Ten.

Well, I promised I would do my best to actually use my blog more often so here’s a life-update post!

There will hopefully be an accompanying YouTube video, but we’ll see. If you happen to follow my blog and are interested in following my YouTube channel as well, you can go here: http://www.youtube.com/user/RitaK214

So what have I been up to?

Well, school started just over two weeks ago, on September 6th. Being back in school full-time kind of sucks compared to working in the summer. I like my job a lot more than school work because real jobs don’t give you pointless homework. (Save your comments about certain jobs which do, in fact, require employees to take work home… Teachers have to grade (but they assigned it in the first place) and people often can’t finish in the office, ok I get it, but it’s not as pointless as reading things I’ll never need to know except to pass an exam.)

Since I’m back in school full-time I’ll be much busier and I won’t be able to waste as much time as before writing for my own pleasure or making videos for YouTube but I’ll keep trying – especially if something interesting happens.

A quick comment on school, second year of Journalism is much more interesting and exciting than first year – which was very much just about theory.

Anyway, last week we had an assignment to “cover something” which isn’t very specific and doesn’t give much direction. I decided to cover an event called FPA Reads (put on by the Faculty of Public Affairs) which was a faulty-wide, book-club kind of thing. They had three events, although I didn’t know about the first one – but I was told it wasn’t actually directly related. Anyway, on Sept 12th, Carleton students could go to the Mayfair theater to watch a free screening of the movie adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 (the inaugural title for the Reads program) and last week, on Sept 19th there was a panel discussion.

Four different professors came together to facilitate a discussion and the whole thing was moderated by CBC’s Evan Solomon (I’m a bit of a fangirl!). At any rate, the event was excellent, maybe I’ll post the audio sometime. But the best part of the whole thing was that I MET EVAN SOLOMON!

It was very exciting and I was terribly nervous. As mentioned, I’m a bit of a fangirl so I found it kind of hard to contain myself when I was introduced to him. I got his email address though and we were supposed to meet to have coffee and so I could interview him but then I lost my voice – but more on that later.

Anyway, that was a pretty big thing for me. And this is the first article I’m writing, and obviously the first interviews I’m doing too, so the whole process was kind of scary and now I have to go through over 3 hours of audio to get verbatim quotes for the article 😛

In news unrelated to school, last week we had our kitchen renovated. At some point, I’ll try to add some photos but let me just say, not having a kitchen for a week is very difficult but so worth it. It looks beautiful now!

So back  to that comment about losing my voice. Yep, I have laryngitis at the moment. Thankfully, it started on Friday night, AFTER I finished my interviews. The worst part about not being able to talk right now though is that I can’t sing along with Newton Faulkner. If you don’t know who that is, he’s my favorite artist… and you should feel bad for not knowing who he is because he’s incredibly talented. He has a super fantastic voice and he’s just wonderful so go to YouTube and listen to him right now and fall in love with him!

Fun Fact: The first song of his that I ever heard was actually his cover of Teardrop and I don’t know how I stumbled onto it because, even though everyone in the comments was saying, “This is the House theme song,” I had no idea.

Anyway, Newton Faulkner, go now!

 

**Update: My voice is kind of back now, it still sounds silly but most of the sounds I attempt actually come out. Sometimes my voice cuts out in the middle of words and that’s weird and talking makes me cough a lot and that hurts. So I went to the doctor today and she said it’s bronchitis. She took a swab to rule out strep throat to be sure that’s not what I have, but she didn’t think so. I almost wish it was strep throat so that I could take some medicine and get rid of it because you can’t do anything about bronchitis. “You just have to let it run its course.” But actually the worst part is that the constant coughing – which the doctor said would last for weeks – is incredibly painful! I have a weird medical condition in my head where I have constant pain, either a migraine or a headache, and this coughing is seriously not helping.

So now I can sing along with Newton Faulkner (because his music comforts me on late nights when I’m doing a lot of homework), but I sound worse than usual and then I cough a lot and that hurts really badly…

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Nine.

Well, I haven’t posted anything in a while so I thought I could do a personal post tonight (since I always seem to remember these things at night). For about ten years now, I’ve been working with kids and for probably eleven years, I’ve been thinking of names for my own future children. Most people will call me crazy (especially since I’m only nineteen) but I’ve always thought having a plan, albeit a flexible, imperfect one, is a good idea.

Anyway, to get to the point – although I’m not entirely sure there is too much of a point to make here – I’ve always fantasized about having a big family with five or six kids all of whom would have Biblical names of Hebrew origin. That’s a pretty tough call to make for different reasons.

There are very few pretty girls names that fit my criteria. I even have an extra name which is of Persian origin rather than Hebrew. But with boys, the opposite is true. I have so many beautiful boys’ names but many of them don’t fit together. As it stands right now, I have a list of thirteen female names and twenty-two male names. As an added challenge I an attached to too many names to let them go, but since I don’t want more than seven kids I decided to give each child two middle names.

(This also means that if they don’t like their first name, they can choose another name to go by in everyday life.)

There are also rules to follow. I’m an avid YouTube watcher/follower/subscriber and one of my favorite YouTubers, AnastasiaRuby, devotes her channel to baby names. She outlined some rules for making middle names which I agree with for the most part. You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EsMmDrTQiw&feature=plcp but if you would rather not, here are the tips (because there can be no real hard-and-fast “rules” in baby naming):

(This is Stephanie’s Order by the way – not my order of importance/application)

1. Different Syllables. Many last names have two syllables so Miss Stephanie suggests having, for example, a three syllable first name and a one syllable middle name – or vice versa – making the syllable scheme: 3-1-2/1-3-2

This is a HUGE problem for me because so many favorite names have two syllables. That being said, I personally don’t think this is the most important rule because three of the combos I made had a first name and two middle names all with either two or three syllables, and they actually sound fine if not really nice.

As an added comment on the rule, I preferred the 3-1-2 combination because (and this might have been the specific name choices) something sounded  a bit off with the Cole Xavier Thompson example. (I like Elliott Cole much better)

2. No Run-Ins or A-As

This rule is a yes and no for me. It makes a lot of sense and it’s definitely a huge consideration but I’ve run into quite a few exceptions. The two no-no examples Stephanie gave were Connor Robert and Angelina Adele. Connor Robert doesn’t actually sound that bad. It’s not the greatest name, but if both names are special to the family or just the parents, I think it’s perfectly acceptable and definitely preferable to Robert Connor which, to me, sounds worse. (Stephanie also commented that these name don’t follow the syllable rule.)

Major run-ins are much worse though. I don’t want to reveal my names list yet but I have a lot of A sounds as well as some two or even three-letter combos that could have been repeated and they sounded bad. More on this when I apply the rules to my favorite names.

3. No Phrases/Two-Word Names

I agree with this rule but I also don’t have to worry about it because it doesn’t apply to me. The example Stephanie gave was Scarlett Raine (spellings may vary). Stephanie is totally right, if I heard that name I would think of red rain falling from the sky – perhaps even blood falling instead of rain. She also mentioned Liberty Opal which does kind of conjure up an image of some special opal (the precious stone) that is for reason associated with liberty… You wouldn’t name your child Liberty Statue.

Anyway, none of my names are words so this rule didn’t apply in my choice-making, but I do agree with it.

4. Consider the Initials

This is pretty important. If, like me, you are considering giving your child two middle names, this is especially important because you can accidentally make so many words out of four initials. I also read somewhere that kids with initials that spell a positive word are more successful – I doubt this is true but perhaps if your initials spelled W. I. N. or L. U. C. K. you would want to live up to them. It was probably just a coincidence.

I met a guy in university whose name was Wesley Ethan Solomon. Other rules aside, his initials spelled W. E. S. which is also a common nickname for Wesley so I thought that was pretty ingenious.

5. Same Ending Sounds

This is another HUGE problem for me because so many good names end with an A sounds or an N sound. The example Stephanie gave was Cara Aurora which truthfully doesn’t flow well but what do you do if your other top choices ALSO ended with an A sound (or in this case another RA sound)?

This rule I feel also has many exceptions though, so if you’re trying to name your baby, actually test out the name before just discarding it based on the rules.

It is at this point in the blog post, when I have over 900 words, that I wish I had images to break up the text. I don’t though. Sorry.

Now then, I suppose I should list the names I like…

In no particular order here are my favorite names, ladies first:

Naomi

Eve

Zipporah

Rachel

Elizabeth

Anna

Rebekah

Ruth

Hannah

Susannah

Abigail

Miriam

Esther

Boys:

Aaron

Asher

Benjamin

Kenan

Ethan

Reuben

Jonathan

Levi

Eli

Gideon

Gabriel

Isaac

David

Michael

Abraham

Seth

Joshua

Simon

Noah

Caleb

Adam

Malachi

I wrote out all the names on individual slips of paper and tried to piece them together, [somewhat] applying the rules as I went along. Without going into the full process of how I came up with them, this is my current list of name combinations:

Naomi Eve Elizabeth (Eve Elizabeth has that repeating letter but it doesn’t seem to run together)

Rebekah Rachel Anna (Rachel and Anna both have two syllables; Also Rebekah and Anna end in the A sound but maybe it’s forgivable because they’re not next to each other)

Zipporah Ruth Abigail

Aaron Seth Jonathan

Asher Reuben Michael (All two syllables; Asher ends with R, Reuben starts with R)

Benjamin Joshua Abraham (All three syllables)

David Kenan Levi (All two syllables – but this is almost like an extra name anyway since I don’t actually want seven children but if I had six, four boys and two girls is an acceptable, but not preferred, combination… not that gender is something controllable)

Some of the problems I ran into were things like Rachel Elizabeth because of the repeated EL or the even more egregious Reuben Benjamin which I can only imagine would result in the name BenBen. I also had many names which ended in N sounds, although there was some variation in terms of AN, EN, IN and ON.

At any rate, the biggest problem of all is that I don’t have a boyfriend, therefore no prospective husband and therefore no prospective last name for my future children. The name I’ve been using is a really tough one (especially for my chosen group of names) because it starts with an A, ends with an AN and has three syllables. But it’s unlikely I’ll end up marrying this guy anyway – and yes I know having a crush like this is very school-girl-aged behavior but I can’t help it.

So that’s probably my current list but I have other lists which I could also use and all of this is so theoretical anyway that it probably doesn’t even matter. (If you want, I could share those lists too – just let me know in the comments.)

Sometimes even I think I take things too seriously.