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January Hodgepodge

Joyce is back…with a new son-in-law and delightful wedding tales she’s begun sharing!  Joyce, you made me smile and you put tears in my eyes with the story of the mishap that turned into a beautiful moment with your girls.  If you guys haven’t read it, go read it.  Now.

As for me, I’ll just be over here with my own answered questions for this week’s Hodgepodge!

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

Looking back at twenty-five years of marriage, I think that really, keeping life simple so that you can focus on your relationship would have been what I should have done.  I think life got so complicated…so busy…that the hubby and I lost sight, for a long time, of what was important.  I long for the simple life again and am slowly working my way back to that.

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?”

On December 31, 1999, we were living in Coral Springs, Florida…my favorite place I’ve ever lived, and we stayed home, not sure what would happen given all of the dire warnings.  My neighborhood had a block party with a big screen, fancy lights, and food.  It was warm…because it was down in South Florida…and glorious.  My kids rode their bikes and had fun hanging out with the neighborhood kids.  The Mr. had to work.  I’m sure we took precautions as far as the computer went (do you remember something we were advised to install to deal with the calendar?), but nothing else really.

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’m thinking the word “teaching” was my most used word in 2014.  I blog about it constantly, use it in my hashtags, and talk about it.  All.  The.  Time.  People are probably sick of this word coming out of my mouth.

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 really do not like the phrase cray-cray.  Puleese.  There’s just no substitute for the word crazy, unless you need to insert a person’s name.  heehee

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? 

I can drink hot tea but in all honesty, I prefer cold sweet tea…with sugar, not artificial sweeteners.  I’m not a fan of flavored tea either.  Just regular sweet tea suits me fine…Chick-fil-A if you please.

6.  Whatever happened to________________________________?

Whatever happened to the simple life?  Hold on…it’s waiting for me to retire…in about twenty years.  😀

7.  What is one book on your must-read list this winter? 

This is kind of funny because I am a reading teacher with hundreds of books in my classroom that I haven’t read yet.  The book I’ll select for this question…one that is in my personal library at home, though, is The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst.

It kind of goes with my answers to #1 and 6.  I live a busy life and need to learn when to say no.  I need to do a better job at prioritizing.  Lysa is a Christian writer with an easy style.  I actually started this book in either November or December.  I need to finish it!

8.  My Random Thought

So, you might have read about my students calling me a Basic White Girl and how I exacted vindication.

Well, I enjoyed a second day of proving them wrong…that I don’t always have to be basic…when I wore the following outfit…

I don’t think you can see from the picture very well (self-timers make my pictures look grainy, I’m afraid), but I’m wearing a cute pair of shorter platform black boots.  They have high heels too.

I’m wearing black stretch jeans, not leggings, and a new sweater I picked up at American Eagle, on clearance, on Saturday.  Go me.

My kiddos went ga-ga over my outfit, thoroughly earning an apology from my offending class.

Not that I care about their opinions or anything, mind you.

Insert rolled eyes.

Have a lovely week!

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