Sunday May 28, 2006

A is For...

WordPlay: The Personal Dictionary Meme

(See the game description for further details.)

A is For...

  • Aardvark - You can't have an alphabet without an Aardvark!

  • Alert - one of my favorite punny jokes: Be alert. California needs more lerts. We're short of loofs too. How about fluents? (Two fs, dummy!)

  • Alliteration - In writing, I work in ways to weave my words (alliteratively).

  • Alphabet - Playing the game.

  • Amaretto - One of three ingredients in my favorite mixed drink, a Toasted Almond.

  • Angel Food Cake - my Mom's favorite cake and one of my favorites too (especially served with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. :-) I remember my mother baking Angel Food cakes, cooling them upside down with the pan hooked over the top of a 16-oz Coke bottle.

  • Animals - I like animals of all kinds, shapes, and sizes: stuffed toys or real breathing furries.

  • Animal - The Muppet drummer in The Electric Mayhem. Yah! Yah! Yah!

  • Apple - Makers of Mac OS. I've worked for Apple three times for a total of 10 years (12 if you count my time at Taligent, which Apple does). I've been using Macs exclusiuvely since 1986.

  • Applesauce - I have a great recipe. Chop 5 or 6 med. apples. Bring 1 1/4 cups water to boil. Add apples. Reduce heat. Simmer till soft. Mash cooked apples gently as desired. Stir in 1 tsp lemon juice and sugar to taste (approx 1/2 cup depending on sweetness of apples).

  • Apples - Especially Fujis., Tart and sweet, they're great for eating, salads, or homemade Applesauce.

  • Archery - Archery is my favorite sport. I was a member of the Penn State Archery Club. I no longer shoot but I still have all of my equipment... and memories.

  • Artichokes - Growing up in Pennsylvania, I had never tried artichokes until I met my hubby. Now we live in Northern California and have artichokes often during "the season". This year we had some huge ones, as big as a melon. We make a dip of mayonnaise and tarragon vinegar. I did add some Pennsylvania culinary background; we prepare artichokes in a pressure cooker.

  • Asparagus - I have always loved asparagus. We have a favorite diner that frequently offers asparagus as an omelette ingredient on weekends.

  • Astigmatism - I've got it. For years, I'd get new glasses and they'd seem very different. Theoptometrist would always say "No, your prescription hasn't changed... Oh, but your axis of astigmatism has changed a lot." Sometimes I use the astigmatism as a reason for why I don't wear contacts. (The other reason is: "Put something in my eye?! Are you Out of your Mind?!?!")

  • Astigmatism is, apparently, largely responsible for why I can't work those "Magic Eye" stereoscopic puzzles that were so popular during the 90's.

  • Avatar - I had a good time creating my Avatar with the Candybar Doll maker.

  • Avocados - Avocados are something else I never had in Pennsylvania. I wasn't impressed by my first taste (perhaps it was insufficiently ripe) but now i love them and I'm pretty good at choosing a ripe one. My guess about the ripeness factor was confirmed a few years ago when my Dad had a bit of a good, ripe, avocado and pronounced it "Hey, that's good! I never liked avocados."

  • Awk - Awk is a programming language. Unix shell (sh) and awk were the 3rd and 4th programming languages I learned. Between 1983 and 1995, I wrote a lot of programs (aka scripts) in awk. In 1995, I pretty much switched to Perl.

View my complete dictionary to date. Click on the dogeared page corner in the upper right to turn pages.
Note: I will keep updating the complete dictionary pages over time, but I may not come back to update the corresponding weblog entries.

A is For... ( in category Memes & Prompts , Random Thoughts , Verbatim ) - posted at Sun, 28 May, 13:14 Pacific | «e»