Is it just me, or is wintertime the WORST? I get into a funk every time. For the past couple years, I thought it was because I lived in wasteland Utah and had to slog through snow every day, didn't see the sun for months, was always cold, got pale and chubby, stuff like that. And also because I was always breaking up with someone. Seriously, every winter for the past several years. But turns out, I still felt gloomy here in sunny, mild Arizona this past winter even though the weather was great and I have a husband that I will never break up with.
Luckily Spring is here now and life is good again, but I still try to actively work on being happy. I just finished The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I definitely recommend it. I read it every morning while on the treadmill for a month of two and both of those activities just made my days better. I try to do something special every day that will make me feel accomplished and happy.
One of the biggest things I did to become less grouchy and more productive this Winter was to start making lists. I love lists. I keep lists of books I really want to read, books I probably should read but probably won't, baby names (Robby doesn't like any of the baby names I like, or basically any names at all. We can't agree on anything, so I'm starting early and keeping a very long list of every name I would be remotely content with naming a baby. I am so worried that our children will be nameless. I can't even talk about this anymore. This parentheses is way too long), wish lists, dream house requirements, things to do if I'm bored, quotes I like, projects I want to do, things I want to write about, and, duh, grocery lists.
I LOVE LISTS.
Making lists makes me so happy. So here is my "best of" list for today.
Best Wedding of All Time:
Kate and William. It's their one year anniversary on Sunday! P.S. I saw this happen. I was in London when they got married. I will never stop bragging about this.
Best Video I've Seen Today:
I am obsessed with pointe shoes. I did ballet for years and years and really defined myself as a ballerina as a child until I realized I was really bad at it. I just did not have any ballet talent. I didn't have the right body type, but mostly, I did not have grace. I am the opposite of graceful. And I am not even saying that because I am trying to be cute and self-deprecating. I am genuinely clumsy. I drop everything. I get angry just thinking about the number of things I have spilled this week. Also, remember this? So I quit dance and started swimming (can't trip doing that), but still will always love ballet and especially pointe shoes. They are so beautiful and well-engineered. I wrote an essay in eighth grade about buying my first pair of pointe shoes, and, not to brag, but I won the district writing contest. I guess you could call it my big break or something.
Best Video I've Seen Ever:
I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that I freaking love this song. But mostly I'm not, because watching this makes me so happy.
Best Slideshow:This one of City Hall marriages! Beautiful people, interesting stories, awesome outfits! So much to love!
Best Article Ever:This one about Kanye West. Just read it all.
Best Short Story:In The Gloaming by Alice Elliot Dark. Unfortunately, I can't find the full text online for this anywhere, but it is so good. Please find a way to read it. I read this for a class last night and literally wept the entire time. It is about a mother and her dying son. It is beautifully framed and beautifully written and so symbolic and makes me want to have a son, and I am terrified of having a son. It is by a landslide my favorite short story I've read for school this year, and probably my favorite short story ever.
Best Things I Have Pinned:
Sorry for the language and crudeness, except for not really (except for really). But, THIS IS THE FUNNIEST WEBSITE EVER
And there goes my afternoon. That's all. Bye, guys.