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list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
10-15-11

1) Went out with some new friends after work. The Great Sushi Experiment, Part 2. This time non-vegetarian. Unsurprisingly tasty. I think I’m hooked, if you’ll pardon the awful seafood pun.

2) Surprised to find my best friend up late. But she was just the person I wanted to talk to. :)

3) Not being the biggest geek in the room.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
10-10-11

1) Very productive day. I think I’m finally all caught up on what I need to be.

2) Baseball in October. Ok, sure, the home team got thumped tonight. But hey, it’s still baseball in October. :p

3) Good conversation with a good friend.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
10-3-11

1) Dental appointment was cancelled, from the dentist’s end. So I had a few extra hours to get caught up on my schoolwork. Being sick sucks. Colds that last 10 days suck more, lol. But at least I’m functional now.

2) Got to introduce a fantastic movie to somebody who has never seen it before. I look forward to hearing what she thinks of it next week.

3) Fitting in a brief, but wonderful chat with my best fried in the afternoon, when we both had a moment to breathe. :)



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
9-26-11

Haven’t been around much. Waaaaay too busy.

1) Monday was bill payment day, and I actually managed to squeak through with a few bucks to spare, even after my root canal.

2) Got a lot done at school. And made it home in time to watch Castle. Wasn’t crazy about last week’s, but this week it was back in top form.

3) Tried a new recipe for dinner. Twice baked potatos alfredo. Pretty good, though I could have done without the mushrooms. Maybe sub in some broccoli or something next time.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
9-14 through 9-17

Still busy, and being sick. Need to get back on task with these more frequently. But for now, a few from my week:

1) Feeling sooo much better, especially as the week wore on. Still have my root canal tomorrow, but I’m not too worried about that.

2) Think I made a new friend at school. She’s kind of like the female version of me. Although wow, can she talk, talk, talk. LOL.

3) Realizing, thanks to being sick, just how awesome my friends are. For the first time in a long time I feel like I have a support system for when things go bad or weird. Feels nice. :)

4) Delicious sesame chicen and sake, on my friends’ dime. Least the could do for helping them move. :p

5) Had something expensive come up (hello, root canal), but I’ve saved enough that I can manage it without going into panic mode. Which is a relief on so many levels.

6) Doctor Who. Second week in a row they’ve surprised me with a tear jerker. Good stuff.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
9-6 through 9-13

Haven’t been on in a while. Busy week. Going to do three for the whole week.

1) Got to hang out with my best friend for a bit. Awesome is the only word I have, and it isn’t enough.

2) Got really sick, but, thanks to the miracle of antibiotics, I’m now on the road to recovery.

3) Got out with some friends I don’t see enough. Not a bad time all around. :)



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
9-4 and 9-5

Sunday

1) Waffles. Mmmm.

2) Soooo boring at work. But at least the home team won their third in a row. Sort of made up for it. :)

3) One day closer to what I’ve been waiting for all summer.

Monday

1) Meant to relax and take it easy, instead wound up running all over town. Still, got in a nice long walk, and finally saw the exhibition at the art museum that I’ve been meaning to for so long.

2) A great conversation with my best friend. She makes me laugh. Where would I be without her? :)

3) Four in a row for the hometown club!



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
9-3-11

Saturday

1) September rain. :)

2) Work was particularly dreadful after being off Friday, and didn’t help itself by being so slow (and therefore boring), but it was drama free.

3) Some laughter with a good friend who felt the need to tease me for an unfortunate choice of words. :p



Read 12 books in 2011 (read all 3 entries…)
So Far Behind...

sigh

But another book down! Ghost Story by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden has died, but still can’t leave Chicago without it’s only resident wizard. Started slow, but picked up nicely, and had some intriguing developments at the end. Can’t wait for next year’s volume!



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-30 through 9-2

Wow, it’s finally September. And now that long summer of waiting for all the stuff that I’ve been looking forward to this fall finally starts to pay off.

Tuesday

1) Work went well, and I finalized shift switches so that I won’t work on Friday.

2) Great weather, save for the clouds. Still, a nice start to the week.

3) Finished my book at last. Now to update my goal here. :)

Wednesday

1) Scarlet Spider action figure. Joy in plastic form!

2) The new DC comic book universe launched, so there was an unusually large crowd at the shop today. Had a nice chat with some guys about geek related topics. :)

3) Made plans for my Friday off.

Thursday

1) Tasty breakfast burritos for lunch. Yum.

2) Had to work (to make up for Friday), but everything went more less smoothly!

3) Second day in a row of collector’s luck in the toy aisle. Today’s bounty: the mad inhuman, Thanos.

Friday

1) First Friday off in more than 3 years!

2) Had a good time out with friends. For the most part, lol. And I remain reigning skeeball champion. Which, as we all know, is the only accolade in life worth winning.

3) Had a really strange dream. But one that may finally be profitable, if I ever get off my butt and try to write fiction. :p



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-28 and 8-29

Accidentally labeled Saturday’s with Sunday’s date, D’oh! Oh well.

Sunday

1) Getting caught up on Torchwood.

2) Home team swept the Northsiders. Always my favorite way to end a weekend. :)

3) Another beautiful day outside.

Monday

1) An unexpected message. And a Friday off!

2) Last week of freedom before classes start up again.

3) New budget is a week old, and so far I haven’t thrown it out the window yet. Lol. It’s a small victory, but I try to manage it one week at a time.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-28-11

1) Let’s Kill Hitler! The Doctor returns in fine form.

2) Had a nice chat with a friend about a difficult subject. But I hope we both felt better afterward.

3) Some nice time spent reading again today. I don’t do that as much as I should, but was feeling motivated after talking books with a total stranger the other night. Good book too.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-24 through 8-26

Wednesday

1) Great weather. Good day to get outside. :)

2) Hearing my mom’s bat story. I can picture her freaking out, lol. Mom, it’s just a bat!

3) Finally got back to a little reading. Book is starting to get good.

Thursday

1) Got all my errands done in plenty of time to relax all afternoon. And moved my savings account money into a higher interest account. More cash with no effort. Ok, sure, it’s maybe 60 cents a year more, but still.

2) Had a good talk with a good friend.

3) Countdown to The Doctor: D-two days!

Friday

1) Work went by quickly.

2) Went out with some friends. Mostly an ok time. Got really bored at the end, so I borrowed a cute girl from the bar to chat, lol. Turns out she’s as big a geek as I am. Sort of saved the night.

3) D-24 hours.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-22 and 8-23

Monday

1) Home team made it four in a row, but lost game 2 of the doubleheader. Oh well.

2) I slept good and late, and felt better for it.

3) A nice long walk down by the lake. Very refreshing.

Tuesday

1) Haikus with Andy. Day 3. Lol.

2) A great talk with my best friend. Haven’t been able to hang out with her in too long, going to have to remedy that soon. I miss her picking on me. :p

3) Dominar Rygel XVI. His royal frogness. Buckwheat. Kermit the Frog meets Henry 8. God I love Farscape. another show that died before it’s time.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-19 through 8-21

Friday

1) I got to sleep late today, as my shift at work got moved.

2) Haikus with Andy.

3) Had a hard time sleeping, but got a lot of good reading done.

Saturday

1) Didn’t fall asleep at work, despite being really exhausted.

2) Had a great talk with my best friend. Things seem to be going really well for her lately, and I couldn’t be happier. She’s had a rough summer.

3) Sorry, don’t really have a third one for Saturday, lol.

Sunday

1) Feeling much better after a good night’s sleep.

2) Fresh pineapple with lunch. Yum.

3) Three in a row all over again for the home team. Great time to be a fan. :)



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-17 and 8-18

Wednesday

1) Got called in to work. Losing the day off sucks, but the extra hours should make payday worthwhile.

2) The first half of my Amazon shipment arrived as scheduled, and before I had to leave for work. Score.

3) Staying up late enjoying a good story and some Farscape.

Thursday

1) No work! I love my day off.

2) My dad’s birthday. He didn’t want to celebrate, but we went out for dinner anyway. Mmm.

3) Found some collectibles I was looking for for much less than the price online. If I can turn them around quickly, I might have enough cash to celebrate after school books. :)



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-14 through 8-16

Sunday

1) Three more in a row for the home team!

2) Delicious barbeque pork for dinner. Mmm.

3) Survived a long weekend at work.

Monday

1) Amazon finally got back to me on the status of my items.

2) A great day for being outside. Two walks, and some reading. Awesome.

3) A great conversation with my best friend. :)

Tuesday

1) Amazon offered me a nice deal to finally finish the saga of my missing items. Score.

2) Work was relatively free of trouble for once.

3) I’m halfway through August. September here we come! It can’t get here soon enough. :)



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-12 and 8-13

Friday

1) Got a surprise chance to chat with my best friend when her plans for the night fell through.

2) Bratwurst for dinner. While watching baseball. A good night. :)

3) Too tired to go out, so it was off to bed early.

Saturday

1) Lunch with My friend J, nice to catch up, we’ve both been super busy.

2) Torchwood. Even if it still needs more Jack.

3) Guiness, a comfy chair and no place to be.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-9 through 8-11

Tuesday

1) Home team makes it another fiv straight!

2) Work was busy, and went by quickly.

3) Got a great opportunity to spend some time talking with my best friend. We’ve both been so busy of late we haven’t been as in touch as usual. Felt nice to get caught up. :)

Wednesday

1) Six in a row! And thirteen of their last fourteen. Wow, what a streak.

2) Perfect weather. Got a couple of nice walks in, and read outside for a bit. Give me 100 days like today and i’ll show you the best summer ever.

3) Dinner with my mom. Hearing about all the bear sightings near their house.

Thursday

1) Another perfect day outside.

2) I felt great, well rested, and energized to enjoy the day.

3) Car insurance rate went down. It may only be $4 a month, but I’ll take it.



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 159 entries…)
8-7 and 8-8

Sunday

1) Home team made it 11 of 12 with another sweep. Great time to be a fan.

2) Delicious cajun style steak for dinner.

3) Finally got around to watching the last two episodes of Torchwood. Things are finally heating up! But the show needs more Jack.

Monday

1) Had to work on my supposed day off. And we were sooooo slow. But overtime sounds nice.

2) Had a wonderful conversation with a friend that hasn’t been feeling well. Hope I helped cheer her a bit.

3) I got home and more or less passed out, lol.



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