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Sundries September 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:15 am


sundries (suhn-dreez) pl. n., Small, miscellaneous items of little value.

Since she was still feeling less than stellar, she tried to derive some happiness from the assorted sundries (including her “special-sized” blood pressure cuff) that the hospital staff let her take home in a “Goody Bag”.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:14 am


copacetic (koh-puh-set-ik) adj., Fine; completely satisfactory; OK.

Spending the night in the hospital on a steady stream of IV antibiotics and morphine upgraded her appearance from grotesque to copacetic.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:12 am


grotesque (groh-tesk) adj., Odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.

Unfortunately, her facial distention escalated, resulting in her rather grotesque appearance.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:11 am


distend (dih-stend) v., Swell out because of pressure from inside.

As if she didn’t have enough to deal with, an extremely painful infection cropped up on her face, causing the skin around her eyes to distend.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:10 am


scrutinizing (skroot-n-ahyz-ing) v., Examining in detail with careful or critical attention.

She spent her evening scrutinizing the work of second graders.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:08 am


noshing (naw-shing) v., Eating food enthusiastically or greedily; snacking between meals.

She was so focused on noshing that she couldn’t be bothered to clean up the Cheerios she’d spilled all over the floor.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:04 am


dejected (dih-jek-tid) adj., Depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited.

She was feeling rather dejected after spending her entire weekend struggling to write a “simple” 20-minute lesson plan.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:03 am


strewn (stroon) v., To have scattered or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area.

The contents of her unzipped (and unwieldy) backpack were strewn about the floor.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:01 am


bleary (bleer-ee) adj., (of the eyes or sight) Blurred or dimmed, as from sleep or weariness; fatigued; worn-out.

She had difficulty comprehending the curriculum guide that she attempted to read through bleary eyes.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 4:59 am


rollicked (rol-ikd) v., Acted or behaved in a jovial and exuberant fashion.

After (another) grueling 12-hour school day, she gave her brain a break and rollicked with Toaster in the living room.