Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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.

     I absolutely despise cliches.  If I hear one more person talk about how you should "live like you were dying" or any variation of that, I'm going to lose it.  Refudiate also annoys me because (pardon me) IT'S NOT A REAL WORD, and Sarah Palin generally gets my dander up anyway.

2. Do you consider opportunity something that comes to you or something you create for yourself?
     I think it depends.  Sometimes I think opportunity just turns up on your doorstep in a way that you can't possibly miss.  But, I also believe that if you work hard, you can create opportunities you wouldn't normally have. 

3. Since we're all eating healthy this month, ahem, what's included in your favorite salad? Is there dressing?

     I'm a grilled chicken salad girl, with lots of veggies---especially bell peppers.  I like fat-free Italian dressing, if I'm being healthy.  If not, honey mustard.

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?

    Usually this time of year is entirely too busy to be blue.  Basketball season is in full swing, we have a basketball Homecoming going on, and a thousand other things.  When I do get the blues, I curl up with a good book or movie or go out to dinner with Amber and laugh it off. 

5. Do you wear a watch? Any other everyday jewelry essentials?

     I got a cute Fossil watch from my parents for Christmas, so I've started wearing one again.  I also usually have a neckace, earrings, and a ring on, but not always the same pieces.  Sometimes it depends on if I remember to go put them on or not.

6. What is something useful you learned in high school?

      The most important thing I learned in high school is that, good or bad, it doesn't last forever.  Of course, I turned around and got a job at one, so I'm still there every day.  So, maybe I didn't learn as much as I thought I did.

7. Do you use an accountant when completing and filing your income tax returns or do you attempt to muddle through all by yourself?

    I totally do my own because mine aren't complicated.  But they minute they do, I would have no problem contacting an accountant.  (Fun fact, my SIL is one...)

8. Insert your own random thought here.
     There are few wrongs in life that can't be set right by having a girls' night out.


  1. Like your random thoughts--need to take this to heart!!!!!

  2. #6 made me laugh, and you're so right about #8. That cures most anything!

  3. My daughter got a cute Fossil watch too. I had a girls 'afternoon out' yesterday...we knew we were in for a snow day today plus my hubs has been out of town so it was really nice to have lunch out and laugh with friends. It is definitely a mood lifter!

  4. I enjoy Girls' Night Out.
    Usually a lot of fun.

  5. Love your random thought - I'm in need of a good girls' night out right now!


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