Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge



What do you know … it’s Wednesday again.  And that means that it’s time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.  What a pleasant and interesting break in the middle of the week … I look forward to it.  If you do, too, you can click on the button above to see what everyone else had to say.


1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen's English in 2012-  amazing, baby bump, shared sacrifice, occupy, blowback, man cave, the new normal, pet parent, win the future, trickeration, ginormous, and thank you in advance.

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 are chosen.

I guess I’d choose “trickeration”. Mostly because it’s a made-up word, and using made-up words is a pet peeve of mine. Winking smile  


2. Are you easily embarrassed?

Yes, I’m pretty easily embarrassed.


3. What is your go-to snack?

My current go-to snack is Cuties.  Only 25 calories, easy to peel, seedless, juicy and sweet … what’s not to love. 


4. Have you ever been to Washington D.C.? If not do you have any desire to go? What site/attraction would you most want to see in that city? If you have been, what's your favorite site/attraction?

No, I’ve never been to Washington.  I’d like to go … and what I’d like to see most is the Smithsonian.


5. sit ups-planks-lunges-squats...which do you hate the least?

This would assume that I’ve done all these so we can compare and determine which is my least favorite.  Walking and biking are pretty much the extent of my exercising … and while I am getting back into an exercise program, it does not include any of those exercises.  The only one I’ve done tried is the sit up … and that was years ago.  And I won’t be attempting it any time in the foreseeable future.


6. What's a small act of kindness you were shown that you've never forgotten?

A few years back when I was moved into a new job, and I was feeling pretty insecure … a new job and new co-workers, it was all pretty overwhelming at the time.  One afternoon I was working on a project with a looming deadline … I was having a difficult time getting the numbers to balance on a part of the project.  To say that my stress level was getting high would be an understatement.  I could definitely use a Diet Coke … I was thirsty, and who knows, maybe a bit of caffeine would give me enough of a boost to complete the worksheet.  But unfortunately, the soda machine down the hall sold only Pepsi products … and I would rather do without than drink Pepsi.  Coke products were sold in the University Center building next door, but I didn’t have time to go get one.  Two of my new co-workers went next door and got me a can of Diet Coke.  It seems like such a small, insignificant gesture … but at the time, it was just what I needed … physically and even more important emotionally.  After that, I felt like I was accepted as part of the team and developed close friendships with my co-workers, which continue to this day.


7. Have you ever been a blood donor?

No.  I would love to … but it’s a torturous ordeal just to give enough blood for routine bloodwork.  I have tiny, mobile veins, so the least painful results are achieved with a pediatric needle.  If they could guarantee that they could get the vein the first time, with no exploration, I would consider giving blood.  But since the needle used is significantly large than the standard blood draw needle, I can’t imagine that will happen.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Snow!  There’s snow in the forecast!  Starting tonight and continuing through tomorrow, we’ve got snow in the forecast … we may get up to a couple of inches of snow!  I can’t wait! 


  1. I guess a CUTIE is like a clementine??

  2. We had similar answers about Washington. I'd like to visit the Smithsonian, too.

    I'm with you on Coke and Pepsi...Pepsi just doesn't measure up! Sweet memories of that act of kindness.

    Enjoy that snow :)

  3. I am total opposite with the soda. I am a huge Pepsi drinker and would not drink a Coke (unless of course my life depended on it). =)

  4. I know *squeal*...I'm so excited for the snow. Even though it will probably melt in one day. Sigh!

  5. Hope you get your snow! I love CUTIES, in fact I think I will go pick one off my tree in the back yard. Before all the ad campaigns, I just called my tree a clementine.

  6. I had to have a blood test yesterday and they informed me my veins roll when they try to get them. No one's ever told me that before. So after trying and digging around they ended up taking it out of the back of my hand. It wasn't bad at all, so I think I'll tell them to do that from now on.

    Cuties are very good, but oreos are better. haha

  7. I think its those seemingly small acts of kindness that stick and are remembered the most. Nice that you still have close friendships with them.
    Its snowing here today. Yesterday it was in the 50's and we were out walking. Ah well, that's life in Colorado!

  8. Although I don't often drink anything but coffee, I so totally understand about the coke! I don't think I could even swallow one sip of a Pepsi - way to sweet.

  9. First... my husband graduated from Lake that was amusing right away. I'm tired of "amazing". I'm guilty of saying it too much myself.

    I have never heard of or seen cuties...and they are. I have been to DC lots. We started going in the late 80s when our daughters were little and just went again this past May.

    Terry and I both worked for American Red Cross. That's where we met. So, yes, I've given blood a few times. None recently though. Not my favorite thing to do either.

  10. I'm addicted to the little cuties. There are worse things, right? : )

  11. What a nice kindness that was shown to you. We are getting snow as well! We'll shovel together!

  12. Cuties are certainly more nutritious than my chocolate. But maybe not as much fun. ;-)

  13. I told a few other people today that we need a Wednesday Hodgepodge get together in DC! Stay warm and safe. Hopefully you won't get too much.

  14. I have never tried the cuties. I will have to look for them. I would love to go back to DC to see what I did not see and the musems but next time I will go with a tour.
    Snow in our forcast too. I wish I could just stay home and watch...


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