Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Thoughts

I have been sick with bronchitis this week and it's been as much fun as you can imagine. I stayed home from work yesterday and today. I'm trying to stay as still as possible and not talk at all for fear of triggering the coughing. Once it starts, it won't stop. I'm living in fear of the slightest tickle in my throat.

Yesterday I stayed in bed all day, alternately sleeping and coughing the whole day. Eventually I decided to get up and take a shower which was especially necessary after getting syrup in my hair not once, but twice - once the night before and once that morning (I just bought a waffle iron and have been putting it to good use). When I'm sick I put off washing my hair for as long as possible because taming this wild mane I call hair seems like an impossible task. But I somehow managed it and I felt somewhat human again. It's amazing how a shower can do that.

In other news, I got my blog makeover, thanks to Jill, who was awesome to work with (thank you Natalie, for recommending her)! Thank you for your help with renaming my blog - as I expected, you all came up with some great ideas. Some of my favorites were:

Elizabeth Anonymous
Gettin' Fresh Like Downie
Cloudy with a chance of mustaches
Soft Downie Pillows ( that one really made me laugh)

...and so many more. Now that I started the list I realize there are just too many I enjoyed to list them all.

So, on Sunday I looked at the little map I have at the bottom of my blog and there were a whole bunch of hits from cities in Australia. I don't know if they're still reading or not but if they are I wanted to say hi and thanks for stopping by. I was going to say g'day but I just honestly don't think I can pull it off. I looked up some Australian slang and was going to try to put it into this post but once again knew I couldn't make it sound natural. Here's what I found:

bludger = lazy person
jumbuck = sheep
yobbo = loutish, surly youth
barny = argument
cobber = mate/friend

I challenge you to fit all those words into one sentence! I hope that none of those are inappropriate... using slang from another country can be risky.

Happy Wednesday.


Joan :) said...

wow. new format. i like it.

Sarah said...

Today, I've been such a bludger, just counting jumbuck during my naps, avoiding grading papers of the yobbos I teach, and glad my cobbers are so cool that we don't get into any barnys over our fave TV shows, like "Modern Family." :)

Heather said...

To all your australian fans, I'm Elizabeth's sister, Heather. I have a huge crush on Aaron Jeffry, from "McCloud's Daughters" and "The Strip", if you know him, tell him I say Hi!"

I think you should name it, "I'm sharp, you know, like scissors"

Sarah said...

Heather, excellent suggestion!! :) Our class motto will live on forever on E's blog! :)

Crystal said...

I love the new look!

Heather said...

Thanks Sarah, I always thought it was the funniest class motto ever!

Heather said...

Also, here's my australian talk for today:

me: Oi! G'Day, would you like a cuppa?
my friend: I would. I wanted to tell you i won a wee award!
me: Good on ya,eh!
My friend: I got it for my work with some hoggets.

The end.

Natalie said...

I love your new look! and I think the name is perfect for what this blog is. It suits you well.

sindelpurple said...

I love the new makeover! Here is my attempt to speak like the Australian's. "So, I was walking with a cobber at the park, that bludger sitting on the bench wanted to start a barny with me about a loose jumbuck!" Hopefully, that made sense I wanted to use as many of the words as possible. If any Australian reads this please correct me. I would appreciate it.

Katherine said...

OoOOOooOoOoooh! Love the new look! So sophisticated! And I agree with Heather and Sarah - that was the best class motto! Sorry you're so sick! Ugh. I know what you mean about the shower, though - when I'm really sick, somehow a shower makes me feel human again, too.

Here's my Australian lingo use for the day (I was going to do just one sentence, but realized I needed more than that to make my point):
I was taking some dessert to my cousin (he can be a bit of a bludger, to be honest), and when I approached his house, some yobbo threw a jumbuck at my head! A cobber of mine was passing by and ran to help, but the dessert flew out of my hand and into my cobber's face. I got into an barny with the yobbo since he clobbered my cobber with the cobbler!

You're welcome.

Heather said...

oh katherine. That's hilarious. It's an "uncle Larry, 'pardon me roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?' " kind of story.

Sara said...

Very cute!!

Joan :) said...

I really like the new format. It's

Anonymous said...

I hope you are feeling better today

An admirer from the distance. ;)

Kathy said...

The new look is awesome! :)

We had some friends from Brisbane come and stay with us. We were at the grocery store heading out, and my friend said, "Could you pop the boot? I'll put the buggy back." I just stared at him blankly.

If there are any regular readers of your blog from Australia, then they shouldn't be able to resist a reply to this:


Masked McKenna said...

Nice makeover, my cobber!

Hope you get well soon.

Mark said...

Allow me to be a sensitive male and say that I noticed you have a new look.

Allow me to go out on a limb and say I like it, without making any negative comparisons to how your blog/hair/outfit looked before.

C'est La Vie said...

I'm loving your cute blog!

Britt said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I'm heading to Australia & New Zealand for the month of June. Wanna come with me an do a little fan tour? ;) Thanks for the language lessons. I'm sure they'll be helpful!