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Understanding the Art of Lollygagging

Updated on March 31, 2013

Are You A Lollygagger?

Are you a lollygagger or as we say in the south…lallygagger? In other words, do you fool around or spend time aimlessly? This word may not have a positive connotation, but it does sound silly and the older I get, the more favorably I view its meaning.

Some people are lallygaggers by their nature, where others consider it laziness or lack of focus. If you are a type A personality like me, the L word seems an absolute waste of time and makes my head nearly explode. We are definitely the best students for Lallygagging 101… just remember to take a bag to class in case of hyperventilation. Learning to enjoy doing nothing in particular is not easy for us!

I have a niece whom I consider to be a lallygagger extraordinaire. Ultimately she gets the job done, but wow, the things she does in between is amazing! Packing her suitcase to come visit me includes- first of all, plugging her ipod into its external speakers (the proper mood is very important), modeling an assortment of clothes to decide what to pack, setting up the computer for Instant Messaging while packing, texting her bff about packing and as I said earlier, ultimately packing. I, on the other hand, have packed in 1/10 the time, but have not taken the time to enjoy listening to great music or had a memorable conversation with a good friend while doing so….do I even have a bff?

Admittedly, lallygagging comes in all sorts of packages, and probably is not a way to make a living, but spending time aimlessly is not always a bad thing-is it? While pondering this question, it came to my attention that I have two experts living under my roof-my dogs! They lay around, nap, sniff around the yard, eat, nap some more, do their “business”, lap a little water,clean themselves, nap, eat, sniff around a little more, nap….you get the picture…perfect lallygaggers!

For those of us who are deficient in this department, perhaps it is a good idea to set aside a day to do nothing but lallygag (did I just schedule it?) or take lessons from an expert (surely we all know one or twenty) or just learn to simply relax more and marvel at those who do it so well, without a clue that they have mastered the art of lallygagging.

For a good laugh about lollygagging, check out this Bull Durham clip:

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

(Courtesy of
Makes 5 servings

· 2 teaspoons canola or olive oil

· 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders, cut into 1-inch cubes

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

· 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

· 1 small onion, sliced into thin wedges

· 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth (I recommend Swanson All Natural Chicken Broth)

· 1 can (8oz) pineapple chunks in unsweetened juice, drained and liquid reserved

· 1/4 cup rice vinegar

· 1/4 cup brown sugar

· 4 teaspoons cornstarch

· 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

· Brown rice to serve with recipe (I recommend Brown Jasmine Rice from Trader Joe's)

1. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from skillet.

2. In same skillet, cook bell peppers and onion over medium-high heat 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Return chicken to skillet.

3. In small bowl, mix broth, reserved pineapple liquid, vinegar, brown sugar, cornstarch and crushed red pepper flakes; stir into chicken mixture. Add pineapple; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Serve over rice.


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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thank you Eddy!! Always appreciate your comments.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and an up up and away for you my friend pickles!!

      Take care and have a great day.


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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for checking it out Jos!

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      Josie Boyette 6 years ago

      My favorite lollgagging method is people watching all those Type-A personality people rush by. They usually leave very lovely blurs in their wakes. : )

      Love the article and the clip!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      I really can identify with 16yr. old Grandson is perfect at this art. Drives me crazy. Good Hub.

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      Linda Morgan 6 years ago

      Why was it so much easier to lollygag when I was young? I am still a lollygagger at heart, but now it comes with so much guilt! So sad!

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      AL 6 years ago

      PICKLESANDRUFUS I'm like you. I need to keep moving (get'er done). If I slow down, I get tired. If I'm not doing something I feel guilty. However it is now football season and I do enjoy lollgagging on a Sunday afternoon.

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      E. Burr 6 years ago

      Great article! Lollygagger, of course.

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      TL 6 years ago

      This column was such a great way to lollygag, that I really didn't feel I was actually lollygagging! Love it!