1. July 15th is National Give Something Away Day. What can you give away? Will you? I've been busily cleaning out my basement. I've been weeding clothes from the boys closets as well as my own and hubby has even joined in. Just a couple of weeks ago I filled the back of my truck with bags of clothing and even four boxes of books. I gave them to Goodwill. I will admit to getting a tax donation receipt because of the shear volume of what I gave away! And I have another truckload of miscellanous stuff I'm planning to drop off there tomorrow.
I will also say I tried to give that truckload to a local thrift store and they refused it. They said it was "too much" and they couldn't take it all. I opted to make it easier on myself and just give it to Goodwill. It took all of 10 minutes to unload all of it and get the form I needed to claim it on my taxes. For a busy mom - that was awesome.
That also doesn't include the two trips to the dump just today to get rid of not only trash and recyclables but also a few items I dropped in the "Share Shack" (free for the taking). I'm hoping to make things way easier to find and get to in the basement catch-all space.
2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so. Not really.
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? I do all the grocery shopping. I usually go weekly. I will sometimes do a quick mid-week run for milk and water (I drink SoBe LifeWater and often run out in between trips.) And yes, I usually have a list. I actually use a neat app on my Kindle for this. I can even "cross off" the items when I buy them. Then I just "uncross" them for the next week and I can add and delete as needed. The app is called "Simple List Lite." It's free.
4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? You're going to tell us what it is, right? I like a lot of reality shows, but there is nothing I'm really embarrassed to say that I watch.
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? Most of them? I probably tend to overuse absolutely, amazing, and literally the most though. And irregardless is overused? That's a great word!
6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts? Interesting. We were just discussing this with friends the other night. I have great genes and even at my, ahem, advanced age (early 40s), I have no gray hair and I don't color it. My grandmother was in her 80s before she started to turn gray. My mom died when she was 65 and still had no gray hair.
I think the trend is silly. Gray hair is earned. You shouldn't be able to buy it out of a bottle.
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 read a lot and I oftentimes am just reading for pleasure so I don't notice the words per se. And I don't keep a book of quotes (although I should!). I did, however, just finish reading The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. (It's fantastic by-the-way and I highly recommend it!). This quote struck me and continues to stick with me....is it a beautifully constructed sentence? Probably not, but it's definitely thought provoking.
"Don't ever give up in freedom what we would never have given up in persecution!
That is our witness to the
power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!"
(quoted by a man named Stoyen in Eastern Europe who
suffered much in order to proclaim the power of Christ).
8. Insert your own random thought here. I saw this bug the other day while I was pulling weeds from my garden....
I posted it to Facebook and some friends identified it as a milkweed tortoise beetle. They feed on vines such as morning glories. I just thought it was so pretty. I had never seen anything like it before.