Evening talks w my dad

5 May
  • Joy. Tonight is the happiest that I’ve felt in a while. Inexplicable joy when life throws that many blessings at me, I can’t help but feel thankful. Similar to how I felt when visiting Rob and arriving at his NY apt, so happy that I couldn’t help but give him the biggest hug greetings ever.
  • Instantaneous communication via social media and cell phone gadgetry. I love that I can leave people messages and they will see them very close to real-time. I love that although I have friends around the country and world, I can easily communicate with them instead of having to write letters, which I tend to neglect doing.
  • Hearing from old loves. I still miss New York a ton and possibly always will unless I move there. In the meantime, it makes me really happy to hear from people up there and know that I always have friends up there.
  • Evening talks w my dad. My dad is very funny when you get to know him. He doesn’t tell good jokes and tells really random stories (hmmm, more of daddy’s genes?), but somehow it makes me laugh. He also isn’t quite up to date with technology and doesn’t know what’s “in,” but he teaches a class and between them and me, he learns about new things like slang and Twitter. Then he’ll try to incorporate this knowledge into daily life and it is hilarious. (We also talk about normal things like business, which are just nice to talk with him about.)
  • Stuffed animals. Everyone knows that I am a 6y.o. on the inside, so still having stuffed animals shouldn’t surprise anyone. I don’t care what anyone says, but sometimes after a long day or an aching heart, my stuffed animals can be better friends than my real friends.)
  • Sending Terp to print. Every issue of Terp magazine takes maybe 4 months to pull together. Designing takes up a good chunk of this time and a lot, lot, lot of creative brainpower. I am so glad to send it out the door and excited to publish my first feature design.
  • Design competitions and work. I am really lucky to work at a place where fabulously designed work is produced. I am even luckier to be able to call some of it my own and have work pay for its entries into design competitions. I’m still excited about my first design award and whatever future projects for which I might also be rewarded.
  • Organized work and living spaces. Everything has it’s place, even if it’s a pile. That said, I can’t stand when my room or desk get too messy. I like order. I like lists. Calendars. Fabulous record-keeping. And yet I am far from having OCD.
  • Nice ERC equipment desk people. All the regularly schedule people seem to know me now and don’t have to ask for my name anymore. This is great customer service.
  • Terrapin Pride. Maryland Day was Saturday. Gary Williams retired today. I am proud to belong to a school where school pride runs high and traditions and legends live on.
  • Warm sunny days and getting my first bit of sun tan (burn) this year.
  • My industry and job. I am part of the small percentage of people who have a job that they actually enjoy. Knowing that so many of my own friends are unhappy with where they are upsets me. I don’t I’d be very happy or pleasant if I hated my job.
  • Toasted PB+banana sandwiches. Sometimes cheap lunches are the best.
  • Calcium and vitamin D. I am not very pleasant when injured. These nutrients help keep me sane.
  • A finger cast instead of a cast that immobilizes my pinky. Especially now that it’s loose, I am so thankful to be able to move and wiggle my finger.
  • The words “weeble wobble.” They’re fun.
  • New friends. Some of the people that I’ve met this year are fabulous and have lots in common with me. I’m glad God’s kept me in DC so far this year.
  • Longer daylight hours. I can drive to and from work in daylight (I do not excel at nighttime driving). More importantly, I can go to the gym after work and watch people outside while exercising. My attention wanders while exercising and there’s always plenty going on on La Plata Beach or in front of the gym during the warmer months. (During the winter, it is too dark outside to see through the window.)
  • Allergy medicine.
  • Freshly washed bed linens.
  • New clothes. Especially when they are on sale or at the thrift store.
  • Engagements. So many of my friends are recently engaged. I am so excited that they found their future spouse and that they are so happy together.
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