hoi polloi.

[hoi puh–loi] plural noun the common people; the masses (often preceded by the). Sometimes it’s nice to embrace being one of the hoi polloi. It’s easier at times to just blend in, to put your earphones in and keep quiet while in an airport or on a plane. Flying is full of ups and downs. For me, not just geographically but emotionally, too, especially ifContinue reading “hoi polloi.”


[wof–uh l-stom-perz] Plural noun ankle boots with ridged soles, used especially for hiking. I feel very lucky to now have many people in my life who will strap on their wafflestompers and go on an adventure with me and my polar bear. About halfway through the hike, they start brainstorming about what they want for brunch. Waffles hopefully. Some place where breakfast is servedContinue reading “wafflestompers.”


[krahy-oh-fil-ik] adjective preferring or thriving at low temperatures. When talking about plans for tomorrow, I said to a friend, “Oh tomorrow afternoon will be 24 degrees, so that’s not bad.” He said, “Imagine if your Florida friends heard you say that.” “Ha! Good point. And I really mean it, 24 isn’t bad.” Am I cryophilic Idahoan? Nah. I wouldn’t say IContinue reading “cryophilic.”


[kyoo-pid-i-tee] noun eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. My favorite things lately are the opposite of cupidity.  For instance, I realized I can plug my vacuum in in the living room and the cord reaches the kitchen and every inch of the bedroom. My new life goal is to always live in a place small enough for this toContinue reading “cupidity.”


[kvel] verb (used without object), Slang. to be extraordinarily pleased; especially, to be bursting with pride, as over one’s family. I think this photo says it all, but I do have to kvell a bit tonight. My twin brother had a baby (hadababyitsaboy…remember that brilliant commercial? John didn’t make a collect call to let us know about Jack, we got to meet him that amazing day in June.) Now he’sContinue reading “kvell.”


[fluhm-uh–did-l] noun 1. utter nonsense. 2. worthless frills. The moving process can be refreshing. Getting rid of all the excess that I’ve accumulated over the years makes me feel lighter. So the past few nights, I’ve been going through the flumadiddle. I have trolls made out of pine cones by my alumna friend in Ireland. I haveContinue reading “flumadiddle.”


[pahy-bawld] adjective 1. having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored. noun 2. a piebald animal, especially a horse. It’s amazing how being around people you’re not usually around can expand your horizons. Recently, I looked out at the horizon with visitors from Oregon. We went on a walk in the woods (it’s hardContinue reading “piebald.”


[sting-kuh-roo, sting-kuh-roo] noun, plural stinkaroos. Slang. 1. something markedly inferior in quality. In my humble opinion: Superior: Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” Stinkaroo: Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” (still better than no Wheelin’ at all) —————————————————————————————————- Superior: People who pick up trash they see on sidewalks Stinkaroo: People who leave trash on sidewalks —————————————————————————————————- Superior: Frenchy’s RockawayContinue reading “stinkaroo.”