Taking a cue from my dear friend NatDawg, and listing 10 Things That Make Me Happy (Right Now). If nothing else, it seems like a good exercise. I could much more easily list 20 Things That Bug the Shit Out of Me, but I am resolved to be more sunny and optimistic and I WON’T.
1. My camera. I love it in a way that I have never loved any other inanimate object since Cuddles, a teddy bear with a rattle in his tail that I slept with until he pretty much fell apart. If I get into bed at night, and I can’t see in my mind's eye exactly where I put my my camera, I have to get up and find it before I can go back to sleep.
2. The internets. It’s sad, but at the moment my entire social life outside my immediate family is online. I have flickr-friends, blogging friends (and new ones here, and here), and twitter friends, some of whom are also my friends in real actual animated life. You know who you are.
3. My chickens. They are loud and high-maintenance; they make me crazy, but they are also my greatest and most reliable source of joy.
4. My man. He’s hot. He’s the rock that I grab onto when the current threatens to sweep me away and pull me under. We have been married 9 years today.
5. My laptop. Oh Mac, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: so silvery, so quiet, so useful. The instrument that manifests my creative endeavors; where I write, play artist, and communicate.
6. Harry Potter. I’m enjoying the mania. I left HP world after Book V, but have been happily dragged back in with this latest and final release. No spoilers, please, our Bloomsbury copy of Deathly Hallows is calling me from the back of the couch where it has lain, forlorn, since we brought it home from the release party. Just as soon as I finish The Half-Blood Prince.
7. My new green amber ring that Rod bought me in New Orleans.
8. Our new house. It’s spacious, bright, and comfortable, and the garden is beautiful. The view from our kitchen window is nothing but green treetops. In London. I can’t wait for our things to arrive so that I can make a home here.
9. British Accents. They are infinitely varied, and oh-so-pleasant to my ears. They have given me a whole new appreciation for the English language, which I was pretty taken with even before I moved here. There’s something about hearing all different kinds of people talk the same, but not the way I’m used to hearing it, that reinforces the fact that we share this human experience.
10. Change. I’m really enjoying the fact that everything around me is suddenly different than it used to be. It’s exciting, invigorating, energizing. I’m looking forward to gaining a more intimate understanding of the world by living in a different place, to eating different food, seeing castles and meeting new people. It’s like starting over, but starting over knowing all I’ve learned so far. It feels, in my best moments, like I might be making the most of my life.