|A nice noodle bowl|
What makes me happy? In no particular order:
1. White noise. On my personal happiness scale, white noise is currently right up there with a raise, realizing with a start that the weekend coming up is a long weekend that I'd totally forgotten about, a sweet juicy peach, etc. I have a little old iPod Shuffle and the only thing on it is white noise that I downloaded from iTunes for $2.49, set to play in a continuous stream. If you take the bus, you're probably familiar with bus rage, that murderous anger seething behind the placid expressionless faces of the riders while some bridezilla screeches into her cell phone that the flowers are the wrong colour, or two co-workers carry on a listless conversation behind you about the tedious trivia of their jobs, or someone at the front is yakking loudly to the driver, or a toddler is babbling and whining, or a group of teenagers at the back are laughing inanely about how drunk they all were the night before, or the person beside you sniffles every three seconds...all the way downtown, while the guy two seats away has a chronic cough. Irritating fellow passengers, since I got my white noise, I am impervious to you all! I am listening to the heavy rain of sound on all frequencies and I can see your jaws moving but can't hear a word you're saying! Ha ha! Ha ha ha! I am calm, I am tranquil, the sound itself is relaxing, I am deep in my book and you cannot disturb me, except possibly with heavy perfume or the reek of cigarettes. If this sounds misanthropic to you, I bet you don't ride the bus every day.
|My camera makes me happy - look what it can do!|
2. Kitties. 'Nuf said.
|Cheeta, kitty of my heart|
3. Discovering items in grocery stores I've read about but never tried, like black salt.
|Long beans Katee bought for me after seeing them on Andrea's blog|
4. The view from my front door:
5. Ordering books online and having them delivered to my work.
|A mix of grains and rice - intriguing!|
6. My family. Even during those times when I haven't been the sweet and pleasant and accommodating individual I generally am now, back in my non-mellow pre-middle-aged days, they stuck to me like Superglue. Now as adults we're all, like, BFF, and we hang out, and not because none of us has any other friends, either.
|Three cheers for veganic, no-dig gardening!|
7. Discovering a new trail while walking in an area I thought I knew. This happens to me more often than one might think since I'm horribly absent-minded and tend not to notice things until suddenly--bam!--whoa, this wasn't there before, was it? [Trembling with joy and excitement] I wonder where it goes...
8. Changing seasons. We have real seasons in northern Canada where I live, and spring and fall are by far my favorites. Mid-winter and mid-summer are tediously same-y, but now fall is coming, the leaves are turning, it's (sometimes) cool at night, there could be a thunderstorm or rain, not even the weatherman knows! I'm ready for fall now, July is like, way too hot, and I'm sick of breaking into a sweat just contemplating making a soup or stew. Generally I'm a cool weather gal anyway, so bring on the snow!
|This, however, is not snow|
9. Grocery stores. Next to bookstores, these are my favorites. I can browse for hours, and the joy of discovering a new ethnic store makes me come over all faint. I'm lazy about traveling, and thus am very lucky to live in kind of a small Bermuda Triangle of grocery stores, with Superstore, Safeway and Save-On pinning down the angles, and Indian, Oriental, and Arab markets inside...with of course more within lunchtime walking distance of my place of work.
|The wrong kind of noodles for a hot pot, alas|
10. The Internet. It's a part of me now. I wouldn't be blogging, or be acquainted with most of you, or know half of what I know about all kinds of things, without it. Google and Blogger and iTunes and Flickr, even though you are large corporations I feel love for you. Good work!
Now for passing on the award. Gah, I'm just way too shy, as usual, sorry, but if the following have read this far and would care to participate, they should consider this a kiss of appreciation blown at their blogs and an interest from me in learning more about you:
Tiffany at Bread Without Butter
Mark and/or Amy at Irreverent Vegan
Tami at Vegan Appetite
Renae at i eat food
La Fourmi at Vegecarib
Gerda at Veggie Prairie Girl
Claryn at Hellyeahitsvegan