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Happy Days, Day 23



This could be an every day happy moment, or at least on those days when I actually hit word count. I participated in National Novel Writing Month religiously in high school and through college and learned the power of a daily word count goal. A few hundred – or thousand – words doesn’t seem like much, but consistently and over the course of a month, two months, three, suddenly you have something substantial.

I broke up with NaNoWriMo somewhat unpleasantly several years ago because I thought it had gone all askew and unfocused, but really we’d just grown apart. We’re now (just) friends and I’ve since made a point of making time for the things I kept claiming were important in my life, and now writing is a daily… well not quite habit, but definitely a daily part of my life. NaNo taught me a lot, but the primary thing was not just the power of a daily count, but the power of a visual graph. Suddenly you can see your words adding up, and you can see your goal coming closer.

Or for me, really, it’s more that I can see when I miss a day, and that quickly becomes unacceptable. So here’s my happy moment in a graph, the collective words from the last month and a half and the words to (hopefully) come. If you look closely, you can see more than just a few days that I haven’t made count or missed entirely, but the beauty is that all together – those days don’t matter. Not one bit.


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Happy Days Project – Day 21

Day 21


I have a few photos from all those happy days I skipped, and I’ll probably get caught up at some point, but right now it’s far less stressful to just jump in where I can.

Summer all I wear is a skirt + blouse. It gets very dull very quick, so I am super excited for autumn if only because it means I can start making things a little more interesting. In fact, my coworkers know that it’s finally fall because that is when I break out my knee socks. I might have a knee sock addiction. If you’re ever looking for knee socks – or socks in general – Sock Dreams is probably the only place you’ll ever need to go. You’re welcome.

I’ve never been good with fashion and I’ve lamented time and again that it’s a shame I hate pants so much, because otherwise I’d be the kind of person who just wore jeans + t-shirt and called it good. Alas, I wear skirts instead, which means I have to at least try to match sometimes. Or dresses.

This is what usually results. A sort of hodge-podge of colors and styles that I claim works and therefore I can usually get away with. But you know what, this particular podge made me really happy yesterday. So. There. 😛



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Still Alive & Happy Day 20

Class ate my brain last week in more ways than I expected. I was up at crazy hours doing homework and working on presentations and then we thought we’d be road-tripping it up this weekend and that fell through so we went for a long day hike yesterday instead and in conclusion this is the first time I’ve really had more than a few minutes at the computer.

So I’m behind on a) writing, b) blogging, c) happy days, d) life, and e) reading other blogs. Thankfully, even though the road trip fell through, I decided to still keep this four-day weekend that I made for myself (yay Veteran’s Day!), so hopefully I can get caught up. ❤

Day 20


Our trip would have included lots of hiking, so we both unanimously decided we needed to hike anyway. Instead of driving across the state, we’d just hike trails we’ve been meaning to hike for a while. Like the Tanque Verde Ridge trail, which is this gorgeous trail that runs along the top of the Rincon Mountains. The whole thing is 13 miles, round-trip, and we ended up doing close to half that. I think we hiked 7 or 8 miles instead. It was chilly at first, but as soon as the sun hit us, off came the jackets and hats (and shirts). Because it’s basically climbing straight up the side of a mountain, not only do you get great views every time you stop for a breath (which is often), you also get to see the flora change drastically, from lowland desert scrub to a higher grassland scrub, and eventually – if we’d made it that far – to actual trees. We stopped in the grassland area, though, but someday I want to hike the whole thing. We just weren’t quite prepared for a full day out.

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Happy Days Project – Days 13 & 14

Day 13


Happy November! Our week had been a little on the hectic side, so I decided I wanted a slow morning. This looked like a long, lovely sunrise walk, then an hour writing, and finally an hour (or two, I was purposefully not keeping track) of sitting on the couch with the windows open, sometimes wrapped in our boo blanket, sometimes not, sipping broth and reading a good book.

I finally leveled up my broth by doing the obvious and adding onion & carrots & celery during the last hour and omg it is so delicious. I was drinking the stuff out of duty before but now it’s just absolutely divine. Then I read about a place called Brothl (which is unfortunately not here) and have been taking broth inspiration from their menu. A little seaweed is delicious. I’m working up to chicken feet. o.o

And then, as if all that wasn’t lovely enough, a cat came and sat on my lap, purring, for a good while.


Day 14


Sunday is cooking day in our household, and it also means grocery-getting. I have developed an appreciation for the American food system, even while I also know it’s highly destructive and unsustainable. But after living in Russia for a few months and seeing the severely anemic state of their vegetables, I can’t help but fall in love with those gorgeous displays of greens and broccoli and beets and parsley here.

It’s also the potential at the beginning of the week, looking at what we got and thinking about the delicious things we can make. By Wednesday I’m always tired of whatever we have / made, but Sunday is still a little magical.

That’s all to say that I’m grateful that a) we can find such lovely greens (and our garden is finally producing some, too), b) we are fortunate enough to afford such lovely greens (I recognize this is for many people a luxury and I hope someday that won’t be the case), and c) we have the time to actually do something with them.

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Happy Days Project – Days 11 & 12

Day 11

Pumpkin Carvin'

Thursday was a little easier. I’d been planning on carving my pumpkin all week. It’s taken me several years, but I’ve finally learned not to carve two weeks, even one week, in advance. The desert just dries things out too quickly. We’ve totally had two carving sessions just because the first pumpkin turned into a caved-in wreckage within days.

So this year I said: no more! I will carve the day BEFORE Halloween and no sooner! Unfortunately, this does not mesh well with other people’s schedules (seeing as how it was mid-week), so I went without carving buddies. Still. It was something to look forward to, another slice of my favorite season.

Pumpkin Carvin'

And yes, even though it was contrived happiness (planning etc), it was still a bright point of my day. Work has been blah all week and the weather has been warming up instead of cooling down and I want to go on all the hikes but it’s dark by the time I get home… but I stuck my blade in that pumpkin and all of that melted away. Okay, maybe not quite melted, but definitely took a backseat.

Pumpkin Carvin'

Day 12

Halloween! Now that it’s finally here (and past), the holiday feels bittersweet. On the one hand, Halloween is the culmination of fall everything with spookiness and sugar to boot. On the other hand, since it is the culmination for our culture – and not the halfway point as it should be – as soon as the day is over it’s Christmas-Christmas-Christmas from here until January. Don’t get me wrong – I like winter and snow and sleighbells and peppermint everything like a normal person – but Christmas is only the beginning of winter and the whole “happiest time of year” for two months straight makes me want to strangle santa.

Wait. This is a happiness post.

I was surprised by what made me happy today (Friday). I thought it would be the evening or some decorations or the jack-o-lanterns in the window. But what made me happiest was (finally) putting in the effort and dressing up for work.

scale makeup

I put a lot of effort into my costume and was pleased with the results. I learned how to apply most of the make-up from a friend and then practiced several times to get it just right. Well. Right enough.

There was more to the costume than just the makeup, but whatever. That part made me happiest. I even won 3rd place in the contest (behind a shark-nun in 1st and another nun in 2nd ;.;).

Anyway, in conclusion I don’t normally dress up for Halloween, but I’m really glad I did and I had a lot of fun and I want to do it next year. o.o What has happened.

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Happy Days Project – Days 9 & 10


Tuesday I was a bit of a grump most of the day for no good reason. I looked around for happy things, but it wasn’t until I saw Lady riding up on her bicycle after I got home that I cracked a smile. She really is the brightest point of many of my days. I mean, just look at that face! I was trying to show her how to take a selfie of her new lifting shirt (buns & guns shirt from Look Human) and got this.

When I offloaded it from the camera, I couldn’t stop looking at her face. Just. Ah. ❤


Wednesday’s happy moment was my commute from (& to!) work. I am so so glad I bit the bullet back in April and bought myself a new bike. There was always the possibility that I wouldn’t actually commit to biking to work on a regular basis, but that never happened. Instead we bike 2-3 times each week and every time I’m reminded how much I prefer biking to driving – even if it takes twice as long.

It’s even more enjoyable now that the mornings are brisk and the evenings are not searing hot (biking in 110 degrees = no fun). The wind brushing my arms, the speed, sheer glee at sprinting and passing those professional bikers by, avoiding traffic, & moving my body – I always find a moment of peace during those rides.

Even when it sucks and my legs hurt and the wind is in my face and everyone is passing me – it’s still better than driving. I hope we can get up to four, maybe even five days of commuting by bike now that the weather has changed.

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Happy Days Project – Day 8


I’ll keep this short because I don’t want to spam you guys, and I feel this one speaks for itself.

Still, a few words: I love sunrises. I love sunsets. I love mountains. And I love love love that I get all three living here on a nigh constant basis. This is my fifth year in the desert and I am not tired of the view. It was weird at first with the vast, empty skies and the short, scrubby trees – nothing at all like Florida, where I grew up. But I love it. And this – this – is one of the things I’ll miss the most when we leave.

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