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100 Things That Make Me Happy (or that I love!)

Happiness is...

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a list post like this. I find them oddly interesting when I see these lists on other blogs. Especially if it’s from a blogger who I have been following for a long time. There is always something more to know about them, and for this reason, I am sharing this list with you.  I first saw this on Mari’s blog and thought, why not?

Plus, it’s Friday and a little happiness can’t hurt.

  1. Clean, crisp sheets
  2. Coffee with cinnamon and nutmeg (names of Murakami characters too, BTW)
  3. A hug from my kids
  4. Snuggles from the Otter Pup (Chloe, a Yorkie mix)
  5. A well-organized bookshelf
  6. The smell of star jasmine wafting through the window
  7. Breakfast
  8. A fresh bar of soap
  9. Concerts in the Park
  10. Movie Night at Home (with homemade popcorn)
  11. Haruki Murakami (he could use a personal assistant, no?)
  12. Spotify
  13. The smell of freshly cut grass
  14. Bookmarks (I collect them)
  15. The sounds of summer (splashing, birds chirping, the AC kicking on and off, ice tinkling in a glass)
  16. Thanksgiving with all the trimmings
  17. Opening a notebook for the first time
  18. Pencils (Ticonderoga #2)
  19. Gathering around the fire pit
  20. Green, leafy trees
  21. Laughter
  22. Cold, ripe watermelon
  23. Toasted marshmallows
  24. Swedish Fish (a more chewable version of my fave Jujyfruits)
  25. “Doing” Lunch
  26. Alone time
  27. A clean house
  28. Pinot Grigio
  29. Beach towns
  30. Museums
  31. Vacation
  32. Grilling
  33. Lake or ocean views
  34. The 80’s
  35. Tacos
  36. Reading (Duh! How can I not list it?)
  37. Lobster, cooked correctly and dipped in garlic butter (The Girl used to call them “bugs”)
  38. Anthony Bourdain (rugged, smart, worldly, a professional smart ass)
  39. Keeping in touch with friends
  40. Roasted corn
  41. The smell of Hawaiian Tropic (which smells like the classic Coppertone smell from the 70’s)
  42. Old TV shows (Adam 12, Emergency!, Leave it to Beaver, Mary Tyler Moore, Newhart)
  43. Nostalgia
  44. The pitter-patter of rain on the roof (a rarity in So Cal)
  45. Wimbledon and The Masters
  46. Watching my kids perform (sing, dance, etc.)
  47. Coffee creamer or straight cream (too much but soooo good)
  48. Stir fry (any kind!)
  49. Listening to my iPod
  50. The convenience of my Kindle
  51. Fresh smelling perfumes
  52. Movies featuring the Brat Pack (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club)
  53. 007 (lately, the Daniel Craig version)
  54. Netflix
  55. Wi-Fi
  56. Watching high school football, under a warm, snugly blanket
  57. Picnics
  58. My numerous face and hand creams
  59. Family time
  60. Community Theater
  61. Lemon (the color, the scent, the fruit)
  62. Andrea Bocelli (mouth opens, sounds come out, I swoon)
  63. Movie themes (JAWS, Star Wars, Legends of the Fall)
  64. Adirondack chairs
  65. Funny, happy people
  66. The arts and crafts my kids have made me over the years
  67. Orange blossoms
  68. Readalongs
  69. Gap Essential Tees
  70. New calendars (full of promise, if you ask me)
  71. Dining by water (dockside, poolside, marina, etc.)
  72. Blue skies
  73. Ginger Ale
  74. Candles (beachy, woody or green like bamboo)
  75. The time between sunset and dusk
  76. The way my dog greets me every time I come through the door
  77. Seeing my kids be successful
  78. Magnolia blossoms
  79. Christmas lights
  80. Mint Juleps
  81. Main Street at Disneyland
  82. Lavender
  83. Staying in
  84. Road Trips
  85. Herbs (basil, rosemary, dill, mint)
  86. Cooking
  87. Long weekends
  88. Changing into my PJ’s the moment I get home from work.
  89. Suburbia in photography (see Bill Owens)
  90. Grilled cheese with tomato soup
  91. PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)
  92. Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen movies
  93. Seinfeld (I can quote many episodes word for word)
  94. Being still (usually only happens when I am sick)
  95. Iced coffee in the summer
  96. Spicy food
  97. Burger stands (especially by the beach!)
  98. Reserved seating at the movies
  99. Exploring a new town
  100. Visiting Palm Springs

What makes you happy?

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100 Things (in three parts) – Part Three

This is a continuation of my “100 Things” post from the other day. Here’s part three, the final installment:

67. I prefer the classics over contemporary literature.
68. I understand “mean” more than I understand “rude.”
69. I often wish for a simpler life.
70. I always  make a face when I look in the mirror. I don’t know why.
72. I have a true 6th sense.
73. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.
74. I brush my teeth about 6 times a day.
75. I am not a good packer. I pack way too much.
76. I’d like to live in Disneyland, on Main Street, overlooking the Candy Palace, even though I don’t like candy.
77. I like to name inanimate objects (my car is Annie, my Kindle is Duckie, etc).
78. I talk a lot.
79. I am incredibly loyal until I am crossed.
80. I like a good bit of gossip. but I can keep a promise if asked.
81. Before every vacation, I have a mini-meltdown.
82. I prefer pencils over pens.
83. My books are shelved by reading order.
84. I will always lend an ear to a friend in need. No matter how busy I am.
85. My fave food is soup.
86. I don’t shy away from conflict.
87. I don’t hold grudges.
88. I believe that TV, in moderation, is not bad for children.
89. I’d be a vegetarian if it weren’t for IN N OUT burger.
90. My pantry is a bit out of control.
91. My work desk is neat, but inside one of my desk drawers is a drawer full of chotchkes and Happy Meal toys.
92. After my morning walk, I have to blow-dry my hair again because I cannot deal with frizz.
93. My fave flowers are peonies and daisies but not together.
94. Hand lotion is a must and it has to be Bath & Body Work’s Lavender Vanilla.
95. To me, a book that’s chosen from the heart, makes the best gift ever.
96. Nearly everything I watch on TV is recorded so that I can zip through the commercials.
97. I detest the ad/channel ID bubble that appears at the bottom of TV programs and the animated ones are even worse.
98. My fave vacations are “do nothing” vacations. My family does not agree. They are “see and do” types.
99. I make a mean pot of chili.
100. Movie popcorn can make, or break a movie for me.

That was fun!! Thanks for reading!