Posted in College


Our chapter of Toastmaster’s “President’s Award” – given for catching that people were using the word “Arise” instead of the word “Arouse” during the meeting and presenting the correct definition of the words.


Are you looking for a place where you can:

– Talk (and have people listen)
– Listen (to interesting things)
– Learn new words
– Correct people on their use of words without being called a Nazi

Then Toastmasters is for you!  I recently joined Toastmasters at work and it was a lot of fun.  The first meeting that I went to had one of the presenters giving a speech about a “Day in the Life of a Commercial.”  She talked about how she uses her phone as an alarm clock [AT&T – Your world, delivered.] Then she has to let her dogs out [The Humane Society – Celebrating animals, confronting cruelty.] Next, she makes a pot of coffee [Folgers – Good to the last drop!]… You get the idea.  Goodness, she was so animated as she was telling us about her day and she used the intonations of the actual commercials a lot of the time, too.  We were laughing so much when she talked about her heart burn medication [Side effects include: headache, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, confusion, lethargy, agitation, rash…]  Goodness, wouldn’t it be better to have heartburn?

Aside from some wonderful speeches, there are also other components of Toastmasters that appeal to me.  One of the things that I look forward to experiencing each time is the presentation by the Grammarian.

As the Grammarian, I will be listening for poor usage of grammar as well as exceptional instances of word and grammar usage.  I have chosen a “Word of the Day” which is ________.  (give word, what it means, and an example of how to use it in a sentence.)  I will listen for the proper usage of this word throughout each person’s speaking time.  I will give a report during the evaluation portion of the meeting.

As I learned about the role of Grammarian, I started thinking about all of the wonderful words that are out there that are not often used.  Defenestration.  Couched.  Cognizant. Untoward.  The challenge, of course, is that the word of the day should be able to be used and easily incorporated into a speech.  When my computer came up with yet another error, it was in danger of being defenestrated.  The IT crowed couched their response in technical jargon.  They should be cognizant of their audience and whether they are fluent in geek-speak.

I’d be an awesome (read: terrible) grammarian…

What are your favorite words?  How would you use them in a sentence (or two)?

Posted in Life + Living

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – From Daffodils and Dishwater

This post is overdue by about a week or so–you know how things go 🙂

One day last week, I was checking things out on my phone and I got a ping-back notification via e-mail.  I opened it up and checked it out and it turns out that one of my very favorite bloggers has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award in her entry “Karma is a babe”

Honestly, I felt so pleased to receive the nomination because my little piece of the web is still evolving.  There are folks out there who specialize in just one type of blogging, or who update consistently on a predictable schedule, or whose style of entries can be predicted–And Then There’s Me.  I write about different things, at no particular rhythm, and I haven’t quite gotten to be predictable yet with my posting schedule.  That’s okay, though, because some folks seem to like that sort of thing 🙂

I highly suggest you take a look at her blog.  Jenna’s kind of like me wherein she does not update on a set schedule, but her entries are peaceful and include some outstanding photos.

And now,  I would like to nominate some other bloggers for this pretty nifty award:

1) General Interest:  Gillybean Candyjar!  Kei posts about make-up, trending news articles, and her life adventures.  Pictures are usually included and links are usually fun to follow.

2) Travel Blog: A Big Life!  Liv just moved back to Australia and is coping with The Flux. Having moved around quite a bit in the last ten years, it seems she’s always in The Flux, but her blogs include wonderful pictures of her locations and tidbits about the locale that you wouldn’t find in a travel journal trying to sell the place.  Her recent entries about her stay in Greece made me hunger for a trip like never before.

3) Cooking: Rantings of an Amateur Chef!  Pat is a self-taught (?) chef whose blogs about home-cooked meals are truly inspiring.  I love the photos of all of the ingredients staged together that he includes with every entry.  His is one of those blogs with thousands of followers, though, so you have less of a chance for an exclusive “relationship” type vibe, but he tries to read/reply to all comments 🙂  Maggie Monday features a guest blogger who shows the more rustic/traditional/down-home style of cooking (from what I can tell).  I wouldn’t be surprised if The Ranting Chef were to be a cookbook on the shelves at Barnes and Noble in the near future 🙂 

So there you have it 🙂 I appreciate that you read my blog and that Jenna gave me my 1st award in the blogosphere and hope that you have fun reading some of my favorite bloggers too.  With no further adieu, I’m returning to my lazy Sunday, playing Final Fantasy VI with my fiance and not venturing out of the house 🙂

Toby, Toes, and TV
Toby, Toes, and TV