4 Things Making Me Happy Right Now

Hello Kitty also took in all the sights.
Hello Kitty also took in all the sights.

I hope everyone out there is enjoying the summer months (although lately for us, summer has more of an early-October feel some days. At least I can generally get away with wearing a hoodie and not something heavier!). I am working playing away at my summer bucket list and enjoying breaking out of our usual routine a bit. In keeping with that, here are a few things that are making me happy at the moment.

1. Road Tripping

Living on an island, it is often pretty time-consuming to get anywhere outside the province quickly unless you are going to fly, and that’s generally what we do. So it was lovely to get an opportunity recently to spend some time in Ontario, and take a detour through the northern United States and a few other provinces before heading home. The kiddo was a great sport as at three, she is now old enough to mostly appreciate seeing different sights (punctuated with frequent stops, snacks, chances to run around and the odd episode of Bubble Guppies) and she thought it was awesome to have taken a plane, a train, a subway, a car and a ferry all in one trip. And we enjoyed crossing a few destinations off our bucket list (hello Baseball Hall of Fame), trying some fantastic restaurants, and finding some places we knew little about beforehand but would love to return to. (Like this one!)

2. Some New Mugs to Admire

Nope, this post is not sponsored by Starbucks. But I have to admit that although I’m usually adverse to picking up more stuff to have around the house, I do have a thing for mugs. In Florida a few months back I picked up one of the new You Are Here series, and I loved the colorful and whimsical design. We had a fantastic time on that trip and I’m reminded of that whenever I use the mug, which is often.

On our recent trip I picked up a few more. I love mugs as souvenirs anyway regardless of brand, since they are functional, often beautiful, and you can relive a memory from a trip while sipping your morning coffee. New York might be my favorite so far.

3. Getting Up Early

This is a repeat from last time, but it is still at the top of my list. If I have to choose between getting enough sleep and getting up earlier than the rest of my household, I will always usually choose enough sleep. (Lack of sleep=cranky mom.) But that is why getting to bed on time is a priority. Second in awesomeness to enough sleep is getting some quiet time and the opportunity to plan my day a bit. Plus, as cliché as it might be, watching the sun come up and enjoying the stillness cannot be beat.

4. Reading Some Fun Fiction

I’ve been reading a ton of non-fiction the past few years, and recently have been trying to pack in a little more fiction, both for inspirational and relaxation purposes and to get out of my own head a little bit (it’s crowded in there!). Since titles like The Book Thief and Adult Onset have been on the list, it was nice recently to stumble upon some lighter-read novels, namely the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. These are a lot of fun and are the type of books you can read through in an afternoon.

What is making you happy this summer?

And…Crickets

Sunrise

Hello there, dear reader.  I am learning some lessons the past few months about the likelihood of being able to post regularly when our usual routine is disrupted – even in a good way, like road tripping for the last several days. I had more than intention, I had plans to squeeze in a few quick posts, but they did not happen.  (Much like back in April.)  Hence the soothing sound of crickets you now hear in this space.

So.  Regular posting will resume shortly. I look forward to enjoying a few more sunrises – like the one above! – and getting back to it.