Now I want a pretzel but the only thing in the house is Lynette's frozen gluten free pretzels. Not what I had in mind. Here are some interesting facts I found.
NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY
National Pretzel Day is observed annually on April 26. A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day. Either one is an excellent choice.
There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel. Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were developed by the monks. According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers. He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”
Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France. The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago. In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.
The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century. At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania, and their popularity quickly spread.
It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels were very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago and New York.
Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.
National Pretzel Day began in 2003 when Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.
I took this with me when I moved from Brooklyn to Levittown to Virginia. It was used in my Brooklyn home when I was growing up. I never used it but I like its appearance. Years ago I scrubbed it down and painted it with black paint used for stoves.
Just before bedtime I like to watch a little TV. It doesn't interfere with my sleeping and I'm just about too tired to do anything else.
Last night I watched a horror movie called Within that surprised me. It fell into a standard plot; same story with different backgrounds, actors and details.
Here's the blurb:
Not a new idea but it was still fun to watch.
The song at the end of the movie while the credits were being shown is perfect for the movie. Maybe they should have put it at the start or somewhere in the middle. I never heard of the group for "Are You Alone Now?".
The other night I watched the movie Come and Find Me on Netflix, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It uses a series of flashbacks in an extremely smooth way, not jerking back and forth. I wish the actress Annabelle Wallis could be heard more clearly but otherwise the movie was perfect for me.
It stars Aaron Paul from the Breaking Bad series. Here's a description and the trailer. "David and Claire's idyllic relationship comes to an abrupt and mysterious end after Claire disappears without a trace. Devastated but incapable of letting go, David follows her down a frantic and increasingly dangerous path. Shocked at discovering Claire was living a double life, he's forced to risk everything if he ever wants to see her again."
I posted about getting organized before so maybe I'm just being obsessive and compulsive. It's a little different now.
Getting organized requires some time but time spent organizing is time spent not enjoying the present moment. Why do I want to be organized?
To have some control of my life but I believe that it's possible to control only about 30% of life. The rest depends on genetics, accidents, my decisions from the past, other people's action, etc. There will always be some anxiety if I dwell on it. But I want to feel secure against complete disorder and confusion. If I'm not prepared something harmful may happen to me.
I don't want to miss out on something because I don't know what's happening. There is a need to ease my fear of not making the most of my life, of being disappointed.
I want to avoid complications and confusion but too much organizing will actually result in more complication and confusion instead of less. Yet in a strange way I find it enjoyable to plan!
Why am I being so obsessive about this?
Is this something good or is it too much?
I believe the most important thing is to find a way that works for you. You can use all or parts of different systems but don't spend all your time learning different to-do applications, make your own.
Here's what I do:
Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar to keep track of monthly and longer items like appointments, birthdays, etc. The nice thing is that you can set up the calendar to send you an email when the date is coming near. I print each month so I can have a paper copy just like a regular calendar.
Next I make my own weekly schedule from a spreadsheet program. It has my regular recurring tasks to check off with room for appointments, etc. It's like a paper pad to do list for the week.
It's flexible enough to adjust as you like.
The times are approximate.
I'm not obsessive enough to put down when I should brush my teeth, get dressed...
Don't forget to schedule time to do nothing but relax and enjoy.
I find alined paper pad with what I want to do with the blocks of unassigned time works best for me. I check off and draw a line though the items I've completed.
For the things I want to do but am not sure when I use Wunderlist. I use it in my own way as just a list, something like a paper pad. I don't use the due "today", "week", and other functions.
There's room for notes and sub-tasks, which break down larger goals into sections. I guess I could use a paper notepad for this but for now I use Wunderlist. Maybe because it looks so good.
It has what will soon be put into a specific time slot. It can also be another reminder, along with the calendar, of what is coming up at a specific time.
It is very important not to pile up a long list of things because they will never be done. They will only make you confused. The point is not what you want to do without a specific time but to put down the time you'll do it. This avoids a growing list of never to be done tasks. Ask yourself WHEN you will do it.
This may not be the best system but for me it seems to work. For now I'll use it this way. I might change to something else someday if I like.