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D for Dog?

danishSandy from You’ve Gotta Read This gives me a letter D for the alphabet meme. After some very substantial posts on heavy literature, I don’t think you’ll mind reading the ten things I love that begin with this letter. Regular program will resume tomorrow. Maybe you’ve got some clues already.

1. Dostoevsky. This is totally fate that I get the letter D. My dissertation based on some of his most defining works of literature. I like how Dostoevsky does not allow us our usual rational or sentimental evasions in his works.

george342. Dogs. Dalmatian, labrador, golden retriever, foxhound or mutts, I like them all. I like their silent company and loyalty. Picture is my lab George. He’s three now.

3. Disco sound. This one might be a bit surprising to you all. Can you imagine a bookworm grooving in disco sound? Musical influences include funk and soul music. I like the soaring, often reverberated vocals over a steady “four-on-the-floor” beat.

4. Dictionary. Dictionary has been my lifetime companion. Although I don’t look up the dictionary as much as when I was in school, I still treasure it on my shelf.

5. Danish butter cookies. Along with ice cream and chocolate, they are the number one enemies to my weight-loss diet. My favorite is Royal Dansk in a round blue tin.

6. Dumbbell. This one might also belong to six weird things about me. I keep free-weights at work for quick exercises.

7. Dawn. I’m an early bird. Dawn is my favorite time of the day when my mind is clear and that I can be most productive in reading and writing.

8. Déjà vu. I experienced fits of déjà vu before I knew its name. I delight in the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously.

9. Down jacket. Perfect for a cold and wet winter day. So light and snuggly.

10. Doe Library. Usually known as the Doe Stack among students, the main library on campus has been my hideout over the years when I crammed for exams. I wondered how many pages I have read there?

Okay, this surely takes longer than I thought. I need to doze off for a bit now.


35 Responses

  1. I liked this list. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent a lot of time at Doe myself — or maybe it’s just that each of your D’s is so interesting. (I think having free weights at work is a very, very good idea, by the way.) Sweet dreams.

  2. Fun observations!

  3. George is lovely

    You should randomly read an entry of a dictionary every day as you are studying Chinese. It helps 🙂

  4. Very clever, Matthew. I love the list. I’m a dog person, too. And I don’t know what I would ever do without the dictionary.

  5. I didn’t know you had a dog-he’s so cute! 🙂 I have a Russian-English, a French-English, and an all French dictionary. But I do have an English one? Shamefully, no.

  6. Your dog’s so cute! I will own a dog one day once I’ve moved into a pet friendly place. And Royal Dansk are classics. Mmm.

  7. I love dogs, too. All I have to do is talk to her and she’ll wag her tail.

  8. Decent job on Dreaming up D words.

    I’m with you on dogs, Danish butter cookies, dictionary, dawn (well pre-dawn sometimes), and dumbbells!

    George looks so sweet!

    This was such a fun meme.

  9. This was a good way to lighten things up a bit! I also love Danish butter cookies. Yummy.

  10. It is good to do posts that are fluffy and fun…you have a great list. I just melt when I see labs. We had one that was like our first child and had to put her down five years ago. I haven’t quite gotten over it enough to get another! These memes are a great way to get a peek inside the mind of other bloggers. Thanks for playing!

  11. George is such a cutie! Your light posts are just as thoughtful. I’m with you on dogs, dumbbell, disco, and if I’m in the right mood, Dostoevsky! 🙂

  12. I love dictionaries too..when a student asks me how to spell a word I tell them “d-i-c-t-i–o-n-a-r-y” Love your dogs face and the thought of Danish butter cookies with coffee sounds heavenly.

  13. Job well done! Everyone is saying this exercise is trickier than it looks at first glance. But anyone that can pair Dostoevsky with disco so well obviously has undetected super powers. Thanks for the fun.

  14. bloglily:
    I’m fairly good at multi-tasking, like lifting free weights and reading papers in the office! 🙂

  15. Isabel:
    This meme is very fun, very different from the others. Takes a lot of thoughts though.

  16. Wordy:
    I have been checking out the Chinese dictionary, but not studying it. I should, especially with the usage. 🙂

  17. Christopher:
    Now I use the online Merriam-Webster dictionary so convenient that definition is just a click on the tool bar. 🙂

  18. Eva:
    really? That’s very surprising. I have the Oxford English-Chinese dictionary and Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Wordy, my friend who has left a comment above, is one of the editors of the latest edition of Oxford English-Chinese Dictionary.

  19. Mae:
    When I was a kid my favorite holiday was Chinese New year because relatives and friends of my parents would come visit with Royal Dansk cookies in these big blue tins!

  20. bermudaonion:
    I know what you mean! George can read me and he knows exactly when is the right time for anything. His favorite words are probably biscuit and play. 🙂

  21. Beth F:
    I wake up to pitch darkness in the morning. The dog would get up as soon as I turn the sheet over. I get ready and head out to my favorite coffee shop to read over coffee. 🙂

  22. Rebecca:
    I like these memes because I can have a peek in life of bloggers other than reading. 🙂

  23. 董橋said that dictionary is like someone’s wife or husband. You have it for your whole life and keep it home but you don’t read it all the time. 😀

    I like dawn too. It’s the best time to read.

  24. Sandy:
    I used to envy lab owners because I can never leave them alone without patting them on the street. Then came all these younger puppies who are trained to be guide dogs. I decided to have one because lab is just the smartest and most friendly dog.

  25. Rob:
    Steinback is soooooo cute! He and George are cousins! 🙂

  26. John:
    You need to be in the right mood for Dostoevsky, but never for George! 🙂

  27. Staci:
    I always encourage kids to look up words on the dictionary, if they cannot figure out the meanings from context. It’s great learning process.

  28. Frances:
    Thank you! The meme does take more time and effort than I have anticipated. I’m glad you enjoy the answers. 🙂

  29. Readandeat:
    So clothes are like parents, and now dictionary is spouse. 🙂

  30. How fun and hey I love disco sounds too 🙂
    George is so cute. I’ve always wanted a dog, especially a lab. They just seem so warm and friendly.

  31. iliana:
    I have set my heart on a lab since I was a teenager. They all seem so friendly and happy. I remember walking past a coffee shop when I first moved to this neighborhood. On weekend there were at least three yellow labs sitting outside and I could never them apart from one another! 🙂

  32. Darn, you did so well with “D”!! lol I really enjoyed your answers, especially that you included chocolate among your foods (sly hidden amongst the butter cookies)! 🙂 That, deja vu (and I keep experiencing it even as I grow older) and dawn…..you’re right, my brain is clearer then. Lovely answers!

  33. Susan:
    That’s a very fun and though-provoking meme. It certainly set my mind to work. I was trying to make that list of 10 things while I was at work. 🙂

  34. I like your writings. Simple to read but inspiring. I have bookmarked your site so I can read more later when I need some inspiration. My Best Regards : )

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