or (especially British) accoutrement [uh–koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-] noun personal clothing, accessories, etc. the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier. I loaded up Sangria Kia with accouterment galore, including wool base layers, bamboo leggings, my coffee maker, and hats full of buttons. I put an “Asheville” sticker on Sangria’s dupa and she seemed to be glowing, knowing an adventure was on the horizon. There’s not much IContinue reading “accouterment.”


[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.”


[ten-der-foo t] noun, plural tenderfoots, tenderfeet [ten-der-feet]  1. a raw, inexperienced person; novice. 2. a newcomer to the ranching and mining regions of the western U.S., unused to hardships. Idaho was covered in mountains which were covered in evergreens which were covered in snow. It looked like Narnia from the comfort of my heated Kia. We stayed inContinue reading “tenderfoot.”

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[suhd-zer] noun, Informal. a soap opera. any movie, play, or the like that is designed to provoke a tearful response. This is not a sudser, it is a reason for my absence. I cannot look at a computer for more than twenty minutes without a stupid amount of eye pain for the rest of the day. I also have an appealing formation on my eye, and have for a while,Continue reading “sudser.”


[siz–uh m, skiz-] noun division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties. the parties so formed. Ecclesiastical. Isn’t it funny to see someone nonchalantly feed the seagulls? As a Florida kid, I heard “Do not feed the seagulls! You must never feed the seagulls!” over and over growing up. Seagulls will not leave you alone. They beg and get aggressive and really squelch a relaxing time atContinue reading “schism.”


[loh-gee] adjective, logier, logiest. lacking physical or mental energy or vitality; sluggish; dull; lethargic. I have had a logy heaviness lately. I think it started in Denver due to allergies and traffic and what was left of my energy faded away with every mile on the drive to Oklahoma City. My stay there was lovely, though I wish I had been more entertaining to myContinue reading “logy.”


[baf–uh l-gab] noun, Slang. confusing or generally unintelligible jargon; gobbledegook. I have fallen in love. He’s sensitive, snuggly, and so unbelievably cute, I can’t even describe it. He loves me back, I don’t have any doubt. He does only speak in bafflegab and gobbledegook, because he’s 18 days old. His name is Holden Pearce and when he falls asleep on my chest,Continue reading “bafflegab.”


[rap-sod-ik] adjective extravagantly enthusiastic; ecstatic. pertaining to, characteristic of, or of the nature or form of rhapsody. While driving through the Smoky Mountains to get to Asheville, green overwhelmed me until I was utterly rhapsodic. There were so many different shades, I took my sunglasses off to make sure I was seeing it right. Highlighter green, deep kale green, Ninja Turtle green–it was overwhelming compared to the everContinue reading “rhapsodic.”


[French sahn–frwa] noun coolness of mind; calmness; composure: An hour ago, I applied to be one of Backpacker Magazine’s National Park Scouts. I’d travel around for a year to find adventure, test out new gear, meet folks visiting the parks, and then write about it. I was allotted 100 words to convince the hiring team that I’m their gal, thatContinue reading “sang-froid.”