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Weekend happies

Beautiful, long hikes under cool, cloudy skies. Happy dogs and lots of colorful leaves.

Saturday’s Zumba class was awfully fun.

Our friend is visiting, and we’re enjoying hosting him.



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Thursday happies

The workday was practically bossless. It’s infinitely more pleasant when he’s not around. I got a lot done without feeling stressed. I even had time to work out the travel plans for a seminar I’ll be attending in late October.

The weather has gotten colder, and the mountainsides are covered in rich autumn colors.

I enjoyed a really nice after-work hike with Becca and Elbee. We went to our favorite state mountain park, where the maples are scattering their brilliant red leaves over the trails and the higher mountaintops are turning aspen gold. There are some apple trees with fruit in one spot, so I picked a fresh apple and enjoyed eating it while we hiked.



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mid-week happies

Listening to a podcast of This American Life from last year’s Christmas Show.

Listening to AC/DC.

Mr. Wren and I had fun searching for Elbee’s missing toys. I found a big stash of tennis balls beneath Becca’s pine tree, so that made her very happy.



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Monday happies

I wore my new blue sweater. Every time I looked at the beautiful color, it made me happy.

I had sushi for lunch, and when I ate it, I thought about buying it the day before. The jovial Korean sushi makers at the store were making the type of sushi I wanted, but it wasn’t yet ready. Mr. Wren made it his mission to be sure that we had my sushi before we left. He was my sushi samurai. :)

My therapist will be gone next week, so I will schedule massage therapy instead. This is great, because I am exceptionally pleased with my new massage therapist.



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mid-September Sunday happies

Becca, Elbee and I started the morning with a 5-mile hike. It was pretty wet from the heavy rains we’ve been having, which enhanced the colors of the mountain and made the trees and grasses shimmer. I thought about how it’s been just about one year since I decided to have surgery on my foot, and that made me appreciate the absence of pain I’m now experiencing.

Mr. Wren and I did our weekly shopping. It probably sounds pretty boring, but I really enjoy doing those routine chores with Mr. Wren.

Mr. Wren talked to the satellite company, and they gave us NFL Sunday ticket free of charge! He has a real knack for getting deals. We spent much of the day watching all the games, which was fun and relaxing.



Help Todd celebrate Super Secret Spy September Squirrel Scavenger Hunt by wishing him a Happy Birthday on September 15
Happy Birthday, Todd!

I haven’t seen you around much & am hoping you’re doing lot of fun, interesting & fulfilling things. Too bad you missed Chris when he stopped by.



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Saturday Happies

I pushed through social anxiety and went to the gym where I won a 3-month membership, with the intention of taking an hour-long Zumba class. It turned out they were having an introductory sampler day, with half hours of all of their classes. I tried Zumba and TRX, both new to me, and also took floor aerobics, step aerobics, yoga and tai chi. It was really fun. I’m so glad I didn’t let fear keep me from trying!

The electric kettle I got for my birthday is wonderful. It helped me to make several cups of awesome pumpkin chai.

A lovely long soak with relaxing bath salts and a good book.



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Friday the 13th Happies

I take Becca & Elbee out early, while it’s still dark. This time, Elbee dawdled on the way back home, and I closed the gate before she was back in the yard. When I realized she was missing, I ran outside and called her. She came pretty quickly. I was overjoyed with relief!

I walked to and from a meeting that was held about a mile from my office.

A co-worker and I had a long discussion about our concerns about our boss. Nothing was resolved, but it felt good to know that I’m not the only one who’s worried…and angry.



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Blue Thursday happies

I ordered a lot of clothes on super sale last week, and they arrived today. I really like all of them and am excited to wear a new outfit tomorrow.

A nice & supportive message from oldfatguy brightened an otherwise gloomy morning. Thank you!

Mr. Wren & I had a nice phone chat in the middle of the day.



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Cooler Tuesday Happies

I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my two work friends. Great company, interesting conversation, tasty Lebanese food, and fragrant cardamom-spiked hot tea.

I won a free three-months membership to the new local gym. Yahoo!

I looked at possible new office spaces with my favorite professor.



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Not too bad for a Monday happies

It was a quiet, productive and non-stressful day at work.

The spaghetti sauce that I made yesterday tasted even better today. Yum!

I treated myself to an hour of massage therapy after work.



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Rainy Football Sunday Happies

I started the morning with a dawn hike. It rained the entire time, which was mostly quite pleasant, and Becca and Elbee loved being cool and wet.

Mr. Wren and I did our weekly shopping, then settled in for some happy football viewing, all to the backdrop of a day full of rain.

Our team and both our fantasy teams all won!



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Memory Walk Saturday Happies

Becca & Elbee accompanied me to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk. They were such great company! They were adorable, friendly and well-behaved, even at an event that was crowded with people and dogs. Feeling proud of your pups feels great!

Mr. Wren got off work early, so we went out for dinner at the good place, and then enjoyed a walk in the cool evening. It was raining a little, so we didn’t walk too long. I could really feel autumn in the air.

I lit candles, made some tea, and the whole family snuggled up for a cozy evening of movie watching.



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Short week Friday happies

It’s Friday, which is always good for some happiness, and I had a half day at work for double the joy.

Everyone at work really liked the team t-shirts and gave me many compliments.

Becca, Elbee & I enjoyed a long mid-day hike through the deepening Autumn trees. Sunshine, fresh air, busy squirrels, happy dogs…bliss!



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Thursday happies

The shirts that I designed for our Memory Walk Team arrived. Very exciting, and I’m happy with how they look.

Playing grab the nose with Elbee. She got very excited and had a huge puppy fit.

One of the fellows I work with is adopting a dog tonight!



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mid week happies

I enjoyed a deep & relaxing morning meditation time, a great way to start the day.

My attitude adjustment efforts paid off. I was able to stop myself from stepping into the fray and choose a different, more strategic, and more effective action.

Becca, Elbee and I enjoyed a perfect evening hike in the autumn splendors of our favorite state mountain park.



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Sum up from the long holiday plus Monday

Holiday happies:

Lots of sunshine, lots of hiking and plenty of autumn beauty.

Mr. Wren, Elbee & I snuggled up and watched Silver Linings Playbook.

I had time to really get the house in order. It always feels much better when things are clean and in place.

Back to work happies:

My new car seat warmer. Even though it’s not yet cold out, I used it as a heating pad on a strained muscle, & it felt great.

I did a lot of running around on errands at work. It was nice to be out and about.

I was able to avoid getting roped into a meeting at the last minute.



Celebrate the Celebrated Rat's September 3 Birthday with panache, eager and pure.
Happy Birthday, Dear Rat!

Here’s the eagerest and purest, ganache-iest birthday cake I could find. Erm…what’s that you say? Panache, not ganache? Oops! In that case, I’ll just have to send wishes for a day and a year of vibrant joy and only happy accidents.



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Let the holiday weekend begin happies!

At dawn, the girls and I enjoyed a lovely, peaceful hike to Gobbler’s Gulch (named after the wild turkeys who live there, not UK naughtiness :::smile:::).

On the way home, I stopped to admire a flock of beautiful sand hill cranes.

The weather is perfect, and it felt great to have a whole day for puttering around the house, relaxing & just doing as I liked.



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Stressful Friday Happies

In the midst of another stressful workday, I took a few minutes for a water cooler chat about London. I love London and am so happy that I can talk about the city and visualize it.

It was a pleasant surprise to find Mr. Wren at home when I got home, so we were able to enjoy an evening hike together.

After the hike, we decided to visit to local burger drive through, where I got a delicious veggie burger, and Becca & Elbee each got a Milk Bone.



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