Don't Let Monday Get You Down

walk by the stream

It's Monday.

It's raining.

It's not spring here yet.

But that is okay, because for once in my life I am going for optimism and a positive outlook.  Just don't place any bets on how long that positive outlook will last.

Here are a few happy things that have happened in my life lately.

My husband and I went out for breakfast.  It was midweek, we were both busy, but we met up and had a delicious breakfast and some nice conversation.  If I was a fancy blogger this is where you would get an arty picture of eggs.  Since I am not fancy you will just have to imagine the yumminess.

My aunt and I spent the day together.  We are friends as well as relatives but we don't get to see each other much.  Every few months we dedicate a day to thrift shopping and endless conversation.  It was therapeutic and surprisingly frugal since all I bought was a silver cuff bracelet for $6.00.  That is the thing about thrift shopping, you never know what you are going to find or indeed, if you are going to find anything at all.  It was a good day.  I think I am talked out for the next month.  My husband might be grateful for that.

I took my daughter to buy new sneakers and found a pair of leopard print flats for me.  I have been looking for comfortable leopard print flats for a year.  I finally found the perfect pair in the clearance section when I wasn't even really looking.  This made me surprisingly happy. I wore them all day Saturday and they were just as comfortable as I hoped.  And yes, I did get my daughter the sneakers she needed. Bright blue Converse, so she is happy too.

My teenage son told me that my husband and I are good parents.  I know, I almost passed out from shock as well.  A compliment from a teenager on parenting?  What is the world coming to?  I wish I could have recorded the conversation so I could play it over and over next time he is rolling his eyes at me.  Seriously though, it made my day.

The last book I ordered showed up in the mail.  It is a volume of Jane Austen's letters.  It is a nice fat book and I can't wait to dip into it.  And yes, I might have ordered just a few more books.  I felt a little bad until I thought that some people buy coffee every day or eat lunch out.  I do neither, I just buy books.

I ate ice cream and french fries for dinner one night.  After two weeks of exercising and eating right I gave in to temptation.  Maybe that shouldn't be on a happy list because I am sure it wasn't good for me but it tasted so good.  Now I am back to my boring health kick.  Which in a way, is also a happy thing because I feel better.

What things have made you happy lately?


  1. Wow, sounds like you've had a great week! My week wasn't so eventful because it was mostly the routine of work and school. But these are important things, too. Pretty soon my class will be over, and I don't know what I'll do with myself.

    1. Well, my week was basically full of routine and a bit of stress, it just had a few nice parts thrown in and I am trying to concentrate on them.

      You must feel a sense of accomplishment to be almost done with your class.

  2. Eggs are yummy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner :)

    "My teenage son told me that my husband and I are good parents" -- How lovely! And I believe you are a good parent. After all, you raised a son who is thankful and appreciative. Important qualities, I believe.

    Things that made me happy so far this week:
    1. Discovering that slathering mayo instead of butter on grilled cheese really does make a difference -- The grill marks look like those on French toast (I mean, come on) and it even tastes so much better.
    2. Starting a new job and being both content and excited by what I do. Of course, it could be a deceptive honeymoon glow, but I am fervently hoping that this buzz of energy and ideas will be sustainable in the long run.
    3. Playing with eyeshadows. I finally tried the look I mentioned wanting to try from the Japanese magazine in my January book haul. I really like the results! My mother doesn't wear eyeshadow; any samples she got for free from cosmetic brands is immediately foisted off to me. So I started playing around with all the unused shadows that are starting to make a hill in my vanity cabinet. There's a childlike glee involved; you're playing with shading and coloring after all.

    1. Hmmm, mayo on grilled cheese. I have never heard of that but I might need to try it. My daughter eats grilled cheese a lot so I will experiment on her.

      Being content and excited about your job puts you in enviable circumstances. I hope the job continues to live up to your expectations.

      You can become a beauty blogger as well as a travel blogger and you can post pictures of your eyeshadow experiments. I think that sounds a bit intimidating but I am sure you would be good at it. (Notice I suggest it for you, not for me. Feel free to tell me I am being ridiculous.) I am curious about how your shading and coloring turned out. Sometimes it is just fun to try something different.