I'd Like to Thank the Happy Academy...

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I love the internet. Where else can you sit around dressed in your robe, pjs and unmatched socks, drinking coffee with hair looking like this

Albert Einstein by Sobibor.

and talk to a bunch of great people? Answer (drumroll please!): The internet, that's where! (And blogs in particular.) I'm sitting here typing this blog, happy as a clam...

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because I've been honored with the "Happy" award

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over at A Pre-Pub Writer's Blog. So what happens now, you ask? Well now I get to list ten things that make me happy. I mean, isn't this great? *she gushes* I couldn't be happier!

Some of the items on my list are going to be no surprise to my readers... but I hope you all enjoy reading them anyway. =)

Ten Things That Make Me Happy
(in no particular order)

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1) My husband. Because he is awesome. And spoils me. He rocks.

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2) Coffee. (who knew?)

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3) My family. When the five of us sit around the dining room table (or in the car), talking and playing jokes off each other, those are some of my favorite times. Lovemuffin and I can't believe the things that come out of our 4th, 5th and 6th grader's mouths. Definitely makes me happy. And our extended family make me happy too.

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4) Friends. Friends keep me grounded. They help me stay sane. My local friends, blogger friends, facebook friends, and even the people I follow on twitter bring a smile to my face each and every day.

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5) Writing. I'm extremely happy when I'm writing, especially when the creative juices are flowing. (Now editing is a different story. Editing does not make me happy. I haven't written enough to enjoy the delete button yet.)

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6) Movies. This one could be explained in two parts. First, my favorite movies make me happy because I *love* knowing everything about them and watching them over and over. Ask any of my closest friends and they'll tell you - I almost have a problem. I learn the behind-the-scenes info, the inside stories, the facts about the actors, and truly enjoy watching my favorite movies while the actors and director talk away on the commentaries. (I won't even go there about soundtracks this time.)

The second part about movies that makes me happy is finding new ones to love. And now that I'm writing more, when I find a movie I like (or even one I find odd) I enjoy dissecting and making a writing lesson out of it. In Summary: Me + movies = happy.

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7) Candles. Who doesn't love walking into a yummy smelling room? Makes me happy every time.

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8) Walking on the beach in the morning. That's the first thing I look forward to when we go on vacation - walking on the sand before the fog melts away and the beach is full of people, when you can still hear the waves and the birds. I can walk with my kids, walk alone, doesn't matter. It always brings a smile to my face.

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9) Sanitizer kills germs. That makes me happy. Elated. 'Nuff said.

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10) Owls. There's just something about them. As I've tweeted before, I find them owl-dorable. =)

And now for the finale of the Happy award. I get to give this award to ten more bloggers, bloggers who make me happy! Yay! Check them out - I'm sure you'll see what I like so much about these blogs! (And remember, there are many bloggers out there who make me happy, but I had to cut this down to only ten!)

Lynnette Labelle at Chatterbox Chit Chat

Tiana Lei at Spilled Ink

Jennifer Shirk at Me, My Muse, and I

Bethany Mattingly at Asperations

Susie Talbot at A Wrinkled Time

Jen Chandler at Sagewood Manor

Rebecca Knight at Writer in Progress

A. Grey at Grey Places

Debra Schubert at Write on Target

So what are you waiting for? Check 'em out! And thanks again for the Happy award, VR! =)


Tiana Smith said...

This is so super nice :) Thanks for the award! It'll be so hard to narrow down my choices, I don't know how you did it. I'll have to go check out those other blogs, I love meeting fellow bloggers!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's awesome - I placed my husband number one as well. Also had coffee, writing, and friends. Should've mentioned movies though!

And where is the beach scene? It reminds me of Atlantic Beach here in NC.

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Tiana, you're welcome! =)

The beach scene is actually a picture I found on photobucket - it looked a lot like the one we go to (Pismo Beach, CA) when on vacation. I was posting this blog from my laptop and don't have any pics on it so that was the fastest way to do it:)

BK Mattingly said...

Holy Cow! Thanks so much, I feel so honored :D Coffee and the smell of candles also make me happy :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, thank you!! This happy award makes me feel so...HAPPY. More so!! :)

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

Thank you so much! You're a sweetheart for thinking of me. I enjoyed reading the ten things that make you happy - I wish everyone could be happy all the time. ;-))

Artemis Grey said...

OMG this totally made me giggle like a little girl! I LOVED it! Thank you so much! And it really hit the spot I must admit because the 'sick' I had when I wrote that last post on my blog became the full-blown flu and in the meantime I got two rejections from agents, so I was wilting.
But now I'm grinning like a fool and feeling much better and I'm once again ready to conquer the writing world in my Wonder Woman underwear! :D

Oh, and by the way, my twin sis would squeal and reach into your computer and just tear those lovely little owls right off your blog! Owls are one of her totem animals. Well, mine too, I guess, being as we're identical...

VR Barkowski said...

Love your happies, especially the owls - TOO cute! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Isn't this the cutest award EVER?! I'm with you on the beach walks and candles - love them.

I can't wait to check out some new links! Congrats on the award. :-)

Lynnette Labelle said...

#9 was hilarious! Thanks for the award. I'll post my response on Monday when I do my Monday Me series.

Lynnette Labelle

Jen said...

Thank you, thank you!! This made me smile! And can I tell you I LOVE owls too? I collect them.

Yay. I has a happy :)

Happy weekend!!

Jm Diaz said...

Thank you for the links... and THAT is one happy clam! :)

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

And everyone seems surprised about my owl-diction. Maybe it's a writer thing? ;)

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Also, yes JM - he was more than happy to pose for that picture =)

Susie Talbot said...

Actually girl, your blog makes me happy!!!! Keep writing... xo