My Favorite Two Word Phrases in the English Language
Jan 30, 2011
Do you have those two words that just bring such joy that you wish you could give them a big fat hug? I have a few so I decided I'd make a list to share with you. If you have any that aren't in the list, feel free to leave them in the comments or make your own list! I'm sure I'll be adding onto the list as time passes.
I mean, grammatically it's incorrect since usually Happy Hour lasts for a few hours. Putting that aside, I love Happy Hours. I love that I can go out, have a great meal and some drinks on my strict budget.
I love Farmers Markets and I'm a relatively new convert to this most wonderful community. I used to think all Farmers Markets were the same- with the same farmers selling the same veggies and fruits, some crafty goods, some flowers, some pop-up food vendors. However, all that changed when I went to a Berkeley Farmers Market one Tuesday afternoon and saw that they had fresh meat. MEAT from a real farmer that butches his own meat and only sells it at Farmers Markets. Dairy! Homemade butter?!?! WHAT?!? Cheese, milk, etc. Fresh pasta and all sorts of goodies. I bought a bunch of stuff and made the most delicious week of meals I'd ever cooked. It's incredibly important to support your local businesses and communities in this economy and Farmers Markets help build the community up while supporting the farmers that need it the most.
Those beautiful weeks where a holiday falls on a Friday or a Monday and you get a three-day weekend. It's the perfect time to travel. It also seems to be the only time that I can actually get my weekend to-do list actually done. There's that added bonus of knowing that you're getting paid for a day off- what can be better than that? PTO but, that's three words so we'll have to save that for another time ;p
Everyone needs a best friend. This is someone who's always there for you, knows you better than you know yourself, will tell you exactly what you need to hear, allows you to vent even about stuff they could care less about, and you can rely on. Mine is all of the above and I have no idea where I'd be without her.
After spending time in LA recently, I was reminded of the insane traffic that exists there. With three riders in our car, we were able to zip past the others that were stuck in gridlock with two magical words: carpool lane.
These two words follow thank you as another kind, polite expression to show that you care about another. There are quite a few different stories of the origin. One is that it's an actual blessing from Pope Gregory 1 to fight off the bubonic plague (a sneeze was often thought to be an early symptom). Another legend states that the heart stops beating when you sneeze and "bless you" was meant to ensure that the return to life or for the heart to continue beating. For all the other stories, check out the wiki!
"One love (n) refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or color." What a beautiful combination. I hear it often expressed in the underground hip-hop and reggae cultures and think it's such a wonderful expression of love toward your fellow human. Plus, it's the name of a popular Bob Marley song and everyone loves Bob!
The definition of social good is a good or service that benefits the most people possible. I think that in this digital age of social media there should be no shortage of social good.
"75% of people who are members of online communities said they use the Internet to participate in communities related to social causes (up 30% from 2006). 94% said the Internet helps them become more informed about social causes."- Ian Schaefer, president of Deep Focus.
But, you don't need to Internet to do good- step out of your house and see where you can volunteer locally. Need help? Well, you'll need the Internet to check out: VolunteerMatch.org but, it'll get you out and supporting the community!
Ahhh....music fests. Multiple bands or musicians in one area for an extended period of time is a perfect way to see all your favorites and get introduced to some amazing up and comers. There's the popular ones: Warped Tour, Coachella, Rock the Bells, Outside Lands, etc. And there's the one that will forever be ingrained in the American mindset as the ultimate music festival: Woodstock. Though the Monterrey Pop Fest was the first American rock music festival and introduced America to The Who and Jimi Hendrix, white America to Otis Redding and it is widely regarded as Janis Joplin's only major public appearance as well as being regarded as the official start to the "Summer of Love".
I love traveling. I hope to do much more of it now and that's actually possible to do with budget traveling. If you're smart and do your homework, there are plenty of websites out there (Sniqueaway.com, Bloomspot, and yes, BudgetTravel.com, to name a few) to help you achieve a way to explore the world without breaking the bank!