Small yet joyful things

I didn’t participate in last week’s Monday Listicles–not for lack of interest, just for lack of time.  So I wanted to try and make sure that I got this week’s topic covered and posted!  So for this week, it’s about the small stuff.  And it’s all the small stuff, right?  Isn’t that what the book said ages ago?  Anywho, without further ado, here are the:

10 tiny (or secret) things that bring you joy

  1. At this particular moment, Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups.  I don’t know what it is, but it has to be the minis.  I can’t have it in full size or the snack size, has to be the minis.  And as mentioned before on this post, has to be in multiples of four.
  2. Hammock sitting.  Nothing beats it.  Throw in a great big thing of sweet iced tea, my kindle, and an occasional fudge stick, and it’s wonderful.  Need to scrub the toilet?  Go sit outside.  Need to make dinner?  Go lay under a tree.  Bliss.

    Napping outside


    View from the hammock

  3. Still a sucker for the great MGM musicals.  I came home from Charlottesville and visiting my ailing 90 year old Grandmother, and Gigi was on TV.  I didn’t move for another two hours.  The world can disappear for awhile as you get lost in the romance and grandeur that was the golden era.

  4. A slight breeze, a bunch of nylon string, and some ripstop fabric.  What a combination.  Unlike most places on the east coast, where we fly is not on a beach–in fact it’s so close to the airport that there are flight height restrictions.  And it’s so much fun.
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  5. This is, without a doubt, my favorite tea store.  They have such wonderful tisanes, and the hands down best Chai blend that I have ever had.  Nothing like a fragrant pot brewing in the kitchen.

  6. Does my best friend know me or what?  We do not exchange Christmas gifts.  We instead do something each year.  This year we went to the Chihuly exhibit, had a fantastic lunch at Burger Bach, and went to see the movie Les Miserables.  And, crazy person that she is, she gave me a gift anyway.  I wish she hadn’t, because I got her nothing, but she did anyway.  Know what she gave me?  An animal puppet.  Awesomeness.  Yep, she gets me.  It’s currently perched on top of a candlestick holder on my entertainment center so I see it every day.
  7. The Hokie Pokie.  Because it is what it’s all about.  Besides, I dare you to find me another marching band that spotlights two dozen tuba players in a kick line.  I cannot imagine dancing while playing a tuba for two minutes.  Very physical!  Combined with Enter Sandman for the kickoff, it’s a perfect fall afternoon.  60,000 fans, jumping up and down.  I would have LOVED to have been in Lane Stadium the day that Metallica themselves filmed the order to start jumping.  Trivial fact:  The theme song was picked by an arm wrestling match, and the jumping started one fall day when the band was trying to stay warm!

  8. These guys.  No, they’re not mine.  They’re my best friends.  And I love them dearly.  Have a rotten day?  Go hold a kid.
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  9. It may be trivial, but good food.  When my brother was in the army, his roommate had a theory.  Wherever you are, if you find a restaurant that has Christmas lights up year round, it’s going to be the best food in town.  And if you think about it, that theory makes sense.  It’s usually local, usually a neighborhood or mom/pop place, and is always good.  We’ve abided by this this theory in California, Virginia, South Korea, Hawaii, Germany, DC, you name it.  Whenever we can’t decide on a place to go, we go on walkabout, and find a place with lights.
  10. These kids.  Oh, these kids.  This year our children’s program has 119 children registered to sing.  Our choir room only holds 90.  I’m so proud of them!!!