Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Oh, baby, it's cold outside!

Oh, baby it's cold outside!!!  It's the perfect time to stay indoors, to sit at my computer, and answer the Hodgepodge questions for the week.   Why don't you take a moment to read the questions and my answers, and feel free to answer them too?  I love reading your responses.  I mean, come on, where else do you have to go?  Stay warm.  Stay safe.

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 misuse, overuse, or just general uselessness.   Here are the words/phrases they'd like to see banished in 2014 - 

selfie, twerk/twerking, hashtag, Twittersphere, Mr. Mom, T-bone, ___ on steroids, the suffixes -ageddon, and -pocalypse added to everything, from the world of politics - intellectually/morally bankrupt and Obamacare, and from the world of sports the words - adversity and fan base. 

Which of these words/phrases would you like to see banished from everyday speech and why?  Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add? 

Well, I would love to see the end of" intellectually and morally bankrupt" used NOT because I don't like the sound of the words but because it defines our politicians well right now and I would love to see that change.  Wouldn't it be nice to instead say they did their jobs well due to the morals and ethics they have?    

I'm totally unaware of "T-bone".  Can someone give me the use of it?  (Besides as a cut of steak.)

I am tired of the News Channels using -ageddon and -pocalyse and I think it's away of raising un-necessary fear in people.  In fact, how about they stop using the words "Breaking News" every five minutes??   Hello!  That is what a News Channel does...they break/give the recent news to the viewers.  duh

2.  What one unfinished project nags at you begging to be completed in this new year? 

This is minor, and therefore it's not really nagging at me, but I have yet to complete putting away the Christmas decorations.  I'm almost done...just not quite.  I only put out part of my Christmas village this past season and it still needs to be packed away.  Plus, I need hubby's help to carry our two artificial trees (one is indoors, one is outdoors) to our shed in the back of our house.

3. When did you last have a bowl of soup?  What kind? Homemade or from a can?  What's your favorite soup? 

I had some canned Campbell's tomato soup (made with milk) for lunch two days ago.  It used to be my favorite...especially with some crackers crunched up in it.   But, now, I think I like mushroom & rice, or a good vegetable soup.   Today will be an excellent day for a bowl!!

4.  Snowed in, snowed under, snow job... which one most applies to your life in recent days, figuratively speaking. 

I think it's interesting that all 3 phrases using the word snow are negative! I am not a lover of snow, so it seems appropriate!  But, I can't say that I have felt snowed in, under, or have been given a snow job recently.  Thank goodness!!

5.  What's the funniest movie you have ever seen, or at least one of the funniest? 

I think I have to go with "Christmas Vacation" with the Griswalds and their relatives!  I can watch it over and over... and relate at times, and laugh a lot!!!  There's no cussing, no sex to sell it...and it stands as one of the best ever made!   And funniest!!

6.  In general, would you say you're clumsy? 

No.  ( :    

7.  Elvis Presley was born on January 8th back in 1935. Are you an Elvis fan?  What's your favorite Elvis tune? 

I would not call myself an Elvis fan, but I do acknowledge that many of his songs have certainly become a part of our lives, and that he was a bold singer for back in the 50's and early 60's.  He was "different" and appealed to the young of that generation.  Early on I liked his voice quality and his  songs have survived the test of time for that reason!   I liked "early Elvis" better than when he started wearing those white pantsuits and acting all Vegas-style.  As for my favorite Elvis songs?   "Can't Help Falling In Love with You" and "Are you Lonesome Tonight?".  I've got to say he does a wonderful rendition of "How Great Thou Art" too.  My hubby has always been a bigger Elvis fan than I have and he has Elvis songs on his Ipod...and sings them around the house.  (I'm giving away a secret! ha)

8.  My random thought. 

I actually have a couple of them this morning.  First, I'm sad for the end of another college football season.  I'm proud of my Gamecocks for finishing 4th in a couple of the polls!!!  Awesome!  It was a fun season and there were many, many great games to watch!

I DO NOT like cold weather.  At all.  No way.  Add in some wind and it's a "cruel world out there."   I am lucky to live south enough that when we get a cold snap it doesn't last long.  But I'm thinking of ALL of you in other parts of the country cold and snowed in - and it's just the beginning of winter.   Stay warm - stay safe.   Try not to get "hysterics in the barracks" as my Dad would say.   And....come on SPRINGTIME!!!


  1. Enjoyed reading your answers today. I live in Chattanooga and it was 5 this morning when I got up, but no snow. Hopefully it will warm up as the week goes by. I love soups or stews in the winter and might just have to have one today...maybe potato/cheese! Stay Warm.

  2. -23 here in upstate NY. Not an Elvis fan (gasp!), we eat alot of soup during the winter, I would like a certain "f" word to be banned forever. --enjoyed reading your answers. Blessings

  3. I'm in Florida, and we have record lows for us, but we are not suffering like many north of us! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge!!

  4. My Christmas break has been extended for 3 days, so I had plenty of time to get the decorations down after our vacation. I used to live in SC, but am a Vol fan!

  5. I am with you on the media hyping everyone up. Now we're naming snow storms! When I hear them say things like its the coldest temps in 20 years I think, wow-20 years ago I was in my 30s...maybe because the Internet wasn't an addictionyet we just dealt with it : ) It's cold-don't go out if you don't have to-do we need weather people to tell us that? I'm on the home stretch with the Christmas un-doing. It's a much bigger job than the doing!

  6. I expect it to be cold in the winter here in NY but it seems odd that the South is having really low temps. too. At least we are prepared for it here :) We had fun sledding with the kids on Saturday! Stay warm :)

  7. I enjoyed your answers to this week's Hodgepodge. I won't repeat your hubby's secret. I have a couple of Elvis' songs on my iPod too. :)
    The only thing I can think of regarding the phrase 'T-bone' (besides the meat) would be at accidents... they refer to the one driver who caused the accident as having T-boned the other car (they hit the other car directly into one side, like the letter T) If that's not it, I have no idea.) All the new words and phrases coming out makes my head spin. Can't keep up.
    You asked me where I live in Ohio..... I'm in NW section of the state, west of Lima.
    We're beginning to warm up a bit from the minus temperatures. Thank goodness. It's been horrible. Everyone is having problems with where to put all the snow. The city has been plowing it up and dumping it on the soccer field. We've had enough... let's get on to spring! Take care.