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1. What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend.
I've never been married, so I really don't know.

2. Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?" and " Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"
We were celebrating New Year's Eve! I remember watching the festivities in Times Square. 
No, I do not think we prepared for Y2K. I didn't even hear about it until years later. From what I've heard, it was said that computers at the time only knew the last two digits of the year. So, they would mistake 2000 for 1900. And for reasons I can't understand (I'm not a software programmer!) that caused some problems. Apparently many computer systems were fixed before it could happen. 

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn't a word. It's the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that's not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?
Since I have no way of knowing for sure, I'll just make something up: Subway. I used the LA subway frequently this summer.

4. Speaking of words, it's that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are- bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix)
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?
Definitely "cra-cra". I never thought it sounded good.

5. January is National Hot Tea Month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day?
I don't drink tea very often, but I like it a lot more than coffee! Especially the kind that is often served in Chinese restaurants here in the US. I haven't really tried any flavored teas. If there is sugar available, I'll put some in, but otherwise I just like it hot. I don't have a favorite cup, since I don't often drink tea. 

6. Whatever happened to__________________________________?
Whatever happened to "not looking things up"? Whenever anyone around me has a question that can be looked up online, they usually ask me to pull out my phone and look it up. Sometimes I'm glad to, and sometimes I'm not. If we're driving somewhere and I'm enjoying the scenery, it can be annoying to start a search on my web browser. Unless I'm curious about the question too. Then, I'll spend as much time as necessary in finding an answer!

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter?
"Pioneer Girl". It's about Laura Ingalls Wilder, an author I've liked since I was a kid. Her books were fictionalized accounts of her own life as a pioneer in the American west. Although she gave an idea of what it was like to live back then, she left out some parts of her life, and changed others. "Pioneer Girl" is a book based on unpublished work of hers. It gives more details about her life. I'm excited to learn new things about one of my favorite authors! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Charlie Hebdo may have published some offensive cartoons, but no one deserved to die because of them.

Again, here is the site where I got the questions:
http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/

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