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These have fascinated me since I was a child. I had one I used to look at for hours, but we lost it when we moved.

Click on this link to see a big zoomed in pic of two beautiful geodes. The purple one has amethyst, and the blue one has quartz. So lovely!
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Because who doesn't love penguins on your underwear!!

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You can resuse them, you can drop them and they don't break, they can be weapons, you can clip them onto a bag, you can hold them with a finger or two if your arms are full of other stuff, and they don't leak, and you don't have to use plastic water bottles.


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Since they were all put on netflix, I've come to love this show dearly. :3

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You go still... it sounds like Fido's breathing is regular. You shift slightly, ever so gently to peek and see if his eyes are closed. They are closing, and serene. You think about your own comfort (your arm is already falling asleep), but it's so precious that Fido is falling asleep on you that you just lay there, arms full of sleepy, warm, loving dog... and you just relax.

I have a sleeping kitty on my lap right now. ♥

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They are cool and drapey to wear. When I wear them, I get called a hippie sometimes. After further questioning, I found out it's an overall "hippie" effect to which the long drapey skirts contribute.

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She has to be vibrating some laryngeal structure in addition to her vocal cords. BTW the whole time I was playing this, Kimchi my cat was really pissed off because she hates whistling and singing noises. She was biting my hands and arms as if I was the one making this noise.

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Check out this insane poem, English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité. I got it from here!


If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité
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Mexican hot chocolate is chocolate-y and sweet. There's a spice to it, like chai and cinnamon.

The one I have most access to is Abuelita, meaning little grandmother. :)

When I make the hot chocolate from the wedges, it leaves some granules in the bottom of the mug. I have very early memories of finishing off a mug of hot chocolate and seeing the granules there and trying them (but for some reason they're not too palatable so I always dump them down the drain).

There's also Ibarra brand. I've tried it and it's around the same as Abuelita.

One time when I worked at an ice cream place, I brought abuelita to work and blended it in a milkshake with a bit of ice and coffee. It was absolutely divine -- the most delicious iced coffee chocolate spice beverage amazingness I have ever tasted. <3

If you get a chance, try some mexican hot chocolate! It's delicioso! :9
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Monstrosities inspired by Pinterest. They're hilarious! Click here to see them! My favorite were the apple turkey birds or whatever they were supposed to be.
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I love the internet!

What would it be like if your boss was a cat? The Adventures of Business Cat

Dog gets cracker stuck on nose, gets confused.

32 service workers who hilariously are not even pretending to try and care anymore. XD

Watch in amazement as somehow, a group of researchers is able to capture and extract sound from a video with the sound turned off, by minutely analyzing tiny waves and oscilations in the video pixels. It's crazy.

And last, brushing up on yoga-related vocabulary in Spanish. Vamos a sentarnos... con los ojos cerrados, respiren profundamente y lentamente, enfocando, visualizando las olas del mar.
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A good cup of coffee is the best, especially when you have a minute to sip it and enjoy its flavor.

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Alzheimer's self-portraits, drawn by an artist who has Alzheimer's until he eventually forgot to do them. Wow. Click here to see. What a transformation. I wish there was a cure for dementia.

This made me laugh. What men are REALLY saying when catcalling women. LOL! I always ignore them, it's pathetic and inappropriate. Ignoring a behavior results in extinction of that behavior. Hashtag behaviorism.

And this was interesting! A dynamic visually-represented comparison of vocal ranges, highest pitches achieved, and lowest pitches achieved by many well-known vocalists.

I enjoyed this -- 15 things impossible to do gracefully. ^_^
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These stories gave me a laugh!

Click here to read stories about the dumbest patients ever!

This link is hilarious, it's a teenaged boy from New Zealand who remakes photos of female celebrities. It really can't be explained with words, let his pictures do the talking.

Awesome cat gif

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This is very pertinent to my new job! One big part of it is that I evaluate patient's swallowing and feeding ability. XD I don't work in an acute unit though... thank goodness! The Sputum patate mold thing sounds a bit too gross for me, and I have to admit I do a great job handling gross stuff.

You might be a dysphagia therapist if...

Dysphagia is the medical term for "problems swallowing/feeding" btw.

And P.S. -- my "cornbread" is scrambled eggs. I view all scrambled eggs on a patient's food tray with much distrust and suspicion. Sure, it's "dental soft" but it's to gummy and chewy and crusty and soft that I basically think it's "advanced consistency." Grrrr!
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These backpacks are so handy!

I use them for when I bike back and forth to where I live and my mom's house... or if I bike to the local store to get a few things... or if I go on a day trip somewhere and I don't want to carry my entire purse... They're just so handy! And when you don't want to use it, it rolls up into a small little wad and can be kept in my purse. XD

Additionally I adore using reusable grocery bags for many things, from groceries to laundry to speech therapy materials.

I really appreciate these bags!
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I have a new job! Today was the end of my first week there all on my own. I started last week-- last Monday-- but that was training. I just followed around the current speech-language pathologist (SLP) there and kinda learned the ropes.

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PRIDEFEST!!! I'm gonna try to make it to the local Pridefest and Pride parade in the nearest metro area near me. :)

Additional links and stuff...

Reasons why cartoons from the 90's were pretty messed up. I watched these shows and I KNEW Ren and Stimpy was pretty dang weird and disgusting at times. I also thought Rugrats was weird because they were babies off having unsupervised adventures.

This is a song by my friend and her duo group. It's called The Lion and the Lamb. Despite the biblical sounding words, it's not religious. If anything, it's a metaphor for, "Then we'll achieve peace." It's a good listen if I do say so! But she is a good friend of mine so I'm a bit biased. ;)

This post compiling the Realest things posted on Tumblr about being a woman is a pretty awesome and powerful read.

Lastly, this song is ridiculous. My family and I were eating in a pretty quiet restaurant and this song came on. We kept cracking up. When the singer started saying, "Nya nya nya nya nya," I lost it and giggled uncontrollably. My mom lasted a little longer, until the singer said, "Sucker." Then my mom busted out laughing and couldn't stop. Then, it stops....and then keeps going!!! IT JUST KEEPS GOING. Even the "nya nya's" get a reprise.

What a song. What a song.

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I adored this movie as a kid, and even now I enjoy it. I haven't seen it lately! Netflix instant doesn't have it, and neither did the local DVD rental store. :/

This post on Buzzfeed basically explains some of the many reasons this movie is awesome. They didn't even mention the sasquatch dancing to Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees.

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