Happiness 101

Well, Cristin over at Tiptoeing Through the Tulips nominated me for a Happiness 101 award. Normally I’m terrible at awards. In fact, I had a dream the other night that someone nominated me for a Lemonade Award and I couldn’t remember who. Note to self: get off the computer–you’re dreaming about the dang thing now.

So! This one is easy and totally in-keeping with my year-long quest to celebrate. I’m supposed to name ten things that make me happy.

1. At the top of the list has got to be the Saint’s victory over the Viking last night. Some dummy said the New Orleans needed this win to recover. I’d like to call BS on that one. We didn’t need this, but man on man are we enjoying it. One woman I follow on Twitter brought her grandmother’s ashes to the game. Seriously.

2. Whenever you walk past Charlie, he sticks his hand out to you like, “pick me up!” So cute.

3. Hours of work on Charlie’s shoulders has finally paid off and when I go to put the tray on his high chair, both arms come up in the air as opposed to lefty coming all the way up and righty lagging behind

4. Shoe shopping. Blissdom has become the ultimate shopping excuse. I’ve already bought more pairs than there are days of the conference. Don’t tell Hubby, OK?

5. My good friend has returned from a four month stay in Iraq all in one piece.

6. Another friend is having a baby in 2010!

7. My brother is getting married! Next month. He and his fiance have been dating for almost nine years. If you ask my brother why it took them so long, he’d say, “we don’t want to rush things.” Um, mission accomplished.

8. Jack Bauer–I’m on season five of 24 and I’m Lo-ving it!

9. How I Met Your Mother–even Hubby likes the show and I’m already quoting it.

10. My art. Good things are happening: Group shows, maybe some other things. I’d share more, but right now I’m a little gun-shy after my last experience. I’ll keep you posted.

Ten Blogs that Make me Happy (I’m naming some non-special needs peeps as a horizon-broadening exercise):

Nadine @ Velvet Tush

Erin @Mo Mommy

Tess @Truish Story

Ashley @Weehawken Kitchen

Sarah @ Semi-Desperate Housewife

Melissa @ What. Today. Looks. Like

Shelly @ The Decayed Gentlewoman

Toni @ Toni is Crazy

Jennie @ She Like Purple

Swistle @ Swistle

Whoo! That’s a lotta linkin’!

***** I wanted to edit this and add that no one should feel, ya know, obligated just because I linked them. I often get all tense at the idea of writing to a promp, so NO PRESSURE!****

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  1. It's nice to read positive things and you are really good at them, Katy! Rootin' for your art, but knocking on wood so I don't jinx you! :0) I have a little plaque in my kitchen with a faith quote on it and a fleur de lis at the bottom and I always think of you, when I pass by it! Keep it up, girl!

  2. luckeyfrog says:

    Your realistic optimism is always great to read.

    Also, I LOVE How I Met Your Mother. Quote away. :)

  3. therextras says:

    I'm pretty sure it was Carla at So this is Holland? – who gave you the lemonade award.

  4. I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the non-special needs links today. It will be fun to broaden my horizons. :)

  5. Yay! I like this happy post! Congratulations to your brother.

    And thanks for the shout out. :) Your blog makes me happy too! :)

  6. Katy, can you send me your email address please? thanks! Have something for you to see….

  7. Nadine Hightower says:

    Thank you!! Thank you so much!!

    Much Love and Hugs to you and your boys.

  8. Aww! Thanks love. I adore your blog, your writing, your Charlie, and YOU. Happiness is much more attitude than circumstance, isn't it?

  9. Small Town Girl says:

    Um, that loss was heartbreaking and my boyfriend went into silent mode afterwards and we ended up getting in a fight because, after all, we were in VEGAS and he was pouting about the stupid game. Seriously.

    But the rest of the list was fantastic! :) I LOOOVE How I Met Your Mother.

  10. MelissaInk says:

    Katy, the stained glass teacher is Debbie Malone. She's been teaching classes there for years – so she's betting it was her also :)

    I checked out her website and I was surprised to see how Picasso-like her stained glass was! It's wild. I wonder if she hates teaching us newbies with these super-traditional patterns? (I plan on asking her this Saturday.)

    HIMYM is an awesome, awesome show.

  11. my husband is from New Orleans and he's very excited about Super Bowl. He doesn't even like football, but this time he's asking, "Who do we know with cable tv?"

    Congratulations on your nomination

  12. Congrats on your award, and OMG I love your artwork! Amazing!

  13. Wow, what a compliment coming from you. Thank you!

    Also, I absolutely love that art. How can I buy that?

  14. Aw, thanks. Your blog–your writing, is always uplifting. Even when you don't think it is.