Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

Since I have a new blog, I think I will join up with Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond and answer her Hodgepodge questions for this week.
1. What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend.
The best marriage advice we ever received was to never speak poorly of each other in front of others. It really grates against me when I hear a husband and wife cut each other down or complain about the other when in public. I haven't perfectly followed this advice, but I try. It certainly helps with my attitude towards my husband. (I hope this helps your friend.)

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?"
Good question! I would think most people would remember that significant date. 
1999 found us living in Singapore. Christmas of that year was spent in New Zealand. We had to go back to Singapore for New Year's Eve, because Hubby had to be at work "just in case".  December 31, 1999: Hubby was at work, our son, who was 12 at the time was out wandering around Singapore with the youth group from church, my daughter (who was 9) and I were at home watching the New Year festivities in Singapore in TV. I think the only one who really had fun that night was our son. No, we didn't make any sort of preparations for Y2K that I can remember.
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?
Move. Or variations of that word.
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'll have to admit I haven't heard several of those words/phrases. The one I think it the stupidest would have to be "cra-cra". Just say "crazy" and be done with it. What other word? "Pic" or "pics". Just spell out the whole word, thank-you-very-much. And PLEASE don't use "pix"!

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 like tea. I tend to like regular old black tea, but English Breakfast and Earl Grey are close behind. I like Hot Tea, I tend to drink (decaf) Iced Tea year round.
6. Whatever happened to________________________________?
Whatever happened to the 1920-something silver dollars my great-aunt gave me when I was a child? I haven't been able to find them for years and it just makes my heart sick.
7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter? 
I have quite a pile of books I got for Christmas and my birthday. I just started reading My Life in France by Julia Child. So far so good. I also want to re-read a book called Hansi the Girl Who Left the Swastika. I heard the author speak at our church in Singapore many, many years ago and I found her story very fascinating.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
The company Hubby works for shipped one of our cars to South Carolina. Here it is on the truck ready to be taken off for us. Our car is the red one. Can we say lack of planning?
I will say the driver was an expert at backing those cars off pretty quickly!


  1. HI, there. Welcome to the Hodgepodge! I see we share our angst over the word "cra-cra." And yes, we can say lack of planning! That "pic" (haha) cracks me up. We had a car delivered from GA to MD but, five minutes from our house, the driver got stuck in parking lot that didn't have an entrance and exit. Tight squeeze and I was the one guiding him. Looking forward to getting better acquainted.

  2. Well you are now living in the land of sweet tea so enjoy! I'm probably guilty of saying pics but never pix. We tend to abbreviate everything now, don't we? Good luck with all the moving shenanigans.

  3. I'm glad I found you! ;-)

    I'm with you ... say and write the words! I wonder if I'm the last person on earth who texts the entire words instead of "u" for you, "2" for to, "4" for for, etc.

    I too drink iced tea year 'round. I'd prefer Diet Coke, but I'm trying to eliminate (or at least curtail) my consumption of artificial sweeteners. I drink regular iced tea in the mornings and switch to decaf iced tea at lunch time.

  4. Welcome to the blog world. I am still a newbie myself even though I have several post. I am still finding my way. I absolutely agree that people should just say the word and stop with all this non-sense. Look foward to seeing how the move is going to SC. My sister-in-law Kisha over at just moved to North Carolina from there. She has several blogs up about random things to do and see. Check her out sometime and say hi.

  5. Welcome to the blog world and The Hodgepodge!!
    Very good advice on number 2 ! It reflects poorly on the spouse complaining, rather than the one being complained about!