Let's talk about something cheerier, shall we?
... Except I've been struggling the past two days with being entirely too grumpy for anyone's good. It's a shame, really, because I'm coming off of at least one really excellent week of being more social than normal and having very few negative experiences at all. Even coming home last night to a meal cooked by my boyfriend wasn't enough to drag me out of my mood.
But, all things in moderation and all that. The most perfectly wonderful Monday off with Mark is balanced by a not-so-great Tuesday. And that's the way it goes. As I've said before, not every day is fantastic. And that's ok. I just have to remind myself of that.
And I can remind myself of all the things that do make me happy lately. So I will.
1. Everything about this new dress.
2. Day date adventures. Mark and I went to Meramec Caverns on Monday and ended up with a private tour. And a pound of fudge. Along the way, we ate a giant burrito, got free sopapillas, did some antique shopping and rescued a midcentury lamp that someone woefully decided to paint. And we also ate at The Shaved Duck. Which was, quite simply, incredible and perfect. Like the rest of the day.
3. Finishing a book, which I just did (Egg and Spoon, by Gregory Maguire). And re-reading a favorite book, which I'm beginning to do (The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger). Or just looking at books. I'm not that picky.
4. Being with someone who I'm so completely comfortable with, who lets me pout on the couch next to him, who encourages me in everything I do, and who writes the best love letters.
5. My friends, both old and new and everything in between.
Margaritas. Tacos. Alright, food and drinks in general. Let's be honest here.
7. Having freshly red hair.
8. Routines. I'm an introvert, remember? I like knowing what to expect. This is not to say that I don't enjoy spontaneous adventures and spur-of-the-moment decisions, because that's not true. But there's a definite reassurance for me in having several daily routines. This is particularly reinforced by having a dog that also thrives on routine and knowing what to expect and a boyfriend who enjoys ending our evenings with a seldom-altered shared routine of getting ready for bed.
9. My paperback book perfume. Mark gave it to me a while ago when I was having a terrible day. I've never before had a perfume that I really loved. I'm highly sensitive to smells and never used to wear perfume, but this stuff is wonderful. It's subtle and slightly sweet and I love wearing it and smelling faintly of great literature.
10. Puns and alliteration and nerdy jokes.
11. Comments on my blog or my Facebook blog posts. I'm entirely shameless that way. So please continue to cheer me up by telling me something that makes you happy.
I'm feeling a bit better already.