Thursday, July 21, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 325.  My poor dog walker got a call saying his estranged mother passed away unexpectedly.  I feel horrible for him. 

He was all worried about the work he had scheduled for me.  I told him to take care of his needs and I would work something out.  He assured me that except for one day, he would do the work.  Of course this puts me on edge but what am I going to do?  Emergencies come up.

It is hard to find someone that knows your dogs and who your dogs feel comfortable with and you feel comfortable with.  

Poor guy, losing your mom at any age hurts.  The dogs gave him some loving today when he stopped by.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FOUR OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 324.  I mailed my foster/adoption papers today.  A month ago I mailed the preliminary paperwork.  Today I mailed the 25 pages of paperwork that asked me everything about myself.  If you think you will have any privacy and be a foster parent, forget it.

I thought I was done with the paperwork and then I realized that I had two more forms left to finish.  One was easy and the other not so much.  I am not an artist or an architect so it was not an easy task. I did my best.

I feel a weight off my shoulders getting those papers finished and mailed.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 323.  Today I finally coerced my brother to help me fix my printer problem.  No, I just asked him.  I know he probably hates it but what is a girl to do?  I have this "network" set up and when I get a new computer it has to be added so I can print and share files.  This way I can sit in bed and get files off my desktop computer and print upstairs on my old, workhorse printer.  Yes, my printer is not wireless but it is a real heavy duty printer that I bought years ago and it has never had a problem.  I works great as a copier and printer.  It is really cheap and the ink lasts forever.

I need to buy a wireless color printer.  I used to have one but it finally died when it could not keep up with the Windows updates.  Plus it had its little idiosyncrasies.  I got rid of it and now I just have the black ink printer.

I am so happy now that all my computers and printer work in sync.  It makes working much easier.  Transferring files from computer to computer with a USB drive so I can print a document was getting old.

Thank you brother!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, July 18, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 322.  I started reading a new book, After You.  It is the sequel to Me Before You.  I really enjoyed Me Before You and now I am half way through After You and I really like it too.  I wonder if they will make After You into a movie also. After You is such a good story so far. 

I was stuck between saving it for a good summer on the beach read or reading it now.  I opted to read it now because it is the ending of the story and I could not wait to read it.  For me reading a series is like binge watching a TV series.  I like it better when I can read/watch it all at once and don't have to wait months or years for the next installment.  I am part of the instantaneous generation.  I want it now.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 321.  Happy National Ice Cream Day!!  I know you all ate a dish of ice cream in honor of the day.

I made Zoku pops!  I know they aren't ice cream but really I can't eat real ice cream so I figured Zoku pops would be a good way to celebrate.  I made Coconut Pineapple layered with Paypaya Delight.  I took the two juices and layered them.  They are super tasty.


Don't they look tasty!  Cool on a hot day.  Unfortunately it is freezing here but they are still good.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, July 16, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 320.  I had to plans to go to a Foster Adoption barbecue.  I made an orzo salad to take with me.  I drove all the way there and stayed a short time.  I just don't do well in group situations.  I get quite anxious when I enter a group situation and I don't know anyone. Especially when everyone seems to know each other.  After about 20-25 minutes hanging around, I decided I had better things to do and I got back in my car and went home.

I went and picked up dog food and went home to my doggies.  I caught up with my friends D and C with phone calls.

Yesterday I got tired of my doctor's office telling me that my medical form for my adoption application was not ready yet so I went to the office and told them I would sit in the waiting room until the form was ready.  The doctor only had to put a date in a spot and sign it.  I had been waiting for three weeks.  Amazing!  I got the form in 15 minutes.  Now I can send the rest of my application in.  I am only missing my DMV form but that could take weeks.  You know those government departments!  I am going to mail it Monday.

Until tomorrow.

Friday, July 15, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 319.  I was SO tired last night when I posted there were some things I forgot to write.

1. The concert was so awesome.  Peter Gabriel and Sting sang all their popular songs and played for 3 straight hours.  There was no opening band. 
The set list:

  1. The Rhythm of the Heat
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  2. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
    (Sting cover)
  3. No Self Control
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  4. Invisible Sun
    (The Police cover)
  5. Games Without Frontiers
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  6. Shock the Monkey
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  7. Secret World
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  8. Driven to Tears
    (The Police cover)
  9. Fragile
    (Sting cover)
  10. Red Rain
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  11. Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
    (Genesis cover)
  12. Message in a Bottle
    (The Police cover)
  13. Darkness
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  14. Walking in Your Footsteps
    (The Police cover)
  15. Kiss That Frog
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  16. Don't Give Up
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  17. The Hounds of Winter
    (Sting cover)
  18. Big Time
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  19. Englishman in New York
    (Sting cover)
  20. Solsbury Hill
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  21. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
    (The Police cover)
  22. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
    (Sting cover)
  23. Roxanne
    (The Police cover) (With Ain't No Sunshine snippet)
  24. Love Can Heal
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
  25. Desert Rose
    (Sting cover)
  26. In Your Eyes
    (Peter Gabriel cover) 
    Encore:
  27. Every Breath You Take
    (The Police cover)
  28. Sledgehammer
    (Peter Gabriel cover)
2. I had a pair of binoculars and Peter Gabriel's band members (who are all about 70) were all wearing orthopedic sneakers.  I guess comfort won out over  style!

3. There were newly installed metal detectors and the line was a mile long.  They had me go through the metal detector but didn't check inside my bag.  Thought that was interesting.

4. I got to bed finally at 1 am and had to be up at 5:45 am to get going for work.  It was a tough day.  Real tough.  Tougher the older you get.  You just don't bounce back as fast the older you get.

Anyway, enough about the concert.  It was just so awesome.  A once in a lifetime event.

Until tomorrow...



Thursday, July 14, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 318.  I saw Peter Gabriel and Sting perform. They were awesome! It was the first concert I went to by myself.  No one wanted to go with me and I really wanted to go, so I bought myself a ticket.

I must be a "talking concert goer" magnet. At the Ingigo Girls I had the annoying talking girls behind me the first night and the drunk girls the second night. Tonight I had two men next to me who began talking during the concert. We were in seats and while Peter Gabriel was singing they were chatting away. Not only is it rude and disrespectful, it is annoying to those around them.  After two songs of them having a conversation, I leaned over and told them, "I paid a lot of money to hear the concert not them. They should talk in the hallway. Thank you."  They answered, uh, sorry.  I didn't hear another peep!

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 317.  Tonight I went to see Ghostbusters, the remake.  I had gotten an offer to see the movie two nights early for a cheap rate.  It also included popcorn and a drink.  I have been looking forward to seeing this movie despite there being very little advertising.  I was a little worried.  Usually when there is little advertising the movie is not very good.



Well, let me tell you.  I think they are relying on word of mouth and reviews because this movie was AWESOME!  It was SO funny!  I wish I was that person that remembered lines in movies but sadly I am not that person.  I see a movie and hear a line and say to myself I have to remember that line it is so funny.  Then I hear another line and promptly forget the last one.  By the end of the movie, I have forgotten all the lines I liked.  I have to see a movie a few times to get a few lines down well enough to remember them.

The audience laughed out loud through almost the whole movie.  I will not give anything away that you won't see in the previews.  This Ghostbusters has the framework of the original Ghostbusters but it is really original. 

I am already thinking of seeing it again.  It was that good.  That funny.  I haven't laughed that much in a long time.  It even had good credits!

I need to get some sleep.  I have a concert tomorrow night!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DAY THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 316.  I finished another book.  One of the positive things about insomnia is I get a lot of reading done.  I am tired but I am well read!

I finished The Terrorists Son by Zak Ebrahim.  It was a lesson of how you can be bought up in a life of hate and how you can learn peace.  Zak was the son of El-Sayyid Nosair the man who shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League.  Then from life in prison he helped plan the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.  Zak was a child when this happened and their family was ostracized, threatened and left practically penniless.

It was interesting to hear his story and hear how despite hearing all that rhetoric for years, he is not interested in hate.  He is interested in helping everyone to get along.  He speaks of peace and against terrorism.

It was a very good read.  It was also a TED talk.

Until tomorrow...