Seven Snippets: My Mom’s Commenting Debut, Trolls, My Word of the Year, and My Last Auburn Snippets

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ICYMI: My mother left a comment on the blog – first time ever! I suspect it is not only her first comment here at BtS, but her first comment anywhere. The post she chose for her comment debut? A guest post by Mr. Andi.

Oh, the irony.

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If you blog publicly for any length of time, you encounter trolls. Some people are emboldened by their ability to hide behind a computer screen, posting venom anonymously. It’s happened to me quite a bit, but the trolls are a tiny portion of the feedback I receive, so I don’t fret about it too much, though I have vented about it occasionally to Mr. Andi.

So you can imagine my surprise when he came home earlier this week agitated by a couple of anonymous comments criticizing him on a local blog (that I’m pretty sure almost no one reads). I won’t go into specifics – not because they were all that bad, but because they don’t really matter – but I did find it a tiny bit amusing that he would be bothered by it when he knows the kinds of things that people have said to me in the past.

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I stumbled across this video this week and found it both educational and entertaining (language warning, but don’t let that stop you from watching).

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Lots of folks are picking a Word for the Year. I’ve never done anything like that – picking a saint using Jen’s Saint Name Generator last year was a pretty big leap for me. But I’ve been reading a lot of New Year’s themed posts and a word jumped out at me: CHOOSE.

I’m incredibly indecisive, which I’ve mentioned many times before, so I’ll take CHOOSE as a challenge to be better at making decisions. I also need to be better at choosing when it comes to my priorities. ’Nuff said.

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Speaking of choosing saints for the year, I have done it three (four?) different times for 2014 but I keep forgetting to write them down. How bad is that?

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Try as I might, I can’t resist Just One More snippet about Auburn. If you aren’t an Auburn fan (and I’m assuming most of you aren’t), you probably don’t know much about our 2013 football team. I’ve been a fan for decades, but this team (in spite of losing the BCS championship) is my favorite all-time, because I have a soft spot in my heart for people who persevere in the face of hardship. I wonder why. :)

Take a couple of minutes to learn about a few of these special young men.

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How about one more? :) Now that the season is over, I decided I might want to follow some of the seniors to see What’s Next for them, so I followed several of them on Twitter, and while I was at it I also added a few others who, for various reasons, interest me. One of the guys that I followed is Mr. Andi’s favorite player, defensive lineman Gabe Wright.

Anywho, a few hours after I started following him this morning, he favorited one of my tweets – a photo of Nathan holding up the Auburn jersey he got for Christmas. How fun is that? Here’s the original tweet:

Now I’m done. Really. 😉

Have a great weekend!

This post was inspired by and is linked to Conversion Diary‘s 7 Quick Takes.


  1. Danielle Zemlicka says

    I’m an alumna of the Pac-12 team that played Auburn in the first game of the season. While I wasn’t able to attend, I followed the blog and Facebook pages of those who did – including one who drove our WSU flag cross country! The stories they told of the gracious and hospitable Auburn fans were amazing. They were friendly and thanked the Cougs for coming. They invited them into their tailgating parties. And they earned some fans in us – my husband and I were loudly cheering Auburn in the big game, remembering how nice their fans were to us. What a remarkable team you have to cheer for!

    • Andi says

      Thanks for sharing, Danielle! I know everyone believes their alma mater is the best, but Auburn truly is one of the friendliest places on earth. I’ve known many people through the years (my age on down to young women preparing to enter college today) who visited multiple campuses but were SOLD after a single day at Auburn.