Today Jenni pointed out that we are halfway through the Blog Every Day in May Challenge. What??? I know I have missed a few days but I love being back in the swing of blogging and interacting with and making some new internet friends. :) How about a bit more of an uplifting post? Contrary to what you read yesterday, I don't sit around and berate myself all day. In fact, a lot of things make me happy. Here are ten of them.
Going to see a really good movie at the theatre. We went to see The Great Gatsby this weekend and damn. The movie got extreme mixed the reviews for the movie, so I went in not expecting greatness, but I was blown away. Leonardo Dicaprio was perfection, it was true to the book, and the costumes, graphics, and music made it so much fun to watch. Not to mention it reminded me of my love for...
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. I heard this song for the first time in middle school and something about it captured me. The melding of classical and jazz is exquisite and every time I hear it used in a movie (like Gatsby!) or heck, even at the 4th of July fireworks, it gives me chills. In high school, I took on the challenge of teaching myself how to play the whole thing on the piano, and even though it was far from perfect, it is one of my proudest accomplishments. I just love that song.
Lazy Saturday mornings. If there's anything I love more than lazy Saturday mornings, it's Friday nights where I know that I can sleep in as late as I want on Saturday. I love slowly waking up with Ian, making our coffee, and lounging on the couch all morning with whatever TV movie happens to be on.
Messy antique stores. This should come as no surprise to you. I thrive on aisles and piles of junk. There is always a treasure waiting to be discovered.
A meal that I can't stop talking about. Whether it was at a restaurant or a meal I cooked myself, I feel the need to tell everyone about it.
A good hair day. No explanation needed.
Spending time with old friends. Even though I love all my new friends I have made after moving away from home, there is something to be said for my best friends who I grew up with hanging out in each others basements and goofing around the neighborhood with. The friends where you don't have to be 'on' or make an effort to look cute or even make conversation. I miss my old friends like crazy and sometimes long for one more day where we could call each other up on a whim and watch Veronica Mars on DVD for days on end.
Coming home to Ian after work. Seriously, best thing ever. There are some days where as soon as I get to work, I can't wait to go home and see him. It's so fun to have someone to make dinner with and to judge the performances on The Voice with.
Cheap wine and really good beer. Give me a glass of two dollar wine from Walmart and I wouldn't know any better, but I have definitely become a bit of a beer snob.
Feeling content. Those moments when I'm not worrying about anything and I stop and think about everything in my life that I love, and feeling a wave of contentment wash over me. It's the best.