Sign Language Wednesday: Barbie


It’s Sign Language Wednesday. The day where I ask all of you for a word and I take a picture of something that represents that word. The word today is a fun one. It was suggested some time back by Sara at Domestically Challenged. I admit I took some serious liberty with the word this week and if you have impressionable young children you might want to avert their eyes.

The dictionary tells us this is the definition of domestic:

Domestic: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French domestique
Date: 15th Century

1. living near or about human habitations; tame, domesticated
2. of, relating to, or originating within a country and especially one’s own country, domestic policy
3. of or relating to the household or the family; domestic chores
4. devoted to home and duties and pleasures; leading a quietly domestic life

I think I’ll pick number four for my picture below. Somehow I think Barbie may have taken things too far. So here’s the Barbie version of Domestic

What is your version of ‘domestic’? How do you define it? What would your picture look like?
Be sure to tune in next week and see what Barbie’s up to next!
I’m also sharing my wisdom over at Venus vs Mars today so be sure to stop by.

Sign Language Wednesday

Okay because so many wanted the Hookers story I mentioned yesterday here you go ūüôā
The stage: N Md, front porch of house we’d moved into maybe five days earlier. ¬†At the front door we have Boo, 3 years old and in the driveway getting ready to go to work we have Hubby. The following conversation ensues around 8:20 am. Boo is yelling¬†this by the way.
Boo: Hey daddy!
Hubby: Yes Boo?
Boo: We need some of those things, umm, you know some HOOKERS!
Hubby: {Trying not to laugh} Okay we’ll have to go to the store.
Meanwhile Mom {me} is dying because there are neighbors {you know the people we actually haven’t even MET yet outside}. ¬†For clarification the kid was talking about hooks for his train set, you know as in hookers?
It’s no wonder we never got invited to any potlucks in the two years we lived there…
Moving on: It’s time for Sign Language Wednesday! ¬†I admit I procrastinated this week and just did this yesterday. ¬†If I could take a picture of my life ‘procrastination’ would be my sign of the moment. Or ‘chaos’.
If you don’t know what this event is go HERE for an explanation.

Today’s word is from Kim at Zook Book Nook. ¬†I love this word and I had a lot of ideas for how I would use it but yesterday dawned beautiful and sunny and I couldn’t think if a better place to take a picture than here in the Ahr Wine Valley. ¬†After all it did inspire this entire Sign Language Wednesday event. ¬† Today’s word is Zen.
Definition: noun, a Japanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism that aims at enlightenment by direct intuition through meditation
Etymology: Japanese, religious meditation
Date: 1727
I thought yesterday nothing was more zen than a drive through the winding road in the wine valley with the sun shining full force and music in my ears (and Chick sound asleep in the back!)
I give you Zen:

This view is gives me a very zen feeling. ¬†I could sit and stare at this view all day. ¬†I also thought about taking a picture of the river but I couldn’t find an easy place to pull over and take a picture! ¬†The water is hypnotic to me though, I just love watching it.
Thank you to everyone for stopping by on Sign Language Wednesdays.  Next week I will try to be here but my MIL is coming to town for a week on this Sunday (yes, we booked this ticket last night, you know four days in advance, cause we are so cool like that {320 euros from Philly to Frankfurt, not bad}) so my blogging may be a bit sparse next week or late or something.
I want to know what is your Zen?  How would you define it?  What would your picture look like?
Keep sending words my way.  If anyone of you would want to play along I can dole out the words a week in advance and set up a Mr Linky all that other stuff.  Please just leave a comment letting me know.

Sign Language Wednesday: Video Edition

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another round of Sign Language Wednesday. ¬†Sign Language Wednesday is where you leave me a word in the comments and the following week I take one of those words and find a background that may or may not relate to the word (which I write on a sign) and photograph it. ¬†Simple yes? ¬†I do need more word suggestions so please be sure to leave yours in the comments.
The word today has been suggested several times by the same person. ¬†I believe she in fact said she’d keep telling me to use this word until I did. ¬†We have Natasha from Exile on Mom Street to thank for today’s word, ennui. ¬†Go ahead, you try finding a place to use that one.
Webster’s Online has this to say:



Function: noun

Etymology:¬†French, from Old French enui annoyance, from enuier to vex, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome ‚ÄĒ more at annoy

Date: 1732

: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction : boredom

Well the Chick was more than happy to cooperate for the word this week (for which I took the definition of vexation).  Just have a look:

It’s very sad when mommy will only give you four pieces of paper (which you crumble up and destroy) instead of five. Very sad, very ennui inducing indeed. Ten minutes worth of ennui in fact.

How would you use ennui? Have you or your kids used it recently? Be sure to stop by Natasha and thank her for today’s (most challenging) word. Please also leave me some suggestions for next week’s word.

Sign Language Wednesday

Tomorrow I’m going to be announcing a giveaway to celebrate my 400th post that’s coming up next week so make sure you stop by for details.
It’s week three of Sign Language Wednesday. ¬†¬†I got the idea to ask all of my readers to leave me a word that I could write on a sign and then photograph. The photograph would relate in someway to the word. ¬†¬†And thus in very simple terms the event was born.¬†¬†We’ve seen Serendipity and Love¬†so far.
This weeks word was suggested back on week one (and those others I am trying to find the perfect picture for so be on the lookout Keely, Sara and Kimberly). ¬†I can’t even remember how she found me or how I found her but from the first post I read on her blog I was hooked.I like to read her blog because she’s insightful, makes me laugh and has no problem poking fun at herself in a gentle way. Dishing it out with reality and style and with No Botox Allowed this week’s word comes from Wendy who is also my featured blogger of the day.
The dictionary would define todays two word combination as such:


Function: adverb

Etymology:¬†Middle English, from Old English nńĀ, from ne not + ńĀ always; akin to Old Norse & Old High German ne not, Latin ne-, Greek nńď- ‚ÄĒ more at aye

Date: before 12th century

1 achiefly Scottish : not b‚ÄĒused as a function word to express the negative of an alternative choice or possibility no>

2: in no respect or degree ‚ÄĒused in comparisons no better than the rest of us>

3: not so ‚ÄĒused to express negation, dissent, denial, or refusal <no, I’m not going>

And the second part:

Botox            Listen to the pronunciation of Botox
‚ÄĒused for a preparation of botulinum toxin

So I give you, No Botox:

This handsome guy is actually out in front of a bathroom store near my house. We convinced a visiting friend that standing in front of him and having your picture taken was on the level of kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland. ¬†Yep, he fell for it and I’ve got the picture to prove it ūüôā
We did eventually tell him the truth.  Needless to say we no longer speak.
What would your¬†definition¬†of No Botox be? ¬†What would your picture look like? ¬†Don’t forget to leave me your word suggestions for next week!
Be sure to stop by No Botox Allowed and give Wendy a shout hello!

Sign Language Wednesday


It’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for Sign Language Wednesday. Don’t know what Sign Language Wednesday is? Here’s how it works. I ask all of you to give me words, challenging words even. Then I will pick one word every week to feature by writing it on a sign and finding somewhere to photograph your word that relates to the word’s meaning.

Please don’t forget to leave me a word you would like to see featured when you comment! As always if I use your word I will link you to this event.

Today’s word comes from a blog that I only recently discovered. Written by a single dad, his blog discusses everything from dating, single parenthood, divorce and cooking, all with a sense of humor. From Dad’s House I give you the word for SLW week two: Love.

The definition from Webster’s online is:

Main Entry: love

Pronunciation: ňąl…ôv

Middle English, from Old English¬†lufu;¬†akin to Old High German¬†luba¬†love, Old English¬†lńďof¬†dear, Latin¬†lubńďre, libńďre¬†to please
before 12th century
1 a¬†(1):¬†strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties¬†love¬†for a child¬†(2):¬†attraction based on sexual desire¬†:¬†affection and tenderness felt by lovers¬†(3):¬†affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests {lovefor his old schoolmates}¬†b:¬†an assurance of love¬†love}2:¬†warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion {love¬†of the sea}3 a:¬†the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration¬†love}¬†b¬†(1):¬†a beloved person¬†:¬†darling¬†‚ÄĒoften used as a term of endearment¬†(2)British¬†‚ÄĒused as an informal term of address4 a:¬†unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as¬†(1):¬†the fatherly concern of God for humankind¬†(2):brotherly concern for others¬†b:¬†a person’s adoration of God5:¬†a god or personification of love6:¬†an amorous episode¬†:¬†love affair7:¬†the sexual embrace¬†:¬†copulation8:¬†a score of zero (as in tennis)9capitalized¬†Christian Science¬†:¬†god
‚ÄĒ¬†at love¬†

:¬†holding one’s opponent scoreless in tennis
‚ÄĒ¬†in love¬†

: inspired by affection

Obviously there are a lot of different definitions of love. I found a great example this weekend at the Cologne zoo in the hippo area. I give you love
What does love mean to you?  How do you define it?  What would your picture of love look like?

Please make sure to leave me a word for next week when you comment!

Sign Language Wednesday

Welcome to the first edition of Sign Language Wednesday. I started this event after recently writing names on signs for two people who were ill and photographing them in hopes of making them feel better.  It gave me the idea to ask all of my readers to leave me a word that I could then write on a sign and photograph.  The photograph would relate in someway to the word.  
I had some great suggestions on Monday for words, I mean some really great suggestions. Some of my favorites were ennui, no botox (I loved that one and it’s on the master list Wendy!), domestic and sashay. ¬†But in the end my favorite word came from a blogger I just love to read. The word itself can have a lot of meaning and instantly I thought of the ice cream place in New York City that I love. ¬†
The first Sign Language Wednesday word comes from Petra The Wise (Young) Mommy.
Websters Online Dictionary gives us this definition:

from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip
the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for ; also : an instance of this

The kids and I headed out to Ikea to take this picture. ¬†It’s was 5 euro challenge day with my son in which we each get 5 euros to pick out whatever we like. ¬†Every item pictured was 5 euros or less. ¬†And that was simply Serendipity.


What does Serendipity mean to you?  What would your picture look like?

Be sure to leave me some more words for next week’s Sign Language Wednesday. ¬†If you’d like to play along and photograph words of your own please let me know. ¬†Be sure to spread the word about Sign Language Wednesday’s!

It’s Sorta Back – Two on Tuesday but on Wednesday

Following our Easter tradition of spur-of-the-moment trips,  we are off to Luxembourg. Happy Easter and see you on Tuesday.
Reporting in for Club HASAY РWeek one (for me anyway)!  I ran 4k on Saturday, we walked about 4k at least around the city (but I ate an ice cream and had gnocchi with morel mushrooms in a cream sauce for dinner.) Today we walked about 3k around the very castle pictured above Рno joke! Tomorrow 4k run is planned.

Castle pictures and our visit to the awesome Butterfly World will be tomorrow.
All this sign stuff and picture stuff (hard to believe I fancy myself a writer huh?) it made me think of an idea for Tuesdays. ¬†Actually seeing that Missty, of Life is Good, had my little ToT button on her site made me go awww. ¬†She’s sweet! ¬†So I’m bringing it back. ¬†But it’s going to be on Wednesdays. ¬†And called something else and have a new button. Confusing isn’t it? ¬†I kinda got addicted to Keely at the Un-Mom’s Random Tuesday Thoughts. I save up the random and bring it out on Tuesdays and I just don’t want to give that up.
What I would like all of you to do is give me ideas for words. ¬†Words to write on signs. ¬†I’m going to take these words, one at a time and write them on a sign and then photograph them and show them to you on Wednesdays. ¬†I will try to make the photo somehow (ie creatively thinking outside the box)¬†relate to the word¬†that you’ve given me. ¬†Leave me your word choice in the comments and I can’t promise to use all of them especially those of you who leave, shall we say, more creative words? ¬†But I will try to use as many as I can. ¬†Start thinking of Your word and leave one for me today and of course, as I always do, I will give you Linky Love if I pick Your word to photograph. ¬†
So coming this Wednesday…