Monday, July 30, 2012

LML Monday - Spell Check, Chai Tea, and Olympic Fever

Welcome to the latest installment of LML Monday! (If you missed my take on LML, you can find it here. If you missed the explanation of LML Monday, you can catch up here.)

Yes, my friends, it's Monday. Time once again to reflect on the little (or big) things that made us happy over the past week and reminded us how much we love our lives. And, of course, now's the time to set the tone for a great week to come!

Spell Check
I come from a long line of self-admitted grammar snobs. Add to that the fact that I have a BS in technical writing, and it's probably easy to understand why I get a little uppity about language now and then. (I honestly do try to be nice about it, but every time someone uses non-words like "alot" or substitutes "your" for "you're" I die a little inside.)

But despite any proficiency that I may demonstrate with other aspects of the language, I have to be the first to admit that I cannot spell worth a darn. Never could. And it's been a source of some embarrassment over the years (particularly when I misspelled the word intelligent. Thought I'd never hear the end of that one.)

So needless to say, spell check is my friend. As a writer, I definitely do not miss the pre-word-processing days of having to look up every single word that I couldn't spell. Sure, some people might miss the pen and paper days, but I'll gladly trade them for the electronic age. Because now, not only do I have spell check, but for the times when that alone doesn't do it, I also have the Merriam-Webster web site just one click away, and the app on my phone. Believe me when I say that these things have made my life SO much easier.

Chai Tea
This is a simple one, but it's one that never fails to make me happy. The smell alone always brings a smile to my face. And it's versatile - I can have a nice hot cup of tea in the morning, or a glass of iced tea in the afternoon (as I'm doing right now.) Add a little splash of milk and bit of Splenda, and it's a wonderful pick-me-up that always seems to help melt my worries away.

Olympic Fever
Ok, I guess technically I wouldn't call it fever - I'm not obsessive like some people are. But that sounded a bit catchier than "I enjoy watching some of the Olympic games" so I took a little creative license. It's my blog. I can do that. :)

One of my favorite thing about watching the games is that now I can do it with a DVR. In the past we were kind of stuck with whatever we could be home to catch. But I love that now I can just record everything as they show it, and watch whichever events I want. Plus, the hours and hours of cycling are much more entertaining if you watch them in fast-forward.

But the best thing about this year's games it that this is the first time I've been able to watch it with my kids. (During the last games my son was two and my daughter was an infant, so they didn't care even a little bit.) Even now my son hasn't been too interested in anything they've shown so far, but my daughter has been loving it. It's been so much fun watching with her and answering all of the questions she comes up with about each event, and about the country that each athlete is from. We had some great mommy/daughter fun time over the weekend.

Now it's your turn. Please feel free to share some of your recent LML moments. Focus on the happy times, and have a great week!


  1. I love! And iced chai tea is a summer favorite. And call a doctor, because I have official Olympic fever! Loved this post!

    1. Thanks, Riki. Hope you're having a great week!

  2. I am a big fan of spell check myself, and online dictionaries, though I don't have an app on my phone. I should remedy that. Happy Monday to you!

    1. You might be surprised how often a dictionary app comes in handy. I use mine all the time.

      Have a great week!