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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 Wisconsin

2 Mar

Wisconsin is spending some time in the headlines lately, and not all of it is positive press.  Let’s divert from unions and idiot governors and focus on some other, close-to-unanimously positive, traits of the state.

1.) Cheese.  They make delicious cheese.  But.  Wisconsin is more than cheese.

2.) There are NO toll roads in Wisconsin.  They fund the construction and maintenance of their roads via fuel tax.

3.) Their football team won the last Superbowl.

4.) Harry Houdini, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Georgia O’Keefe are all native Wisconsinites.  (Wisconsonians?)

5.) I’ve heard that The Dells are kind of overrated, but there is a lot of lovely and quiet land.

Five Good Things About Working In the Suburbs

22 Feb

I’m a bit mixed up in that I live in the city and work in the suburbs.  But!  That allows me plenty of car time to think up things like “good things about working in the suburbs.”

1.) Parking is easy and ample.

2.) Gas is way cheaper; I make it a point to fill my tank near work.

3.) I might commute, but it’s a reverse commute.

4.) Things are very clean.

5.) The immediate outside is pleasant, verdant, and calm.

Five Good Things About Being On Vacation

23 Dec

These People Are Likely All On Vacation/Holiday

1.) When you wake up in the morning, it is to do something fun, rather than deal with a difficult situation or person at work or tackle an unpleasant chore.  On vacation, if there isn’t something enjoyable to do, you can generally go back to sleep until there is.

2.) Vacation often involves spending time with family or friends you like, either because you are visiting them or brought them with you.

3.) It is a great excuse to do things that are special and possibly expensive; it’s okay, we’re on vacation.

4.) Sometimes you get to wear out-of-season clothes.  Not only does this shake things up, it also increases the time between which one needs to do laundry.  (Unless undergarments are your limiting factor, in that case it just livens things up.)

5.) It’s vacation.  It’s full of special treats and plans.

Five Good Things About Hardwood Floors

4 Dec

1.) They are super easy to clean, both for “regular” and spot.

2.) Reduce allergens and better for asthmatics

3.) On a hot day, srawling on a hardwood floor is quite satisfying.

4.) There is little risk of not seeing something before stepping on it – e.g. a contact or sharp Lego.

5.) Favored finishes might change a bit, but they are classic.

Five Good Things About Being Home

26 Oct

I got back from a trip this evening.  My return is a bit bittersweet as I really love the friends and city I just left, but there are good things about being back at my current address.

1.) I get mail at home. 

2.) My real bed is freakishly soft, due to its two featherbeds.  Most non-home beds do not resemble sleeping in clouds.

3.) I have a ton of food at home, all of which I can eat and all of which I (at various times) like to eat.  I am super excited to eat home food for lunch tomorrow.  (Aside: Who gets excited about lentils and rice?)

4.) The sheets in #2 above, along with my towels, smell like Downy (april fresh).  This is the official smell of home – and it’s soft!

5.) While I possess the ability to MacGyver myself out of a lot of situations, it’s nice to instead be prepared for those situations.

Five Good Things About Farmers’ Markets

14 Oct

nom nom nom

I love farmers’ markets.  As much as I love the fall harvest, it is a bit bittersweet as fall is the precursor to a long winter.  (Winter farmers’ markets are fewer, shorter, and less delicious. although I’m glad that they are around.)

1.) One of my farmers’ markets features chef demonstrations, made-to-order snacks, and music.  It’s more than just a market. 

2.) It’s an opportunity to not only support local/small farmers, but also meet them and ask questions.

3.) In addition to produce, farmers’ markets are also a place to purchase dairy, eggs, and meat.  These products typically meet higher standards than those at the average grocery store.

4.) Samples.  Yum.

5.) Outside, stall-to-stall shopping.  A personal and hands-on experience.

Five Good Things About Fire Stations

18 Sep

woo! woo!

1.) They welcome kids as visitors.  (Not-my-kids often ask to stop by to see the trucks.  Sometimes I worry that we might be a bother, so we make cookies/muffins first, and bring them with us to thank the fire fighters for their work.)

2.) There is almost always water available for pups – and often treats as well.

3.) They provide a vital service to the city.

4.) Without them, fire engines would have to find alternative parking – which would be rough for us all.

5.) Some fire stations will install car seats tighter than you could ever do without professional help.

Five Good Things About Minneapolis Snow Emergency

17 Sep

Minnesota might get a fair amount of snow, but that’s all right – she knows how to handle it, snow emergencies and all.  No disrespect to upstate New York; y’all get snow too, but today is about the land of -80 snowscapes. 

1.) The information is accessible via tv, phone, and internet.

2.) It’s an attack on snowstorms.

3.) The attack involves some serious plows.  (I judge lesser states and their pick-up truck with plow attachment fleets.)

4.) The show is free.

5.) It’s AWESOME! Awesome. awesome…

Five Good Things About My Apartment

14 Sep

It would be creepy to put up a picture of my front door, so here's a picture of a tree in my backyard.

I like my apartment, I really do.  I will be somewhat sad when I move out of it, because it is so great, but then I will get over it because that will also mark the start of a SWEET NEW ADVENTURE!

1.) Do you see the tree in the picture above?  It’s a pear tree.  Its pears are delicious and plentiful. 

2.) My place is near a lake and trees are plentiful.  

3.) My bedroom is an add-on, so has a TON of windows.   There are more windows in my current bedroom than my entire previous apartment.   Specifically, my room has five windows, on three walls.

4.) Rent is cheap.  Cheap, cheap, cheap.  I could tell you a number, but it would be meaningless.  For what it’s worth, that cheap number includes in-unit washer/dryer, private parking, backyard, basement storage, hardwood floors, etc.

5.) DOGS LOVE TO VISIT ME!!!