Happiness Practice - June 1, 2018

Drafting these posts has been an interesting shift in how I engage with things sometimes. I am now constantly on the lookout for some shining spot of happiness in my life to share with everyone, and some weeks it's easy while some weeks it is... not. The actual effect of this on my happiness is a subject for a slow week (spoiler alert: it's good) but this week, I've been in the weird, pleasant position of being so excited about what I want to share, I wound up drafting this post super early! There were a lot of things making me happy this week, y'all, and I had some choices to make! I don't know, maybe I just had a really good week?
Up first: It probably isn't a surprise to learn I keep lists of books. There's a stack on my bedside table, a shelf of physically owned (or borrowed!) TBR, online repositories in more than one place, a list on my phone. If I hear about a book that sounds interesting, it goes on one of my lists - which depends on a variety of factors, but it'll get penciled in somewhere. All of which to say - by the time I get to a book, I can't always remember where I heard about it, or why it piqued my interest. So I don't know what it was about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, that made me put it on my list, but I am very, very glad I did. I can't remember the last time a book swept me up like this. I tore through it in two days, was late leaving more than once because I didn't want to stop reading, and was completely immersed. Its themes resonated with me strongly and it had a lot of interesting things to say, about identity, love, pride, dedication, and expectations. It was just gorgeous, and I can't really explain it. I loved it, I loved curling up on the sofa with my tea to read it, and it genuinely made me quite happy this week.
The other thing making me happy this week is this Toasted Quinoa & Corn Salad. I make it as soon as the first corn hits the market every year, and then repeatedly over the summer. It's so good, and bright and cheery and colourful, it's completely evocative of summer every time. I almost always want seconds, and it makes enough for a bunch of meals, so it's great. It's also hearty enough that every time I make it I remember how much I enjoy meatless dishes and make a bunch more over the following weeks. Plus, it's startlingly easy - really just boiling quinoa and chopping a bunch of vegetables. It's in heavy rotation around here as soon as it's seasonable, and I recommend it to you unreservedly!
And now, what about you? What's making you happy this week?

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