Friday, December 9, 2011

TDC December's First Eight Days

Let's see.  As you may recall, I had a few different thirty day challenges for the month of December.   My first one, which was to log my food intake on Calorie Count again and the last one, the writing a page a day hasn't happened.  I have been extremely busy and haven't hardly been home for over a week (filming, networking, meeting with my writing groups, shopping, etc.).  When I have been home, I've been walking or blogging, usually.  So I'm bummed about not getting them done.  However, the month isn't over yet, so I have time to jump on the bandwagon, so to speak.

My other two challenges I think I've done very well with.  First of all, the walking.  I have been walking a lot.  My goal was to be able to walk five miles regularly, four to five days a week by the end of the month. Well, I did over four miles one day and over 6 miles another day this week and I'll be walking another five miles today.  So I'm right on track to make or beat that challenge.  Sweet! 

My last challenge was to look up a word a day.  I forgot on a couple days, but I have discovered a few new words on the other days that I had never heard of before.  One is pyknic.  Apparently I am pyknic.  That is, a "fat, rounded build or body structure" according to Dictionary.com.  I also learned the words burgoo (a type of oatmeal gruel eaten by sailors, or if you're from TN or KY it's a thick soup or stew), tergiversate (to waffle on issues), obcordate (heart shaped, with pointed end attached to stem, like a leaf), and scrutineer ("someone who scrutinizes the conduct of an election poll").  My favorite one so far has a definition synonymous with the verb "kiss":


os·cu·late

[os-kyuh-leyt] Show IPA verb, -lat·ed, -lat·ing.
verb (used without object)
1.  to come into close contact or union.
2.  Geometry . (of a curve) to touch another curve or another part of the same curve so as to have the same tangent and curvature at the point of contact.
verb (used with object)
3.  to bring into close contact or union.
4.  Geometry . (of a curve) to touch (another curve or another part of the same curve) in osculation.
5.  to kiss.*
 
Hah!  Fun stuff! 
 

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