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moment • spine • Tara Buddha
happy spot • adrenaline
  1. My isn't straight, so I have a lot of pain.
  2. Winning the game was a huge rush.
  3. That is a beautiful painting of .
  4. My coffee time in the morning is when I find my .
  5. I know that this spur of the, but would you like to go out to dinner with me tonight?
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665 Rina's Next Tattoo
Rina talks about the next tattoos she plans to get.

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spur of the moment

I will have to admit that decision was kind of spur of the moment.

When you make a decision 'spur of the moment,' you are deciding about something that wasn't planned before. It is something that is happening at the last second. Notice the following:

  1. I didn't really think about the consequences. Everything just happened so spur of the moment.
  2. If you want him to come, you will have to tell him in advance. He hates making spur of the moment decisions.

spine of your back

So you now have a tattoo down the spine of your back.

Your 'spine' is the line of knobby bones that goes down the center of your back. Notice the following:

  1. This is a good exercise for stretching the spine of your back.
  2. I got bruises all over my spine when I fell down the stairs.

Tara Buddha

I'm thinking of getting the green Tara Buddha tattoo on my back.

'Tara Buddha' is a female figure whose image has many different meanings depending on her color. The green Tara Buddha is the Buddhist symbol for 'enlightened activity.' Notice the following:

  1. There is a figure of Tara Buddha next to my bed.
  2. I wear this Tara Buddha necklace when I study, because I think it gives me strength.

my happy spot

I wouldn't let them take a break because I couldn't find my happy spot.

Here, a 'happy spot' refers to a place where you mind goes when you are mentally escaping from something that is uncomfortable. Notice the following:

  1. Meditation can really help you find your happy spot.
  2. Sorry. What did you say? I was just in my happy spot and wasn't paying attention.

adrenaline rush

It is quite an uncomfortable feeling, but I think for me that's my adrenaline rush.

You feel an 'adrenaline rush' when your body responds to physical excitement. A common time to have an adrenaline rush is when you are scared. Your heart beats very quickly and your senses are in high alert. Notice the following:

  1. Asking a beautiful girl out on a date gave him a huge adrenaline rush.
  2. People can perform superhuman actions when they are scared because of an adrenaline rush.