Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I asked my supervisor two weeks ago if my hours had been cut due to my performance at work. He gave me an incredulous "your hours have been cut?" and subsequently the rota for last week and this week have seen me going back to full days instead of half days. I guess my performance is still adequate and I'm glad to have the work back. Of course, with half days, I felt I could get a bit of my leisure activities in, and still have time for study. Now I do not have that luxury, but we need the money, and study is not yet too tedious for me. A bit overwhelming, perhaps, but still fulfilling.

We've had a lot of snow in the past week, considering it hardly ever snows here. Last winter we got one snowfall, and it was on Easter. Luckily (or not) the worst days were on my days off anyway, so I did not have to skip work. Partner did take one snow day because the roads were so bad. I did not want to drive and I didn't want him driving either. I think the most that we got at our house was about five or six inches. There were pictures on the news of people snowboarding down roads in between parked cars. This clip, however, did not make the news; it's just my garden.


We still have a bit of snow, but it rained a lot last night. It was good while it lasted, and maybe it'll come back again.

I was just wondering about something. Over here on the news, they pronounce the first name of the new US president bare-Rack, but when I watched the inauguration on youtube, the woman pronounced it bar-Rock. So I've gotten used to saying bare-Rack, but now I'm thinking that's just an Anglicism and it's actually bar-Rock. After all, they pronounce their A's funny sometimes: take for instance the word taco. An English person would say tack-0h. And toe-Maw-toe instead of toe-May-toe. So is it bare-Rack or bar-Rock?

3 comments:

Jennie said...

So about the new president's name: It is pronounced bar-Rok. And to tell you the truth I could care less how you pronounce it because I am not really all that impressed by what he stands for. I also am not too impressed with what he has done so far as president. So there you have my opinion whether you really wanted it or not. I heard about the snowstorm that you got. We haven't had much snow in the valley at least all at once, but it sure has been cold. Good luck with staying warm and working full days.

Jennie said...

I think I forgot the 'c' in the rock part of bar-Rock we mostly just call him Obama here. It is less confusing.:)

P.S. Hopefully the snow will make things so much greener come Spring and Summer. I bet your garden will love the extra water.

Abe and Tracy Poulsen said...

The English have been saying it wrong. I'm glad you learned something from YouTube.