List of Favorite Things (May 2022)

List of Favorite Things: May 2022 (#1)

I love writing Some Small Things, but it’s not a useful blog. I don’t give advice. And I don’t offer information. I just tell small stories about small things.

Yet the main reason I read other people’s blogs is to get advice and information. Especially from travel blogs. And hiking ones. Or financial independence sites.

Sometimes, but not often, I read blogs for the writing, no matter the topic. For example, I read a mountain climbing blog, The Dihedral, because the writing is great. But I will never, ever climb a mountain.

All this to say, I’d like to try to share a little information.

One of the benefits of writing this blog is that I see (and hear, etc.) more things now. So at the end of each month, I’ll share a small list of three favorites.

Here is a list of favorite things from May.

Blog Post That Made Me Laugh Out Loud:

23 Corporate Bullshit Phrases That Should Be Abandoned Immediately by CityFrugal

Corporate jargon drives me mad. And it’s in my field (education), too. Have you noticed that everything is resonating with everyone these days? In any event, should you want to go down a jargon rabbit hole, check out this BS Generator and this Corporate BS Generator that generate corporate phrases in seconds to impress. (Think competently build next-generation potentialities or anything with the word synergy.)

In all seriousness, CityFrugal is a blog with a refreshing take on the FI (financial independence) movement. The writing dazzles, and the humor is addictive. I devoured half the site in one sitting.

New Hobby:

Geocaching.

Geocaching is a form of treasure hunting. Cachers use their GPS to find hidden objects all around the world. Once an object is located, the cacher signs a mini-scroll and then logs the find in the Geocaching app.

Geocaching for beginners 🙂

In my first week, I found eight caches and did not find six. In the process, I almost fell off a cliff, grabbed a massive cockroach-looking larva bug, was stared at by people not geocaching, and climbed into thorny bushes. I’ve also averaged 16,000 steps on my outings. It’s good exercise and satisfies my desire for challenge and being part of something a little odd.

If you live in New York, there’s a New York State Parks Geocache Challenge on right now through November. If you want to play, here’s the form for the Taconic Region (there are other NYS challenges in other regions, too).

Nature Walk in Connecticut:

Greenwich Audubon Center.

Greenwich Audubon Center is a short drive from Westchester or NYC and features a small museum with snakes, frogs, and bees as well as beautiful nature trails that surround a lake. On a Saturday afternoon, the grounds were blissfully empty — we only encountered a few families along the pathways, including a small child who warned us not to eat the poisonous mushrooms. Foliage is lush and diverse, including large lettuce leaves that line some of the trails.

Greenwich Audubon Center - Big Lettuce
Greenwich Audubon Center

Admission is free, and the center hosts a number of bird-watching and other nature events. You can picnic on the lawn — either at a table or in the Adirondack chairs, which I made my peace with on this outing. Since childhood, I have been vehemently and irrationally anti-Adirondack chair, but our picnic was so pleasant, it changed my mind.

That’s all for May! Now over to you — do you geocache? Read CityFrugal? Have you visited Greenwich Audubon? I’d love to hear from you!

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Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this list, you might like this post about walking over the Tappan Zee bridge or this one on small, meaningful gifts.

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