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21 April 2018

S Is For "Soga" {Line} | A To Z Challenge


As part of my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>soga<< (line). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - What a "normal" person might call a rope, a sailor calls a "line." There's a saying that the only rope on a boat is the one attached to the ship's bell.

2 - Sailors like to speak in a secret language, which can sometimes be confusing to landlubbers. I call it Nauticalese.

3 - I'm not very good at throwing or catching lines. More often than not, they end up in the water.



Are you good at throwing things? What's your favorite word that starts with "S"?

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20 April 2018

R Is For "Rizos" {Reefs} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a different Spanish word each day as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>rizos<< (reefs). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - In certain conditions, you need to reef your sails, which involves reducing the amount of sail you have out so that you're not overpowered. For our mainsail, we use reefing lines to fold the sail down on the boom.

2 - >>Rizos<< can also mean curls, which makes sense as when your sail is reefed, it's curled up in a way.

3 - When it's humid out, my hair gets curly. When it's super humid out, I get little ringlets. If you're not sure what the weather is like outside, just have a look at my head.




Do you have straight or curly hair? What's your favorite word that starts with "R"?

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19 April 2018

Q Is For Quejar {To Complain} | A To Z Challenge


As part of my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a different Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>quejar<< (to complain). And now for some random thoughts:
 
1 - I thought about picking >>queso<< (cheese) for today's word. Everyone loves cheese, don't they? Except for vegans. Imagine not eating cheese or bacon? Remind me again why anyone would want to go vegan.

2 -  If I was a vegan, I would probably complain about a lack of cheese and bacon in my diet.

3 - Fortunately, I don't have much to complain about. I've been very lucky in life.



Pretend like the comments section is a complaints box and tell us what's bugging you lately. What's your favorite word that starts with "Q"?

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18 April 2018

P Is For "Pinguino" {Penguin} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>pingüino<< (penguin). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - One of my favorite things to say in Spanish is "Soy un pingüino." It confuses people. They whisper to each other, Why is she saying she's a penguin? Do you think she's had too much wine to drink?

2 - Well, yes, it's entirely possible I've had too much wine to drink, but that's not the explanation. I say it because it's fun to say. And if you're going to try to learn another language, it's better to have a few giggles along the way.

3 - Penguins like the cold. If you're thinking of adopting any, make sure you keep them in the fridge. They'll be happier there.




Do you like penguins? Would you like to be a penguin? What's your favorite word that starts with "P"?

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17 April 2018

O Is For "Oloroso" {Odorous} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a different Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that through my head as I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>oloroso<< (odorous). And now for today's random thoughts:

1 - Boats can be stinky. It usually has something to do with the head (bathroom). We have a marine toilet on board. When we flush it, the waste goes into a holding tank, or, as I like to call it, the >>PPB<<. I'll let you see if you can figure that one out.

2 - If you live in an RV or on boat, this will be nothing new for you. But if you live on land, just take a minute to contemplate the thought of having your waste in a box near your bedroom. Gross, huh?

3 - Things can get smelly when the joker valve needs to be changed, the odor seeps through your hoses, or something goes terribly wrong with your holding tank.

4 - Did you know that they make air freshener which smells like vanilla frosting?

5 - If you haven't figured out what >>PPB<< stands for and/or want a little tour of our head and details on our waste management system, click here. You'll find more pictures there, like the one below.


Does your home/boat/RV ever stink? What do you do to get rid of the odor? Like the fishies hanging in our bathroom / head?

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16 April 2018

N Is For "Nadar" {To Swim} | A To Z Challenge


As part of my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a different Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>nadar<< (to swim). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - I used to love swimming as a child. My sister and I would spend every day in the pool during the summers.

2 - I still like swimming, but these days, I usually swim in the ocean where there are evil sea monsters like sharks and barracuda. I'd much rather have to just worry about whether I need to apply more sun screen, not whether something is going to bite me.

3 - One of the coolest places I've swum at was a blue hole in the Bahamas. It was so nice to cool off in a fresh water pool and not worry being a mid-afternoon snack for some creature.


Do you like swimming? Ever worry about something biting you? What's your favorite word that starts with "N"?

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14 April 2018

M Is for "Mástil" {Mast} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>mástil<< (mast). And here are some random thoughts:

1 - The mast on our boat is 40.66 feet / 12.4 meters tall, as measured from the deck to the top. One of my fears is being demasted and watching our mast and rigging crash into the water.

2 - When it comes to going under bridges, the number you really want to know is 46.35 feet / 14.1 meters, which is the height of the mast from the top down to the waterline. But this doesn't account for the various things we have attached at the top of our mast (wind indicator, antennas etc.). So we usually think of around 48 feet / 14.63 meters as our threshold. If a bridge is shorter than that, we don't go through.

3 - Our mast is deck-stepped, which means that it's attached to the deck. It's supported by a compression post which is attached to the keel. Some people would argue that keel-stepped masts (masts that go through the deck down to the keel) are better.

4 - This is a picture of our compression post. It's wrapped with cord to make it look pretty. The downside is that it gets all grimy and gross when people put their hands on it to keep their balance.


Do you know anyone who has ever been demasted? What's your favorite word that starts with "M"?

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13 April 2018

L Is For "Lijar" {To Sand} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm featuring a different Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>lijar<< (to sand). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - One of the things boat owners dread is sanding the bottom of their boat before reapplying anti-foul paint (a magical potion which keeps barnacles and the like from growing on the bottom). It's not exactly a fun job, especially when it's sweltering outside and you're wearing protective gear.

2 - The last time we did our bottom paint, I tried sanding the rudder. The electric sander weighs a ton and the vibration your hands is unbelievable. Fortunately, Scott came to the rescue and finished the job.

3 - This is a picture of our boat after we bought her - you can see the blue paint which has to be sanded down before you can put on anti-foul paint.

4 - Anti-foul paint is insanely expensive. The stuff on our boat costs around $300 a gallon.




Have you ever used an electric sander? What's your favorite word that starts with "L"?

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12 April 2018

K Is For "Kilogramo" {Kilogram} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>kilogramo<< (kilogram). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - Kilograms make me think of food shopping and cooking in New Zealand.

2 - Unlike us Yankees, they use the metric system. Such enlightened people. Americans of a certain age, will remember when we tried to go metric back in the 70s. It was  dismal failure. Although, we do buy soda pop in liter bottles. So there is that small victory.

3 - Kilograms were pretty easy to work with. When it came to shopping for meat, you just figure that two pounds of ground beef (or mince) equals roughly a kilogram.

4 - Now I'm thinking about cooking in New Zealand. That's how random my thought process is. That's a picture of our stove on our boat in New Zealand. No oven, although it did have a broiler which was handy for garlic toast. The other picture is of our provisions for one of our cruises. You'll note the Bombay Sapphire Gin (courtesy of duty-free at the airport) next to the coffee. Both indispensable items.




Do you use the metric system? What would you consider to be an indispensable provision if you were setting out for a cruise or trip? What's your favorite word that starts with K?

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11 April 2018

J Is For "Jefe" {Boss} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head as I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>jefe<< (boss). And now for today's random thoughts:

1 - I think >>jefe<< is one of those words that some people already know in Spanish. I'm pretty sure I had heard it before. Not sure where - maybe on Breaking Bad. I also learned >>hermanos<< (brothers) from watching it. Did you know there's a Spanish remake of Breaking Bad?

2 - Today's word reminds me of my time working in corporate la-la land. I had some great bosses. I also had one or two that were. . .perhaps it's best if I don't finish that thought.

3 - For the most part, I enjoyed working, but I have to say that I enjoy not working even more.

4 - It's so nice not to have to set an alarm every morning.






Any good work stories you want to share? Are you the boss at work and/or at home? What's your favorite word that starts with "J"?

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10 April 2018

I Is For "Impulsor" {Impeller} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>impulsor<< (impeller). And now for today's random thoughts:

1 - Some of you may already know what impellers are. For the rest of you, here's the official definition: "The rotating part of a centrifugal pump, compressor, or other machine designed to move a fluid by rotation."

2 - Pretty boring definition, huh? I prefer to think of an impeller as a whirligig. You know, like a pinwheel that you might have played with as a child.

3 - One of the places we buy boat parts from is Defender. For some reason, they mailed out a catalog. I can't remember the last time I bought something from a catalog. I do all my shopping online these days.

4 - The cover of the catalog looks inviting with its picture of a lighthouse. Once you open it though, you enter a world of rather dull descriptions, the occasional picture, and prices that will make your jaw drop.





Do you shop from catalogs? What's your favorite word that starts with "I"?

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09 April 2018

H Is For "Hágalo Usted Mismo" {DIY} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word (or really a phrase) is >>hagalo usted mismo<< (do-it-yourself). And now for today's random thoughts.

1 - If you're going to own a sailboat, being able to do boat projects yourself is essential. Unless, of course, you have a lot of money and can hire folks to do the work for you.

2 - Scott is really good at DIY projects. I'm not sure he enjoys all of them (as measured by the amount of swearing that goes on), but he's clever and has that sort of engineering mindset that can figure stuff out.

3 - I do some projects myself, but I'm often more of an assistant DIY-in-training type.

4 - Here are some pictures of some of the projects we've done - replacing the portlights, servicing the winches, dealing with the steering system, and installing a new controller for our solar panels.



Are you the DIY type? What's your favorite word that starts with "H"?

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07 April 2018

G Is For "Gato" {Cat} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word every day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>gato<< (cat). And here are some random thoughts:

1 - Yes, I'm a crazy cat lady. In fact, one of the few Spanish words I already knew was >>gato<<.

2 - You'd think that we'd have at least a dozen cats, given how often I talk about them on the blog. But, alas, we don't and there are no plans to get one. Finding room for a litter box on our sailboat isn't going to happen.

3 - I kind of went overboard with all of the cat pictures on today's post. Of course, if you're a crazy cat lady (or gent), you'll completely understand.

4 - If you want to see more of my Crazy Cat Lady blog posts, just click here.








Do you like cats? What's your favorite word that starts with "G"?

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