March 15, 2011

Natural Highs

1. Falling in love
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts
3. A hot shower
4. No lines at the supermarket
5. A special glance
6. Getting mail (ps-this is one of my favorite things ever!!)
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road
8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio
9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer
11. Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry milkshake
12. A bubble bath
13. Giggling
14. A good conversation
15. The beach
16.Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter
17. Laughing at yourself
18. Looking into their eyes and knowing they love you
19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
20. running through the sprinklers
21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all
22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful
23. Laughing at an inside joke with friends
24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you
25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep
26. Your first kiss (the very first or first with someone new)
27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones
28. Playing with a new puppy
29. Having someone play with your hair.
30. Sweet dreams
31. Hot chocolate
32. Road trips with friends
33. Swinging on swings
34. Making eye contact with a cute stranger
35. Making chocolate chip cookies
36. Having your friends send you homemade cookies
37. Holding hands with someone you care about
38. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change
39. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you
40. Watching the sunrise
41. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day
42. Knowing somebody misses you
43. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply
44. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think

March 13, 2011

Never a Dull Moment

My chemistry teacher my freshman and sophomore year in high school drank her coffee from a beaker and used giant syringes as water guns in class.  How much cooler can you get?

March 12, 2011

Hasbro Games Fail

I am mildly obsessed with Jigsaw Puzzles.  If I could, I would spend my entire life solving them.  I especially like the 3-D variety.  They require a little more brain power than 2-D puzzles and take up more space once completed, so naturally, they are not as popular.  I've found that people will buy them, realize they are not what they expected, and then give them to Salvation Army or sell them at their garage sale.  Then, I come along and buy them for two dollars.  There might be missing pieces, but with two dollars, you get what you pay for.

I once bought a 3-D puzzle of Notre Dame Cathedral using this cheap and effective method.  As I was nearing the end and it was almost completed, I determined that I was missing four or five pieces.  Fortunately, there were diagrams of the structure and all the included pieces.  On it, it said if there were any missing pieces, to clearly indicate which pieces were missing on the diagram and send it to the company and they would send the missing pieces free of charge.  I took great care and put a lot of effort into indicating which pieces were missing and promptly sent off the envelope to Hasbro Games.  About a week or two later, I received a curiously flat envelope for Hasbro.  They thanked me for my interest in their product but were sorry to say that the puzzle I had had been discontinued.

My puzzle sat on my shelf above my desk for years, holes and all.   

March 11, 2011

Breathing Underwater

During my sophomore year of high school I was in an Honors English class.  My teacher was not always the most profound individual and occasionally bordered on crazy.  My friend Claire and I were in the class together and would always talk about what crazy things would happen.  One of our topics of study was the classic medieval poem Beowulf:  
Teacher: "What are some of the supernatural elements in the story?"

Me: "Breathing underwater" (in the poem, Beowulf falls down a lake for hours and then fights a monster with a sword that suddenly appears in the underwater cave)

Teacher: "No, not really.  That wouldn't be considered supernatural.  Supernatural things are things that would require magic, are unusual and cannot be explained."

Oh I forgot.  Breathing underwater for hours and not dying doesn't require magic.  My bad.  This same teacher also said on a different occasion that you don't learn anything in college and that you don't need to study for finals because you already know everything from the class.

Public education at its finest.