Grammar lesson!

Or general English Language Lesson:

  • Per se is not spelled per say
  • Segue, not Segway (which is a thing you ride on, not a word in English.)

Whether vs. weather

  • Weather: The stuff outside. “The weather forecast said it would be 80, but it’s -20 outside!”
  • Whether: A conjunction: “expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives.” “Carrie was unsure whether she should go to the concert, or the park.” OR “expressing an inquiry or investigation”: “I’ll call Elizabeth and see whether she wants to come.”


Today’s English usage note

Homonyms, folks!

As in: words that sound the same but mean different things!

Today’s example: piqued and peaked

The latter: “The album peaked at number five on the charts.” Peak is a noun, which means, in this case, “the maximum point, degree or volume of anything.” Of course it can also mean a mountain, like “Pikes Peak,” or the summit of a mountain, hill, etc.

The former: “The movie trailer piqued my interest.” Piqued is the past tense version of the verb “pique”, which means to stimulate interest or curiosity, or to feel resentful or irritated.

So if you write “My interest has been peaked,” you are writing it WRONG!

Obviously, this is something that only applies to written English. In spoken English, they sound the same, so it’ll come across that way. But please know the difference, y’all.


Seven Quick Takes Vol. 15



So, I turned 31 this week.

Originally this blog was just supposed to be about my 30th year, but I liked y’all so much and I love the WordPress platform, so I’m keeping it as my “one” blog. I managed to import my Tumblr over here, too, so there’s lots to look through and read, if you haven’t, from pre-30 days. 🙂

Last year was a great year, and this year promises to be even better, with Walt Disney World and New York City coming up in the next two months, and Les Miserables in the summer. And my eight year transplant anniversary. Huzzah! So thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the stuff to come as much as I will.

(And the birthday was awesome. Separate post coming about that. With art.)


Les Miserables: A lot of people have been asking about this. It’s being done by one of the community theater groups in town. I love working with them, for a few reasons, one of them being they mount these huge, awesome shows and do them well. The first show I did with them was Jekyll and Hyde, and since then I’ve been in their productions of Oliver! and Ragtime.

Les Miz rehearsals have started, but they are only chorus rehearsals; no one’s auditioned for a part yet. Those auditions are Memorial Day weekend. If you’ve done a show with them in the past, you can do the chorus sans auditioning. Now, since Les Miz is completely sung, it makes sense to get the chorus parts down ASAP so that we can focus on the interplay between chorus and characters, and blocking, once we get into the true rehearsal period in June.


For my birthday I got a lot of movies: Les Miz, which I had seen back in December, Argo, and Lincoln. Argo, as we know, won Best Picture, and I have to say it was well deserved. That was a well-crafted, intense, visceral film, and I applaud Ben Affleck and crew for the great job they did. But Lincoln was certainly no slouch, although there were times when I wondered by Spielberg chose to shoot some scenes so darkly. (And I mean it was actually dark, not dark in content, like depress) If you haven’t seen either of these, please do so.

(A note on the Les Miz film: The extreeeeeeme close ups that were so irritating in the theater? Works a lot better on the small screen. Not that I mind getting up close and personal with Eddie Redmayne’s freckles, but still, it’s not nearly as jarring at home.)

My brother also got me season 1 of the Sopranos, which I certainly will enjoy, since I love binge viewing TV series (watching a bunch of eps at one time–I’m doing that with Game of Thrones since I don’t get HBO). We watched the pilot episode last night while we ate pizza, and verily, it was a good time.


Can I do a bit of grammar here? What the heck, I’m going to.

People: To make something plural, you add “s” or “es.” iPads. Dresses. Teddy bears. Candles. Cars. Tests. Chairs. Boxes. You do not write: iPad’s. Dress’s. Car’s. Test’s. Because, if you do, you’re not making plural. You’re making it possessive. If you write, “we’re getting ready for the test’s,” you have written a sentence that makes no sense in English. WHY do people think this is correct? It is not. Stop it. Now.

Also: Your and you’re. YOUR is the possessive form of “you.” Your car. Your soda. Your house. Your prom dress.

YOU’RE is a contraction of the subject/verb “you are.” “You’re pretty.” “You’re late.” “You’re smart.” “You’re insane.”

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


So I saw my endocrinologist on Thursday, to check and see if our “no insulin” experiment is working. And yea, it is! My A1C (which is like a player’s batting average in baseball: it shows blood sugar levels over time) is 6.1%, which is normal (anything under 7% is normal). My blood sugar levels are also normal, so we’re all super happy that my pancreas is working as it should! I don’t have to go back to see him until next April, and I’ll have A1C levels drawn every three months, just to keep track (this is a super simple test–it’s just a finger stick. You need a drop of blood, and that’s it.). So rejoice!

Also, we’ve scheduled my two days of Yearly Testing Extravaganza for July 8-9. Eight years baby! Whee!


The clinic was held over in the old hospital, because the current clinic building is being renovated, a floor at a time. So it was on the 5th floor, and let me tell you, it was weird to be back there. That was the old pulmonary/CF floor, where I’d had my first CF hospitalization at age 11, shortly after my  diagnosis, where Dad had ordered pizza for the whole floor the night before my discharge, where I had wheelchair races with a kid named Elvis, and where I’d watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. The floor holds lots of memories, and I kept expecting my former selves to pop up in the rooms. I hadn’t been on that floor in awhile, not since they opened another section of the hospital (4AE) for CF patients, and now, of course, I’m on the transplant service’s floors. But 20 years ago, that floor was home.


Wacky Ohio weather continues–it was 82 on my birthday, and today it’s in the 50s. Oh well. The grass is really green and the flowers are up, so I’m a happy camper.

Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 22

Outside my window::

Sunny, and it’ll be about 50 today, which means I can clean out my car and refill the wiper fluid. This makes me happy. (I know, it’s the little things, right?)

I am wearing::

PJ pants and a navy tank top. I get the day off, I slept in. It was one of those perfect days when the sheets are just the right weight, you know? If I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment at 1:20, I might still be there, I tell ya. (Yes, I’m lazy. Go on, say it.)


Life of Christ. I really want to finish this today, and I think I will. Normally I like Fulton Sheen, but this book has been a slog. I also finished Joanne Harris’ Blackberry Wine, which I liked (it takes place in the same town as Chocolat, if you’ve read that). I’ve been re-reading the Outlander series, which I do every so often. Can’t wait for the new book to come out later this year.


I’ve written a few new sketches–bits of dialogue, character sketches–that really have no part of a larger work, but might, at some point. Back to the novel today, to put in some new scenes and trash others.

Around the house::

I did a major cleaning on Saturday, so there’s not too much to do today, except quotidian things like take out the trash and wipe the counters.

From the kitchen::

I’m thinking a minestrone tonight. I’ve never made one so this’ll be interesting. I also want to make some Irish Soda Bread. It takes maybe an hour, and it’s so, so good. Great breakfast food.

Praying for::

Margaret and her family

Web wanderings::

This article about what’s happening in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in re: a teacher firing. I’m sort of shocked that people are shocked that Catholic schools ask their teachers to be Catholic. I wish the diocese up here did that.


Fish fry and stations on Friday; hoping to hit daily Mass on Wednesday.

Working out::

Back to the circuit training, and I want to go back to ballet class next week!

Plans for the week::

Lunch with dad twice; doctor appointment today; fish fry/stations on Friday.

Random Grammar Posting!

TWO mistakes in the church bulletin yesterday.

The first, from the Vatican news service, which should know better: ‘bark‘, where they should have written ‘barque.’ ‘Bark’ is the stuff on a tree. Barque is another word for ship. They were translating the Pope’s abdication message, so ‘Barque’ was what they were looking for.

And ‘alter’ as in ‘family altar.’ No. Alter is a verb: “I altered the skirt to fit my sister.” Altar, the word they wanted, is a noun, as in, the thing in church, or altar boys. “The altar boys processed in solemnly.”

This happens all the time. Drives me crazy!


Grammar Class: “Lose” vs. “Loose”

I have been seeing this A LOT lately. So let’s have a refresher.

lose: a verb. “I lose, you lose, he/she/it loses.” Definition:

  1. Be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something): “I’ve lost my appetite”.
  2. Cause (someone) to fail to gain or retain (something): “you lost me my appointment at the university”.

Example: “I’ve lost my keys.” “Did you lose your phone?”

loose: adjective. Not tightly fixed in place. “My tooth is loose!” “Since I lost twenty pounds, my close are much looser.”

There is also a rarely used noun for of “loose”, as in: “Let loose the hounds!”


These are NOT interchangeable! If you write, “I can’t loose ten pounds,” that is incorrect.


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Some of the things we talk about here: 

  • ballet
  • movies
  • Disney movies
  • Batman—as in, the Christian Bale Batman
  • Christian Bale in general. 🙂 
  • books
  • food
  • tea
  • television, especially DOWNTON ABBEY! 🙂 (Or as I call it, The Mary and Matthew Show) 
  • Jane Austen
  • Theater—mine and other people’s
  • Anything else that is awesome. 
  • Writing and grammar.