prima facie.

[prahy-muh fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree-] adverb at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.   Prima facie, I saw the father and his little blonde daughter on a dinner date and I smiled too big to be in the middle of the crazy Friday night rush. My smile didn’t fade as I greeted them, because she was polite and darling and he was proud and attentive.Continue reading “prima facie.”

cynosure.

[sahy-nuh-shoo r, sin–uh-] noun something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc. Where have we been?! I’m sorry, reader, we’ve been out frolicking through fields of wildflowers, popping Zyrtec, fishing with a handsome boy, and slinging a lot of prime rib. These are not sufficient reasons to stop writing; I’m happy to report that PalContinue reading “cynosure.”

afterglow. 

noun [af-ter-gloh]  the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.  I am so unbelievably thankful that I got a week off to meet my niece and see the rest of my family during the busiest time at the saloon (seriously, thank you, Marcia and Amy!) I couldn’t have enjoyed it any more than I did. Baby Hannah is as precious asContinue reading “afterglow. “

footloose.

[foo t-loos] adjective free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities. Sometimes it’s 18 degrees but you have to walk the dog anyway after a long night of waiting tables. Sometimes you try to rush it and jog a bit and fall on the ice. But then sometimes you see ten bright shooting stars within ten minutes. You run back inside, pour someContinue reading “footloose.”

razzle-dazzle.

[raz–uh l-daz–uh l] noun, Informal. showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality. Customer service. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to smile and to wait on people and to get one more side of sour cream. Sour moods are hard to sweeten. I needed a night off. I needed a night to sit by the fire with Pal and Taylor Swift’s newContinue reading “razzle-dazzle.”