Brain Flurries

Got a minute? You can learn something sweet

January 6, 2014 

All around the world, in every city, state, and country, humans are faced with more than 500,000 minutes of 2014.

So besides making, breaking and attempting to keep resolutions, what is everyone going to do with all those minutes? They’re just hanging there waiting to be filled.

I’m hoping to make some more discoveries. I made a few last year that were quite enlightening. In December, I discovered that the first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years and it wasn’t even in January. They celebrated on the night of the first full moon after the spring equinox.

It was probably about that time last year that I finally discovered “pump top” shampoo. No more flip tops and fumbling with upside down tubes for me. This girl has moved on. Where has this stuff been all my life? And why didn’t anyone tell me about it?

When my husband read this column, he said, “Really? I’ve been using that pump thingy for a year?”

“Yes.” I said. “And that just goes to show you, time flies when you’re having fun.”

Another thing I discovered, is that a normal person (me) and another normal person (my husband) can successfully replace a light fixture without getting shocked, fix a leaky faucet without flooding the bathroom and fix a garbage disposal without a plumber.

Now, if we could only figure out how to build a website, we’d be in business – literally.

Let’s move on to the good stuff, meaning candy. Last year, I made two new chocolate discoveries. One is Toblerone. That is one candy I totally ignored. Then, I was watching an HGTV show from Switzerland and I saw Toblerone being made. I had to at least try one. I’m glad I did.

The second candy is Mrs. Fields Peppermint Chocolates, which I bought in a little, rectangle shaped box for $1. They were meant to be stocking stuffers but they never made it to the stockings. Oooops! Did I say that?

These two treats are quickly becoming my favorites and if it weren’t for 2013, who knows when I would have discovered them. You never know what a new year has in store.

Here’s hoping yours is filled with oodles of new discoveries, both big and small.

Karen Tomas is a resident of Fort Mill. Email her a brainflurries@aol.com.

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