#444 Driving over a small hill in your car and feeling the little drop in your stomach Aug07

#444 Driving over a small hill in your car and feeling the little drop in your stomach

Let’s hit the suburban roller coaster. When you’re a little kid riding backwards in a wood-paneled wagon there are few things as fun as hitting a gut-twisting bump over a little hill on the highway. Or maybe you’re at the back of the schoolbus, bouncing like jumping beans as...

#445 Pulling out a weed and getting all the scraggly roots with it Aug06

#445 Pulling out a weed and getting all the scraggly roots with it

Gardening ain’t for sissies. Nope, if you’re getting down with the kneel down you know planting flowers, growing herbs, and trimming hedges is tough business, baby. Sun’s beating wavy rays, dirt’s clumping in your eyes, and worms squiggle in all directions as you...

#446 When that plugged up nostril suddenly just opens up with zero warning Aug05

#446 When that plugged up nostril suddenly just opens up with zero warning

Nose, what’s your deal? We’ve been cursing you for the past hour for your snotty head-plugging ways. Breathing wasn’t happening and we were left mouth-gasping for air every few seconds to bypass your thick bulletproof wall of headglue. And you remember when we tried blowing...

#447 Walking into a crowded busy party and suddenly locking eyes with someone you know across the room Aug02

#447 Walking into a crowded busy party and suddenly locking eyes with someone you know across the ro...

Ding-dong. The door opens to you on the porch in your just-washed jeans and crispy clean shirt staring into a sweaty sea of strange faces. You walk in and stumble past a pile of shoes and a kissing couple while awkwardly scanning the room for some friendly faces. Stepping a bit deeper into the...

#448 The smell and feel of bedsheets that dried outside in the sun Aug01

#448 The smell and feel of bedsheets that dried outside in the sun

Drift and dream into that crispy clean. It’s always good when you can leave the sheets outside and let the sun do what the sun does best: be hot, heat things up, keep being hot. Just clothespin your business to the line, point up at the giant fireball in the sky and say “Over to...

#449 Staying up so late that everything becomes hilariously funny Jul31

#449 Staying up so late that everything becomes hilariously funny

Midnight is long gone. Maybe you’re crowded around a kitchen table pasting construction paper onto poster board, squirreled into sleeping bags on a cold basement floor, or drinking cold coffee and leaning over laptops before tomorrow’s big deadline. Either way, it’s time to...

#450 Those horrible fake accents made by close friends when they’re telling stories Jul30

#450 Those horrible fake accents made by close friends when they’re telling stories

Believe it. It’s your girlfriend at the lunch table doing her dad’s lecture with a bizarre sailor with a sore throat inflection. It’s your grandson at Thanksgiving pretending to be his angry first grade teacher, hitting the squeaky high notes with fist thumps and furrowed...

#451 Managing to wake up at the right time even though you forgot to set your alarm Jul29

#451 Managing to wake up at the right time even though you forgot to set your alarm

That was a close one. Last night you hit the pillow without a safety net and fell into a free-falling slumber with no end in sight. You could have slept all day, you could have slept all night, but somehow you got up just in time. Yes, you sprung up like a Jack-in-the-Box with your heart...

#452 Picking things up with your feet Jul26

#452 Picking things up with your feet

Embrace your inner monkey. Dirty crumpled socks, dropped Doritos, rogue pen caps: We see you there. Yes, we see you right in the crosshairs of our toes and we’re about to scoop you up with a good old fashioned foot scrunch. Bending over is overrated. Picking things up with your feet...

#453 Getting sweaty and jumping in Jul25

#453 Getting sweaty and jumping in

Time for some fun in the sun. Spiking volleyballs in the backyard, tossing frisbees at the beach, or just running around in your bathing suit on the scorching sand, it’s always fun getting hot and sweaty before racing to the edge of the dock or tip-toeing to the front of the diving...

#454 Getting ready super fast when there’s no time to shower Jul24

#454 Getting ready super fast when there’s no time to shower

My friend Mike taught me the power of Mustache Maintenance. Whenever we were running late on a Friday night back in college Mike would race up the stairs and shave off his mustache fuzz in ten quick seconds. It took away his dirty upper lip look without taking all the time of a full shave and...

#455 Digging a giant hole in your mashed potatoes so you can fill it up with gravy Jul23

#455 Digging a giant hole in your mashed potatoes so you can fill it up with gravy

Get your mash on long. Get your mash on strong. How great is it that a bunch of rock-hard brown things yanked from the dirt can turn into a creamy smooth-n-salty canvas of deliciousness right in the middle of our plates? I’m talking salty lumps, I’m talking tasty bumps, I’m...