I have to tell ten things that make me happy and then nominate ten blogs that make me happy. That’s what’s going to be the hard part. I have so many blogs that make me happy, but I’ll try to narrow it down to ten.
First let’s talk about the things that make me happy…in no particular order.
Of course writing makes me happy. I love thinking about writing, reading writing and actually writing writing-LOL.
I know it became trendy to say things like, “I don’t watch much TV,” because it somehow meant you did more productive things with your time instead of being a couch potato, well I’m here to tell you that TV makes me happy! On a Sunday afternoon, I love nothing more than popping in a dvd of The Office, Psych, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, My Boys or That 70’s Show. There are more, but I could be here all day.
3. Making My Sister Laugh.
My sister is like a comedian’s wet dream. She has a good laugh and she laughs easy. I’ve made her choke, spit her drink across the table, cry and nearly pop her staples after surgery—that was probably the wrong time to start telling jokes.
4. Book People.
I have to swipe this one from Diana because it’s an awesome thing to make us happy. People who read the same types of books I read aren’t in the minority, because hey, I’ve read plenty of bestsellers. But people who read the same types of books as I do AND happen to live near me, well, they are few and far between. Most of my friends read, my mom reads, my sister reads but none of them read YA. When I do luck up and find someone who reads YA or will pick up a suggestion from me, and we get to talk about it…man, it’s bliss!
5. Peanut M&M’s!
Love the M&M’s and it’s weird, I’m not a big fan of all the other kinds. To me an M&M doesn’t need an almond, or dark chocolate or peanut butter, it just needs a peanut. They’re the first thing I give up when I’m on a diet and the first thing I eat when I fall off the wagon.
6. Beauty Salons
I LOVE getting my hair done. As someone who went to a technical high school where my trade was cosmetology, I love everything about salons. I love the smell—well not the smell of perms, they stink! I love having my hair shampooed, love having it combed and styled and most of all, I love trying new styles.
7. Reading Blogs
I’ve learned so much about writing, about books and the publishing industry by reading blogs. I get so happy when I learn something new, no matter how small it is.
8. Having My Parents Closer.
My parents lived in Tennessee for nearly 11 years after my stepdad’s job sent them there. Now they’re in Delaware and instead of a 16 hour drive, it takes me only an hour and a half! With my mom closer, I get good food—excuse me, great food—my apartment redecorated and my laundry folded…can’t beat that with a bat!
9. Unexpected Things
I don’t mean surprise parties as I’ve never had one, but going to a movie that I think will be just okay and it turns out to be AWESOME. Avatar! Finding a pair of shoes that totally look like they’ll kill my feet but not only are they comfortable, they look good with everything!
10. Audio Books
Not many people can listen to audio books at work, but I can! I’ve been able to enjoy so many wonderful books because I have my own office and I don’t have to spend a lot of time on the phone. To me, it’s no different than having a radio playing, but instead of having to suffer through songs you hate and commercials, I can listen to some of the best books out there, get my work done and make the day go by fast. What more can you ask for?
And now for the 10 Blogs that make me happy! It was hard to choose, but here goes:
1. Victora S.
4. Natalie Bahm