Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

All about Mondays

My blog's title is Making Good Mondays. Actually, Mondays can go either way, good or bad.
A bad Monday - "Monday's Troll" is a children's book by Jack Prelutsky. An reviewer opines that,
Monday's troll is mean and rotten, Tuesday's troll is misbegotten...As for Wednesday's troll--and all the others--as soon as you read about them, they will be in your head (and heart) forever.
A good Monday - "ebay" even has a category named "Happy Mondays."
A happy Monday - One of my favorite authors, Richard Reeves, wrote a book in 2002 called, "Happy Mondays - putting the pleasure back into work." It got good reviews.
Looking at Monday with mixed feelings - this guy probably needs Reeves' book. Jim Warholic writes a blog that's called "Mondays Child - My Mondays Child Is Fair Of Face." He began his post, "Mondays are Better When Dreaming of Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, and Vacations. . . ". His post also plugged Google's Desktop Screensaver.
Blotting out Monday - Similar folks might patronize "Mondays," a bar in Madison, Wisconsin. Reviewers say it is "crowded and trendy." One - "number1niay" - said in 2006,
Mondays is the perfect starting bar for any night out. For some its the only bar you may need. The bartenders are well trained to serve the strongest drinks around and remember you well if you buy them a shot. Mon-Wed they serve anything you want for $3. Just be careful not to stumble inside on your way home, that last one can easily put you over the top.
Monday nights out - Similarly "Mondays" find their way into the Yellow Pages with "Mondays Union Bar and Grill" in LaTrobe, PA., and the Baltic Room in Seattle, WA. has an event called "Good Music Mondays."
Broke Mondays - Here's just the thing if you're one on these guys. Urban Outfitters sells imported machine washable men's pants called "Cheap Monday Tight Fit Orginal Unwashed" for $65. The description:
Named after the poorest day of the week (cause you've blown all your money on weekend good times), Cheap Mondays are the perfect skintight fit done dirt cheap. Cut seriously super-skinny with some spandex for movement. Straight through the skintight leg with a low rise, in unwashed dark blue denim with contrast stitching throughout. Finished with the famous skull-printed logo patch at the back waistband. Zip fly topped with a skull-printed button.
No meat Monday - One thought to make Mondays better is to go meatless. Julie Upton at HighBeam Research writes, "Meatless Mondays are good for you.... and the earth. (meat brings heat to body") She says,
Okay, so you're environmentally inclined, but not exactly ready to embrace a vegan lifestyle. Still, you know juicy hamburgers, a succulent T-bone and meatballs with your spaghetti are not the most healthful choices for dinner. But forgoing meat doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. Try this to improve your health, as well as the health of the environment: Eat less meat, especially red meat, by making your Mondays meatless.
Yummy Monday - This related meatless website asks,
Feeling sluggish? Catching frequent colds? Considering shedding a few pounds? Troubled by environmental pollution or animal suffering in factory farms and slaughterhouses? Meatout Mondays is a colorful weekly e-newsletter that delivers a delicious veg recipe, an inspirational message, and an informative feature to help you kick the meat habit every Monday.
The choice about Mondays is yours to make. You can be a mean and rotten troll. You could work happily, or shop, or think about the weekend, or look to a vacation. You could drink too much, or be broke from the weekend. You might even start over and try to get healthy again in both body and mind. It is all up to you.
One thing we know for sure. You get a new Monday every seven days.
Cross-posted at Southwest Blogger
My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about CURRENT AFFAIRS.

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.