Blogging in bed…

…has to be one of life’s simplest pleasures. It’s 11.35, I have a mug of peppermint tea, Motley Crue are blasting on the radio (I *love* late night Radio 1 at the moment. It’s all random-as – here a documentary on rock, there a discology (discography?) of Radiohead, here a mashup of Dusty Springfield and some ‘fat beats’. Totally appeals to my inner music magpie), and I’m sat in my fave PJs of the moment, smelling of vanilla and baby lotion, with a couple of chapters of a good book and a pleasant nights sleep awaiting me. Happy sigh…

So here’s a list of a lot of the things that are making me smile / purr / happy right now – regular readers will know these crop up from time to time! I think it’s important to keep the blessings we all have in mind, even if it’s just something as simple as writing a few things down. For many years, I was almost afraid to be happy about this kind of thing, like if you mentioned it, it might disappear…but now I think owning happiness, being grateful for what we have, is an incredibly powerful thing.

So here’s what’s really floating my boat, April 2008 stylee:
Reading catalogues in the bath. One of my main joys of my lovely wee flat (and believe me, it *is* wee, but I love it) is my bath. It’s a real 1950s classic, deep and wide and the perfect length for someone my height to lay out in. So one of my main joys is taking a bubble bath and reading catalogues or books or magazines in it.
Hollyoaks. Mmmmm. Guilty pleasure ahoy!
Cooking. I love to cook, and I love to bake. I wouldn’t say I’m particularly awesome at either of them, but I really enjoy trying!
Upcoming Pirate Parties!
The gym
. Hahahahahahaha. No, in all seriousness, I am really starting to enjoy working out. I had got into quite a groove before Easter break, and the fortnight away certainly took its toll. So it’s good to be back and getting back into it.
Silly, silly phone calls. For years I wasn’t too good on the phone, and would always bounce folk to voicemail, not through any callousness, just through a fear of my own ineptitude! But now I do love the sheer randomness of my normal phone calls as they are now.
Random Acts of Kindness, whether I’m giving or receiving.
Writing letters.
Vibes / prayers / thoughts – I think it’s so lovely that we can choose to give these things to and receive these things from the people around us.
Babies! Heh, my life is baby central at the moment. And it’s great! Keep ‘em coming, buddies! The song ‘I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten’ by Dusty Springfield. How can I not have listened to this before? It’s awesome.
In-jokes and innuendo.
Sending packages hither and thither.
Lovely people.
I am getting better and better at remembering to take pictures, and then actually uploading them and getting copies and stuff. I have a few albums full now, and it’s so nice to have a look through them from time to time.
Father Ted.
22p mini eggs.
Spring cleaning!
The current clear-out is a work in progress, but I’m starting to get there (I think!). I am such a hoarder, especially when it comes to toiletries, stationery, or that most deadly of things “stuff that might come in handy…”
Mix CDs.
Random greetings –
like earlier today, when I was in Tescos and I bumped into one of the mummies from school, then two kiddies I knew, then as I walked out of the store, one of our ‘cool’ year 8s totally embarrassed himself by sticking his head out of the car window to yell a lusty “Hey Miss Thornley!”. The joys of small town life. Dancing. I’d kind of forgotten how much fun it can be.
People being nice about me. I am lucky enough to have some people in my life who think I’m OK, and a few who think I’m pretty cool. This makes my inner fat-ugly-silly-low-self-esteem girl very happy. It makes me pretty darn happy too, for what it’s worth!
Emails, comments, text messages. I love how you can be having a bit of a bummer of a day, and then someone reaches out, in however small a way, and chooses to touch your life. Whether it’s an email filling me in on the heady world of PhDs; or a comment that connects with me; or a text message telling me I’m awesome, or makes me smile, or that’s planning a get-together, or that’s just discussing Doctor Who, I love these little communications.
The Feist Album (The Reminder).
Doctor Who.

So that’s my little list of joy, as it were. I’m sure if I sat down and wrote a list of all the things that are bugging me, I could dredge some stuff up. But who would that help? What purpose would that serve? I’d be sad, you’d be sad (and probably bored), and nothing would get fixed. And I’m all too aware that in a fragile and tempestuous world, it’s important to be grateful for what we do have, in my opinion. I’ve typing this in my safe, warm flat, after a day of relaxation, working out and light housework, in a country where I’m free to live my life in the way I see fit. I am amazingly lucky, and while my life isn’t perfect, I am all too aware of the luck I do have. And that’s why I choose to look at the good around me, and work on the not so good. Maybe that’s enough. I’ll let you know!

So, what’s making you smile today?

Love, as always,


  1. Jon
    8th April 2008 / 2:09 pm

    I think the fact I slept as late as I wanted to this morning is enough to keep me happy for right now.

  2. Sacred Suzie
    8th April 2008 / 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the smiles and list of joys, what a pleasure to read. I love Dr. Who too! Nice to know you also enjoy cooking and baking, those are passions in my life as you already know. Small things mean so much and I am so happy to be starting to focus on the positive, finding my joy again.

  3. Alice
    8th April 2008 / 5:12 pm

    what a lovely list!!things keeping me happy right now: -my cat, stupid though he is; -book i just finished, “Water for Elephants;”-the knowledge the spring WILL come one day. right? RIGHT?

  4. PixieDust
    8th April 2008 / 7:44 pm

    mmmmm… your bathtub sounds divine! I LOVE postcards – love, love, love them… oh, and “Preacher Man” is one of my favorite songs – yay! for Dusty Springfield.And I think you absolutely fantastic, wonderful, charming, beautiful… and pretty damn cool!:-D

  5. Sparkling Red
    8th April 2008 / 9:13 pm

    Your bedtime coziness sounds just lovely. 🙂 Things that I’m grateful for today include:A sweet, crunchy appleMy comfy and stylish new shoesSharing a laugh with someone I just metReconnecting with an old friend.

  6. Pink
    8th April 2008 / 9:25 pm

    whats a pirate party? I wanna go to one! Ahoy Matey! Arrrr!I hope thats the kind of pirate you mean or I just made a dork of myself.What made me smile today? Having half an hour in the sun this morning that I didn’t expect :)xxpinks

  7. Mr. Shife
    8th April 2008 / 11:30 pm

    Wow that is a lot to smile about. That is way cool. I had to look up Hollyoaks. Never heard of it before. I actually wrote what was making me smile today on my most recent post so I guess you will have to read it.

  8. jessamyn
    8th April 2008 / 11:40 pm

    oh this is really lovely and full of good juju! you got me thinking of all the things i am groovin’ too…and that is a very wonderful thing when you can pass on the positive to someone so far away!i also love the feist album, taking pictures and i can’t seem to stop myself from cleaning out the nooks and crannies of this house in search of getting “rid” of so much that is unecessary.happy tuesday!

  9. Maxie
    8th April 2008 / 11:40 pm

    I want a laptop so I can blog from bed. That would be fantastic.And mix cds make me happy too 🙂

  10. Wiwille
    9th April 2008 / 1:26 am

    Honestly not much is making me smile today.

  11. Christielli
    9th April 2008 / 2:31 am

    I am also digging The Reminder. Do you have Let it Die as well??I love today’s weather. I love Moccachinos too. And people who make you feel great are pretty swell.You rock. 🙂

  12. vivavavoom
    9th April 2008 / 3:03 am

    what are hollyoaks?

  13. Sheli
    9th April 2008 / 10:29 am

    What is making me happy is the hope of watching Enchanted very very soon! Though I hear you won’t be about for long, which is sad. Long enough for Enchanted?!Also, I need your phone number, so I can text you lyrics from songs from Enchanted :Dx

  14. Eamon
    9th April 2008 / 1:08 pm

    You have reminded me to be more nice to people. I mean I try and be nice to people. But you reminded me to be nice to people, in general. In the sense that someone might be having an awful day, and it can take something pretty small to cheer them up and take them out of themselves: i.e smiling at them and saying hello (and meaning it), doing them a little favour, listening to them, whatever. Not arguing back .. letting things go .. and so on. Not just about being nice to people when you feel like being nice, or when it suits you to be nice …

  15. 2 Dollar Productions
    9th April 2008 / 2:14 pm

    I defintely think it’s worthwhile to remind yourself of things that are going well because it’s usually easier to tilt the other direction. I also wonder what Motley Crue song you had playing? Details. Regardless, this is a good list for sure. I’m currently happy about the weather (sunshine but not yet too hot), driving with my top-down, making good progress on a screenplay outline and meeting friends for drinks at patio bars.

  16. daisies
    9th April 2008 / 9:56 pm

    what a fabulous list … today i am smiling because the river is mostly clear and i can see spring just over the hill and around a couple bends …

  17. Cheryl
    10th April 2008 / 12:30 am

    Ooooh I love a good bath. Here’s a comment for you. More joy 🙂

  18. Jillian
    10th April 2008 / 1:05 am

    I am a HUGE fan of inside jokes… even the ones I don’t get because I’m on the outside!

  19. Riot Kitty
    10th April 2008 / 4:24 am

    Today – I am smiling because my boss is trying to get me her job! No kidding!

  20. Diane Mandy
    10th April 2008 / 11:24 am

    This post makes me smile. Thanks for reminding me it’s the little things!

  21. Cimba7200
    16th April 2008 / 7:59 am

    What’s making me happy? Reading your blog today, that’s what. Love your positive attitude! – Dave

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