Tannenbaum.

[tah-nuh n-boum; English tan–uh n-boum] noun, plural Tannenbäume  [tah-nuh n-boi-muh] (Show IPA). English, Tannenbaums. German. a Christmas tree. It was a very Idahoey, wintery, Christmasy thing to do, so we poured hot dark coffee in thermoses, brought my last Cold Mountain into the cold mountains, and trudged through the snowy forest to find the perfect Tannenbaums. It was only $10 for a permit to go intoContinue reading “Tannenbaum.”

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.”

wafflestompers.

[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.”

renascent.

[ri-nas–uh nt, –ney-suh nt] adjective being reborn; springing again into being or vigor. The warmth of the first day of spring feels renascent and Pal can feel the vigor as much as I can. There’s a pep in his step that increases my pep exponentially. I shed layers maybe prematurely because the breeze is still cool. My skin soaks up the warmth ofContinue reading “renascent.”

commodious.

[kuh–moh-dee-uh s] adjective spacious and convenient. ample or adequate for a particular purpose. The cozy cabin is so comfortably not commodious. It’s convenient for me, because I’m little and I like not having to take too many steps to make coffee. Now I have a gigantic polar bear and when I look at him taking up an eighth of the wholeContinue reading “commodious.”