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Happiness Practice - February 23, 2018

[This is a post written to catch up blog posts with historical posts before I set up the blog! I'll also be adding tags so it's easier to find old subjects.]

Ready for what's making us happy this week? I've been playing (and loving!) Horizon: Zero Dawn for the past little while, and I think I'm finally about to beat it. It's gorgeous and super fun - the combat in this game is the best I've seen in a while. Just futzing around with ammo types and different strategies is really entertaining, and I constantly put off main quests to just putter around, hunt robots, and take in the scenery. It's an absolute blast and I recommend it highly! Did you know that MGMT put out a new album two weeks ago? I only found out last week (on NPR's New Music Friday podcast, which I can also recommend) and I've listened to it a few times since then. It's pretty good! Give it a listen if you think MGMT is up your alley.

Happiness Practice - February 16, 2018

[This is a post written to catch up blog posts with historical posts before I set up the blog! I'll also be adding tags so it's easier to find old subjects.]

It's time for what's making us happy this week! This week, it's taking classes at Valkyrie! Ever since I hurt my knee and stopped being able to run, I've been looking for a replacement workout that I actually enjoy, and swordfighting classes might just be it. The classes are super fun, it's a pretty solid workout, and the environment is really friendly and chill - everyone I've met is really nice! I look forward to my class every week, and I even enjoy how sore I am days afterwards. It's definitely helping my mood and making me happy! And for something that might make you happy where you sit right now (and doesn't require working up a sweat!) there's this guy and his dog, who are adorable and hilarious.

Happiness Practice - February 9, 2018

[This is a post written to catch up blog posts with historical posts before I set up the blog! I'll also be adding tags so it's easier to find old subjects.]

Full disclosure: what's making me happy this week is nothing. It's been a long week, I'm inexplicably burnt out, and I've caught a cold which has sapped my energy and made me skip a couple of workouts, which always has a deleterious effect on my mood. "Happy" isn't how I've felt this week so much as "getting by". But we all have those days and weeks, and that's not the structure of these posts. So, this week I finished the book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus. It was really good, really interesting, and has a lot of new information I'd never heard before, laid out thoughtfully and accessibly. If you're interested in history at all, I'd recommend it.  Also, this song by Glass Animals, which Spotify kept shoving in my face until I fell utterly…

Happiness Practice - February 2, 2018

[This is a post written to catch up blog posts with historical posts before I set up the blog! I'll also be adding tags so it's easier to find old subjects.]

It's time for what's making me happy this week! This week, I keep thinking about Mansions of Madness, which I played last weekend courtesy of Adam. It was a lot of fun! I understand that previous versions had you reading out of the rulebook, which could be complicated, but the update with the app was really well done, atmospheric, and made the game play smoothly. I liked the overall structure and the occasional individual puzzle solving elements, and in general it was just a good game. Playing it was definitely a good time! I also started listening to Sylvan Esso's latest album again this week. I listened to it a lot last fall and I was a little worried that I might have permanently imbued these tracks with sadness but I'm very happy to find out that, no, this album and this song in particular are really k…