Archive | December 2006


I always like to hear about the words added to the dictionary or top words of the year, so I just checked out the top words of the year as decided by Merriam-Webster.

Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year 2006

Based on votes from visitors to their site:
truthiness (noun)
1 :
“truth that comes from the gut, not books” (Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” October 2005)
2 : “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true” (American Dialect Society, January 2006)

My faves of the rest of them are:
2 google
3 decider
5 insurgent
8 sectarian

All are here.

Twice in one day

A group of coworkers decided to go to Applebee’s yesterday for lunch, partly because it was Marjorie’s birthday recently.

I have been putting off going to the new Applebee’s restaurant here in town. It’s so new that people have been going there in droves to try it out — and that will likely continue until the newness wears off.

But not only did I end up going yesterday for lunch, but when Mom, Dad and Erin came to town last night and Brickhouse Barbecue was closed, we decided to get Applebee’s to go.

Oh, and we went to Guzzardo’s Italian Villa in Lincoln on Sunday after mom’s choir/symphony concert. I hadn’t been there in a long time.

Holiday plans

Here’s the plan, as I understand it: Work tonight at the gallery after work at the newspaper — Larry might come by for some Xmas shopping and Mom, Dad and Erin are coming down so Erin can check out the gallery. We’re planning to celebrate Christmas with Josh and Amanda tomorrow night after work — Wii, wine and presents. Go to Lincoln after work Friday and make and eat our Christmas meal on Saturday — Russian food this year (yea for borsht). Open gifts Sunday. Then I’m working Christmas Day; Erin is working at the video store on Christmas Day, too.

I’m hoping Troy gets to come check out the gallery sometime while he’s in the area.

I’ve been watching movies. Watched “Ultimate Avengers” recently and “The Magnificent Seven” (great cast) last night. I think my friend Tim Waltrip looks a little like Yul Brenner.

Lion King

Troy We had a very eventful weekend! Saturday we went with Jim and Jenn to Animal Kingdom to see Jamie sing as a member of the campfire carolers. Then we headed over to Epcot to do some Christmas shopping in “Japan”, though they didn’t have what I was looking for. We ate dinner in “Italy” before heading back home. It was a great time!

Sunday we met up with Scott & Jamie, Scott & Aby, and the six of us had dinner at Tuscan Brio before heading out to meet Christopher and experience the Lion King! We had great seats on the floor… we splurged a little, but how often do you get to see such a cool show? The music was spectacular, as were the costumes/puppets. We all really enjoyed the show.

Next Saturday we fly up to Lincoln for Christmas with the family. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!

Delete sale 2006

EMI had their CD delete sale yesterday. I took a long break from work and went out there. I ended up getting 15 CDs — several as gifts. Julie went after work and got a few, too, including one duplicate. I was hoping to find an early David Bowie, but I didn’t have any luck there. Here are some of the CDs Julie and I got:

Frank Black – “Honeycomb”
Turin Brakes – “Ether Song”
Ron Sexsmith – “Cobblestone Runway”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Take Them On On Your Own”
The Ceasars – “39 Minutes of Bliss (In An Otherwise Meaningless World)”
Gomez – “Split the Difference”
Fountains of Wayne – “Out of State Plates”
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “The Ultimate N.F.A.K., Vol. 1”
Daft Punk – “Homework”
Beth Orton – “Comfort of Strangers”

Company Party 2006

Troy Friday evening I flew into Orlando from my finished project in Alabama, only to turn around and fly out Saturday afternoon for my company’s holiday party. The party was on a boat in Annapolis, MD. Until it was party time though, Jantina and I visited a bunch of small shops and ate lunch at an oyster bar (though neither of us had oysters). We had a good time at the party, visiting with friends and I met a couple of co-workers I had only known by voice previously. The music was a little too loud for visiting at times, but the food was good. Actually everything was a lot better than last year’s party.

Here is a picture Martin took of Jantina and I at the festivities:

Jantina had checked Sassy into the kenel for the weekend while we were away. Sassy’s home now, she really missed us … but she needs a bath big-time!


Got to play Ultimate in about three inches of snow today. We only had seven people out, but the field looked like we trampled over almost every inch of the field. Nice to get out and run around after not playing for a couple weeks. It was in the mid-40s, so not too cold, though all our feet were cold by the end. — Oh, and we all sleded down the hill to the field on our discs. Worked nicely. — And a few snowballs were thrown.

Watched another movie yesterday: “Cache.” Not sure I get the point of it.

Utini got a bath today.

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