Random things that make me happy

green_light1. Approaching a red light — only to have it turn green.

I mean those times that you’re cruising along, see all of the glowing brake lights ahead of you in the other lane . . . and then, miraculously, the light turns green! And you get to zip right past all those suckers stopped at the intersection, accelerating on your way to total freedom.

And if you’re me? You cackle maniacally and, quite possibly, shake a fist in triumph. But you’re definitely cackling — cackling is a must.

2. Finding things in pockets.

This is especially fantastic at this time of year. Coats get dragged out from the closet and, courtesy of my mother, I have a ton of coats. Everyone in my family is obsessed with jackets — specifically, do you have enough of them and are you going to where yours — it’s cold outside. I’m not a jacket person, I’ll be the first one to admit; in fact, I’m usually the oddball standing outside in 40 degree weather with nary a stitch over my arms. I get this from my grandmother, the original hot house flower (hi, Maw Maw!).

So when I finally break down and get out my red pea coat — the cute one with the toggles? Sometimes I find things in the pockets. Like money. And random ticket stubs to events long past but still remembered. And unwrapped candy. Sometimes? I eat the candy. But let’s keep that tidbit between us . . .

3. Christmas decorations.

I’m most definitely not the angry shopper going on a tirade about how the local mall is already adorned in sparkly red and green though it’s only October — I’m the one whipping out my camera and photographing it. Seriously, Christmas decorations are awesome! Who doesn’t love a life-sized Rudolph, gingerbread house or piles and piles of fluffy, fake Buffalo snow? Philistines, that’s who.

4. Holding hands.

I especially enjoy it if the hand I’m holding is warm and dry. And if it belongs to someone funny, kind, intelligent and good-natured? All the better! College-educated and good looking works for me, too. Just, you know — putting it out there.

perfume_bottles5. Perfume.

Unlike lots of ladies I know, I don’t have a “signature scent”; I prefer to switch it up daily, according to my whims. Oh, and I have lots of whims.

It’s impossible to have too many bottles, though I’m putting that theory to the test with each new Avon order I place.

6. Funny baby videos.

So we’ve all seen the baby dancing to Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies.” It’s totally hilarious . . . especially when the youngster really gets the arms going! He’s really a better dancer than I am, to be honest.

Who knew there was such an industry of cute kids doing adorable, ridiculous things on the Internet? I mean, sure — my parents have been recording my sister and me acting like fools since we could first toddle around. And “America’s Funniest Home Videos” — or its modern equivalent — has been broadcasting said moments since “Full House”‘s Bob Saget was around to introduce them (remember that insanity?). But it seems to me that the whole Funny Baby phenomenon has taken on a life of its own . . . and I’m totally okay with that.

It’s not rare for me to decompress by watching some kid throwing a tantrum on my iPod touch. It’s . . . oddly relaxing. And I say this knowing full well I will now be punished with the children from Hades — and all those tantrums? Yeah — not so funny when they’re mine.

7. John Mayer’s “Good Love Is On The Way.”

It doesn’t get much more personal than this, my personal anthem! “Done with broken people, this is me I’m working on. ‘Cause I know . . . good love is on the way. I’ll be lonely but I know I’ll be okay . . . good love is on the way.” The Gospel of JM — worship.

acorn_pumpkin_earrings8. Acorn earrings.

Bizarre, right? But I just really like looking at them. They fill my little pink heart with autumnal joy. I have a ton of them in my Etsy favorites, and I may or may not have created my whole recent “Etsy finds Friday” based on the fact that they’re, um, adorable and I’m obsessed with them. Obsessed.

And there are plenty to obsess over, should you want to join Acorn Earring Lovers Anonymous. We meet on Etsy daily, usually between the hours of 2-9 p.m., and light refreshments are served. Just, you know . . . you have to supply them yourself. Because all my spare dough is going to acorn earrings, you know what I’m saying?

9. Live albums.

Why are they always so much better than studi0-recorded albums? Seriously, if you offered me the synthesized, produced and slick studio version of a song or the raw, flawed and sincere live version of a tune, I’d take the live version every time. Examples? Coldplay’s “Glass Of Water”; John Mayer’s “In Your Atmosphere”; Ben Fold’s “Army”; The Script’s “Break Even”; Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Chain” . . . and that’s just a primer.

10. Sprinkles.

But you already knew that about me.


“Green means go” photo by Eleda
“Perfume bottles” photo by me
Pumpkin acorn earrings by decoratethediva

21 thoughts on “Random things that make me happy

  1. Ohhh that dancing baby about killed me! Love it. Kids are funny because they’re so unself-conscious–they just go with what they’re feeling. I envy that sometimes.

    I love hand-holding too! I miss it. Last night I went to a few haunted houses with my dearest bestest friend, and of course we clung to each other, and it was soooo nice just to hold a male hand for a little while. And hey, what are guy friends for if they can’t step in and fill the affection gap once in a while?? (Of course, he did get scared and throw me into a chair by accident… his survival instinct is apparently stronger than his friendship instinct!)


  2. Ooooh, ooooh! I have to add one!!! Getting mail- specifically free samples or BOOKS!!!! I live for the mail, I swear! And mysterious, unexpected AWESOME packages??? I’m all for those 🙂

    What a great post- made me smile 🙂


  3. This post was awesome! I love learning more about you.

    I’m so glad we share a John Mayer obsession.

    Oh, and I also totally don’t mind when I see Christmas decorations all over the place. Who cares when they start putting them up? July would be fine with me, personally. It just puts me in a good mood 🙂


  4. Hi. I found your blog via the tag surfer.

    I heart JM. 🙂 Good Love is on the Way is one of my favorites and I don’t have many favorite anythings. And you’re spot on with In Your Atmosphere. Where has this song been all this time??

    On a side note, I found something in my coat pocket that made me laugh. It was a mask–the kind you would use if you were painting. I leave it in my pocket just to be amused when I find it again.

    OK. bye.


  5. I love posts like these because I love sitting back and thinking, “Oh, I love that too. And that. And I can’t wait to put up my tree.” Great post!


  6. Great post – for all of the reasons listed above and then some.
    I, too, have a disproportional fondness for acorn earrings. They make my heart happy just as they do yours.
    Thanks for the reminders of the sometimes small but always wonderful things in life.


  7. john mayer totally makes me happy – try why georgia from the “any given thursday” album and then bold as love from the “leave the light on” live album. If you don’t have these i would be happy to provide them for you since they are pure unadulterated jm happiness 🙂


  8. I enjoyed reading this list. guess what– I actually have a pair of acorn earrings (bought in a shop a few years ago) and am sad when it’s time to put them away… but then it’s time to pull out the Christmas earrings ;-).


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