Back in the beginning of January, my friend Collie told me about a challenge she was going to participate in called “!00 Days Of Happy”, and invited others to join her.  So far, she has faithfully posted pictures or thoughts everyday on Facebook.  It makes me a little happier every day just to see what makes her happy.

I, of course, immediately thought “blog post” and decided I was going to participate, but that I would post my photos on my blog.  At first I was going to post them all at one time, but then I realized that “ain’t nobody got time for that” – so  then I thought – how about if I post them every two weeks or something?  That’s only 14 pictures and even if I write a little blurb under each one, most people ‘got time for that”.

Unfortunately, I started on the 4th, and this post is on the 23rd, so that actually gives us 19 days for this first post, and I didn’t have pictures for every day because I have been sick since December 30th and didn’t always remember to take a picture or even focus on finding the happy in on some of my days.  So, I’m going to fill in with some photos of things that make me happy but may not have occurred on that specific day.  It’s only cheating a little, and I think it still keeps in the spirit of the challenge.

If you would like to take part in the challenge yourself, you can do so here: 100happydays.com.

Here we go then!

January 4th:


The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Muppet Movie were on cable in the same day!  I didn’t notice this in time to see the Muppets Take Manhattan, but was in time for most of The Muppet Movie.  When this first came out in theaters, I saw it with my friend, Jeannie.  We loved it, and being weirdos, decided we were going to go to Hollywood and make it big, playing the banjo.  We got as far as buying banjos and taking lessons but never made it to Hollywood.  No regrets though, and I still love this movie.

January 5th:


I have been watching the Packer games with my dad the last few years, because my mom’s blood pressure goes thru the roof if she watches them (talk about your diehard fan).  I love these Sunday’s with my dad.  The Packers may not always win, but I win every time, and I am pretty sure my dad sees it as a win, too.

January 6th:


I received notification that my blog post “10 Advantages to Living in the Frozen Tundra” was an editor’s pick for Freshly Pressed on WordPress.com.  That meant my little blog was about to get a ton more views, and likely some new followers.  It didn’t go live until a few days later, but it was well worth the wait.  I had my 15 minutes of fame, and got to meet some cool new bloggers too.

January 7th:

JH’s Snow Monster.  My friend’s son used basic copier paper to make a snow monster, modeled after the one in the movie “Frozen”.  His mom couldn’t see it at first, because her son used white paper on white paper, and it didn’t have much contrast lying flat.  But when she held it up to the light – the magic happened.  She posted the picture on Facebook, and it made me smile as soon as I saw it.  It still does!

January 8th:


I got this in the mail.  I know it’s dumb, but that stupid commercial makes me laugh every stinkin’ time.

January 9th:


Bought tickets to see Wicked at the PAC, for my daughter and I.  We’re so excited!

January 10th:


Yearly outing with my homegirls to the PrimeQuarter.  I can’t even print the subjects we discussed.  Honestly.  It surprises me that we don’t get kicked out of restaurants.

January 11th:


I LOVE MY KEURIG!  Nuff said.

January 12th:


These two.  I mean, how cute are they?

January 13th:

This Linda Ronstadt song on the radio, as I drove home from work sick…again.   The second picture is of myself and my siblings, minus my one sister who is taking the picture.  We are singing “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt, while doing the dishes.  We were sober, in case you were wondering.

January 14th:


This snowy snowy day!  I spent it at home trying to kick the bug out of my system (not successfully I might add), and got to watch the 8 inches of snow fall and blow from the coziness of my livingroom.  I actually love getting snow if it’s in December, January, or February.   I mean, it’s winter, right?  Might as well have snow to play in.

January 15th:


Peaches!  My daughter’s kitty.  Which makes me think of my daughter, which of course gives me a Happy!

January 16th:


My son’s car, parked in the same work parking lot as mine, because he works for the same company.  I get to torture him everyday by saying “hi” to him in public.  Another happy!

January 17th:


My family.  The picture below is of all 13 of my parent’s grandchildren from a long ago Christmas, although it seems just like yesterday to me.  Probably to my dad too, also in the picture.

They are all adults now, some starting their own families.  Watching them all grow up and become such loving, diverse, and interesting individuals has been one of my greatest joys.  And I LOVE being a great-aunt!  Or a “great” aunt.  Or just “great”.

January 18th:


These kids playing on this giant snow pile by the elementary school.  Totally brings back memories of doing this as a kid.  I showed it to my 22 year old son, who interestingly enough said, “That’s not even a big pile.  We used to get more snow when I was a kid”.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that Dave and I say the same thing about our childhood, and that him saying that was his first venture into sounding like an old man.  “GET OFF MY LAWN” can’t be far behind.

January 19th:



January 20th:


These ornaments, traded for on the black market, for a used Mini Keurig.  I can’t reveal my sources, or my supply may dry up.  One of these may or may not show up in a future Conard White Elephant exchange.  You won’t know, Hao Nguyen or Joe Conard or Ben Conard, until you open it.  You’ve got to ask yourself a question:  “Do I feel lucky?”  Well, do ya, punk?

January 21st:


This response to my Facebook status by my friend Caroline.

January 22nd


Since getting to know Joey (see Meet Joe, Not Your Average Joe, Thanks For Making Me A Fighter) and being involved with mTT (My Team Triumph) last summer, I decided I wanted to learn sign language so I could ‘speak’ to Joe, who has profound hearing loss.  Besides Joe, many of the Captains in mTT are unable to speak and/or hear so learning it will really come in handy if I continue to be involved.  I signed up for the class with my BFF, Doreen, who is Joey’s aunt.  Last night was our first class, and we learned the alphabet.  The instructor brought us to a website that showed videos of words being spelled out, and we had to try to figure out what they were.  The only word I got right? “Wiener”, for which I took a load of crap from Doreen.

Later in class I told the instructor I knew how to say “Live Long and Prosper” in sign language and of course splayed my fingers out ala-Vulcan.  Doreen just looked at me and said, “Get out,” as she pointed to the door.  So earlier today, we had a little email banter going.

January 23rd

I don’t have a picture for today, but I am very happy.  And content.  Some days you realize how truly blessed you are, and today is one of those days for me.  Tomorrow, I might be swearing like a sailor on the way to work, but for now, all is well.

What made you happy today?

Stay warm, my friends!

6 thoughts on “#100HappyDays

  1. Dawn

    Reading your blog makes me happy. Today, sitting in my living room, drinking a cup of my coffee, and reading Facebook instead of being at work is making me very happy! What a great idea. I might have to try it.

  2. Pingback: #100HappyDays Part 2 | Brick House

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