January 2020

by Tom Swift

31 Friday

  • The end of January.
  • Just enough snow to pretty up the place.
  • Confidence.
  • Nancy Pelosi.
  • Despair.
  • People who fight for the principles on which America was founded.
  • The hawk perched on the highway light as you drive by, the rabbit poised on the sidewalk as you walk by, the dog lying at your feet as you sit down at the end of the day.

29 Wednesday

  • Fast Januarys.
  • A working garage.
  • Bananas.
  • Mid-week meal prep.
  • How fast your little buddy bounces back.
  • Nights at home with your little buddy.
  • Red Sharpies.
  • The smell of French fries in an unexpected place.

28 Tuesday

  • Not thinking too much before taking a risk.
  • The moment you know your day’s work is done.
  • Taking care of your little buddy when he is under the weather.
  • Exercising throughout the day.
  • Peanut butter and Granny Smith apples.
  • Celebrating someone else, making them happy, being in a position to do that.

27 Monday

  • A la carte dinner.
  • Evening walks, even when it’s cold.
  • A safe home.
  • A dog who is excited to play.
  • The way you look in the mirror while doing lat pull-downs.
  • Yogurt blueberry crunch. It’s a thing.

26 Sunday

  • $5-off coupons.
  • Minnehaha Falls.
  • Special walks on Sundays.
  • Shoulder day.
  • Lifts to grow the traps.
  • Finally digging into a project you’ve been sitting on. Weight lifted.
  • Organized cupboards.
  • A tidy gym locker.
  • Pea protein-filled chocolate milk shakes.

25 Saturday

  • Well-bagged groceries.
  • The feeling of just-trimmed hair on the back of your neck.
  • Sardines.
  • A car that gets you where you want and need to go.
  • Kelp.

24 Friday

  • Snow-lined trees.
  • Slush.
  • Shovels.
  • Emotion that comes seemingly from nowhere.
  • When your dog waves using just his ears.
  • Box-squats.
  • Sun lamps.
  • Knowing you really helped someone.
  • Writing all day.
  • Guacamole.

23 Thursday

  • Two-walk Thursdays.
  • People who care passionately about our country.
  • People who care about the observable truth.
  • People who are good at logic.
  • Democracy.
  • Seeing your dog relaxing in his plush new bed.

22 Wednesday

  • The number two.
  • Two walk-Wednesdays.
  • Compliments: received and given.
  • Sleeping heavy.
  • Adam Schiff.

21 Tuesday

  • When your little buddy has extra pep his step.
  • Anger: sometimes it wakes you up.
  • The power of taking charge.
  • Learning about money.
  • Feeling your arms and, hey, that muscle is getting bigger.
  • Yogurt-blueberry-granola dessert. So good you have an extra helping.

20 Monday

    Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Reading Viktor Frankl.

19 Sunday

  • Scheduled writing time in a quiet place with a friend.
  • Just the right amount of exercise.
  • Having more mojo at the end of a workout than at the start.
  • Making an offer on something that is way below asking price.
  • The way people respond to your pet in public places.
  • Energy all day: the crud is going away!
  • The Packers not makeup it to the Super Bowl.

18 Saturday

  • A tidy medicine cabinet.
  • A sudden lack of phlegm.
  • Conversation that makes you want to take action.
  • The formation of a clearer vision for a room.
  • Pringles.
  • Reading time.

17 Friday

  • Snowstorms when you are safely at home.
  • The weekend just when you need rest.

16 Thursday

  • The moment you walk in the door after coming home from work and see your little buddy.
  • The moment you sip coffee for the first time while on the couch with your little buddy.

15 Wednesday

  • Not being hungry.
  • Nancy Pelosi.

14 Tuesday

  • Think! bars.
  • The healing effects of fasting.
  • A hot shower.
  • Getting a task done fast.
  • A path through the snow.
  • The sound of your dog’s breath.

13 Monday

  • Apple cider vinegar.
  • Water.
  • Your dog’s new bed, which is soft and makes him feel safe.
  • When an extra shipment comes in.
  • The body’s ability to fight off illness.
  • Being outside, at home, at night, in the winter, under the lights, with snow falling, lightly.

12 Sunday

  • Potato chips with a sandwich.
  • The power of push-ups.
  • Lazy days.
  • Long walks.
  • How fast January is flying by.
  • Don Rickles.

11 Saturday

  • The NFL playoffs.
  • The second person.
  • Connection.
  • Knowing what you want.
  • What it means when you don’t.
  • Being useful.
  • Crispy Southwestern egg rolls.

10 Friday

  • The warmth of home after having a winter wind in your face for four blocks.
  • Having a package locker less than a block from your home.
  • A hungry dog.
  • A calm dog.
  • A dog who sprints to you when you take out his treat.
  • Paying down debts.
  • When debts only get smaller never larger.
  • When a nerve is touched and you do not react until, and only if, you’re ready.

9 Thursday

  • What happens when you flex your muscles.
  • The feeling of being more connected to your muscles.
  • When a tough decision gets answered for you.
  • A full belly.

8 Wednesday

  • Good ideas.
  • Good news.
  • Having too many good weekend options.
  • Good fruit.

7 Tuesday

  • The chance to be interviewed.
  • The chance to be asked for help by a superior.
  • When the dog wants to keep walking on, farther away from the house, even in the dark, even as the temp seemingly drops by the minute.
  • An extra-long and plenty warm shower.
  • Makeshift taco salad.

6 Monday

  • Fast hours.
  • Slow walks.
  • Ricky Gervais monologues.
  • Blue cheese dressing.

5 Sunday

  • Unexpected victories.
  • Chocolate shakes.
  • Warm days in January. Seriously?
  • Getting the Sunday run to the grocery store done early, before the aisles get too crowded.
  • Tarter sauce.
  • Active-recovery day.
  • Football food.

4 Saturday

  • Choices.
  • Freedom.
  • The opportunity to look very differently at the same person, the same problem, the same peculiarity.
  • A big pot of broccoli. Pass the salt and pepper.

3 Friday

  • Snow that doesn’t show.
  • Short weeks that finally end.
  • The confidence to ask good questions.
  • Your mother’s birth.
  • What happens when you don’t fight fatigue.
  • Left-over spaghetti.

2 Thursday

  • Freebies.
  • Cheese sandwiches.
  • A full tank.
  • Morning walks that end on account of time rather than on account of the cold.
  • Back to work after a break.
  • Farmer carries.
  • Car washes.

1 Wednesday

  • New friends.
  • New years.
  • New notebooks.
  • Car rides with the little buddy in which you play music and sing out loud — well, at least one of you does.
  • Happy returns.