Friday, April 17, 2009


My exchange partner received the biscornu I made, so now I can post pictures of it! :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Victorian Table Runner

Here is the top for a quilt project that I finished. I have vacation this week, so I took a quilting class on Monday. I learned so much! Our project was a Victorian Table Runner. The pattern is from Southwind Designs. I still need to finish it, of course; just the top is done.

This pattern includes a neat way to curve some of the pieces. All the pieces are squares and rectangles, but by folding and sewing you can make them look like curves. I was going to take pictures in process to show it better....but I didn't, for whatever reason. Sorry. And I've forgotten what this technique was even called. But, anyway, it's neat, and you can see the result here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Just for Fun

Again, another post with nothing to do with stitching. But it's just too funny not to share.

A guy at my work went off for two weeks to get married. So while he was gone, we tin-foiled everything in his office. It took us the entire two weeks, but the result was worth it!

Most of these were in-progress pictures, but you get the idea.

It turned out that he knew something was up--just not what--so he stopped by his office over the weekend to see what we'd done. No reaction shots to share.

Okay, really, I'll stop posting off-subject posts now. For a while, anyway. :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Vocabulary Lesson

This post has very little to do with my usual themes, but I feel strongly enough about the subject that I'm publishing it anyway.

The Story: Today, in the course of a conversation with my sophomore-in-college younger brother, I used the word 'indignant.' He proceeded to become indignant with me, because he didn't know what the word meant.

I have, in the past, used a lot of words that people didn't understand, but 'indignant' was never one of them.

I told him that he should know a word like indignant, and to go look it up. He said to me that if I was going to use a word he didn't know, then I had to explain to him what it meant.

My Conclusions: Um, hello? Even a high school student should know the word 'indignant,' maybe even someone at the intermediate level. And this has nothing to do with knowing how to spell it or the exact definition and such. I'm just talking about understanding the gist of what someone is saying, and possibly even knowing how to use it. It's a fairly common word.

Admittedly, my vocabulary has taken a severe beating since my moving to Florida, so I can understand if the same has happened to him (not that he's moved to Florida. But he did move). That is to say, my once rather extensive use of English words has deteriorated to merely ordinary, perhaps slightly above. This is due to many things, such as a decrease in reading and new friends who have different interests than the old ones did. But, oh my goodness, it surely hasn't sunk so low as to forget 'indignant!' I feel so alone, as if no one else in Florida is interested in the expanded use of words.

Is there any one word that can say 'indignant' quite so well as 'indignant' can? Words are the magnifying glass of meaning--the more precise the word choice, the clearer the meaning. I may not always have much to say, but gosh darn, when I do I take great care to get my point across!

I know the entire thing is a little silly, but lately education (or lack of?) is just so frustrating! Argh! (Hey, here's a question: Does 'argh' qualify as an onomatopoeia? I personally think it does).

Okay, I feel better now that I've let off steam.

In conclusion, I give you:


feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base: indignant remarks; an indignant expression on his face.

1580–90; < class="ital-inline">indignant- (s. of indignāns, prp. of indignārī to deem unworthy, take offense), equiv. to in- in- 3 + dign-, s. of dignus worthy + -ant- -ant

in⋅dig⋅nant⋅ly, adverb

angry, resentful, infuriated, mad.


And just for fun:


[soo-pur-floo-uhs] Show IPA
1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive.
2. unnecessary or needless.
3. Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.

su⋅per⋅flu⋅ous⋅ly, adverb
su⋅per⋅flu⋅ous⋅ness, noun

1. extra; redundant.

The question is: for his next gift, should I give him a dictionary, or a thesaurus?