Thursday, December 23, 2010

Things that bring me joy

About 10 years ago, my cousin Vanessa used to send out a list of "happy things" every few days by email.  These "happy things" served to call attention to the small things around us that bring us joy and remind us to stop and enjoy the small things.  So here is a list of things that make me happy:

1. A piping hot cafe au lait 
2. Warm sheets just out of the dryer
4. A raucous board game tournament
5. chocolate
6. Laughing until you cry
8. A long afternoon nap
9. Fresh blackberries and whipped cream
10. This video of Mom's dog, Annabelle
11. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
12. The adrenaline rush at the end of a long road race
14. Kneading bread dough
15. Gluten free beer
16. The sparkling diamonds of fresh snow on a chilly morning
17.  Flathead Lake
18. Rigorous intellectual discourse
19. Sarah Palin's public appearances and profound rhetoric
20. Thrift store shopping
21. Pulling carrots out of the garden
23. Doing crossword puzzles on a lazy Saturday morning
24. Thai food, in particular panang curry from Tommy's Thai
25. These gluten free sugar cookies.  Yum!

26. A ice cold gin and tonic on a hot day
27. Outdoor concerts
28. Thought provoking social commentary (Right now I am reading American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food)
30. Taking photos

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