Things to Be Happy About, Vol. 9

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course.  Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word “happy” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
—  Carl Jung

Happy new year!  As predicted last week, I spent the evening drinking champagne (mostly from a glass, though I got one very satisfactory swig from the bottle) and watching movies (Reign Over Me – very good).  I would have liked to be out, but somehow, when you don’t make the effort to make plans, they tend not to materialize on their own, so . . .

My trip to Buffalo was very nice, minus the sad parts about my grandpa from my last post.  I got to see some cousins I hadn’t seen in a while and hang out in a (very) small-town bar on a Friday night, which was definitely an experience.  It’s not a stereotype for nothin’.  Those of you who know me from the interwebs will understand who I’m talking about when I say that I got to meet Suby, SubyJr, Skipper, and ThinIdentity for lunch on Saturday – what a great time that was!  Such funny, smart, beautiful women.

It’s back to work tomorrow; at least it’s a three-day week to ease back into it.  I don’t think I could handle a full five-day week just yet.  It’s been nice to relax and travel to visit family.  The holidays were good to us; I’ve got no complaints, really.

Here’s this week’s list:

1. cousins
2. a 28-mile canoe trip [I’m not gonna lie – I ended up across the river from the rest of the group at the end of the weekend because I lost my paddle in the last mile or so, but a Good Samaritan saw me and drove me back to the other side]
3. creme brulee
4. people who know that money is not a prerequisite for happiness
5.  going down swinging
6. two-hour lunches
7. floor seats at a great concert
8. curtain calls
9. breakfast foods: eggs, bacon, toast, hash browns, grits, pancakes, and orange juice
10. doing all your laundry and housework on December 31 so you start the new year with everything clean and fresh

I hope your new year is getting off to a great start!


3 thoughts on “Things to Be Happy About, Vol. 9

  1. You’re going to have to come visit and go canoing (man, that word looks misspelled no matter how it’s spelled) with my boyfriend. It’s one of his favorite summer pastimes and I’m not a big fan. I can’t swim, so even minor things involving water scare me.

  2. Oh, Janey, you give me too much credit. I didn’t tell the whole story. I was 17 and a camp counselor on a week-long trip with 10 12-year olds (one of whom was in my canoe when I lost my paddle – I took hers and it was all I could do to keep us headed straight across the river instead of letting the current carry us backwards). I’d do it again, but it’s not a thing I do regularly (or at all, except for that one time)!

    However, I’d still come to visit you. Send Duke on a trip and we’ll hang out Food Saving.

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