Dungarees and mattocks

I just cracked myself up when I changed my email address for my iTunes account (see upcoming rant about my email domain one of these days). I apparently set up my challenge question as something to do with a boss Nicole and I had many years ago who we used to joke looked and acted like Chris Farley’s van down by the river guy, Matt Foley. His most famous line was about looking at the goo in the bottom of his water softener and calling it “premarital ooze.” Meanwhile I downloaded Billie Jean while I was on iTunes, and found that a bunch of songs I bought in the last few years somehow didn’t transfer to my new computer this year, so I need to access the old hard drive and figure out what’s up.

David keeps trying to play Black Parade, which I never liked much in the first place. He listens to the same song overandoverandover and plays it on the piano and good gawd it gets old. Now he’s looking up the lyrics again.

What I was originally trying to do was see what Google searches had found my site, because that’s always good for a quarterly laugh and I needed material for the daily post. However, I need to add some HTML to my site to verify the ownership, and I’d prefer to do it to the whole domain, but I only have the ability to do it for the blog portion right now. I lost the access to the old verification by changing computers and email addresses (thanks again, email rant), and now I don’t have my HTML software/editor on the new computer because it was an ages-old version of Frontpage. I know there has to be something newer and better, and I really don’t maintain that site much, but I have no idea how to edit the pages except in hard core HTML typing, and I’m not about to do that. So, web geeks, what (hopefully free) HTML editor do you recommend? I have the FTP account set up ok, I think, so I should just have to edit the page files and upload them. Or I can install that old Frontpage but that seems silly.

Vocab lessons for today:
David, looking at work clothes online: What does the word dungaree mean to you?
Me: I think it’s only used in the plural. Overalls. Maybe jeans?

Main Entry:
dun·ga·ree
Pronunciation:
ˌdəŋ-gə-ˈrē, ˈdəŋ-gə-ˌ
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Hindi dũgrī & Urdu dungrī
Date:
1673

1: a heavy coarse durable cotton twill woven from colored yarns ; specifically : blue denim
2 plural : clothes made usually of blue denim
— dun·ga·reed

I used a mattock the last couple of days to dig out some old roots from the bushes in our front yard. This was supposed to be David’s project but I just don’t have much planting time left, so I took over. At one point I figured out I’d been digging up the neighbor’s tree for some time and had to chop up about 15 feet of its unearthed roots, but since they went to our front steps, I don’t think it was completely out of line to remove them. Anyway, I had heard of a mattock, but never really came to appreciate it until more recently, having used David’s frequently. Now I don’t think I’d be without one among my garden tools.

Main Entry:
mat·tock
Pronunciation:
ˈma-tək
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English mattok, from Old English mattuc
Date:
before 12th century

: a digging and grubbing tool with features of an adze and an ax or pick

ETA: everything looked good on Firefox but on IE (boohiss) there are some faulty characters. Sorry about that, and I hope you are on IE because you don’t have a choice, not because you are too lazy to switch to something better!

David just received pictures of “Ari’s first rectal exam.” Ari is apparently his friend’s baby. David is cracking up at the look on the kid’s face as his physician mom examines him. He said, “I don’t like kids, but that is precious!”

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  1. WordPress handles pages in addition to blog posts. I recommend moving everything over to WordPress; that’s what I did a couple of years ago. It can even redirect everything from the /blog to the root URL. I can give you more info if you’re interested.

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