Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Word Wednesday- Shenanigans

While I was sorting through my list of words that I've been compiling, I thought I would have a really hard time choosing one today. A LOT of "stuff" has been going on around here and emotions are running high, so many of the words applied. But, actually, the first one that I landed on, "shenanigans"  fit the bill perfectly. Once again, it's a word with mixed meanings.

shenanigans  plural of she·nan·i·gans (Noun)

  1. Secret or dishonest activity or maneuvering.
  2. Silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief
*from Merriam Webster free online dictionary

Again, the meaning could be good or it could be bad.

Honestly, I don't want anything to do with the bad "shenanigans", referred to in definition #1. Coincidentally, the "stuff" that has been going on around here revolves around someone pulling the bad type of "shenanigans" on us.  Not fun AT ALL.

No, I want the fun kind of shenanigans referred to in definition #2. Those who know me well, know that "shenanigans" are not typically part of my everyday activity. (Yeah, I can be pretty boring!) But right about now, I really think I need some silliness and high-spirited behavior. Not so much "mischief", because the thought of "getting in trouble" really freaks me out. Just some general, light-hearted, worry-free, guilt-free (that's a biggie for me!) goofiness. In the past, that would require time spent with my kids (really the only people who ever see me or have seen me act silly). But now I have my little Peanut. He'll be here overnight on Friday, so I think some shenanigans are in order. The good kind, of course!
After that, maybe some vacation shenanigans! Oh, my. That sounds so nice!

As a final thought on "shenanigans", the best use of the word, in my opinion,  was in the movie Juno, when Juno says "Nah... I mean, I'm already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?"

 As Little Man would say, "Classic!"

I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday. I'll leave you with some pics of some of the things that were making me merry on Monday; then, again, on Tuesday; and wouldn't you know it, they are still making me merry today!

Finally getting to see the "new" stadium (I believe it was finished in 2006).  I'm not a huge baseball fan, though, so the St. Louis skyline was getting much more of my attention!

Being able to watch my daughter be a mother. She's a natural and SO good at it.*photo by S. Woehlke
Getting a kick out of Peanut walking beside his stroller for almost five straight hours at the zoo, watching the wheels go around. This was more thrilling to him than the animals!*photo by C. Woehlke
Having former students stop by with their kids and leaving me with a souvenir from their visit :)

And watching Little Man thrive during his last year of high school. So proud!*photo by C. Woehlke

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