Thursday, June 29, 2006

History of the English language

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English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic settlers from various parts of northwest Germany. Initially, Old English was simply a group of dialects reflecting the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. One of these dialects, West Saxon, eventually came to dominate. The original Old English language was subsequently influenced by two successive waves of invasion. The first was by speakers of languages in the Scandinavian branch of the Germanic family, who colonized parts of Britain in the 8th and 9th centuries. The second wave was of the Normans in the 11th century, who spoke a variety of French. These two invasions caused English to become "mixed" to some degree (though it was never a truly mixed language in the linguistic sense of the word; mixed languages arise from the cohabitation of speakers of different languages, who develop a hybrid tongue for basic communication.) Cohabitation with the Scandinavians resulted in a significant grammatical simplification and lexical enrichment of the Anglo-Frisian core of English; the later Norman occupation led to the grafting onto that Germanic core a more elaborate layer of words from the Romance branch of European languages; this new layer entered English through use in the courts and government. Thus, English developed into a "borrowing" language of considerable suppleness and huge vocabulary.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Perfect Day

Yesterday I had the honor of attending my ID friend's wedding. I was apprehensive about going because I didn't know what to expect and I was going alone. I wasn't sure if I'd know anyone there other than the bride and her friend from our class who was a bridesmaid. However, I went because it was her special day and she is a very special person.

When she told me about her wedding, she told me that it would be taking place under an oak tree. This tree was located at the parent's house of her fiancee. Since her fiancee was 10 he had imagined one day being married under this tree. Yesterday, his dream became reality.

The day was truly perfect in every way. The sky was clear and sunny. It was neither too hot nor too cold. It was just.....perfect.

Under the oak tree was an arbor with a table beneath it. Three vases sat on the table and the mothers, escorted by their sons, placed small bunches of flowers in the outermost vases.

After the mothers were seated, the bridesmaids proceeded to walk down the stone path from the house to the front of the tree. Following the bridesmaids were the five flowergirls, all nieces of the bride and groom, in their matching polkadot dresses.

Then....the bride. She, on the arm of her father, looked so beautiful. Her gown, a shade of ivory with thin straps and a v-neckline, flowed to the ground ending with an ever so slight train. Her veil, borrowed from her sister, cascaded down her back effortlessly.

The groom wore linen pants and a vest in a light brown with a white linen shirt. The groomsmen, along with the fathers, wore the same attire as the groom but without the vest.

The couple exchanged vows and rings, then they combined the flowers the mothers had placed earlier into one vase symbolizing the union of their two lives as one. A rose was given to each mother afterwards in gratitude for their love, care, and guidance throughout their lives.

Before dinner, the matron of honor (the bride's sister) and the best man (the groom's brother) each gave their toasts to the couple. Her sister reminisced how the bride wanted to get married ever since she found out what a wedding was. However, now she had her real groom instead of her other sister dressing up as the groom! The best man told of how the groom never gets stressed about anything....including his own wedding!

Everyone enjoyed dinner and then the cutting of the cake. The cake was a three-tiered round cake covered in coconut. The bride and groom cut the cake and then shared their piece with the other. However, it quickly turned into the smashing of the cake into their beloved's face. You could see the love they have for each other as they helped wipe the icing off each other's face.

After everyone partook of the cake, the dancing began. First was the bride and groom's first dance as husband and wife. Their song was "More" by Harry Connick, Jr. A beautiful, and appropriate song. Then came the father and daughter dance, which was set to the music of Natalie Merchant. The song was "Kind and Generous." Finally came the mother and son dance. Their song was "Someone to Watch Over Me" as sung by Willie Nelson. After these special dances were completed, it was time to boogie down!

While driving home, I just thought about how beautiful, wonderful, and perfect the day was. I also thought that there is no better way to get married than being surrounded by God's creation!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Stating the obvious...

Be sure to UNLOCK the door before exiting

This was a sign on the inside of a door in a one person bathroom at my work!

Today's my 31st birthday

Friday, June 16, 2006


You are not, I repeat NOT a NASCAR driver even if you think you are. Also, the highway is NOT a racetrack. Please make a note of it.

Thank you for your attention.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

It's a Small World...

Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to travel. Travel the whole North American continent, Europe and anywhere else the wind might take me. Unfortunately, the lack of direction in my life and lack of funds have limited me in my exploration of this world.

I had an opportunity to go to Spain, but thought the summer after my Senior year would have been spent with my friends on a beach and not by myself along with other students from my school discovering Spain and using our knowledge of their language. Yet now, like with most other chances I was given and didn't take, I regret it. I found out later that another girl I knew in a class or two behind me went on that trip without any of her friends as well. If I had gone, we could have had a blast.

And that trip to the beach? Never materialized. The "friend" who was promising a fun-filled week in sun city didn't deliver, so I missed out on going anywhere that summer. (to this day I'm still kicking myself!!)

I missed another opportunity to go abroad the spring semester of my junior year. That was the semester to study in Florence, Italy. However this time, it was lack of funds that prevented me from going. We were told at the beginning of our acceptance into the program about going to Italy and that it would cost about $8-10,000. Once it got closer to the time to go, the figure was now about $15,000+! I just couldn't see taking out loans for that much since I already took way too much out just for this degree.

Plus, I don't think I would have had as much fun over there since I would have to be doing work instead of enjoying the scenery. Or I would be too tempted to not do work (I am a professional procrastinator and all) and then fall behind thus causing me to fail out of the program.

So, now, being 30 (almost 31), I'm still dreaming of traveling the world. I want to see first hand the wonders this great planet of ours holds. I want to marvel in the architecture (go fig); meet new, interesting, and fabulous people; and absorb my surroundings.

*sigh* maybe one day *sigh*

Friday, June 09, 2006

Those were the days....

If you haven't (or don't) check out Skii's blog (and you want a really good laugh!) , check out her recent post.

Scary what her mom finds when she's cleaning out things!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

More Blog Cleaning

Pass the Turkey!!

The following are pictures from my family's trip to DC to visit Batty and my Bro over Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Necessities to HAVE in a hotel room:

Necessities to BRING to a hotel room:

Views of our Capitol building:

Inside the rotunda

Various "Landmarks" of the city:

Washington Monument

Very cool building

Some other monument that I shoud know
what it is, but can't remember.
BAD American!!!

Local eatery and clothier

Friday, June 02, 2006

Cleaning out the Blogger closet

I was looking through my posts and apparently I had some I did, but never published. I think most were when I was procrastinating and not doing my project. I know, I know. That was a rarety, but it did happen. :)

Anyway, thought I'd publish them now. Hope you enjoy them.


While taking a break from studio and watching TV at my friend's house, I felt old.....REALLY old! We were watching the show "Beautiful People." Yes, it's for the younger sect. Yes, it's kinda cheesy. But at that point, any break was worth it!

So, we're watching it and the main "older" character makes a remark that she and her business partner had made a mistake by giving their finances to "Spicoli." Now that gave me a little chuckle....the other two just sat there. I realized, they didn't get it! When the commercials came I asked "You guys didn't get that reference to 'Spicoli' did you?" They looked at me like I was mad and that that line was just a line and not meant to be funny or witty or memorable.

I explained to them the character who was "Spicoli" and why it was funny. They still looked at me like I was nuts and they could care less knowing more about the era from which I was brought up. Granted I didn't see that movie when it came out b/c well, I was 7, but still, I was aware of it.

Needless to say, I don't think I'll miss watching TV with these two whipper-snappers anytime soon!

Hair today... can't tell me that you haven't seen these while flipping through the channels. HSN has these on almost every day!

I find them intriguing yet scary at the same time.

Kinda reminds me of my sister's Farah Fawcett head she had back in the 70's-80's. Creeeepy!!!