May06

#252 Taking your makeup off after wearing it all day

May05

#253 Optimistic Weather Dressers

#254 Finding a chocolate egg way after Easter Apr30

#254 Finding a chocolate egg way after Easter

Surprise! While mindlessly dragging your hand between the couch cushions, sweeping the backyard patio stones, or searching for extra batteries in the junk drawer a tiny foiled egg suddenly appears like a sugary gift from the heavens. And when you score that surprise chocolate dropping just...

#255 That guy who brings treats to work on Friday Apr29

#255 That guy who brings treats to work on Friday

Office jobs are tough. I know we cubicle farmhands aren’t exactly hammering diamonds in dusty mineshafts, landing planes in snowy storms, or performing emergency appendectomies. But still — what we’re doing is complex mail merges to make envelope labels, compiling meeting...

#256 When the bass kicks in Apr28

#256 When the bass kicks in

When the bass kicks in the song kicks up to a whole new part of its game. Your head starts grooving, your arms start moving, and everything inside you just wants to dance. AWESOME! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXGKfRYRho4] — Follow me on Instagram — The post #256 When the bass...

#257 Eating a free sample of something you have no intention of buying Apr27

#257 Eating a free sample of something you have no intention of buying

Why hello, little cup of strawberry-banana punch. How you doing, pepper-dill crackers? Don’t mind if I do, spicy salami wrapped around a piece of melon. Yes, eating a free sample of something you have no intention of buying is a great way to stay on top of what’s happening at the...

#258 Saying thanks Apr24

#258 Saying thanks

I started writing 1000 Awesome Things on June 20, 2008 as my life was swirling and twirling. It seemed like every day was cloudy as every morning I’d wheel my car up icy onramps straight into red-light traffic jams to head to my office job in the suburbs. Then I’d wheel back home...

#259 The good kind of stomach butterflies Apr23

#259 The good kind of stomach butterflies

Flap, flap, flap. It’s gut check time. Scientists suggest the fluttery feeling of buttery flies in your tum tum just comes from blood flowing away from your digestive system and zooming everywhere else in your body. Yeah, you know how it goes: your beady-eyed pal adrenaline starts...

#260 People who look like their pets Apr22

#260 People who look like their pets

AWESOME! — Email message — “I moved in with a new roommate in the beginning of this school year and we decided to make our own list of AWESOME! things to hang up in our drab dorm room.  Some of our favorites are: Harmony, walking in the rain with rain boots on, a huge...

#261 Baby to baby love Apr21

#261 Baby to baby love

Erik and Danny have a baby. I was at a wedding a few months back and bumped into the fresh parents after missing them for a few years. They’ve popped out a couple pumpkins since I saw them at school so our visit was full of adorable photos, diaper horror stories, and tall tales of...

#262 The smell of the barbecue Apr20

#262 The smell of the barbecue

Scratch the crusty grill with the fraying wire brush so all the tiny black flecks spray on your baggy khaki shorts. Twist open the spiderweb-covered propane tank or light the charcoal and then go inside to assemble your plastic tray of food. Bring out the sauce-smeared drumsticks, homemade...

#263 Getting cell phone service back after not having it for a while Apr17

#263 Getting cell phone service back after not having it for a while

Welcome to the saloon. Jump off your tired horse, kick your cowboy boots together, and step through the swinging gates into your home away from home. Dusty sunbeams streak through dirty stained-glass windows and shadows fall on your closest friends laughing in a dank and dirty world away from...

#264 Putting things in your shoe so you don’t forget them later Apr16

#264 Putting things in your shoe so you don’t forget them later

I’m pretty forgetful. I forget keys in my pants, food in my microwave, and words at the end of my. Being forgetful is a terrible thing. Seriously, if you’ve ever tapped your empty pockets in front of your locked front door you know exactly how painful it can be. Fortunately we live...

#265 The smell of really, really clean air Apr15

#265 The smell of really, really clean air

Your lungs deserve the best. Escape the parking garage, forget the fast food fumes, and run away from that photocopying daze in the cubicle farm. When you get way out in the open, when you’re sailing over the deep blue sea, when you’re climbing to the top of the mountain, just take...

#266 When a deadline is extended unexpectedly Apr14

#266 When a deadline is extended unexpectedly

Talk about a win-win-win-win. • If you’re already done! Brother, you just earned some breathing room. Sit back and smile as everyone sweats it up next week and pat your own back for being on top of your game. If you feel like it you can make improvements and hand in Version 2.0 of Your...

#267 Car dancing Apr13

#267 Car dancing

Get down, get funky, get loose. When the tunes starts bumping and your car starts thumping it’s time to dance it off in the passenger or back seat. Slam the glove compartment, roll down the windows, and give these moves a try: • The Bird. Both the driver and passenger get involved with...

#268 Getting a good locker in high school Apr10

#268 Getting a good locker in high school

Scott got screwed. Back in ninth grade my friend Scott was assigned a locker buddy named Kyle who played trumpet in the school band. They shared a thin locker down a dark and dusty hallway outside the Boy’s Changeroom. Not only did it smell like armpit, but it was about a three-minute...

#269 The sound of a golf ball falling into the cup Apr09

#269 The sound of a golf ball falling into the cup

I was the Mini Golf King. Yes, back in those blurry late 80s there wasn’t a course that could trip me up. Slippery slopes, puddle patches, shady piles of windswept maple keys were all no match for my well-practiced whacking of that neon pink ball. Smack it off the chewed-up mat, bounce...

#270 Dogs with jobs Apr08

#270 Dogs with jobs

Dogs are lazy. There, I said it. And you know it’s true. Look who’s sleeping on the couch, look who’s drooling on my socks, look who’s wandering around in circles. Dogs, my friend. Dogs, dogs, dogs. And sure, maybe the dog economy has dried up a bit and it’s not as easy to give a dog...

Apr07

README: A 60-second summary of all this…

Hey everyone, My name is Neil Pasricha and here’s a quick summary of this blog 1000 Awesome Things and my life since then: 2008 – This blog became my therapy after my marriage fell apart and best friend took his own life   2008 – 2012 – I wrote and published one...

#271 When the music player’s shuffle reads your mind Apr07

#271 When the music player’s shuffle reads your mind

Sometimes it knows exactly how you feel. Sometimes it knows exactly what you need. Sometimes it plays a song that is exactly AWESOME! — Email message — “The beauty of sunsets is well-documented. Poems have been written on it. Photographs have been clicked. Many romantic films...

#272 The Stone Age Apr06

#272 The Stone Age

Props to the past. The Stone Age is the term describing the giant time period from 600,000 years ago to 8000 years ago where our earliest ancestors first made tools from stone. Unless you happen to be an immortal wizard, I’m guessing you weren’t around back then. Yeah, me neither....

#273 Breaking into your own place after realizing you locked yourself out Apr03

#273 Breaking into your own place after realizing you locked yourself out

We’ve all been there. Whether you left the keys in your car, let a dorm door slam behind you, or just came home late without a key, we feel your pain, we feel your pain, we feel your pain. Now after the panic drains and you stop going insane it’s time to get your brain together by...

#274 When your child reads you a bedtime story Apr02

#274 When your child reads you a bedtime story

Once upon a time you had a baby. Over those first few years you had ups and down, good times and bad, lots of laughs and lots of tears. You spooned applesauce off chins, you washed off their skin, and you walked them to their first day of school. And as they grow up and grow older, as they...

#275 Sundays Apr01

#275 Sundays

It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away. Now whether you’re holding hands in church, running with your dog at the park, just taking a break from the world, or just sleeping in till it’s dark, well … Sunday’s a good time to relax and enjoy some smaller...

#276 Waiters and waitresses who know the menu really well Mar31

#276 Waiters and waitresses who know the menu really well

I’d make a bad waiter. Yeah, balancing wobbly trays of wet glasses, slipping and sliding on slick kitchen floors, and rushing for refills after refills is just way above my abilities. Of course, sometimes when you hit your local eating trough you meet other waiters and waitresses over...

#277 The fact that airplanes exist Mar30

#277 The fact that airplanes exist

Wait, wait, wait. Let me get this straight. Giant hunks of metal weighing half a million pounds soar in the air way above the clouds over deep dark oceans to deliver people to distant lands thousands of miles away? AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Twitter — The post #277 The fact...

#278 Putting garbage in other garbage Mar27

#278 Putting garbage in other garbage

In your car you used to have all this lying around: an empty Doritos bag, a napkin, a parking stub, and a coffee cup. Now you just have a coffee cup. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my podcast 3 Books — The post #278 Putting garbage in other garbage appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#279 Anything really, really heavy Mar26

#279 Anything really, really heavy

Boom-badda, boom-badda. Back when I was a wee lad I remember begging my parents for some newfangled gadget from Radio Shack that let me play LCD checkers in the back of the station wagon. It was like Game Boy’s Great Uncle or something and after I fought with scissors to break it out of...

#280 When little kids get really, really excited Mar25

#280 When little kids get really, really excited

Big news, big news. I’ve got a new girlfriend. Her name is Leslie and she’s a kindergarten teacher. Now, one of the things I love about her is swapping stories after work because we do such different things. I work an office job in the suburbs so I tell horror stories...