words about words

By ‘sweat’ I don’t mean get all freaked out. I mean enjoy the small stuff, like you would a soak in a jacuzzi or that endorphine high after a great workout.

Here are some little things that make me happy. I’ve trained myself to pause a moment and enjoy them.

  • Crushed ice – Turns any beverage into a slushy delight. I’ve joked that I’d drink pee if it was over crushed ice.
  • Great-smelling shampoo – Envelope your noggin in a cloud of delicious.
  • Seeing the moon in the daytime – Oh hello there, night-time friend.
  • When the baby learns a new word – Last night she debuted two new ones: Moon “moo” and Froggy “woggy”
  • Singing in the car – No one can hear you; bust it out!
  • Learning something new – It doesn’t have to be Sanskrit or string theory. Today I learned how to geo-target Facebook posts. Schwing!
  • Unexpected sunshine – In Seattle, this can boost your mood 10x.
  • A perfect french fry – Look no further than McDonald’s.
  • A triple peanut – An extra lumpy mutant with a bonus nut. Rare and fabulous.


  • Accidental weight loss – Not due to illness, but when your pants zip a little easier one morning. Surprise!
  • Favorite song on the radio – Out of nowhere, you hear the opening notes of your all-time fave. For me it’s “Brown-Eyed Girl”
  • Money – Finding any bill bigger than a one in your pocket that you forgot about.
  • Kissing sleeping babies – Lucky me I get to do this every night…for now. They grow up.
  • Cats washing their face – How cute is this? Also adorable: cats chasing dust motes in a sunbeam.
  • Funny stuff – Laughing is awesome. Even better is a funny thing that’s funny over and over. Someone I follow on twitter once told me her family refers to Law & Order as “donk-donk”, and L&O: SVU as “donk-donk in the butt”. EVERY time I hear the “donk-donk” sound, I crack up.
  • Waking up – Yeah it’s a pain when you haven’t had enough sleep or have a tough day ahead, but hey! You’re breathing! You get another day on the planet to kick some ass and find some little stuff to make you happy – even if it’s just for a minute.

So, dear readers, what little things make you happy? Cracking open the first Diet Coke of the day? Thinking you’ve eaten the last M&M but finding one left in the bag? Winning a belching contest?

4 thoughts on “Sweat the Small Stuff

  1. Maranda says:

    I love it when a favourite – especially an old favourite – song comes on the radio. Even if it’s a song I own, the serendipity of it randomly playing brightens me up. The other day I heard Dyslexic Heart on the radio in the van, and it changed my mood for the rest of the day. Such a perky song, but it’s not like I’m going to go digging for the Singles soundtrack in the basement to play it. Love those random happenstances.

  2. TheChrisD says:

    McDonalds for good fries though? I’d take Burger King fires over McD’s any day…

    1. Maranda says:

      Agree that McD’s is not good for fries, and BK is worse. Everyone knows the only good fries come from a fry truck.

      Mmm, french fries…

      1. Whoa, What about Wendy’s new fries? Those are the bomb!

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