This is a game you can play any time, but it’s especially good to play it in a pandemic. What is the game you say? Here’s Siobhan O’Connor to explain in this piece, An Easy Way to Practice Gratitude | Forge. Key quote:
At our dinners, we sometimes played a game we called Five Nice Things. It is what it sounds like: You take turns naming things that are nice. Five is the number. It can be a thing that makes you happy, a compliment for the other person, a win at work, “This broccoli is tasty,” whatever. It’s a bit sappy, but it’s not the sappiest, and the rules were: Don’t overthink it, and be specific. We’d roll it out in other settings: group hangs, work, whatnot. It was, generally speaking, a hit. Even Eeyores can get into it if you bring to the game your Tigger energy. But it was most meaningful when it was just the two of us.
I think the way to make it easy to play is to avoid trying to find the five NICEST things. Five low key nice things are fine. For example five low key nice things for me are:
- Waking up in the morning and feeling good and energetic
- A bright sunny day after days of overcast skies
- Walking by a store with lots of tulips for sale in buckets on the sidewalk
- Buying a hot mocha on a cold winter day and sipping it as I walk
- Late at night, looking at a yard filled with new fallen snow and seeing how uniform it is and how it sparkles
Just thinking about them makes my brain feel better. I think once you come up with some, your brain will feel better too.
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Liisa Ladouceur (shown above) has written a thorough guide for anyone who wants to go skating in Toronto during the pandemic. No, you cannot just show up with your blades and start skating. You need to do more. And you should do more, because skating is a great way to enjoy winter in the pandemic era. So read this: Where to go skating in Toronto in 2020 by Liisa Wanders. Then get out there! Maybe I will see you at a socially safe distance with a fun mask on too.
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Tagged advice, blues, covid, covid-19, covid19, fitness, fun, pandemic, skating, Toronto, winter
From the folks at Food52, here’s a cocktail with a different twist: plum slices! I like it. Of course you don’t need to make it with that particular bourbon: I am sure it will be delicious with any version you prefer.
You likely know about hygge, and adopting that into your life can make winter not only more endurable but even wonderful. But while hygge is good for indoors, what about outdoors? This is where friluftsliv comes in. As this article explains, ‘We belong out there’: How the Nordic concept of friluftsliv — outdoor life — could help the Pacific Northwest get through this COVID winter the idea of outdoor life, especially in the depth of winter, is what we are going to need to get through this cold part of the pandemic.
I think you would benefit to read the article, but basically it describes friluftsliv this way:
More expansive than outdoor recreation and less self-serious than outdoor adventure, friluftsliv describes “whatever you go to REI for,” said Meyer. “But in Norway, it’s this deeper concept of having space from other people, which is kind of a Norwegian thing to do, and then it has that sense of being able to wander freely outside.”
It’s like flaneurism combined with winter. 🙂
Get yourself some good winter clothing and start planning to get outside. Not only will it help you from feeling cooped up, it will help you appreciate what you have inside. You can come back to your cozy blankets and candles and whatever else you have to make indoors delightful. Make a tea or a hot chocolate. You are the master of winter.
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Are you having fun? That’s a question often asked of us as kids. Then we get older and get more responsibilities and that question dies off. You might only hear yourself saying: I am not having fun.
That’s a great loss. Our lives are enriched by fun. If you can’t even imagine fun anymore, here are too good pieces for your serious self to read:
I really recommend you read them and challenge yourself to make time to have fun. Remember make your own fun. For some people it is being goofy, other people it’s making something, and still others find fun in doing things no one else would consider “fun”. Never mind. Find your fun wherever you can and cherish it.
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For a generation of oldesters like me, arcade games were what we grew up on. They seem quaint next to games on XBOX of PS3 or 4, but compared to games like Animal Crossings or other Nintendo games, they still seem relevant. Anyway, whatever your take, if you are into old games, check this post out: The Best Websites to Get Your Retro Gaming Fix.
I was over at archive.org playing my old favorite, Berzerk! Still fun! And hard! 🙂
Note to Mac users: I had a problem with the Fire button on my Mac. So I followed the advice on this page to map my SPACE bar to the fire button. Then I was fine.
If you for whatever reason what to turn an image into a glitched out version of itself, you can do that easily, here.
In this day of increasing good cameras, of course you do. So grab a photo you want to convert and go here. Satisfaction guaranteed, and very fast turnaround. 🙂
When it comes to Einstein, what comes to mind? This?
How about this?
Yep, his hobby was making a better fridge. Read about it here: Einstein’s Little-Known Passion Project? A Refrigerator | WIRED.
It’s odd but fun to read.
If you are looking to give someone a gift that is hand made, this might be an idea for you: How to Make a Simple Chapbook | Indie Press | Philadelphia | Lady Blue Publishing.
I had one made for my 40th birthday and I still treasure it. No doubt someone you make one for will too.
Is this Setting up Raspbian (and DOOM!) – learn.sparkfun.com
Not only will you be up and running with a working Raspberry Pi, but you can also play a limited version of the original Doom!
Very fun for old Doom afficianatos like myself.
This is an actual set of awards given out, and The Guardian has the goods, here:
The 2017 comedy wildlife photography awards.
The wise David Lebovitz has great tips on how to host a dinner party in the manner that Parisians do. If that sounds daunting to you, it shouldn’t. It’s filled with such smart advice such as “Keep it Simple” and “Finish with chocolates”. If you have a dinner party hosting coming up, drop everything and read and follow this: How to Entertain Like a Parisian Tips – David Lebovitz. . From the good people at Food52.com.
(Photo from here)
The New Yorker has the answer: Sorry for the Delayed Response – The New Yorker. (I think it is meant to be humourous, but it’s a little too close to reality to make me wonder. :))
For anyone starting out on the road to being an independent adult, the book Adulting (from Hachette) is a good guide to have. It is packed with tips – 468 to be exact – on pretty much any experience you are going to go through in your early 20s. If this is you or someone you love, this book will have an obvious appeal.
It’s not just for young people though. I think all adults could benefit from parts of the book, especially if you are having to start out on some adult experience that is either new to you or something you haven’t done for some time. It’s good advice, and good advice never goes out of date.
Even if you don’t need good advice, read it just for the humour. It’s a very funny book. (Note, there is a fair amount of profanity and references to sex, but if that doesn’t bother you, then you’ll be fine.)
Finally, if you want to have a better understanding of what life is like for that young person you know, this book can help you achieve that.
By the way, if you want a preview of it, you can check out the Adulting blog. Also very good.
I was killing time in a bookstore last night and I thought it looked good. I ended up reading it from cover to cover.
And here over at A Cup of Jo are Six Stretches for People Who Sit at Desks
These are good stretches….even non-flexible people like myself can do them. 🙂
I find it easy to forget to how to barbeque, since months go by without doing any of it. I am trying to get back into it and get better. If you are in the same position, Bon Appétit has some good advice for both of us, including
Pley is a cool idea and much like Netflix is. You subscribe to the service, you get a new Lego kit. Once you build it and enjoy it for awhile, you send it back and they send you another one. Your kid always has new kits to build, and you avoid having their room fill up with Lego.
For more on this, check out: Cool Tools – Pley.
Not only are these cards cool, but if you go to this link, 8-bit popup cards | Mini-eco, you can learn how to make them yourself!
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Tagged 8bit, cards, cool, fun, gamers, gaming, geeks, nerds, spaceinvaders, videogames
I am not sure if wall stickers are passe or not, but this one, from Retro Basic Custom Wall Sticker – Spin Collective UK, appeals to the computer geek that I am. If you know one or are one, and you want to get this, the link has all the details you need.
There’s a nice story here about how some University of Alberta students build an igloo in their backyard over at canada.com.
You want to check it out just for the video on that page. The video is a little over 4 minutes, but the time it takes to build the igloo is many hours. Now if the builders didn’t stop to take so many selfies, it might have gone a little faster. 🙂
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Tagged fun, igloo, winter
I don’t think highly of lists that supposedly help you to get in shape. I am happy to make an exception for this one: 15 Former Couch Potatoes Share Their Best Tips For Getting In Shape.
It’s not so much a list as it is 15 different stories. Each person has a different approach to getting in shape. What worked for one person may not work for you, but there is a good chance that out of the 15 stories, there will be more than a few new ideas that you can steal and use.
I also liked that it is not a list of advice from people who were athletes or people who were in good shape already. The people on this list were out of shape, and they lost weight and became fit using the sensible approaches they took.
I don’t usually recommend Buzzfeed articles, but this one is a very good exception.
If getting in shape was one of your resolutions for the New Year, this is a good thing for you to read now.
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Tagged advice, buzzfeed, fitness, fun, overweight, strength, weightloss
It’s no fluke: if you watch the whole thing, you can see he is into it!
Crows are remarkable. Via YouTube and someone on twitter….I can’t remember who though. Thanks, whomever you are!
I unashamedly post alot of motivational things here. I hope this link to these funny unmotivational coffee mugs by Emily McDowell over at Boing Boing balances that out for people who feel they could use a break from such things. Boing Boing has lots of McDowell’s mugs and a link to more information. I want to get a collection of them. I would also be happy to get one as a present. Ahem. 🙂
P.S. She has an etsy page if you want to buy her things.
Yes. That’s all it is. Still great: Babies Cracking Up at Ripping Paper Compilation
P.S. It’s also good, even if you aren’t cranky.
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Tagged babies, fun, funny, humour
I love this: wonderful cover, great musicians, loads of fun.
If you wish you could go out tonight and can’t, watching this could be the next best thing.
P.S. Thanks to Blake E. for this!
Last night I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. No, actually, last night a friend of mine sent me this very punny version of “That’s amore” (see below) and it reminded me of the very funny (and punny) Groucho Marx. Here’s both: such a bargain!
When the moon hits your eye
like a big pizza pie
When an eel bites your hand
with a pain you can’t stand
that’s a moray.
When our habits are strange
and our customs deranged
that’s our mores.
When your horse munches straw
and the bales total four
that’s some more hay.
When a beam from the sun
lights the heath where we run
that’s a moor ray.
When a sand-coated board
buffs your nails, yes milord,
And our friend Mitch Albom
every Tuesday would come
to hear Morrie.
A New Zealander lad
sports tatoos by his dad.
That’s a Maori.
When a glacier’s retreat
piles up stones at its feet
that’s a moraine.
When two patterns of lines
cross to form new designs,
that’s a moiré.
The briefest of pauses
in poetic clauses,
they are morae.
What the palest young man
needs to get a good tan,
that’s some more rays.
When Othello’s poor wife,
she gets stabbed with a knife
that’s a Moor, eh?
A great whale in the sea
chases Raymond and me.
That’s Shamu, Ray.
When a Japanese knight
used a sword in a fight
P.S. Here’s a link to the Groucho Marx video on YouTube.
I love this. Andrew Hyde made a decision. He decided
to cook dinner for people. A year later I’ve hosted 138 dinners. The average dinner had 14 guests which means I’ve made 1932 dinners for friends and strangers.
I highly recommend this post of his describing it: Dinner At My House (How I Hosted 138 Dinners in a Year) by Andrew Hyde. It makes me want to try and do something similar.
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Tagged cool, dinner, food, fun