I don't know what's wrong with me lately; in the last week I've bruised my leg from bonking it into the piano bench countless times, broken two drinking glasses, gotten a paper cut from masking tape, and just this afternoon I sneezed so hard I smacked my face into the hard bone of my knee and gave myself a nosebleed. I wish it were charming to be this klutzy, but mostly it's kinda painful.
Anyway, Jessi does these Friday Five things on her blog on a fairly regular basis, so I'm going to follow her lead and share a list of Five Random Things that Make Me Happy:
1. Our car. After more than 3 weeks in the shop having serious body work done our beloved Prius came home this afternoon. The loaner was fine, but it just wasn't the same...especially the keyless entry part. I didn't realize how much I'd miss that until I didn't have it. Our poor Prius had hail damage and two major dents, one from a hit-and-run last year and another from someone backing into the car when it was parked in the street. The hail damage was the worst, actually, because it was all over the hood and the roof and one of the side panels, so it was a lot of work to fix. I won't even tell you the total bill, but it was enormous. Thank goodness for insurance.
2. Smoothies. Daniel loves making smoothies, in part because he can assemble and operate the blender all by himself, but also because they are oh-so tasty. Lately, my favorite recipe is banana, pineapple juice, frozen berries and a little sugar.
3. Espresso. I think I probably list STUART'S ESPRESSO in every love list I post on this blog, but it's so good it's worth repeating: Stuart makes some damn fine espresso every morning. In the summer when he can roast his own coffee beans (roasting creates a lot of smoke and must be done outside), the espresso is exquisite.
4. Casting on for a new knitting project. Seeing as I have a whole separate blog just for knitting, this seems rather obvious. There's something extra special about the promise of a new project, though, like how you can anticipate how wonderful it will be before you've had a chance to screw it up.
5. Winnie-the-Pooh. As in, the complete, unabridged original stories by A.A. Milne. We've been reading these to the kids of late, and they love these stories. I do, too. They are just so utterly charming and clever and gentle, plus Daniel is learning some new terminology, like "looking glass" for "mirror" and "lathery flannel" for "soapy washcloth." Anya doesn't always have the attention span for the longer tales with rambling conversations, but it's still surprising how long she'll sit and listen. We still read our share of Good Night Moon and inane Clifford books, but it's nice to mix up the bedtime stories with more substantial literature, too.
I hope you find some random joy in your weekend!