Sunday, January 31, 2016


Day 153. On the spur of the moment I traveled to see the Super Bowl City.  It was pretty interesting.  It was not as crowded as I thought it would be.  There was not much to do.  I saw a choir singing and kids trying different things like riding a bike to make power.  It was a nice but chilly day and it was fun to see but I am not sure it was worth it.  I didn't go to the other site, the NFL area because it took me about 25 minutes to get through security and I didn't want to go through more security to see more stuff.  I guess I expected more things to do or see.

On my way home I stopped at a hardware store and they had Lava Lamp light bulbs.  I was so excited.  Now I don't have to have $7 light bulbs shipped to me!  Yippee!

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Day 152. Today I turned on my lava lamp because I wanted to sit downstairs and watch a movie and have my lava lamp on.  I had it on for 3 minutes and pop.  The light bulb blew.  Man I was disappointed.  Mostly because I thought I was going to have to buy a new light bulb online.  It is a funky little bulb and there are warnings all over the packaging about putting any light bulb but their special light bulb in the lava lamp.  Would my lava lamp now be out of service for weeks while I order and wait for a new bulb?  Huh.

I met me friend J for lunch.  I walked a really long way to meet him and then we walked further to get to a wonderful brunch place that sadly is closing down.  The place lost its lease when the landlord jacked up the rent 500%.  Who does that?  A greedy landlord!  So the place has to move.  It is really sad.  The place is packed all the time.  It is one of the few places that serves vegan breakfast all day.

After lunch we walked to a park and sat and talked.  I asked J if he would help me train for the bike ride in July.  He seemed happy to help.  I am going to start to train on 2/1.  I am going to train inside at first since it is rainy and cold outside. I am not happy biking in the cold and rain.

I watched Nebraska and Change Up to end the day.  Nebraska was more entertaining than I thought it would be.  It is about a man who thinks he won the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes and wants to go to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect the winnings.  Change Up had it's funny moments.  It was about two best friends who switch bodies (yeah, right) and what happens when they do since one guy is a father and an attorney and the other guy is a single rarely employed quasi actor.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 29, 2016


Day 151.  It was an exhausting day.  I literally fell asleep at 9 pm.  Right after the show I wanted to watch at 9 pm started.  I was out cold on the couch and woke up 2 hours later.  Sad, really.  Big Friday night...

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Day 150.  One hundred and fifty days of Happiness. 

I bought a lava lamp and I am in love with it.  I always wanted a lava lamp as a kid.  They were all the rage but I never got one.  It was too frivolous an expense.  Now that I am an adult I wanted one and I got one.  It is fun to put it on when I am laying in bed and just watch it.  I think I need to put some Jimi Hendrix music on next time. Or The Who, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana or Cream. 

I saw my nutritionist today.  He is really happy I have been so successful at keeping my weight down.  He said the hardest part for most people is not losing weight it is keeping it off.  I have been quite successful at keeping the weight off.  We talked about recipes I can make that I would like.

I am thinking of riding in a bike event in July to raise money for arthritis research.  It is 26 miles and I have never ridden that far so I am nervous.  I also have no way to get my bike to the event.  So I have some kinks to work out but I think it would be fun.  If you have been reading for a long time, you will remember two years ago I was supposed to ride a 12 mile bike ride but I ended up getting RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome) and could not ride my bike (or drive) for months.  Then in November of 2014 I had my bike accident and I have not gotten back on my bike.  I think I will start on my stationary bike.  Build up my muscles while it is raining and cold.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Day 149. I am really happy.  Someone found my mailbox key and turned it in to the Post Office.  Today when I went to get my mail, the post woman said I have your key!  I said well, I lost my key!  I am so happy that an honest person turned it in. 

I was also happy because my new cookbook was in my box.  It is a Vegan Indian cookbook. I have come to love Indian food and I want to learn to cook it.  Now that I have the cookbook I have to buy the spices.  I do not have most of the spices used in Indian cooking.  I can't eat spicy food and, as I always say, spicy is such an individual thing.  What you think is not spicy might be spicy to me.  What I think is spicy may seem mild to you.  If I cook my own food I can make it as spicy or mild as I want. 

A previous client contacted me and hired me for a project.  Now I am really busy!  Yay! 

The chocolate vegan cake my friend gave me is decadent.  I had a piece last night and will have a piece tonight.  Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Yum! 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Day 148.  I am feeling much better than last week.  The thrush is gone.  The sore throat is gone.  The cough is partially gone.  The horribly runny, sinus infection is gone.  I don't have a yeast infection from taking the anti-biotics.  So overall life is good.

I still have some sinus issues that are not clearing up.  The asthmatic cough and tightness in my chest is not going away.   I am sure they will clear up.

Meanwhile Happi's pink eye is all cleared up.  I guess she finally stopped scratching her eyes. 

Tonight a friend gave me 1/2 a vegan chocolate cake.  Yum!  I am sitting here dreaming of eating a piece with vanilla soy ice cream and coconut whipped cream.  Delicious.

To end my month of Friendship I made plans with three friends this weekend.  Ice cream with one, coffee with another and just getting together with another.  I really want to see Kung Fu Panda 3.  I am such a kid.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 25, 2016


Day 147.  Today was the day the cable company came to fix my cable.  I am tired of seeing the local channels flicker.  It is annoying.  I am convinced it is because the cable coming into my house got loose from the construction across the street.  I think they must have pulled the cable and now it is loose and water is possibly getting inside the connection. 

The cable guy came and checked things out.  He was annoyed because the guy driving the cherry picker could not come so he had to climb the pole.  He agrees with me that something is wrong with the cable wire coming into the house.  Now I have to wait until the cherry picker truck comes and checks out the cables.  It better be before the Super Bowl!  I want to be happy!!!

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Day 146. Today I tried to install an outside light fixture.  It was a disaster.  Okay, not a disaster but I didn't get it installed.

I bought the light replace the light in the backyard.  I want a sensor light in the backyard and the light out back does not have a sensor.  After dragging the ladder, new light and screwdrivers out back, I realized that the current light was held onto the house by one screw and the new light had four screws.  That would required drilling holes and I don't currently have drill bits.

Then I thought I would take the new light and replace my light out front.  The sensor light out front is working but hanging on by a thread.  So I called my step-father and he walked me through how to remove the light.  Then things went awry.  There were too many wires.  I found out later that the contractor had piggybacked wires and that confused me.

My neighbor walked by just as I could not get the electricity to come back on from the breaker.  Was a wire loose?  This is why I hate electricity.  My nice neighbor took over and installed the light for me.  He had to drill new holes and rewire the light.  I now have a working light.  Yay!  And as a bonus, the electricity works downstairs again.

I made soup for dinner.  Tofu, Kale Vegetable Soup.  It is really good.  It has tofu, kale, carrots, celery, mushrooms, peas and pasta noodles.  Very tasty.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Day 145.  Today I met a friend for lunch.  I have been craving a burger and fries for a week.  I never ate one during my vacation which is shocking.  Usually I have at least one burger during vacation since it is an easy thing to eat.

I devoured my fries and ate about 1/2 the burger.  I still have a craving.  I may have to have another burger.  There is a really good burger/sandwich place nearby and I may have to go there soon.  They also have the best steak fries.

After we ate lunch we went to a cafe to have a chai/ tea and look at the pictures of my trip.  It was nice to hang out for an afternoon with a friend.

I then watched two movies: Gone Girl and Jenny's Wedding.

Gone Girl was really good.  It is a bit old and I am sure you all know all about it since it was up for all sorts of awards and may have won some.  It had a surprise twist that I didn't expect.  It kept me quite entertained.

Jenny's Wedding is about a 30-something girl who is not married and is constantly nagged by her family about her non-married situation.  But she has a secret that tears the family apart. I thought is was very good.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 22, 2016


Day 144.  Today is a day of musing and items I have neglected to post.

1. During my flight this week, something very weird happened.  We were flying and we hit some slight turbulence.  All of a sudden an announcement came on "Place the mask over both your mouth and nose and secure with the elastic band. Tighten by pulling on the ends of the elastic bands. Even though oxygen is flowing, the plastic bag may not inflate. If you are traveling with children, or are seated next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance."  Everyone in the plan went "Huh?"  We were all looking around and waiting for the oxygen masks to drop down.  It was mildly concerning.  Then the pilot came on and announced that the announcement came on by accident and that we should disregard. 

2. My asthma and cough have gotten better but it is still there and annoying.  My sinus infection seems to be much better.

3. Happi's pink eye in her left eye is much better.  This morning I woke up and she now has conjunctivitis in her right eye.  I told her not to scratch her eyes!  Poor baby.  Pink eye in two eyes.  She is a miserable baby.

4. Poor Lucky woke up with a tummy ache today.  Luckily I had the vet on the phone to talk about Happi's eyes and she told me to give her Pepcid AC.  It made her feel better.  Two sick dogs in one day.  Ugh.

5. I got a new client today.  I am really happy.  Turns out someone gave them my name.  Always feels good to have folks speak positively about you.

6. I still have my Christmas cards hanging up.  I guess it is time to take them down.  It is just so sad to think Christmas is over. 

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Day 143.  Busy day.  Besides working and conference calls, I had an appointment with my dermatologist and my therapist.  Since their offices are close by, I made the appointments close together and went from one to another.  I had time for a cup of tea at a lovely cafe in between. 

My dermatologist got on me about my dry skin.  I think it is leftover from my time in Florida.  It was dry and the water is so hard in FL that my skin and hair got really dry.  I was craving water the entire time I was there.

I also bought a ticket for a concert this summer.  I am going to see Peter Gabriel and Sting!  I am super excited. 

Happi's eye is doing much better.  It isn't as red and is not tearing anymore.  She still has a few more days of medicine but I am happy that she is much better already.  She is such a good girl.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Day 142.  I finally called the cable company.  The cable has been flickering on and off for about 4 weeks.  It started slow and has been getting worse.  It gets worse in the rain.  I am convinced the wire coming into the house has a problem.  They are coming to check it.  Let's hope they figure it out.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Day 141.  Back to work with clients.  Nothing to exciting today.  Just trying to get back in the swing of things.  I picked up my mail.  My lava lamp arrived.  I have to plug it in for a whole day and get it working the first time.  I can't wait to see it really working.  I have been waiting for it.

Happi's eye is already looking better.  Not so red or pink.   It is funny.  The vet said she didn't need to wear a "collar of shame" because she doesn't have a leg on that side to scratch her eye.  For once not having a left leg worked to her benefit. 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 18, 2016


Day 140.  Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!  I spent the day catching up on work.  Nothing exciting.  Pretty boring really.  Loads of laundry from the house sitters.

Then I noticed that Happi's eye was goopy.  I called the vet and they were open.  I took her in to see the doctor in the afternoon.  Happi has conjunctivitis.  Pink Eye.  Did you know dogs could get pink eye?  I didn't know.  Now she gets a suave on her eye twice a day.  We will see if it works.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Day 139.  I came home today!  I am so happy to come home.  I miss being home when I am away.  I miss my dogs and my bird.  I miss Clam and Chowder.  I miss my bed.

It was a long trip home.  I knew I was going to have a three hour layover but it turned into a longer layover because my plane was late.  It turned into a four hour layover.  I read a book, spoke on the phone, ate lunch, basically kept busy.

On the plane ride I watched two movies: Boxtrolls and Trainwreck.  Trainwreck was really funny.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Day 138.  Today I went to see my friend S.  I got to see her art work and see once again how talented she is.  I am happy she is happy but I wish she lived closer.

I contacted the doctor yesterday and it turns out I have a sinus infection.  He thinks I got it from flying.  Now that the thrush is gone, I get a sinus infection.  Plus the cough is just as bad as it was earlier this week.  If I go too long without the cough suppression, I am hacking all over again from the asthma.  It is a little crazy.  As the doctor says I am between a rock and hard place right now.

Tonight we went to see Kristen Chenoweth in concert.  She was a hoot!  A ball of energy.  She really puts on a show.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 15, 2016


Day 137.  Disney World day two.  We went to the Magic Kingdom. I love this park.  I love seeing the castle and the parade.  Unfortunately it poured.  It rained.  It was a monsoon.  Our sneakers were soaked.  We ended up buying ponchos.  By the late afternoon the sun came out.

Then we drove to Celebration FL to go to a restaurant.  I got vegetable paella.  It was fantastic.  Yum.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Day 136.  Today is Universal Studios day.  We stayed at a hotel at Universal so we got an early entry to the park to see the Harry Potter part of the park.  I was not interested in going on the first ride.  It was one of those rides that says: no one with a heart condition, anxiety problems, epilepsy, can't be in small places, don't like roller coasters, etc.  Pass.  Then my parents went on it and it broke down and they were in the ride line for 25 minutes.  I would have had an anxiety attack.  Better I stay out in the fresh air!

I bought a stuffed Hedwig and a Hermine's wand.  What a Potter geek!  I had a good time.  The park has so many different areas.  I got a T-shirt of a Minion that says Banana!  I loved the Dr. Seuss part.  It was so colorful.

Then I drove to see my godmother.  It was great to see her.  I took her to a Thai restaurant for her first time.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Day 135. Today is Walt Disney Day!  We started out at Epcot.  Last time I was at Disney I got sick on the last day and we had to leave Epcot.  I over did it and when we got to Epcot I ended up in a wheelchair.

This time we went directly to Epcot so I could see it finally!  We did the rides and the beginning part and after lunch we went to see the world.  We went on the one ride where we were on a rocket ship.  It was crazy!  Not my kind of ride.  I don't like grown up rides.  They make me sick.  No roller coasters, no water rides, no spinning rides, and I am not fond of these new 3D simulation rides.

After now seeing Epcot, I am good.  I will probably not go back.  I like the really Disney instead.  I like the characters, the fun rides, the music.  I am a kid at Disney.

I liked the laser and fireworks show.

Until tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Day 134.  Today was a of family and friends.  I drove down south to see my Aunt J and my cousin K.  It was great to see them.  I have not seen my cousin since the year 2000.  I talk to my Aunt once in a while so I don't feel like it has been so long since I saw her.

We had lunch at a place with great vegan food.  They were so nice to find a restaurant with vegan food for me.  My Aunt found a box of old photos and we looked through them.  She is going to scan some of them for me.  I have never seen some of them.  My parents when they were young.  My grandparents when they were young.  My great-grandparents.  Fabulous.

Then I met up with a friend S and had dinner at another vegan restaurant.  We sat and talked forever.  I think they wanted to throw us out.  It was good to see her again.

I connected with friends and family today and it felt good.

Tomorrow is Walt Disney World!!!!

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 11, 2016


Day 133.  I am sicker.  I woke up this morning coughing horribly.  My nose is running worse than ever.  I am sneezing.  I had to wait until noon to call the doctor's office and then wait until 9 pm for him to call me back.  Meanwhile I continued on with my day.

I took care of some tasks like renewing my passport, paying my taxes and paying some bills.  Then we went to AAA to talk about tickets for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.  So excited to see Harry Potter!

I came home and fell asleep.  I was watching TV and the next thing I knew someone was knocking on my door.  I just dozed off.  I guess I was tired.

Then my stepmother and I went to a spa and got a body wrap.  I have never had a wrap before, I usually go for the hot rocks.  The wrap was interesting.  It reminded me of cooking something wrapped in parchment paper.  You lay down on the table and the masseuse puts some good smelling stuff on you.  Then you get wrapped in this paper like a mummy.  I was left like that for a while.  I almost fell asleep when I got a head and neck massage.  Then I was unwrapped, rubbed down and turned over.  Then I was massaged on my back and wrapped with a towel and it was over.  It was funny whenever my back was rubbed or pushed on I coughed!  I tried so hard not to cough. It was hard to stay relaxed and not cough.

 My doctor called and we talked about what was going on.  It seems like one thing is causing the other and I am just in a downward spiral.  The cold caused me to get a dry cough which is asthma.  To get rid of the asthma I took the Asmanex.  The Asmanex caused me to get thrush.  To get rid of the thrush I went off the Asmanex and started taking Fluconazole.  Going off the Asmanex caused my asthma to get worse and started coughing again.  I can't go back on the Asmanex because of the thrush.  So I am between a rock and a hard place.  Meanwhile he thinks the runny nose and sneezing may be allergies from being in a new place.  I haven't been around green grass in years!  So the only thing he can think of is to give me Benzonatate to suppress the cough so I can get some relief.  I can't wait.  I have been coughing for days.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Day 132.  Today my parents and I went to a little fair.  It was a lot of fun.  I got a delicious ice mango strawberry pop.  It was not very sweet which was good.  I bought my pups some all natural biscuits.  They are chicken pot pie flavor.

My parents took me to an outlet mall and we went shopping! They bought me underwear and socks.  I got a cute outfit with two separate tops and patterned slacks.  I never thought I would wear these pants but I was told my butt looks good in them.  Who wouldn't buy a pair of pants after someone says that?

Casual look
Dressy look

I called my friends and family.  Everyone wants to see me!  I am meeting with S and J & K on Tuesday, A on Thursday and S on Saturday.  I am still waiting to hear back from C but I am sure we will meet up.  Yay!

My thrush is still bothering me.  I am not sure it is still just the thrush.  I am coughing horribly and sneezing and my nose is running.  My throat hurts and my sinuses are stuffed.  I am not a happy camper.  Last night I woke up in a sweat.  I am going to call my doctor tomorrow.  Nothing seems right.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 9, 2016


Day 131.  Today I flew to Florida to see my parents.  It was a long day of travel.  I had to get up at 3 am and didn't arrive in Florida until 5 pm.  Ugh!  The first flight was fine but the second flight had a bunch of turbulence.  I was fine during the turbulence but the woman beside me was a bit upset.  I spent some time talking to her and keeping her mind off the situation until we landed.  She seemed happy to get through it.

It is great to see my parents but I am exhausted.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 8, 2016


Day 130.  I feel even worse.  The thrush got worse.  I have an awful headache, my head/sinuses are killing me and my throat hurts worse.  I called the doctor and he said he needed to call in another medicine.  Now I am taking an oral medicine. 

Here's what happened: I am taking an asthma inhaler because I have an asthmatic cough.  The inhaler medicine caused me to get thrush.  It is a rare symptom but as we know, if there is a rare symptom, I will get it.  The doctor says over and over, I am the one patient that gets the one in a million thing.  So now I have oral thrush.  He know thinks the thrush has gone into my esophagus and into my sinuses.  Yippee!  He thinks I will be fine in a week. 

I can't really think about my happiness until I stop thinking about the pain in my throat.  

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Day 129.  I have thrush.  I am not in a rush.  Not a rash.  Thrush.  Oral thrush.  Candida infection.  Yum. 

To be honest it is quite painful. It is hard to be happy right now.  I feel like crap.  It hurts to swallow.  It feels like knives cutting my throat. 

The doctor prescribed some medicinal throat lozenges. 

I went to a Chinese dance performance tonight.  It was very nice.  Then I made a drive-by at a friends party.  I was feeling so tired and awful.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Day 128.  Today was a day of doing tasks.  I finished taking down Christmas.  I boxed it all up and put it all in the garage.  How sad. 

I moved the tarp that is protecting the water leak.  Maybe this will still protect the house while at the same time, make it easier to open the door.

I was trying to fix my security light when a neighbor came by to help me.  He figured out that I bought the wrong bulb and it blew out.  Now I have the right bulb and it seems to be working. Fingers crossed.

I hung black out curtains in the guest room.  My last guest said the outside light made the room too bright.  So I needed to get black out curtains.  It was complicated but I got some nice curtains and then got some black out inserts and it is really dark in the room.

Lots to do all the time!

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Day 127.
My friend's dog (Jippy) passed away a few weeks ago.  Talking to her and hearing her grief made me think about my dog Taiko and when he passed away.  It was very sad when Taiko passed away.  I adopted Taiko when our neighbor Todd passed away.  Todd had Taiko for 9 years and he was a great dog.  That dog loved to eat just about anything.  When Todd passed away, Taiko was so sad.  He would go to Todd's house and cry.  I took Taiko because no one in Todd's family could take Taiko.  Nine months after Todd passed away from lung cancer, Taiko got stomach cancer.  He got very ill one night and by the time the vet opened in the morning, Taiko was very dehydrated.  I should have found an emergency room but shoulda, coulda, woulda.  Hind sight is 20/20. 

Poor Taiko had a heart attack a couple of days later.  Poor baby.  I was on my way over to see him when I got the call.  He had passed.  They could not bring him back with the cancer in his body he was too weak.  He poor body gave out.  He wanted to be with his Todd.  Their ashes are sprinkled together. 

It is so sad to remember that day but now when I think of Taiko I remember the funny things like the day I guests over and I turned my back for a minute and Taiko grabs the block of cheese, with it sticking out of his mouth, and runs around the house.  All the guests were chasing him, like a vaudeville act, and he was trying as hard as he could to eat that cheese as fast as he could before he got caught.  I swear it was a scene out of a movie or TV show.  Almost all of the funny things were about food.  He ate a whole bag of pretzels in 1 minute and a cheese steak in 1 second.  Both times people turned their back on their food.

I remember how he was so good with kids and people.  He was aloof but sweet.  Shiba Inus are notorious for being obstinate and aloof.  I know he loved me and my home was his home. 

We love our pets like our children and we are devastated when they die.  It is good to have great memories.  I have been taking lots of video and photos of my two.  I love them so much.

I am trying to be there for my friend.  I know she is so sad.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, January 4, 2016


Day 126.  Today a friend, V, stopped by to learn how to take care of the dogs.  I need someone to watch them in the coming weeks and V volunteered.  Of course Lucky acted up.  I think she was not feeling well today for some reason.  Maybe it was because I gave her the flea medicine yesterday and it upset her stomach.  I have no idea.  She was horribly growly for no reason I could figure out. 

It was a good test to see how V handled it.  She didn't seem to thrown.  I told her, just keep treats with you at all times.  If Lucky growls at you, throw a treat.  I know it is a bad precedent but for 24 hours it will be fine to keep the peace.

Happi was a love of course.  Happi is so calm and loving. 

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Day 125.  Today I am continuing my social month.  I went to a friend's play.  Well, it was a panto.  A pantomime is a play that includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humor with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale.  It was so much fun and the kids in the audience loved it.  There is a lot of yelling and booing and hissing and cheering and clapping and singing.  Very interactive.

I attended because my friend was a main character in the panto.  I hardly recognized her on stage.  She was so great.  She is really talented.  When I see something like this I always think, I could not do that.  The people who can act and juggle and dance and sing and do slap stick comedy are darn talented.  I am not putting myself down but I know my limitations when I say I don't think I could do that convincingly.  It was a surprisingly pleasant way to spend an afternoon.  I would even consider attending next year.

I began to disassemble Christmas in my home.  It is always sad to take down Christmas.  I am leaving the tree for last.  

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Day 124.  When the end of a year comes around I think some people take stock of certain things: weight, career, money, family, relationships.  This year I took stock of my happiness and joy.

Am I happier and more joyful now than I was on August 31, 2015?  I can emphatically say YES.  No, things are not perfect.  My office is still a mess.  My garage is still a mess.  I have sadly stopped (just in the last two weeks) doing the nightly clean up.  But overall, I am happier.

I am calmer, more peaceful, more grounded.  I can sit and do nothing without feeling like I need to be doing something else (sometimes).  I am okay being alone.  I watch the movies I want to watch, eat the food I want to eat, do my laundry when I want to do my laundry.  It is a wonderful freedom.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 1, 2016


Day 123.  Happy New Year!  I was all set to have a relaxing day in front of the TV when my friend J texted that he wanted to come over with his girlfriend.  They stopped by for a few hours and I met his new girlfriend.  I heard about his hitchhiking trip down South.  Yes, hitchhiking trip.  I thought he was crazy to go hitchhiking but he wanted to go.  He learned what I told him, that not many people were going to pick up hitchhikers right now.  With all this crazy stuff going on in the USA, I told him I didn't think many people were going to pick up a stranger.  He ended up taking a bus a large part of the way because he could not catch a ride. It was fun to hear about his adventure: sleeping on the beach, meeting interesting people.

Today is also the first day of the fifth month of the Happiness Project.  This month is all about Friendship.  Titled Friends are Forever.

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

  • Meet New People
  • Keep in Contact with Your Friends; Be There for Them
  • Listen, Smile; Stop Talking
  • Bring People Together
  • Be Positive - No Gossip
  • Cut People Some Slack
  • Plan Things To Do; Show Up
  • Laugh More!
I have been guilty of letting friendships go, of being wrapped up in my own life and not being there for friends when they need me.  I need to work on being a better friend.

Until tomorrow...