Thursday, March 31, 2011

Like Sunshine, and Rain

I honestly can't complain about my life. HR's doing great-- my cousin and her husband babysat him again last night and not only did he go to sleep for them in 10 minutes and stayed asleep the entire evening, he doesn't seem to be aware of this "separation anxiety" concept. That makes me feel quite lucky. He was up at his usual 3 a.m. and had an hour-long coughing fit, but that's just his cold, and I can handle it. Things at work are getting better, and did I mention a hundred times that I'm going to Florida tomorrow for a few days? I've got it indubitably good. I'm thinking about how things for a few people I love are really crappy right now, and it's hard to reconcile one's own joy with others' sadness. It's not that I feel guilty for appreciating what I've got, it actually makes me want to squeeze every drop of happiness from the good stuff when I can, because I know that the tides are ever turning. But I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that I'm keeping them in my heart and mind as they go through their trials. Amy and Leo, you two are especially in my thoughts right now.

All this is leading up to how I was making yet another mental list of things that I adore this morning, things that never fail to make me feel good, and I planned to write about them here as always. And then I thought, maybe this isn't the time? But then I thought, maybe some of these things can make other people feel good too, people who need to feel good? I guess I don't need to justify what goes in my own space. Anyway, here are some things I'm all lit up about at the moment.

Like spring fever! It's a-coming, people, it really is. Sure we're going to get a Nor'Easter or whatever tomorrow, but we're thisclose to the whole world turning green and wearing skirts and dresses all the time and opening the windows at night and sipping tequila while listening to Steely Dan. I get this way with the promise of spring every year, and every year I marvel at how it doesn't get old.

And then there's Easter candy. No matter how you feel about the holiday, somewhere among the Cadbury mini-eggs and Swee'tart bunnies, there's something to love.

Here are a couple of movies I love that just make you want to give life a hug: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Linda Linda Linda. If you haven't seen them, give them a try. Or rewatch if you have.

I'm always inspired by getting a peek at writers' workspaces - this blog feeds perfectly into my obsession.

The E.L. Koenig book from which the blog took its title is no slouch either - reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, to me, is the literary equivalent of chicken soup.

Baseball season is starting!

Best friends for life are just that, even you haven't seen in ages. And I get to see one of mine this weekend! When we get together it's gonna be all like:

If you have happy love thoughts to share, please do, because someone somewhere can use them, and there's no such thing as an overabundance. Catch you all next week sometime.

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