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.


January 2, 2009

A Meme for the New Year

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 11:25 pm by Jenn

I found this meme yesterday when I visited Transplanting Me’s blog.  It had some pretty good questions so I thought it would make a good post for me today.  Here it is:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?I tried geocaching for the first time and LOVED it. 

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I honestly don’t remember what my resolution was for last year and I’m too lazy to search my archives to find out. 

I’m not going to make any resolutions so to speak but I am going to make the most out of the cards I’m dealt.  You know…the whole lemon…lemonade thing. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My friend Emilie had a baby girl named Katherine, we call her Kate.

4. Did anyone close to you die? My mom’s best friend Jo Zimmerman.

5. What countries did you visit? In 2008 I was in Belarus, Lithuania, Germany, Russia (airport), Turkey (airport), Austria (airport) and Azerbaijan.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A purpose – you know, knowing that what I do everyday makes a difference.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?  March 12, 2008, our Ambassador to Belarus, Karen Stewart left Belarus for Washington after being asked to leave or be declared persona non grata by the Belarusian government.  Following Ambassador Stewart’s departure the staff at the US Embassy in Belarus was downsized per the request of the Belarusian government.  Most of the folks who left with this group left on March 27, 2008.  The weeks that followed were full of tension and uncertainty and finally the day came, May 3, 2008 when 11 US diplomats left Belarus after 10 of them had been declared persona non grata.  This was a day that affected me personally, it affected my family and the lives of many friends and co-workers.  This time period is one that I’m not likely to ever forget. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Starting Smart Nutrition, LLC.

9. What was your biggest failure? My biggest failure was letting my stress manage me and not me managing my stress. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I didn’t suffer any major illnesses or injuries, but I did damage the nerve bundle on the side of my left foot early in the summer and today it still isn’t completely “normal”.  That’s a very freaky thing to have happen.  I damaged it by WALKING to much in my favorite sandals.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Pashmina scarves at the airport bazaar.   

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Mine, for not bailing out on this whole Baku situation and returning to the good old US of A.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Mine, for not bailing out on this whole Baku situation and returning to the good old US of A.  See my problem?

14. Where did most of your money go? Travel and Christmas

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Our trip to Germany in the fall….my parents met us there!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Willie Nelson – On the Road Again

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer? sadder, fatter and poorer!  I thought it was supposed to be “fat, dumb and happy”?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Traveling outside of Baku to the regions.  They are supposed to be really beautiful.  Unfortunately, my husband has seen all of this country that he wants to see.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Arguing with my husband. 

20. How did you spend Christmas? Sick at home with Scott and Max.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Nope

22. What was your favorite TV program? Survivor

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?Nope.  Hate is not a good thing.  I have better things to do with my time like play my new favorite game MOUSEHUNT on Facebook.

24. What was the best book you read?  The Twilight series.  Tonight I’ll be starting Ali and Nino by Kurban Said, it’s a love story that takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan and it is supposed to be pretty darned good.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Muslim Magomayev, the Azeribaijani pop singer who died in October 2008.  I posted about him. 

26. What did you want and get? Wii Fit and a drop spindle

27. What did you want and not get? A Kindle, but that’s ok.  I think I’d rather continue to read “for real” books or at least wait until the Kindle gets a reading light.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? The Dark Knight and my biggest disappointments were the delay of the Harry Potter film AND Twilight…what an awful movie…the book was much better.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 39 this year and Scott invited some friends over to the house for cake.  It was a surprise.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not being kicked out of Belarus and having a job.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Unfortunately, I no longer have a fashion concept, but if I have to answer I’ll say clean.

32. What kept you sane? Prozac.  Just kidding.  Knitting and therapy – seriously.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Barack Obama

34. What political issue stirred you the most? No issue stirred me the most, but I am fascinated by the presidential elections and this was by far the most memorable for me.  What an accomplishment for the United States of America.

35. Who did you miss? All my family and friends back home.

36. Who was the best new person you met? There are so many people that I’ve met this past year who have made a lasting impression on me.  I’m not going to name one because that just doesn’t seem fair.  The Wife Mafia scores high on this list though!  Without them I really would have needed the Prozac.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.  Look both ways before and DURING crossing the street.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.  I’m rewatching the Friends series right now so this song is stuck in my head…stuck and pretty fitting for the most part.

So no one told you life was going to be this way.
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, you’re love life’s DOA.
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,
Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

2009 WILL be better for me!  Raspberries to you 2008 ~ ~ ~ ~



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