The Happy List

My new blog friend – Kate of Katydid Did It – makes lists on her blog all the time. I love reading them. They are like two-second insights into her personality. I enjoy them so much that I decided to make a list of my own.

As I’ve mentioned before, the previous year was kind of rocky for me. So I’m going to take the opportunity now to focus on the good parts of that time period:

THINGS THAT HAVE MADE ME HAPPY IN THE LAST 365 DAYS

1. Beaker:

Wouldn't this guy make you happy, too?

He is sitting next to me right now, curled up against my left hip. This dog is 6 pounds of pure snuggle. We got him last October at Almost Home animal shelter, and I can say with certainty that he has made my life better. Every morning I wake up and there he is, happy as can be, leaping across the quilt with his tongue hanging out.

He totally likes Tim more than me, but whatever. I freaking love him anyway.

2. My Kindle:

So many books, so little time...

Call me materialistic. I don’t care. Some people are addicted to heroin, some can’t kick the crack. I’m addicted to books. I inhale them, sometimes reading more than one per day (on a good day). I never thought I’d be touting the praises of an e-reader. I love the feel of a real book, the smell of paper and ink. But the Kindle, man, it got me. Having every book you could ever want at the tips of your fingers? It’s like Christmas morning, every day! Books are my main form of escape, and knowing I have a humungous library of escape – any time, anywhere in the world, within 30 seconds – is priceless.

3. Drew & Susie:

Drew and Susie live across the street from us. I wish I had a picture to post of them because they are this adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed couple, with equally adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed children. And they are two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Tim and I have known them for a while, but it’s only been in the last year that we’ve started becoming real friends. Not only are they fun to be with, but they’re always offering to help us – anything from feeding our cats to shoveling out our cars after a snowfall. Living in a city, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to be friends with my neighbors, but these two make me feel like I’m part of a real community, almost like I have my family living right across the street.

4. This blog:

From 2004-2006, I lived in Florida and completed a master’s degree in creative writing. Those were two of the best years of my life. The weather was awesome, I met other people who shared my passion and I was a writing machine. Once I left Florida, I don’t know what happened. Writing stopped being fun. It just felt like one more thing I was supposed to be doing outside my 9-5 job. I didn’t look forward to it anymore. But this blog is changing that for me. I like writing it, a lot. Sure, it’s not the grand works of fiction I’d imagined myself writing, but for now it’s just what I need.

And this blog is healing me in more ways than one. Since I’ve begun writing it, I feel mentally healthier. I feel better about my fertility situation and my life in general. It means a lot to read your comments and feel your support. So thank you, readers. All 10 of you.

5. Iceland:

Vik, Iceland

Wow, wow, wow. If you ever have a chance to go to this country, do it. You will not regret it. I went there in June and, holy crap, it was amazing. It seems dramatic to say a trip was life-changing, but it was. Every minute I was there I felt 100% alive. For the first time, ever, I felt like I was really, truly living in the present moment. My words will never do it justice, so I leave you with some pictures of this otherworldly place.

15 thoughts on “The Happy List

  1. A big hug and smile coming your way. I really enjoy reading your blog. I look forward to the next one. You really do have many things to be thankful for. Love from San Diego.
    Mom

  2. Okay, now I must see Iceland. As a fellow book lover, I too never thought I wanted an e-reader. My Nook is awesome, though, and so convenient in places like airports. And when you do have that tiny person in your life, a Nook is really easy to read one-handed at 3am when feeding him/her. I’m a list freak, too, so this was great.

  3. Now I want to go to Iceland even more!!
    And, I loved reading this, I laughed at your comment about your followers – all 10 of them! Just think about how much your blog has grown since 2011 – that’s pretty awesome! 🙂

    1. You have to go! You will love it, I promise. There are more pictures of Iceland on this post, too, if you want to whet your appetite even more!

      https://theskyandback.com/2015/01/24/were-still-us/

      Haha, I know, it is crazy how the blog has grown since 2011. The comments on this post are all from my family members and close friends, which is so very sweet, especially the one from my mom. For so long she was my top commenter. What I would give to get another comment from her. I love that my blog has grown because it means that I have connected with so many wonderful women like yourself! Xo.

      1. Thanks so much for the link! Now I just have to convince Mr. MPB that with some careful planning and prep we wont go completely broke visiting Iceland. 🙂
        I had no idea how the world of blogging would impact my life, and I too am so thankful that I have so many amazing friendship with women like you! And, I love that you have those little notes from you mom.

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