February 2021

by Tom Swift

28 Sunday

  • Paul Giamatti.
  • Making someone blush.
  • Park benches.
  • Space Age Love Song.
  • When you want to walk even more than your dog.
  • Connection.
  • Melting.
  • Olive oil.
  • Uncomfortable feelings.

27 Saturday

  • Four years.
  • Heavy sleep.
  • Short hair.
  • Morning stretch time.
  • Morning tension.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Billions.
  • The return of two-walk days.

26 Friday

  • Frustration: an opportunity to focus on what is most important.
  • Moving on.
  • The chance to earn money.
  • Sound of ice forming.
  • Time.
  • Scrambled eggs with brown rice.

24 Wednesday

  • The need to write for someone.
  • When 64 feels warm.
  • Being a day ahead.
  • Two-walks + ballgame = same day.
  • Dental care.
  • When you dream during meditation.
  • The promise of an over-needed haircut.
  • Perfectly baked tater tots.

22 Monday

  • The day we were asked whether we believed in miracles and we all had to say “yes.”
  • Abreva.
  • When your mind wakes you up very early in the morning — telling you not to wait any longer do something you have put off.
  • The affecting power of art well done. Two days later you are still thinking about the series finale of The Americans.
  • Getting to bed on time.
  • Protein waffles.

20 Saturday

  • Rest.
  • Warmth.
  • Finding your way back.

19 Friday

  • Paying bills early.
  • Your garage.
  • Not second-guessing that which is not worth second-guessing.
  • Doing good things.
  • Hearing geese honking over your head.
  • Body + mind + spirit: flowing through them all.
  • Words unsaid.
  • Mistakes unfixed.
  • Moving ahead.
  • Taking a break.
  • The promise of coffee.

18 Thursday

  • Variance.
  • The freedom of limitations.
  • Reps during breaks.
  • Just a little snow.
  • Shoulder work.
  • Morning movement.
  • Thursdays.

17 Wednesday

  • Your fridge.
  • Fast Februarys.
  • An early start.
  • Shoulder stretches.
  • Signs of growth. The physical kind.
  • Knowing your business.
  • Crockpot meatballs and spaghetti.
  • Ice on the windows.

16 Tuesday

  • Getting to communicate in writing all day.
  • A break in the coldest cold. You can feel it.
  • Push-ups all day.
  • Writing process conversations.
  • Beef and rice. An unstoppable combo.

15 Monday

  • Your brother.
  • George Washington.
  • Cuddle time on the couch.
  • Seeing temps above freezing in the forecast (albeit the extended one).
  • Sundays.
  • Four shirts.
  • Grocery delivery drivers.
  • Oatmeal with honey and cinnamon and flax. At night. Yum.

14 Sunday

  • Learning about the past.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1987.
  • Matthew Rhys.
  • A good salad with a little creamy dressing.
  • The heater in your car.
  • Love.
  • Planning for the future.

13 Saturday

  • Sunshine.
  • Car still starts!
  • Bubbles.
  • Baked potato with olive oil.
  • Calm dog.
  • Jamie Raskin.
  • English cucumbers.
  • The time when the Constitution mattered to both political parties.

11 Thursday

  • Extra sleep.
  • Coleman Hughes.
  • Sweet potato fries.
  • The drive home from doggy daycare.
  • Self-education.
  • The squirrel in your front yard on a zero-degree day.
  • When you take the pressure off.
  • Steak in the oven.

10 Wednesday

  • A fast week.
  • A well-written textbook. Really.
  • Learning about Native peoples.
  • Learning about American history.
  • A gift book.
  • When you’d rather learn than be entertained.
  • Olive oil and warm pita bread.

9 Tuesday

  • Better news than you were told you could hope for.
  • The power of one thing at a time.
  • When you fall asleep for a few minutes during meditation.
  • An orderly basement.
  • Proof that you aren’t screwing it all up.
  • Fruit for dessert.

8 Monday

  • The chance to learn about Musonius Rufus.
  • Mirrors.
  • Passion.
  • Complex issues: they give you the chance at near continual learning.
  • John McWhorter.
  • Crispy bread just out of the oven with butter that melts into the soft inside.
  • Losing yourself in a live sporting event.
  • One decent gin and tonic.

7 Sunday

  • Your furnace.
  • Extra blankets on a frigid night.
  • Your car starting right up.
  • That birds still fly when it’s negative degrees out.
  • Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Meatball subs.

6 Saturday

  • Your home.
  • Possibilities.
  • Paying bills early.
  • Your car.
  • Your car starting even when the temperature outside is, if not in official meteorological parlance, “beyond bitter.”
  • Car rides.
  • Season 8, Episode 8: “The Chicken Roaster.”
  • The Minneapolis skyline.
  • Chocolate-covered ginger balls. Yeah, that’s right.

5 Friday

  • A free meal.
  • The effect of stretching before bed.
  • The weekend. In this case a long weekend.
  • Being prepared for an appointment.
  • The chance to care for your dog.
  • Being comfortable with your money choices.
  • Eating just enough for dinner.

4 Thursday

  • Wet snow.
  • The people who work at Poison Control.
  • Read + Move = Write.
  • Finishing a show and it’s not even late yet.
  • Your shovel.
  • Sub lamps.
  • Seaweed.

3 Wednesday

  • Morning reading.
  • Perfectly cooked salmon.
  • A little extra work that goes a long way.
  • 100-plus push-ups.
  • When your dog cranes his neck so he can put his head on your leg.
  • Longer days.
  • Making someone smile.
  • People who care for disabled dogs, like the nice lady you encountered in the neighborhood last night.

2 Tuesday

  • Sleeping heavy.
  • Humidity.
  • The calming influence of reading.
  • Yoga pants.
  • Working out throughout the day.
  • Writing throughout the day.
  • Clams.

1 Monday

  • A reason to bathe early in the morning.
  • Answers that come to you while you are still in bed.
  • One Night in Miami.
  • Getting meal prep done early.
  • A great Home section in the newspaper. Never ever before said that.
  • Letting go of something that makes you feel icky.
  • Your washing machine: cleaning things so you don’t feel grimy.
  • Spaghetti.