I love this Douglas Adams quote:
It’s so easy to look at my life and think, “This is not what I planned, this is not what I wanted,” and forget that in so many ways this is exactly what I wanted, more than I dreamed I could have, I just didn’t get it the way I thought I wanted it. It’s not just “count your blessings,” it’s “don’t define your blessings by what you wanted last year” or, god knows, twenty years ago.
Right now, in this moment, I am happy. That’s a blessing right there.
Where did happiness need you to be this week?
It’s National Hamburger Month (Cheeseburger Day is September 18th) so find yourself a diner and indulge. Get the fries, too (French Fry Day is July 13). And don’t forget the ketchup (June 5th) and pickles (November 14th) and lettuce (June 9th) and onion (June 22nd).
You’d think they’d coordinate or at least throw a party together.
I’ve been reading mostly news and crochet patterns lately. I really have to stop reading the news.
What have you been reading?
We had another SBP. I won’t have power until Friday.
Good news: Good Book Thursday, Cherry Saturday, and Happiness Sunday will post automatically.
I have been slowly putting in planting beds. I figure if I get them all set up this year, next year I can just order plants and put them in without all this sweating and moaning. I did get three kinds of daisies planted, none of them Shasta (those are going in somewhere else). I have Big Plans and a Black Thumb, so we’ll see.
What have you been up to?
Well, her new book is Heartless, the final book in the House of Rohan series, and it’s on sale today at Amazon. She says there’s even a Crusie Easter Egg inside if you look hard enough.
We’re going to do a Slack chat later this week (next week? we’ll get to it) talking about the book and writing and probably cats and dogs and food because we have difficulty with focus, but in the meantime, that cover is great and the story inside is probably even better. Off to buy my copy now.
Anne Stuart’s Heartless: Continue reading
From Psychology Today:
“Researchers estimate that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures (such as warm baths!), getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond oneself are all actions that increase life satisfaction.”
What small (or large) happinesses did you find this week?
(Also, happy Mother’s Day!)
Today is Limerick Day.
Per Wikipedia: “A limerick is a form of verse, often humorous and sometimes obscene, in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, in which the first, second and fifth line rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme.”
Per me: A limerick is an annoying form of verse that is usually intended to be funny and is often intended to be dirty.”
Examples: Continue reading
I’ve bought some new books through Book Bub and recs here, but I haven’t read any of them yet. I’m obsessing on political reporting and the Justice League movie (so bad), trying to figure out what matters and what doesn’t about the Trump show and why, if Justice League has the exact same plot as The Avengers, one was so good and the other so bad, instead of reading good books. Must fix that.
What have you been reading?
I’ve been vegging, writing a lot but not getting anywhere except in my head. Every week I come in here and say, “I’ll get the photos up, I’ll make progress on the house, I’ll finish the book,” and then I go back to bed. The good news: Having to come up with something every Wednesday and failing is a good motivator. The bad news: there really isn’t any bad news, I need this kick in the butt.
What effect is this having on you? I love seeing the pictures, hearing the progress, but is it making other people feel guilty (bad) or inspired?
And what did you do this week?