Wednesday, January 16, 2013

hodge podge - takin' a trip!

1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen's's the list for 2013-

fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, yolo (an acronym for you only live once), spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, and guru

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen.

There are a few that I would like to ban, but most have their place and most are already on their way out.  My eldest daughter uses YOLO way too often…but what can you do, she is young and trying to justify what she is doing in life.  However….

I would ban Superfood – believe it or not!  I am currently taking nutrition classes and everywhere I turn, there is yet another Superfood! Do we really know anything about this new berry found in the Amazon that will not only cure your every disorder but will also remove fat by rubbing it on your thighs, and smearing it on your face?!? (I don’t know if something like that does exist, but it seems that the health claims of all of these new Superfoods make these types of claims, and I am tired of it.  What about good old fashioned fruits and vegetables?!?

"It's food. It's either healthful or it's not. There is no 'super' involved."

2.  When was the last time you rode a train?  Where did you go?

It was April of 2011 when my daughter and I rode the EuroStar round trip from London to Paris for a nice weekend together!  That is a trip I wouldn’t mind repeating – and spend longer than a weekend too!

3. Bagels-yay or nay?  Favorite 'flavor'?  Favorite topping?

YAY!  If it weren’t for this stupid gluten sensitivity, I would eat bagels an awful lot!  I would have to go with Onion bagels with ‘Schmear!’ – cream cheese, red onion, avocado, maybe a little fancy white albacore tuna (keep your dill pickles to yourself!), and sunflower sprouts and a piece of sweet, nutty baby Swiss cheese!  (Did I also mention that I am lactose intolerant and vegetarian as well?!?)  Oh…in my Dreams!

4.  'Tis the season of awards shows...if you could star in a movie already made which one would you choose?

Easy – Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, or Persuasion!  A Jane Austen movie of any of these three would be fabulous!  I would have to be Elizabeth Bennet, Elinor Dashwood or Anne Elliot!  I think it would be fabulous to rumble around the English countryside, reside in manor homes and wear Regency clothing.  That would be ideal to me!

5. The move towards single gender classrooms has been making the news in recent months....what say you?  Do you think kids perform better if seperated by gender and are taught differently or is that discrimination?  If you're a parent, is this something you'd support in regard to your own children?

I don’t think so… even though it proves as a distraction, it also helps to ‘train’ our youth to deal with the opposite sex for when they will have to in the workplace.  Also, I personally think that the girls would prove more catty towards one another as they aren’t able to focus some of their attention on the boys.  However, I am for school uniforms!

6. What's your favorite thing about staying in a hotel?

It would have to be a perfect hotel, first of all!  Probably the Lounge area, maybe out by the pool!  Nothing like foofy drinks with umbrellas served while sipping poolside in a tropical area!

I would have said the bed or the bathroom… but we have a wonderful, deep garden tub for two, very fluffy towels and a great bed for sleeping with quality sheets.

I do like it when other people cook for me…. B)

7. Do you have a 'word' for 2013?  What's the story behind your choice?

“Re-empowerment” – my husband was talking with our eldest and this is going to be her word for this year, and I thought I would adopt it as well – I want to get my body back from the BabyFat Monster! I also want to find that perfect job that I look forward going to every day!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of taking trips... we will be heading to South Carolina next week for our daughter's Graduation from Basic Training, then up to DC to see her twin at her new digs while she is working at Walter Reed!  *Proud Mama Beams*!

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