I have 3 siblings, 2 sisters and one brother and the truth is that although we are not a very close family, we all get on like a house on fire and we look forward to seeing each other at family gatherings. I think our strong bond is as a result of our differences rather than our similarities. My elder sister is focused, analytical and professionally ambitious; my brother is caring, thoughtful and emotionally intelligent, and me, well, I’m somewhere in the middle.
So, how about you? Are you and your siblings like chalk and cheese or are you like two peas in a pod?
Generally speaking, the majority of my close friends are mad about competing in sports competitions. My sister competes in, at least, one triathlon a year and she used to be a rower and competed in national regattas. My brother competes in national tennis competitions and an ex-university mate is competing in the UK Ironman competition this month. So, what drives them to get out of bed in the morning, put on their trainers and go running for 20 miles? What possesses them to endure the physical and mental challenges that competing entails? Is it because they need psychiatric help, i.e. they are a few fries short of a happy meal? Or, perhaps it’s because they are ambitious and they want to do better and be better at something. Whatever the real reason, in my opinion a mixture of ambition and craziness is life-affirming and it’s completely hot; in deed it’s the full package.
Don’t believe me, check out this video, look me in the eye and tell me you don’t feel alive.
We use the verb to be to say what things are. For example:
- Q: What is an apple? A: It’s a type of fruit.
- Q: What is an adrenalin junkie? A: It’s a type of person who is keen on doing adventurous and risky activities.
Imagine my surprise when I googled this question: What is Janette? and Google said: Janette is a very welcoming hostess!?! My brother, whose name is Dave, was informed by google that he is one of the following:
- Dave is a fearless stunt driver.
- Dave is a fridge.
Hilarious! So, my question to you is: What are you?
The sunset is when the sun goes down. Last night the sunset at 21:33pm and it was one of the most magical sunsets that I have ever seen since moving to Spain.
What’s you favourite time of day, sunset or sunrise?
According to the well-known philosopher Descartes we can prove our existence because we THINK; remember his theory: ‘I think, therefore I am’.
However, according to the King of rock and roll Elvis Presley we can prove our existence because we DO; remember the lyrics: ‘ a little less conversation, a little more action’. Well, on balance, I believe thinking is overrated and that life is more fun if you are a doer and not a thinker.
How about you? Are you an armchair philospher, or are you moving and shaking with the rock stars?
It is said that cooking helps people chill out. However, I say, cooking is a pain in the ass – it’s an evil necessity and I personally, can’t bear it, what I mean is, I dislike it intensely.
In fact, last year, someone showed me how to make lasagne and despite the fact that I’m smiling I felt stressed and completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, for instance, I’m very keen on eating, but I can’t stand cooking, chopping, boiling, frying, baking, squeezing, grating, mixing or washing up.
How about you? What are your pet hates?
The phrasal verb to work out usually means to do physical exercise over a period of time in order to get or keep fit. A work out, the noun, describes the physical exercise you do over the period of time.
For example, despite the fact that I’m naturally a couch potato with a sweet tooth, I try to work out at my local gym 5 times a week. My work out usually consists of some cardiovascular stuff (spinning or running on a treadmill) some free weights and some pilates. Over the last few weeks I have been working out harder than usual and I was so over the moon with my efforts that I emailed some close friends in the UK to tell them all about physical achievements. Imagine my surprise when I received this photo and one sentence that said: Don’t bother me telling me about your sweat, what about the eye candy?
Seriously, some of my friends are skin deep and they are about as profound as a limp lettuce leaf!
To chill out is a common phrasal verb which means to relax. As I’m a bit of a beach bum and an adrenalin junkie I can chill out by sunbathing at the beach or by doing a risky sport such as scuba diving.
How do you chill out? Perhaps you’re a book worm and you chill out by reading a page-turning bestseller. Or, if you’re a bit of a culture vulture, you might chill out by visiting an art gallery or a museum.
The English language has a lot of different ways to describe the action of relaxing, for example:
- To switch off
- To take the load off
- To lay back
- To unwind
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To recharge your batteries is a common idiom used to describe the process of a person resting in order to get their energy and strength back.
For example, after a hard week at work I usually recharge my batteries by hanging out with friends, listening to music and playing pub games.
How do you usually recharge your batteries? Maybe, you get a massage or do yoga, or perhaps, if you are an adrenalin junkie, you need to do something a bit more energetic like rock climbing or kite surfing. However, according to a specialist the top 5 ways to recharge your batteries are as follows:
- Listen to classical music
- Take a stroll on the beach
- Watch a river run over pebbles
- Play with a pet
- Cuddle a baby
What do you think?
To catch up is used to describe the process of bringing yourself up-to-date with some news, some information or, perhaps work.
For example, at the weekend I met my mate who I’ve not seen for a few months and we spent the afternoon catching up on our news, i.e. we spent the afternoon chatting about what we’ve been doing over the recent past. In addition, on Sunday afternoon I caught up with a lot of outstanding paperwork and house chores. BORING, BORING, BORING.
However, be careful, this phrasal verb can mean different things in different contexts. Do you want to know what they are? Well check out some definitions here.