romantic portmanteaus

Who makes the decision about couple names?

Is it always based on sounds, pronunciations, and morphemes? Is it a desire to be clever, or just to make sure that words don’t sound ridiculous?

I look at celebrity couple names, and I wonder who the hell thinks of these stupid romantic portmanteaus?

Why Kimye? Why not Westian?
Why Billary? Why not Rodhinton?
Why Tomkat? Why not Hocruise?

Does it always have to be first names? Are the majority of them first name squished in with first name?

HOW DOES IT WORK?? HOW?!?

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Just a Thought

Flying feels the same whether the engines are working or not.
—Bernard Schlink/The Reader

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Reboot, Reload, Reblog

Every year I pay for all the various things attached to my blog.

Every year I wonder why.

Why am I paying for this service when I barely blog anymore? There was a time when I was posting every single day. It was one of my favorite things to help me sort my thoughts and keep myself up to date all the time. It isn’t as though this blog has a giant amount of followers, and it has almost always just been a thing for me.

I look at all the different social media platforms I am a part of and in truth all of them are pretty much an easier way to have this blog that I used to keep on a regular basis. But with more interactivity. There are more people with whom to share and have them see what I am doing on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram. There are more people to read and comment and like or dislike what I have to say.

That has a very strong appeal. But it is also exhausting some days and doesn’t serve the purpose that I originally had for this blog, for this idea of having an online presence. It was initially a place for me to write. For me to think. For me to just be okay with being me no matter how boring that me was on a daily basis to others.

I want to say I am going to pick right back up and just jump into the deep end and start blogging every day, but I think that all the time in my head and it never turns out that way in reality.

But I want to see what happens when I try.

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Just a Thought

One of the men told me he was a policeman, but he wasn’t wearing a uniform, which I thought was disappointing: if I were a policeman, I was certain, I would wear my uniform whenever I could.
—Neil Gaiman/The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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Just a Thought

It had never occurred to him until now that a hero would sleep on the ground.
—Lloyd Alexander/The Book of Three

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parking lot exotic

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Just a Thought

I have dreamed of that song, of the strange words to that simple rhyme-song, and on several occasions I have understood what she was saying, in my dreams. In those dreams I spoke that language too, the first language, and I had dominion of the nature of all that was real. In my dream it was the tongue of what is, and anything spoken in it becomes real, because nothing said in that language can be a lie.
—Neil Gaiman/The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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drama e’ry day

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I’ve worked in customer service a long long time.

I’m tired.

Tired of being nice, of smiling and nodding, of caring about everyone’s problem before caring about my own.

Years ago I worked with a really good friend at a call center and she said that there was drama every day at a call center, so all call centers were dromedaries. Another good friend that works where I am now, in another call center, drew me some cubicle camels for me to enjoy. It makes me very happy to have fun and silly people in my life and at my workplace. It makes me very happy to be able to help people. It makes me very happy to be doing something now that is paying me well enough that I can pay 65% of my bills without any panic.

But I’m tired.

I’m tired and unsure and unclear what I need to do next, if anything. Maybe this is it. Maybe my legacy for the world is just training and monitoring quality and nothing else. I mean, I am aware that my wonderful son is my real legacy in the whole something is living on beyond my death kind of way. My son is amazing, but a lot of what is great about him comes from him and some from his father. But, sometimes, I wonder if I can do something that only I can take credit for and have people continue to care about what I’ve created after I’m dead and gone.

I want the whole idea of a simple life to be enough, and that the simple life I’ve led can be enough for me.

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Just a Thought

What is law? Is it what is on the books, or what is actually enacted and obeyed in a society? Or is a law what must be enacted and obeyed, whether or not it is on the books, if things are to go right?
—Bernard Schlink/The Reader

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trying

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In August I started a brand new journal that is very cool, covered in little tiny books that all have girl in the title (The Girl Who Lost Things, Two Girls and a Secret, A Ripping Girl) and is lined.

I wanted to start a bullet journal and continue keeping my regular journal and have an art journal…because why do one thing well when I can do three things moderately okay?  Anyway, I decided to just go with one place for all of these things.

This is my first art journal item in the new journal, and the bullet journal stuff is already an evolving prospect. I put together a grid and some to do lists and I already have ideas for other stuff and how I want it to look.

Basically, I’m just trying right now.

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