Monday, April 28, 2008

Bright Copper Kettles and Warm Woolen Mittens

Today I'm worn down. I'm tired. My head is so crammed with historical information that I can't filter any of it. Ask me a question, right now, and I guarantee you the answer will have nothing to do with whatever it was you asked me about. Here's an example: Hey, Cheasty, what did you have for dinner? Answer: Political liberalism. No, wait! I meant to say nation-building. Yes, that's it. Nation-building. Poor Umulu asked me to gossip and bemoan a particular situation with her and all I could do was stare stupidly and drool. I'm not a good sister. I just want to crawl up in a ball and hide for a while. And then when I come out from hiding I want this all to be over. Poof!

This, however, is not my fantasy life, so I've decided instead to take a few minutes to meditate on the finer things in life. Things that always make me smile, or laugh, or just have a warm fuzzy feeling. I tried uploading some of my favorite photographs to go with it, but Blogger is once again making life difficult by not loading pictures (grrrrrr) so I'm going to go with mental images instead.

Just a Few of the Things That Make Me Happy:

1. The bright and exceptional green of the first leaves of springtime.

2. Really loud burps and farts. It may be juvenile, but I think they're hysterical. Also, I laugh every time somebody says the word "duty."

3. Dancing. One of my favorite places to go dancing in Austin is The Broken Spoke, this run-down old honky-tonk on the South side of town, but I love it all. Country swing, salsa, two-step, waltz, merengue, dancing-crazy-in-my-bedroom dance, whatever. Dancing makes me happy.

4. Mom's homemade mac and cheese. Can't nobody beat it. And I mean NOBODY, so no comments saying "oh, you've never had MY mom's mac and cheese," cause it'd be a dirty lie.

5. My dad sticks his tongue out the side of his mouth whenever he's concentrating.

6. Wine, wine, wine. (num, num, num)

7. Puppies, flowers, kittens, babies, the smell of homemade bread. All those corny things I'm kind of embarrassed to put up there, but hell. Corny or not, they really do make me happy.

8. Old-fashioned bikes, especially when people in snazzy outfits ride them.

9. My Mom's first hug when I walk in the door after being gone for a long time. Wow, that lady loves me.

10. Toe-tapping live music. On a perfect sunny day. While eating corn on the cob. And fresh basil and tomatoes. Wearing a really cute sundress. At a party with all my good friends. After I won a million dollars.

So what about y'all?

12 comments:

Matter Of Fact Mommy said...

being myself around my kids. making my kids laugh. my kids. did i mention my kids? soccer. my dog. riding horses. eating a nice meal. wine x 3 (just like you.) my mom's love. my siblings. being financially and physically stable. blogging and reading my favorite blogs. i could go on and on...

Renata said...

The smell of sunscreen

Judy said...

The sound of the dishwasher after it has just been turned on and you can hear all the little plates and cups getting splashed with water and soap. ; )

Alison said...

tea in the morning before work...the shine of my mary-jane heels, just polished to look like patent leather :-)...singing along to Patty Griffin...or Paul Simon...getting to bed early (if only!)

Sam Marie said...

the smell of freshly baked bread or pavement right after it rains...listening to bugs and frogs make wacky noises in the night as i fall asleep... blooming dogwood trees in the spring... dog slobber and cats purring so much that they drool... the ocean... beer... an ocean of beer... with all of my friends floating in it on funny animal- or fruit-shaped dingys

Cheasty said...

oh, yay! these are wonderful -- i almost don't mind doing my work now!

Ashesh said...

Being in the mountains.. flying.. sandy beaches.. wafting in the wonderful smell of spices when mom is cooking.. watching wildlife.. playing with tiger cubs (you have to try.. they are so fun to play with :)).. and the list goes on and on. I could write a book about it.

Lindsey said...

TGIF's Brownie Obsession, Olive Garden's breadsticks and Zuppa Toscana, my mom's chocolate chip cookies...can you tell I'm on a damned, cursed diet? As for non-food things...my blue-eyed whelps, my husband doing manual labor in jeans and a bandana, waking up and realizing I'm surrounded by mountains and pine trees and clean water as opposed to pollution in Illinois.

Sam said...

Cheesecake...thunderstorms...listening to birds singing early in the morning right before the sun comes up (especially when I'm still in bed)...my dog...my family...my cutest-ever nephews...the smell of clean laundry...and weeks when it's not my turn to drive carpool so I can sleep on the way to work.

Cheasty said...

wow. reading these was like going to the beach, eating watermelon, watching cute kids play in the sunshine, and smelling the saltwater-sunscreen smell.

very very nice. all my stress is gone. *poof!*

;)

Evan Ross said...

Running in Marin, free like 10-fucking million Tom Petty songs!!!

Kristi B said...

The thought of having sex with Edward Norton...in a tent.