Thursday, June 21, 2012

What Makes Me Happy...





It's obvious some of the things that make me happy, like, for instance, my family, our health, stuff like that.  But there are plenty of other random, little things that make me happy, too.  Those little things that I take for granted, but still enjoy, still smile about, those little things that put me at peace.

In absolutely no particular order whatsoever...

  • Hot water in the bathroom sink at work (there's nothing worse than sitting in ice-cold air conditioning all day then having to wash your hands in ice-cold water)

  • Samantha launching herself, airborne, into my arms when I arrive home from work every day  (this one actually gets a bit dangerous, as I usually have not had time to set my stuff down or even to crouch down, thus conking her in the head with bag/sunglasses/keys/umbrella - nothing worse than a good intention ending in tears...)


  • Warm sunshine and low humidity (this one's a package deal...must. go. together..., especially when in conjunction with open windows and light breezes, LOL)

  • Earl Grey tea (maybe one day I'll tell you the story of moving to London, living in near-poverty, re-using old Earl Grey tea bags...yeesh...I don't think I've told anyone about that - too embarassed...)


  • Getting to drink my coffee all. by. myself. in the morning while Steve and Samantha are still sleeping upstairs (this is a very rare pleasure, as Princess usually wakes up before I do most days)

  • Getting to use classic mom-isms (take this morning, for example:  I'm in the shower, Samantha comes into the bathroom, turns off the fan and the light, and starts to leave.  I fling open the curtain, glare at her, and say, in my most menacing-mommy voice, "Don't *make* me come out there!"  She stopped dead in her tracks, turned everything back on, and left to go play in her room - Success!) - I know this may not seem like much, but with only one child, this is definitely a joy to me.

  • Getting a good look at the photos I've just loaded off my camera and onto my computer

  • The smell of rosemary (I just have to run my fingers over the bush in the back yard whenever I walk past it)

  • Summer (this was not a love of mine back during my goth days...full makeup, heavily-product-laden hair, boots and black clothes do not make for a pleasant summer - more like torture)

  • Remembering childhood summers

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (and his equally-talented offspring)

  • My camera

  • Backyard wildlife (bugs, flowers, bunnies, foxes, whatever happens to be visible from my window)

  • Samantha's laughter, and her absolutely brilliant sense of humor - she really knows how to make me laugh!

There are so many more things I could mention.  I'm trying to make a mental note as they come to me, and will hopefully post more one day.  Thanks for indulging me!




15 comments:

Rochelle said...

LOVE, love, love this post. I need to get back to my thankful Thursdays! Now I have to hear the story of you living in London, had no idea!

ChaCHA online said...

I should really write a post like this sometime soon! We all need to reflect on the little moments of happiness we experience. :) I feel inspired!

teal915 said...

: )

Kimberly said...

Every November I try to write one of these each day. I find that it is really good for me.

I don't think I'd like candied bacon ice cream either. I'm not sure about the whole bacon in everything thing that seems to be going on these days.

Elizabeth said...

Loved these. Thanks for the smiles!

Deanna said...

Ugh. The coffee in peace- I would GIVE ANYTHING to be able to do that!!!!!!

tekeal said...

i love these pictures of samantha...

and it makes me happy when the kids play together peacefully on weekend mornings so i can stay in bed longer... and when i cook yummy AND healthy meals for us to enjoy... and when, like tonight- a spontaneous plan to go out for a few hrs in the evening with my sweetheart (man) gets matched up with a willing, favorite person of livia's (for babysitting)... and when i call my 99 yr young grandmother and she answers the phone with "aloha!" and we laugh a lot together on the phone and she tells me how grateful she is for the loving family and friends in her life...

and more:-)

Kelli said...

OH how I love this post! I found myself smiling as I was reading through your list...just because it made me think of some of my own little random things!

Than4Keeps said...

Awe..what makes me happy is reading your post and seeing your gorgeous baby girl!

Candied bacon ice-cream huh? Sounds interesting enough to try!

Top of my list is the warm sunshine w/low humidity. AND listening to our children laugh & play.

Have a great weekend! Can't wait to read you next post :~)

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

what a GREAT list!! I love coffee by myself in the morning...truly the only time I have to me...and of course I love the pix!! smiles

Jenny said...

Such lovely pictures :)

Anna Theurer said...

:-) I am curious about this drinking coffee all by yourself. I really enjoyed this post, Becca. Life seems so chaotic at times and it is so refreshing to sit back and enjoy the little pleasures in life. Love the beach pics with Miss Sammi.

Rob Monroe said...

Makes me happy too. :) (Especially the arm-launching thing - we don't get that in my house anymore, at least not for me!)

April Vernon said...

Precious photos, and I love this idea for a post.

I'm like you about the warm water for washing hands in cold buildings. I try my hardest not to moan and "ahh..." in delight.

Renee said...

Thanks for sharing this sweet post. I, too, love to wash my hands in hot water! Thinking of you in your goth days always makes me laugh a little. Thinking of you in the summer during that time period really makes me laugh. Your personality just seems so not-goth now. (but what do I know about goth).