Day 94: Eating well makes me happy. I’ve mentioned it a few times on the blog but for those who may not know, I’m a vegetarian. (Fun fact: July 8 was my one year veggie-versary!) I originally became vegetarian in order to eat healthier and improve my lifestyle, but quickly fell into the habit of eating very unhealthy vegetarian foods. (Another fun fact: French fries and cheese pizza are in fact vegetarian, but they aren’t the best foods for you. #TheMoreYouKnow) I’ve also been working with a personal trainer, and he encouraged me to start a food diary to keep up with the number of calories and amount of protein I’m eating (peep this post for more on that). Now I know it’s possible to have a delicious, filling dinner for under 700 calories! (Final fun fact: This does not mean I’m never going to each french fries or cheese pizza again. A lady has to indulge every now and again.)
Day 95: Helping out my company makes me happy. I actually have *two* days in the office this week! And I chose to spend two hours of each one not working in my office. (That’s #assbackwards I know.) Our annual company picnic is on Saturday, and I’m helping out with advance registration. Volunteering for this internal opportunity made me happy in a few ways:
- I get to spend time in a part of campus that I never go to.
- I met three really cool coworkers that I probably wouldn’t have talked otherwise. (In a company of 9000+ people, it’s easy to work with folks you’ve never met.)
- I got to brush off my retail customer service skills.
- I got to pick up my own tickets in advance.
- I got a free t-shirt!
Day 47-51: Long weekends make me happy. I originally planned to go back home to Kentucky for Memorial Day, but ended up doing a staycation instead. I got so much stuff done around the house–I wish I had a four-day workweek all the time. My house would be spotless! For Memorial Day, my boyfriend and I relaxed and grilled veggie kebabs. This long weekend was the perfect blend of work and play.
Day 52: Office days make me happy. This was my first day back after the long weekend and I’m so glad I didn’t have to jump into teaching right away. Having the time to get through my backlog of email and work on projects (with quickly approaching deadlines) was a great way to come back from vacation.
Day 53: Lifelong friends make me happy. I’ve known my best friend (Gabby) since fourth grade. We went through middle and high school together, but ended up at different colleges and now live in different states. Our bond is still just as strong though; she is the sister I never had. We chatted on the phone and it was like no time had passed, even though the last time I saw her was at Christmas. I’m so happy that she’s still in my life after all these years!
Seeing New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys–we dreamed of this day since we were kids!
Day 31: Fresh clean sheets make me happy.
Making the bed is one of my least favorite chores–always has been. But there is nothing quite like climbing into a bed with freshly laundered sheets on it. Hopefully I will sleep easier and have sweeter dreams.
Bonus: I made breakfast for dinner tonight and it turned out really well! It was a late dinner that I honestly didn’t feel like cooking (I had just gotten in from the gym) but it tasted great. Scrambled eggs with salsa, kale, and vegetarian sausage links–all I was missing were some hot biscuits!
Day 13: Saturdays make me happy. Long story short, I love the weekend! I enjoy my job (see my last post for reasons why) but there is nothing like sitting around the house doing absolutely nothing.
Day 14: Grilling out makes me happy. My boyfriend and I made Portobello burgers for dinner and they were SO. GOOD! I’ve often missed meat since becoming a vegetarian last August, but these burgers made me forget all about it! Ground chuck who??? All I need are these mushrooms, honey! 🙂
Day 15: Reuniting with colleagues makes me happy. I ran into one of my old analysts during our customer conference and it was so exciting to see her! Her organization was the last one I worked with before I switched to my current role, so I wasn’t able to see them get all the way through the install. I loved getting updates on how things went, the other analysts, and overall just getting to see her again.
Day 16: Small fuzzy animals make me happy. I saw a chipmunk when I was walking to lunch at work. I would have snapped a picture but the little thing scampered away before I could get my phone out. Guess he was heading to lunch too!