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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
First hodgepodge of 2018
Well, what do you know? It's Wednesday again, time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond. Head on over to get the questions. Then answer them on your own blog and go back over to Joyce's to link up! I'm a little slow on the uptake today, but here are this week's [challenging] questions:
1. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to
present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for
over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more
about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year's top vote getters are- unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned,
onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you
this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot
water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy
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
I have to admit I use "tons" a lot. (That was #2 on the list.) I also have to admit I haven't even heard of four of these words/expressions -- onboarding/offboarding, gig economy, covfefe, and nothingburger -- and that it never occurred to me that "hot water heater" contained an unnecessary word.
I guess of those on the list, I would choose "dish" as I do think that's rather silly.
I would add a couple of words/phrases not on the list -- one would be "Well, look," as a preface to any answer being given in news interviews. It annoys me no end. My second choice is the same as last year: "crack" or "cracked out" as a description for some supposedly addictive recipe. Drug addiction is no joke. It's even less funny this year than last.
2. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year?
A number of excess pounds and a lot of extra possessions.
3. Where do you feel stuck?
Between a rock and a hard place. Too much to do at two houses and not enough time to do it.
4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of
soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup?
Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?
I last had a bowl of soup for supper last night. It was a homemade Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup made in the slow cooker and it was absolutely wonderful.
I'm trying (and failing) to think of my favorite canned soup.
Favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter day: just about anything, really. We eat a LOT of homemade soup. This is a particularly warming one: Fiesta Sweet Potato Soup.
But really, I encourage you to click on "Soups" in the label cloud in the sidebar at right if your family enjoys soup. There are tons (there I go!) of good soup recipes there.
5. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.
Hopefully another getaway or three with my hubby.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
It's along the same lines as my random thought in this same space last year. It's wonderful to have frozen Christmas cookies still on hand,
as they work out great as a potluck dessert. I just make up a platter with a nice assortment and we are good to go. Still, in other ways I wish they were gone already. I'm able to avoid them (they are frozen solid in tins on the icy screened porch) but not my hubby. He has found that most of them thaw out easily in the microwave, and a nightly visit to the porch has become part of his routine.😊⛄❄
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.