Sunday, December 31, 2006

in·er·tia

Pronunciation: in-ur-shuh, i-nur-
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, lack of skill, from inert-, iners
1 a : a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force b : an analogous property of other physical quantities (as electricity)
2 : indisposition to motion, exertion, or change : INERTNESS
(courtesy of www.dictionary.com)

I lack momentum. Perhaps this is to be expected, in the slowness of the post-Christmas-season lull. The past two weeks have seen me leap into action for brief necessary intervals, and then I fall right back into idleness.

And this is not entirely by choice. I just lack momentum. I have never been happy being idle. I'm not always twitchy... well, uh... actually I generally am. But this is more than an untwitchiness. I have things I want to do. Multiple works-in-progress projects are sitting idly nearby just waiting for my attention. But I just can't seem to acquire the activation energy required to start. So instead, I'm going to grab a coffee (black no sugar), cuddle up with Kai on the couch, read my new book, and dream about all the baking that I'm going to do in 2007.

By the way, Ms. Jenn Foley - I think you would love this book. I'm hardly more than 10 pages in, and already I'm plotting out purchasing a kitchen scale. Or two. Oh, an aside: I posted a photo I took for you from my SF trip on my new flickr page. Yes. I'm a convert.

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone. May 2007 be good to you. And happy birthday to my cousin, Brian. You're still the only New Year's baby I know.

6 comments:

Mary-LUE said...

We have been pretty lazy around here although I do have to say that is pretty much the norm for us!

Happy New Year!

Meg said...

This comment has to do with the Global Warming post you wrote a bit ago.

I think that the spring like weather here, in January, is freaking Canadians out. Making Global Warming more real.

Last night,the National news showed a poll where Canadians think that environmental issues are more important than health care, and economic issues.

And for the past two weeks we have been trying to rent Al Gore's movie, and all copies have been rented out.

So people do want to know.

The weather up here is kinda freaking me out too. It's very bizarre to wear only a sweater outside, and see people riding their bikes. In January.

The National also had a bit on 4 MPs that were tested for industrial toxins in their blood. Our local MP was one of them. He had 53 industrial chemicals out of 103.

Now the government is planning to test 5000 Canadians to get a snap shot of what industrial chemicals are in us. (like fire retardants)

It will be interesting to see if the Canadian government actually does anything about any of this. Or to see if Canadian citizens will actually make a stink enough to make changes.

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Jenn said...

ah the love of a new cookbook...nothing quite beats it. i'm going to have to check that new one of yours out of the library (as an aside i have decided that this is the easiest way to see if i actually NEED to own a cookbook since it allows for experimentation before acutally purchasing said item). as for the kitchen scale, it opens a whole new world of possibilities - since we've both been lab geeks for long stretches of our lives, which requires careful measuring and a great degree of perfectionism, you will adore it and spend lots of time (even more time in fact) in the kitchen. you need to try the american culinary institute's books (i strongly recommend "baking and pastry" and "the professional chef", both excellent resources for the kitchen). as a bonus when kai gets a little bit older into the math stage of things you can have him do all the calculations when you either scale up or down a recipe:) thanks for the foley sign - i never encountered it while i was there in 2002.

Becky said...

Meg - I have more to say on Global Warming/Climate Change, including the difference between the two words, but I'll get to that in my next post. For now, I'll just say that here in Boulder, the whole "warming" thing isn't as obvious, as you can see by all the snow we've had. There was a BIG Chinook last night (am I the ONLY person who can't sleep when those things arrive?) and we've had temperatures in the 50s (°F. sorry dad) yesterday and today, but tonight it's going to turn chilly again and we might get between 2-4 inches of snow tomorrow. But I digress.

Oh, and I'm sorry An Inconvenient Truth is so hard to find. Keep trying - it is actually worth it.

Jenn - the library is a fabulous invention. I'd love to hear what you think about the book if you have a chance to get it. Oh, and the sign was on more of an alley, but the name of the big pub is Foley's Irish Pub - I didn't eat there this time, but back in 2000 I did. It was good - lots of good irish pub fare like Bangers and Mash, although that's not my personal favourite.

Holy cow this became rather long. I should have just put up a new post.

Meg said...

I don't think I have ever experience a chinook. Unless we get the remenants of them from other places. I look forward to more posts on global warming/ climate change.