Papa!

That’s pronounced: Puh-Paw.

My father is one of the oddest men you could ever meet.  Honestly, what I can say about him on this blog is limited because much of his charm is not appropriate for all audiences 😛

Papa has never met a stranger.  He spends his days riding his bicycle throughout the metroplex, charming and fascinating people along the way.  He is a retired sheet rocker.  We can drive around the City and seeing buildings he helped construct. So. Cool!

One of my favorite memories of Papa is – well, actually it is a compilation of memories.  When I was a child I got really into musicals.  During this time period, Papa would go to Blockbuster (remember those?) and rent the various musicals they had in stock.  It is through this process that I was introduced to not only the big classics like Oklahoma! and West Side Story, but the slightly more obscure ones like Calamity Jane and On the Town.  I think the sweetest part about this is that Papa is not a huge musical fan.  This was obviously an action done out of the love for his daughter!

To be honest, I’m not a Daddy’s Girl.  I’m Mumsy’s clone, so it couldn’t be helped.  But Papa is a good man.  He has always made sure my siblings and I know that he loves us and is there to support us with whatever decisions we make in life.

Thank you, Papa.

(Cue the Dawww‘s)

Welcome Back, Weekend!

Dear Weekend,

I MISSED YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!  Please, don’t ever leave me again.  You don’t know how mean the Weekdays can be to me sometimes!  I mean, Friday is cool, but Monday is a total jerk most of the time.  Tuesday is kinda just there, usually in a daze.  Wednesday is annoying in the morning, but better by the afternoon.  Thursday just wishes they were as cool as Friday.  They’re not.

But you, Weekend, you’re the best!  Both Saturday and Sunday are always so nice to me!  That is, until y’all bail and leave me to face Monday alone.  Super. Rude.  But I forgive you, because I know you’ll be waiting for me at the end of the week!

I love you, Weekend.  Let’s stay together forever this time, alright?

Forever yours,

Ms. B. Happy

Today Gotcha Down? Grin and Bear It!

Not gonna lie: Ms. B. had a rough day.  Not the worst day, but I’m glad it is coming to a close.  Having bad days are unavoidable, but it is possible to make them a little better.  I want to share with you a couple of my tried-and-true mood lifters:

  1. Smile!
    Just the act of smiling can put you in a better mood.  It doesn’t even matter if you mean it.  Fake smiles work just as well as real ones.  What usually happens with me when I’m in a bad mood is that I’ll start out with a fake smile, but then it gradually turns into a genuine one the longer I do it.  I think this is because when I’m making myself smile I try to think of things that actually make me smile, which leads me to my next suggestion:
  2. Think Happy Thoughts!
    Obvious, I know, but it works.  My go-to happy thought is my cats, and all the ridiculous things they do, like lick shower curtains.
  3. Breathe Deep.
    Focusing on your breathing for a moment can help to reset your mental and emotional state.  Think of it like a baby-meditation session.
  4. Have a Snack and a Beverage.
    Sometimes you’re hangry and don’t even realize it.  Or dehydrated.  Don’t mistake this suggestion for emotional eating.  What I’m saying is if you’re in a bad mood, think about when you last ate something or had a drink of water.  Been a while, right?
  5. Listen to Music.
    Note that I didn’t specify what type of music.  It can be happy, sad, angry, loud, soft – it doesn’t matter.  Sometimes when I’m mad there is nothing better than to scream along to an ‘everything is not okay’ song.
  6. Tell Someone That You’re Upset.
    When you tell someone that you’re in a bad mood you are acknowledging to yourself and to the world the reality of the situation.  Once you acknowledge the situation, you can move on from it.  I find that once I mention to someone I’m in a bad mood, I begin to feel better.  Plus, it’s nice to warn people.
    Do keep in mind to use discretion with this suggestion.  I don’t recommend announcing the state of your emotional well-being over the intercom at work, or walking up to strangers and telling them that you’re feeling cranky.  Try a good friend or family member.  Again, the idea isn’t so much to complain as it is to acknowledge what you are feeling.
  7. Count Your Blessings.
    Whether your religious or not, we all have things in our lives that we are thankful for.  It can be hard to remember them when we’re brooding, but it is not impossible.  Reminding yourself of all the good things in your life can help put whatever your current situation is into the correct perspective.
  8. Cry.  If life gets to the point where you just need to cry, let those tears roll, baby!  I come from a long line of criers.  I cry when I’m happy, sad, and angry.  Crying can be so cathartic.  Crying is a physical way to express how you’re feeling, which is such a cool idea when you think about it!  And isn’t it amazing how much liquid your body can produce!?!
  9. Sleep.  This is an especially great step to take after number 7.  I am an absolute baby if I don’t get enough sleep.  I get overly sensitive to everything that is said to me. Worst of all, instead of going to bed I try to stay up and wallow in my bad mood.  Very counterproductive.  Seriously, if all else fails, go to sleep.

Well that list went on longer than I expected!  I hope some of these suggestions can help you next time you’re in a funk.

Love,

Ms. B.

Music Monday 10/9/17

Happy Monday!

Ugh, I know.  Mondays can be very not fun.  To help that, every Monday (unless I forget) I want to share a song to start your week off right!

First on the list is Bowling for Soup’s Shut-Up And Smile.  This song was playing on repeat in my head the day I created this site.  I feel it captures the goal of somehappythings.com pretty well 🙂

Sunday Comics

Happy Sunday!

I’ve always enjoyed Sundays.  The calm before the storm of the work-week.  A good day to slow down, relax, maybe take a nap or three.  Sunday is also the greatest day of the week for the comics in the newspaper!  More comics than the rest of the week and ALL of them in COLOR!?!  Yay!

Since I don’t live with my parents anymore, and the comics are the only section of the paper I ever read, I don’t get to experience this joy on a regular basis like I used to.  But no worries; that’s what the internet is for!  I would still prefer to read them in the paper because they’re all together and I don’t have to click through a bazillion pages, but ‘beggars’ (no, seriously, this is such a 1st-world-problem) can’t be choosers.

If you don’t know this joy I’m talking about – newspaper comic strips – it’s not too late!  As I said above all of the various strips are available online.  If you think I’m silly to be so into newspaper comic strips, you may be right!  But they make me happy!

The thing I do really like about comics being available online is that you can go back to the very beginning of a strip and read the whole thing.  I’ve done this with the Baby Blues strip and Luann.

If you want to be cool like me and get into reading comic strips, but don’t know where to begin, I think Baby Blues is a great place to start.  They are all available at http://babyblues.com/

To give an example of awesomeness I’m talking about, here is one of my favorites: http://babyblues.com/comics/september-14-2000/

Mumsy

I am thankful every single day that I have such a wonderful mother.  I am very confident in saying Mumsy and I have one of the best mother-daughter relationships ever to have occurred in the entire history of the world.  Yup. I said it.  Not bragging, just fact.

Mumsy is a scientist, and artist, a philosopher, a leader, a teacher, and a counselor.  She has been described by a friend as an all-knowing-and-powerful-wizard.  Another friend told me that sometimes when she asks a question to herself she thinks, ‘I bet Mumsy would know.’  And you know what?  Both of these friends are correct.

Things I love about Mumsy and our relationship:

  • She’s my mother. She gave birth to me. She is the reason I exist.
  • She’s taught me how to be a good person.  This is in addition to practical advice, like all the cleaning uses of vinegar.
  • She is a beautiful singer.
  • We talk on the phone every day.
  • We have similar taste in all forms of art.
  • She listens to me and reassures me whenever I have self doubt.
  • She is so smart.  I think about when I’ll have kids and they ask me questions.  I won’t have all the answers Mumsy has!

Mumsy is the best.  End of discussion.

I hope everyone has a great Mumsy or Mumsy-like person in their life!

Yay for Friday! (And Fries!)

Who doesn’t love Fridays!?!  Whether it’s school or work, there is something really special about coming to the end of that week.  If it was a terrible week, Friday is when you can begin to forget and recover.  If it was a great week, Friday just makes it even better!

The word ‘Friday’ also makes me think about fries, which I love even more than Fridays!  And eating fries ON a Friday?  Can life get any more amazing in a moment like that!?!  OOOOOO!!! YES IT CAN!!! How? CHEESE FRIES!!!  Is there a cheese that start’s with ‘F’ so we can keep this alliteration going?

…Quick internet search…

Duh!  Feta!  Wait, that doesn’t sound like the cheese I want on my fries.  Oh!  Stay with me on this: it doesn’t matter what the cheese is because we will just use the French word ‘Fromage!’

Okay, this is perfect Fromage French-Fries on Friday!  Get it?  Let it sink in.  You’ll laugh later, I promise.

Happy Friday, everyone!  May it be the beginning of a great weekend!

Love,

Ms. B.

The Boyfriend

I want to share stories about people in my life, but I’m also a big believer in privacy.  I know, ironic that I’ve started this site, right?  Anyway, I’ve decided to give the people I write about on here code names!  Brilliant?  Silly?  Mildly Creative?  Yes!

The Boyfriend:

Actually, he’s my husband.  We’ve been married since July.  I love Boyfriend more than words can describe.  He is my rock.  He is also the robot lovechild of Hank Hill and Sheldon Cooper.  Boyfriend and I have been together for over five years.  We knew we could conquer any relationship issue after we survived living in an efficiency apartment together for two years.  If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

Although we are married, we still refer to each other as Boyfriend and Girlfriend.  We had a very serious discussion pre-engagement deciding if this would be allowed.  We concluded that even if it’s not allowed, we didn’t care!  Boyfriend and Girlfriend are our pet-names for each other, and they shall remain so forevermore!

Five reasons I love Boyfriend:

  1. We have the same religious and political beliefs.
  2. He loves cats just as much as I do.
  3. He has great taste in video games, and buys me video games so we can play together!
  4. He has huge biceps.
  5. He does chores.  ALL OF THE CHORES!!!

Quick Confession

Okay, if it is not obvious yet, it will be soon: my knowledge of how-to-internet is absolutely minuscule.  I didn’t even realize this website had gone live until I checked on it tonight.  So, please bear with me.  I am a beh-beh blogger and am definitely still in the crawling stage.  Actually, I don’t even think I’m there yet.  I can hold my neck up by myself, and am just able to roll over.  But babies learn fast, so hopefully I will too!

Happiness can be hard to find…

As I take my daily wander through the internet I notice myself feeling a range of emotions – anger, anxiety, fear, sadness – lots of negative, very little positive.  For many, it seems that the whole purpose of the internet is to bring people down.

Well I don’t want to do that!

I want to add good things to the world.  I want create a place where people can come when they’re feeling down.

On this site I will post things that make me happy.  Stories, links to articles, pictures, videos – whatever joy I find in the world, I want to share it with you!  And hopefully, by doing so, we can all feel a little better while going about our day.

Please enjoy,

Ms. B. Happy