Saturday, July 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Duo Road Trip Edition

1. heading to CT to see some of my favorite poets
2. having a copilot
3. sharing road snacks*
4. laughing all the way across Pennsylvania and into Jersey, New York, and Connecticut
5. poets

*unless he doesn't like Swedish fish, in which case those suckers are mine! All mine!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Thanking Heaven for Small Favors Edition

1. when the drunk kid hits the car parked behind yours, but not yours
2. not having your axle snap off
3. that the kid was only able to drive about half a block on 3 wheels before he stopped
4. only having your car bumped a tiny bit
5. friends who hang around outside at 1:30 in the morning with you while you talk to police officers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Good Morning, Pittsburgh Edition

1. seeing good friends
2. so much laughing
3. maybe getting a little bit of sleep*
4. getting a tour of the zoo from an expert
5. terrible jokes

*key words: "maybe" and "a little"

Five Things that Don't Suck, Solo Road Trip Edition

Folks, I'm going to be on the road for a while, and I never trust my internet access when I'm away. I'm setting up FTTDS lists ahead of time for my traveling days, but I make no guarantees that they'll post. And setting up 10 days' worth of lists in advance kind of defeats the purpose.

So bear with me. You might not notice a difference, or you might, but regular-ish service will resume August 1. And if you know Jed, get in touch with him this week, would you? Poor guy's gonna be lonely at home by himself.

1. EZ Pass*
2. Swedish fish**
3. listening to whatever music I want to listen to
4. or not listening to anything
5. getting to a new town and seeing new and old friends

**or whatever road trip snack you want. It's YOUR road trip. You don't have to share.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, My Mom's Birthday Edition

1. my mom
2. the fact that she was born
3. how her baby pictures look so much like her that she always lost the "guess which baby this is" contests at work
4. the fact that the only time I was ever airborne in a car, Dukes-of-Hazzard-style, she was the one who was driving
5. the way in which she quietly instigates comedy and then lets my dad take the credit and/or blame*

*she is WAY funnier than he is. She is.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Heat Wave Edition

1. basking
2. swimming pools
3. how I always want to follow "swimming pools" with "movie stars"
4. bees, cooling themselves on the front of the hives
5. air conditioning*

*but just a little, guys. Everything doesn't have to be 65 degrees.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Road Trip Prep Edition

1. laundry*
2. making lists
3. exchanging excited emails/texts/calls
4. luggage
5. having a clean house

*if being done in order to prepare for a road trip