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Twenty Odd Things…That make me ridiculously happy.

Twenty Odd Things…That make me ridiculously happy.

1.     When my pool pump is running strong and steady. I adore my pool, and sometimes the pump loses pressure and I have to battle with it to get it working correctly. I love when the fountain is bouncing happily along. I cheer it on.
2.     When I get to eat something particularly delicious. Food makes me so happy that I often do a happy dance while eating. That’s how my husband knows he has put something truly wonderful together.
3.     When my kids are polite to strangers without being asked. It absolutely makes my day when they remember to say please and thank you. My son often addresses people as Sir or Ma’am.
4.     My bed…it is so wonderful. I like to lie in bed after I wake up and just pet my sheets and hug my pillow and stretch. I have one favorite pillow and his name is squishy.
5.     Sweating. I love to sweat. It makes me feel healthy and clean and energized.
6.     Getting a good deal. I get really happy when I am going through the check out line at the grocery store and everything that I am purchasing is on sale.
7.     Talking with my mom. Not only is she the only person that I can understand when I am talking on the phone, she is also the only person that I talk on the phone with at length. We talk several times a week and a typical conversation lasts about an hour.
8.     Taking hits. I practiced kung fu when I was younger. I like to spar and I actually enjoy taking the hits. I think it is because I feel like I am proving my bravery or something.
9.     The sensation of circulation rushing back. I used to crouch on my legs until the circulation completely stopped, and then straighten them to feel the blood rush back in over and over again.
10. Sunshine. I am a total sunshine addict and very grateful that I live in Florida. More than one day of cloudiness, and I get a little sad.
11. Musicals. I sing along with them. My idea of a utopic society is one where people sing and dance around all of the time.
12. Suntan lotion. It is one of my favorite smells on the face of the planet, it and blueberry smelly markers.
13. Being tickled on my inner arm. For some reason the lower part of my inner arm is one of the most sensitive spots on my body. I would rather be tickled there than get a professional massage, hands down.
14. The trombone. I think that the jazz trombone is one of the most beautiful instruments in the world; conversely, bagpipes make me want to claw at my own ears. I mention this because I have one friend in particular that this bothers, and I like to rub it in. 
15. Picking. I am a picker, I admit it, and I know that I am not alone. I leave my kids alone for the most part, but I do even attack my husband’s blackheads when he will let me.
16. The stage. I caress every stage that I have a chance to get close to. I have gotten down and kissed the stage in my high school auditorium.
17.  Puzzles. I really do love the heck out of a good jigsaw puzzle…my sister in law is the only person that I know who understands this.
18. Getting my hair done. Not in the salon, but having it played with or braided. I remember when I was a little girl, it seems like that was all the little girls did when the teacher let us sit on the floor together.
19. Caviar. I don’t care about the flavor much; it is the texture that I love. I can’t get enough of popping the tiny individual balls between my teeth.
20. Asparagus pee. This one is the weirdest, I know. My favorite author, Tom Robbins, mentions it in one of his books…the way that your pee smells really strange after you eat asparagus. I always notice it now, and it makes me laugh every time.


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1. Stay In

2. Read Books

3. Let it go to Voice Mail

4. Write a Letter

5. Dance

6. Invest in Mood Lighting

7. Have Dinner with Friends 

8. Take Walks

9. Bake

10. Breathe Deeply

11. Enjoy your Morning Coffee

12. Play Board Games

13. Hug your Pillows

14. Adopt a New Ritual

15. Look Around

16. Give a Gift

17. Happy Cry

18. Smile at Strangers

19. Cuddle

20. Savor Small Portions

21. Stretch

22. Take Pictures

23. Use Profanity Freely

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25. Listen Carefully

26. Beautify your Space

27. Share your Favorite Movie 

28. Laugh Generously

29. Accept Gifts Gratefully 

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I actually really dislike Oprah Winfrey as a talk show host and television personality.

I was home with my kids when they were babies and I had her show on a lot. Then at one point I remember her and her friend going into a Walmart and just cracking up over the fact that they were so frigging isolated by their current wealth that they didn’t understand how things worked there. Like the way that the plastic hangers operated or something…

I remember being absolutely disgusted at their behavior. Not only that someone who presents her life story as having grown up in poverty would turn around and make fun of the fact that she doesn’t understand how people who are not as well off as her would live, but additionally to think that her audience is so much less intelligent than she is that not one of us would be offended by her behavior.

Well I was, and I haven’t watched a thing that woman has put out in the past ten years.

I do think she is a brilliant actress though, even so, I couldn’t watch …