The week gone by — Jan. 3*

*And maybe some more, since last week was a bit slow and I didn’t do an actual recap the week before. My blog, my rules.

In news that should be as shocking as Tuesday following Monday, the top term on Lake Superior State’s 2021 list of banished words — complied since 1976 “to uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical—and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating” — is “COVID-19” or any version of the word.

And like Wednesday follows Tuesday, the second word is “social distancing.”

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One big hope for 2021

I don’t like to brag. My philosophy is “Those who are, don’t have to tell you.”

It’s why my least-favorite question in any job interview is “What is your greatest weakness?” It’s hard enough for me to say how awesome I am without then having to say how I suck, even though I know the point is to talk about how I’m trying to overcome it.

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Thoughts and a wish for 2020

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like making promises that I don’t know I’ll keep, even if the promise is just to myself.

Sure there are things I want to do. I’ve gained back some of the weight I’ve lost, not a lot, but I’d like to put a stop to that.

I need to better at enjoying life in the moment, and make sure I read more books.

I just don’t like looking at my life on Jan. 1 and saying, “OK, now I have to do all these things” where it’s some kind of failure if I don’t.

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The last 10 years

The end of the year usually brings with it review and reflection of the 12 months gone by.

But with 2019 being the end of the 2010s — although the decade doesn’t actually end until next year — those reviews and reflections of the past year share space with a look back at the 10 years gone by.

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