Monday, March 24, 2008

Words Get in the Way

I have to start this post with a Birthday shout out to several people --

Happy YesterBirthday Borba!
Happy Today Birthday to Grandad and Britt!
And an early Happy Birthday to Mamabel!

(Note on Mamabel: that wonderfully stubborn woman will be 89 on Wednesday. I spoke to her on the phone today and she is doing remarkably well. She decided that she would never get her strength back if she doesn't get out of the bed once in a while so she was sitting in the room with my mom waiting to fold some laundry. How crazy is that? She even talked about how she wants to play with the kids when we come home to visit this summer. Quite a jump from when Amie gets here I'm checkin' out, huh? The hospice nurse has said that if she continues doing this well, they will reevaluate her and may have to take her hospital bed away. Aw, bummer. ;-) )

Okay back to our Words Get in the Way title--

Some people count sheep to get to sleep. My brain creates silly word games which actually don't help me sleep at all since once it starts I have a hard time turning it off.

You are familiar with idioms, yes? Well, I have a tendency to inadvertently confuse my idioms and sometimes combine idioms that are similar into longer idioms which may or may not make sense. And it was one of my late night-brain cell wasting-idiom confused moments which prompted this post which prompted this...

doot, doo, doot


That's right. It's our first ever, true to life, real prize awarded blog contest.

Here's the challenge: Come up with the most creative, funny, or interesting mixed idiom and submit it in the comments section of this post. (A tutorial/reminder of how to do that is below.) Here are a few of my own examples to get your juices going. And don't go whining that I stole all the best ones. There are plenty out there.

Don't count your chickens before you put all your eggs in one basket.

When hell freezes over my dead body.

People in glass houses shouldn't throw in the towel.

That's the pot calling the kettle the black sheep of the family.

Now that you've got the idea; you will be playing for a
$10 Barnes and Noble gift certificate

Myself and a distinguished panel of non-biased judges (okay, it's just Tim) will choose and post the winner on Wednesday. You have two days to get your idioms posted!

Go ahead --give it a shot in the dark! :o)

To post a comment, click on the comments link at the base of this post. Type your comment in the space provided. IF you have a google account, simply sign in where indicated and press "publish comment." IF you do NOT have a google account, you MUST sign in as something. Choose anonymous and then press "publish comment" but be sure to include your name in your text or I won't know who you are. Also, NOTE that comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. If you have any trouble you can email your idioms to me at


p rosenberg said...

If I knew you were coming I'd a baked a cake walk

nancy said...

great contest. Now all of us can stay up all night thinking too!!
Got one for now. Will keep thinking.
"Don't try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs in your face."
That first part really is an idom.:)

nancy said...

Another one. not so great but it's a start.
"Pull the plug straight from the horse's mouth."

nancy said...

ok another one
"A leapard can't change his spots till the cows come home"

The Sexton Crew said...

Uh, okay Nancy...maybe we should have limited the number of entries. Don't you have a job?


Troy & Tara Livesay Family said...

Tara begged me to enter this contest -

While she's off galavanting around the old oak tree I'm stuck down here with my hands full of everything from soup to nuts and bolts out of the blue moon.

Like I have time for this.

The Sexton Crew said...


We appreciate your participation and subservience to your wife. :)

Tara Livesay wife of a super funny guy said...

Oh Troy -

you make my heart melt -- or you make my heart walk on egg shells or kill two birds with one blog comment --- you love me, you really love me.

nancy said...

OK I told you this would keep me up thinking. Look at the time! 12:35 a.m.
Can I change my first entry and call it my official entry.
"Don't try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs up your nose with a rubber hose."
Course if you were gonna pick my second or third entry as the winner you can count that one as my official entry. :)

Amy said...

This is one of my hubby's favorites. "Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not be an old fart." (can you say "fart" here? Oops, I did it again.)
the other Amy

The Sexton Crew said...

Amy- "fart" is allowed. You're clear.

Nancy- Go take a nap.

Tara- You've been away too long. Save that gushy stuff for your own blog.

Love to all! =)

Anonymous said...

"Go jump in the lake of fire and brimstone"
Patsy S

Anonymous said...

Oh brother, my parents are being lovey-dovey to eachother on OTHER people's blogs now too? Good grief. They need to get that under control, before I "pop a clog with all hat and no cattle" down here in the heart of Texas.

Thanks for the birthday wishes btw. You're sweet. But not in an obnoxious way like some other people I know .... ;)

And yes, consider the quoted text my *official* entry into this elite contest. Sorry that my sign in isn't letting me be non-anonymous but I think the content of this post gives away my identity.

Just in Case,
~daughter of parents who are still madly in love after 7 children, aka blessed beholder

Anonymous said...

How 'bout ...

"A stitch in time saves the whole nine yards"

(John Mills)

Amy said...

It's best to let sleeping dogs make their bed and lie in it.
the other Amy

Anonymous said...

"Love ya bunches of grapes"