Birthdays, origins, and booby hatches


We celebrated my sister Natalie’s 27th birthday last night at my house (it actually was her birthday yesterday). She is one of three sisters that I love and adore and she has been a great support to me, most especially with Caden in the past few months. She is witty, unselfish, gracious, and unfailingly kind to others. She also is extremely creative, blessed with a great talent for improvisation and design (check out Logan’s monkey costume she made on her blog). I love her to death and am so proud to call her my sister and my friend.


After gorging ourselves on food, cake (homemade by Ryan, no less), and ice cream, we played an abbreviated albeit rousing round of “Origins”, a game Allison had given Natalie all around the origins of certain phrases like “dead as a doornail”, “black mail”, and “all and sundry”. Yes, that popular phrase “all and sundry” was so easy to decipher since we use it all the time. We became quite creative at coming up with our own origins, like the popular phrase “booby hatch” (you go ahead and let your mind wander there).

Perhaps you’d like to discover the origin of some other well known phrases such as “beat around the bush” or “put up your dukes” or the ever popular “son of a gun”? Check out more info here and impress your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, best friend’s third cousin once removed, and so forth. I’m done chewing the fat.


One comment

  1. Natalie · November 17, 2008

    Whoa, maybe I should have brought a comb. Nah! Thanks so much for the kind words and for the fun party and the yummy dinner!!! It was a great bday!

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