Things That Make Me Happy

The beach is my happy place, it’s my therapy, it’s the one place that makes me believe there is a God.

In a life that has been quite turbulent over the past 10 years, it is easy to focus on all of the things that irritate, frustrate, and anger me but let me tell you, today’s seemingly balmy weather uplifted my spirits. There was a slight windiness that made for a little briskness on the post-work walk to the parking garage but the air snagged my nostrils plunging into my lungs and escaped through my mouth- a deep exhale that lifted the chaotic cable of cobwebs laid across my brain like a blanket across the shoulders. That air scattered the negativity that has been a theme of this week which is especially disappointing after such a mentally rejuvenating weekend. Couple the cobweb lift with coming home to no dirty dishes in the sink (thanks Courtney) and I do believe I have a recipe for an inside out smile. Continuing in this vein, here are a few things that kept that smile on my face this evening…

·         Clean bathroom: Not only did my man do the dishes, he also cleaned the bathroom…I heart  Courtney, or Koo-key as my soon-to-be 4 yr old niece Alana calls him (we’ve decided that she now knows how to say Courtney but because us adults laugh she has decided this will be his name forever).

·         Camp Lo’s Luchini aka This is It:  This song is rocking and is the consummate party song. While prepping for dinner I plugged in the iPod and let errr rip, this song kept me inspired to cook. I remember back in the day at Sarah Lawrence we would blast this song while getting ready for a party. One particular night we were at least 10 deep in someone’s dorm room screaming this song at the top of our lungs. Good stuff. Like Biggie said, “If you don’t know, now you know…”

·         Indica (my 7 yr old niece) reading to me: While cooking dinner my sister called me and then advised that my niece/God-daughter asked to speak to me, which of course made me feel special. She told me how she fainted last Friday (what?) and then she ran right into telling me that ‘Grandmother’, my Mom, gave her several books to read and she wanted to read a chapter to me. She started off reading The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynn Jones and then mid-stride switched to Lemony Snicket’s  A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning. I have not read the Christopher Chant book but I have read the oh so delectable Lemony Snicket series and I can tell anyone with a sense of humor and a love of dark comedy that this series is absolutely positively gripping. It fulfills the need for mystery and intrigue, as well as humor, and plenty of sadness if you like to read sad tales. The vocabulary in this book is just amazing and it is a fantastic learning tool because the author is careful to define a word that may seem particularly difficult, we’re dealing with a young adult (YA) book here, but in such a way as to be entertaining. I recommend this for adults who don’t take themselves too seriously and love a good book and aren’t thrown off by the fact that it’s shelved in the YA section of your local library/bookstore…which makes me want to discuss my love for children’s books but I’ll save that for another day.

Well once again I didn’t think I had much to say, turns out I’m a regular fountain of opinion and random information which means everything is as it should be.

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