Monday, February 14, 2011

When Words Escape You

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have the house all to myself for the morning. The Hubster and Lily went off in search of an adventure worthy of a man and his beloved dog. I have the windows open, candle burning, music on and Dark Forest open.

I also have clogged sinuses. An infection crept in there on Wednesday night. Ugh. The problem? Words escape me. Common words. Well, maybe not entirely common but words that should come easy to me. I can think of the definitions (which really, should be the harder part), but the word escapes me. This has happened multiple times, throwing quite the kink in my morning session!

Normally, I can bounce things off The Hubster. This doesn't always work. At times it's like a bad comedy.

Me: Whats's that word?
Him: What word?
Me: You know, that word that...when someone doesn't miss anything?
Him: When someone doesn't miss anything?
Me: Do you know the word or are you just going to repeat what I say?
Him: Sharp.
Me: No.
Him: Smart.
Me: No.
Him: Ingenious?
Me: NO!
Him: Perceptive. Brainy. Slick. Acute.
Me: Astute!
Him: That means someone doesn't miss anything?
Me: No, but that was the word I was looking for.
Him: And you wanted me to help you find that word based on a definition NOT for that word?
Me: Shhhh. I'm trying to write.

Even if he was here, he might not be able to help me. This morning, I've turned to the internet. Google search has become my best friend. Goal for the morning: Three Chapters. Current Progress: One and a half. I might even smash through that goal and get past it by a few chapters. But not if I stay here writing posts all morning.

What about you - do words sometimes escape you? How do you find them? Chase them down and trap them in a butterfly net? Have a spouse or friend help you? Or do you Google like I've Googled?

Thank you everyone for your well wishes! I'm recovering quite well save for the nasty sinus infection that had nothing to do with that awful procedure!! I was very touched by everyone's comments!!


  1. So glad to hear you're doing ok, sinus infection notwithstanding. And I have had countless conversations like the one you had with your husband--I hate when you can't think of a word or a person's name!

  2. Sounds like a conversation between me and my wife, only she's the one trying to think up the right word to say.

  3. I love the interaction between you and your husband! It's great!

    Oh Google! The savior of all saviors!

    Sometimes words escapes me... and then I never find them. I use something else and generally find the right word months later :P

    Wow one and a half already! Keep up the great work.

    Hope you feel better!

  4. Most awesome dialogue ever. Cracked me up!

    Hope you're doing okay. Was thinking of you all weekend!

  5. Hahaha! You two do the same thing I do with Shane!! Glad you're doing all right! Hope you feel better faster though! See you in a few hours!

  6. I'm still laughing!!!! Yeah, I can totally relate and it drives my husband bonkers :)

    I hope your sinuses get all better quickly. Ugh, no fun.

    Happy Valentine's Day :)

  7. Glad to hear you are better! Hopefully that sinus infection will pass very soon so you're 100% again.

    I'm totally with you - nothing's worse than knowing the word, right on the tip of your mind, but for the life of you you can't think of it. I usually pull out the e-thesaurus and just start trolling through, hoping it will show up! :) Great dialogue too, by the way.

  8. Hope you keep getting better!

    Words escape me all the time! My students laugh when I make up names for things :)