I don’t feel like writing an essay tonight. So instead, here’s a random assortment of things that are making me happy right now.
My local library. It’s my second office. It’s open until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, which is my “late night” for work. I let myself wander around the stacks for 20 minutes, then I buckle down. The change of scenery does me good.
The fact that I can run to the post office. It’s shockingly satisfying to literally “run” an errand. I can run to the grocery store too, though it’s harder to run home with the groceries.
Kid pajamas. I am not a morning person, and it’s hard to get up early with the kids, but little footy pajamas with elephants on them sweeten the deal a bit.
Dark chocolate and sea salt caramels. Dark chocolate and almonds. Dark chocolate and pretzels.
Real cream in coffee. Also using ice cream instead of yogurt in smoothies. The fruit even it out, right? I like a little fat in my dairy.
When my husband makes a reservation at a restaurant for date night.
Taking one kid on an errand, so there is no possibility of sibling bickering.
My warped sense of what things should cost that came from living in New York City for 9 years. The allegedly “very pricey” hair salon here (that I can walk to) charges $60/cut, which is what my totally mediocre place in Manhattan charged me.
Knowing that the magnolia in my front yard will burst into bloom soon.
Children’s books illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Paintings of strawberries.
Girls Who Code. Though I will admit, I took a computer science class at a Northwestern summer program after 8th grade, partially funded by a scholarship I won for being the top scoring girl on the math section of the SAT in the Midwest Talent Search (and, ahem, the top math scorer overall) and…I didn’t like it. I learned that just because this girl could code doesn’t mean she wants to. But I think it is awesome that other girls are checking out computer science.
What’s making you happy now?