September 23, 2012

Playing The Name Game

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 11:37 am by Jenn

In the recent months I’ve spent more time studying names than I have clinical nutrition which may be a problem as I enter the last class for my Master’s Degree, but that’s a post for another day. Names…

Everyone has one. One of the most important things our parents give to us is our name. As Scott and I prepare to become parents not only are we choosing which room to make the nursery, what crib and baby monitoring system to buy, we are also choosing names. Names…

People protect them. How often do you hear about someone “stealing” someone else’s name? Expectant moms often times won’t tell what names they are considering for fear of someone “taking” their name. I used to think this was ridiculous and I never quite understood it, until I started playing the name game. I mean seriously, how many names are really made up? Names are communal, there are thousands of them, and chances are you aren’t the only ________ (insert your name here) out there.

As a Jennifer growing up in the 70’s, I was never alone. I reluctantly became a “Jeni” as a teen – and even though my number isn’t 867-5309, I have given it out a few times. Growing up I would have liked to have had a name that was a little more unique – although the alternative was Davidene so I really am grateful for my parent’s choice of Jennifer.

For my child, any name in the Social Security Most Popular Baby Names (top 50) for the past 5 years is out of the question. I don’t want something so popular, nor do I want something so off the wall that he/she is made fun of or spends a lifetime correcting spelling, pronunciation or dreading role call in class. Names…

Names have meaning. We’ve all seen them, the baby name books. We’ve all looked up our own names, names of our loved ones, etc. I’ve spent hours and hours scanning these books looking for just the right names to put on the list. I’ve always liked “an” names. Beginning or end, doesn’t matter. I definitely want a name of Irish, Celtic or Gaelic origin. The internet also has a lot of sites to help sort through the sea of names. Some favorites are Behind the Name, The Baby Name Wizard and Baby Center. Names…

People’s opinions matter. Parents want unusual, unique names for their kids but in reality the kid just wants to fit in. Scott and I recently came to agreement on a few names…thank goodness, but he was still resisting my favorite – Lorcan.  Yesterday I ran down my list of favorites with a group of friends and was sad that none of them liked my favorite boy name either. How could they not like Lorcan?  It’s perfect – it ends in “an”, it’s Irish, it means little fierce one, it sounds good with our last name (as an added bonus there are two Harry Potter characters with this name), so what’s not to love?

After a good night’s sleep, today I’m crossing “Lorcan” off the list, and here’s why…

Lorcan, Lorcan bo-borcan, Banana fanfana fo-forcan, mee mi mo-morcan, LORCAN.

I’d like to give a special “thank you” to Adry (for Lorcan Dorkan), and the name game for helping me to see the light.


March 5, 2008

My First Blog Award

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 11:47 am by Jenn

A few months ago I met a neat woman from Sweden on Ravelry.  It was this woman (Kariola) who inspired me to get out and conquer the Belarusian yarn stalls.  So, Thank You Kariola

I was so surprised when I checked my “Dashboard” today and saw a comment from Kariola.  She had nominated me for an award….here it is:


First things first, my acceptance speak of course:  I’d like to thank the Academy!  Just joking, but I’ve always hoped to say that.  Seriously, I would first like to thank Ruth for introducing me to the world of blogging.  Before Ruth I thought blogs were just boring MySpaces’.  Next I would like to thank my family and friends for giving me the crazy life that gives me the material to bring Learning to Walk in Stilettos to life.  And lastly to Mary, who definitely doesn’t blog and has just recently acquired an email address which she checks regularly, I doubt if she reads this blog, but she did give me the name for the sight so to her I am thankful as well.

The rules of this award are as follows:

“Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.”

Now, on to the good stuff.  My nominees (I doubt I have ten)  for the “You Make My Day Award” are…(drum roll please)

1.  Ruth – At Mary and Bob’s Journal.  Ruth and I went to high school together though we knew of each other back then we were not what I would consider friends.  We became reacquainted during the planning stages for our 20th Class Reunion (sadly, of which neither of us were able to attend).  Ruth, introduced me to the blogging world via Thirty Voices  and since then I’ve been hooked.  I visit Ruth’s blog religiously, she’s an amazing woman with a heart of gold and is full of inspiration.

2.  Heather – My sister has been knitting and blogging for several years though I really didn’t care much about either.  On a trip home to visit family she got me started back in to knitting and the rest is history.  Her blog is a good way for me to keep up with what’s going on in her life and see what she’s knitting and get hints about gifts I might be getting.  Anything she calls “Sooper Seekrit” is a good guess!  LOL.  You can find her at Knits and Things.

3. Nadine – I met Nadine through the Thirty Voices project.  She’s an amazing woman who lives Down Under.  I love Nadine’s blog for the simple reason that I never know what I’m going to find when I get their.  It could be a story about a chicken eating snake, or her husband’s affinity for accidents, or her kids or snogging!  I am improving my vocabulary by visiting her regularly!  : )  Not a week goes by that I don’t visit A Trillion Kisses.

4.  Clare – She’s British, she’s intelligent, she’s creative and witty, but she’ Not Goth.  One of the women behind the creation of the Thirty Voices project and a woman who like me wants to know where she comes from (has an interest in discovering her ancestry).

5.  Laura – Laura was my spoilee for the Hot Cocoa swap that I participated in recently (that means I sent her stuff).  She is a lot of fun and has a crazy life too!  Read all about her crazy world at Laura’s Online Blog.

6.  Monica – Monica’s blog is one of my favorites because going there I know I’m going to find a woman going through the same things that I went/am going through.  A woman adjusting to life in a new country, a woman trying to find her way in a foreign grocery store or market, a woman who misses her friends.  Visit Monica at Transplanting Me.  I would like to also present Monica with the Art Award.  The Art Award is supposed to be present someone who’s blog you enjoy, find creative and inspires you.”  Thanks Monica – here’s your award:


7.  Last but not least and recently added to my faves Wineymomma and the Monsters.  Visit her to find your superhero personality and some really great haiku by Dee.

So there you have it!  All very deserving.  The Art Award is supposed to be given to five bloggers, but since I only had 7 for the You Make My Day Award I didn’t want to have to pick and choose 5 from those so I went with just one.

Now I’m off to inform the lucky winners of their awards! 

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