Day 54: Curriculum design makes me happy. I spent most of the day working on new stuff for work, and it was…kind of awesome. Most people wouldn’t be geeked to spend a whole day in front of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, but putting together this new program to help people learn our software better makes this geeky gal pretty happy.
Day 55: Movies make me happy. Especially when you can watch them in the comfort of your own home–DVDs from the library for the win!
Day 56: Flea markets make me happy. Yes, you read that right: flea markets. My daddy and I used to go to the flea market all the time when I was little; I loved seeing all the cool stuff for sale. So, when I found out a flea market was going on near my house I definitely wanted to check it out. I didn’t buy anything, but I did see some interesting stuff–I’d love to go to more flea markets now that the weather is nice.
Day 57: Parental advice makes me happy. At least once a week, I call my parents to catch up…and also ask for advice (usually about basic adult stuff that I should probably know already, but don’t). Lucky for me, they are always willing to give it andddd it’s always great advice! Win-win!
Day 58: Being in a supportive relationship makes me happy. My boyfriend is there for me whenever I need him, and I am so lucky (and happy) because of it.
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 37: Wheel of Fortune makes me happy. Yes, I’m serious. My boyfriend and I try to have dinner together at least once during the week, and every single time we do we end up watching The Wheel. If anyone knows how to get on the show, let me know–based on the number of correct answers I shout at the TV, I’m pretty sure I’d do well on the actual show. 🙂
Day 38: Pictures from kids make me happy. On occasion I’ll babysit my officemate’s kids, and the oldest colored these awesome pictures for me! The last time I babysat them was in February, so I brought some Valentine’s Day and Black History Month pictures for us to color together. Apparently they are still fun to color even in May (and she even told her mommy the story of Rosa Parks as she was coloring it)!
Look at these cute pictures! She did a great job staying in the lines.
Day 39: Finishing a class makes me happy. Today was the last day of a three-day course I was teaching. Wrapping up a class is always bittersweet; I love getting to know new trainees and so it is kind of sad to see them head home. However, I know they are ready to see their families and sleep in their own beds, so I’m happy they get to go back to everyday life. Luckily, all of them will be coming back for another class in early June so we’ll get to have a “class reunion.”
Day 24: Being alive makes me happy.
Yesterday was a tough day for me. I was feeling very overwhelmed by some legal issues I’m going through with my ex-fiance. But even with all the stress and struggle, I was happy to have woken up and drawn breath. As the great philosopher Pitbull once surmised, “Every day above ground is a great day.”
Day 25: Black medical professionals make me happy.
This week is the second week of my company’s customer conference, and I’ve been helping out by participating in a simulation lab. Last week I was a “radio show host”, and this week I am a “sick patient” and medical professionals come in and conduct an “office visit” with me (so we can analyze how people use our software). Today, I had a Black nurse practitioner participate and I was so happy to see her! She was so kind and really worked to take care of me and make me feel better, even though it was just a simulation. I have never in my entire life had a Black doctor–much less a Black woman doctor. I would love to receive care from a medical professional who understands my unique issues as a Black woman. We need more Black medical professionals!
Days 19-22: Vacation days make me happy. And before you ask–no, I didn’t go anywhere (unless you count the grocery store). I originally took the days off to attend DragCon 2017 in Los Angeles, but that airline ticket just wasn’t in the budget this year unfortunately. Since I’d already gotten the vacation days approved, I figured I’d use the time to reminisce about my wonderful DragCon 2016 experience and get some adulting done.
And boy, did this gal adult something FIERCE! I completed a ton of personal care appointments I’d been putting off for wayyyyy too long, got all my grocery shopping done, and (with the help of my wonderful boyfriend) took care of some #homeownerproblems. This was definitely a stay-cation, but having Friday and Monday off work made me very happy indeed.
Day 23: Handwritten notes make me happy. My boyfriend’s mom mailed me the sweetest thank you card in appreciation for the dinner I hosted over Easter weekend, and today I come into my office to find this adorable note from my office mate’s family!
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!
Day 12: Fun opportunities at work make me happy.
The title of this post is one of my company’s slogans: “Do good. Have fun. Work hard. Make money.” I do good every day, teaching people how to use the life-saving software my company provides. I definitely work hard, and make money by doing it. And next week, I get to have fun…by hosting a “radio show” as part of our spring customer conference.
When I say “radio show” I mean “welcome session with logistics about the event presented in the format of a morning radio show.” But we’ve worked really hard on making it seem like a real radio program–we have commercials recorded and everything! Guess that BA in broadcasting I got is finally getting some use–and I don’t even have to wear a Beaver costume like I did for my college internship at the local country station. 🙂
I saw these “promo posters” for the show and they are so cool! I work at the most awesome place ever!
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