Inspired by my baby sis…
1) Minesweeper for speed. Hours can evaporate in a blur. You haven't really played minesweeper until you have beat either 5/30/100 seconds in Beginner/Intermediate/Expert. But when you get into the zone of right-drag-left-clicking efficiently, it's like dancing with logic!
2) Ice Cream. If I had to choose between a lifetime with only ice cream vs. a lifetime with all other kinds of desserts except ice cream, it would be no contest. I can do without cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, brownies (except in ice cream), chocolate (except in ice cream), … you get the point. I sometimes wonder if I tried to survive on only ice cream whether I would die of malnutrition before I got tired of it. In a pinch, chocolate milk (guzzled at the rate of about 32 oz / 32 seconds) is a decent substitute.
3) Lounging on the couch with T, watching Movies(/TV) that are innovative, not formulaic. For instance, Intacto, Bubba Ho-Tep, Twelve Monkeys, Pulp Fiction, any movie by David Mamet, the Coen brothers, M. Night Shyamalan, or Charlie Kaufman, Spaced, The Simpsons, Scrubs, Freaks & Geeks, My So-Called Life, The Office (The Office), My Name is Earl, Lost, etc. (I could keep going, but I don't want to get carried away here). Also lately (should probably be higher) discussing theology and interesting books with T (books on classical education, culture&religion, postmodernism, etc.)
4) My own software. Ditto to dad's sentiments in his own #4:
I knew after writing my first program in 1982 that seeing your own software run and be useful is strangely satisfying. Still is – but all the more so when the useful software is for your own personal benefit.
BTW, my first program (in BASIC) was also pretty close to 1982. Lately, I've been getting much enjoyment out of Perl and C++ STL. Watch Blogorrhea for an upcoming post "Code is Poetry"
5) Things kids say, that show there's something going on upstairs. Like the other day when #1 asked whether the name "Obi Wan Kenobi" was Spanish because the a in "Wan" matched what we explained to him about the simpler treatment of vowels in Spanish (as opposed to in English, where it would probably rhyme with [bcdfjlmprtvy]an, as opposed to the two other sounds a can make by itself, not to mention dipthongs). I told him there were actually many languages that use the same single sound for a as Spanish (I was thinking of German). His response, "OK, then I guess it's Latin." And back on the bike to continue around the block. Kudos to home-school-marm T, who is the only possible way this 5 1/2 year old could possibly know anything about Latin and its relationship to Spanish.