March 22nd, 2011

mom and me

New icon: Mom and me in the Loire Valley (Sept. 1994)

Awwww ... I made a new icon with a photo of my mom and me in the Loire Valley (France) in 1994. (I was 24.) We're on top of the Chateau d'Amboise, with the Loire River stretching behind us. Good memories!

Whenever I think about that 1994 trip, though, I think about trudging and trudging and trudging to the top of Mont St.-Michel. I was young and relatively fit, but that climb really wore me out! I mean ... it's like a steep little mountain ("mont") sticking up out of the ocean floor!

I think Mont St.-Michel is far more beautiful from a distance than close up, anyway.

Anyway, I realized recently that I didn't have any icons of my mom, so this had to be remedied!
Spike: hero, buffy

Word of the Day

Ha! I had a bit of a Spike flashback this evening when reading today's word of the day on my friends list. This is for my fellow "Buffy" (or, really, human Spike) fans:

A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

effulgent

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-FUHL-juhnt, i-fool-)

MEANING:
adjective: Shining brilliantly; radiant.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin effulgere (to shine out), from ex- (out) + fulgere (to shine). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhel- (to shine or burn), which is also the source of blaze, blank, blond, bleach, blanket, and flame. Earliest documented use: 1737.

USAGE:
"No other ballet so remorselessly exposes the gulf between effulgent grandeur and mere competence."
Allen Robertson; The Sleeping Beauty; The Times (London, UK); Jul 27, 2007.