1.July 15th is National Give Something Away Day. What can you give away? Will you?
I am going to go through Harley's clothes and see what she can't wear anymore. Then I will give away those very nice, but too small things, to Goodwill. Some we might keep for Paige. She is smaller than Harley but she has much different taste. So we might not!!
2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so.
I have a few according to my gandkids!
1. Apples and Oranges
2. It is what it is
3. Oh, Good Lord!
To explain: Harley often wants to know why she can't do something that Darian is doing. Why she can't have something that Darian has and I explain to her that it is like 'apples and oranges'. They are different ages, different genders, different people and I will treat them differently. Thus, 'apples and oranges' has become a mantra.
It is what it is doesn't need much explaining, does it? It just is what it is!
Oh, Good Lord is just something I say a lot! When Paige was a baby it was one of her first phases. We all thought it was very cute. Then! Maybe not so much now!
3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle?
Since I am somewhat like a single mother (my husband passed last July. He was the grocery shopper before he got sick in 2011. I miss him doing the grocery shopping. And I miss him in so many other ways!!) I plan my meals by the week and make a list. I use Out of Milk on my phone so my list is always with me. However, I usually go aisle by aisle (unless I am pinching pennies at the end of the month) and add other things to the cart. Groceries are, by far, our biggest budget item. I really need to learn to curtail here. But we love to eat!
4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? You're going to tell us what it is, right?
I don't know that I would say that I am embarrassed to watch this but I do watch Big Brother every summer. It is a really stupid reality TV show but it's like driving by an accident....I can't help but gawk! Anyone else watch Big Brother?
5. A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter-
that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless
Of the fifteen, which word is your most overused?
I recently read an article like this. Then I re-read some of my writing and discovered I used "that" way too much. So, I have been trying to edit it from my writing.
"1. ThatIt’s superfluous most of the time. Open any document you’ve got drafted on your desktop, and find a sentence with that in it. Read it out loud. Now read it again without that. If the sentence works without it, delete it. Also? Don’t use that when you refer to people. “I have several friends that live in the neighborhood.” No. No, you don’t. You have friends who. Not friends that."
I'm also guilty of using went wrong. And over-use of the word amazing!!
6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts?
LOL! If they are doing it in their youth to make a statement I guarantee, when they have gray hair in the future, they will cover it! I think gray can be a nice color, but when it looks lavender, then it just looks stupid. My opinion. My blog! (P.S. my hair is salt and pepper with a heavy hand of salt now showing. But heck, I'm 64 and I've earned it).
7. A while back Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they've read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let's try. What's one of the most beautiful sentences you've ever read in a piece of literature?
I loved the book and I loved the movie. And I loved a man who loved me just like this:
“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Up until yesterday I have never seen a tornado cloud in person. I live in Kansas, home of the most famous tornado of all time, and have never personally seen a tornado. Do you know why? Because if the tornado siren is blowing, I am hiding. But yesterday the tornado cloud was in the sky, right in front of our eyes, before the sirens went off. Lucky for us it touched down 10 miles away. It destroyed one home and moved around a few cars and toppled some trees. But luckily no one was injured. I was surprised at how calm I was. I used to not be so calm in the face of a storm. I guess age does that to you! Anyhow, we are thankful this tornado missed up and caused so little damage.