Saturday, January 19, 2008

Therefore, Go Ye Forth, and Be Faineant

Brothers and Sisters,

Our commandment for this Sunday is taken from the scripture of Dictionary.com:

Faineant \fay-nay-AWN\, adjective:1. Doing nothing or given to doing nothing; idle; lazy. Noun:1. A do-nothing; an idle fellow; a sluggard.

Photo credit.

68 comments:

katiebird said...

How did you get that photo of me? :)

paul lamb said...

I expected to be faineant this morning, but I managed to put more than 600 words on the page. I'll have to be extra faineant through the rest of the day to make up for this bit of productivity.

AndiF said...

Hey, I must be prescient because I slept all the way to 6:40 (if you don't count getting up at 3:30 to let the dogs out and 3:40 to let them back in).

Pleasant (but cold) Sunday morning, everybody.

Beth said...

I wasn't sure if it was you or fam, kb! Or andi, being a lazy lay-a-bed. (Isn't it sad when 6:40 is sleeping in?) But it sure looks like a nice way to spend the day.

Hope everyone has a faineant kind of Sunday - I'll continue to lurk from the sidelines. With the football games on in the background, of course!

Waving at everyone!

Rick Bylina said...

I think we are on the same wavelength here based on what I wrote on my blog.

Beth said...

I just saw that, Rick. At least we know there will be two of us watching the big guys play with the little ball. The little frozen ball in Green Bay, it sounds like.

Go Pack! Go Chargers! Since my Broncos are snoozing on a beach somewhere, dreaming of next year.

Rick Bylina said...

I know entering the arena of pro football predictions is perilous, but...

I grew up with the Giants; I'll be watching the game with 24 in-laws from Wisconsin. "On Wisconsin, I whisper from the corner of the room."

Sorry, the Charges have as much chance of beating the Pats as me playing professional basketball at 5'4".

To my mind, what would really be sweat is a Packers/Pats Superbowl with Bret Farve throwing a winning touchdown in the waning seconds. What a way to end a marvelous football career!

But, I'm a realist and believe the Pats are a team of destiny.

Maria Lima said...

::stretches and yawns::

Mornin' all. Andi, 6:40 is sleeping in? I'm afraid I'm such a lazybones compared to that. I got up at 8:30.

I'm spending the day with Mr. Clooney (Ocean's 13) and with Mr. Vorkosigan (rereading some LMB books) and then at some point, making tweaks to Blood Bargain. It's a holiday weekend for me, so tomorrow will be another day for treating myself.

Now for a cuppa...

Beth said...

I usually cheer for the Giants, after spending 7 years in NY. But gotta go with Favre today. I agree on the Superbowl prediction - what a way for him to go out. I'm not a Chargers fan, but would like to see someone take the Pats down. However, I believe you're correct re the destiny thing.

24 Cheeseheads? Bring out the wine and crackers!

Beth said...

I forgot it was a holiday, mary lima. Enjoy your movie - and your cuppa!

Family Man said...

Morning Nancy and everyone.

You have the word Faineant today and I sleep past 8:00 am. Who am I trying to kid, I sleep all the time. Although I could use some coffee right now.

katiebird said...

Ah... Now I'm set!

Beth said...

LOL, kb!! Now that's me, too! :-)

katiebird said...

Good Morning Everyone (no coffee=no names) I'm making coffee, but I'll be around.

(waving)

AndiF said...

The Pack demands
equal
time
for
dogs.

8:30? 8:30? People can sleep that late!?! Wow, learn something new everyday. ;)

maryb said...

I thought for sure the picture under the definition would be of Family Man.

What time is the Packers game today? I'm not really a football fan but the spectacle of watching the Packers play in the biting cold and never flinch can't be missed.

Beth said...

Great pack pix, andi! It's a pack-slackerly kind of day...

Speaking of the Pack, they play at 6:30 eastern time, mary. The first game is at 3pm. And Farve loves playing in this kind of weather - it should be a great game, depending on which Eli shows up.

Kelly McCullough said...

Urgh...(pauses...translates)good morning, all. Insomniac, me? Never happen.

Reading the rest of the posts, I'm thinking Dr.Mc and I (that's Laura, btw--back at BT, I was KMc and so...) should go shopping late this afternoon as we will have complete privacy in any store we want here in cheeseland. (scratches chin reflectively)

boran2 said...

Good morning all. Nancy, you really need a photo of FM to illustrate this post. Unfortunately I can't take your advice. Sunday morning is when we do a lot < cough, cough > of our housecleaning.

Family Man said...

I appreciate everyone's kind praise of my slackatude. It's something I've worked hard to achieve, or wait a minute, I didn't work hard to achieve. :)

FARfetched said...

Mornin' folks!

After breathless all-afternoon media coverage of the snow, as if it were an Alien Invasion, I wake to "the roads aren't as bad as expected this morning." Tons of stuff is still closed around Atlanta, but not here — they got slightly heavier snowfall in & south of the city though.

Been helping MIL fix a fence. Gonna go cut up some more firewood when my feet warm back up. I got to be faineant yesterday. :-)

Conda said...

Ah, if only I could be faineant today! But I'm under deadline for an article about Manga, so off to work (in other words, quite having fun with the gang--hi gang!).

FARfetched said...

Argh, I almost forgot. A new FAR Future episode is up, for those wonderful folks reading it.

katiebird said...

Amazing race -- THAT's good TV!

Nancy P said...

katiebird, you are so funny, and your "altered cat" is hilarious. That's a keeper. And Amazing Race was GREAT! First time I've ever liked all three finalist pairs. I'm happy, are you happy? (We have to be careful about spoilers, so don't give away the ending, okay?)

Nancy P said...

Paul I am so disappointed in your early-morning productivity. I hope you quit that as soon as you saw our theme for the day.

Nancy P said...

Andi, awww. But I'm beginning to think those are actually toy stuffed dogs.

Beth, I haven't checked the scores. How are your teams doing?

Rick, definitely same lazy wavelength. There are alpha waves, beta waves, omega waves, and zzzzz waves.

Nancy P said...

Maria? Mr. Vorkosigan (rereading some LMB books)

I'm having a brain hole there. Can you translate?

Nancy P said...

Family Man, everybody's competing with you today. Competition seems so, so unfaineant.


Maryb, you and boran2 are also on the same wavelength. Actually, I suspect most of us had that same thought. :)

All of us thinking of YOU, Family Man. :)

Good luck, Conda.

Cool, far! Must read.

Beth said...

Predictably, the Chargers lost, so the Patriots are in the Super Bowl. The Packers just tied the game 20-20 in the 4th, with 11 minutes left. The wind chill was -20 when the game started; it's a balmy -3 now. And there are girls in the stands in bikinis! I'm thinking they have lots of antifreeze in those tiny little bodies.

844 words so far today - I failed at being faineant.

katiebird said...

Hi Nancy & Beth -- I wish I spoke football, but it's a foreign language to me.

Nancy, this was the best Amazing Race season ever. I liked all the final 3 and would have been totally happy with whichever won.

And I only hated a couple of the teams this year.

Beth said...

A couple of years ago, the winners were two guys who met on Semester at Sea. We were pretty proud of them! Not that I've ever seen the show, or could tell you their names...that's a language I don't speak, kb, so we're even! :-)

All you have to know is: Go Packers!

katiebird said...

Is that something like "Niners!" ?

Beth said...

Yep, if San Francisco was playing - they're the 49ers. See, you know more than you thought! :-)

katiebird said...

Actually, I only know that from being in SF one year when it mattered. I don't know much more about it than that.

Oh, and the Sports Guy on TV always says, "What's with Herm Edwards?" But I don't even know who he is.

katiebird said...

Oh, and Nancy -- Feel free to recycle the image if you want to.

Beth said...

He's the coach of the KC Chiefs. Coached the Jets before that. Has had an up and down career, but I've always liked him. Didn't do very well with the Chiefs this year, tho.

katiebird said...

The sports announcer HATES him. It's made the local news fun to hear his rants. 10 minutes of pure rage. I've never seen anything like it in my life.

Nancy P said...

It's already in my photo album, kb. :)

Poor Herm. First of all, his name. . .

Beth said...

Hard job to have, I would think. Although not quite as bad as a referee! People either love you or hate you, depending on how your team is doing - there's no middle ground. Even coaches like Bill Parcells, who has been around forever, and is very successful - some folks still hate him. I guess they get paid enough not to worry about it!

katiebird said...

No kidding, horrible name. (no offense to the lurking Herms out there)

Now that Amazing Race is over, I'm trying to decide if I'm going to finally read Empire Falls.

Or if I should stick with, "Transcending CSS: the fine art of web design"

Any thoughts?

Maria Lima said...

Nancy - I suppose I should more rightly have said Lord Vorkosigan as in Miles, hero of Lois McMaster Bujold's lovely SF series.

It's one of my favorite rereads - such brilliant characters and writing.

Beth said...

I think it's really Herman, not that that's a lot better.

Hoo boy, I have to say I couldn't stand Empire Falls (I know, it's sacrilege). A friend and I have studied it, trying to figure out why everyone loves it, and we're baffled. (I hope that doesn't classify me as a boor.)

katiebird said...

Hi Maria, I've never read any of her books. Is there a good starting place.

Beth, Have you read anything else by Richard Russo? I've loved all his other books. I packed this one in a box by mistake though and just found it again.

I don't think you're a boor, but have you read any others?

Beth said...

No, I haven't. I was so disappointed with this one that I couldn't face any others. If you say they're great I'll give another one a try, though. So maybe you'll like it - we studied it at WRW and everyone raved over it. I just didn't see it - but I guess we all have opinions, huh?

The game just went into overtime - I can imagine those poor guys are groaning, wishing they could get inside and get warm!

katiebird said...

Absolutely we all do.

I know of another topic where people rave and I don't get it.

Beth said...

:-)

My dad used to say, it takes all kinds to make a world.

My dad was very wise.

maryb said...

I can't believe they went into overtime. I'm freezing just watching them.

Beth said...

No kidding, mary! Can you imagine standing in shirtsleeves at -24?? For four hours?? And how hard that ground is when they fall? They were practicing with frozen footballs yesterday...

katiebird said...

(waving) Hi Mary!

Mary -- we might have to Make Up the Oscars for ourselves this year! :(

maryb said...

Every time the ball bounces off of someone's fingers I'm sure the fingers are broken.

ruh roh. Field goal giants

Beth said...

Sigh.

Interception.

Field goal.

Oh well.

Funny that Peyton was in the SB last year, and now little bro is there this year.

I still don't know about the Oscar thing...

maryb said...

I have a good friend who lives and breathes the Packers. He was there last week in the snow. I'm sure his wife has him on suicide watch right now.

kb - if we can blog imaginary cafes and lounges I bet we can blog a really great imaginary oscar ceremony. Did they cancel it for sure?

katiebird said...

No, I'm sure they'll wait till the last minute to make a decision. But, they aren't even reporting anything about negotiations. Are they?

And my sister says that California is close to running out of UnEmployment funds -- there are so many people out of work because of the strike.

Beth said...

I hope Rich can handle suicide watch on all of his in-laws...

It would have been such a fairytale ending to Favre's season, almost retiring, coming back, going to the SuperBowl - oh well.

I'm off to bed, ladies - thanks for watching the game with me!

Beth said...

Rick. Jeez, I can't even spell. Bedtime.

katiebird said...

We could collect photos of celebrates and start out with fake red-carpet interviews!

maryb said...

g'night Beth!

what was the date for the Oscars anyway?

Nancy P said...

Maria, I've never even heard of that author! Which is great for me, since it means finding new books to love.

Maryb and katieb, I'm sooo up for Oscars. They better damn well have them, cause this is one of the rare years when I've seen lots of the movies. I saw "There Will Be Blood" today, and wow. I'v never previously been a great fan of Daniel Day-Lewis, but if this isn't one of the all-time great performances, I'll eat my blog.

katiebird said...

Nominations on Jan 22 & the Ceremony Feb 24. You can buy a poster for $25....

I wonder who would do that?

OK -- One way or another we do something on Feb 24??

katiebird said...

And Nancy, if it comes to that I'm sure this is a VERY tasty blog!

maryb said...

So you liked the movie Nancy? I've seen the previews a number of times now and they kind of turn me off - but I can't really pinpoint why. It looks very ... dark. Possibly violent?

Rick Bylina said...

Beth...Oh, the humanity of it all. I'm an island of sanity in a pit of despair watch the flames of possibility drip into a pool extinguishing them one by one.

Beth said...

As long as you're not rubbing it in, Rick. That's a lot of people to piss off. :-)

Nancy P said...

Absolutely, we do something on the 24th. And lol, kb. With salt.

Maryb, I didn't like the previews, either, but then I also didn't like the Charlie Wilson's War previews. "Blood" is very dark, however. Instense, long, strange, violent, and dark.

Nancy P said...

Rick, so funny. Don't tell your inlaws I said so, though. They might take it out on you.

Maria Lima said...

KatieB & Nancy - you're in for a real treat. I only discovered her books a little over a year ago and devoured them. They're SF, but absolutely chock full of rich characters, unlike some of the older SF which was about the tech.

Note: the first 2 books in the saga have been re-released in an omnibus called "Cordelia's Honor". Several omnibuses were released, so don't get distracted by them (as I did) and end up with several copies of certain novels. ::g::

Many of the books are in audiobook form and e-book format, so you can get whichever floats your boat. Me, I have all 3...obsessed much? ;-)

The reading order:

VORKOSIGAN SAGA
1 Shards of Honor
2 Barrayar
3 The Warrior’s Apprentice
4 "Mountains of Mourning" (short story)
5 The Vor Game
6 Cetaganda
7 Ethan of Athos
8 "Labyrinth" (short story)
9 "Borders of Infinity" (short story)
10 Brothers in Arms
11 Borders of Infinity (book)
12 Mirror Dance
13 Memory
14 Komarr
15 A Civil Campaign

0 Falling Free (takes place in same universe, but way before the other books; should probably be read outside the series)

Cheers on a very cold MLK day!

FARfetched said...

Heh. I thought this one was dead, dead, dead, so I sulked off to chop wood & do some writing. Some 600 words later, it was time for bed & I didn't think to make one more peek in. Serves me right.