When you’re going out with a great person, it’s tempting to
max out your credit cards on the biggest, shiniest, most see-how-much-I’m-into-you
gift possible. But as most of us have learned from Valentine’s
Day experiences, birthdays, and holidays past, the best gifts are
rarely the priciest. Usually, they’re the most thoughtful. To
that end, we’ve come up with six of the cutest, coolest, most
thoughtful things that you can do for any special day to truly show how
much you care.
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2. Give flowers with finesse
Flowers are a classic gift from an admirer, but they can also set off someone’s cliché alarm. So forget about the overpriced long-stem roses and give your blooms some personality. Start by buying a bunch of loose stems — any that suit your fancy, though choosing two or three different shades of one flower is usually a winner. Or, try different varieties of flowers, all in the same color. Then, wrap something creative around the stems, outside of the florist’s paper — say, a rock-climber’s rope if your date is athletic; a scarf or charm bracelet if your sweetie adores accessorizing; or even a new set of ear buds or cordless mouse if your honey is high-tech.
3. Monogram something surprising
Give your date a taste of the upscale life by giving a monogrammed gift of something you’d never expect to see in a “luxury” version. Start by buying something you already had in mind for your pumpkin, whether that’s a leather case for her iPod, some cute cotton pajamas, or a great new chef’s knife. Then take it to an engraver’s shop or tailor to have it personalized with his or her initials — monograms make even the most practical gift feel priceless. For bonus “Awww…” points, engrave the item with your nickname or pet name for your sweetie instead.
4. Try this card trick
Back in school, you had to bring enough small Valentines for everyone in your class. Now that you’ve got just one special person, you can give him or her the entire box! Hit a grocery or drug store, and buy a package of those silly Valentine’s Day cards from your past. Write cute notes on the back of each, then hide them in things your sweetie uses regularly: tucked inside a jacket pocket, on the driver’s seat of the car, taped to the back of his or her BlackBerry, you name it. Even (or especially!) if it’s several weeks before your cutie finds them all, your clever cards guarantee frequent little surprises — and happy thoughts of you.
5. Nix a chore your sweetie abhors
Sometimes, the best gifts don’t give us something we love, but eliminate something we hate. Your sweetheart will be overjoyed if you take over his or her most-loathed duty, whether it’s laundry, house cleaning, or the monthly Costco run for toilet paper and other staples. You can hand-draw a coupon for doing it yourself, pre-pay for a maid or laundry service, or, if you two are at the level where you’ve exchanged keys, take care of it while your honey is out — the sincere thanks you get will be well worth it.
6. Burn some fond memories into a CD
Mix CDs are a classic gift to give amongst the lovestruck. While the straightforward sentiments in love songs are surely accurate, you can make your CD even more personal by including tunes that refer to different things you’ve done together. Not sure what fits the bill? Check a song-lyric database, like Songlyrics.com, Sing365.com, or Lyricsdownload.com, and search for songs that speak to your relationship — like “Route 66” to commemorate your recent road trip or “One More Cup of Coffee” if you met at Starbucks. And whether you’re dating a Sharona or a Bobby, consider ending your playlist with a tune that contains your sweetie’s name — you’ll be surprised by just how often even some truly unusual names pop up in song lyrics. It’s not an expensive gift to give — but definitely one that showcases your thoughtfulness.
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The sun glaring through the window woke me up. I got out of bed and got dressed. I proceeded into the kitchen where I ate cold cereal for breakfast, just like every morning for the past 3 years. It was time to go to work. I stepped outside and walked at a leisurely pace down Madison Ave. It was the best time of year for my line of work: the summer when all of the tourists came to New York. I got to the city square, and as usual, the very same cliques were there, and in numbers today. 'It looks to be a very good day,' I thought as I smiled to myself. I saw a white man in his late 30's. Guessed he looked kind of lost. 'Perfect,' I thought to myself. 'Time to work.' I calmly and confidently stepped up to the man.
"Hello, sir. Can I help you?"
"Yes. I am looking for the Madison Hotel."
"Yes, yes... Oh, okay. Go three blocks down, and take a right. It will be on your left. You can't miss it"
"You're welcome. Have a good day sir."
I walked away with not only a smile on my face, but with the man's wallet in my pocket. I opened it up to see 48 dollars, a Discover, and a MasterCard. A couple of hours and 4 wallets later, I decided to get lunch. So far, I had acquired 6 credit cards, 726 dollars, and several patent leather, hand-made Italian billfolds. I decided to go to my favorite place a little bistro called daVinci's. They have the best pizza. But then, I saw the man. He was about 6 feet tall, with a dark chocolate complexion. He was actually walking in circles - even an amateur could easily recognize that he was lost. Perfect.
I cautiously approached him, like a lion stalking his pray.
"Hello, sir. Can I help you?"
"Yes. Do you, by any chance, know where the movie theater is?"
"Ah, yes. No problem. Go down 52nd Ave. and take a left. It'll be right there. You can't miss it."
"Thank you, so much."
"No problem, sir. My pleasure."
I was practically bouncing up the street as I opened up the mans wallet. I found three hundred dollars and three credit cards. I glanced at the name on one of the cards. 'Mr. Johnson,' I thought. 'Thank you very much, Mr. Johnson.' I arrived at the restaurant feeling very good indeed. After my 4-course meal Italian feast, I privately made a toast to Mr. Johnson. 'May he increase his own happiness like he has mine.' I decided I was done for the day, and started on my way home. Little did I know, something was about to happen that would change my life forever. On my way back, I passed through a small alley. As I got to the end of the small alley I saw him, I saw my gracious benefactor. A little white girl had fallen down, and Mr. Johnson was kindly helping her up. The mother saw what was going on, and started to scream and yell for help. The mother started to hit Mr. Johnson with her bag and continued to scream. Mr. Johnson tried to explain to her that he was just trying to help, but she would not listen, and incessantly panicked. A few men heard the noise, and came barreling out of a house carrying a couple of bats. The 3 men, who were all white and each about 5 or 6 feet, started yelling at Mr. Johnson. One of the white men hit Mr. Johnson across the face. They all started punching him and hitting him with the bats. They just would not stop. They kept swearing at him, and spitting on him. I wanted to scream: "Stop! Stop! What are you doing?" But I could not. I just stood there, frozen, and was unable to say anything. He was only trying to help - only trying to help a little girl up off of the street. Then, one of the white men pulled out a knife and proceeded to stab Mr. Johnson several times. Then, the 3 white men ran away, dropping the bats as they ran. There, he was the man I had stole from, laying dead in his own pool of blood - alone in a dark alley. It was unfair I had stole from this man when he was looking for my help, and because of this, he is dead. Then it hit me: I killed him. He probably came looking for me when he was killed. I was responsible. I heard the sirens and I ran. I just ran. I realized that I had not only stole his wallet - I had stolen his life. Tears streamed down my face as I ran. God had given me a second chance to realize what I had done. Yes, God had given me a second chance, and Mr. Johnson had paid for it.
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بى خبرى , خوش خبرى
No news is Best news
شتر ديدى , نديدى
You see nothing, You hear nothing
عجله كار شيطان است
Haste is from the Devil
کاچى به از هيچى
Something is better than nothing
گذشته ها گذشته
Let bygones be bygones
مستى و راستى
There is truth in wine
نوکه اومد به بازار، كهنه میشه دل آزار
Out with the old, in with the new
هر فرازى را نشيبى است
High places have their precipices
هرکه ترسید مرد ,هركه نترسيد برد
Nothing venture , nothing have
همه کاره و هیچكاره
Jack of all trades and master of none
ارزان خرى , انبان خرى
Don't buy everything that is cheap
آشپز كه دوتا شد، آش يا شورميشه يا بي نمك
Too many cooks spoil the broth
انگار آسمون به زمين افتاده
It is not as if the sky is falling
اندكى جمال به از بسيارى مال
Beauty opens locked doors
آدم عجول كار را دوباره ميكنه
Hasty work, Double work
آدم دانا به اشتر نزند مشت
A wise man avoids edged tools
آدم زنده زندگى مى خواد
Live and let live
آدم ترسو هزار بار مى ميره
Cowards die Many times Before Their Death
كس نخارد پشت من جز ناخن انگشت من
you want a thing done, do it yourself
آب رفته به جوى باز نمى گردد
What is done can not be undone
آب از سرش گذشته
It is all up with him
آب ريخته جمع شدنى نيست
Don't cry over the spilled milk
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The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.
The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA. The building is owned and managed by W&H Properties.
The Empire State Building is the second tallest skyscraper in the Americas (surpassed only by the Sears Tower) and the 9th tallest in the World. It is also the 4th tallest freestanding structure in the Americas and the 12th
tallest in the world
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life is what u make it
so thats how it all started,
one hell of a hot summer,
waiting for the clouds
predictions and assumptions are plenty,
with the summer’s out of the way
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Uncensored English UE03 - idioms - kick ass
This podcast covers the phrase to kick (someone’s / something’s) ass and kick-ass as an adjective. First we need to talk about the ass part. It can refer to a real ass (butt or bum), but usually the ass is metaphorical. That is, it’s not a question of a real-world, physical ass; the ass stands for something else. In fact, all usages of kick ass that don’t involve a physical foot connecting to a physical ass are metaphorical figures of speech.
example, “We got our ass(es) kicked in the football game last
night” means “The other team beat us by a good
margin.” It’s unlikely that any team member’s ass
actually had contact with a foot.
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I hope this would be useful for you to improve your vocabulary. These are a few methods which all need work, time, and enthusiasm.
How to improve your vocabulary?
Following are a few methods for expanding your vocabulary with words you will fell comfortable using. Try one or more of these at your convenience. The ones that seem most appealing will probably work best for you.
Make a list of subjects that fascinate you the most. The more you enjoy
a topic, the easier to learn about it. Now go to your local library and
search for a dictionary of words specific to one of these topics. For
example If you like baseball you may find a dictionary of baseball
words. Not every topic will have its own dictionary of relevant words,
but you? Once you have found a dictionary for one of your favorite
topics, thumb through it looking for words that you have never heard or
having found the words you have heard that you don’t know the
meanings of. The sheer joy of having found the words and their meanings
will help the sink into your memory. Since they relate to a favorite
topic, you will likely practice and use them regularly with all the
commitment needed to make them a part of regular conversation.
4. Objective words are easier because you are learning the definition of a word which is also a tangible item that you can picture in your mind. Go to a unique curio shop, specially the store or science or other obscure type of museum you have never been to before. Keep any brochures or other documentation that describes what you are seeing. Let the mental pictures drive the names of these items and their descriptions deep into your mind for recall later.5. You learn much more by being humble than being proud. Just as when driving you should be willing to stop and ask for directions, you shouldn’t be afraid to do some digging when there is a word you should understand. Look it up or even have the courage to ask. Go on a word hunt. Write down what you didn’t understand and quickly hound that word and its meaning with your own research until you find it. The satisfaction of that one word will bolster your confidence that you can learn many other words if you want to.
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Reading is much more than simple word identification, reading is a process of making sense of print. Efficient reading is creating that comprehension with the least amount of effort. However, while we read in order to comprehend, comprehension is not the end goal, or the peak of the pyramid, in the reading process. In fact, there is no end goal, comprehension is not the summit of a mountain that a reader tries to climb. If this were the case then once that summit, or goal, were reached there would be nowhere to go but down. On the contrary, the reading process cannot have comprehension as it's peak, because once comprehension is reached, it becomes part of the readers new "theory of the world". The reader will then relate all new information to this "theory of the world" in order to construct further meaning. Therefore, instead of viewing the reading process as a pyramid, or a mountain to be climbed with "comprehension" at its peak, it is more accurate to view reading as a cyclical process. While comprehension may be a goal of reading, that comprehension then becomes the foundation on which future meaning can be constructed. The ultimate goal, or rather the ultimate by-product, of this reading process is actually life-long learning. Nevertheless, in order to increase the likelihood that comprehension will occur when transacting with texts, a foundation of four basic building blocks must be in place. This foundation includes the reader himself, reading strategies, classroom environment, and student interest.
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A Nice story with a good moral. Please go through.
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A turtle family went on a
picnic.. The turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven
years to prepare for their .Finally the turtle family left home
looking for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey
they found it. For about six months theycleaned up the area, unpacked
the picnic basket, and completed the ks.
Three years passed-- and the little
turtle had not returned. Five years...six years.. Then in the seventh
year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his
hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and began to unwrap a
Some of us waste our lives waiting for people to live up to our expectations of them. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we don't do anything ourselves.
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People in relationships often have strong expectations that their partner will be just like they are: exhibit the same attitudes, values, perceptions and behaviors. However, we know that you will not change your partner's attitudes and behaviors unless they themselves are motivated to do so. You are even less likely to change their basic gender characteristics. So it is very important to educate yourself as to the basic gender differences which exist between men and women, and accept the fact that the differences are there, they are real, and they are not going away. In this way you can learn to use the differences as a way to enrich your relationship rather than to damage it.
Are Men and Women really different? Let's look at the evidence in a variety of areas of life. Note that these findings are generalizations and summaries that apply to most men or women, but not to all men or all women.
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And all that jazz
This idiom means that everything related or similar is included.
(USA) To be somewhere with bells on means to arrive there happy and delighted to attend.
Blow your own horn
If you blow your own horn, you boast about your achievements and abilities. ('Blow your own trumpet' is an alternative form.)
Blow your own trumpet
If someone blows their own trumpet, they boast about their talents and achievements. ('Blow your own horn' is an alternative form.)
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