100 Happy Days

Have you heard about 100 Happy Days yet? I read out about this fun project on another blog. The gist is that every day you take and post a photo of something that makes you happy and tag it #100happydays. I’m posting mine over on Instagram.

I think a lot of people kicked off their projects at the beginning of the new year, but I found out about it late so I’m currently on Day 22. I like that it’s a reminder to me to enjoy the little moments in a day, even when I’m in a funk or things aren’t going the way I want them to. Plus, it’s a nice incentive to keep on taking pictures, which I love but sometimes forget to do.

Here are some of my happy things/moment so far:

Day 13: Playing artist with my Urban Decay Naked 3 eye shadow palette (a birthday gift from my brother and SIL)

eyeshadow

Day 11: Hanging out with my favorite 8 year-old.

kisses from g

Day 9: Cheerful polka dots on a rainy day.

polka dot umbrella

Day 6: This smiling face home from work in the evening.

m smiling

Would you try this project? What little day-to-day things make you smile?

Best of the Web

Things I love: frozen Thin Mints, bright flowers indoors on a gray day, and the internet.

Things I don’t love: migraines and scratched corneas.

I’ve had perhaps too much of each of these lately.

Here are some of my favorite things online of late:

How to be happy, according to science. (In contrast to one of my favorite lists of pick-me-ups completely unverified by science.)

What do your fellow commuters look like?

In case you work with Millenials.

How much would Ron Swanson hate you? (Me, I think we’re all good. Bring on the bacon.)

Pass the french fries and a nice glass of wine. (A friend and I actually went to a junk food wine pairing once. It was delicious.)

What’s catching your (hopefully unscathed) eye on the internet this week?

Sweet Success

Over the weekend, we went to a little get-together with my work friends. It was a super delicious crab fest extravaganza of crustaceaness. For my part, I made a couple of desserts to add to the festivities.

Two Desserts

I made my favorite easy dessert – Bailey’s Chocolate Pudding – in little mason jars and topped the puddings with Kahlua whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It’s so good and simple. This was my first time making it for a crowd, so I doubled the recipe and it came out beautifully. Plus, the 4 ounce jars were great for transporting and portioning.

I also made a new-to-me dessert – Meyer Lemon Tart from Smitten Kitchen – that I found on ye olde Pinterest.* The tart was a little more labor intensive than I usually do. I had to make the crust, chill it, and then roll it out, which is a step past my usual “pat in the pan” pie crusts. The filling was fairly straightforward. You actually use a whole lemon without peeling or zesting (just slicing), so I found that both novel and a welcome bit of laziness. Of course, the best part of making this tart, aside from it being super delicious and seasonal and a big hit, is that I got to use our new Cuisinart. Huzzah for fancy kitchen appliances! …You know, and successfully tasty desserts.

 *NB: I used the recipe makes a 9″ tart, but I used our 11″ tart pan and it came out perfectly. Just the right amount of dough for the crust (literally…no extra, no shortage) and exactly the right amount of filling.

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Belated Birthday

My birthday was about a week and a half ago and we celebrated it in the usual style – with a lot of food and drink.

One of my favorite parts of my birthday this year was going out to dinner at a new (to us) restaurant with the kids. It’s a Spanish restaurant, so I tried to prepare them for the idea of something new ahead of time. I think I actually get a little bit of cred from them by virtue of the fact that I was a very picky eater as a kid and I don’t believe in forcing kids to eat stuff. Trying yes, but finishing no. So, I assured them that I would order everything and we would share it family style and I would only order things that I thought we would all like. The logic of “I don’t like gross food, so why would I make you eat it?” worked on them and they tried (and enjoyed!) everything. Yay for raising cultured kids!

I also got to go bowling with a bunch of friends…I continue to not be great at bowling, but at least it was fun and there were cocktails. I had a number of meals out, all tasty, all in good company. We visited my family and my mom made me her awesome chocolate chip cheesecake. It’s a classic, so good. Related, I think I’ve gained 10 pounds in the last two weeks alone.

I am a whole year older now, so I thought I should reflect on some of the wisdom that comes with my new-found old age. Here are some things I’ve learned in the past year:

  • It’s spelled Brussels sprouts, not brussel sprouts.
  • You can clean just about anything with baking soda and water.
  • This stuff works great if you have fine hair.
  • My own karma is more important than worrying about others’ karma.
  • If you’ve got big plans, start them now.

What a Month

Remember the last time I posted? Let me refresh your memory – it was about a month ago. Yeesh!

Things are obviously very busy around here. January is the busiest month of the year for me professionally, plus it’s my birthday month, plus Mr. Cook and I took on a few extra things this month that have kept us busy even in our “down time”.

I’m just happy that we’re finally to the end of the month. Between surviving January and it being the Lunar New Year today, it feels like I am getting a fresh start. Phew!

I’ve got a million things to share and post, so I’ll get going on that. In the meantime, though, here are some fun animal videos for your Friday….

This is what happens when a kitten meets a hedgehog:

This crow is making the most of the winter.

In Japan, they have “cat cafes”, where you can go to get your furry friend fix along with your caffeine fix:

And good news for San Franciscans if that idea appeals to you.

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