Make your own happiness (’cause it ain’t always there)!

It was a rocky start to the morning. I woke up to a messy house because I passed out last night before straightening up (which throws me off because I’m pretty anal), the kids were super whiny, the dog was hyper, and I’ve got contractors using a jack hammer on my bathroom floor. Not a good combo when you already have a splitting headache. But since I’m trying to say goodbye to my so-called Dr. Crankenstein, I came up with a plan that would keep me happy and sane: Flee the scene!

I packed up the kids and headed straight to Dunkin’ Donuts. While their coffee isn’t quite as satisfying as my Caramel Machiatto, they do have munchkins. The mere mention of the word gets my kids out the door and into their car seats in record time! After our DD run, we went to the park, and I bumped into someone I haven’t seen in about 15 years. It was great to see her–and even nicer to hear that I haven’t aged (especially after what my son said last week)!

And I’ve got exciting plans for the afternoon (read this with a sarcastic intonation). We’re going to Michael’s craft store to buy some multi-colored chocolate wafers and molds to make our own Easter candy. Hopefully it’ll be a fun project. I know eating it will be! And since chocolate is known to be a natural mood-booster, I’m expecting that it will crush out any crankiness that remains. We’ll see!

What are you doing to make yourself happier today? Please share!



A play date with a friend.

Liz and me. We used to work together at REDBOOK. Boy our lives are different now!

Hanging out with a friend you haven’t seen in a while is a definite mood-booster (provided you actually like the person!). 😉 My two kids and I just got back from playing at our favorite local park with my friend Liz and her 3 boys. They only live about 45 minutes away from us, but we rarely get to see them, so this was a real treat. Fortunately, Liz and I had a good phone chat yesterday so we weren’t the least bit frustrated by the little creatures impeding our conversation. Ha, ha, ha.  It was nice to stand back and watch our kids smiling and playing together while basking in the sun–something Old Man Winter hasn’t allowed us to do for quite some time! Everywhere I looked I saw tree buds blossoming, flowers blooming, and lush green grass. Being outside felt so invigorating.

There was a slight wind, so we attempted to fly the kite that Liz happened to have in her car. We didn’t succeed but it sure was fun trying!

Liz desperately trying to catch some wind.

For those of you who are stuck indoors today, I hope you had a chance to soak up some rays during your lunch break. But even if you didn’t, it’ll still be light by the time you get home, so plan on having dinner al fresco! And while you’re at it, why don’t you call an old friend and try to meet up? I promise it’ll crush your crankiness in a second!


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