Friday, April 30, 2010

International Dance Day

A flashmob invaded the Eaton Centre and started dancing.
I missed it by about ten minutes, because my streetcar detoured, but my friend Dragiraffalina was in it!
I love that I live in a place that has events like this.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

books bring contentment...

Most of my big books live way up on a high shelf that I can only reach by standing on a chair. Today I moved some of my favorites down to a shelf that lives on the floor, so I can easily reach them. I now have my book lover's repair kit, a writing ideas book, my sketchbook, some of my favorite gardening books and children's books all at my finger tips.
That was the best thing about today.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

tiny hairy buddhas

I like sloths. They make me happy.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

spring studying

The weather's been so nice. I got home from an exam a few days ago and went straight into the garden. I turned over the vegetable bed so it's ready for planting, and dug up all the dandelions, washed the leaves and saved them in my fridge and freezer. I cooked some today with pasta sauce, and ate it with noodles and avocado. yum.

Code Yeller got so excited about all the plants his friend gave him for his vegetable garden that he made me turn on video chat so that he could show them all off to me. He had peppers, and eggplants, and all sorts of things.

I found more silly quotes on the top of my lecture notes:
"A cow is useful as a cow. I mean, you could ride it."
"I found out that amaryllis when they get scared, don't curl up, but jump high into the air." [he meant armadillos, not amaryllis, but I like the idea of jumping flowers].

After my next exam Dragiraffalina and I sat on the grass nibbling on sweets and basking in the sun. We tried to remember all the words to the song "video" by India Arie and we wandered around singing it. Dragiraffalina has a lovely voice.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Playing tonight at the Rockabilly Soundstage

My favorite scientist duo are Needham & Begg. Don't they sound like a 1950's rock band?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pondering "being a grown-up"

(This post isn't prima facie "happy"-but it's glad and introspective:) I would love if you made it a discussion with me).

I wonder what it means to be a grown-up? I wonder what feelings I associate with the idea of "being a grown-up"?

I just filed my first American tax return. I had this moment, as I was moving around my kitchen putting away dishes, where I felt calm and ok...I thought, I have a kitchen, I have dishes, I have a home and a job, I can file taxes, I can do things right, and things are ok. I and run my own life and not make a mess of it. (Wow-can I really do that?!) I think I always imagined that "adults" have these feelings. I think I'll decide that having this safe and confident place is part of what it means to "be a grown-up"-and try to cultivate it.


Monday, April 12, 2010

When I woke up this morning, the day belonged to me

I woke up this morning, and Kryptonite was online, so I messaged him and asked if he wanted to ride downtown together, as I had some stuff to hand in. I was somewhat late getting to the streetcar stop, so I thought I'd missed him, but he showed up with a hot chocolate for me that he'd bought while he waited.

The trees have little green pom poms on all the tips of their branches.

Bulbs are blooming all over the place, bright splashes of rich green leaves and happy flowers.

A man with two ferrets on leashes entered the subway at the same time as me.

Raccoons that wander about my backyard, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and smelling their hands like wollen teddies.

I find little notes of things my prof said that I thought were funny scrawled across the top of my lecture notes:
"I don't know what the function of parties are. I like to have conversations in depth and parties make that very difficult."
"He ran the roman empire. You try to run the roman empire." (raises eyebrows).
"Tell them you're allergic to placebos."

"When I opened my eyes this morning,
The day belonged to me.
The sky was mine and the sun,
And my feet got up dancing.
The marmalade was mine and the squares of the sidewalk
And all the birds in the trees.
So I stood and I considered
Stopping the world right there,
Making today go on and on forever.
But I decided not to.
I let the world spin on and I went to school.
I almost did it, but then, I said to myself,
'Who knows what you might be missing tomorrow?'"
~Jean Little

I'm Gonna Sh*t My Pants!

I just found this hilarious video series by Sarah Haskins. This is the first video I saw, it's her take on yogurt advertising.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


All day (well, on and off when I've been home anyway) I have been listening to an awesome playlist that my lovely friend from Manitoba made just for me. It also makes me giggle because we call it the Vagipod collection...

Call me old-fashioned, but I like it when people show you they like you. It's nice.

Soaky Soakie

After being away from the blog for a couple weeks due to travelations and poor northern internet, I got to soak up 3 pages of happy from 3 of my favourite people on the planet.


Thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pretty Poster!

Guys, look at the poster for our conference!!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

I didn't have any shoes on either

A small girl grinned at me as we past each other on the beach.
"I don't have any shoes on!" she told me in obvious delight.
I relate to her sentiments completely.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Midnight

Kryptonite texted me at 3:30 am last night to ask if I wanted to go for midnight walkies.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring has Sprung

1. We had tutorial outside on the grass because the weather was so beautiful.

2. I glanced out my window and saw two men on unicycles riding up my street.

3. There's an academic Journal of Happiness Studies :)