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Tag: happiness

A Quiz

Why am I happy today?

A. I have a secret space heater hidden under my desk to keep my toes warm and toasty.
B. Tom made me a delicious vanilla soy latte to enjoy on my commute.
C. My sweater has HUGE pockets (perfect for stashing my work badge, phone, and maybe a piece (or two) of emergency chocolate).
D. I have the BEST family on Earth.

Answer: Mostly D, but really all of the above.

Happy Thursday before a 3-day weekend!

Simple Joys

Today I am happy because:

It’s Friday!

It’s rainy, which means that my feet got all wet walking from the car into the office, but it’s not as hot and it’s kinda cozy and grey.

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I came to terms with not being able to keep everything together on my own and asked our housekeeper to come back. I mean, who doesn’t love coming home to toilet paper roses?

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My ultra food planning was a success. I packed lunches for the boys and Tom and me every single day this week. I love putting an extra treat in there for them, although yesterday I forgot Tom’s ice pack and his chocolate cookies melted into a big gooey mess.

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I finally got a new fitbit and have met the 10,000 step goal every day except yesterday. One night, Tom and Littlest made some kind of deal before our evening walk about having to wear their clothes backwards. Don’t ask.

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I haven’t been on Facebook since Monday! And I don’t miss it! And I feel better! There’s a lot to be said for blissful ignorance.

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I got together with a friend in NY after a meeting on Wednesday. Usually I make plans and then cancel when my anxiety sets in (secret shame) but this time I stuck with it and we had a lovely visit.

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What’s making you happy this week?

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Neatly labeled dry goods.

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Freshly ironed napkins.

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Finally framing this work of art by a talented 8 year old.

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Having a little buddy sit with me while I practice piano scales.

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Walking in on a little dog enjoying a sun spot.

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Finding this old pic of me and my sweetie from vacation.

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And this one of the boys when they were tiny.

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Doing Google image searches for “Cat Loaf.”

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What’s making you happy today?


I’m a lucky girl. Since my birthday is the first day of May and Mother’s Day follows soon after, we end up celebrating the entire period in between. We even coined the term “Fawnukkah” for this special time of year. My guys are the best and I always end up feeling very spoiled and loved.

Tom outdid himself this year. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came home on Wednesday, but lo and behold, he had prepared a beautiful candlelit dinner! This was a total surprise considering that he NEVER cooks and is the type who will eat popcorn for dinner if I’m not home to make him something. Imagine my surprise to find that he had looked through my favorite cookbook, shopped, and snuck home early to cook an authentic Vietnamese 5 course meal!

It was delicious+++!!! You’ll have to trust me on that since there are no food pictures to show. I’ve always wondered, by the way, how bloggers manage to post gorgeous pictures of their meals. At our house, I have to physically hold back hungry boys and man from lunging at food the minute it hits the table. They would kill me if I made them wait while I took artful photos.

I went into this birthday feeling pretty depressed and sorry for myself (Poor me! I’m 41! Life is so hard!), but am emerging from it feeling extremely blessed and grateful. I am so thankful for my life. I’m not saying that just because people are doing all kinds of nice things for me this week, but because… really and truly… there is so much love and happiness all around me and I am SO THANKFUL.  Sometimes my stubborn brain needs a reminder. You know, 41 year olds can be a little slow.



I love table linens and have a gajillion plastic bins stuffed full of them. I tended to use them only when people came over because they have to be washed, ironed, I don’t want to ruin them, the boys are messy, blah blah blah. Not anymore! A few weeks ago, I made the executive decision to use and enjoy them daily. I don’t care if they get ruined. I like them and they make me happy. Life is too short to use paper napkins.

The boys were a little confused the first time they saw them at the table. “Mommy, why do we have TOWELS?” I told them that they were napkins and that we were going to be more green by using them. I figured that they’d be more on board with that reason than that “Mommy thinks they’re pretty.”

Yesterday was a cold, rainy, meat and potatoes kind of day. We had meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli.  I am really proud of myself because I actually planned a menu for this week and cooked a bunch of food on Sunday. I don’t know why I don’t do that more often. It makes things so much easier on a workday to be able to come home and still have a home cooked dinner on the table in half an hour. Small victories.

I didn’t stitch last night and instead cuddled with littlest boy and watched Phineas and Ferb. We played a riveting game of “Jinx” when we kept saying the same thing at the same time. Did you know that you can’t talk after you’ve been jinxed until someone says your name three times? I think that the rules have changed since I was a kid.

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