You know that feeling. When you can't stop grinning. When you have that little spring in your step. When everything seems a little brighter, a little more fun, a little more interesting. A little more full of possibility.
300? How did we get to 300 already? I started this on July 1, 2011 and said I'd do it for one year. That means we have only 65 left. (But since it was a leap year, we'll have 366 reasons).
As the weather turns warmer, it feels like a season marker when I order my first frap of the spring. Caramel, thank you. And yes, to the whip. Life is short, after all. I'm not a fan of deprivation. (That's why I run...). Enjoy!
I know, I know, who am I to be calling anyone "older?" But you know what I mean...seeing couples who could be your grandparents, holding hands—I love that. There's something so sweet, so magical, so…hopeful about it. Romance is never out-dated in my opinion. Seeing this sight is one of my favorite things in the world.
Reason to Be Happy #296: Entertainment Weekly's Summer Movie Preview
I've, uh, mentioned that I love movies, right? Love. Them. And the summer movie preview is just a geek fest for me, of reading and planning and anticipation. The Avengers. Snow White and the Huntsmen. Crooked Arrows. Prometheus. Dark Knight Rises. Moonrise Kingdom. Hysteria. Dark Shadows. A Perfect Family. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Amazing Spider-Man. Ted. Hope Spring. So many movies, so little time...
Such a great joy—revisiting a book you swooned over the first time. Those books that are capable of rendering us smitten (and blind to all other commitments) time and time again—those are among life's greatest pleasures for me. My most recent revisit is of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. A beautiful, hauting book. If you haven't read it, do yourself the favor. I'd be willing to bet it's one you'll one day want to reread yourself.
Reason to Be Happy #294: Learning to Make Indian Food Yourself
Okay, so I'm no expert yet…but my friends are willing guinea pigs with my experiments. So far, what I'm pretty darn good at is mulligatawny soup and the fabulous dessert gagar ka halva (which is like a warm carrot pudding…I know that sounds icky, but trust me: it's divine).
Ohh...perhaps my favorite cuisine (or at least seriously tied with Italian). I like it spicy hot enough to make my nose run. Fresh, fluffy, buttery nan. Chicken tikka saag. Hot pickle. Samosas. When I meet friends at Amar, I always write it "Ammmmmmmar." :-)
Okay, this is going to sound…weird, but is there anything more satisfying to hold than a water balloon? They just feel good in your hands. And everything that's fun about a snowball fight is even better with a water balloon fight because they tend to happen in warm, sunny weather. Half the fun is in the preparation.
There are no photos of me using a hula hoop because that never lasts long enough to capture! I'm horrible at it, but it never fails to get me laughing...hard. Nothing makes you feel more ridiculous. And feeling ridiculous can be fun.
If you're talking old school jelly beans, my favorites are the black (with all their licorice goodness) and the white (which taste of cream soda). If you're talking the new-fangled Jelly Bellies, then I love the coconut, the strawberry daiquiri, and the cotton candy. Just so ya know...
My mother is the Queen of all Easter egg hiders. And, yes, even the adults have to hunt for them. This is a real hunt, not those lame games where they just put a bunch of eggs in the grass and everyone races to grab the most the fastest. No, my mother's hiding will keep us all occupied for at least half an hour. She's good. We get pretty competitive about it, too.