Wednesday, December 03, 2008

in no particular order

Things that are bumming me out:
1. The stomach flu
2. A Very Special Episode of Home Improvement I saw at the gym in which Jill discovers she has a fibroid tumor and has to get a hysterectomy
3. Death and the OCD brain that makes me think about it when I watch sitcoms sometimes
4. The fact that I’m almost done (maybe) with novel #3 and am not sure what to do with it
5. The same things that are bumming Noel out
6. The economy, even though I don’t own a home or have any real investments
7. Learning on NPR that cows are bred to be dumb when we could have smart cows, because who wouldn’t rather have smart cows (although not so smart they’d turn against us)?

Things that are making me happy:
1. The idea of writing a novel about a traveling circus
2. Strong tea
3. Going to Whole Foods in spite of #6 above because it is so shiny and it makes you feel like you are doing something good for the world just by buying carob-and-chicory coffee substitute
4. The idea of not spending the holidays moving this year
5. Small children and how they are the opposite of #3 above, which is I guess why everyone likes them so much—that, and they are cute
6. January 20, 2009
7. Jenny’s pictures of smiling goats*
8. The fact that I’m ultimately too impatient to be anything but an optimist

*Jenny, I stole one of your goat pictures for this post. Please do not sue me.


Tracy Lynn said...

Dude, I get this. You know what makes me happy? Seeing that you've posted.

And I rally mean it and would have said the exact same thing even if I HADN'T recently taken goofballs. Although that way would have probably been funnier.

Tracy Lynn said...

And also probably spelled correctly. *sigh*

Sizzle said...

I love circus themed books. Particularly, Water for Elephants and Geek Love. :-)

Cheryl said...

TL: I may need to try these goofballs of which you speak. Your avatar's new blonde 'do is also making me happy, by the way.

S: I LOVED Geek Love, so I'll have to put Water for Elephants on my GoodReads to-read list.

Claire said...

Goats are the cure for what ails ya. Isn't that what they say? I know pygmy goats are the cure for me.

Watch Prop 8- the Musical. I've got an embedded link to it on my site. It made me happy today.

Also all the words or wordlike word verifications I'm getting lately. Just now: atingi. As in, I'm all atingi for the holidays. :)

Cheryl said...

Like 20 of my Facebook friends just posted Prop. 8 The Musical. It's that good! I love me some Neil Patrick Harris.

Anonymous said...

Just think of the stomach flu as a weight loss opportunity. One of my favorite literary quotes is from The Devil Wears Prada, "I'm one stomach flu away from my goal weight."

Anonymous said...

There will be no lawsuits. Smiling goats are public domain. (although my fave is the white one with the long ears - so sweet!)

You should watch this, too - it makes me very happy: baby goat.

Cheryl said...

K: My sister quoted me the same line yesterday. I'd be lying if I said the opportunity to be a socially sanctioned bulimic didn't seem kind of appealing.

J: Thank you! AK and I watched the baby goat video, the baby goat sequel AND the baby-goat-all-grown-up video. And then a random video of a goat and a large bunny playing together. Irresistible.

Jamie Asaye FitzGerald said...

We will all be saved by baby goats.

Peter Varvel said...

Meh. I'm the unrealistic type who wants to be happy all of the time.
Sometimes I have to remind myself to just let the bad things suck as hard as they do, for as long as they have to.
And brava, you, for remembering to acknowledge your silver linings!

Cheryl said...

J: They are very wise, the baby goats. And they get even wiser when they grow bushy guru beards later in life.

PV: Also, suckiness = good writing material.

the last noel said...

I like your happy list.