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langenoire in Moorestown is doing 38 things including…

identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)

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langenoire has written 37 entries about this goal

#37: Bikram Yoga

I still love vinyasa, but Bikram is unlike anything else. It’s changed my relationship with my body for the better!

#36: A good workout

Exercise is nothing like gym class! I believe gym classes and gym teachers do more to put kids off sports and exercise than anything else. Without the uniform, in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, without the threat of violence,
exercise can be a fine thing.

#35: Gas fireplaces

They are more efficient, less messy and easier to maintain. I think it is also safer and certainly more convenient. It was definitely worth the cost of conversion.

#34: Brilliantly colored trees

I don’t know what causes one tree to turn one color versus another in the fall; occasionally I’ll see a tree which has turned some gorgeous bright color and that makes the falling temperatures with it.

#33: Naughty Kittens

Even when when it’s a fully grown cat who knows better there’s something wonderful about a kitten doing whatever it feels like doing and not caring if it’s caught. My car will sit on the arm of the sofa she’s been told to stay off of and stare you down. But just when she’s about to get another tongue-lashing she’ll tilt her head coyly and put on her sweetest kitten-face. And how can you yell at that face?

#32: Red doors

When I have a door of my own it will be red. It reminds me of the tradition of sanctuary: once you were safely behind the door nothing could touch you. The outside world an all the judgements and persecution didn’t matter. Isn’t that what we all want from home?

#31 Warmth

I crave warmth, at all times. There’s nothing quite like a gentle heat soaking itself into your body. Being cold is a horror for me. I don’t enjoy bracing showers or frigid plunges. I almost always have to have a sweater on, at night, or when the air conditioner is on.

#30 - Jars of jam, jelly, and preserved fruit all lined up in a row.

It makes me feel quite industrious to have some tasty things waiting to be eaten. The colors are so beautiful and clear!

#29: Crushed Ice

Don’t ask me why! I really love crushed ice, by itself. I can eat an entire iced tea glass of it. But I generally don’t like my drinks to be too cold. When no one is around to see me and my weirdness, I use my handblender to puree ice and then eat it with a spoon.

ETA: I’ve since learned that this is called pica ( the urge to eat things which are not food ). It can be a symptom of iron deficient anemia.

#28. Finding clothes in your closet that you haven't worn in a long time.

While trying to accomplish another Thing I discovered that a bunch of skirts I had from several years ago fit, once again. There I have it – concrete proof that I’m actually loosing weight and it’s not just imaginary! Even better, it’s stuff I really liked and want to wear.

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