Thursday, March 4, 2010

Way overdue

I recently (OK, who am I kidding, it was back in February) received accolades from a few favorite blogs of mine, but unfortunately that thing called life had me running in circles-I was at my daughter’s gym four times a week in addition to everything else, and my blog posts were few and far between. But they always say better late than never, right?

I was delighted when The Girl Next Door Grows up gave me the Happy 101 award. The rules are that I am to compile a list of at least 10 things that make me happy, try to do at least one of those things today, and then pass this award on to blogs that in turn “make my day.”

First my “Happy” list:

1. I get immense pleasure from writing my blog and reading what all of you write, and because there is something so personal about the written word, I feel as if I have made many new friends in the “blogosphere.”

2. When something good happens unexpectedly-whether it be with my kids, husband or me. I am a romantic at heart, so anytime things come together to give me that storybook happy ending, I’m ecstatic.

3. A warm, sunny day is definitely something that we can use right now and something that always turns my mood.

4. When my husband and I laugh so hard that no sound is heard, and we are breathless, teary eyed, and closer than ever in the end.

5. There is nothing better than when all my students recognize the importance of why I am trying to teach them a particular concept, and understand what I am teaching.

6. I know that dogs are a lot of work, but nothing can replace that unconditional love that they shower your way when you come back home at the end of the day.

7. Hot chocolate on a cold night, or any kind of chocolate at any time can produce more than a little “feel good feelings.”

8. Days when I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time-these are the kinds of days when I stay in my pajamas way more than what is considered acceptable.

9. Although this hardly ever occurs, I love when my whole house is neat and clean, especially the kid’s bedrooms!

10. I love sharing in my kid’s passions, whether it is gymnastics or super heroes, and I love seeing them excited about something.

And these blogs always make me smile (and yes, I always go over the number, but who's counting? :)

Nicole over at A New Normal
Molly over at I'm a Sleeper Baker
Shelly over at Tropical Mum
Amo over at Where a Woman Shakes her Tablecloth
Zen Mom over at Zen and the Art of Motherhood
Motpg over at Mom of the Perpetually Grounded
Janie over at Life Not Wasted or Lost
Diary of a Madbathroom
Tesa over at 2 Wired 2 Tired
Flory at A Woman's Life Stages

Molly from I'm a Sleeper Baker also surprised me with The Sunshine Award, and I would like to give this out to all the blogs I follow because without you, well, I would just be sitting here typing to myself. Hope your tomorrow is full of sunshine! Goodnight everybody...


  1. Congrats Susan! Love your happy list. I especially like the one about your laughing time together with your husband. I also enjoy those kind of over the top laughing moments. They are great for shaking off the stress of the day. I get "immense pleasure" from reading your wonderful blog too!!

  2. THANK YOU!!!And thank you for reminding me that I have a few awards that I forgot about too!!!!! Your blog always makes me happy too!

  3. thanks for the shout out! I love laughing with my husband, and every time you talk about dogs, I get closer and closer to getting one!

  4. Hey Susan, missed reading your posts. You are right about reading each other blogs and truly starting friendships! We have never met but its so nice to read all the things that make you happy!

  5. Congratulations on your awards! Well deserved and you picked some wonderful blogs to shine on!

  6. Thank you so much for the award! I feel undeserving because I am always so behind in reading and writing and commenting! I also love it when my husband and I can laugh and laugh. It is a wonderful feeling. And that sunshine helps, too!

  7. Thanks for the award Susan. It is very much appreciated, and it made my day! 1, 6, 7 and 8 are also faves of mine.

    You deserve the recognition you got this week, and I really enjoy reading your blog and receiving comments from you on my own blog--you are always so supportive and wise.

    Have a great rest of your weekend.

    Shelly at Tropical Mum

  8. Congrats Susan and thanks for sharing! I also enjoy a neat and clean house, and laughing with my husband always makes me feel like we're closer.

  9. Congratulations, Susan. I'm commenting late, but don't make fun of us "slow bloggers"...we're organizing a union as we speak. I read Molly, Zen Mother, and Diary of a Mad Bathroom....and am delighted you're giving them an award. The others? I'd like to check them out, too.

  10. There is no greater joy than a clean and tidy house... and then it gets trashed again!

  11. SeptemberMom, Amo, and Flory, I actually added the one with my husband after he told me a joke that had us both rolling with laughter!

    Nicole, You are very welcome!

    Molly, I am glad you are getting closer to having a dog. There are times (like when it's -10 degrees outside and you are taking the dog out to potty) that you think, why did I get this dog? But the kids and my husband and I thoroughly enjoy this little guy because he thoroughly enjoys being with us...

    Blueviolet, these are the blogs I drop everything to visit. (Your's is quickly being added to that list...)

    Shelly, I knew we had a lot in common! LOL!

    Alyssa, glad you liked my picks. And as I told Blueviolet, I have started to stop by your blog more frequently. Your posts are very funny, and I love to laugh!

    "The Girl," you are right about the house not seeming to want to stay clean, no matter how hard you try...

    Areeba, there is this sense of belonging to an elite group, and I get this every time I read another blog.

  12. Congrats on the awards and thanks for passing them on.

    I agree with you on a number of points in your list: there's nothing like a bit of sunshine to improve my mood. And I absolutely love to laugh with no sound and tears in my eyes. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. And the blogosphere is wonderful isn't it? Such an amazing community that I never knew existed a little over a year ago. Incredible.

  13. Congrats on your awards!! And I agree with you that nothing is better than those moments where you laugh until breathless. Great post!!

  14. It doesn't happen often over here either but occasionally the whole house is clean, kids rooms too. I walk around the house and just look at it, smile and then walk through it again. I do this when no one else is home otherwise it wouldn't be clean.

  15. Congrats on the well-deserved awards! And thank you for passing it on to little ol me. I am very honored.

    BTW, I'm also a dog person. That unconditional love is hard to beat.

  16. Congrats on getting an award!

    I have to agree in that sunny days are definitely something we need right now and a nice jolt for the mood:)


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