I guess hope really does spring eternal. I can't quote the percentage of people who still make New Year's resolutions, but I bet the percentage of folks keeping those resolutions is pretty small. Maybe I'm a realist, maybe just an underachiever, but I gave up resolutions a long time ago. It's too depressing to write the same ones over and over, year after year. Instead of resolutions, I make a list of goals for each year.
Some of the items on our list matched, such as seeing the Grand Canyon, going on a cruise and visiting New Orleans. Others didn't. Randy wants to go hunting out west for elk or other game; I want to learn to speak Italian. He wants to go fishing in Canada; I want to make my grandmother's ravioli. Are bucket list items all supposed to be grandiose? I never consulted a "Bucket List for Dummies" before writing ours so maybe I've got the idea entirely wrong.
Yes, I admit that many, many years ago, I was on top of things. I made sure anyone who would be buying gifts for our kids had a list well ahead of the time they would need the information, and I pestered my siblings for ideas for our nephews. I created a plan for the baked goods that were a must-have, at least in my mind, and scheduled shopping trips, sans kids, with my husband.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".