Brain Fog

I need a brain lighthouse.

Or a can of compressed brain air to whoosh the fog away.

Or maybe my brain needs to move to Arizona.... Or the Sahara...

Or maybe I just need to be a boy.

- Or a drunk.

I think they get brain fog too but they don't seem to notice as much or care :P


Well Trained

Conversation with a 5 year old
Do you want to know how old my mommy is?
[Note: "Mommy" is in her 40s.]
Twenty one.
Yes. I remember because last year on her birthday she said she was 20. So now she's 21.
Do you want to know how old my daddy is?
[Note: "Daddy" is in his 40s.]
Sure. How old is your daddy?
Seventy Eight. 

Possessed Toys

The blue doll scared me when I walked passed it in the toy aisle. Then, as I was leaving, the Pink one scared me. 

- Then I was paranoid about every toy for the rest of the day.

Edit: Every time I re-embed this video it works again. - Until it doesn't. So much for uploading to Picasa. FYI, it's two dolls that talk, babble, bounce and move if you walk by them. Cute if you KNOW they're going to do that. Not so much if you don't!

Edit 2: I'm going to try to embed a video from Photobucket. Let's see if Blogger breaks this one too. 

Edit 3: The Photobucket video wins. Two days without breaking. I've swapped it into the original video's space above.

Is your blog in Romanian?

Mine was. Just now. At least all my blog controls were. I poked around my settings to try to figure out what the heck was going on, which was an interesting challenge since I DON'T SPEAK ROMANIAN! (Though from trying to understand the words, it seemed to be a cross between Italian and German?)

I re-set my country and time zone and the language for my blog... Nothing. Still Romanian. Then on my Blogger Dashboard page, in the upper right corner, I saw a pulldown menu I'd never noticed before. Maybe it's new, maybe it's always been there. Regardless, it wasn't set to English. I set it to English and voila. I now know what my blog settings say again.

I saw similar complaints of blogs changing languages about a week ago, but this bug didn't hit me until today.

Hopefully that'll be the end of it.

My regards to Romania.

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

Saw this. Loved it. Re-printing it here :)

A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" - bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez - tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

(By either Mark Twain, or M. J. Shields. Authorship is debated.)

Keeping My Words

That's what I went with for my OneWord blog :)

The blogspot url for keepingmywords was taken, but the hyphenated version for it was not! So is mine! I'll be removing the OneWord tab (in my menubar here) shortly and putting a link in my sidebar instead.

I think I got most of the kinks out of the template (which is a WordPress theme that's never been fully functional in Blogger) but if anything doesn't look right let me know. - Consider yourselves honorary beta testers. You're welcome ;)

As I've said before, even when I don't have time for a full post here, I might still have sixty seconds to write something over there. The difference is that I consider those to be writing exercises that I'm ok sharing, and not necessarily topics I would have otherwise chosen to write about. For example, today, I did not wake up and think "Oooh! I think writing about that chalk thingamajiggy would be a GREAT POST!!!!" ;) This is more like a word association game - except my associated "word" is a 60 second thought! I write for 60 seconds, finish my thought, and then do a very quick proofread. (So all in all it's more like a 2 to 5 minute post total.)

There are sites that won't let you finish writing your sentence once the time has stopped (and certainly wouldn't let you go back and fix a typo!) There's even a site that will start DELETING your text if you pause during the exercise! Can you imagine? Lol! Luckily, this ain't that! has a 60 second timer that gently lets you know when your time is up. It's a low pressure mental break for me that I find oddly relaxing, and I actually look forward to it every day.

So if you'd like more to read, check out my OneWord blog too. I'm finding it kind of interesting to see where my brain can go in 60 seconds :)

See you there!