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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Something Positive

I woke up this morning to a news feed full of negativity. There are the classic standbys (recession, Syria, politics of any form), the rather trite but ongoing mainstream misogyny (how dare women have opinions! how dare you wear clothes different than what men imagine! how dare you own a vagina!), and the now familiar Geek Debate (how dare women read books! how dare women like comics! how dare women object to us treating them like chattel and abusing them! Bad furniture, no opinion for you!).

Part of me wanted to jump into the fray. My blood was boiling before 7am and that's never a good sign.

After starting and deleting three different blog posts I decided what I really needed was to see something positive. Something like the #BePositiveHour that circles Twitter every afternoon thanks to Terrie Wolf.

I was thinking we could come up a list of things that make us happy, give us joy, or make us grateful we're alive. I'd like to hit 100. Maybe we could even go higher. And every time disaster strikes we'll pull the list out and start adding to it again. Sound good?

The rules are simple: play nice and number your answers.

You can leave as many joyful things as you can name, just make sure they're numbered and make sure they won't hurt someone else (no dead teddy bear jokes or anything). Ready?

I'll start...

1) Sunshine! I love a sunny day.
2) Laughter! I love to hear people happily laughing at good jokes and about cute kids.
3) Flowers! Bright little bursts of color everywhere.
4) Books! I love to read.
5) Sharks! Because, why not? Sharks are cool. 

Your turn, start with number 6 and leave your answers below. :)

Have a joyful day!


  1. 6. Chocolate. Always
    7. Good friends. They always make things better
    8. New chooks. Because they're cute and fluffy and make adorable cheeping sounds, and eventually fresh eggs
    9. Home grown tomatoes. They taste so amazing straight off the plant.
    10. Freshly laundered bedding when you go to sleep in it for the first time. Heaven

  2. 12. potstickers
    13. knocking something off the bucket list
    14. naps

  3. 15. Discovery.
    16. Cloud formations.
    17. The ocean.
    18. Fresh cut grass.

  4. 19. That it's Comic Con weekend
    20. That I'm going to comic con
    21. That I am anticipating most excellent news sometime soon.
    22. It's almost Friday

  5. 1. Espresso coffee
    2. My lovely husband
    3. Cats
    4. My Kindle, loaded with treasure
    5. living where I do, & stepping outside on a dark, starry night, breathing fresh Welsh air & silence.

  6. 23. Hubby cooking dinner!
    24. Ice cream (current fave: Heath Klondikes)
    25. Making ginseng & ginger tea with honey.
    26. Angry Orchard hard cider
    (Geez, why is my happiness tied to food & drink?)

    1. Because food is marvelous and wonderful? I love your list! I'm also very hungry now. :)

  7. 27. Kittens
    28. The brisk smell of autumn
    29. The sunset.


  8. 30. Baby giggles
    31. When the coffee is finished brewing.
    32. Colors

  9. 30. A long drive in the autumn through the countryside on a day where it's just nice enough to have the windows open, but the leaves have started to change.

  10. When, after a rain, the sun shines through raindrops on leaves.

  11. 34. Fog
    35. The sound of my daughter's voice.
    36. Music on my iPhone.

  12. 38. Spending time with my husband, who is often very busy.
    39. Reading a good book.
    40. Playing with my cat.
    41. Rainstorms. (Yes, they make me happy. I live in a desert so they're rare.)
    42. Rainbows.

  13. 43. sunsets
    44. sunrises
    45. the changing seasons
    46. Holidays
    47. seeing the expression on someone's face when they finally understand a concept they were struggling with
    48. watching a project form under your hands
    49. following a family tradition at Holiday time - like curling on the couch with hot cider and watching the Santa Claus parade with my family
    50. feeling surrounded by love
    51. hearing an old favorite song on the radio and realizing you still know all the words
    52. dancing in the rain