Happiness and gratitudes

• The smell of Sunset air at night.

• Dreaming about this graduate school with Belle.

• Vandalism of misogynistic ads.

• Freezer waffles with chutney.

• Using my subway commute time to write letters and read.

• A hot bath at the end of a long day.

• Free tickets to see Adele with Odessa. She was the definition of lovely... her voice, her style, her laugh (she cackles!), her swearing. All under the August stars in an amphitheatre full of true believers. This song was the best part of the night, in my opinion.

• Acknowledging how many crises haven't happened to me (e.g. being an unmarried pregnant student at 20).

• Hilarity and snark with my co-workers.

• Soy "chicken" tenders.

• A reunion with Enya. I've listened to her my entire life — she's literally playing in the background of my first memory — so her songs carry such a sense of continuity and selfhood — history — for me.

• An old King Arthur book to fall asleep to.

• The prospect of summer rainstorms over the next few weeks in New England and the Midwest.


Danielle 8/23/2011 10:02 AM  

I like this list.

Gretchen Alice 8/23/2011 10:23 AM  

This is wonderful. I'm most jealous about seeing Adele. (Especially with Odessa!)

Q 8/23/2011 1:34 PM  

Where/when will you be in the Midwest?

Holly 8/23/2011 7:00 PM  

Danielle - :) I want to read yours. Write me a mini one here!

Gretchen - I didn't know you and Odessa were mutual readers? Oh, that really pleases me. Now you can come visit both of us.

Q - Mid-September, Chicago and Champaign.

Nichole 8/23/2011 9:00 PM  

You might get more than summer rainstorms. We might get the remnants of Hurrican Irene on Saturday or Sunday...fun times.

Holly 8/24/2011 1:42 AM  

Nichole - Ooh. PTL!

Jenica 8/24/2011 5:23 PM  

Mmmm, sunset air. Also: hilarity and snark.
(Pssst...if you are a vandal you should perhaps keep it a little secret. Hehe.)

red-handed 8/25/2011 7:42 AM  

Freezer. Waffles. A. h . h .

Holly 8/26/2011 11:16 AM  

Jenica - Who said I am? I think misogyny is far more offensive than disrespect of property, though.

red-handed - Waffle lust? Freezer lust?

Jenica 8/26/2011 4:16 PM  

Point. And yet vandalism is much less legal.
Also...I do love a good cackle. My dad cackles :)

faith 8/28/2011 11:56 PM  

This list has cheered me up greatly since my grandmother died last night. In fact, I might have to put your gratitude and happy lists on MY list that I have been keeping for months that is officially titled Why I Should Be Happy Anyway When I'm Not because they always make me feel so much gratefuler just seeing you be grateful.
We had a summer rainstorm two nights ago. It rained for like five minutes. But we've had lots of lovely lightning storms for weeks now.
Go vandalism.

Shelley 8/30/2011 9:26 AM  

As a writer, it always warms my heart to notice that people reading books anywhere--subway, restaurant--always make the place seem more humane, civilized, and safe.

ashley 9/03/2011 1:03 AM  

YES to freezer waffles and chutney, oh and a hot bath, hmmm, together?!
hope you are having a splendid weekend
x ashley

Holly 9/11/2011 10:56 AM  

Jenica - Does he? Haha, awesome. No one in my life does!

faith - Lovey -- can I call you lovey without it being patronizing? -- I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Was that the one who kept horses? But proud to hear of your conscious efforts to appreciate your present. I know it is a true discipline. And I'm glad that mine can raise your spirits. Sending peace, my dear.

Shelley - I like that thought. I'm going to notice them more on purpose now, for that purpose.

ashley - A morning (possibly breakfast) bath could be quite nice! Natural light etc. Perhaps one of these days I'll make a point of waking up early enough to try one.

faith 9/12/2011 12:24 AM  

Of course you can call me lovey without being patronizing. And no, this was technically my great-grandmother, but yes, it was the grandmother who kept horses' mother.
And my personal favorite form of discipline is blogs like yours. The internet is almost as good for raising moral as it is notorious for lowering it.

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