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February 7, 2012

Abacus to Zebra

Here's a stupid meme (via the very-not-stupid Jive Turkey), because sometimes it's fun to remember what blogging was like back in the old, old, old olden days. (Agirlandaboy.com turns nine this year. NINE!)

A. Age: 32 for another few months.

B. Bed size: Queen, which is ridiculous because there are often five bodies in it at once and that is NOT ENOUGH SPACE.

C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the litter box, for obvious reasons. Making the bed (waste of time!). Cleaning the toilet (growing up we never used a toilet brush but had to do it by hand with a washcloth; eeeewww).

D. Dogs: Every time I see someone walking one--especially if it's raining or if they're bent over a pile of fresh poo, I congratulate myself out loud for not having a dog. I'm sure yours is lovely, but I'm too lazy for that shit.

E. Essential start to your day: Cereal, which is also an essential end-of-day snack.

F. Favorite color: I honestly have no idea.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver, although I've been wearing more gold lately.

H. Height: 5'8″ AND A HALF.

I. Instruments you play: Piano and recorder (it totally counts!). I'm okay on percussion shakes/tambourine if I pay attention (the 2 and 4, not the 1 and 3, white girl).

J. Job title: At my three regular jobs, I'm an editor, a copyeditor, and blogger.

K. Kids: One and a third.

L. Live: Oakland, CA.

M. Mother's name: Pam.

N. Nicknames: My dad has a nickname for everyone (Goodyear, Squee, Curlerhead, Muppet, Homer, Piggy, and others not fit for e-print). Mine is Ratgirl (my brother is Ratboy or simply "the rat"); when I was little it was Pooh, as in "It smells like Pooh in here."

O. Overnight hospital stays: Just when I was having da baby.

P. Pet peeves: Oh. Okay. Litterbugs. People who don't bag their own groceries when they are young and able and alone and there are no baggers and there is a huge line behind them and they're just STANDING THERE. Companies who insist on using stupid punctuation in their brand names (Guess? Yahoo!). Brand names that constantly get all-caps treatment when they are not acronyms (it's not IKEA, just Ikea). The non-word "alright." Group work.

Q. Quote from a movie: "There's no place like home."

R. Right- or left-handed: Righty (tighty).

S. Siblings: One genius baby brother (who turned thirty last year; whoa).

U. Underwear: Older than it should be.

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: I'm not crazy about eggplant, I guess.

W. What makes you run late: Over-preparing for an outing with the spawn (change of clothes! snacks! books! other things he never needs unless I *don't* have them!).

X. X-Rays you've had: Just my teeth during regular checkups.

Y. Yummy food that you make: The two reliable things that I never (er, hardly ever) screw up are banana bread and tuna casserole.

Z. Zoo animal: The gibbons at the Oakland zoo are worth the price of admission all by themselves. The MEGABATS are really cool too.

You should do this too and then post a link in the comments and then we can be Internet Friends and people who have never heard of blogs will be worried for our safety. Whee!


I did this! And I will leave a link because you asked, but I remember your statement about never reading blogs, so I am not the least offended if you don't read it: http://thehuntersprize.blogspot.com/2012/02/abc.html

We have a Queen bed and last night Jacob wet his bed, so he joined us and I have the worst back ache! This would be a non-issue if I could take an Advil, but that's not an option in pregnancy. Which makes me really exited for the King size bed we were offered this weekend!

I don't *never* read blogs, I just don't read regularly the 50+ a day I used to. (Does anyone do that anymore?) I definitely read, but it's fairly random and sporadic (and sad). Wish I had more time...

I can't possibly do this, because I'm blogging what we ate for dinner this week, but I had to say (a) I hate "alright" too and (b) IKEA actually is an acronym, so it all depends on your house style for capitalization of acronyms. If I may be so bold: http://awfullychipper.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-logo.html and hey can you guess I'm a copyeditor too?

Ooh, I love that Slot article. The number of times I've sent that to a company that insists the name MUST have an asterisk and question mark and random uppercase letters in its name...

I still think it's Ikea, though, since to me it's not a true acronym, just a name made up of letters symbolic to the founder, not descriptive of the company. (That probably shouldn't matter, but it totally does to me.)

That said, I do appreciate that people who write IKEA are *trying* to be correct, even though that particular one is getting to be a bit like people saying "you and I" when it really should be "you and me."

Yay copyeditor nerdery!

But! But! When did the letter "T" leave the alphabet?!

R.I.P. Letter "T"

("R.I.P" is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. As is "height" pronounced with a "th." ARGH!

(Another editor here.)

. . . annnd I forgot the close parenthesis. :-/

Tweeted your blog!

Oh, T. We hardly knew ye.

More importantly, though, I need you to weigh in on the Ikea/IKEA issue, RzDrms. Lives are at stake!

Yay! You did it!

God, I love reading about other people's pet peeves, not sure why. And your Ikea/IKEA issue is something I encounter daily, as my day job is at a company that DOES have an acronym name, and people often un-caps it. GRAGRH.

Yeah, sorry about T. No idea what happened there. Some other people who grabbed the meme have researched and found that it was supposed to be "Time you wake up." Eh.

Well, IKEA *is* an an acronym for four names, so I think each letter should be capitalized to represent those four proper nouns. I actually think it deserves all caps more than "words" like MIA, AWOL, FYI, and so on. I mean, why capitalize IBM, CNN, and GE, but not IKEA (serious question)?

And I definitely wouldn't liken the usage of IKEA to the usage of "you and I" (which is correct in some cases, as you know: You and I need to go shopping.) versus "you and me" (when really used incorrectly). The latter usage is ANNOYING, much like the many misuses of "myself." ARGH! That makes me cringe too.

I'm only likening it to "you and I" in that the people who are really trying to use it correctly are usually the ones who overapply the "rule" and end up using it incorrectly.

Here's what I think about acronyms in general:

IBM = International Business Machines
GE = General Electric
CNN= Cable News Network
MIA= missing in action
AWOL= absent without official leave
FYI= for your information

All of the above are made up of words that describe what the acronym means (unlike Ikea). Aside from AWOL, they're not even technically acronyms but "initialisms," meaning none of them are pronounced as words but as a series of letters. If Ikea is a similar initialism, you should, depending on house style, be able to write it I.K.E.A. (and/or pronounce it that way) and be perfectly correct; I can’t imagine anyone who’d go along with that. If anything, it's more like "scuba" "captcha," which started out as initialisms but have become common as words in themselves and tare therefore usually lowercased.

So: I say Ikea is a pronounceable brand name that *happens* to be made up of the first letters of words symbolic to their creator, but those words are *not* relevant to the actual business and therefore it’s not a true acronym the way the others are.

(FWIW, I spell out “okay” instead of use OK or O.K. or o.k., and in general I tend to *less* fussiness rather than more when it comes to this sort of thing.)

And now I must go do some actual work. ;)

Thanks, Leah- what a fun read! Remember when this kind of 'survey' used to circle email chains? Of course, this was back when we were in middle school and didn't even need the free hotmail account. All that we used it for was sending nonsense. Oh those were the days.


Thanks, Leah- what a fun read. Remember when this kind of 'survey' used to circle email chains? Of course, this was back when we were in middle school and didn't even need the free hotmail account. All that we used it for was sending nonsense. Oh those were the days.



Bob, Igor, thanks for your wishes, hope that 2012 is a good one for you both!

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