A Not-So-Wordy Hodgepodge

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

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?"
We were living in SC, and one of our neighbors had a party. It was warm, and the kids were all playing outside. Good times, y'all! We didn't make any preparations for Y2K..we were living on the edge! 

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?

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?
Wow. I must not be very with it, because I haven't heard of "bae", "Friend-raising", "enhanced interrogation". I'm not real crazy about "cra-cra".

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 wish I liked tea, but I'm not a big fan. When I drink it, I make sure to put in honey.  And, when I had strep last month, I threw in some Tennessee Honey.

6. Whatever happened to________________________________?
common decency

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter? 
Divergent...and Gone Girl.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
We saw this video on ABC News right after we got home from a meeting discussing the building of a dog park in our area:

What a great dog!


  1. We answered several of the questions almost exactly the same!! Love the video and that very smart dog!! Have a good Wednesday!

  2. I use seriously a lot too, mostly in my writing, less in my speaking. I really liked the film version of Gone GIrl, but the book not so much. A rare instance where I thought the movie was much better than the book. I'm reading Insurgent now. My girls both told me they didn't love the third book Allegiant, but I guess I'll read it too, since I don't like quitting a series in the middle. Enjoy your day!

  3. I saw the movie Divergent and read Gone Girl. Gone Girl was interesting; caught me by surprise, that's all I say, LOL :) I like your advice to newly married couples; so true to keep the lines of communication open.


  4. That dog! I can't imagine that happening here, but would love to see it. Happy Wednesday!


  5. Enjoyed your answers. Several of them we answered about the same. Communication is so important in a marriage. Looking back now I can see that is one of the problems my ex and I had, among others. But we grew apart and that happens so easily if you are not communicating and is the basis for so many other problems.
    until next time...nel

  6. I saw that about the dog... isn't that the funniest!
    Common decency - amen!!!
    I can't believe you haven't heard "Bae"... I hear it everywhere!!!! & sorry - I use cray-cray all the time... :)

  7. Loved your common decency response. Wish I had thought of that....but alas I was listening to music when I responded and the music got the best of me.

  8. Hi Mary,

    I'm with you...I didn't know some of those words, either.

    Thank you for sharing the video.
    What a great way to begin the day.

  9. I think I use "no way" in place of seriously! Those books should be good, I loved the movies. Yes common decency is gone.
    Loved that video......


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