Category Archives: Happiness

I’m Back [in the saddle again]

I’m back to blogging! Please come visit me over at my new place: http://spokalulu.wordpress.com/

Don’t forget to tell me any new & important things in your life when you leave me a comment, either here or there. I haven’t been able to read your blogs for the past 2 months. (Life without internet has its drawbacks.)

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Girls’ Night In

We shared a meal, scrapbooked our trip to NYC,  had an old-fashioned pajama party… and tried to not think about the fact that 2 of us are moving away this summer.

It had been freezing cold in New York City but our toes were as warm as our memories.

I Scream, you scream, we all scream for…

Guess what?!? Tomorrow (Sunday, July 18th) is National Ice Cream Day here in the United States. Yes, yes it is! In fact, July is National Ice Cream MONTH!  You can thank Ronald Reagan for that — and I think that whatever your political leanings, you should probably admit that he did right for our country with that very proclamation back in 1984.

While I am exceedingly partial to Pralines and Cream — my all-time favorite flavor — I have been known to have a love affair with an incredible ginger ice cream.

homemade ginger ice cream

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

What makes you happy?

At 2:28 AM on Tuesday, a single cicada began creating a raucous symphony, which went on for a full 7 minutes. It woke my husband, but I wasn’t sleeping anyhow — it was 72 degrees (22C) with the  dew-point at 71°F — weather-wise, not my ideal sleeping temperature. A couple of rain showers came through here last night (well, not HERE on the blog 😉 )  and I’ve got some very happy flowers and plants this morning.

What makes you happy?

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Musical Monday: Seldom Scene

It’s been a busy month. Yes, I know it is only May 10th! But it’s been a busy month and only getting busier. I’ve stopped counting meetings, appointments, and responsibilities and now I’m just trying to make sure I don’t drop any of the proverbial balls.

Last week, on Thursday evening, was the annual silent auction for the Band Parent Association. We had great food, wonderful dinner music (the orchestra played), fantastic dancing music (the jazz band played), and of course there was the silent auction. I saw tickets for a bluegrass concert and made my bid.  My husband was a sweetheart; he saw that I had been outbid near the end and put in a higher winning bid for me. ♥  This from a man who doesn’t especially enjoy bluegrass. And then he promised to attend the concert with me the very next night!

So on Friday night, we were at the concert (some of the youngest people there, LOL) and this band was incredible! When I finally get my iPod, I’m buying a bunch of their songs.

[Side note to people on eBay: please stop outbidding me!
I want an iPod
!]

This video includes a couple of bozos who aren’t a part of the band, but they are hilarious… and a little disturbing.

Musical Monday is brought to us by Diane at Good Morning, Glory.

Musical Monday: dedication

As played by Thom, today’s Musical Monday needs to be dedicated to someone.

I choose a whole lot of someones! MusicMan & his high school band group just returned from 4 days at DisneyWorld. This song is one the marching band enjoys playing, and this video version has Paul Simon and Chevy Chase hammin’ it up.

Happy Easter

He is Risen!

😀

Friday 5 on March 5

There is an official Friday 5 (or is it Fave 5 on Friday?) meme out there somewhere, but I just do my own thing here.

I am thinking about 5 great things today:

5. It’s FRIDAY!!!  Let’s have a celebration:

Yes, it was from 1984 — the year I graduated from high school.  These guys sound just as good now as they did then AND I was lucky enough to see them in concert 2 years ago:

I’ve been a RUSH fan for 30 years! But let’s not dwell too much on a number like that, okay?

4. I’ve gone to bed before midnight every night this week.  Most nights I’ve been in bed by 9:30pm!  I’m a night owl by nature, but I get up early with my husband each work morning, so it is healthiest if I can get to sleep sooner than later.  I hope I’m not bringing on a case of insomnia tonight by talking about this run of wonderful sleep!

DOUBLE BLESSINGS:
Before going to bed on Wednesday night, I prepared a breakfast bake (you know, the kind with bread, eggs, cheese, chiles, and milk) AND put together the Basil Chicken in the crockpot. Both dishes went into the fridge, then I cleaned the kitchen and started the dishwasher before going to bed. When I woke up at 5:45am, I smelled something…  cooking?!? … and panicked.  Had I actually started cooking something instead of putting it in the fridge?!? (I had been really tired and yawned through the whole process the night before.)  Nope! 😛  My husband told me that the 17-year-old had been up cooking from midnight to 2am, making a dish for Spanish Class.  Apparently the boy had known about it for a week and waited for the last minute to take care of the requirements.  (SuperDad heard EB washing up & brushing his teeth at 2am. I slept through it all.)  So, that’s the back-story. The great things are:

3. EB figured it all out on his own and dealt with the problem WITHOUT calling on me for help. I went to sleep without a worry in my sleepy head because I didn’t know anything about it.  I’m thrilled that he took full responsibility for his project.  (And did I mention? I slept through it! 😀 )

2. I came downstairs to what had been a clean kitchen the night before and it WASN’T a huge mess. EB had left a note for me asking for me to please put the cooled Majao in a plastic container that he could take to school because it had been too hot at 2am for that step AND he APOLOGIZED for the dirty dishes left in the sink!!  WOW!! 😀

1. And the #1 reason to celebrate:  SuperDad and I were married 22 years ago today (although it was a Saturday, not a Friday)

What is good about your Friday?

Happy News!!

The Weekly Words Challenge photo meme is NOT dead after all!

Janet — the brilliant force behind Fond of Snape — is the new Head Spork. 😀

She has already posted next week’s assignment over at the WWC flickr site.

The WWC also has a facebook page for those who don’t mind having their worlds collide.

The words for the week of January 5-12 are “chip” and “new” … as they say, HAPPY SNAPPING! 😀

Purple Reign

I was beginning to think it would never happen.  It had been such a terribly long time.  But today, for the first time since the end of the 2003 season, the University of Washington beat a ranked team from a BCS conference. Back then, it was Purple Reign over the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup.  But last night was even sweeter than a cross-state rivalry win, because the UW Huskies beat the USC Trojanswho just so happen to have been ranked 3rd… although not anymore… 😛

Ah, yes, there is joy in Mudville tonight.