When we first moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, nearly 10 years ago, I read (and blogged about) a local newspaper article about how to build durable happiness. The article said that to sustain happiness, we should appreciate and savor, and continue to appreciate and savor, the good things we have in our lives. I want to … Continue reading I can’t believe I get to live here
What makes me laugh? Everything! Wit. Irreverence. Puns. Footballs in the crotch. The best humor is smart and surprising, and my favorite kinds of humor are probably the extremes: the low and base, filled with profanity and to be shared only with the most intimate of friends, in a safe space, which is probably why … Continue reading I’m an easy laugh
I really do love my new office setup. I sat at my desk working today and heard an alarming CLANK from the window sill. Our cat’s tail had whacked the ceramic salad plate that holds one of my plants. I peeked over my computer monitor — since my desk now faces the window — to … Continue reading Cats and leaves
On my way to swim laps yesterday, I listened to the second half of the Happiness Lab podcast’s exploration of fun. In the episode, the host interviews a dad who had a giant Duh moment one day as he drove his child from chess lessons to music lessons then sat in his car in the … Continue reading Learning is mindful
For those of you following, as soon as I published yesterday’s post about my inability to figure out the coffee pot, I entered our rented beach house to the spurt and gurgle of morning brewing. As they poured me a cup, my girlfriends got a good laugh about me solving the coffee pot problem by … Continue reading Sitting on a jetty, savoring delights
Yesterday afternoon, I closed my laptop on work, went out to the garden to snip rosemary and thyme, and came back in to pull out two saucepans and the sugar. I made a batch of rosemary simple syrup and a batch of thyme simple syrup for two cocktails I want to try with my girlfriends … Continue reading Freedom!