If It Makes You Happy

I have been so wrapped up in the hell that is testing season at work lately (which is always fraught with problems) – I’ve not spent enough time having fun and doing things that make me happy (even if they aren’t terribly good for me). So…in the spirit of that, let’s talk about some stuff that is happy, shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚


I bought this shower head based upon a recommendation written by the loooooovely Alison Freer on XOJane – it has just been installed this morning, and I am hoping hoping HOPING that it’s going to do amazing things to my hair, because I swear to God, friends, I am about ready to shave my damn head bald. I am so sick and tired of my messy mop of hair that is always tangled, always in my face, always looks like an attractive home for sparrows to set up shop in….it’s a mess! Sick of it! I switched to the Wen system of conditioning cleansers a year ago, and while that made somewhat of a difference, I still don’t look like a Breck girl from the ’70s (why I want to look like a Breck girl, I don’t know…but you know what I mean). Maybe my mineral-y water has been the problem all along, and maybe I am meant to somehow be a person with pretty hair (because I never have been). Let’s hope, because I have way too many scars and bumps and ickiness happening on my scalp to look good bald, and I’m running out of alternatives. I will keep you posted! ๐Ÿ™‚


Speaking of XOJane (which I do about a hundred times a day – if you happen to know me in real life, you will undoubtedly know that this is true), the awesome and beautiful Lesley Kinzel recently posted about something that I struggle with majorly – and, hearing that this happens to someone as amazing as Lesley is kind of freeing for me. It means that I’m not a total hopeless case for feeling this way, and that maybe – just maybe – I’m kinda normal. The topic of her piece wasย Erfolgtraurigkeit, which literally means ‘success-sadness’, or the bummed-out feeling that you get when hearing of someone else’s accomplishments and successes. Do you know that feeling? When someone tells you something great that has happened to them, you instantly feel joy for their success – but then you feel sad that you don’t ever seem to enjoy that same kind of success…and then you feel like a shithead of the highest order because you felt that way! It’s an ugly cycle! I thought that I would be in a very different place in my life at the age of 39 – and although I try not to get dragged down by that, it really gets me sometimes. I wish I was successful, that I had a different job, that I was doing different things…I guess I’m not doing too badly, but I just figured my life would be different. Anyway – I thought this stupid habit of mine was my own crappy attitude born out of pathetic jealousy (which it kind of is), but reading Lesley’s piece and learning that it’s common enough to have a cool German name is kind of awesome, and makes me feel mildly less awful, so…yaa me! ๐Ÿ™‚ (if you aren’t familiar with Lesley and her writing – look her up…she’s super-talented)


Why don’t all men dress this way? They totally should ๐Ÿ™‚

The excellent Mumford and Sons cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” makes me happy every time I listen to it – give it a go and see if it works for you, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Click here! ๐Ÿ™‚


Finally – I bought these shoes a year ago, with the intention of wearing them somewhere really special. Sadly, I’ve not worn them anywhere other than my house (which isn’t all that special). I’ve decided to change that – apparently I will die of old age waiting for a special occasion to drop into my lap. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I am going to come up with something special to do in the next 30 days where I can wear these shoes…and I am SO excited! I’ll keep you posted, friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

What has been making you happy lately, my sweets? Share with me…and let’s be happy together! ๐Ÿ™‚


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