Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I Just Can't Get Enough

Really, this is my favorite topic. Ever. Stupid human names - I just can't get enough. One of my high school friends just had her 4th! baby, and in her email announcement she sent a link to the company that takes all of the baby pictures at the hospital so that we could see her (and everyone else's) new bundle of joy. It was a treasure chest of bad baby names just waiting to be found. Let me share with you a few of my favorites:

People/Place or Thing
(Girl ******** Boy)
Aspen ***** Branson
Bosten **** Cougar
Clover **** Forrest
Karisma *** Gatling
Liberty *** Kale
Michigan ** Kanvas
Mysteree ** Rivers
Oaklie **** Sabbath
Satynn **** Titus
Stetson *** Trail
Tawny ***** Trucker
Tyranny *** Tyten
Timber **** Leonidas

Plain Ol' Made Up
(Girl ******** Boy)
Alyzannah ** Brigzen
Andelyn **** Brynden
Caybrie **** Dak
Daelyn ***** Hibben
Haizlei **** Kaeghan
Jazylyn **** Kaicen
Kaiona ***** Kandon
Lovie ****** Kiesel
McKaty ***** Krue
Naidelyn**** Rexton
Zeylie ***** Teyga

Traditional-ish with a Twyst
(Girl ******** Boy)
Alexys ***** Benjamyn
Braydee **** Collyn
Jacklynn *** Landyn
Jayde ****** Mykol
Kamryn ***** Nathyn
Londyn ***** Phenyx
Sydni ****** Quynton

Does anyone else feel like today's parents are just trying too hard? One of these days these kids are going to grow up and realize their parents are nitwits.
(My apologizies to everyone I have offended with this post)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


(AKA Smartypants MD)

Dr. Johnson obtained the superhuman vocabulary level of 46!

His charity of choice, the Utah Food bank, will be receiving five of my dollars, plus five of the good doctors.

Our vocabulary competition was able to raise a least 2,070 grains of rice(a Conservative estimate). The website has raised 1,712,371,750 grains of rice since its inception on Oct. 7, 2007.
I'm curious, how many grains of rice are in a serving?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Today is my big sister's birthday, and while my neice may claim her mother doesn't remeber what it was like to be twelve, well, I remember what it was like for her to be 12. And 13, and 14, and 15, and definitely 16, 17 and 18. So, Happy Birthday to the girl who taught us the true meaning of being a teenager.
The Lunch Lady, 6th grade
(Aren't those braids to die for?)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Word Quiz = Philanthropy

I just found an interesting online vocabulary quiz at freerice.com. For every correct answer, it donates 10 grains of rice to some hungry people somewhere.

Word Quiz + altruism (not yours) + procrastination (yours) = a pretty good way to waste your time.

Let’s forget about the hungry people for a moment and have ourselves a healthy vocabulary competition. Take the quiz and post your high score, both vocab level and total grains, in the comments section. Your game is over when you miss your first word. Post your best score out of three.

The winner will get 5 of my dollars (I'm cheap) donated to the charity (501(c)3) of their choice (as long as it won’t hurt my political career) and be crowned the Team Johnson Blog Vocabulary Champion!

The game will end on Nov. 13.

*As for you random blog Voyeurs out there (don’t feel dirty, don't be ashamed), feel free to play.

Sentence of the Day

A Russian citizen had this to say about Joesph Stalin on NPR's Morning Edition:

“He murdered half of Russia … but, still, he was a great man.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Big News

I made my bed two days in a row. IN A ROW.

I don't think I made my bed two times in the last year.

I'm a new woman.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


I found out this morning at 6:30 that a paper I've been working on, Citizen-Driven Governance in Utah: Strengthening Hispanics' Voices, has been accepted to the 69th annual conference of The American Society for Public Administration in Dallas.

I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool.