September 15, 2004

Names

Thanks for not laughing too loudly at me about those bikinis… Thanks for the compliments. I think they worked pretty well, actually, so I’m glad you thought they were fun! And they’re very quick, since there’s not much material! Dani, the pattern was from some online site, but it was originally from Bust magazine, I think. I have a printout of it somewhere, but I don’t know where I’d find it online now.

For those of you wondering about me and my sister’s names, the short story is that we were born in the 70’s and our parents were hippies.

Ok, there’s a longer version: my name comes from the Mountain Avens, a flower that grows in the Rockies and the Arctic. Before I was born my parents lived for several years in Edmonton and went hiking frequently in the Rockies. They thought the flowers were pretty and Aven would make a nice name. Here’s what the flower looks like:

avens.jpg

As for my sister, a morel is an edible (gourmet — you’ll find it on the menu at fancy restaurants) mushroom that grows in the depths of Canadian forests. Again, my parents had gathered and enjoyed the mushroom in their university days (and still do, if they can find them — they’re rather rare and mysterious) and thought the name was very pretty, which it is. Here’s a picture of the mushroom itself, which, unfortunately, isn’t quite as pretty. Though it is darn tasty. (In fact, we made a morel pasta sauce earlier this summer).

Morchella_esculenta.JPG

So now you know. I’ve always liked having a name with an interesting story attached, and I think my sister does too; she gets a fair amount of mileage, I think, out of complaining that her older sister was named after a flower, but that she got stuck with a fungus!

SnB tonight, so I have to go gulp down some dinner and head out. Later!

Posted by Aven at September 15, 2004 06:03 PM
Comments

Hello there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! We were thinking of making peach salsa as well. I found a recipe for it online and it sounded really neat. I love the story of your name!

Posted by: Jen at September 16, 2004 02:14 PM

You GO girl!!! The bikini twins are hot. ;) I found the pattern in google’s cache: http://www.google.ca/search?q=cache:9QgF6F_WQH8J:www.getcrafty.com/knitbikini.html+bikini+pattern+bust&hl=en

Cool history behind your names, my daughter was named after my love for Elmo on Sesame Street (dh is SO thankful she was not born a he!) and my son was named after a friends name that we shortened. Not fun stories but we like their names! ;)

Posted by: ~Jo~ at September 20, 2004 10:09 AM