…not being in law school
…looking forward to school instead of dreading it
…getting a good workout after months of slacking
…feeling motivated and positive about life
…wearing jeans to work
…hearing a stranger say “bless you” after you sneeze
…long emails from good friends
…unexpected text messages

vol. 2

I did this about a month ago and  I thought today was a perfect day to post another “happiness is…” list.  Occasionally, I need a reminder of the many things that I have to be thankful for::

This morning, I woke up to a dead computer so the day started off less than ideal.  But then, the best IT guys in the world fixed it for me.  (I must remember to bring them cookies next week.)  After that, I was busy fretting about classes…followed by creeping on the English Dept. website.  So, it’s been a very roller coaster kind of day, emotionally.

Anyway, without further ado, happiness is…

…having a job, even when I don’t love it (because many people don’t even have a job to hate right now)
…tried & true friends
…getting #ff’ed on twitter
…getting “mentioned” on twitter when I’m not expecting it
…learning the definition of a word that I’ve never heard/used before
…genuine thank yous
…having time to read a book for pleasure
…news worthy of jumping up & down (e.g. computer is fixed! and yes, I did literally jump up & down when they called me)

…family (all variations: fur, blood, friends)
…hoodie weather
…reading a book that makes me want to underline things & write in the margins
…laughing to the point of tears
…bear hugs
…innocent flirting
…sleeping in past 5:30am
…autumn hikes

I’ve recently become a part of an awesome group of people on the Vegan Freak Forums.  Well, I don’t know that I’m actually a part of the group yet, but I have been posting and commenting on various forums & threads.  And I love it.  There is a thread for seemingly everything.

Friday was a pretty good day overall.  Went out to eat with some of the ladies of the library.    Sat around talking to my boss most of the afternoon (a very strange thing, as he rarely communicates with me outside of email)… Then, before I left my office to come back to a storage room that I’ve commandeered as my study room in the evenings & on weekends, I decided to visit the forums.  I came across a thread titled simply “Happiness is…”  People were listing things that made them happy.  Reading through 16 pages of that was infectious and I posted the above as my own.

On my way back to the storage room (which is actually pretty comfy), I stopped to talk to one of my work buddies and I mentioned that I was going to try to focus on the positives at work, as inspired by the thread at the forums.  I mentioned that I do like Friday afternoons when I can turn the lights down in my office, play music on my computer softly, and sit around talking to people.  Also, I like that I have an aquarium in my office, with 2 darn cute platy fish.