1. Three! Day! Weekend!
2. College football is back. And while it's certainly not my favorite sport, the fact that it's back means that it's almost officially fall. Cooler temperatures, my favorite hoodies, soft fleece blankets, and the soothing darkness that is so good for sleeping are all coming back, and I am very happy about that. I will make some hot tea and roast a chicken and stock up on Halloween candy, in case we eat it all before the end of October, and I will get excited about football (Go Huskers!)
3. Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a lovely, quiet, relaxing day. It gave me a chance to think back over this last year and reflect on what has made me happy and what hasn't, about what's working in my life and what isn't. It's helped me focus on what I want to accomplish this upcoming year and what I can cast aside as an idea that isn't working for me right now. For example, I need new strategies for a job where I stare at screens all day (it used to be paper, which was easier on my eyes), and I'd really like to clean up the basement and get more things down there organized. Because they're not. And last year I was reading like a crazed woman, going through 4-5 books a week, and that really burned me out. Lately I've been working on just 2 or 3 a week, and that's helped immensely. So it's all about finding balance and holding on to what's important and letting go of what's not. Also, I think I should eat more cake. Unless, of course, there's pudding.
*what is making me happy this week