Today, my boss and I, desperate to get out of these four walls of lunacy, took a long lunch at a local museum. Which was weird. You know, I used to work in the arts and we did that sort of stuff all the time, but here, well, let's just say it's not in the culture.
Anyway, this is a cool, funky little museum and I had a great time. I went to see an exhibit of Shirley Mason (Sybil - yes, that Sybil, with the 16 personalities, no her name wasn't really Sybil, it was Shirley, yes she really was a professional artist). She lived nearish to me and someone recently found a whole bunch of her art, and WOW, am I rambling. Anywho, there was also an exhibit by a weaver and it was heaven. Just heaven. And it reminded me that happiness is sometimes about surrounding yourself with things that you love.
Hence - Five Random Things that I Love and Make me Happy
1. Fiber Art - Anything from weaving to quilting to hand dyed fabrics. Not to mention crochet and knit. There is something undeniably tactile and solid to fiber art that makes me weak in the knees. Literally. I was literally swaying in the museum and wondering what my boss would do if I passed out right in the middle of the gallery.
Nifty Glassware - I have this thing about glasses. Some people get all worked up about dishes or teapots and yeah, they're nice. But I love glasses. I don't really own any. Honestly. Most of my glasses are broken, so we have replaced them with plastic and plan on buying glass when both of my children our firmly out of the throwing-and/or-carrying-things-that-are-too-heavy phase. I do have some really nice Coca-Cola glasses that are put up and a couple of single glasses that are my water glasses. I also really love to drink out of Mason jars. It appeals to something nostalgic in my soul.
3. Irises - I love irises. They are by far my favorite flower. There is something so confrontational, yet graceful about an iris that appeals to me. I'm sort of a traditionalist, preferring the purple-yellow iris combo. But I can love just about any iris you want to introduce me to. The Husband thinks my favorite flowers are tulips and I do love the hopefulness of a tulip, but I am deep in my soul, an iris woman.
Pickles - I adore pickles. Sweet, sour, dill, kosher, slices, whole, spears. Kitchen pickles, refrigerator pickles, fried pickles. I love them all. I had barbecue for lunch and I almost jumped up and down when I saw the three (3!!) fresh pickle slices on my plate.
5. Red - My favorite color is purple and red is probably three or four colors down on my favorite list, but there is just something about red things that make me happy. I have a red wool coat that I wear most of the winter and it really jazzes up a gray, dreary day. I like to wear red, in part because I think it goes well with that whole underfed vampire look I have going on, but also because it just knocks some energy into me when I see it.
So, what makes you happy? The randomer, the better!