Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend.

I'd have to say it was advice given to us on our wedding day from our pastor.  He said, "Aside from your relationship with God, your relationship with your husband/wife is the most important relationship in your life."  I'd add, take time to nourish it and remember all the reasons you said yes to your spouse, every single day.  

2. Before we're too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.

Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"
Thank you Joyce for including my question :)  I was still single in 1999 and think that played a part in my preparations or lack thereof.  I wasn't concerned about food or water but do think I took out some cash from the ATM, just in case.   I don't remember exactly what I was doing but am sure I was celebrating with my husband, who was my boyfriend then.   

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn't a word. It's the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that's not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?
I didn't know so I asked my family.  They said "straighten up" and then I reminded them it is supposed to be one word so they changed it to "straighten".  Some examples they gave were "straighten up", "I straightened the car, your desk, the house", and "straighten your room!".  I guess that's pretty funny.  I'd insert a heart emoji if I knew how- LOL.  
4. Speaking of words, it's that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are-

bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

I'd say swag, unless it was being used to define a curtain valance.  It just sounds silly to me.

5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day? 

Yes, I love hot tea.  I like flavored teas but plain old black tea is my favorite.  I used to drink it with milk and sugar, then just milk and now since I am mostly dairy free I will drink it plain or with a splash of vanilla almond milk.  I also like it with just lemon and honey, especially when I am not feeling well.  I like to drink hot tea out of a china cup or mug with a saucer.  Here is my favorite (from my everyday dish set that I registered for when I was engaged):

6. Whatever happened to________________________________?

Common courtesy?  I was in the library last night and heard this loud talking.  I turned around and some lady was sitting at the computer, in the middle of the library, talking on her cell phone.  I was several feet away and could hear every word she said.  Unbelievable! 

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter? 
"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin.  We will be using it at our homeschool group and I like to be a step ahead of the game.  I just started it last night.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We are having a warm up here.  This morning it is 23 degrees.  If it's going to be this cold can we at least have some snow?! 



  1. Pretty tea cup. I'm enjoying seeing what everyone's reading choice is. I've never heard of The Westing Game. I'll have to go look it up on Amazon.

  2. The curtain valance comment made me laugh! Swag does need to be added to the list :)


  3. Enjoyed your thoughts on the Hodge Podge, Theresa....I came over from there to visit, and I"ll be back.

  4. I was visiting Linda and saw your question about Y2K and I just had to come by and meet you.
    Dec. 31st is my I was at my daughter's house that year of 1999 for a birthday dinner. We had all laughed about Y2K....made fun of it...laughed more....then, at the moment all h*#@ was supposed to break loose, my son in law sneaked into his garage and threw the breaker so that all the lights went out...let me just say...NO BODY was laughing then.....except my son in law. hahhaaa....such fun

  5. We used to drink our hot tea the same. With a splash of milk and a spoon of sugar. However, like I stated in my post, I don't drink hot tea a whole lot.

    Love your comment about Swag. I always thought it was a part of a curtain. I am so behind the times.

    I love your humor about the warm 23 degrees. I absolutely agree that if it is this cold we should have snow. I so want to move to Colorado so I can be around snow it isn't even funny. But my kids and hubby disagree. Snow just makes the world look pure and new again.

  6. I don't much care for the word "swag" in its current context, either! Who comes up with this stuff, anyway?
    Wow, 23 degrees is a "warm up"? And, to think, I've been complaining about our rainy 49 degree temps... Shame on me!

  7. oops i pressed enter too quickly before.. Wow common courtesy is another thing.. I can't believe that library story. Usually librarians would come over and yell at people for that.

  8. i completely agree with your number 6. It's like we are a nation raised by wolves.

  9. The Westing Game! I remember reading that with my girls way back when. I want to say 5th grade, but maybe it was middle school. It's frigid and gray here too, plus I've had a nasty cough so kind of feel unmotivated to do anything more than nap.

  10. Yes! That Stash tea Vanilla nut flavor is hard to find! Luckily they have that at a small market near where i live.

  11. Hi Theresa I didn't get why people worried about Y2K I didn't, it was a milestone though going from on century to another that only happens every 100 years and going from on millennium to another happens less anyway I spent the night at home and Tim and I watched fireworks at midnight form our backyard which we can no longer do as where I live no longer do fireworks at midnight which sucks I might add. I am not a tea drinking I prefer a nice hot chocolate and only in winter never in summer it is too hot here in summer for a hot drink just saying.........also if I could follow you via email I would be back that is how I follow all my blogs now and yes I do follow a lot I read between 30-40 blogs a day

  12. Enjoyed your question about Y2K and it brought back so many fun memories for me. We had a wonderful night with friends and I had completely forgotten about it.

    Not a tea lover but love coffee! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. I think I use "straighten" a lot, too. I wonder if the opposite is "crooked"? Look at this crooked room. My purse was crooked yesterday so I straightened it (up).

    Your everyday tea set is lovely.

    As for the fully audible phone conversations in public, it's unacceptable. I heard one in the grocery store down every aisle! Same conversation from the produce to the toilet paper . Ugh.

    Great nostalgic question about Y2k. God probably got a good snicker about our behavior.

  14. Hi, Teresa!

    I'm visiting from Wednesday Hodgepodge.
    You have a great blog! I like the looks of your sidebar, and I love the snowy background.

    We have started drinking almond and coconut milk.
    They were recommended on the Daniel Plan.


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