i love love etymology, but can’t quite afford a copy of the OED, so i was psyched to hear [via librarian in black] about the online etymology dictionary. it seems they’re taking the definitions from a variety of sources, and they have gaps of course, but i was happy to see their definition of girl: c.1290, gyrle “child” (of either sex), of unknown origin; … Specific meaning of “female child” is 14c.
even though the cover is pretty darn ugly, i’m considering buying the next harry potter book from a canadian publisher because there, the publisher, rainforest books, is printing it on recycled paper. [via bookslut] greenpeace has a nice graphic of what this switch to recyled paper means in in muggle terms and in hogwart terms. hmm, the more i think about it, i don’t really like the cover art that much on the u.s. books anyhow.
starting sunday, gulp, i’m joining heidi by going refined sugar-free for a week. like heidi, i love me some sweets, and i love carbs. but i need to get healthier and help my body, and i know sugar just isn’t doing that. i’m not too bad as i used to be in eating blatantly sugar-rich food all the time (coughanythinggummigcough), but it turns out there’s sugar everywhere, in places i didn’t even think about, like ketchup!
this is going to disgust some, ok all, of you, but i love love ketchup – and that’s heinz, nothing special or fancy. my favorite use, since i was just a teeny kid, is (brace yourself) – ketchup with rice sprinkled with parmesan cheese. stop ewwwing, it’s delicious. i’m a tad embarassed about my love for that dish, i know liz and other healthy folks out there are probably aghast at my poor diet. really i could live off that stuff for days. so bad. but come on, everyone has guilty unhealthy nasty-sounding food they love, right? and hey to me, ketchup on eggs, ugggghhhh. so there.
lastly, the pics you see are of me and my sisters – i’ll show the rest of them next week (in the first pic, luci and i are being silly in the kitchen, and in the second, claudi is being a first-rate navigator in my rent-a-wreck). also, i seamed up the baby ballering top last night, yay! it’s lovely and so teeny, a lot of fun to fold over and over again. (that’s one of my favorite things about knitting – the satisfaction that comes from folding and admiring your finished knits – they feel like real clothing! how cool is that?!) also, tomorrow is my spinning class, wheeeee, so fun. pics from there for sure too.
have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the beautiful july weather!