Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Shovel Hodgepodge!

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1.  Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to mis-use, over-use or just general uselessness and they receive over 1000 nominations. Here are the fourteen words/phrases they'd like to see banished in 2011-viral, epic, fail, wow factor, a-ha moment, back story, BFF, man up, refudiate, Mama Grizzlies, The American People, facebook/google when used as verbs, I'm just sayin', and Live life to the fullest.

What word or phrase would you like to see banished from our everyday vocabulary in 2011? You can choose one from the 'official list' or you can get creative and come up with your own. 
Refudiate...awww...I like that one!  Isn't it a combination of repudiate and refuse?  HAHAHA!  Oh, yeah...BFF is annoying.  How about any of those non-words that are for texting purposes i heart u, ttyl, btdt, lol but somehow end up in writing or coming out of people's mouths.  Ick!
2. Do you consider opportunity something that comes to you or something you create for yourself?
Sheesh, nothing like jumping to the tough questions.  Well, I believe in in God is in control of I guess, I'd say that all opportunities are pre-ordained by Him.  That being said, I think He's a God of order...and we should be organized and ready to accomplish what would glorify Him daily.
3. Since we're all eating healthy this month, ahem, what's included in your favorite salad? Is there dressing?
Romaine lettuce, fresh garden tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives (the black ones with the pits), a crumble of feta cheese...and a light balsamic vinaigrette. (Notice I said fresh garden, nope I'm not eating salads in January.)
4. The fourth Monday in January is said to be Blue Monday...aka the most depressing day of the year. The date was calculated using many factors including weather, debt level, time since Christmas, time since we've failed at our new year resolutions, low motivation and feeling a need to take action. Do you get the blues this time of year and if so what is something you do to lift your spirits?
Wintertime is hard for me...especially in Indiana where the snow lasts for maybe a day and it's usually cold, brown and gray...oh, and LONG.  I usually have to work to lift my spirits by focusing on my blessings.  I started keeping a gratitude journal last year...and it really helps.  Start small...those small things are really BIG things...a warm house, adorable children, saw 8 cardinals, 2 chickadees, and 4 woodpeckers today, my neighbor snow-blowed my driveway, my kids have new crayons.... I also love to sing and listen to music!  Usually makes me cry but...sometimes a good cry helps in the long run!
5. Do you wear a watch? Any other everyday jewelry essentials?
I wear a white gold watch with a light pink face.  If I forget to put it on then I look at my freckled wrist forty-million times a day!  HA!  I always wear my wedding ring and diamond on my left hand and my great-grandmother's simple gold signet ring on the right hand.  Oh, and simple gold hoops in my ears.
6. What is something useful you learned in high school?
Guys are generally more stable friends than girls.  HA!  Um, yeah...I was not into the clique thang...I'm still not.  Seriously, I learned a real love for Literature and Languages...and I learned that I could do Math...even if it wasn't my favorite thing.
7. Do you use an accountant when completing and filing your income tax returns or do you attempt to muddle through all by yourself?
See above...Math is not my strongest suit...My sweet Loverbrains does our taxes and I'm ever so grateful.  If it was solely up to me, I'd buy Turbo Tax and I'd probably really need an accountant.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Why do people in the city, who live minutes from several major grocery stores, buy ALL THE MILK AND BREAD, when they hear that snow is coming?  I could understand this if you lived out in the boonies where you were often snowed in for weeks at a time...but um, here in might have to go without something for a day or so...I mean, REALLY!?  And another thing...when you see a plow...give it right of way...Don't play chicken with the will LOSE and end up in the ditch!  Okay, thank you...I think I'm done now!  *sigh* 


Cathy said...

Enjoyed your answers!

Jill said...

Really liked your answers! I hate those texting abbreviations, too! And why do people buy more bread and milk than they could possibly use during the storm? Is that all they eat as soon as it starts to snow? I never did get that!

Mary said...

So it's not just here in the south that people rush out to buy milk & bread if there's a threat of snow? Interesting!
A coworker said that she read that somewhere a kid failed his state writing test because he wrote his essay as if he were texting. Duuuuh! It's really getting out of hand!
Visiting from Joyce's...nice to "meet" you!

Courtney said...

awesome answers!
I also never understood why the bread & milk were the first to go. if the power goes out then you have to put the milk out in the snow, and no toaster to toast the bread!

Joyce said...

I liked your answer to #2-well said!

Music lifts my spirits too. And it does sometimes make me cry but its usually in a good way, a relief of sorts.

Enjoy your day! I'm snowed in...didn't buy milk and bread but I did get ingredients for vegetable soup. : )

Barbara H. said...

We don't have snow plows here -- which is one reason we're on our third snow day this week. Counties don't like to invest in expensive equipment they're only going to use a couple of times a year, usually. They salt the roads, but otherwise it's pretty icy or slushy.

It is funny how the milk and bread disappears from the store aisles when it snows. People must eat a lot of French toast or something! LOL!

Michelle said...

I like your gratitude journal.
The small things really are big.

SnowJoe said...

I love the picture your used to start off this post!

Hopefully the snow goes away soon, I've been plowing all night.

Nel said...

Enjoyed all of your answers. This is my first time here and I will be back, glad you stopped over by me. And the Dorothy Lynch is kinda different. I had never tried it until about 3 years ago. It started in Nebraska where my hubby is from. I just checked the bottle and the first ingredient on it is tomatoe soup. It is really good, reminds me of Thousand Island with a sweeter taste. I am going to hop up and become your newest follower.
until next time... nel

e-Mom said...

A boy... snow! We're in the midst of our second snow storm and that's HIGHLY unusual for the PNW. Most years we don't get any snow at all.

Thanks for reminding me about BLUE MONDAY. Forgot all about it. Doing pretty well this winter, thanks to lots of vitamin D, my sunshine supplement.

Keep that gratitude going, girl!

Proverbs 31 Wannabe said...

I also dislike all of those abbreviations like lol...
The gratitude journal is a great idea. I love thinking of all I have to be thankful for.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I usually have to look up those shortcuts for texting, I seldom know what most of them mean. God is in control and will often put us in the right place at the right time. Your salad sounds delicious. I had a great Cobb salad today at Cheesecake Factory. I always wear a watch when I leave the house otherwise I will be looking at my empty wrist!

Vader's Mom said...

I have to agree with you on friendships. I still find that I am able to trust my male friends more than my female friends. Maybe it's the lack of competition between us all.