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Valentine’s Day Happiness

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I found a list of 50 things that are supposed to make us happy and thought I’d share 14 of the ones I liked as a tribute to February 14.  You can find the complete list here to see if your list is different.

  1. A hot shower.
  2. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
  3. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
  4. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
  5. A good conversation.
  6. Laughing at yourself.
  7. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
  8. Road trips with friends.
  9. Swinging on swings.
  10. Winning a really competitive game.
  11. Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.
  12. Holding hands with someone you care about.
  13. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
  14. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

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Enjoy!

Her Morning Elegance

This video was sent to me by Tanya (who still hasn’t bothered to begin blogging).  I really like it, think it’s wonderfully creative, and it features a great song by Oren Lavie:

Enjoy!

How to Wash a Toilet

This was taped to our bathroom mirror this morning:

How to wash the toilet:

  • Put both lids of the toilet up. Then add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
  • Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
  • In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.
  • The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
  • Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a power-wash and rinse.
  • Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.
  • Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.
  • The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
  • Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.

Sincerely,

The Dog

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Enjoy!

My, How Things Have Changed

I found this here and, although it’s been around for a bit, I thought it interesting:

The year is 1906.
One hundred [and three] years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906:

  • The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
  • There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
  • Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
  • The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
  • The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year .
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.
  • Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
  • Sugar cost four cents a pound.
  • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
  • Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
  • Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke
  • The American flag had 45 stars.
  • Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn’t been invented yet.
  • There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
  • Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”
  • Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the USA (disproved – see comment by OM).
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Possibly the original American Gothic at nebraskahistory.org

Enjoy!

Happiness

I change jobs fairly often – I happen to be a change agent, so I get called on often to help change the culture of an organization.  Sometimes that means changing the personnel, sometimes not.  What it does mean is that for a period of time, when I first arrive, most people are on their best behavior. 

I’ve heard this called the “honeymoon period.”  I prefer to call it “the period of suspended judgement.”  People aren’t ignoring things, we just haven’t yet decided how we are going to react.  This is what I had in mind when I found this little slogan below:

Enjoy!

Life as a Coffee

I found this at Amazing Posts and found it interesting.  I hope you do too:

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university Professor.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the Prof. went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the Prof. said “If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. That all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.”

So friend, don’t let the cups drive you…enjoy the coffee instead.

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Enjoy!

Five for Friday – Favorite Internet Timewasters

It’s Saturday… which means Five for Friday is a day late (and several dollars short – you know, the economy and all). 

I spend much of my day online as I do a variety of work-related tasks (primarily communicating through email, reading articles, and researching for courses I teach), but now and then I need a break.  That’s when I go to my favorite Internet sites to waste time:

WordPress– that’s right.  I’m here now (obviously).  I have really enjoyed getting to know you (well, those of you who comment or write one of the blogs I frequent) through this blogging community.  Thanks for your encouraging comments and your interesting blogs.  I don’t comment as often as I should, but I do read.

Facebook.  Much less anonymous than blogging, but I’ve had people find me who I haven’t heard from in years.  I really hadn’t much interest in Facebook, but was receiving referrals to this blog from a Facebook site and wanted to see who it was.  I was required to join, so did so, then began to be found by people from my past.  It’s been fun to reconnect.  I also have four or five timewasters on Facebook alone (like Speedracing and Might of Many – my nerd games, as my wife likes to call them).

Yahoo Fantasy.  I like fantasy baseball and football.  Several of my friends and I form a league and play against each other each year.  I also enter two or three public leagues.  My favorite part of managing a fantasy team is picking up and cutting players, so although I don’t always win the league, I do usually lead in the number of players I go through during a season.

YouTube.  I like it primarily for the music videos, but there are some amazing things to be found.

FreeRice.  Build your vocabulary and feed people at the same time.  How can you go wrong?

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Enjoy!