Thanks-giving T and U

T:
thanks
toes
today
tomorrow
toilets
trucks
toys
tea
teal
turquoise
Tandy
Thomas
totes
turtles
truth

U:
umbrellas
undies, especially lacy, frilly, feminine ones
uncles, for me and my boys
unicycles and memories associated with them
universities, esp. mine and those my sons attend
umber
USA
USAirForce
USArmy
USNavy
USMarines
USCoastGuard
unicorns, and books about them
Ur, and the fact that Abram left it
undecided majors
unique gifts

Thanks-giving: R and S

I am thankful for Ron, my amazing husband.

Also, other Rs:
roses
rain
romance
romance novels
running
restaurants
return policies
Romanian children
roofs (or rooves, as I prefer, despite the incorrectness)
roll-ups, from when my kids were little

S:
me, Suzi
suitcases
sandwiches
Serenity
sunshine
swords
solos
Saturn
the Son
soda pop
silence
sleep
students
stories
stamina
steel
stones
stores
stoves
studs 😉 (Got Ron in the list twice.)
shopping
sofas
salads
snicker doodles
Sundays
Saturdays
somedays
soon
sisters

Thanks-giving N and O

N:
noodles
noggins
noise
names
Northern Lights
Nellie Bly
notions, particularly the actual word
Nancy

O:
onions
Oreos
Orion
oranges
outside
oolong
only children
okra, but only because my daddy loves it
oceans, because they are beautiful
orgasms
olives, because the B-berry family adore them

Faithful

God did not put me on earth to be successful, he put me here to be faithful.
Mother Teresa

I need to be about doing this. Thank you, God, that you can take a heart and make it new.

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On Happiness

A quote from Happy Catholic’s Quote Journal:

Martin: Does that make you truly happy?

Douglas: Oh, well come on. No one’s truly happy.

Arthur: I’m truly happy.

Douglas: No, Arthur, you are cheery. No one’s interested in the secret of true cheeriness.

Arthur: That’s not true. I’m fairly often just completely happy. Like, for instance, when you get into a bath quickly and it’s just the right temperature and you go, “Ohhhhh…” I mean no one really gets any happier than that.

Martin: What a depressing thought.

Arthur: No, no, it’s not though! Because those sort of things happen all the time, whereas you’re hardly ever blissfully happy with the love of your life in the moonlight. And when you are, you’re too busy worrying about it being over soon. Whereas the bath moments, there’s loads of those.
Cabin Pressure, “Fitton”

Singing in the Car

Assistant Village Idiot writes about caroling in the car.

This is what I’m talking about… When I was growing up we sang in the car all the time and I thought it was such a big deal and so important. Turns out, for my folks, it was just a way to keep us busy because we didn’t have a radio.

My favorite rolled-up memories of my family are singing in the car… and no one else cared.

I did not marry a like-minded spouse and we never sang in the car.

It still makes me sad and I’m about to be an empty nester.

Baby Names

The stability of boys’ names was meant to convey solidity and strength. Girls’ names came to be regarded as something more decorative. In evangelical circles, Biblical names were big, so there were plenty of Rebeccas, Sarahs, and Rachels, but there was also a wide field for something more unusual. Roman Catholics insisted on a saint’s name – my wife Tracy was actually baptised Therese. Paedobaptist traditions in general have been more conservative in naming. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has long bemoaned the drive to unique names in the African-American community, attributing it to the breakdown of families and generational continuity. But this also results from the black churches being much less likely to practice infant baptism, a reality that long predates the last few decades of absent fathers.

More recently, parents have taken to giving their daughters some of the less-common boys’ names, or English surnames with a rather aristocratic feel to them, such as Madison, Cameron, and Taylor. But far more common have been older female names, so long out of use that we cannot think of them as girls’ names, but as women’s names: Olivia, Sophia, Abigail, Isabella. Similarly, the new names for boys – Jacob, Alexander, Joshua, Ethan – are recognisable old names. These do not suggest continuity so much as approbation of tradition, which is somewhat different.

Assistant Village Idiot has some interesting points.

In my birth family, most of us had family names first. I had my aunt’s name; then my own. My brother had my father and grandfather’s name; then his own. My little sister had my aunt and my mother’s name.

My youngest son’s middle name is his father’s middle name. It’s his grandfather’s first name. It’s his great-grandfather’s middle name.

My eldest son’s first name is his great-uncle’s, though we did not know that till we had chosen it.

Family names are important in my family. Or names with meaning for my children’s generation.

Why the Quadrupling?

I looked at tickets to England. Economy = $868.
First class = $3, 240 or $4, 860. (Depending on how soon you go.)

So could I just buy two economy tickets, sit next to myself, and have the seat available for cheaper?

I still wouldn’t have the leg room. I guess that’s why. They actually have 3x the seat for the first class.

Affording It?

Really, how can my friends who live in an apt in Dallas, who are both divorced and not getting the money they were supposed to from their respective ex-spouses, who apparently sit around all day and golf and drink, buy a half million dollar house?

I would really like to know their secret.