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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life February 2019

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February, usually one of the coldest months of the year is also one of the most romantic months thanks to Valentine’s Day. How will you celebrate?

We’ll be checking out some romantic books, movies and meals. How can you plan a romantic evening without breaking the bank?

February is Black History Month – let’s celebrate the many contributions of Black Americans in the areas of literature, science, the Arts and politics.

We have some old favorites returning this month and a few new surprises. I’ll be reviewing a book )or two) and yes, there will be a quiz and the month in pictures.

See you next month!


 Answers to the January 2019 Winter Sports Quiz:

 Ice skating – Individuals compete against members of their own teams and individuals from other countries in these three ice skating events from the Olympics

__________ Figure skating

__________ Short-track speed skating

__________ Speed skating 


__________ This event, formerly known as ski ballet, was regarded as a freestyle skiing discipline until 2000. It was included in the Winter Olympics as a demonstration Sport in 1988 and 1992.  Acroski

__________ also called downhill skiing, involves sliding down snow covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings. Alpine skiing

__________ a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting Biathlon

__________ Skiers rely on their own locomotion to move across snowy terrain. It can be a sport, recreational activity or winter mode of transportation. Cross-country skiing

__________  This skiing discipline, also known as jibbing or free-skiing, is compromised of aerials, moguls, cross, half-pipe and slope style as part of the Winter Olympics. Freestyle skiing

__________ In this sport, skiers can travel uphill and downhill with any wind direction. Kite skiing or snowkiting

__________ a freestyle skiing competition of one timed run of free skiing on a steep heavily moguled course judged for accuracy of technical turns, aerial maneuvers and speed. Mogul skiing

__________  This sport uses a single wide ski and the same boots, bindings and poles as in alpine skiing. Both feet remain facing forward to the direction of travel. Monoskiing

__________ This sport, also known as New school skiing, is a specific type of alpine skiing involving tricks, jumps, and terrain features such as boxes, jibs, rails or other obstacles. Freeskiing

__________ a sport in which athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Nordic combined

__________ a winter sport that combines cross country skiing with shooting a recurve bow. Ski archery

__________ combines elements of skiing, skating and snow boarding. Skiboarding

__________ a winter sport that combines a bike frame attached to skis in place of traditional bike wheels. It was a form of transportation in the Alps which allowed people without sufficient knee strength to alpine ski.  Skibobbing

__________ a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, dogs or a motorized vehicle. Skijoring

__________ Skiers compete to see who can jump the longest after descending from a specially designed ramp. Form and style also factor into their score. Ski jumping

__________ Skiing downhill on a fixed course in a straight line at as fast a speed as possible in order to active the fastest run at a given competition or to break an existing speed record. Speed skiing

__________ a mix of skiing and paragliding. Speed flying

__________ This sport uses a specialized type of equipment which allows the skier to combine elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. Telemark skiing 


__________ Teams of 2 or 4 people make timed runs down a narrow twisting, banked ice track in a gravity powered sleigh. (Think Cool Runnings) Bobsled

__________ This winter sport involves the timed competition of teams of dogs who pull a sled under the direction of a musher (a human who stands on the runners and steers the dogs). Dogsled racing

__________ This is a recreational activity where individuals race down a hill sitting on large blocks of ice which take the place of a traditional sled. Ice blocking

__________ One or Two Competitors ride supine on a small sled face up and feet first steering the sled with their calf muscles or by exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat. Luge

__________ For this winter sliding sport, a person rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. Skeleton                                                                                      



__________ This sport involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet. Alpine snowboarding

__________ A snowboard competition in which four to six competitors race down a course. Boardercross 

__________  a ski race down a winding course marked by flags or poles. Slalom

__________ Known as skateboarding on snow, this sport contains elements of snowboarding and skateboarding. Snowskating

__________ In this winter sport, athletes ski or snowboard down a course with a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features. Competitors gain points for amplitudes, originality and quality of tricks. Slopestyle  

Team sports 

__________ This sport is considered a form of hockey, but is actually a mix of football, ice hockey and field hockey Based on the number of people participating, this is the second most popular winter sport in the world. Bandy

__________ a recreational ice game played on a hockey rink. Two teams of six players each try to knock a ball into the opponent’s net with a broom. Broomball

__________ is a sport in which two teams of  four players slide granites stones on a sheet of ice toward a target area comprised of four concentric circles. Curling

__________ a contact sport played on an ice rink. Two teams of skaters use sticks to shoot a rubber puck past a goalkeeper into a net. Ice hockey

Recreational Winter Activities

__________ Three large balls of snow are stacked from largest to smallest and decorated to look like a person. Building Snowmen

__________ When children play in the winter, they often construct shelters made of snow. Building Snow Forts/digging snow caves

__________  Round objects made from snow are hurled at each other. Snowball Fights

__________ Catching fish with lines snow fish hoods or spears through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water. Ice fishing

__________       An informal pick-up game of ice hockey or street hockey. Shinny

__________ A sled without runners or wheels used to carry one or more people down a snowy hill for recreation. Originally used by the Innu and Cree of Northern Canada for transportation. Tobogganing

__________  Using special footwear for walking over snow that distributes the weight of the person over a larger areas, so their foot doesn’t completely sink into the snow.  Snowshoeing

__________ A sport played by hitting a small ball into a hole with a set of clubs on a course consisting of tees, fairways and “whites” instead of traditional “greens.” Snow golf

Building a Team

December 2018 in This Awful Awesome Life