great day!

Jen said...
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jen said...

Little Paige Evelyn Firefly.
Little Eve Diana Firefly.
Smile.

Furry Bottoms said...

spork. Thats a weird fork. Random answer, I know--

you made me giggle with the sinkhole joke. Give away, heheh

Barry said...

I can't believe you managed to link all of those random things and include a joke. Genius :-)

Kim Humes said...

haha you're funny, and I love randomness!

Jenners said...

My Little One has an indiglo watch. He showed it at show and tell one day ... they turned off the lights so everyone could see it. One kid cried cause he couldn't see it so he got to show it again. Indiglos are still a big deal ... at least in 1st grade!

And that watermelon thing does deserve 10 years of teasing!

myorii said...

Hee. Loving the train of thought you have here :) That indigo watch is quite mesmerizing to stare at...especially in the dark...not that I own one or even wear watches.

I'd be pretty impressed if you can light your butt up. Ok, that just sounded odd. Just forget what I just said.

Seedless watermelons....sounds almost like something the Japanese would invent just to get rid of seeds. They're already selling square watermelons so I wouldn't be surprised if they invented these too.

Words don't sound unnatural to me but the spelling totally throws me off all the time. I'd spell "fork" and then wonder if it's spelled correctly because it looks off to me. Have you had that happen to you too?

Oddly enough, I've picked up a lot of words that the British use while living in Japan. I have a lot of friends from the UK and their use of certain words to refer to things kinda grew on me, especially since I have to use them so they don't get confused either. Like the word "nappies" for diapers or "pram" for strollers.

Sink holes...You know I never heard of them on the news before... maybe I need to watch the news more often :)

Ah, I have followed your train of thought!

Anita Johnson said...

I needed a good laugh before bed...thanks, you never disappoint!
Love the sink hole...LOL

Mrs.Mayhem said...

Most likely you're adopting a British tone because you're immersed in the culture. It makes sense that you would become more British after two years of living there. It's not pretentious; it's natural.

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