Monday, March 10, 2008

The little things

Snickollet had a recent post about the little things that make her happy. Well, it's not that recent a post anymore, but anyway, it's still true; it's the little things that make or break a day. Not to take the big things for granted, but today I'm going to focus on the little things that make me happy.

  • Books. Not to take the "little" part too literally (or should I say Little-er-ly), but books are tiny pieces of portable happiness. Some books have changed my life. Some books have provided me with fleeting entertainment. Sure, some have also been boring or annoying or unreadable, but I just get rid of those. Or, to be honest, I even get some enjoyment out of ridiculing the really bad ones. So books tops my "little things" list.
  • Coffee. I gave up caffeine when I started trying to get pregnant, and I just never went back. But I still love a cup of decaf. Sweet and creamy...lots of sugar and half and half. About a zillion calories, and worth every delicious one!
  • A good bagel. There's nothing like a New York bagel, but luckily, we found an adequate substitution in the area. I mean, it's not a NY bagel, but it'll do.
  • Chocolate. I like my chocolate in brownie form. Or chocolate chip cookie form. Or bar form. And you all know about my chip addiction. Who am I kidding, I love chocolate no matter how you package it. As long as it's not ruined with hazelnut flavor. Who came up with that bad idea?
  • Comments of my blog. What can I say? I'm still a relatively new blogger, and it's a bit of a zing when a new comment notification pops up.
  • The silly things N-Man and B-Man do. For the most part, the boys fall square in the "big thing" category rather than the "little thing" category. But their random silly comments are little things that just make my day. Recently, it's been how excited they get about flushing the toilet. They stick their heads right in and yell as loud as they can "BYE BYE MY PEE!" and then giggle. It's hilarious.
  • At least one good show on TV. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Heroes: those have been some of my favorites. This year, it was a surprise show that I didn't think I'd like. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I don't know why I didn't think I'd like it. Terminator is one of my all-time favorite movies. Oh wait, that's why. Has there ever been a good TV show based on a movie? And coming up this May 22nd, the premiere of my favorite reality show, So You Think You Can Dance. Come on, all you AI fans, I'm counting on you giving this one a try this summer!
  • Frozen Strawberry Margaritas at my favorite Mexican restaurant. The chips and salsa are great, too.
Well, those are a few of my favorite things, if I can be a bit "the hills are alive" for a moment.

Random unrelated thoughts: The boys are back in diapers. Me being sick, and now them being sick was just not conducive to potty training. Plus, it turns out they like peeing in their undies more than they like peeing in their diapers. Who knows...we'll try again in a month or two, when we're all healthy and when it's a bit warmer.


KCRSummertime said...

Now I want some of those chips & salsa. Is it lunchtime yet?

Here's one thing that makes me happy: When I'm listening to a book on cd that's SO GOOD, I wish my commute to work was longer!


Jen said...

dude... chips n salsa... yum.

did you know that thursday night is mariachi night at ixtapa?

one thing that makes me happy.. going to spy pond yesterday during the half hour i had before the kiddo's pedi appointment and watching him stare out over the water and giggle at the birds.

Mary Ellen said...

Just read Joe McGinniss Jr's new book -- BLACH! It's like that movie, Kids? Or Metropolitan? (Was that a movie??) In other words, I would have been so much happier reading about the raspberry cupcakes on the cover of my new Bon Appetit... (Why do I feel like I have to finish the books that I start??)
I completely agree on the chocolate chips! And cheese. I would add really good cheese to the list!

What A Card said...

Ms're right about a good book on CD, although my boys are currently boycotting all spoken word CDs.

Jen, unfortunately, ixtapa uses a lot of peanuts so we haven't been there in almost a year.

Mary Ellen, raspberry cupcakes sound better to eat than read about. And you're so right about cheese. How could I forget cheese?? And why is my list of happy things entirely food-dominated?

Giovanna said...

Time alone! Is that a big thing or a little thing?
Anyways, I know you like the comments (like me) I'll leave you a little one to keep you going for another day.

tammy said...

Totally agree about mixing chocolate and hazelnuts. It should never be done.

Amnesia said...

I too love a great book. And wow, do I hate a bad one. I don't have much free time, so when I invest in something like a book, it had BETTER be worth it!

The best book I read last year: The Road. I am reading No Country For Old Men now, and it rocks just as much.