The thing is this: I am a (lazy) perfectionist. I don't like to start something unless I am perfectly ready. And since I'm pretty much NEVER "perfectly ready" it's easy to put off starting a project. I think it's time to get over this. When I complete a project I am almost always happy with the results. (Maybe I'm just happy that I COMPLETED something!)
For example, I have a big box of various things related to me and my husband such as cards included with flowers or candy, all our business cards over the years, our old driver's licenses, pictures of our cars, mini-golf score cards, and so on. None of this stuff is truly sortable by date/chronology, as my perfectionist soul would normally want.
I have decided to let go of that silly plan. Instead I have grouped like with like and I'm going with that. And it means I will put together an album of mementos relating to my husband and me. And to quote Martha Stewart, that's a good thing!
In another example, I am totally behind on putting together my son's school and scout albums but the honest truth is, he just doesn't give a crap right now whether he has memory albums or not. So why should I worry about it? I can pick it up again some other time. Or not.
See, I'm letting go!
Speaking of my teen sluggard, I found this and it made me laugh:
On a slightly more interesting topic, I read a LOT. So I have a pretty big vocabulary as a result. What I don't always have is a good grasp on how certain words are pronounced! I keep a dictionary by my bed so I am always looking things up but here are a few that slipped by...
Yosemite - As a Louisiana girl I can pronounce all sorts of interesting place names like New Orleans, Tchoupitoulas Street, Thibodaux, Metairie, Lake Pontchartrain, Belle Chasse, Biloxi and Chalmette. But I only saw "Yosemite" in Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Yosemite Sam. I must have missed it when they said his name because I thought this was pronounced as 2 syllables: YOSS-mite. I just thank my lucky stars I never had the opportunity to say this OUT LOUD! No doubt I heard the proper pronunciation once I moved to California. (Should be: yo-SEM-it-ee)
Continuum - Shouldn't this be pronounced like vacuum?! Even so, the "only-in-my-head" pronunciation was con-ti-NOO-um. I may actually have learned this from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" thanks to the character Q and the Q Continuum. So see? Star Trek is EDUCATIONAL! Luckily, this, like most of these examples following, is not a word that comes up in casual conversation! (Should be: con-TIN-you-um)
Superfluous - Okay, maybe I do use this one in casual conversation sometimes, but I know it's not super-FLU-us. Although CPA Boy and I say it that way because it's funny to us. (Should be: soo-PER-flu-us)
Detritus - I heard Gil Grissom say this on CSI years ago and once again thanked my lucky stars that this is not a word on my conversational radar. I thought it was DEH-tri-tus rather than the correct de-TRY-tus.
Paradigm - This is an overused word. In any case I never had any opportunity to speak it out loud. When I read it in an article I think I just assigned it the pronunciation PAR-uh-dig-um because then I knew how to spell it. (Should be: PAR-a-dime)
Versace - NO reason for me to know this because I will never buy this brand (it's too expensive and I'm too cheap) and the only place I saw this was in magazine ads. I learned how to pronounce it from that paragon of learning, Nomi Malone as portrayed by Elizabeth Berkley in "Showgirls" (egad, that's an awful movie!). Her character is complimented on her outfit and she says, "Thanks, it's Ver-sase." (Two syllables, not the correct 3) The other characters make fun of her stupidity and I'm thinking, That's how *I* thought it was pronounced! Oh well, I'm Greek, not Italian; how was I supposed to know?! And then the poor designer was murdered and it was on the news so everyone should know how to say it now. (Should be: Ver-SAH-chee or -chay?)
Peridot - This is a yellowish-green gemstone so I never was interested in it (rubies, diamonds and amethysts for me!) but I assumed it was called per-uh-dot. Apparently it can be pronounced that way but the usual is per-uh-dough.
Chalcedony - CHALL-suh-dough-knee, anyone? No? I heard this on QVC just last month. It's another stone used in jewelry that's actually called kal-SAID-uh-knee.
I know there are more words for this list but that's all I've got for now. Please share if you have any words of your own to add!