47 thoughts on “Jenny: Happiness Alive

  1. This week we welcomed a new baby dolphin into the family!
    I had a blast putting together a fun gift for people I love.
    Last night, the annual holiday boat parade cruised by my house. Love those beautiful lights!

  2. Lois says:

    We had a week of no snow, which made life so much easier this week.

    I did a huge amount of organizing.

    Spent some time with my grandsons. Even tho the 12 yr.old is becoming a bit standoffish the 10 yr.old still lets me put my arm around him in public. The 6 yr. old was testing out new shoes to make sure they were fast enough.

  3. 1 Taking Minion No2 and my mother’s dog for a walk in the park today – it was grey and drizzly, but we chatted and caught up after a crazy week, and we got over how much we’d missed each other.

    2 Getting two job offers from really good schools in one week. Now it’s all about decisions and working out finances. But both options have a lot of plus sides for me career wise and family moving on. Am still sad about leaving friends and lovely home in Brussels, but maybe it is time to get going.

    3 Ran over 9K on Tuesday – beautiful run, along the Thames footpath, saw herons, swans, gulls and geese on the river, sun came up, rowers came out and it was all good.

  4. Carol says:

    Rearranged the furniture in the den and rolled up the area carpet exposing the beautiful hardwood floor. Clean and minimal.

    Filled the outside the front planter pots with lots of greenery and stuck some red and some purple Christmas balls in for fun. Just lovely and lush.

    Walking around the Cut Your Own Christmas tree lot looking for the perfect Charlie Brown tree to bring home with our darling granddaughter. Most joyous feeling of the week when she puckered up her little lips to smooch Grammy and wrapped her arms around my neck. Totally smitten.

  5. Gail says:

    The first day in over a week where I woke up able to breathe through my nose. The evil cold has finally retreated.

    After a couple of misses the previous week, a good friend and I managed to connect for a 40 minute phone call. We’ll be exchanging Christmas goodie boxes between WI and CA 🙂

    It’s snowing! Finally there is hope of a white Christmas.

  6. Finished one chunk of the grading I needed to get done: relief.

    Played in the sewing room.

    Had a student talk to me after our last day of class for the semester to say how much she enjoyed the class and how much it meant to her. That was was very very sweet.

  7. A “what a good job you’ve done” session in therapy. Patting myself on my back and really acknowledging that I’ve done some hard and successful work felt great.

    Taking a slow strolling walk with a neighbor and her very old dog. It wasn’t much of a walk but it was great talking to her and getting to know her and sharing about myself.

    I lost 4 lbs this week!

  8. Carol says:

    Hanging with my dear friend Susan who’s in from New Zealand for a few days.

    Finding fun holiday songs to post on my FB page on a daily basis.

    Scoring a tough rez at a restaurant we really want to go to in Paris.

  9. Seeing Grandboy on the dropcam when he wakes up in the morning. Kicks his little feet and reaches for his toes, big eyes and a big smile when Daddy or Mommy comes in to get him.

    Making rolls for my lake pals–house smelled heavenly.

    Yesterday, Husband and I deep-cleaned the downstairs–lovely to have everything completely clean and the tree up.

  10. Eileen A-W says:

    Making treats for daughter #1 to take to her class potluck & hearing how much they liked them. Plan on making more today.

    Seeing how pretty the snow looks on the ground & knowing I don’t have to go anywhere today.

    Being told by some students how lucky they are to have had me as a teacher and how sad that I am retiring this June.

  11. Meltdown yesterday that ended in my changing travel plans which gave me an extra day here at home and an incredible sense of relief and freedom.

    Realizing that I now think of New Jersey as home even though I’m not in my cottage yet.

    Eating vinegar potato chips at 4AM this morning and thinking about how fabulous it is to be an adult because it means I can eat potato chips at 4 AM and then go make waffles because I’m the Boss of Me.

  12. My dog, who has cancer, went through a bad spell this week. Seizures two days in a row and the tumor in his bladder started bleeding so he was peeing blood clots and we thought “The End”. But he pulled through the mess and is back to his cat chasing, food mooching self again. Soooo relieved. And Grateful.

    Got my new Tarot deck in the mail and it’s as fun in person as I had hoped.

    Ghirardelli squares on sale. Thank Gawd. Need Chocolate!

    • oneoftheotherjennifers says:

      Ooooh! What Tarot deck did you get? I’ve been thinking about upgrading my old, old set. I think the Girl Scouts lost some of my cards in the Haunted House.

      • LOL! I haaave to ask, what were they doing with your deck in the Haunted House?

        I got Steampunk Tarot. I just put pics of some of the cards up on my blog if you’re interested.

        • oneoftheotherjennifers says:

          Each year my troop sets up a not-too-scary haunted house for younger kids. It’s cool- a woman with a huge empty basement lets us duct tape sheets to her ceiling to make a gigantic “maze,” and one girl with a lantern leads kids through in groups. In the maze there are rooms to interact with costumed girls. I loaned my deck (yes, I knew the risks!) to a girl dressed as a gypsy. We removed any non-cheerful cards, and she did a quicky “reading” for each child- just three cards, all carefully stacked for happiness. 🙂 I wasn’t sure how parents would feel about this, but I called every one to discuss it, and they all said it would be a kick. It was the most popular room in the haunted house!

        • oneoftheotherjennifers says:

          I checked your Steampunk deck pics- VERY cool. My daughter is trying to talk me into a Alchemy 1977 England deck. Dunno yet, though. Picking is half the fun, so we’ll take our time. 🙂

      • Thanks! I would love for him to go into remission on this drug, but he’s so far down the road already, tumor wise. I’m not going to be greedy – I just want him to make it through Christmas happy and pain free. It’s his favorite time of year. He gets all the paper to tear and shred after we open gifts. He loves it. When he was young it took a couple of Christmas’s to teach him he had to wait until Christmas Day to unwrap the gifts! 🙂

  13. Janet says:

    I decided to quit lurking at (most) of the blogs I read – most that I have been reading for YEARS. Somehow strangely delightful.

    I quit my job that has been making me feel terribly unhappy (and I’m in a position where I am ok – at least for a couple of months – to do this.)

    Winning on the I-am-a-lazy-cook,what-can-I-pretend-is-a-real-meal front.

  14. oneoftheotherjennifers says:

    Seeing how happy my 13yo is with her Playmobil advent calendar. I thought she might be too old for one this year, but she’s getting a huge kick out of using the pieces to set up amusing dioramas. Today, the griffin is wandering the castle and the little people are running every which way with their arms up in terror.

    Lighting the first Hanukkah candle last night. Candles bring such a sense of peace.

    Skating. Always skating.

  15. Lulu says:

    Spent all day yesterday in two art classes — 1 was a stamp camp and the 2nd an art journal-making class.

    I have over 2 dozen homemade Christmas cards made. (Now to sign, address & mail them!)

    First session with a new counselor went really well and I can already see improvement as I start letting go of a long-standing but unhealthy friendship. Getting an objective opinion on something can really, really help.

  16. DH built a brilliant set of steps and a ramp down the steep goat track for easier access to the pool. 🙂

    Dear son in-law will have 3 weeks off over Christmas! This will be a first. In his entire working life, other than Christmas day when stores are closed, he’s never had time off during the season, instead working long hours 12-14 hours days, no overtime pay. So we are all going to celebrate his liberation 🙂

    We’ve worked out a Christmas dinner menu with the kids.
    Everyone’s bringing something delicious. 🙂

  17. Nonny says:

    I only have two, but they are biggies.

    My dog has finally recovered from swallowing a “greenie” whole. It made him very uncomfortable.

    I am only 2 pounds away from being merely overweight rather than obese. It’s hard work since my meds cause weight gain.

  18. “Today, the griffin is wandering the castle and the little people are running every which way with their arms up in terror.”

    1) One…Jennifers made me laugh with the above. I want pictures!

    2) Realizing that I don’t have the time to spend delving into conversations with my McDaniels classmates is okay. Sure it’d be fun to be “all in” the way some of the others are, but that’s not where I am at the moment and it’s all good.

    3) realizing that in three weeks I’ll have enough money to leave this situation, if that’s what I choose to do.

    • oneoftheotherjennifers says:

      Kate, I’ll try to get a picture to you.

      About leaving your situation- having a choice makes all the difference in the world, no matter what you choose, doesn’t it? Hoping for the best for you, whatever that may be.

      • Micki says:

        If you get a chance to post it in the W. Cafe, I’d like to see it too (-:.

        BTW, isn’t Italy the birthplace of the tarot?

  19. cleo says:

    1 – hanging out with my parents and husband Friday night

    2 – chatting online with one of my best friends, who lives in Korea. Still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that while it’s 7pm in Chicago, it’s the next morning in Korea and she has to run off to teach class.

    3 – my husband planted crocus bulbs today, along with an impressive array of squirrel deterrents – ground bone meal, coyote urine, chicken wire, etc. I gave up on crocuses a few years ago (urban squirrels are hell on gardens) and just enjoy my daffodils, but I love how serious he is about this.

    • Micki says:

      Something very interesting about crocuses, but my MIL started plowing them up (with a rototiller) when they turn yellow and planting them over with begonias and plastic mulch. It keeps the competing grass down, and the crocuses really seem to love the abuse. Maybe they get down deep enough that the squirrels don’t eat them (or the begonias and mulch confuse them).

      We’ve lost most of the purple and multi-colored ones, but the white ones just carpet that bed in the spring — and they glow in the dark (-:.

  20. Micki says:

    I’ve been fighting off lung junk for the last two weeks, so I haven’t exactly been alive with happiness, but I’ve been fairly content for a zombie (-:.

    My first scene got some nice comments (and very helpful criticisms) and that really made me glad. My daughter did her last “lion dance” Sunday, and that made me happy on several levels (last one!! Also, she did a nice job (-:). And they had a juggler at the Cultural Show — it’s just this tiny, small-town event, but he was a professional and wowed us with cool block-building skills, feats of balance, and other physical manipulations of our space and minds (-:. Funny guy!

    (-: And I was very glad I have daughters. The juggler did some amazing but dangerous-looking things with a ladder, and I’m pretty sure my daughter would know her limits if she decided to imitate him. (-: Not sure if my husband would, though!

  21. I came down with a nasty bug early in the week, which doesn’t seem inclined to depart anytime soon. But despite feeling crappy, it was a pretty good week.

    – holding our 13th annual holiday open house and have lots of friends and neighbours drop by for a drinks and conversation.

    – making my mother’s lemon bars for the first time to serve at the open house and having people tell me they were delicious.

    – finding the exact colour of green ribbon to match my Christmas colour scheme (lime green) at Walmart and making a fancy bow for our retro silver wreath.

  22. Catherine says:

    I am now lighter than I was seven years ago. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I see this milestone as proof that I’ve broken some old patterns.

    I saw a mother pademelon in the rainforest the other morning carrying her baby in a very full pouch. Her Joey was so heavy her pouch was almost touching the ground. All I could see was little paws crossed daintily poking out. I’m glad my daughters are old enough to not need carrying.

    i’m happy I’m secure enough in feeling comfortable with snakes and spiders and crocodiles, but lose it with mice.I laughed at myself when I had witnesses to me doing the Tom and Jerry dance of terror when a mouse ran straight at me. I even did some girly squeals too. I’m pretty happy that I made the moving guys morning.

    • Amie says:

      Pademelons are so cute!! And, don’t feel bad about mice. I have no problem with snakes and spiders , but I run screaming from June bugs and locusts. Those things fly at you and stick and you can’t get them off – totally creep me out!! (And, I had to look up the other name for locusts. That’s what everyone I know calls them – I from Kansas. I guess everywhere else they are called cicadas.)

  23. Beth E says:

    Woke up this morning to a beautiful, sunny day. Was so nice while doing yard work that I didn’t even need my sweater.

    Lilacs at the old family house are apparently truly confused by our odd weather of late and are in bloom. My house now smells like pine-scented lilacs. Lovely.

    Got the holiday lights up outside, wrestled the 8′ tree into the house, and got the gutters cleaned out in preparation for the rain later this week – all by myself. Guess I’m not old yet after all. Yay!

      • Beth E says:

        Northern California. Sun and lilacs today, but it will be cold and rainy by Wednesday. Our weather has been weird this season – it is confusing the plants to no end.

        • Kelly S. says:

          I’m one of the many people who read this blog that lives in Michigan. We are in the 30’s by me this week but had 60’s last week. Our plants are also confused and I fear for them.

  24. Kelly S. says:

    I think I need to start journaling again. I can remember general happiness but specifics take more thinking.

    Watching “Oliver Queen” aka the Green Arrow on the CW show Arrow exercise. Drool.

    Organizing my fabric in my craft room.

    Christmas shopping & having dinner with my hubby.

  25. Chris S. says:

    I watched ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, and loved it. It’s about the difficult parts of life, but it’s not in any way hopeless. Plus, it had an inspired dance number.

    A major weight of worry was lifted as a family member made major health strides this week. It’s more of a cessation of grinding pressure than happiness, but hell, I’ll take it.

    I read THE SIREN DEPTHS, the third book in Martha Wells amazingly good Raksura series. Then I read the first two books again. Then I re-read the new book, and I’m already looking forward to reading all of them all over again. Re-reading: it’s what’s for dinner.

  26. I ended a toxic friendship. That didn’t make me happy, but standing up for myself, something I’m not good at, did. I wish her well, but without me.

    I bought flannel to back lap robes with. I love flannel.

    My husband sang Little Drummer Boy in the community theater production and I loved watching him.

    • Amie says:

      Good for you. Toxic friendships can be so draining! I’ve had to do that a few times, and, while its hard and hurts, its also very freeing.

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