Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ten Things That Make me Happy!

Thanks to Diana over at Writing Roller Coaster for nominating me for the Happy Blog Award! YAY! This makes me happy!

The Rules…

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.

1. Writing.
Of course writing makes me happy. I love thinking about writing, reading writing and actually writing writing-LOL.

2. TV.
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.

2. Anissa Off the Record

3. Falen Formulates Fiction

4. Natalie Bahm

5. Solvang Sherrie

6. Sharon Mayhew at Random Thoughts

7. Possum

8. Christina Farley at Chocolate for Inspiration

9. Tracy at A Blissful Life

10. Niki at Wool’ N’ Nuts


Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats :)

Love your list & agree with it!

Thanks for the new links to check out :)

Anita said...

My list would be so similar...haven't gotten totally into audio books, but the kiddos are requesting them for long drives now, so...

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great list! I tried auto books, but I'm a visual person so they never worked for me. I need to read the words not just hear them.

Karen Denise said...

It's weird with me and the audio books. I can only listen to them in certain situations like at work or in the car. I can't just pop one in while I'm doing housework. And also, if the narrator sucks then it can ruin the book for me. If I think the narrator is sucking the life out of the story then I'll turn it off and go get the book from the library. So yeah, it's a gamble getting audio books, but I've had a good run so far.

Karen Denise said...

Thanks Jemi, I was going to nominate you, but I saw someone beat me to it!

Niki said...

OMGosh Karen, I couldn't believe it when I saw my blog on your list. I'm still balling my eyes out! hehe Thank you :o) XX

Nisa said...

It's the little things! I love hearing about what makes people happy. This is such a great award! Congrats and lots more happiness to come!

Tracy said...

What a fun award - thanks for putting me on your list! Love hearing what makes you happy, but now I've got a sudden craving for peanut M&Ms. mmmm :)

Sharon Mayhew said...

Karen--Thanks for the award. I think this is one of the (excuse my language) funnest awards. You get to learn a lot with the list.

Possum said...

Hey, thanks! =D This was a pleasant surprise, I'm not going to lie.

I enjoy writing as well. I just don't like when the writing is in the form of an essay or something. That's when it gets kind of frustrating. O.O

! I LOVE That '70s Show! I'm really wanting to buy the show on dvd, but I never got around to buying it. But How I Met Your Mother is tres amazing! =D Jason Segel, how you make me go FLUTTER.

It's nice to make people laugh. And your sister sounds lke a riot. xD

I agree, about Book People. It's just so rare to find someone that reads the same books as me. Heck, it's hard to find people near me that like anything I like. It's sort of sad. O.O Boo! But yay for the internet!

Oooooooh. Peanut M&Ms! It's my favorite part of your 'about me' section. They're just so amazing. As you can totally agree to.

Blogs! Yes! Like Maureen Johnsons blog, and and Meg Cabot's blog. You should check out her blog. It's cool.

Unexpected things are nice. As they're a surprise, it's just so.. as you say, unexpected. It's cool. like when a day turns out to be aweome when you jut expect it to be an EPIC FAIL. Like that.

Audio books! I tried this with Looking for Alaska by John Green, and I would just find of fade off at moments, and miss a lot. This happens when I'm reading, but usually I could just go back and read what I missed. But I sometimes can't do this with audiobooks.

It's good that you had good luck with them, though! =D

But thanks, again.

Anissa said...

Awesome list! And thank you. You are so very sweet. :)

I will get mine up shortly.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great list!
I especially relate to 1, 4, 7, 9 and 10 :)

And I'm glad my blog makes you happy!

MG Higgins said...

Loved finding out more about you. We agree about a lot except the beauty salon. I dread getting my hair done!

V. S said...

Thank you!!! You deserved this award :)

Christina Farley said...

Thank you! That is so sweet of you. And I love your list too!