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After many moons of negligence, I'm attempting to revive said A+A posts.  :]  
Are you ready??
The following awkwards and awesomenesses have been gathered over the last few months. . . Well, whenever I remembered to jot them down somewhere.  In reality, there probably should be oodles more of them, but I forget.  Got out of the habit, I guess.  But hopefully that shall change!
  • Watching random guys spit in public. . . You are absolutely positive one of them hits his own shoe with said spittle, but is oblivious.
  • When your tummy growls in a quiet room and sounds like the rumbling thunder outside.
  • Epiphany at 11pm: when you realize how BlimeyCow came up with their name. . . "Holy cow" = "Blimey cow"  O_O  BY GOLLY, IT'S GENIUS.
  • Oh the accuracy:
  • When you succeed in pleasing a customer and they blurt out in astonished glee, "Hush yo mouth an' say no more!"  
  • Sitting in the backseat of your sisters' car on a shopping trip with just the three of you, and you put on your smelly-good Bath & Body germ-x, when at the same time one of your sisters opens the middle compartment looking for a CD and both of them think the smell came from there.
  • When a middle-aged guy calls you "darlin'" and you nearly laugh because it seems so strangely out of character for him and his band shirt and rap CDs.  (He was merely thanking me for ringing up his purchases.  Haha! it just threw me off guard)

  • The out-poring of agape-love from friends and family over the last few months.
  • When a couple from Scotland visits the store and you get to hear their awesome accents.
  • Watching Barbie Rapunzel with your sisters and playing with each others' hair.
  • When your boss get's a pizza from the restaurant next door and shares with you and your coworkers.  Stevie-B's, guys.  YUM.
  • Running down to the dairy barn with your mum and seeing a BALD EAGLE at the farm's spring.  Managed to capture three photos when he took off after seeing us. 
Alas, it's a little blurry, but there's no doubt.
  • Celebrating the "anniversary" of our six-month dateship with Evan at the SnoBiz!  It was the site of our first date and beginning of it all. ^_^
  • Pumpkin spice chai tea.
  • Watching football with your parents and best friend till midnight.  :]
Thanks for reading, y'all.
Got any awkward-awesomes to share?
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What's in a Name?

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  KREED

Meaning & History
From the English word of the same name meaning "that which is believed; a set of beliefs, particularly religious, or any set of principles adhered to; a manifesto of religious or spiritual beliefs; or the fact of believing, as in belief, faith."  From the Old English credo, creda, from the Latin word credo meaning "I believe," from credere "to believe."
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, German, Dutch
Pronunciation:  MEL-ǝ-nee (English), ME-lah-nee (German)

Meaning & History
From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, which is derived from the Greek melaina meaning "black, dark."  This was the given name of a Roman saint in the 5th century who gave all of her wealth to charity.  Her grandmother was also a saint and bore the same name.
     This name was common in France during the Middle Ages and was introduced from there to England, though it eventually became a rarity.  Interest in it was revived due to the character Melanie Wilkes from the novel 'Gone With the Wind' (1936) and the following film (1939).

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Ancient Roman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Pronunciation:  TI-tuws (Ancient Roman), TIE-tǝs (English)

Meaning & History
Roman praenomen, or given name, of unknown meaning.  Possibly related to the Latin titulus "title of honour."  But it is more likely of Oscan origin since it was borne by the legendary Sabine king Titus Tatius. 
     In the New Testament, this was the given name of a companion of Paul.  He became the first bishop of Crete and was the recipient of one of Paul's epistles.  This was also the praenomen of all three Roman emperors of the 1st-century Flavian dynasty, and it is the name by which the second one is commonly known to history.  Shakespeare later used it for the main character in his tragedy 'Titus Andronicus' (1593).  As an English name, Titus has been used occasionally since the Protestant Reformation.
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  TAHR-ǝ, TER-ǝ, TAR-ǝ

Meaning & History
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair, which possibly means "elevated place" in Gaelic.  This was the name of the sacred hill in Dublin where the Irish high kings resided.  It was popularized as a given name by the novel 'Gone With the Wind' (1936) and the film adaptation (1939) where it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.

Hahaha! I just realized two of these names are related to the book and movie 'Gone With the Wind'. . . Don't know how that happened.  Ah well.  

Any requests, me hearties?  Do leave a comment, or three.

Thanks for reading!  Happy Tuesday.  :]

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Names and meanings via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.

In the Misty Mountains

Hey, y'all.
It seems lately I've begun my posts with something along the lines of "I'm back!"

Well, I am!
Buuuuut. . . I apologize!  It's high-time I got on the ball and posted like any normal, committed blogger would.  REGULARLY.  Hahaha.  And I so want to, it's just not a priority.  I mean come on! it's been MONTHS since my last A+A Friday!  I still wanna keep up with my Name posts and share more pictures as well.  

So, as the Fall weather begins to make its presence known, I would like to begin anew.  Aaaaaannnd that means starting with photos from my family's camping trip.  The cousins came up for a day and just had a blast.  Just put tents, a lake, and campfires and it's guaranteed. :]

Tellico Plains, TN

Little Joelle 

Explorers Kenton & Will

The Elephant Walk. . . in the WATER xD

Extreme Chicken fights!

Hahaha! the parents thought they'd be funny

Jen's firepowah!

Why hullo, Cousin Rob! 

Ahaha! Oh Jenny

Cousin Clint -- nice smile, bud!

So, we're sitting at the campsite, enjoying a relaxing afternoon of doing nothing except maybe reading or sketching, when this liddle squiggle shows up with his inquisitive disposition.  A brave little fellow, he was. Near tried to get to our food boxes!  We fed him Saltine crackers, then promptly dubbed him CrackerJack.

I particularly love this next shot.  Evan was able to stay the weekend with us and we shared so many enjoyable memories.  He stayed with my brother in the smaller tent and endured nearly getting crushed by a falling tree limb, oodles of rain the first night (it rained ALL night long and half of the next day), and a near life-or-death situation with a "raccoon" that turned out to be my brother.  O_o  Needless to say, I don't think he'll easily forget camping with me and my crazy family. . .


And that's the gist of our annual camping trip to the mountains.  We had such a marvelous, relaxing time there, it was definitely hard to leave and return to reality.  But one must do what one must, eh?  I'm thankful for our times together as family, it is something I'll always treasure.

Hopefully, I'll be able to share some pics from the earlier trip to the beach!  I also have a book review coming soon and (if possible) an A+A post this Friday!!

Thank you, my faithful friends!  Have a lovely week and happy Monday!

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