January 16, 2013

A North and South Wednesday Hodgepodge



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

Well, I've actually never heard most of these in anyone's "everyday speech", certainly never used them myself. So I'm not certain I'd want to keep any of them. Except maybe for a few special occasions. Every once in a while, I have thrown out "guru" just because it's a fun word to say. But as for the rest, I don't think I'd miss them.

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

About eight or nine years ago, a friend and I, along with her grandson, took the train down to the Fresno Zoo for the day.

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

YAY!! I love bagels! My favorite kind is cinnamon raisin and I like plain cream cheese on top. The whipped cream cheese is the best! :)

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

I am absolutely terrified to stand in front of people and be the center of attention, so I could never, ever, ever, ever be a movie star. Sounds horrible to me. But if I HAD to, I'd probably choose a period drama since I love to watch those and that means I could practice my British accent! :) (I've always thought it would be fun to be able to whip out a British accent whenever I felt like it.)



Speaking of period dramas, if I could be in a movie with Richard Armitage and get him to look at me like that, I certainly wouldn't complain! Although I'm not so sure I'd even be able to talk if I ever actually met the man. :D (And yes, this is a shameless plan on my part to encourage you to watch North and South!)

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 separated 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?

Just going by my own experience, as I have no children, I don't see anything wrong with going to class with guys and girls both. It was fine with me and never affected my studies that I can recall. I obviously don't pay attention to the news much as I hadn't heard anything about this, so I don't really have a big opinion either way at this point.

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

Not having to do any of the laundry or cleaning!

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

I don't really have one, but recently Natalie Lloyd had a post about "roar" and being brave. It was a great post (go read it!), so perhaps I'll go with that. I could stand to fight my fears and be braver this year. :) Fear can definitely keep me from stepping out into the unknown and I'd like to change that.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Since I've already mentioned North and South, I thought I'd entice you with more pictures in case you haven't seen it yet. And if you have, then perhaps they'll encourage you to go watch it again! :D It is hands down my absolute favorite movie/mini series ever! I have watched it countless times and I imagine many more times will happen in the future. :) It's a wonderful romance but also filled with mill worker strikes and problems and everyday life in England around the 1850s. All the characters are awesome. (But especially John Thornton and Margaret Hale, the main couple.) Each one is well acted and fleshed out. I could probably gush for days about the splendiferously fabulousness of this mini series but I won't. :D Just........go watch it! It's a great way to spend four hours of your time. Perhaps more if you're like me and re-watch the last scene multiple times!


Source: bbc.co.uk via Kara on Pinterest




Toodle-loo kangaroos! :D

26 comments:

  1. Once in awhile I whip out a British accent. I could never fool a true Brit, but I could fool some random stranger on the street on a good day. As long as they've never been to Britain. lol

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    1. I've tried, but I'm hopeless at it. It's why I need practice! :D

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  2. I watched North and South years ago. Is this a newer version of the one with Patrick Swayze in it.

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    1. No, this one takes place in England and deals with mill workers and owners. The titles are confusing, so I understand! :)

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  3. Hotels really are a great place for a cleaning break! =) Thanks for sharing-the word "roar" and its meaning are a great word for a year!
    Have a great day!

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    1. Yes they are! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I am a big fan of the accent too. I've never seen this North and South. A while back there was a US mini series by that name but it was set in America during the Civil War. It was good too.

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    1. Glad I'm not alone in liking that accent. :D I've actually never seen that North and South but I know it's popular and my roommate loves it.

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  5. Absolutely LOVE North and South!! I watched it twice and recommended it to my best friend. She loved it too! Great series :)

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    1. Agreed! It's so fun to meet someone else who likes it as much as I. :D

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  6. I, too, wish I could just whip out a really cool accent. Alas, the best I can do is a southern drawl!

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    1. Yeah, that's all I can do too. But I'll still dream about a British one! :D

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  7. I like the word ROAR... that's a powerful word :)

    I always try to work on a British accent - but the only thing I can pull off is "g'day love" :) haha

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    1. It IS a powerful word! :)

      In my head I can do the accent perfectly, but it never comes out of my mouth the same. sigh. Oh well. :D

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  8. Loving your word choice!

    And what kind of British accent - there are so many accents in Great Britain... :) Can help you practise over skype...! ;)

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    1. Are there more than one? I suppose that makes sense, especially since we have so many over here. I just never thought about it. May have to figure out skype just so I can take you up on that offer! haha. :D

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  9. I agree on the cleaning break at hotels! Then it's back to reality when we get home.

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    1. Yup, reality always hits too soon. ;) But I enjoy my break from it while it lasts!

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  10. Enjoyed your comments. I am going to have to check out North and South. It looks very interesting. And roar is a great word. Thanks for dropping by my place!
    until next time...nel

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    1. I think it's fabulous! If you ever watch it, I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think. :) Thanks for coming by!

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  11. I have never a "guru" yet. I must be looking in the wrong place.

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    1. I confess I don't know any guru's either, but it's such a funny word to say. :)

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  12. I love british accents! My mom was born in England so she's pretty fluent though she speaks more USA english since she's been here for about 50 years. Though her brothers accent is stronger, he's older than her.
    I am not a fan of cleaning, but will tolerate laundry. My favorite thing about hotels is the free breakfasts & the fact my bed's already made when i get back to the room.

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    1. Amen! Free breakfast and fresh made bed are awesome things about hotels. :) I love that your mom hasn't lost her accent after that many years. It must be like a southern accent, it just never fully goes away. :D

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  13. Oh gosh, that last N&S collage picture -- ChristianFictionQueen was my first blog!!! I forget its still out there sometimes. :)

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    1. Whoa! How funny! What a small world huh? I'll have to actually click over to it now that I know who it belongs to. ;) (I just got that pin from someone else.) Thanks for stopping by!

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