Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-TWO OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 352.  Over the years I have been around people who want to get to the end.  Get to the destination.  Get to the event.  In other words, they don't like the adventure.  I have always been a person who likes the adventure.  I like to travel places.  I like road trips.  I like to stop along the way on road trips.  I like to enjoy the adventure. 

I used to have a boyfriend who would go with me late at night in my car and we would first make a right, then a left, then a right, you get the idea.  We would find all sorts of destinations and sites.  I loved the anticipation of what we would see and find.  Sometimes we would find nothing but it was still fun.  Other times we found the top of hill with a great view, a river, all sorts of things.  He loved the adventure.

I love to walk around places I don't know.  When I was in Oregon, I walked around a town and just went in and out of stores and got a "milk" shake.  I walked to and from my hotel.  It was wonderful.

It brings be joy to enjoy the adventure.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-ONE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 351. Yesterday I bought an additional security camera for my home.  I have one for my front door and I decided I want one for inside my home.  I am spending more and more time away from my pups and I want to see them while I am away.  I really missed them when I was on vacation and I was unable to see them.  If I put in a nanny cam then I can see them during the day and I won't miss them as much.

The camera I bought yesterday was the same brand I already have.  I unpacked it and plugged it in.  It didn't turn on.  It was broken.  I had to take it back.  When I took it back, I decided to spend a few more dollars and get a Nest.  Originally I didn't get a Nest because I needed a camera that bent more.  I got that with the brand I bought.  Now it doesn't matter so I got a Nest.  I will see if I like it.  I just want to see my pups during the day.  Seeing them will make me happy.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, August 15, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 350.  The point to the Happiness Project is to see if I can make specific changes to my life and if those changes will increase my happiness. 

I was thinking today about some of the changes that I made and I think over the next 15 days I will spend some time remembering the changes I made and assess my level of happiness.

I moved my office from a small room in the front of the house to a larger room in the back of the house.  The new office has large windows that overlook the backyard and a beautiful white oak.   Being in that sunny room makes me very happy.  I should really use the room more. 

That change brings me joy.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-NINE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 349. Today I finished up my tasks around the house.  There was a lot of stuff to do since I was away for over a week: laundry, picking up dog poop, trimming the hedge, food shopping, etc.

After I was done with the tasks, I decided to use some of my many lemons from my tree and make lemonade.  I found a really easy lemonade combination that I could use: 4-1-1.  4 cups water to 1 cup simple syrup to 1 cup lemon juice.  It tastes AWESOME!  It took 8 lemons because my lemons are kinda small. 

Then I made  a summer soup.  It is Summer Vegetable Minestrone.  It is really simple but I made it harder by dropping all the chopped squash on the floor!  I had to wash it off before I could throw it in the soup.  It tastes really good. 

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHT OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 348.  Today was a day of errands I didn't get to before I went on my trip.  I went to the post office and mailed packages to my two friends who recently had babies.  I mailed a few cards.

I made a pact with myself to return my Netflix DVDs faster.  Sometimes I view the DVD but I forget to return it.  I know it is a waste of money to have the DVD sit around and not return it. If I don't get the next movie, I can't see the next movie.  Then I spend time waiting for the next movie to arrive and that is how Netflix makes money.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, August 12, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SEVEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 347.  When I was on the plane on my way home, I had such beautiful views of the sunset.  I took this picture:


It was such a pretty sunset.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIX OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 346.  When I was on vacation my family gave me a little present when I arrived: some candy from the movie Inside/Out.  It is so cute!



I brought Joy on vacation. She wanted a selfie near the water.


Love that movie Inside/Out and Joy.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 345.  Today my car hit 75,000 miles. 


My car is a 2002 Volkswagon.  As you can tell I don't drive very much.  I have been putting 450 miles per year on this car.  I hear the average miles put on a car is 12,000 miles per year.  An average car would have 168,000 miles on it in 14 years.  

It is a good car and it has been good to me.  I love my convertible.  It brings me such joy.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 344. I am sitting here watching the Olympics and I hear this music.  It is coming from outside.  This past weekend there was a big outside concert and I could hear the music if the wind blew in the right direction.  I could always hear the bass.

Today I could hear someone's band play during the day.  It was quite annoying.  It wasn't next door but about 1/2 a block away.  I was surprised it went on as long as it did and that someone didn't complain.  It was so loud that I had the TV on in my house and I could still hear the music.  This evening I heard music again.  I muted the TV and I hear the music again.  I am not sure who's music it is but I hope this is not going to be a regular thing.  It was really loud.  It sounded like someone's band was practicing outside 1/2 block away.  I live in close quarters so that kind of noise reverberates.  The sound of a dog barking bounces around and sounds like it is next door when it is houses away.

Is it okay to say I am bored with the Olympics already?  I guess the stuff I like has not come on yet.  Or I missed it.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, August 8, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-THREE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 343. You will notice that my Happiness Project I wrote very little about work.  In October of last year I had a "Get Work House in Order" month.  It was mostly about setting up my office and invoicing clients on time.

I realized that I didn't write much about my work at all.  I find it interesting now that the project is almost over that I didn't include my work in the Happiness Project.

Maybe it is because after so many years of really disliking my jobs (and I worked some really bad jobs) I am doing something I really like.  My work makes me happy.  Most times.  Sometimes it frustrates me.  But most of the time I like what I do.  I like to problem solve for clients.  I like being a fixer.

Today I had an meeting with a new client.  I am not sure I am going to get the gig but it looks good.  Clients always say they are meeting with other consultants but sometimes I think they are just saying that and sometimes I find out later on that I am the only person they met with.

I should find out soon if I get the gig.

Until tomorrow...