Okay. So it’s more of a 30 POSTS of Happiness as I simply don’t get the chance to post every day. Still, 30 posts is almost as good as 30 days AND trust me when I say I am applying the theory every day, even when I don’t show you guys what’s making me smile. There. Justification over.
Having said that, many things are making me happy at the moment.
Poetry: I’ve been dipping into some wonderful poetry books recently. I wanted to share this one with you:
Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light –
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.
The hubble achieving his first real win in his new job, which means job security, at least for now. Whoohoo! Plus, because the client fell in love with his ad, they awarded the agency LOTS of new business. So double Whoohoo with a Whoohoo on top! So proud of my creative man.
We’ve booked our apres Crimbo holiday at the beach with the (extended) family courtesy of moi. Yes, I diligently trawled the internet pages to find anything that wasn’t already booked or exorbitantly expensive (just so I can be surrounded by a bunch of schoolies on their annual ‘Binge and Barf’ New Years migration) and found somewhere just wunderbar, close to the front beach (no being wiped out by surf for me, no sirree) and near Sorrento, (mmmm posh coffee). It’s actually very cool and last year my libido came roaring back into startled life, so here’s to more of that! On top of this goodness, it’s an Eco House, so I can have my holiday and save the world. How good is that?!
Stealthily plotting Sol-Y-Luna’s Hen’s Party has been delicious. The invites are out so let the games begin! I do love plotting a good surprise.
Today our playgroup took the ankle-biters to an area called Birdsland in Tecoma. It’s one of many beautiful picnic grounds in our area and one I had never been to before. As expected, the Beanster got wet and muddy very quickly but boy did she ever have FUN! Almost every child was there and there was a picnic and lots of walking and climbing and running amok. Watching my girl running full pelt through the white blossomed onion grass, with all of her little pint sized pals was simply joyous. I wanted to capture the whole experience and carry it in my heart. There was just something about it that I can’t adequately explain, and it just caught me off guard and made me melt.
Also enjoying afternoon naps with the small fry. So snuggly wuggly and warm and cosy. Just delish.
Spring Cleaning. I know. Just the word ‘cleaning’ usually brings me out into a cold sweat, but there is something most satifsying about clearing out ones crap. And Spring is most definitely, fragrantly, in the air, so it’s the perfect time to do it. Watching piles of things to throw out or donate building up by the door gives me a perverse sense of satisfaction and goodliness. (Pauses for a smug smile).
Now, I’ve been tagged by the divine Doc to name Fifteen Films I’ve watched or that have stayed with me. So. Da rules (as posted by DocWitch): List 15 films that you’ve seen that have really stayed with you, and that will always stick with you. The first 15 that you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, (gah! I know – it’s quite hard, but a lot of fun). They won’t necessarily be “Great Films”, or even the ones that you enjoyed the most. So it’s not a definitive list of best all-time films. How hard would that be? *Shudder*.
So mine, in no particular order are:
1. Snowcake – Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Carrie-Ann Moss – Very good film
2. The Changeling
3. Scrubs – not the funny TV series of which I am a mighty fan, but a very disturbing film about young people in Wormwood Scrubs Prison and starring a very young Ray Winston. It really (unhappily) lived with me for quite a while. (Young guys being buggared in a greenhouse and then cutting off their own penises will do that to an impressionable 13 yr old).
4. Bell, Book & Candle – Kim Novak, James Stewart
5. Shrek one, two and three (blame my 3 yr old who is obsessed)
6. Practical Magic
7. Lord of the Rings – all three
8. Knocked Up
9. Hot Fuzz (are you seeing a pattern here) – this film is SO bloody funny
10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (starring the delicious Russell Brand)
11. Never Ending Story
13. Dirty Dancing
14. Desperately Seeking Susan
15. Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Predjudice (a twofer as I LOVE Austen adaptations and I’ve been known to watch many, one after another).
So, you know the drill, do your thang and link back to this post.
I’ve also been questioning the meaning of life, mine obviously, but that’s for a longer post.
Until then – adios amigos