Happiness is…

Last weekend, I found out Bella honored me as one of the bloggers who make her happy. All together now: “awwwwwwww!”

Seriously, it was a good way to start the weekend. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to posting this and updating the blog because my personal computer has been super-duper infected with viruses since the students returned on campus. As of Tuesday morning when I logged on to my personal computer, I was getting urgent red pop-up boxes alerting me that Trojans and viruses were engaging in battle against my beloved PC and had swiftly disabled my virus software. They also seemed to be watching porn, as evident from the pop ups that kept appearing. Proof that NO virus software is a 100% guarantee against those stupid little buggers. Anyhew, after traipsing my PC tower across campus to the support folks (WHY aren’t they located near a parking lot?) and then back to my apartment, I burned a few calories AND ended up with a computer that’s faster than ever! And it only cost $15! Yay!

So, finally, I’m getting around to catching up on the Blogosphere… Here is some tidbits about the Happy award and the things that make me happy.

Of course, there ARE some expectations to pay  the happiness forward:
1. Copy the image and display it on your blog.
2. List 10 things that make you happy.
3. Try to do at least one of them today.
4. Pass on the award to 10 bloggers who brighten your day.

The things that make me happy these days include:

1. Having a good plan for the week that includes delicious food, fun activity and a health mix of personal and professional commitments.

2. The first cup of coffee each morning. Currently, I’m enjoying Trader Joe’s Scandinavian Blend or the occasional nonfat latte from Starbucks.

3. A daily dose of chocolate. I reserve 50 calories a day for the stuff and don’t mind paying the big bucks for Green & Black or some kind of fancy schmancy organic, fair trade chocolate. Currently, I’m splitting my indulgence calorie allowance between Green & Black’s organic milk chocolate, a Lindt dark chocolate bar with a touch of sea salt and another Lindt, this time with a touch of chili pepper. I also love, love, LOVE Vosges–and they have quite the collection of adventurous flavors. One chocolate bar typically lasts me at least a week.

4. Music. I love discovering new bands–like Maps & Atlases, a “math rock” band who opened for Ra Ra Riot last year–and rocking out to old favorites. Currently, I’m uber-excited to have 10th row tickets to see Tegan & Sara at the Tower Theater and I would love to see Passion Pit and White Rabbits.

5. Weekends (preferably in the warm weather) in Ithaca, especially during their Friends of the Library Book Sale, the Apple Harvest Festival, IthacaFest or a dear friends’ wedding. (PS-Dear Evan, if you’re reading this, can you please finish editing those lovely photos so I can share them with the newlyweds before they celebrate their 50th anniversary?)

6. Good customer service. My boyfriend makes fun of me for being extra nice to wait staff and cashiers, but having worked at Starbucks for a couple years and having witnessed my sister score a great deal on a ring at a jewelry store, I can’t ignore the value of having a good albeit brief relationship with these types of folks. It’s earned me a discount at JCPenney’s once and the occasional free Diet Pepsi or sandwich at a nearby food court.

7. Good sleep. I love the feeling of drifting off to sleep as well as waking up before the alarm clock and feeling fully rested and ready to take on the world. On all but one day this week, I got 8 hours of sleep and woke before the alarm went off. Now that‘s good stuff!

8. A good book. I’m currently reading Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ and Hopin’ and the classic Pride & Prejudice.

9. Simple acts of kindness. Monday, one of the student staff here texted me and asked if I needed anything from Starbucks. The fact that he recognized it as a “need” was a double-bonus. Back in August, he and another student staff member conspired to get me not one, but TWO drinks from Starbucks. I swear it preserved my sanity on a rough day and practically made me weep with joy.

10. A good belly laugh. I surround myself with folks who make me laugh: my siblings, Evan, colleagues and students. Sometimes in my job, I’m inundated with the silliest of requests that are made to seem urgent from people with no understanding of how to properly problem-solve and resolve conflicts. I can count on colleagues to provide silly solutions, sadly, none of which are appropriate enough to be reprinted here. This is my cure-all to stress.

I fully acknowledge that I go rogue with these things. I don’t want to pressure my nominees. This is just a little shout-out that you make me smile.

1. Krissie at QuestionsforDessert for sharing that delicious buffalo chicken pasta recipe. I made it last night and my boyfriend and I both loved it! (I’ve been wondering what to do with all the wing sauces we purchased when we went to Buffalo Wild Wings…)

2. Tina at Carrots N Cake for sharing a delicious recipe for a three-minute microwave cookie that’s about 100 calories and tastes incredible! It certainly beats keeping a roll of uber-processed, icky sweet cookie dough in the fridge for desperate moments. I also find her inspiring because we both have higher ed backgrounds and she just left her job to do what I’d eventually like to do: health/wellness writing, social media networking and write a book.

3. WeightWatchersforOne for her weight loss success. She’s already loss 20lbs in 16 weeks following WW and eating meals that are much like I include in my own diet–whole, healthy, clean foods!

4.FatBridesmaid who I think is a pretty innovative blogger. Case in point: her friggin’ awesome Lent challenges. Last year, she worked out every day for 40 days. This year, the new homeowner has committed to no superfluous spending!

5. Forthright Fattie, a Philly girl who made my day when she said she honked and waved at the 3-Day walkers and wondered if I was one of the ones she saw. She’s a runner and would kick my wogging ass if we ran together.

5. Britttttttt C who isn’t a blogger (yet) but often comments on my blog and does incredibly cool things to encourage her elementary school students to be healthy. I’m hoping that one of these days she’ll get around to starting a blog about her own fitness and how she is a good example for her kids.

That’s all… I told you I go rogue on these.

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4 responses to “Happiness is…

  1. Great list! I think I might have to work on one of my own this weekend.

    And you’d be happy to know I just purchased Tegan and Sara tickets as a Valentine’s day surprise for my boyfriend. February 13! 🙂

  2. Britttttttttttt C

    i guess i’ll have to start a blog now. i need to say all the things that made me happy this week. look for it.. it’s coming….

  3. ahh… senoritagordita.wordpress.com… it is coming… slowly

  4. weightwatchersforone

    Aww thanks so much for nominating me!! that totally made my day 🙂

    I so agree with the AM cup of coffee… it’s pretty much the only thing that gets me out of bed and my mood immediately changes after I’ve had my first sip!

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