Happiness is…

It’s a good week when…

– I get to visit with my family (including far-away relatives) and two of my best friends all in one week
– I received cool new bird and mammal guides to New Zealand and Antartica allowing me to further daydream about my upcoming vacation (even if it is 6 months away)
– The local potter called to say she made the salad bowl I asked her to make months and months ago in my favorite color and design and was not sure when/if she’d get around to it (I bump into her at the farmer’s market and have a bunch of her other stuff, and didn’t want to rush it)
– The weather is alternatively warm and lovely and rainy, and things are growing well in the garden – my first peppers and broccoli appearing
– I got a new netbook to play with that is tiny and will be so much more reasonable to carry on trips, just in time for my upcoming week at Hanford
– I get lots of work done, some of it even fun, but it’s really the last thing on my mind
– I lost a few pounds and someone noticed :)

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Impressions

Lately I seem to be suffering from a bit of writer’s block. I tell myself I’m going to blog and then I don’t – but blogging is good. It helps connect me to my friends and others in the world, and lets things out that need to come out. And I enjoy reading other people’s blogs; I’m sure my Mom would have been an inveterate writer of blogs had they existed when she started journaling :)

So in an attempt to break the block, I’ll just offer up a few impressions from the last few days:

Receiving my copy of Newsweek with “PRESIDENT OBAMA” on the cover and his smiling face. Woohoo! OK, I know, enough politics. Still, it was a long-looked-for moment.

Being grateful (again) that I managed to get such good new neighbors – I was able to hook up their daughter, who loves horses, with a colleague that has a place for her to work and train, and they’re going to take care of my cat while I’m travelling this winter. Knowing how my cat is, they’re even planning to send the same person over each day so Sophie can get to know one of them and feel comfortable. Serious animal whisperers next door :)

Noticing that the most popular posts on my blog when I’m not writing much are a series I wrote about dreams, all the different types, how to remember them, and how to get rid of nightmares. I’ll have to look and see if I can add anything to that.

Wondering if all the tweeting I do and read is interfering with my blogging time :D

Annoyed with my little Bose Wave stereo for the first time ever because the remote’s batteries are dead and IT HAS NO CONTROLS. There oughta at least be some backup ones for just this reason :) I’m having NPR withdrawal. And one of my best CDs is stuck inside because I can’t eject it :D

Proselytizing about the joys of macaroni & cheese again to my tarot group! Some buy/cook/love it, some don’t get it…

Thinking that my cat purposely rotates around among all my dining room chairs to get fur on each one, no matter how much I vacuum after her. Probably her way of getting back at me for not letting her in the bedroom at night.

OK, that’s a start! Feel free to add your own random observations in the comments, triggered by these :)