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wotd: exiguous

exiguous \ig-ZIG-yoo-us\, adjective:
1. Extremely scanty; meager.

There's the obvious, of course, in "this current economic climate." I'll be so happy when that phrase falls out of standard usage. The market is on the upswing, I've learned. How long that takes to trickle down to commercial real estate brokerage I can't say. After a meeting with our financial advisor about The Plan, I'm comforted to realize that our income, though exiguous, doesn't drive our Financial Picture. All those years we saved in various forms---Roth IRA, nonqualified accounts, Coverdell IRA---can be turned to our advantage now to pull us up by our bootstraps. The Plan has been modified, subject to future tweaking after we dig ourselves out of this hole.

Beans and rice. It's what's for dinner.


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wotd: temporize

temporize \TEM-puh-ryz\, intransitive verb:
1. To be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action.
2. To comply with the time or occasion; to yield to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
3. To engage in discussions or negotiations so as to gain time (usually followed by 'with').
4. To come to terms (usually followed by 'with').

It's easy to tell yourself that you'll write a daily blog entry using the word of the day from dictionary(dot)com as a prompt, and equally easy to temporize your daily entry by waffling over what to write about, or evading your obligation by procrastination. There. Bedtime.

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40 observations on the eve before my 40th birthday

Indulge me! In no particular order:

1. I love making pinatas. I've made a pinata for Jack's birthday for the last five years. The Death Star, a jellyfish from Spongebob, Patrick Star from Spongebob, Plankton from Spongebob, and just this year King Pig from Angry Birds. I've been commissioned by a friend to produce another Angry Birds Pig pinata for her son's birthday. I'm gonna do it.

2. Right now three of my ten fingers hurt when I type. I don't bite my nails (unless one is already broken) but I do pick and pull at my cuticles. I've developed acute paronychia, a bacterial infection, at those three finger tips. The one that hurts the most is my right thumb. Space bar hell. I've done this to myself since childhood. When I'm pulling and nipping at a hangnail, I know it's going to hurt but I go ahead and do it anyway.

3. I consider myself substantial: in body and in mind. I am robust. I have zeal. I just don't have any confidence.

4. My brain stop…