2 Jan 2018


The masters of the universe..... grandson Toby and best friend

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1. It's that time of year 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, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year's top vote getters are-

unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy

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?

English is not my mothertongue so all these words sound right to me even the hot water. We have these absurdities in French too. Anyway languages change, you only realize it when you have been long time out of the country. When I once visited my girlfriend in Germany she bought me a dictionary to understand the youth ! Although German is my mothertongue, there are so many new words ! 

2. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year?

There is no need, everything can stay where it is, I couldn't say my husband could I ? ..... 

3. Where do you feel stuck?

For the moment everywhere, no energy I recover from the festivities and  a flu !

4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?

How lucky I am that it is no Soup Month here, I hate soups ! So I never do open a can or do it myself !!

The only one I like is lentil soup but I don't call that a soup, as it is not really liquid

5. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.

To this travel in August

6. Insert your own random thought here.

My thought is that I am happy that all these festivities are over, and I can return to my normal life !


  1. My heroes!!!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/curiosity.html

  2. Visiting from the Hodgepodge. I hope you recover from the flu very quicky. The picture of your son and his friend is very cute.

  3. We all should follow your grandson and his friend's examples.


  4. That looks like a super trip. I'd love to go with you. I haven't been to those countries.

  5. You do know it might get cold on that trip? But seriously: quite jealous here of that trip, I would love to do something like that again.

  6. I'm with you on the random thought. I love my mundane routine. Happy New Year.

  7. Kids are often the most willing models. Nice images. If the word/phrase "pre-owned" were eliminated what would the car dealers do? They think "pre-owned automobile" sounds much better than "used car". Have a blessed Wednesday.

  8. Handsome 'men' of the Universe ~ good to 'see you' again ~ Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. WOW, what a fabulous trip you have planned. I love to travel and would enjoy a month long trip. Here in the USA we don't get extended vacation time like most european countries do... we get a week here or there, or a long weekend. I'd love to just throw caution to the wind and plan a european adventure.
    Happy New Year,
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  10. That looks like a great trip you have planned. I laughed at #2. I'm sure we would all like to get rid of our husbands from time to time ;)

  11. Your grandson is so cute! Hope you're feeling better and wow, what a fantastic trip you have to anticipate. I need to put a great trip on my calendar for this year : )

  12. That August trip -- so exciting! I don't do these hodge podge challenges but I love reading your answers ... you always make me smile (most of the other people's I stumble on take those questions so seriously they're not nearly so fun to read). AND I pretty much always agree with the answers you give -- if only I were creative enough to answer like you do.

  13. Happy New Year. Nice pics. Your grandson looks regal!
    dropping by from WW


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