Five Good Things About Dragons

15 Mar

1.) Their addition classes up any coat of arms.

2.) They are excellent at protecting gold.

3.) With little effort, they can toast a marshmallow.

4.) Dragons provide a cheap and renewable source of heat.  (Unfortunately not entirely green.)

5.) While sometimes stars of books and movies, dragons tend to keep their egos in check.

Five Good Things About My Vacation

14 Mar

1.) I went to a spring training baseball game. I left the game with a ball.

2.) I went for a bike ride this morning, outside, wearing shorts.

3.) My dad grilled steaks for Sunday dinner. There is just something extra delicious about meat grilled by one’s dad.

4.) Different time zone means sleeping in comes across and up at a reasonable hour.

5.) After my bike ride, I was in the mood for some OJ. So! I picked some oranges and squeezed them. Farm to table folks, farm to table.

Five Good Things About Today

11 Mar

1.) I am going on vacation!  I will see the sun and the populace will see my pasty white skins.

2.) Originally I planned to take a vacation day, but then my employer offered me a better deal: work for three hours and just get the rest of the day off.  Boom, done.

3.) Because of the hours I am working, I should not have to deal with traffic issues in either direction of my commute.

4.) It’s Friday, which means the people around me will also likely be in chipper moods.

5.) I get to see some of my family tonight.

Five Good Things About Girl Scout Cookies

10 Mar

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

1.) You might think that you are buying yourself delicious cookies, but you are actually supporting kids, specifically girls.

2.) Thin Mints freeze up so fantastically.  They also go well in homemade ice cream.

3.) Their shelf life is long.  I sort of have a box left from last year.  Until last weekend, I had three boxes from last year.  We “took care of” two of those boxes, quite happily, and with no ill effects.

4.) Deep discussions over the different names of the cookies.  Are they Samoas or Caramel Delights?  Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties?

5.) There is no additional tax.  The math on buying them is super easy, so easy a child can manage it.

Five Good Things About Cake

9 Mar

Cake is different than birthday cake.

1.) Containing milk, eggs, and flour, cake is practically a health food.

2.) If milk, eggs, and flour aren’t healthy enough, there are cake recipes with carrots, fruit, or nuts.  (Chocolate too.)

3.) Baking (not burning) cake smells delicious.  Even Yankee Candle agrees – they produce several types of cake-scented candles.

4.) Cakes can be – and are – any shape and size.  Cake can teach us a lot about tolerance and acceptable.

5.) According to Marie A. of France, cake is an entirely suitable substitute for bread.

Five Good Things About The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

8 Mar

I’m currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  I am going to make a SUPREME effort not to spoil anything.  To assist myself in that effort, I am writing this while I still have thirty-two pages left to read.

1.) The answer to “life, the universe, everything” is revealed – hooray!

2.) Even though there are some tragic bits – e.g. a sperm whale dies before it really lives, Earth gets destroyed – there is nothing sad in a way that one would personally relate to.  Similarly, this is a not a book that will cause the average-to-highly spookable person nightmares.

3.) Random things – e.g. babelfish – will actually make sense.

4.) The dialogue and plot are quick and smart.

5.) It is the sort of book that can be read all in one go (because it is enjoyable) or bit by bit (because it is memorable).

Five Good Things About Casimir Pulaski

7 Mar

It’s his day!  City workers and members of some unions did not go to work in honor of Cas.

1.) A character on Star Trek: The Next Generation was named after him.  (Dr. Pulaski, season two)

2.) TWO holidays honor him – a state one in Illinois (first Monday in March) and a federal one (October 9).

3.) He stood up to Russia and Prussia, for Poland’s liberty.

4.) He was friends with Ben Franklin.

5.) He trained American soldiers and cavalry, using his own funds when necessary (often).

Five Good Things About March

6 Mar

1.) Dork Days – Ides of March, Pi Day

2.) Many states/cities seem to feel it’s a good time for non-federal, non-religious, non-bank holidays – e.g. Pulaski Day, Evacuation Day

3.) The fake holidays are probably due to the warming weather and melting snow.

4.) It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

5.) Especially after February, things on charged at a monthly rate are a real bargain.

Five Good Things About Fridays

4 Mar

These are based off of my life, but I hope you share at least some of them!

1.) I work a lopsided schedule; Fridays are a late-start day and always feel incredibly short.

2.) I do not need to set an alarm for the next morning.

3.) Happy “hour” is frequently involved.  My friends and I are all about quality food and beverages during the outings.

4.) Pay day!

5.) Back in the day, it used to involve a pretty kickass tv line-up on ABC…Full House, Perfect Strangers, Webster, Mr. Belvedere…

Five Good Things About Henry VIII

3 Mar

Henry VIII might not have been the best husband ever (he wasn’t) and he might have been crabby (he was) and morbidly obese in his later years (a true fact), but he did accomplish some neat stuff.  Admittedly, he was also kind of a jackass, so this is a somewhat charitable perspective.

1.) Bibliophile king.  In addition to owning a bunch of books, he also wrote – and published – one himself.

2.) He was one of the founders of the Royal Navy.  He DODECATUPLED the number of ships during his reign.  That’s so big I needed to make up a conjugation.  Its navy has proven pretty key to England on multiple occasions.

3.) Whether Catholic or Protestant, it’s pretty great that he allowed the Bible to be translated into English, for comprehension by the masses.  He was the first monarch to do this.  (Granted, the number of English-speaking countries limited his competition, but still!  Bible!  English!  16th century!)

4.) His coat of arms includes a red dragon.

5.) Via his Act of Succession, his son and two daughters succeeded him.  I think it’s pretty great that he recognized his daughters, as the younger one was a pretty stellar monarch.