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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…

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Five Good Things About The Catcher in the Rye

1 Mar

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger isn’t my favorite book, but I read it anyway.  I think that qualifies me as a better-rounded reader.  I didn’t loathe it or anything, rather it just didn’t do much for me…Regardless, it does have some good points:

1.) The chapters are short.  I suspect this is because it was originally published in serial form (fact), but it breaks things up really nicely and keeps the flow of the pages quick.

2.) The sentence “All I can say is, don’t see it if you don’t want to puke all over yourself.”  (Chapter 18) cracked me right up.  I’m not sure exactly why it cracked me up, but it sure did.  I think I might work that sentence into conversation.

3.) It’s a quick read.  Some books are big commitments; this is not one of them.  (Pillars of the Earth and The Coming Plague, I’m looking at you.)  Sometimes I don’t want a big commitment from a book.

4.) In addition to being a quick read, it’s a physically light read.  Fantastic for commuting or while working out on a stationary bike.

5.) Despite being a “little” and “quick” book, it manages to say a lot.

Five Good Things About Grilling

13 Feb

yum. yum, yum, yum.

I miss grilling.  Soon!

1.) You can prepare a well-balanced meal entirely on a grill.  It can be as healthy or unhealthy as you desire.

2.) Hanging around a grill is conducive to good conversation.  Grilling requires some attention, so you probably should stay somewhat nearby, but not a lot, so conversation is acceptable.

3.) Grilling generally involves being outside.  I am a big fan of al fresco dining and/or preparation.

4.) Grilling tends to keep kitchens clean.  When it doesn’t, well, the mess probably didn’t have to happen in the kitchen.

5.)  Quite frankly, the results are delicious.

Five Good Things About Lonely Commutes

12 Feb

i think the city lost money on this one...

Given hours and location, I usually drive or bike to work.  Unplowed streets (read: no parking) and a snowed-in car will definitely drive me to public transit.  Don’t get me wrong: I am a HUGE fan and advocate of public transit.  It just isn’t logical for my current work commute, although returning to a public-transit commute is definite consideration for my next move.  

1.) The only music you get to enjoy is your own.  Ditto phone conversations.  (I elected to enjoy quiet instead of either of the above.)

2.) Nobody tries to read your book/paper over your shoulder.

3.) Lower probability of odor a stranger’s urine or tuna and onion sandwich.

4.) The doors seldom open, better maintaining the temperature.

5.) Ample and unshared leg and elbow room.

Five Good Things About My Plans For Tonight

28 Jan

1.) Brownies.  From a Box.

2.) Beer.  From Walgreens -store brand.  HA!

3.) Craft opportunity, in honor of Chinese New Year.

4.) Hanging with S&P, which are initials, not salt & pepper or Salt ‘N Peppa.

5.) I don’t have to think about what time it is because tomorrow is a sleep-in day!

Five Good Things About Lacking Football Allegiances

23 Jan

I enjoy watching football, but I don’t feel loyalty to any specific team – college or pro.  After watching various friends be teased and taunted by “their” teams today, I’m more than all right with that.

1.) I appreciate solid plays for being solid plays, regardless of the team that executes them.  Sure, there are players I like more and less than others, but I appreciated (and cringed at) plays by all the teams in today’s division championship games.

2.) I am less likely to agree to a ridiculous bet, as a show of blind faith and devotion to my team. 

3.) I am a Red Sox fan; that in itself requires a significant investment of time and heartache.

4.) When I support a specific team, I enjoy attending their games.  Baseball in April leaves something to be desired…this makes me suspect that football in January might fall into the same category.  (Aside: I still go and enjoy going, I just enjoy the June-September games more.)

5.) People in the tundra take their teams very seriously.  Not having one of my own, I am at a reduced risk of getting into a bar fight.

Five Good Things About Harsh Winters

20 Jan

1.) “My skin will freeze” is a valid excuse for not running outside.

2.) I need to eat more candy/cheese, to develop a layer of fat…to keep me warm.  INSULATION.

3.) If you blow soap bubbles outside THEY EXPLODE.

4.) All of the mosquitoes are dead.

5.) Ice cream doesn’t melt on the way home from the grocery store.

Five Good Thing About Resolutionaries

17 Jan

Resolutionaries are the folks who make New Year resolutions to work out.  A true resolutionary is over their resolution by late January.

1.) Resolutionaries help financially support gyms – and their staff.

2.) It’s kind of nice not to worry about being “the weakest link” in a gym class.

3.) It is good that people are concerned about their health.

4.) When given the option of waiting or “graduating” to heavier weights, as the resolutionaries are (incorrectly) using the baby weights, I am more inclined to graduate myself.  Thus, resolutionaries encourage me to challenge myself.

5.) Some resolutionaries cease to be resolutionaries.

Five Good Things About the Movie ‘The King’s Speech’

16 Jan

I saw this movie with a friend yesterday; we both enjoyed it.  Admittedly, it’s rife with historical inaccuracies, but we forgave each and every one of them…as it features Colin Firth.   

1.) The movie touches on a lesser-known era in British history.  The Tudors (Henry VIII and Elizabeth I) get a fair amount of press, as does the reigning Queen Elizabeth II, but not much is said about QE2’s pops. 

2.) With a couple of exceptions (e.g. Timothy Spall as Churchill) it was a well-cast movie.

3.) The length and spacing of the silences kept things slightly uncomfortable, but not to the extent I wondered if they forgot to edit it.  As Goldilocks would say, “Just right.”

4.) Nobody got shot.  I am not opposed to action movies, but there is something calming about a movie focused on a story versus action. 

5.) The dialogue.  Both Firth and Rush had some great one-liners.  While likely inaccurate, I enjoyed the wit.

Five Things I Did Today That Were Good For Me

14 Jan

1.) As part of Christmas, I received a generous gift card to a fancy kitchen store.  I went there today to find ICE CREAM MAKERS are on sale.  Even though I had enough gift credit to buy FOUR (4!) of them, I did not buy a single ice cream maker.

2.) Not only did I work out, I actually cooled down properly and stretched after working out.

3.) My dinner was at least 2/3 fresh produce – the rest (in order by proportion) was egg, feta, and seasoning.  (I made myself a glorious salad.)

4.) I remembered to put on my sunscreen-included moisturizer this morning.

5.) My biggest meal of the day actually WAS breakfast.