Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Snowy Hodgepodge

And we're back for another round of the Hodgepodge. Seven questions and a random and sometimes deeply profound thought. After reading my answers, and leaving a comment, of course, click on the link to see what everyone else has to say!

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 would like to see the phrase the Queen's English banished. The Queen ought to man up and admit that she doesn't own the language anymore. There might have been a time in her back story when her title added some wow factor, but eventually the American People had an a-ha moment and realized that they could live life to the fullest without having to owe everything to someone who wasn't even their BFF. I'm just sayin'.

2. Do you consider opportunity something that comes to you or something you create for yourself?
I don't usually recognize opportunity, even when it comes up and smacks me in the forehead. However, I'm married to Indiana Jones who not only finds his own opportunity, but smashes through walls of opposition to create opportunity out of absolutely nothing.

3. Since we're all eating healthy this month, ahem, what's included in your favorite salad? Is there dressing?
My salad always has dressing. I don't like naked lettuce.

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?
I'm lucky this year. I just had two wisdom teeth pulled, so if I'm feeling blue I just take a few more pain pills.

5. Do you wear a watch? Any other everyday jewelry essentials?
I do not wear a watch. Why would I want to keep reminding myself of how late I am?

6. What is something useful you learned in high school?
If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it.  Hmm. True on so many levels.

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

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I think it's time for another pain pill.


  1. Ha-#1 : )

    Some of us have to deal with tax nonsense year round.

    #6-funny but also true!

  2. You're funny on pain pills! HAHA! I hope you feel better soon...without pain pills! The bit about the Queen manning up caused me to snort some of my coffee! HA!

  3. Jill, you make me laugh every time with your answers! Hope you'll be fully recovered soon.

  4. You made me laugh with your #1 answer and by time I had read the others I almost had hot coco coming out my nose! I'm so glad I stopped by today

  5. Thanks for the smiles this morning! I knew I could count on you!

  6. Your answers prompted me to read your previous post about your dentist. Oh my goodness! You must've been in a lot of pain to try him again--especially after he sewed your cheek to your gum! Anyway, I hope you are feeling good again soon--without pain pills.
    I enjoyed your answers--as always :)

  7. This is epic, it has a wow factor of like 10 and I'm so laughing at #1.

    Good to see that despite your crankiness, er. . . I mean edginess you still have your sense of humor.

  8. Enjoyed your answers as always. I love #1, you crack me up! Hope you are healing well. Oh by the way, I LOVE your header. Did you take that picture?
    until next time... nel

  9. Loved your answer to #4. I had two teeth (same dentist visit...went in for one bad tooth and left with two fewer ones) pulled last January. Thank goodness for the pain meds and soup!

    Thanks for visiting my blog today!!

  10. I got a little scared on number one. I thought surely I must say some of this stuff. I'd like to see "Woo-Hoo" banished myself. Just sayin.

    Sounds like you take pain pills the way I take M&M's. It's not good for either of us. ;-)


  11. You are so funny! I'm so glad I found your blog!

  12. ahahaha! I love your answer to #1. Very funny. Your humor always cracks me up. Hope you're feeling better soon. Blessings, SusanD

  13. Nel, I did not take that picture in my header. I live in central Florida, and there's nothing anywhere near here that looks like that.

  14. Oh, you're #1 made me laugh. Not that I'm surprised that you had a completely clever answer.

    Yeah, who cares about the Queen's English?! Didn't we break away from them around 235 years ago?

  15. Your answer for #1 was brilliant....
    we just left Orlando on Tuesday from the WDW Marathon Weekend, it was 68 degrees when we left and the temperature dropped 37 degrees between Gainesville and here in South Georgia....we had a hard time negotiating the icy roads for the last hour...many times since I have wished that we were still there!!!

  16. Oh my gosh, you are too funny!
    I so enjoyed reading your answers. :)

  17. That a good one about the Queens English. I agree with the dressing, gotta have it! My son-in-law eats his plain, eww! I like to wear a watch when I leave the house. Enjoyed reading your answers. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  18. Hi Jill! Thanks for coming by my blog! Thanks for givin' it to the she owns our language. Hello. :-)
    I can't do naked salad either, though I don't want it coated in dressing either.
    Love your wit! :-)

  19. LOL @ the pain pills

    Hope you are feeling better!


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