Thursday, May 6, 2010

Things That Make Me Happy

When I was in college, I discovered a book titled "14,000 Things to Be Happy About," by Barbara Ann Kipfer. I carried the book in my backpack for most of my four years of school, because it always made me smile to read a page of it. I still pull it off the bookshelf once in awhile, my tattered, worn, read copy of this book. 

In honor of Barbara Ann Kipfer, I thought I would write my own mini-collection of "Things That Make Me Happy." Though it is much shorter than her list of 14,000 things spanning 612 happy pages, I hope you enjoy it.

"Darcy's List of Things to be Happy About - It's Not 14,000 Things but Hey, who's THAT Happy?"

How excited my dogs get when I come home, even if I was only gone for 5 minutes.
The way the sand feels between my toes.
Wearing a baseball cap in the summer.
Going to yard sales on Saturday mornings.
Live music.
Shopping online.
Finding something I've been looking for at a thrift store.
Drinking coffee. Lots of it.
The minute the plane lands in Sioux Falls, SD.
The minute the plane lands in Wilmington, NC.
The fact that Fat Tire beer from Colorado is now sold in North Carolina.
Working from home but being so busy during the day that it feels like I'm in an office.
Memories of my Dad.
Puppies. And dogs who act like puppies.
My family.
My carefree fishing and hunting boyfriend.
Listening to rain on the roof when it's dark outside.
Opening the windows on a warm spring day.
Sitting on the beach with a chair and a book.
Drinking rum in South Dakota with my family.
Thinking about old friends and the crazy stuff we used to do.
Campfires and camping.
How excited Dakota still gets when people come over, even though she's 5 years old now.
The fact that I remind my Grandma and my Mom of my Dad.
Making dinner and trying new recipes.
The day a new magazine comes in the mail.
Opening Christmas stockings on New Year's Eve.
Pots of bamboo sitting around the house.
Eating seafood.
Waiting for the pizza guy to come.
Buying stuff at The Home Depot because it makes me feel like such an adult.
Thinking about summer during the winter.
Hearing the UPS guy drop off a package on the front doorstep.
Having a job that I not only enjoy, but am good at doing.
Having a fireplace.
Lightning bugs. Or fireflies, whatever you want to call them.
Playing Phase 10 with Marshall, even though I usually lose.
The little green lizards (anoles) that live in my backyard in the summer.
Having money in my savings account.
Owning my house.
The yellow walls in my office. Which I painted myself.
Shopping at the weekend flea market for produce.
The fact that I have lived in South Dakota, Colorado, Texas and North Carolina.
My handful of really good friends who keep me sane when I call them to chat.
Reading books.
Collecting shells on the beach.
The smell of flowers, especially random ones in the wild.
Crocheting projects.
Banana pancakes with peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Looking at the flowers in my backyard.
Walking my dogs ... when they listen.
My 1997 Purple Ford Probe that my parents gave me, which I am still driving and don't want to replace.
Fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Relaxing on Friday night.

And these, my friends, are just a few things that I have to be happy about. :)