Haar.

(Holidailies Day #16.)

TIL
Sleet means different things in different countries. In the UK and some other Commonwealth-y places, it’s snow and rain mixed, here (and in the U.S.) it’s a more ice pellety situation.

How I learned it: From my own inability to understand what sleet was (was it sleeting today? or just freezing raining? OR BOTH?!) and a subsequent Google search. It was freezing raining, per Canadianish.

Today I also learned that:

  1. Based on the counterweights I used today, if I weighed about 100lbs fewer, I might be able to do an unassisted pull-up.
  2. Jess on Gilmore Girls is *slightly* less loathsome than I had remembered, at least in season 2.
  3. I am awful at knitting buttonholes. Like, so bad. Argh.

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Time spent/wasted.

(Holidailies Day #12.)

Nineveh came up in a crossword yesterday, and this morning, it was mentioned in an article about the impoverished Iraqi forces dealing with IS, so I started reading about it a bit. I hadn’t really heard the name since some long-ago anthropology and ancient history classes and literally only remembered that it was probably Mesopotamian. Or Assyrian. Or Sumerian. I was never great at keeping those straight. (more…)

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Phrasing.

(Holidailies Day #11)
TIL: I am not good enough for ‘Jeopardy!’

How I learned this:
OK, this was more of a realization than a fact I heard out in the wilderness/real life.

In July 2013, I went to Toronto to audition for ‘Jeopardy!’. On the day, we were told that we would be put into a contestant pool for the next 18 months or so. It’s been 17 months, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m not going to be hopping on a flight to Los Angeles for trivia glory any time soon.

Kind of a bummer, eh? I could have used the money. And a holiday. And the possibility of embarrassing myself utterly in front of hundreds of thousands (millions, maybe? I’m not up on my ‘Jeopardy!’ Nielsen numbers).

This is despite being assured by a few people WHO HAVE BEEN ON ‘JEOPARDY!’ or who, at least, have been ‘Jeopardy!’-adjacent, that I would definitely make it on.

In the end, all I had was my hair. And my apparently terrible personality.

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Lamingtons.

(Holidailies Day #10)

Got into a knitting and mainlining tv cycle after work (started watching ‘Penny Dreadful’, which I am still not sure is good, but is damned intriguing thus far, and has a lot of male nudity, so bonus). It’s blizzardy. It feels appropriate.

Unfortunately, I am exhausted and feel like I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned today, so this is totally a phoned-in entry just so I don’t miss a day of Holidailies. (more…)

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