100 Things to be Happy About: Part 6/Finale

81. Long hot bubble baths.

82. Wearing hats!

83. A strenuous yoga session followed by total relaxation.

84. Playing in the snow!

Snow, hats... all kinds of goodness. Do you feel like I'm leaning toward the right in EVERY photo?

85. Inside jokes and looking back at the ridiculous notes my friends and I wrote thinking we were brilliant in high school.

86. Take out for dinner. I don’t do it more than a few times a month but I really enjoy the novelty of it. Particularly the dinner meals at Thai Gulf!!

87. Spending time alone. My Meyers-Briggs says I’m on the border of introvert/extrovert so it does make sense that I seriously enjoy my alone time.

88. Old but good movies.

"His Girl Friday"

89. Country music. And having two country radio stations. (What doesn’t make me happy is when they are both playing commercials. That’s when I switch over to NPR or play a CD)

90. My church. Because the people there are super friendly and genuinely nice, and because they totallyĀ  make sense.

91. Holidays. All of them.

92. Enjoying a really good salad. Because salads should always be delicious, but they aren’t always.

93. Writing letters on Wonder Woman stationary like a 12-year-old.

94. Vodka tonic with lemon. And girls’ night out martinis.

95. Having a friend who knows exactly who to call when you’re tipsy on a street corner šŸ™‚ (We could also file this under ‘memories.’)

96.Ā  Getting dressed up but not because I have to.

97. Cleaning. I don’t always enjoy the cleaning part, but looking at the result sure makes me happy.

98. Flossing my teeth. I know this is weird. But we’re near the end and I’m running out of the cool things to say. I feel like I’m responsible when I floss, and I like feeling that there’s no food between my chompers.

99. Cheering on sports teams and joining the crowd in a chant or the wave.

100. Finishing this list!

If you want to go back and read the other installations, click these links:

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 1

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 2

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 3

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 4

100 Things to be Happy About: Part 5

100 Things to be happy about

Halloween: The Costume Edition

IĀ  realize it’s officially not Halloween any more, but I hadn’t yet shared with you the awesomeness that was my costume!

As you’ll realize from reading past posts (namely, this) or from talking to me, I’ve been watching Firefly. Eventually, the need to know what happens outweighed my need for the show not to end, so I also watched Serenity. If you are even a little bit nerdy and just a teeny bit enjoy Star Trek, or Legend of the Seeker, or anything like that, you should go to Hulu and watch Firefly Season 1 right now. If you’re on Netflix, you can watch it there, too. Go watch it, now.

Go on, I’ll wait.

Though the movie aired in 2005 and the show ended after just one season, we decided to go as Mal and Inara for Halloween.

Unbeknownst to me, there’s a whole cosplay thing goin’ on with this show. Most of them are terrible. In my own humble opinion our costumes were pretty great.

My costume is store bought and I fully expect that the majority of people in the world (and at Halloween parties in the good ol’ O.C.) have no idea who the heck I am supposed to be.

Mal and Inara

Guesses ranged from Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie (clearly not, she wears pants), to Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin movie (obvious no, since she wears blue and also, pants) to a geisha girl (um.. no).

No one guessed Bollywood dancer, which was what the costume was called when I bought it in fancy plastic packaging at the Costume Castle.

But it absolutely made my night that the few people who knew the show knew right away that I was supposed to be Inara. After seeing Mal, of course. You kinda need the reference to get the outfit.

My cousin even texted my mom to let her know her daughter was a prostitute. Good to know family’s watchin’ out. šŸ™‚

Halloween was a total success.Ā  And a good mix of boozin’ adult party time and PG rated fun, with a Sunday night pajama-time viewing of “The Rite“, and pumpkin buying and decorating last week with my little cousins!

There are also tiny pumpkins and gourds decorating my bedroom. I’m planning to keep them up through Thanksgiving. It’s freakin’ fall – time to get seasonal!

Does mayonnaise go bad?




After a morning of last minute Halloween costume shopping, I find myself generally appalled at the lengths costume shops go to in making ‘sexy’ (read: skanky) versions of Halloween costumes.

Today, I kid you not, I saw a sexy version of Nemo from “Finding Nemo”… essentially this is an orange and white striped mini dress, with orangeĀ  bow trim. Yikes.


My costume is a little less provocative. And much less disturbing. Anyone want to guess?

The cure for all this hectic Halloween-ing is a leisurely BLT sandwich afternoon with one of my favorite people šŸ™‚

Which brings me to an important question: does mayo ever go bad?