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Being Cold in a House Where Physics Don't Apply

January 3rd, 2002 - 2:14 a.m.

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Errr...I was going to write a diary entry, my third since I've return, and the third one this year (I think I've managed to do one every day so far), but I don't feel like it because I'm tired. Which means I'll probably be writing one anyway. Because I asked the question and I've already started this. But it's not going to be long...well, unless I get silly or something. Which isn't terribly likely to happen, but I suppose it could.

One of these nights (not tonight though b/c I'm already comfortably ensconced in my winter pajamas) I'm going to go outside and take some pictures of the stars. Just because I like stars and I can see so many more of them here. The moon was full yesterday or so too...I guess I won't be getting a picture of that. But it reminds me that the past two nights, well not last night, but the night before that and the night before that. Because those two nights the moon was orange. A harvest moon sort of thing...but in Dec./January, when there's no harvest to speak of. It was really odd. I don't know why it did that.

I really don't want to write much. I've already taken dictation on three other letters earlier, and then there was that e-mail I wrote last night for someone else too. All in all, too much writing. I haven't even really felt like working on my story. Well, not much anyway. I was hoping the hot chocolate would wake me up a bit (caffeine, sugar, chocolate, what more could I ask for?), but it doesn't seem to be having the desired effect and has only succeeded. However, speaking of being cold...

I don't know what's up with this house, but it's really quite strange. Besides the fact that my family turns the temperature in the house down to "Good grief I've become a popsicle" at night (60 degrees...brr!), there is also the weird contrary to physics abilities of this house. I mean, the normal behavior of heat is to rise, right? Well that's only true in this house durring the summer. In the summer when it's hot outside, it's hotter upstairs. And in winter when it's cold downstairs, or even warm downstairs, it's colder upstairs. It's really rather odd and I don't have the sligthest idea how to explain it.

A Penchant for Circuitousness

circuitous (adj. ser-KYOO-uh-tuss)

1 : having a circular or winding course

2 : not being forthright or direct in language or action

If you guessed that circuitous is related to circuit, you're right -- both words come from the Latin circuitus, the past participle of the verb circumire (or circuire), meaning to go around. Circumire is derived in turn from the Latin circum, meaning around. Other circum descendants making the rounds in English these days include circumference (the perimeter of a circle), circumvent (one meaning of which is to make a circuit around), circumlocution (the act of talking around a subject), and circumnavigate (to go around). There's also the prefix circum-, which means around or about, and the familiar word circumstance (from circumstare, meaning to stand around), which describes a condition or event that stands around another.

penchant (n. PEN-chunt)

: a strong and continued inclination; broadly : liking

Like its synonyms leaning, propensity, and proclivity, penchant implies a strong instinct or liking for something. But these four words, while similar, are also distinguished by subtle differences. Leaning usually suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable (a student with artistic leanings), whereas propensity tends to imply a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination (a propensity to offer advice). Proclivity frequently suggests a strong, natural proneness to something objectionable or evil (a proclivity for violence). Penchant, a descendant of Latin pendere (to weigh), typically implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object (a penchant for taking risks).

Well, that's it. Basically I just wanted to whine about how cold it was. I guess this is one indication that I'm actually home. Maybe I'll go to bed now. Not because I'm really all that tired, although I sort of am, but just because my bed has a lot of covers and I'll actually get to be warm. Friggers. I think I'm just going to wait until 15 minutes or so go by before I post this. Maybe. Enh. Or maybe not. I want to use this window for something else I think.



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