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see: save a word

November 21, 2010

I must be on a bit of a word kick lately… I came across this site this morning and I couldn’t resist. The Oxford English Dictionary is one of my favourite things. I remember baby-sitting for my old English teacher and now friend who had a condensed version of the OED. After I had put the kids to bed, I would pull down one of the four volumes from the shelf and lay it out on the coffee table. Weilding the magnifying glass that accompanied the set, I flipped open the tissue-thin pages and would scroll through the words, particularly entranced by the history of each of the words.

The Save the Words project encourage people to adopt a word that “once led a meaningful life, but now lies unused, unloved and unwanted.” Adopters promise to “use the word, in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible to the very best of my ability.”

I adopted: REDAMANCY (n. act of loving in return)

 

see: beautiful words

November 17, 2010

I have a page in my journal dedicated to words I enjoy. Looks like I’m not the only one as the ladies at so much to tell you have posted a list of the hundred most beautiful words in the English language.

Here are some of my favourites from the list….

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Plethora A large quantity.
Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Susurrous Whispering, hissing.
Talisman A good luck charm.
Wherewithal The means.
Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

life: contentment and a great outfit

November 15, 2010

Do you ever have one of those moments where you feel like you are exactly where you want to be? Where you feel totally comfortable and happy in a moment? Like everything has just come together? I had one this morning. After sleeping in and making my favourite breakfast of oatmeal with bananas and nutella and coffee, I headed to Bed in Kitsilano to pick out a duvet cover. I was wearing my new favourite outfit (see below), had a lovely conversation with the shop owner and was buying something to make our bed more cozy. Just for a moment I felt completely content in the world.

life: outdoor yoga

August 31, 2010

a perfect way to spend a sunny sunday morning – outdoor yoga on the lawns of city hall.

lululemon blog

life: picnic club

August 31, 2010

A fun way to get together with friends in the warmer months (via a cup of joe)

Picnic Club Rules

  1. Get together a group of friends
  2. Invite friends to meet at different parks around the city every other Saturday
  3. Everyone brings their own blanket
  4. And a snack to share
  5. Someone brings the games – bocce, croquet, frisbee
  6. Fun ensues

style: a french bun

August 31, 2010

A great how-to for that perfect parisian up-do via a cup of joe.

words: morning by billy collins

August 31, 2010

A lovely poem found via ill seen, ill said (a great source of beautiful poetry)

Morning

Why do we bother with the rest of the day,
the swale of the afternoon,
the sudden dip into evening,

then night with his notorious perfumes,
his many-pointed stars?

This is the best –
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso –

maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins –
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso

dictionary and atlas open on the rug,
the typewriter waiting for the key of the head,
a cello on the radio,

and, if necessary, the windows –
trees fifty, a hundred years old
out there,
heavy clouds on the way
and the lawn steaming like a horse
in the early morning

taste: finch’s tea & coffee house

August 30, 2010

I had a lovely lunch with a friend today at Finch’s Tea & Coffee House. I had the pear, blue brie, prosciutto, roasted walnut baguette and it was delicious. The decor was eclectic and homey. A definite return destination.

from roanna on yelp

from simon r. on yelp

p.s. if you get a sandwich to-go, they wrap it up with brown paper and raffia. lovely.

see: new york

July 5, 2010

Things to do in the big apple:

  • Moma
  • Window-shop 5th avenue: the plaza hotel, FAO Schwarz, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Saks, Tiffany & Co
  • Central Park
  • See one Broadway show
  • Times Square
  • United Nations
  • Union Square Green Market (M, W, F, S)
  • 60 Rock
  • Empire State Building

to do: summer

June 28, 2010

go for ice cream at marble slab and walk english bay and stanley park seawall

play bocce

beach bbq

hike mount gardner

bard on the beach