1. Are you ready for new? Is 2016 likely to be very different than 2015? Do you want it to be?
I am ready for new. I love January's. It always feels like we are getting another chance to start over. I like making goals. I like planning. I want 2016 to be different from 2015 in so many ways. I am moving Forward! I am ready to carve out a life for myself. I think!
2. January 6th is National Technology Day. Currently, what is your single biggest struggle or frustration when it comes to technology?
I don't really struggle too much with technology anymore. I can remember when we first got the computer at home. I had my computer guru, Fred, on speed-dial for when I screwed things up. He would always come over and show me how to fix it. He always was good at encouraging me to play with it and to not be afraid. Sadly he moved away. But I don't have anymore problems. Or at least not very often. And I have two teens who live here. They know how to do most things on the computer pretty well. And they can almost always straighten me out on how to best use my cellphone.
3. It's that time 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, and general uselessness) in 2016. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are-
So (at the start of every single sentence), conversation (as in hotly debated topics where we're invited to 'join the conversation'), problematic, stakeholder, price point, secret sauce, break the Internet, walk it back, presser, manspreading (common in larger cities where some men take up the entire bus or train seat by sitting wide), vape, giving me life (refers to anything that may excite a person or make them laugh), and physicality
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?
So, I am finding most of this list problematic.....haha, not really. I cannot stand when people begin their sentences with So. I have been noticing that on the Food Network shows and it drives me batty. The rest of the words I haven't really heard that much. We have talked about vaping here! The kids know more about it than I do. But I don't think either of them are vaping. I am ready to quit hearing terms like BFF, BAE, K, LMAO....all terms I see pretty frequently in text messages from my grandchildren. I make them spell out "Okay". Really, is it that hard? And I have been known to tell Harley that her a** is still there, she didn't laugh it off!!
I am reading Whole 30 because I want to do a Whole 30 in March to see if we want to try a Paleo diet. That is my goal for January. And drink more water. And walk more.
5. Let's talk fifty shades of gray. As in the color. Gray is currently a popular color in home decor, paint, wardrobes, hair, wedding party attire, and more. Are you a fan? Do you have the color in some variation in your home or wardrobe? Gray hair, the old gray mare, gray matter, gray area...which gray idiom can you most relate to right now?
I have a gray bathroom and I am getting ready to paint Darian's bedroom a semi-dark shade of gray. I also quit coloring my hair in 2014 and it is more gray now than salt and pepper. So I guess gray hair and old gray mare both fit me pretty good!
6. Certain foods are considered 'lucky' if eaten on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Cooked greens to bring economic fortune, black-eyed peas or lentils also symbolize money, pork which symbolizes progress, fish for good luck, and if you're in Spain 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Did you eat any lucky foods on the first day of the year? Is that a tradition in your home? Of the foods listed, which most appeals to you?
When Richard was alive we always had black-eyed peas and cornbread on New Year's Day. Always. But the kids don't like them. So, I didn't fix them this year! Hope that won't ruin my chances at an economic fortune!
7. What's the single biggest time waster in your life and what, if anything, will you do about it this year?
My biggest time waster is Facebook. I am not even sure why! I don't really have many Facebook friends. So I mainly follow pages and newsfeeds and check on the grands. Yes, that is a good idea. Goal: reduce the amount of time I spend on Facebook!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
My word for 2016 is Forward! And this quote resonates with me today!