Life, Pets

Friday 5 and Happy Birthday Murphy

January 15, 2021

Today this noble knob turns 4.

murphy on the bed with piles of folded laundry
I used to have a no dogs on the bed rule.

In his 4th year, Murphy learned compassion. If one of us is sick or blue, Murphy is RIGHT THERE. Lying on top of our chests when we’re burning with fever. Licking our faces as we sit on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night. Snorfling close if we’re sad.

Murphy loves: Ollie, us, fresh tomatoes, tiny animals, chicken nuggets, my mother, cold coffee, clean laundry, and the TV program Vikings.
Murphy hates: His own farts, strangers, noises, not being with us, hot coffee, dirty laundry, and when we stand with our hands on our hips.

He has very big feelings about everything and is extremely active and ON. And as Ollie sleeps longer and deeper every day, maybe year 4 is also when Murphy will learn to be a big brother to another dog who can match his energy level.

(remembers Murphy as a puppy)

Or maybe not.

Friday 5 time! This week’s theme is Groovy, rad, lit.

the word JAWN, styled like the Wawa convenience store logo
A teeshirt design by
  1. Which slang term from your youth, no longer in common use, do you remember fondly?
    Grody! It’s such a great substitute for disgusting because it has elements of “gross” and “odor” in it. I also fondly remember the word dope, which was another word for cool.
  2. What slang do you still use, ‘though it’s no longer in common use?
    I still say cool beans, even though I don’t hear it anymore, and “cool” is such a tepid word on its own.
  3. Which current (or sorta recent) slang terms do you particularly like?
    I love the word yeet which can either mean ‘to throw’ or just be an expression of joy. Yeet!
  4. Which slang terms, past or present, do you especially dislike?
    Tribe when it’s not being used in the traditional way. I read a lot of “I found my tribe!” online when really, they found some people with the same interests. Tribe means a lot more than just “my girls!”
  5. What slang terms are specific to your geographical region?
    Jawn, which here in the Philadelphia region can be a replacement for any noun. I blog up in this jawn a few times a week. Check out this jawn!

This weekend we’re taking Christmas down FOR REAL. And planning the garden FOR REAL. (last week I was vaguely overwhelmed) I’m planning on making a King Cake and sinking deeper into Children of Blood and Bone. I guess we’re at the point now where any book featuring young people is YA?

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  • Nadine January 15, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Hmm maybe I shouldn’t be saying cool around my daughter? She uses it a lot now. I forget how uncool I am. Maybe she can bring some of these words back! I definitely remember grody. I used to say “my bad” a lot, and still do. I have never heard yeet. I hate “tribe” as well. I am not cool enough to know what half the words mean kids say these days. I need to hang around my nieces and nephews more haha.

  • scrivener January 18, 2021 at 4:28 am

    I still use “grody” and “gag me” all the time, which is funny because I didn’t them much at all in the val-speak era. I don’t know how it happened, but grody has recently come back strong in my lexicon. I just suddenly started using it again a couple of years ago. It’s a perfect word!