Thursday, December 29

A Very Good Year

A Very Good Year

The month of December has come to a close
the weather has brought a new blanket of snow
Christmas has faded from Rudolph’s red nose
looks like it's time for the new year.

To the party we go with our friends in tow
faces aglow and dressed in our best
jollification where ever we go
looks like it’s time for the New Year.

Champagne is flowing as midnight draws near
resolutions are made as we watch the ball drop
we raise up our glasses to toast to good cheer
that this New Year, be a very good year!

© Rebecca Sanchez 2011

Here’s to wishing you, and yours, a very good year from the bottom of my heart! 

The cards are copies of vintage New Year cards/postcards from the Victorian Era.
About "Time-Balls"

The actual notion of a ball "dropping" to signal the passage of time dates back long before New Year's Eve was ever celebrated in Times Square. The first "time-ball" was installed atop England's Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1833. This ball would drop at one o'clock every afternoon, allowing the captains of nearby ships to precisely set their chronometers (a vital navigational instrument).

Around 150 public time-balls are believed to have been installed around the world after the success at Greenwich, though few survive and still work. The tradition is carried on today in places like the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, where a time-ball descends from a flagpole at noon each day - and of course, once a year in Times Square, where it marks the stroke of midnight not for a few ships' captains, but for over one billion people watching worldwide.

About time-balls from a Google search.

Monday, August 24

The Applehop

The Applehop
Getting over a miserable summer cold I was drinking beer on Sunday and got dry. The Heineken was drying me out along with the cold medicine. (Yes I read and ignore labels too.)

I decided to get a glass of Safeway apple juice to sip with it good for the cold and thirst. The mix in my mouth was delicious.

I poured some beer in a glass and added apple juice to taste. I think the bitter and the sweet go well but make it your way. When done right you have a sweet bubbly apple/hops drink that's sure to please and keep you hydrated.

Add to that a salty snack with some veggies and you're set for a Sunday afternoon of snacking and posting on social networks in front of the TV while watching Superjail or Or Game Of Thrones like I am. I just love that new Popcornopolis Caramel Corn you should definitely try it.

So I made up a drink and I'm calling it The Applehop. Don't serve it on ice drink it cold it's meant to be slammed. Add some rum/vodka and call it the Applehop Hammer.

I cook too if you're interested!

© Keep On Bloggin'!

Tuesday, July 7

How Do You Type A Copyright Symbol With A New Chromebook?

How Do You Type A Copyright Symbol With A New Chromebook?
I spent a good part of the morning going through horrible articles written by people thinking they were helping but they couldn't because they didn't listen to the question.

Not Windows, not html, not ASCII, no, it's unicode. What?

Ask the person who has used Windows all of their lives and they are sure they have the answer! It's 0169 and that would be me until now but I knew the answer was wrong!

Of course everyone wanted to talk about doing it in Google Docs but I wanted to use the symbol anytime and was sure there had to be a keyboard shortcut...but this was an Acer Chromebook 15 no less with a chiclet keyboard so how do I do it?

I was not missing Windows...but then I saw my answer via a stranger in the Chromebook Forum. It was "a9!" I felt like I had the answer to the Ultimate Question Of Life, The Universe, And Everything. 

I looked in my new Chromebook keyboard instructions and found that I could use Shift/Ctrl and by pressing the "u" use a code to get the same type of symbols as a Windows keyboard but what was the code?

I found some Chrome extensions with the unicode characters on them (what I used to call icons) that have pictures and it copies the code/image automatically. Neither one I tried had the copyright symbol. What?

Then I realized the "u" was for unicode and found the forum where I found the unicode for the © symbol. It is a9.  

Press shift/ctrl together, hold them down then press u, then press a, then press 9. When you're finished it says "ua9" but don't stop there! When you press the space bar or you will see © the copyright symbol.

To get any other symbols look up the unicode chart and do the same using the corresponding code. You can look that up yourself. "Okay Google!"

I love my new Acer Chromebook 15 it's easy on my eyes and it's fast. I don't miss the top number shortcut keys either. I'm finding there's nothing I've missed and my home computer is gathering dust like the dinosaur it's becoming.

© Keep On Bloggin'!

Friday, June 12

Friday Frazzles

Friday Frazzles

Today I went to the pharmacy and I had other things to do on a Friday so I went right when they opened at 9am sharp. On Thursday I was told by 2 of my doctors on phone appointments that my prescriptions would be there. They weren't.

I spent the next 2 hours doing their jobs for them fetching my prescriptions wasting time and waiting thinking my Friday wasn't starting out very well. I planned to be out of there by 9:30 (Kaiser is very close by) but they weren't having it!

Bored beyond boredom I sat and stared into space listening to all the conversations taking place in the room. I could hear the pharmacists talking about my prescription, the mother talking quietly to her baby and thought to myself ~well at least my hearing is still doing well~ when a man walked in.

My back was turned to the doorway so I heard him yelling first. My heart stopped and I spun around. He looked to be between 30-40 tall thin, loud and mad. Every person in the room completely stopped in their tracks facing him. 

His gibberish lasted seconds and he didn't make much sense. It seemed to be something about males and females should be able to pick their own gynecologists. And something about the Kaiser in Texas. He stayed in the doorway said his piece and stalked out.

One crazy person (a young woman) in line yelled back at him about being a jerk. I was busy thinking about how I didn't dive under something to save my life like an idiot! It happened so fast and I just gawked at the spectacle like everyone else. Idiot! At least I could hear...

Just then my name was called. I told the pharmacist, "Male, female whatever pick your sex and go to the right doctor for it." We laughed and I was out of there!

My friend was waiting out in front by my car and when I told him what happened he told me he saw the guy when I described him. He said a car pulled up the guy got out looking pissed (he did) and stalked in the front door coming right back out to get in the car and they left.

I got my stuff done but it was a very strange Friday. Lucky he didn't shoot us all dead over wanting a gynecologist and being a dude and all. At least I think that's what was wrong. Lol!

© Rebekka Sanchez 2015

Tuesday, June 2

117 Most Beautiful Words In The English Language

117 Most Beautiful Words

Acquiesce Submit or comply silently or without protest.

Ailurophile A cat-lover.

Ameliorate To make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory

Assemblage A gathering.

Becoming Attractive.

Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.

Brood To think alone.

Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.

Callipygous Having beautifully proportioned buttocks.

Cathartic Inducing catharsis; purgative.

Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.

Comely Attractive.

Conflate To blend together.

Crestfallen Dejected; dispirited; discouraged

Cynosure A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance A brief love affair.

Demesne Dominion, territory.

Demure Shy and reserved.

Denouement The resolution of a mystery.

Desuetude Disuse.

Desultory Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous Filmy.

Dissemble Deceive.

Dulcet Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent Bubbly.

Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.

Effluence The act or an instance of flowing out.

Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.

Elixir A good potion.

Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.

Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.

Emollient A softener.

Ephemeral Short-lived.

Epiphany A sudden revelation.

Erstwhile At one time, for a time.

Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.

Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Evocative Suggestive.

Fetching Pretty.

Felicity Pleasantness.

Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.

Fugacious Fleeting.

Frisson A moment of intense excitement.

Furtive Shifty, sneaky.

Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.

Glamour Beauty.

Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.

Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.

Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.

Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.

Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.

Imbue To infuse, instill.

Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.

Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.

Ingénue A naïve young woman.

Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.

Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.

Inure To become jaded.

Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.

Lachrymose Given to tears or weeping.

Lagniappe A special kind of gift.

Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.

Languor Listlessness, inactivity.

Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.

Leisure Free time.

Lilt To move musically or lively.

Lissome Slender and graceful.

Lithe Slender and flexible.

Love Deep affection.

Loquacious Talking or tending to talk much or freely.

Mellifluous Sweet sounding.

Moiety One of two equal parts.

Mondegreen A slip of the ear.

Murmurous Murmuring.

Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.

Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.

Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.

Opulent Lush, luxuriant.

Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.

Panacea A solution for all problems.

Panoply A complete set.

Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra A half-shadow.

Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.

Plethora A large quantity.

Propinquity Proximity; Nearness

Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential Most essential.

Ratatouille A spicy French stew.

Ravel To knit or unknit.

Redolent Fragrant.

Resplendence Splendid or dazzling in appearance.

Riparian By the bank of a stream.

Ripple A very small wave.

Saccharine Overly or sickish sweet.

Scintilla A spark or very small thing.

Sempiternal Eternal.

Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.

Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.

Soliloquy The act of talking to oneself

Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.

Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous Whispering, hissing.

Talisman A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation Tinkling.

Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.

Vespertine Relating to, or occurring in the evening.

Vestigial In trace amounts.

Wafture The act of waving or a wavelike motion.

Wherewithal The means.

Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

Zephyr A gentle breeze.

Bonus Words

Abeyance Temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension.

Acataphasia A loss of the ability to express oneself using organized syntax.

Azure A variation of blue that is often described as the color of the sky on a clear summer’s day

Benevolence Desire to do good to others

Callipygous Having shapely buttocks.

Desideratum Something wanted or needed.

Ensorcell To bewitch or enchant someone.

Juxtaposition The state of being close together or side by side.

Malevolence Wishing evil or harm to another or others.

Quixotic Impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Sovereign Having supreme rank, power, or authority.

Superfluous Unnecessary or excessive.

Syllogism An extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.

Synecdoche Simultaneous understanding

Velvet A very pleasant, luxurious, desirable situation.

Verisimilitude A philosophical concept that distinguishes between the truth and the falsity of assertions and hypotheses.

Source: Yorick Reintjens (See his Google+ profile.), Patrick B. Vince (See his Google+ profile), Google search