BTT + FFI + the fun link of the week

Fun link of the week:
PAK Dictionary of Names, via Bubba’s Sis – just enter your first name and gender, hit “lookup,” and get a “definition” of your name.

If you have an unusual first name like mine, you may draw a blank, though, so give it a try with your middle name instead. Here’s what I got with that (I have underlined the parts that I think are the most on-target for me):

Your name…gives you a very idealistic but passive outlook on life. You desire culture and all the refinements of life but you are inclined to live in your dreams. Although you would like to do many things, procrastination undermines your accomplishment and success in life. You do not like to create issues and will do anything to avoid a conflict. Making decisions is difficult for you without the support and approval of others. This name gives you a very sensitive nature, making you feel much that you do not understand. Your feelings are easily hurt, at which times you are inclined to withdraw and become uncommunicative. Although you desire the friendship and association of others, you find it difficult to express your thoughts through the spoken word, and others find you hard to get to know. It is much more natural for you to express your deeper thoughts in writing. Inner tension can deplete your physical vitality. You are inclined to indulge in rich foods that lack proper nourishment. The physical weaknesses due to this name center in the heart and respiratory organs, and in the fluid functions.

(Note to any Elizabeths out there – this is you too!)

Try it out and tell me how it works for you!

Writing Challenge

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  • Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
  • Turn to page 123.
  • What is the first sentence on the page?
  • The last sentence on the page?
  • Now . . . connect them together…. (And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

I’ve seen a few other players who just put the last sentence after the first (literally “connecting” them), but since this is a “writing challenge,” I think the idea is to write something in between the two to bring them together.

From page 123 of Best Friends by Martha Moody, which I’m reading for my book club (the original sentences are in italics):

When I was visiting Sally and Flavio just after my first divorce and their only anniversary, Ben Rose hit me with a confession.

“I really like the dress you’re wearing,” he said. “I mean, I really like it. Do you think it would fit me?”


“No, really. We’re about the same height. I bet I could wear it. Do you think I could borrow it? I really like wearing dresses. Oh, but I’d need the right underwear – could I borrow that from you too?”

He looked at me, wide-eyed. Was he serious, or was he just trying to shock me? Did he think that my being “nice,” my being from Ohio, precluded any knowledge of the world?

Friday Fill-In #67

1. I love springtime in Memphis, and I still miss it! Well, except for the tornado warnings, anyway.

2. Cereal, fruit, blueberry scones, French toast, and ham-and-cheese omelets are foods I love to eat for breakfast (but not all at the same time, of course! I’m just a big fan of breakfast; I can eat breakfast foods at any time of day).

3. It seems I’m always searching for my reading glasses (even though I keep them on a chain around my neck).

4. Reading in bed is a great way to end the day.

5. I think I probably forgot something I was supposed to do today!

6. Chocolate is what I’ve been craving lately (well, not just lately).

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to not having very much to do, tomorrow my plans include getting my car’s air conditioner fixed (just in time for the temperature to hit 90!) and Sunday, I want to catch up on some of the TV we recorded this week (The Office and 30 Rock are back!)!

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  1. your #4 on the Friday Fill-Ins is the same idea as mine. and i’m always craving chocolate too! 🙂

    i haven’t played BTT (yet), and i really want to check out your fun link. if it seems worth a post, i’ll get one up …

  2. Gautami – Thanks! I wanted something that sounded “confessional” but wasn’t what actually happened in the book – it was a little tricky, but fun.

    Alisonwonderland – I’ll be interested in seeing what you get with that link. We thought my husband’s name definition was about 80% accurate.

    Janet – That show never fails to crack me up, and I’ve really missed it!

  3. The name game was spot on for me. Especially the part about tension residing in my stomach area; I’ve had ulcer problems in the past.
    Is it really going to be 90 degrees by you? We may see some snow here. Very depressing.

  4. Mike – I hope you’ll post yours, if it was that on target; I’d like to see it.

    The forecast is for a high of 89 tomorrow and 90 on Sunday (!), but back down to 78 on Monday. I’d trade you for some snow.