Thursday, October 05, 2006

Things That Make Me Happy

(a great idea that Sister Mary Lisa came up with...may all our lists be as long as hers!)

I had started a post earlier about birthdays, since we have a lot coming up in our family, but it turned into a pity party. So I decided to give myself a kick in the behind and recognize the GOOD things in life.

Hugs and kisses from my kids, preferrably with tickles and giggles

Soaking in the hot tub under a star-filled sky

Catching up with old friends

Singing at the top of my lungs in the car, shower, at the bar, or anywhere, really

Wading in a stream

Dragonflies

Seeing Timpanogos out my living room window every day

Campfires

Eating out, anytime, anywhere (well, almost anywhere!!)

Going out to someplace where I get to dress up (plays, musicals, symphonies, etc)

Pop Secret Homestyle popcorn, chocolate covered cherries, Lucky Charms, sweet tea, Carolina BBQ, pizza, Char-Grill cheeseburgers

Massages and Pedicures

Great tunes (Depeche Mode is my current obsession)

Delicious smelling lotions, nail polish, make-up, new shoes, new clothes

14 comments:

Sister Mary Lisa said...

Well done, La, great list! I too love some of your things that I didn't think of listing on my list. Lucky Charms, chocolate covered cherries, hot tubs, eating out, plays and musicals...hugs and kisses from the kids. Love it love it love it!

Maybe we'll inspire all our blogging friends to share such a list with us...

Rebecca said...

I think you forgot one very important thing. Or PERSON. And that would be ME.

Arizona Expositor said...

Where is blogging on this list?

Sideon said...

I'm stunned. You left out Rebecca in your list?? What?? :)

What happened to chocolate chip cookies?
I agree with AZ - what about blogging? What about bloggers, like JLO? And E? And AZ? And JOOM? And SML? And Chanson? Egads, what about ME? **sniffle**

Not one word about adult toys, porn, or masturbation, either.

I think you're holding out on us.

Really. What makes you happy? :)

Sister Mary Lisa said...

Hey, bloggers! Don't criticize our lists! Create your own list, damnit!

:) Meant in a totally nice way, of course.

Just one of many said...

La, have you tried Lucky Charms in vanilla ice cream? YUMMY! Did I mention I am PMSing? Nobody told me after having a hysterectomy and leaving the ovaries I would still experience PMS...DAMN!

Sideon said...

**crying and sobbing**

I had only 1 cup of coffee when I posted my prior comment.

I'm feeling much better now, with my piping hot soy latte in front of me.

1000 apologies for being critical.

**sigh**

La said...

I'm so honored that all y'all feel the need to define happiness on my behalf. :)

This list is by no means conclusive. I am sure other things make me happy. But I'll post about those other things at a later date. Maybe.

Anonymous said...

Hugs and kisses from my kids, preferably with tickles and giggles

I have the chance to still do some of this with our kids. They still want to wrestle with dad from time to time. But, there is a new love in my life. Our little 2 ½ year old grand daughter. She called me yesterday, with the help of her mom of course. She wanted to tell me she loved me and that her middle name is “papa ross” (which is what she calls me). She then named all of her friends and I’m on the list ! I get lots of tickles and giggles from her. She was just at our home for about 8 days, two weeks ago.

Soaking in the hot tub under a star-filled sky

Got one of those and have done that too. We live next to a hill side covered with sage, mountain mahogany and other aromatic native plants. Smells good! Hot Springs out in the middle of nowhere are very nice too. Out in nature the sky seem HUGE and the stars even brighter !!

Catching up with old friends

Yea! Especially old ones from my pre-mo days and new ones from our my post-mo era of life!!

Singing at the top of my lungs in the car, shower, at the bar, or anywhere, really

I will only confess to sing out loud in my car. Some tunes just move you to the bone!! Others should be THANKFULL that I don’t share my talent in this area publicly. Karaoke coming out of MY mouth? Uh… that would be a buzz kill for sure !

Wading in a stream

Or walking along a soft sandy beach, as the waves tickle your feet and ankles and the warm sun on your body, frolicking in the surf with the one you love. SUBLIME !!

Dragonflies

Last summer we were at a pool party. I saw a dragonfly resting on a huge yucca plant near the pool that looked exactly like the tattoo a woman had on the small of her back. I caught the dragonfly and shared it with her for a moment. Its wings were absolutely beautiful ! She loved it and gave me a big hug ! I like that ! ;-)

Seeing Timpanogos out my living room window every day

I used to enjoy the same view out the living room window of my apartment everyday when I was a student at YBU. But, from a different angle of course. The fall colors with the crest topped with early snows. Gorgeous !!

Campfires
I think I’ve been to the biggest campfire in the world for the last few years. What an incredible and awe inspiring experience! I also enjoy campfires of the smaller sort with our kids roasting hot dogs and marshmallow. Wonderful things usually happen around campfires. I like campfires.

Eating out, anytime, anywhere (well, almost anywhere!!)

I think I know were you were going to go with this…. but I’m gonna leave it alone. Sautéed shrimp. We had the most awesome sautéed shrimp this past weekend at a place like Benihana’s. Eating out is wonderful, but some kinds are more expensive than others.

Going out to someplace where I get to dress up (plays, musicals, symphonies, etc)

Uh… There must be a chapel just down the street our around a corner where you can get all dress up, and everyone else in your family too! You can do it EVERY WEEK ! Well, maybe that’s not the kind of “dress up” you were thinking about. My wife likes dress up to. But, as opposed to old “mo” standards some would consider it “dressing down”. 

Pop Secret Homestyle popcorn, chocolate covered cherries, Lucky Charms, sweet tea, Carolina BBQ, pizza, Char-Grill cheeseburgers

In and Out Burger !! woo HOO !! Pulled pork sandwiches with BBQ sauce all over my hands and face. Yea! Now… who’s gonna clean me up?

Massages and Pedicures

I had a couple that still make me smile just to think about them. I have a pre-paid certificate for a nice 1 hour massage right now. Thanks for the reminder!!

Great tunes (Depeche Mode is my current obsession)

Precious is just an awesome tune !! Google Club Verboten. A transitory place that appears once a year to play Depeche Mode for hours and hours at a time and attracts just the kinds of people that are smart enough to dig Depeche Mode music. I know… that might have sounded just a bit snooty. I’ll tone it down.

Delicious smelling lotions, nail polish, make-up, new shoes, new clothes

I like OLD clothes. To me they’re like old friends. Comfortable, all “huggy” and soft. Except underwear of course. I don’t like old underwear. My wife LOVES new underwear (of the thong variety). So do I.  I think it might be something of a fetish for her. I have little experience with make up, but I do love lotions. ;-)

dfb said...

Somebody sent me this today and it made me happy.

http://www.myspace.com/godlygospels

** language alert **

Rebecca said...

Whatever. I'm not taking my criticism back. I'm so totally offended that I'm going to leave my religion over it.

La said...

Rebeccacentric? You're leaving it? God (i.e. Rebecca) help us!!

:)

Rebecca said...

*sigh* THAT is the New Science. It is SCIENCE. NOT a religion. Geez.

Molly The Mormon said...

Thinking of my future as one of brother Joseph's heavenly Goddesses, if I am lucky enough to be chosen.

Ramiumptum

Molly the Mormon