WotD #3 - Diminution

Ok, so it's been a long time since I've done this. Lately, I have had the awful feeling that I just have no desire to work anymore. Not as in my job but as in assignments for class. I distinctly remember having this feeling about 6 years ago when I was a senior in high school. Back then, I believe this was referred to as "Senioritis". That feeling went into recession a few years ago, but has come back with a force and is dominating my subconcious.

Oddly enough, the word of the day today is "Diminution". I thought this picture was perfect to describe my lack of desire to do those assignments. Just replace "Sales" with "Go-Get-Em" or something like that.

The duck could be my conscience yelling at me, shouting, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU'RE ALMOST THERE! QUIT SLACKIN' OFF!!!" If the duck is my conscience, then I might be the mouse looking down into the hole thinking, "Wow, I didn't think it had dropped THAT far".

Let me level with you. I am still working and trying hard. It's just become increasingly difficult to care about it. Perhaps I suffer more from complacency than anything else. Doesn't everybody go through that stage though? Thankfully this is just showing its face, so if I can stave it off long enough then I just might be able to ride the holidays out until the summer break gets here.

Here's to hoping summer gets here before too long!


WotD #2 - Girandole

Alright, today's word of the day is "Girandole". Yup, the picture of one is right over there --->

I'm not going to lie. I don't know a single thing about these girandoles. This will probably be a very quick post with an explanation that is totally out there. But, I did say that I would try doing this every now and again, so here we go...

Right now I'm working at a high school as a peer mentor/teacher's aide. Basically I help students with anything they need help with and grade papers or other things like that. It's actually not that bad of a gig. Anyway, in one of the English classes that I work, the class is reading an abriged version of Great Expectations. We just read the part where Pip first heads over to Ms. Havisham's place.

So, Pip walks into the mansion on the heels of Estella, and he meets up with the disheveled Ms. Havisham. She's sitting in a chair dressed in a faded wedding dress and one white shoe. The room that is described seems equally faded and run-down, but is still adorned with expensive looking furniture and other such appliances. Granted, there was no electricity back then, but I can totally see this girandole sitting right in the middle of one of Ms. Havisham's tables.

I know this wasn't any amazing beacon of light and understanding by any means, but I think it will suffice those of you who have just become so rivited on my WotD posts. Let me know what you think.


WotD #1 - Unreconstructed

I'm not sure where this idea came from. It's probably a by-product of staying up late and being a bit burnt out at the same time.

I had this idea to, from time to time, do a "Word of the Day" blog. By itself though, I didn't think that idea was good enough. So, I decided to look up the word of the day, which in this case the word was unreconstructed, and then search on Google Images for a picture that was on the first page of results. From there, I would just write about whatever it was that came to my mind when I saw the picture. I guess we're going to see how this turns out.

As a brief note, before I get started, I will add that this word is for February 3rd, although by the time I finish this post, it could very well still be February 2nd still. Don't blame me for the Merriam Webster website being in Eastern or Central time. Now that that's out of the way, let's proceed...

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this picture is how much I would actually like to go there. For those who are unfamiliar, this is a picture of Machu Picchu. I wouldn't want to go there while there are a number of people walking around though. This is one of those places I'd like to explore by myself. Of course, if I was able to get together a huge group of people to play paintball there, then I think I would be ok with that. Wouldn't that be awesome?!? Just look at that picture and try to tell me that playing paintball there wouldn't be the greatest.

The last thing I thought about was how long those stones have been sitting there. Now, I'm no expert by any means, but I do know it has been a very long time. Guess it makes you kind of have to admire the people who built things like that back then. They sure knew how to make things last. If you want another example, just look at the Pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx.

That does it for now. I'll get better at this, but I just had to put this out there to see how things went the first time. Like I said, this won't be a daily or weekly thing. It will come randomly, so be on the lookout.


The Super Bowl

Ok, so let's be honest. When all of us heard that the Arizona Cardinals would be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, we all thought, "Ya know, this is shaping up to be one of those 'Giants vs Ravens' Super Bowls". If you're not familiar, that might've been the most unexciting event that was watched by tens of millions of people.

Fortunately, this was one of those fantastic times where the performance surpasses the billing. I expected the Steelers to win, but, I'm going to be honest, I had no idea that it would be decided by one of the greatest Super Bowl catches that I have ever seen! Santonio Holmes needed every centimeter of his shoes to make that catch, along with body control that a ballerina would be jealous of.

To sum things up, I was very satisfied with this game. How could you NOT be? Unless you're a Cardinals fan I suppose.

Honorary mention goes to Larry Fitzgerald. That man made the second best catch of the game, which would've won top prize in 97% of other games. He had two touchdowns, and during the second, ran by the secondary as if they were running through Jell-o. That guy knows how to play football.

Congrats Pittsburgh Steelers. I may not like you that much, but you earned it. Final Score: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23.