Understanding the Art of Lollygagging
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.
Lollygaging Reading Enjoyment
Amazon.com: L Is for Lollygag: Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue (9780811860215): Chronicle Books Staff: Books
For a good laugh about lollygagging, check out this Bull Durham clip:
How about a Recipe from Lollygagging in the Kitchen
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
(Courtesy of eatbetteramerica.com)
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.