Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

I recently watched Ten Things that Make Me Happy on Bravo. I have no idea if this was a one time special or if other episodes will air, but it got me thinking about 10 things that make me happy.

Let's start off by saying that family and friends are of course on the list of things that make me happy. This is strictly my list of superficial things. The "I could live without them but I'm glad I don't have to" things.

In no particular order I present my list:

1. My Engagement Ring.
I love my rings for many reasons. I love that my husband picked it out for me. I love the memory of taking a walk on the beach in Martha's Vineyard during sunset when he proposed. I love the meaning associated with it. I love that way it catches the light and reflects it onto the wall. After all, diamonds are a girls best friend.
2. Photographs.
I am photo obsessed and it may or may not be getting a little out of hand. They are taking over my computer memory and house. Seriously - we had to get a external hard drive to store them all. I can't even tell you how many times I looked at my wedding photos when they came it after months of waiting. I studied them and agonized over which to print and how to organize them in our wedding album. They preserve memories and its just fun to look at them. 

3. Lounge chairs, hammocks, pool floats.
Does this make me lazy? Laying on my hammock or any other lounging device just makes me so happy.  I'm all for comfort and being in denial that I have the luxury to waste time laying around. If I can be floating in the middle of a pool or lake its even more glamorous.

4. Pedicures.
Happy feet make me happy. Pedicures don't happen often to these little piggys but when they do it's pretty amazing.

5. Ice Cream.
I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. What's not to love? I like pretty much every flavor, but sometimes just good ol' chocolate makes me happy to the core.

6. Mama's Cooking.
This makes my tummy happy. Sometimes I get a little embarrassed over my enthusiasm about good food.

7. Good Hair Days. 
My hair is thick. It also has a cow-lick type thing that happens in the front if I don't take the time to dry it which drives me crazy. I cut it, grow it out, curl it, straighten it. Usually it is never the way I want it. A few months ago I cut my hair way shorter than I have ever had it before and guess what... I was sooooo happy with it. (Then I got it trimmed and something is just not the same. I think it probably has something to do with this time it is hot and muggy out.) Good hair days just make you feel so much more confident.

8. Vacations.
No cleaning. No cooking. King size beds. Family memories. Photo opportunities (ahem). New experiences. Disconnected from the "real world". Bliss!
9. A Good Deal.
All I am going to say is I was a Target today and got distracted in the dollar bins when you enter the store because they were having a 70% of clearance. 30 cents people! Let's just say I came home with a bunch of stuff that was way cuter than what I paid for it.

10. My Kitchen Backsplash.

When we bought our house it was ugly. We tore it apart down to the concrete floors. At one point there were no walls. We lived at Lowes, picking out the materials to build it back up. One of the hardest things for us to agree on was the tile for our kitchen back splash. I can't even remember what my vision was or what he wanted, but eventually we found the perfect one... then we discovered that tile was way out of our budget. Miraculously we found one we loved even better and it was unbelievable cheap (love me a good deal after all). It is glass tile in different shades of gray that pick up the blue in our walls. My brother-in-law was kind enough to come over and show me the ropes. (Note: Before the backsplash it was pink wood paneling! 'Nough said.)