Serious Pleasure

Pleasure is a “feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.”.

How did you enjoy satisfied happiness this week?

(Don’t google for “pleasure.”  You get a lot of pictures of a cute scooter and then “ribbed for her . . . .”  I kind of wanted the scooter, but the reviews were awful..)

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Cherry Saturday, May 26, 2018

Today is Dracula Day.  The idea of the vampire has been around for thousands of years, but we can thank Bram Stoker in 1897 for this particular bloodsucker.  A German Expressionist filmmaker tried to rip off Stoker by making a Dracula movie about “Count Orlok”  ( (that’s Max Schrek looking a little pale in the photo to the left), but since all they did was change the name of the vampire and the term “vampire” to “nosferatu,” they lost in court and all copies of the movie were ordered destroyed.  Yeah, sure, it was a movie about Dracula.  Did you put a stake through its heart?  No?  You can watch it on Amazon Prime right now. And then, of course, there’s the flood of stage and film bloodsuckers that followed, not to mention tragic romantic heroes, some of whom sparkle.  My favorite vampire hunter is Buffy, of course, and she does meet Dracula and does a fan squee before she stakes him (several times, he’s tough to put down, but she’s persistent, so he eventually gives up and goes away). But for Favorite Bad Dracula movie, you cannot beat: Continue reading

Wear the Lilac Towel Day

Today is Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams’ injunction in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to never forget your towel (also, don’t panic).  It is also Wear the Lilac Day, in honor of Terry Pratchett’s Watch tradition and to support Alzheimer’s Research, Pratchett’s cause..  Mostly it’s just to remember Adams and Practchett, two very smart men who looked at reality with skepticism and wit and decided the worlds inside their heads were better.  They were right.

.  I am grateful for their books because, as one of Pratchett’s characters (and my personal fave) Susan Sto Helit once thought, “. . . this she knew was a far more accurate way of looking at it — the book was true and reality was lying.”

Wear the Lilac Towel today and read Adams and Pratchett; what’s reality ever done for you? 

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Cherry Saturday, May 19, 2018

It’s National Hamburger Month (Cheeseburger Day is September 18th) so find yourself a diner and indulge.  Get the fries, too (French Fry Day is July 13).  And don’t forget the ketchup (June 5th) and pickles (November 14th) and lettuce (June 9th) and onion (June 22nd).  

You’d think they’d coordinate or at least throw a party together. 

 

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Working Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I have been slowly putting in planting beds.  I figure if I get them all set up this year, next year I can just order plants and put them in without all this sweating and moaning.  I did get three kinds of daisies planted, none of them Shasta (those are going in somewhere else).  I have Big Plans and a Black Thumb, so we’ll see.

What have you been up to?

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Small Happinesses

From Psychology Today:

“Researchers estimate that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures (such as warm baths!), getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond oneself are all actions that increase life satisfaction.”

What small (or large) happinesses did you find this week?

(Also, happy Mother’s Day!)

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Cherry Saturday, May 12, 2018

Today is Limerick Day.  

Per Wikipedia: “A limerick is a form of verse, often humorous and sometimes obscene, in five-line, predominantly anapestic[1] meter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.”  

Per me: A limerick is an annoying form of verse that is usually intended to be funny and is often intended to be dirty.”  

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