Thursday, January 1, 2009


According to John Mactargart's Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia (1824), a griezie is "a person fond of prying into matter which concern him nothing." The president of the United States is known to receive and shake hands with all who desire to call upon him on New Year's Day.

And so today, I invite all lurkers and new visitors to my blog to leave comments and voice your opinions. You will find that I'm an attentive poster and commentator.

This is the fourth year running that I have Forgotten English sitting on my desk. It's a 365-day calendar by Jeff Kacirck that delves into the meanings of strage lost words like matriotism and phrases such as marriage-music. It also catalogues abandoned holidays and traditions, outdated etiquette, historical curiosities, and quotations with verwe and humor.

I opened the first day with anticipation and griezie did not fail to disappoint. I also have a month-at-a-glance calender-mousepad with tropical beaches in the background and a week-at-a-glance pocket planner, not to mention, a list of goals and a spreadsheet with my schedule.

Friends and Romansistas, are you as calendar obsessed as I am? What goals do you have down for the year? the month? the first day? Of course, I am a griezie...and proud of it.


Anna Campbell said...

Hey, I'm not really a lurker! But welcome back, Miss Keira! I hope you have a wonderful 2009. And please share more with us from Forgotten English.

Julie Cohen said...

I'm not calendar obsessed, so much. And I haven't come up with many goals for 2009, so far, because I'm not yet organised. I'd like to relax more, though, and see my friends more often. And lurk less on blogs.

Happy new year to you and yours!

Joanna Bourne said...

Hi Kiera !

(jo waves)

Hi Anna !

(jo waves again)

Best of the New Year to ye.

(jo retreats into lurk mode, having expended all her exclamation points for the first quarter of 2009.)

Caren Crane said...

Keira, I am a bit calendar obsessed by necessity. I have a monthly at a glance calendar that travels with me everywhere and has ALL important events on it. By August I have two: one for the current year and one for the next. I also have a monthly calendar that usually features the art of John Waterhouse. I love his mythic art! Then there is the perpetual calendar I keep that notes those "unchangeable" days of the year: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Then, of course, there is the dry erase board in the hallway at home, where I write family events for the week to come: doctor's appts, meetings, music lessons, rehearsals, etc. A real necessity!

If I ever forget my at a glance calendar at home, I feel completely lost!

Anna Campbell said...

Jo, be still my beating heart! You spared a fabulous Joanna Bourne exclamation point to wave to me! Waving back from the land of plentiful exclamation points!!!! Hey, I meant to drop into Lifetime TV and congratulate you on the book of the year! How cool is that???!!! Oh, clearly, there are a few suburbs full of question marks in this land of plentiful exclamation points!

Keira Soleore said...

Fo, no, I wouldn't call you a lurker. In fact, I'd call you a gatherer and dedicated commenter.

I love the Forgotten English calendar, I'll be sure to share some gems from time to time.

Keira Soleore said...

Julie, hello and welcome to the blog. So nice of you to stop by and read and comment.

I like your goals of relaxing more and seeing friends more often. That is often the things that fall off the list in crunch mode.

Hope your writing's coming along swimingly. Looking forward to many more books from you in the new year.

Keira Soleore said...

(waving like mad—you would think I was waving a white flag of surrender)

Hey Jo. You can write with periods, just so. No need for those bangs at the end of your sentences. Even if the sentence is bang-worthy. And I know you have hundreds of periods inside you (ugh, not quite what I wanted to say), so no lurking. More commenting, please.

Keira Soleore said...

Jo and Fo, you both deserve kudos for your Awards!!! Fantastic achievement!

Keira Soleore said...

Caren, as an engineer, I figure you would be like me, schedule-driven. I find a schedule allows me to deal with my health issues better. Does yours do that for you?

Your at-a-glance and perpetual calendars keep you in sync, whereas, the dry-erase board syncs the family up with you. Wow! You're super organized.