Archive for March, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I video-called my brother and niece.

I was sitting on my couch with my webcam (oh-er) and skype-ing with my brother and Natalie who were thousands of miles away in Boston. 

It was amazing.  It was unbelievable.  And it was free.

The most amazing thing of all? 

My niece likes to play peek-a-boo.

I was so happy to have seen her and talked to her that I smiled for about an hour.

Until I remembered that she’s thousands of miles away – and then I got very sad.

But, nevermind that.  She’s amazing and she’s adorable and she played peek-a-boo with me over the ocean.  It was fantastic.

So my task is to get every one of my friends Stateside to get one of these webcams (oh-er) and we’ll video call each other and totally rock out.



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a as in cat

Land Engineering.


lænd Ÿ en-juhneer-ing


In case you didn’t catch that – or are unfamiliar with phonetic symbols, the æ in lænd means that the “a” in land should be pronounced like the “a” in cat.


And the bold letters in engineering mean the stress of the word should fall on the third syllable. 


Why am I writing a post about this?  Because at work at the moment I am chasing up sub-contractors insurances which are about to expire so I am spending a lot of my mornings calling companies, explaining who I am and where I am calling from, and requesting updated insurance information from them.


The conversation usually goes something like this:


“Hi there, my name is Allison and I am calling from Land Engineering. We have you on our approved sub-contractors database…” etc.


And the next question is “Sorry, you’re calling from Lynn Engineering? I’ve never heard of Lynn Engineering!”, or “Lend Engineering?”


So I asked Katie, who I work beside, whether I was pronouncing Land Engineering wrong.  And the answer is? YES.


Now it is a big talking point at the office. Is it my “L”?  Is it the way I pronounce the “a”?  Or is my “nd” too soft?  Whichever way they decide they know for certain that I am not saying it correctly.


So I am trying to pronounce it correctly from now on.  We’ll have to have a daily workshop, I think.


Either that or I’ll have to get a job somewhere else…




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