That Drives Me Crazy

What habit/act drives you crazy? How do you prevent it from happening?


Less of a habit, and hopefully, more a misunderstanding of the English language, it makes me crazy when people use words incorrectly or use the incorrect word. I’m not talking about people whose second language is English; it’s presumably well-read and smart people who simply mess it up.

Case in point, the word is regardless, NOT irregardless. Some will argue that irregardless is an actual word and will find all kinds of “proof” to make is so. However, as every good high school student knows, a double negative is unacceptable in the English language.

I’ve worked with a couple of people who use the word irregardless, regularly, in both speech and writing. I find it mind-boggling. Another one is oriented versus orientated. From the research I’ve conducted, both words are acceptable, the key differentiator is where you live in the world. Here in the United States we are oriented to our new workplace, not orientated.

When I hear either of these two samples of word confusion, in a feeble effort to try to correct, I restate the speaker’s comments word for word except, I’ll use the correct version and let it linger.   

Who do I thank for this slice of nutsy-potsy thinking? Jennifer and Chip, editors extraordinaire! Many grant reports, articles and applications would not have been successful had it not been for their keen eye and amazing grasp of the English language.

Pet Peeve’s of Other Bloggers:


Words To Live By

Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

Popular for high school and college graduations, there are a couple of children’s books or poems that offer advice on how to live life as a successful human being. Oh, The Places You Go (Dr. Seuss) and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Robert Fulghum), continue to make the rounds every May and June. The first time I’d heard of the “Kindergarten” poem was my college graduation.

be niceEven before I graduated from college there were a few life rules I lived by, regardless of the situation, and continue to. They might seem simple and obvious to some; and to others, it will be as if a light bulb just went off over their head. My “life rules” may not be for everyone, but I think everyone can stand to revisit them and perhaps try making them stick.  Let me know what you think!

Kelly’s Rules:

  • Be nice or go home. (Thank you, Childhood Friends)

  • He who makes more money buys the beer. (Thank you, College Friends)

  • She who is late to the staff meeting buys the coffee and donuts. (Thank you, Work Friends)

  • Always, say please and say thank you. (Thank you, Mom)

Bloggers’ Codes:

A Great Marriage Quote

On days when I’m looking for something to share with all of you, I got to Pinterest.  Today I found this thought originally shared on: 

I hope you will enjoy!


Street Life: Weekly Photo Challenge

street storyI was leaving one of the childcare centers on a particularly hot day last summer and saw this little bird.  It hopped from the other side of the street after rolling around in the dirt to this cool puddle.  I watched for about 10 minutes before the bird flew away.   Grateful I took the time sit and watch; and that I had my (work-issued)camera phone handy. 


Street Life, Blogger Style:

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome?

fakeI’m sure at some point in my career I could be accused of having too much confidence. I think it’s called being cocky, a know-it-all, even the “b” word…bossy. You know what, though, those are the times when I was likely suffering from, not so much imposter syndrome, as imposter disorder. One job in particular comes to mind.

Six months out of college I was an elementary school teacher. I’d spent four years studying to be a teacher, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I found myself in a classroom. What is surprising is that I was teaching science to a bunch of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. One undergraduate class in teaching science and the Catholic school I’d applied to hired me the week before Christmas vacation!

Of course, it didn’t matter to the kids that I was in over my head. I stayed a few pages ahead of them in the books and had them fooled. And that’s the key to why I called it imposter disorder–fooling them. I taught for only one more year after that; a fourth grade class. In that one too, I felt like an imposter.

I found that latching onto the expression, “Fake it ’til you make it”, several years into my career, was the best way to overcome my imposter disorder. According to Wikipedia, “Fake it ’til you make it” (also called “act as if”) is a common catchphrase that means to imitate confidence so that as the confidence produces success, it will generate real confidence.

Those six words gave me permission to have a learning phase when I started a new job. It was okay for me to not know everything, and okay for other people to know it. Today’s thank you goes out to the originator of the phrase and those who propagated it.

Other bloggers who are great pretenders:

A Habit of Gratitude

gratefulWhen I opened my computer tonight to begin to compose a post, I went first to my “Reader” at Word Press.  The Reader is where I see a feed of the blogs that I’m following.  The first two posts were these:  Thank You, Stars, on Word Exchange — Love Words, and Friends, on a blog called My Happy Place.

Today, these two posts seem to say what I’m feeling about the family and friends who’ve made my life richer.  A day does not go by that I don’t think about all of these people, it’s why I created this blog.

Thanks for reading!



Take Charge, Today

do something for your future

After my recent annual check-up I decided that it’s time. Time to take control, permanently, of what, when, how, how much and why I eat.

Today after work I visited a medical weight loss practice.  An interesting approach, there is a primary care doc whose specialty is bariatric medicine, two nutritionists, two PA’s and two social workers.  It seems as if it will be a more holistic way to help me find the answers I’m looking for and experience permanent success.  The doc did her spiel, which included her own success story–50 pounds lost, and not found over the last ten  years.  I left feeling cautiously optimistic.

Like the other women who sat around the table, I’m hoping this will be my last stop along the weight loss path, making today’s thank you going to me from my future self!

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