100 Things That Make Me Happy Besides Money

Inspired by a 43Things.com thread. They are simply in the order I wrote them down.

Archive for the 'numbers' Category

36. Finding a quote that speaks to me **

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I really don’t know when it started because for as long as I can remember, I have loved reading and “collecting” quotes. First, started writing them in a specially purchased, beautiful diary. Later, I moved them to Google Notebook, and now, in true Web 2.0 fashion, I’m migrating my quote collection to Diigo (slowly).

35. Getting real mail/email *

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Especially now! Don’t get me wrong: I have always loved getting real mail, always!

There are other people who don’t miss a holiday, but Tammie stands out in my mind. Tammie always sent me a birthday and Christmas card–sometimes even a St. Patrick’s Day or Thanksgiving card, too. All through high school and college, even when I didn’t respond regularly, or at all. Since she isn’t family, we didn’t see each other at holidays or ever,

34. Laughing until I can’t breathe **

Monday, December 8th, 2008

I cannot tell you how great this feels!

It happened more times than I can count while Beth and I were playing cards as teenagers, at Beth’s place during college, and even a few times in Lawrence. In fact, once time, we had to clean the water I’d spewed into the dining room, onto the table, and onto Jame’s cool picture (luckily it had a class cover!). Sometimes Rob does it to me too, and usually in the wee hours of the night when we’re silly-tired.

33. Enjoying Thunderstorms *

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

I absolutely love rain, and there is nothing better than getting to hear and see a majestic thunderstorm. I love the sound the rain makes on the roof and windows, combined with the sounds of it pelting the ground, trees, and other surfaces outside.

Thunder claps sound so powerful and sometimes they’re funny. When I was a girl, Mom always told me that thunder is just God and the angels bowling,

32. NPR, especially Morning Edition and This I Believe *

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

That’s right; I listen to public radio. And I love it.

I got into quite the great routine during grad school. On days when Rob had to work early, I would listen to NPR as I showered, got ready for the day, and drove to school. When I got an MP3 player with FM radio, I listened to NPR as I walked from the parking lot to the English building. Same routine on the way home. I love getting high-quality news with fun pieces mixed in.

31. Watching eclispes *

Friday, December 5th, 2008

This is closely related to yesterday’s topic, but different. You see, you can’t see Saturn from close up on your back porch. But you can enjoy an eclipse from anywhere (as long as it’s visible where you’re at).

Lunar, solar, total, partial, or annular, eclipses are amazing. In a lunar eclipse, the Earth casts it’s shadow on the Moon because it has come between the Sun and the Moon. In a solar eclipse, the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking out the light of the Sun. Isn’t that crazy?!

30. Stargazing *

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

I have always enjoyed stargazing. I think it started with my parents encouraging my curiousity in astronomy. Before I could pronounce that word, they made it a habit to take us to a friend’s farm on nights during meteor showers. We’d take hot chocolate and lots of blankets, and lie in the field for what felt like hours, watching stars fall from the sky.

29. Love notes **

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Nothing can brighten your day more than a little message from your honey telling you why he loves you or just that he loves you. I define “note” liberally here, and I think that’s okay. Sometimes you can get that message of love from your special one in the form of an email, maybe a [...]

28. Irises, roses, and tulips *

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

I’ve already mentioned that I like fresh flowers, but now I’m going to be a little more specific. My three favorite flowers are irises, roses, and tulips. The house I grew up in had beautiful purple and gold irises growing on the side. I don’t know if Mom planted them or if previous owners did, [...]

27. Lightest silvery purple *

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Why is your favorite color your favorite? I have a hard time explaining why this color makes me happy. Maybe it’s a chemical reaction in my brain. But whatever it is, light purple lifts my spirits. When I wear it, it’s a good day. Do you know what makes your favorite color your favorite?