To be blue

to be blueDespite the glorious spring weather, at the moment, I am feeling a little blue. To be, or to feel blue, is a very common idiom which expresses the feeling of sadness of depression.  How about cheering me up with a little joke or, you could throw caution to the wind and take me on holiday?

Anyway, what makes you feel blue?

 

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: Feelings

Adjectives to describe feelings:

Emotions and feelings are complex, and we have a lot of vocabulary to describe how we are feeling.  It is often difficult to remember new vocabulary so try to connect the words to situations that mean something to you.  We are more likely to remember things that are personal, than things that we can’t connect to our lives.

Don’t forget to learn verb preposition collocations.

feelings and prepositions

To have ants in your pants

To have ants in your pants!  –  Tener hormigas en los pantalones

ants-in-pantsWhat does this idiom mean? ‘To be super, super, super excited’

Ok, I serioulsy have ants in my pants.  My friends are flying into Málaga and we have a rock ‘n’ roll getaway planned: there will be cycling,  rock climbing, jacuzzi, hip wiggling to live music and definitely a lot of eating and drinking and perhaps some falling over. And, luckily for me, none of my friends are keen on shopping or cooking.  So, what’s in my suitcase?  Credit card, aspirin, aspirin, aspirin, vitamins and a bottle of wine for the journey.  Perfect, I’m in 7th  heaven!

To be as cool as a cucumber

To be as cool as a cucumber!  –  Ser tan fresco como una pepino

keep-calm-be-cool-as-a-cucumberWhat does this idiom mean? ‘To be relaxed in stressful situations’

Are you as cool as a cucumber?  Or in stressful situations do you freak out like me? In fact, this week I have lost my cool, not once but twice.  Definitely time to change the medication!

To step out of your comfort zone

Comfort-Zone2Comfort zone is a noun. It describes a situation or a position where a person feels secure, comfortable and in control. Unless you are an adrenalin junkie most of us don’t like to leave or to step out of our comfort zone.

However, it is said that it is good for your mental and physical well-being if you do it. Of course, sometimes you need a helping hand or in my case, a big kick in the backside, but it is definitely worth it.

If you haven’t stepped out of your comfort zone this year, I would definitely recommend it. Last Sunday I stepped out of my comfort zone and found myself hanging off a rock with a friend and a harness saving me from free falling 15 meters. Perfect!

WRITING: What food fills you with joy?

WHAT FOOD FILLS YOU WITH JOY?
Baba-GanoushImagine you have seen this announcement in a local food magazine
‘Some food gives you energy, some food makes you put on weight, but what food fills you with joy?

Please respond by posting your Top 5

Janette’s TOP 5 are:

  1. Cucumber on soda bread with black pepper
  2. Cinnamon and raisin bagels with brie, tomatoes and chives
  3. Carrot Cake with a cream cheese topping
  4. Felafel with humus and pickled red cabbage
  5. Baba Ganosh with pita bread and roasted red and yellow peppers

To be / feel red with rage

to be red with rageIs an idiom which means you are very, very, very angry.
For example, my mother was red with rage when my brother tried to burn down our family home. I know, what a nut job my brother is.

Ok, so he was 5 at the time and my elder sister gave him the matches and I told him that my feet were cold, so, logically he tried to make both of his sister’s happy.

Interestingly, my brother turned out to be the most level-headed sibling and both my sister and I have issues. My younger sister, is and will always be, a sandwich short of a picnic.