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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 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 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 Things About Short Days

2 Jan

The tundra is on the right side of winter, with regard to hours of daylight per day, but there still isn’t much of it – particularly on cloudy days.  (I’m greedy.)

1.) There is a reduced risk of sunburn when there is less sun.

2.) The sun sets before I leave work, eliminating that annoying “driving into the sun” vision issue.

3.) Increased opportunities for stargazing.

4.) It feels less lame to go to bed at 8pm when it is dark. (Sadly an infrequent benefit.)

5.) I appreciate working in a field where I can generally get outside during the limited hours of daylight.

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 Subfreezing Weather

15 Dec

1.) When doing a series of errands, if you go to the liquor store first and put your wine/beer in the trunk, it will be perfectly chilled when you are home and done with errands.

2.) No need to “prepare” yourself when quickly running outside or to the store.  You’ll be so bundled up that nobody will see how disheveled you may or may not be.

3.) Your mind can rest for the unending driving debate of “Is it more fuel efficient to run the a/c or open the window?”

4.) Outside ice skating!

5.) Trash smells less bad.

Five Good Things About Veterans

11 Nov

Please note: This is not a post about whether this war or that conflict should be classified as right, wrong, necessary, frivolous, just, or unjust.  What it is intended as is a sign of respect and gratitude to those who protected others during or from a conflict or war that could be classified as right, wrong, necessary, frivolous, just, or unjust. 

1.) Veterans are survivors.  Not only are they survivors, because of them, other people are also survivors.

2.) Veterans do a lot for little personal pay or recognition.

3.) Veterans hold to a code and concepts such as honor and team that have faded to old ideals for others.

4.) Veterans gave more than they asked.

5.) Veterans signed on to a set ideals, despite not knowing how much would be asked of them to preserve those ideals.

Happy Veterans’ Day!  Thanks to vets, like my dad, and active duty personal.

Five Good Things About Halloween

31 Oct

a massive spider in its web and beer, all that's missing is candy

1.) Candy.  Candy, candy, candy, candy.

2.) It’s an opportunity (but not a requirement) to dress-up as something or someone one is not.  Level of effort or apathy is a personal decision.  (I spent about five minutes on my “costume”)

3.) People watching, particularly on public transit, is much more interesting.

4.) Pumpkins!  I am a huge fan of pumpkin-based treats.  So far this season I have made: pumpkin dip, pumpkin whoopie pies, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

5.) Huge influx of pictures and posts on facebook.  I’m a bit under the weather, so really appreciated the entertainment between naps.

Five Good Things About Indian Summers

10 Oct

This year’s Indian Summer (is that term still all right to use?) is warmer than a fair amount of actual summer.

1.) A reprieve from jackets and hats, after a brief taste of the layers.

2.) Hope (possibly met) for unencumbered Halloween costumes.

3.) Pleasant weather for apple picking.

4.) Some putt-putt courses have extended their seasons.

5.) Each warm day could be the last of the season, making it appreciated and savored.