Word of the Day
adroit, adj. 1. Cleverly skillful, resourceful or ingenious. 2. Expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
Chosen today because I forgot this word existed and it’s handy. Etymology reports: “From the Old French meaning “elegant, skillful” from the roots a-, meaning “increase” and droit, meaning “correct.” ” Wow, mysterious.
Daughter at 4 Years
The other day Mother and I took Child on one of our mall outings, which are usually pleasant but for some reason on that day was full of grouchiness and foot-stamping and scowly faces. We went to the Starbucks in the center of the mall and found a tiny table to perch around while sipping espresso and ignoring a stormy-faced child beside us… just one of those days.
“You know what we call moods like this?” my mom asked over her little cup.
“What?” I asked.
“Moño virado,” she said.
I blinked, and laughed because I hadn’t heard that expression in ages. “What, bun turned around?”
“Mm-hmm,” said my mom.
Eyeing my daughter, I said, “Honestly, today is less like a moño virado and more like… un moño en fuego.”
“A bun on fire!” my mother exclaimed and we both cracked up, at which point Daughter stamped her foot and proved the point by saying, “NOT FUNNY GUYS!”
So there you go, folks. If you know someone in a mood today, you can imagine them with their bun out of order (or alternately, if it’s quite bad, on fire). You’re welcome. >.>
This week I’ll be working on getting all the Kickstarter incentives prepared and mailed! That… will probably eat up the week. But I am amenable to writing more Black Blossom as a break, if money shows up. >.>
Other than that, I am crinkling my brow about which Kickstarter project to launch next: the next book (the art business manual); the art project (30 days of tiny paintings!); or a One Card Draw (a novel experiment!). I might ask your opinion on that formally in a few days.
Quote of the Day
Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn