15 Jun. 2009

Words say the darndest things... pt 3


My very favourite word in the whole world is oxymoron - it's so much fun to use! And there are many out there - this website has kindly compiled 35 of them for me, and I have grabbed them and displayed them here for you to peruse at your leisure. :) Oh, and I also added a picture because it looks very sad without pictures on my blog. And because I do love this picture. It makes me laugh. :D
And yes, these are American, so if you don't understand one, please... um... well I guess look it up. I wouldn't know. http://www.c4vct.com/kym/humor/oxymoron.htm
35. State worker
34. Legally drunk
33. Exact estimate
32. Act naturally
31. Found missing
30. Resident alien
29. Genuine imitation
28. Airline Food
27. Good grief
26. Government organization
25. Sanitary landfill
24. Alone together
23. Small crowd
22. Business ethics
21. Soft rock
20. Butt Head
19. Military Intelligence
18. Sweet sorrow
17. Rural Metro (ambulance service)
16. "Now, then ..."
15. Passive aggression
14. Clearly misunderstood
13. Peace force
12. Extinct Life
11. Plastic glasses
10. Terribly pleased
9. Computer security
8. Political science
7. Tight slacks
6. Definite maybe
5. Pretty ugly
4. Rap music
3. Working vacation
2. Religious tolerance
1. Microsoft Works

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Habit begets desire: faith

Ok, ok, I know 'begets' is a big word, so I looked it up for you and it's definition is: to cause
So habit causes desire. Ok, now that you're with me, this entry talks about Hebrews chapter 11, the faith chapter.
When you're a kid, your mum makes you apologise to your brother, whether or not you think you did something wrong, and whether or not you mean it. Why? Because it is the easiest way to reconcile, and it is the right thing to do. You learn that when you're an adult, but when you're a kid it seems like the biggest injustice ever, and you feel pretty smug that you don't mean it anyway. So you learn as you grow up that it's important to do things that are right, even when you don't understand, because you are acting in faith that it is the right thing to do, and that your mum knows what she's talking about when she says it's good.

Faith, as you know, is doing things whether or not you know what is going to happen, doing things that don't make sense, because you believe them to be what is right. That's faith. And in Hebrews 11, the example used is Abraham, and how he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac. First of all that would take immense strength and courage, and trust in God. But when you think about it, before that day God had told Abraham that it was through Isaac that his promises would be met. So God appeared to contradict himself - he had said Isaac would fulfil the promises to Abraham, but here he was asking Abraham to kill Isaac. Yet Abraham went ahead and trusted God, trusted that God knew what he was doing, that his plan was perfect. And it was.

Faith isn't just doing what you know will be good in the long run - it's doing anything and everything God asks, despite 'obvious' flaws in his plan. So the point of 'habit begets desire' is that even if you don't want to read your bible, for example, and you figure what's the point of reading the bible even when you have no interest and aren't getting anything out of it today, do it anyway. God knows what he's doing, and if you have a routine of reading, then eventually you will do it because you want to, because you like the routine and the consistency in which God speaks to you through it. How else do you fall in love with God? It's one thing to love him as a father, a friend, but what about a lover? You don't fall in love with God when you don't spend time with him. If you have a habit of loving him, you will have a desire of being in love with him. Habit causes desire.

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12 Jun. 2009

The weak and the strong

Romans chapter 14
This chapter talks about accepting those with weak faith, though yours is strong, without judging them (lets go with 'him' for now) on 'disputable matters'. This means that it doesn't matter if he thinks that Saturday is the Sabbath, or that there shouldn't be a Sabbath at all, do not condemn him for it. It doesn't matter whether he eats meat or only vegetables, or if he drinks alcohol or not, God has accepted him. That is enough. It also says, make up your mind not to put any obstacles in his way, if he believes it is wrong to eat meat, do not eat meat in front of him. If he is distressed about what you eat or do, if you continue to parade it in front of him you are no longer acting in love. "Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food." (vs 20) I personally think that verse was written with my family in mind - we love food! "So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." For if you eat or drink against what you believe, you are committing sin, regardless of what your brother believes. Interesting thought.

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9 Jun. 2009

Words say the darndest things... pt 2

(Not sure how many parts this will have, but so far there is definitely going to be at least 2)
This part is called: Vocabumalary

Avoidable \uh-voy'-duh-buhl\: What a bullfighter tries to do.
balderdash (n), a rapidly receding hairline.
Burglarize \bur'-gler-ize\: What a crook sees with
coffee (n), a person who is coughed upon.
Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers \: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets
Eclipse \i-klips'\: what an English barber does for a living
Eyedropper \i'-drop-ur\: a clumsy ophthalmologist
flabbergasted (adj), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
Heroes \hee'-rhos\: what a guy in a boat does
lymph (v), to walk with a lisp.
Negligent (adj),describes a condition where you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie.
Paradox \par'-u-doks\: two physicians
Parasites \par'-uh-sites\: what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Pharmacist \farm'-uh-sist\: a helper on the farm
Relief \ree-leef'\: what trees do in the spring
Selfish \sel'-fish\: what the owner of a seafood store does
semantics (n), pranks conducted by young men studying for the priesthood, including such things as gluing the pages of the priest's prayer book together just before mass.
Subdued \sub-dood'\: like, a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines, man
testicle (n), a humorous question on an exam.

And my personal favourite... rectitude (n), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.

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5 Jun. 2009

Words say the darndest things... pt 1

I found these on various websites, they are some of my favourite things about the english language.

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts," and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?
Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with.
Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?
"I am." is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. How is it, then, that "I do," is the longest sentence?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and drycleaners depressed?
Why is it that if someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe, you'll believe it, but if you're told a wall has wet paint, you'll have to touch it to be sure?
If people from Poland are called "Poles," why aren't people from Holland called "Holes"?
Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
If man evolved from apes why do we still have apes?
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman where the Self Help section was, she said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.
If a mute kid swears does his mother wash his hands with soap?
Whose cruel idea was it to put an "S" in the word "Lisp"?
If a man stands in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him....Is he still wrong?
If someone with multiple personalities threatens suicide....is it considered a hostage situation?
Is there another word for synonym?
Isn't it scary that doctors call what they do "practice"?
What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
Would a wingless fly be called a walk?
Is a shelless turtle homeless or just naked?
Do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?
Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
What was the best thing BEFORE sliced bread?

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1 Jun. 2009

Snow cones

One of my favourite things in the whole world, and who doesn't love snow cones? Shaved ice stuffed into a degradable paper cone, liberally watered with grape, watermelon, lemon, orange, bubblegum, blue raspberry or something else, even topped with some sour sprinkle... mmmmm..... Can't you taste it now? There is little I like more. And it's been forever since I've had one. A good one, anyways.

You know how you can get some that's just ice chips? And you have to crunch them, and that's no fun. They taste gross, too. And there's the ones where they give you a dribble of flavouring, or too much (like hardly ever) and it just tastes like water or straight cordial?

But when they get the mix right... when they have that beautiful sour topping... when it's crushed or shaved ice and it melts in your mouth... now that is something else. Mmmm. My favourite has to be grape, but only with sour, and I like bubblegum (shame on me) even though it's a bit too sweet sometimes. Yum. Sure wish I had one now...


What's your favourite?

Perhaps a mix, like our friend here?

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19 May 2009

Cats

Well, I've had a serious case of writers block the last couple of days, I really wanted to blog but.... nothing. So I decided to break it today and write some interesting facts about cats that I randomly know, or have found on the net.
If a pregnant cat has a litter of kittens, of any number, each of the kittens can have a different father.
Sir Isaac Newton is not only credited with the laws of gravity but is also credited with inventing the cat flap.
Cats see six times better in the dark than humans.
Cats have the largest eyes in relation to their body of any mammal.
A female cat will be pregnant for approximately 9 weeks or between 62 and 65 days from conception to delivery.
Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy. Cats will also purr loudly when they are distressed or in pain.
The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
A cat's heart beats twice as fast as a human heart, at 110 to 140 beats per minute. Incidentally, that's the same speed as the heart of a human baby.
25% of cat owners blow dry their cats hair after a bath. (Ha - why would you admit that?)
The cat's front paw has 5 toes and the back paws have 4. Cats born with 6 or 7 front toes and extra back toes are called polydactl.
There are approximately 60,000 hairs per square inch on the back of a cat and about 120,000 per square inch on its underside. (Who counted?)
(Apparently) Cats wag their tails when it is in a stage of conflict. The cat wants to do two things at once, but each impulse blocks the other. For example: If your cat is in the doorway wanting to go outside, and you open the door to find it raining, the cat's tail will wag because of internal conflict. The cat wants to go outside, but doesn't want to go into the rain. Once the cat makes a decision and either returns to the house or leaves into the rain, the tail will immediately stop wagging.
In 1952, a Texas Tabby named Dusty set the record by having more than 420 kittens before having her last litter at age 18.
A cat will almost never "meow" at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans. (We lucky few)
The oldest cat on record was Puss, from England, who died in 1939 just one day after her 36th birthday.
A falling cat will always right itself in a precise order. First the head will rotate, then the spine will twist and the rear legs will align, then the cat will arch its back to lessen the impact of the landing. (Now that's a strategy)
Apparently cats hate the smell of orange or lemon, so put these where you don't want kitty to go.
Cats have a peripheral vision scope of about 285 degrees. Wow! We see about 170.
Cats are the sleepiest of all mammals. They spend 16 hours of each day sleeping. With that in mind, a seven year old cat has only been awake for two years of its life!
Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning when they lost a beloved cat.


And finally, this is the cat age chart vs 'people years':
Hope you enjoyed - if I can figure out how, I'll put in the chart for cats ages vs people years.

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