Archive for April, 2010

Laundry fresh off the line

18. With just a little more effort, you can put clothes on the line and get that crunchy feeling and yummy smell.  Slight risk of insects in clothes, but that’s a small price to pay.  And if you shake the clothes well, nothing sticks around.

19.  My backyard neighbor, Lorene, has a friend named Bill. I think they are both 87 years old.  Anyway, sometimes, when he’s done visiting her, he drives the long way out of the neighborhood to drive by my house.  I think he just likes to check up on me to make sure nothing looks drastically out of order.  Whatever the reason, I like it.

20. Bill also brought me two newspaper clippings about starting seedlings inside before the official garden season has started.  This is after I commented that I was thinking about doing that this year.  Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t have done it if he hadn’t brought me those clippings.


another day in the life

16. I love it when Lori calls on her way into town to see if I want to hang out.  She stopped and got Subway and then we went to see How to Train Your Dragon.  It was super cute!  We saw it in imax 3d, so while 14 dollars is more than I’d like to pay for a movie, it was worth it.  And when you take into account the fact that we snuck our candy in, it wasn’t too bad at all.

17.  Baking bread.  I’m trying to bake some Portugese sweet bread right now.  Well, I’m actually letting it rise…I was in the process of making it when Lori called, so I just let it sit.  We’ll see how it turns out, I guess. It has to rise again and then I can bake it.


In what will be a common theme, I’m sure, today’s happy things deal with food.

12.  Jello Poke Cake.  Have you ever had it?  It’s so easy but so delicious.  Make a white or yellow cake. When you put the cake in the oven, prepare a small box of jello with just the hot water.  When the cake is done, let it sit for 5 minutes.  Poke the top with the tines of a fork or something.  Pour the liquidy jello over the top.  Cool.  Top with cool whip.  A coworker made it today and it made me happy.

13.  Muesli with fruit and yogurt.  When I was in Berlin last summer, Babsi and I had this for breakfast just about every day.  I’ve been having it a lot lately and it’s so good.  I especially like half a banana, some kiwi, and some apple. I sometimes have it for two meals a day. A piece of me feels like grownups don’t do that, but I don’t care, darn it!

14.  Eating out at Cafe Zola.  Hope we get crepes with nutella and banana!

15.  Peanut butter and fluff sandwhiches.  My mom makes them the best.  Take white mushy bread, spread with peanut butter (smooth), add marshmallow fluff, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.  Yes, this is breakfast.  And yes, my mom will still make them for me for lunch after I spend the night. (That’s not weird for a 26 year old to admit, is it?)

So, I don’t know how to count…

But I’ve caught up now. I’m sure there will be more numbering mistakes in the future.

9.  Grandpa joking with Uncle John on my parents’ phone. They were talking about playing phone tag and Uncle John said something like, “and so I called Judy.” and Grandpa says, “That’s funny, cause I’m here!”

10.  Playing the Easter Egg game.  Everyone has a dyed, hardboiled egg. You whunk your egg with the person next to you: whose ever doesn’t crack, wins.  The eleven of us played and it was super fun.  Especially when Grandpa was moving his egg backward so I wouldn’t hit it, and when Geoff and I were in our special kung-fu egg whunking poses. (Incidentally, Dad won. He was happy.)

11.  Aunt Anne’s cheesecake, made by Gevevieve. (A.nne’s mom’s recipe, I think. Calls for more egg white and whipped cream.)

Hoppy Easter!

6. ? Am I on number six?  Well, puns make me happy, even if they’re really bad.

I said, “Top o’the mornin’ to ya!”
Student rolls eyes.
“What? Is my Irish accent not good enough for you?”
Student shrugs.
You know, I think I have a beef with you now.  A CORNED BEEF!

7.  The Macpodz.  They had a really fun show last night at the Blind Pig, super fun to dance to.  And I liked the people that played before, but I forget their name.  Papa something.

The grump has been defeated!

And all it took was a walk, which is my number three on the list of things that make me happy.

3.  Walks outside when it’s not too hot, not too cold, and breezy.  It helps that I got to accomplish stuff, too: went to the bank, returned books at the library, looked at a piece of jewelry, went to Kroger.

4.  Having a comfy backpack.  It held my purse, jacket, three books, DVD, carton of milk, peanut butter, and dozen eggs.

5.  Getting honked at.  I know, I know…it shouldn’t make me happy.  But it does. I guess I need to just accept the fact that I like a little bit of attention every now and again.

6.  Eating a banana with a scoop of peanut butter.  Is it ok to have two bananas a day? Cause I really like them.  yummm.

Overcoming the Grump

I’m grumpy.  Normally, I kind of revel in my grumpiness. It’s like I’d say, “Yeah, I’m grumpy, what’dya have to say about it?” But this morning I want to shake it and I can’t.  I think I’ll go for a walk.