In German, this day is called, literally, "Midweek" (Mittwoch).
That's the bonus weird random thing for the day.
And right on cue, I had the weirdest yet (to me) e-mail from SIL.
She was bubbly and friendly and, therefore, up to something.
I checked with Hubby. What's his sister up to?
"Nothing. SHe's just being nice."
About two seconds later we both said, "Shit, something's going on."
So, any bets? Will it be a horse, a Mercedes, a house, a vacation villa in Belize? Oh wait, I forgot to tell y'all she wants one of those.
Yep. Vacation villa in Belize.
She awnted us to all "timeshare" it.
Just as well that wasn't done in person. Even her doting parents had the "eyebrows crawling to hairline" shock on that one. But my bro-in-law's wife was considering it.
And that, folks, is why I don't spend time with them. They don't want blue-collar dirty-DNA'd me around their precious golden lives.
And I have no idea how to pretend I think a vacation timeshare in Belize is *normal*. And, y'know, what everyone in America gets.
Merry Mittwoch! to everyone.
Today in 1690, one of the North American newspapers published its first edition. It was also its last. In Boston, Benjamin (not Ben) Harris issued forth his "Publik Occurences Both Foreign and DOmestik" at the London Coffee House. And, yes, that spelling was okay back then. Ish.
See, around the 1500s, people in the government started using standard spellings. No more dialect stuff. This is back in Ye Olde Mothery England.
And then in teh 1700s... well, by then, people were publishing some of the first dictionaries and so forth, and the standards got set, and that was the end of it.
Weirdly, spelling reform in English has been strongly resisted. I'm among them> I admit. Part of this is rational, in my case. We have a lot of words that sound alike now (night/knight for example) and only spelling gives us the clue to which meaning is intended.
But reality is, by 1810, the big Two Dictionaries were out and people just liked knowing they had it correct. Johnson and Webster both, to be exact.
Thus, "Publik" was okay in 1690 but not in 1820.
And here we are.
Not that spelling clarifies it allt he time. "-ough" can be "uff" or "ow". E.g., plough-plow but tough... still an "uff". At a guess, I'd say the -ough words taht had an -ow sound became spelled with the ow, but that's not always the case.
SLOUGH is pronounced SLUFF when you mean "shedding skin" (like snakes etc.) but is pronounced SL-OU to rhyme with cow if you mean a wet low-lying area or swamp. Thus, a snake "sluffs" its skin and frogs live in a "slow"... See? If you spell it you get even more confused, b/c now it's like "slow as in not-fast". ARGH.
And in 1882, baseball provided relief from these things in the first double-header in the Americas, between Worcester and Providence.
And now, that load of laundry demands to be done, and I have to chill out a bit. Mom's got leg pain, and the probable cause is a clot, but she's all, "Oh, it's only hurt a week, and la la la" and I cannot force her to do something, but given her grotesque obesity (the medical doctors call it that, btw), heart disease, lymphedema, incipient diabetes, and that post-brain-tumor stuff? Yeah, sure, she's sooooo not vulnerable to a blood clot... OMG.
And so what does she do after I literally break into tears b/c I can't handle one more thing, even if it's not my thing, technically?
She sets up an appointment --- with a family doctor --- for "in a few weeks"
Or she could, y'know, walk in front of a speeding freight train... Take her chances that way... *headdesk*
Hugs to all, lurking or otherwise, and a woe-free Wednesday to all.
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