A few daily delights.

I’ve noticed lately that I can be incredibly negative when talking with others, much worse, about others. That’s out of character for me—I’ve always taken pride in my positive attitude and general sunny-side-up outlook on life. With that in mind, I’m trying to notice the little, happy things in life more. And with THAT goal foremost in my day-to-day, I’ll probably end up spewing more of them out than usual here.

Yesterday was a day rich with little happinesses and delights, including:

--farmers’ market dahlias over the lunch hour across the street from my building

--Pumpkin Spice K-cup coffee that I miraculously didn’t chug down in the first 20 minutes of the workday

--A fun little lunch break anecdote: the woman at D’Brian’s, where I go for soup constantly as soon as it gets chilly, was talking with the guy in front of me about her affinity for and bad reaction to tequila. We all kept laughing as she continually spun out fun one liners like “I love Mexican food, but tequila for me is a Mexican’t!” and “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!”

--Devouring a new biography courtesy of Mike with a fall candle lit at the end of the day

--The kindest, most effusive emails from a few people who were impressed by a tabletop exercise I’ve been working on designing for months. I won’t go into the nerdy nitty-gritty here, but it’s been a huge, laborious process to coordinate, and I’m so pleased to hear positive feedback in the first phase.

--Fall leaves starting to change outside the Xcel Center

--Claire and I email back and forth all day every day pretty much, and we tend to write incredibly lengthy emails. Yesterday, our approach to keep everything on track was to color-code it all…each time we responded, we did so under each other’s previous responses in a new color. By the time we were done/too confused to keep writing, we had red, orange, blue, pink, purple, teal, and green. For our dignity’s sake, I won’t share the image, but suffice it to say it made me smile.


--My fantasy football team is undefeated by the skin of its (my?) teeth, and in the most delightful way! I really wanted to win this week’s game for personal and professional reasons, but it wasn’t looking good for me at the end of the day Sunday. I had nobody left, and my opponent was within three points of me and still had a player left. That player? Davante Adams, who went down on the second play of Monday night’s game. I couldn’t have been more delighted (from a fantasy perspective). Victory is sweet.

Best of all, today is my Friday, as we head off to South Bend tomorrow! Here’s to happiness, friends.