Friday, February 5, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-EIGHT OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 158.  Today the cable company came and told me that the cherry picker came to fix my cable days ago.  Obviously that didn't work since my TV is still flickering.  Today the guy hooked up the booster and swapped out a cable box and left.  The cable is still flickering.  What a bust.

Tonight I went to a sing-a-long movie.  It was so much fun.  We were given goody bags with a cardboard crown, bubbles, light up sticks, and those poppers where you pull the string and it makes a loud pop and stuff comes out.  The audience was instructed to yell at the movie.  If the bad character showed up we yelled "meanie".  If the wolf roared, we roared back.  When they went into the scary forest, we made scary forest noises.  It was fun.  Of course we sang all the songs following the words along the screen.  It was a mix of adults and kids.  Some folks dressed up like characters in the movie. I did not.

I had a very good time and I was glad I went.  I have wanted to go to a sing-a-long movie for a long time. 

Training: 9 miles on the stationary bike today.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 157.  I am going to include a new section at the end of posts called Training. 

I have been having stomach issues and I can't seem to figure out why.  I feel like I have an upset stomach all the time.  I think maybe it is stress but I can't be certain.  I will keep up trying to figure it out. 

Training: I rode 7.5 miles on the stationary bike today. 

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SIX OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 156.  I started training for the bike ride today.  I rode 5 miles on my stationary bike.  I took it slow since it is the first time I got on any type of bike in a long time.  It has been 14 months since my accident.  I felt safe on the stationary bike!  I turned my Ipad on and watched a show that I like while I rode my bike.  It took me 30 minutes to ride 5 miles.

I called Comcast again and this time I gave them hell.  I have a bucket truck coming on Friday morning to fix my cable before the Super Bowl.  I told them I better be able to see the Super Bowl without a flickering screen or someone is going to pay.  I just want to happily watch the game.

Until tomorrow...   

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 155.  I had a very nice lunch with my friend H today. 

Just some pictures I took over the last few months.

My Hermione wand and Hedwig
Ceiling at a theater
Until tomorrow...

Monday, February 1, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 154.  My cable is still acting up.  I thought it had been fixed but it has not.  I called the guy at the cable company but no response.  It better be fixed by Sunday. 

Poor Happi.  She has more goop in her eyes.  I called the vet and she thinks Happi has pink eye (conjunctivitis) again.  She is such a good girl and never complains.  It must be so uncomfortable but she doesn't "say" a word.  She gets another week of the icky gel put in her eyes.

Today I bought tickets to a sing-a-long movie.  I have never been to a sing-a-long movie in a movie theater but it sounds like fun.  This is a year of finding my happiness and doing things out of my comfort zone is one way.

Yesterday was the final day of January and the month of Friends Are Forever.  Here is the wrap up:
  • Meet new people - I met a few people in Florida and I have spoken to many people.  
  • Keep in Contact with your Friends, Be there for Them - I was there for C when she needed me, I went to visit S, I have called some friends and emailed some that I haven't spoken to in years.  I also reached out to some on Facebook.
  • Listen Smile, Stop Talking - I try to keep quite and let others talk.  I get too exuberant sometimes.  I am working on this.
  • Bring people together - I didn't have much time to work on this since I was away for 1/2 the month.
  • Be Positive, No Gossip - I am working on being more positive.
  • Cut People some Slack - This is hard.  Either I cut folks too much slack or not enough.  I still have to work on this.
  • Plan things and show up - I excelled at this.  I went to a dance event, party, play, concert, Disney, Universal Studios, Florida, visiting friends and family, lunch with friends and visiting Super Bowl 50.  
  • Laugh More! - I have moments when I laugh more.  When I am with friends I laugh more.  

February  is GAMES I WANT TO PLAY month.  
"This is your life.  Do what you love and do it often."
  • Do things that make you happy.
  • Do things you have never done before.
  • See Lots of movies
  • Continue to Blog as long as it makes you happy.
  • Find someone to play board games
  • Museums; Cultural things
  • Take time for projects
  • Train for the Bike Ride (I know it is not a game but it is time to start training for July!)  This was Play Wii more often.  I can do that too!
There you go.  My plan for February.  

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 153. On the spur of the moment I traveled to see the Super Bowl City.  It was pretty interesting.  It was not as crowded as I thought it would be.  There was not much to do.  I saw a choir singing and kids trying different things like riding a bike to make power.  It was a nice but chilly day and it was fun to see but I am not sure it was worth it.  I didn't go to the other site, the NFL area because it took me about 25 minutes to get through security and I didn't want to go through more security to see more stuff.  I guess I expected more things to do or see.

On my way home I stopped at a hardware store and they had Lava Lamp light bulbs.  I was so excited.  Now I don't have to have $7 light bulbs shipped to me!  Yippee!

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 152. Today I turned on my lava lamp because I wanted to sit downstairs and watch a movie and have my lava lamp on.  I had it on for 3 minutes and pop.  The light bulb blew.  Man I was disappointed.  Mostly because I thought I was going to have to buy a new light bulb online.  It is a funky little bulb and there are warnings all over the packaging about putting any light bulb but their special light bulb in the lava lamp.  Would my lava lamp now be out of service for weeks while I order and wait for a new bulb?  Huh.

I met me friend J for lunch.  I walked a really long way to meet him and then we walked further to get to a wonderful brunch place that sadly is closing down.  The place lost its lease when the landlord jacked up the rent 500%.  Who does that?  A greedy landlord!  So the place has to move.  It is really sad.  The place is packed all the time.  It is one of the few places that serves vegan breakfast all day.

After lunch we walked to a park and sat and talked.  I asked J if he would help me train for the bike ride in July.  He seemed happy to help.  I am going to start to train on 2/1.  I am going to train inside at first since it is rainy and cold outside. I am not happy biking in the cold and rain.

I watched Nebraska and Change Up to end the day.  Nebraska was more entertaining than I thought it would be.  It is about a man who thinks he won the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes and wants to go to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect the winnings.  Change Up had it's funny moments.  It was about two best friends who switch bodies (yeah, right) and what happens when they do since one guy is a father and an attorney and the other guy is a single rarely employed quasi actor.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, January 29, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 151.  It was an exhausting day.  I literally fell asleep at 9 pm.  Right after the show I wanted to watch at 9 pm started.  I was out cold on the couch and woke up 2 hours later.  Sad, really.  Big Friday night...

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FIFTY OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 150.  One hundred and fifty days of Happiness. 

I bought a lava lamp and I am in love with it.  I always wanted a lava lamp as a kid.  They were all the rage but I never got one.  It was too frivolous an expense.  Now that I am an adult I wanted one and I got one.  It is fun to put it on when I am laying in bed and just watch it.  I think I need to put some Jimi Hendrix music on next time. Or The Who, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana or Cream. 

I saw my nutritionist today.  He is really happy I have been so successful at keeping my weight down.  He said the hardest part for most people is not losing weight it is keeping it off.  I have been quite successful at keeping the weight off.  We talked about recipes I can make that I would like.

I am thinking of riding in a bike event in July to raise money for arthritis research.  It is 26 miles and I have never ridden that far so I am nervous.  I also have no way to get my bike to the event.  So I have some kinks to work out but I think it would be fun.  If you have been reading for a long time, you will remember two years ago I was supposed to ride a 12 mile bike ride but I ended up getting RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome) and could not ride my bike (or drive) for months.  Then in November of 2014 I had my bike accident and I have not gotten back on my bike.  I think I will start on my stationary bike.  Build up my muscles while it is raining and cold.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DAY ONE HUNDRED FORTY-NINE OF THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

Day 149. I am really happy.  Someone found my mailbox key and turned it in to the Post Office.  Today when I went to get my mail, the post woman said I have your key!  I said well, I lost my key!  I am so happy that an honest person turned it in. 

I was also happy because my new cookbook was in my box.  It is a Vegan Indian cookbook. I have come to love Indian food and I want to learn to cook it.  Now that I have the cookbook I have to buy the spices.  I do not have most of the spices used in Indian cooking.  I can't eat spicy food and, as I always say, spicy is such an individual thing.  What you think is not spicy might be spicy to me.  What I think is spicy may seem mild to you.  If I cook my own food I can make it as spicy or mild as I want. 

A previous client contacted me and hired me for a project.  Now I am really busy!  Yay! 

The chocolate vegan cake my friend gave me is decadent.  I had a piece last night and will have a piece tonight.  Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.  Yum! 

Until tomorrow...