Stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else:
If you missed that post where I got 18 kinds of pissy about the Girl Scouts then you should just skip it because it’ll probably just make you screamy, but if you read it and were like, “I want to support girls directly without having to eat Thin Mints or pay expensive shipping & handling” then I have something for you.
Meet Janet, a troop leader for 18 years. Her current troop is at a local transitional/homeless shelter. These girls don’t sell cookies because of financial and transportation issues, but they get a little help from their local council. Janet’s also frustrated with the Girl Scouts, but she gave me a bit of perspective in her last comment on my blog:
“…But, why do I continue? My homeless girls so desperately need something to belong to…..and Girl Scouts does provide a lower cost organization for them when compared to many athletic, fine arts activities in my area. I also had 18 girls in my first troop that earned Gold Awards which gave them tremendous community service and leadership opportunities.”
Then I wanted to make out with her comment, but instead I asked if I could help and she gave me a link to Christmas fundraiser page that’s still open. I’m donating there, and if you’re looking for a way to support Girl Scouts in need you can check out the link here. The Christmas fundraiser is over but any new donations are appreciated, especially to help fund food for the girls at each meeting.
Unrelated: I’ve been pushing Hailey to use the online dictionary while she’s studying for her school spelling bee. This matching quote came up under “domineering“:
That was unexpected. And a little bad-ass.
Sightly related: There are words on Hailey’s spelling bee list that I didn’t know existed, AND I’M A WRITER. (Sort of.) I literally had to look up three of these words just to find out how to pronounce them.
But it was fine because I’d just type them into my phone and a pronunciation video would pop up. Like this one, for “synecdoche”:
Not entirely helpful, internet. But funny.
Unrelated: This showed up on my “related trends” on twitter awhile back and I still can’t figure it out. It’s like bad Jeopardy.
Unrelated, and also totally related: I’m submitting this entire post to my pharmacist as proof that I really need them to refill those ADD meds in a more timely fashion. My brain is a ping-pong ball. Bounce, bounce, bounce.
Comment of the day (by Stanleigh Erdnuss Flieger III and “Ralph the Wonder-Dog!”):
Hey, I know all of these!
neophyte — bullet time
nihilism — this word has no meaning
umami — so fat
épée — le ew
loquacious — how a loquat tastes
Naugahyde — Where’s the sofa?
apocryphal — so I hear
whippoorwill — Gridley
milieu — coucher, eh?
Sisyphean — rock and roll
appurtenances — nice looking washing machines
reconnoiter — that bassist upstairs
carte blanche — map of Antartica
pusillanimous — infected
Sahel — comrade, brother!
obstreperous — giving birth in a hospital
wunderkind — amazing beneficence
latke — The first dog in space!
souchong — “Friday”
bas-relief — when the bassist upstairs stops
bhangra — An ED drug with THC
mellifluous — stutters, except when singing
vis-à-vis — Look out for the ‘V’s!
cygnet — abbreviated cygnature
Machiavellian — supersonic
heuristic — piece of wood belonging to you
zeitgeist — ‘I’ before ‘E’ except in whateiveir.
Rorschach — dirty pictures
synecdoche — boorish trigonometry
quintessential — Penrose tiling