Showing posts from September, 2018

Happiness Practice - September 28, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week! 
The simplest thing making me happy this week is soup! Specifically, Jamie Oliver's Sweet Potato & Chorizo Soup, which is one of my oldest go-to recipes and something I've made probably dozens of times in the past decade. It's a really easy, forgiving recipe - I never measure anything, use up stuff in the fridge instead of buying what he calls for, and swap or add stuff based on how I'm feeling every time and it always turns out well. It was a mainstay in my early cooking years, has seen me through many dinner parties, and is something I have used to start teaching lots of people to cook. This week I felt particularly ingenious, because I made it to use up a vegetable platter I had left over from an event, so I really only had to buy the sweet potatoes & chorizo, and I got to avoid letting all that veg go to waste - and it was excellent. It makes a huge batch, to feed me all week and then freeze at least …

Happiness Practice - September 21, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week! 
This actually hasn't been a fantastic week for me. I think I'm just starting to feel a little bit worn out. The high of quitting my job has worn off, but I'm still in paperwork purgatory so I don't really feel like I can make a lot of progress on finding something new yet. I've had some weird/discouraging news about my knee and am waiting to see my doctor, and I suspect I might be fighting off a bug, because I can sleep about 10 hours a night right now without blinking. I have also been having bad dreams and waking up upset or sad and it kind of sets a tough tone for the day, so this week has been a bit of a struggle, but here we are. 
In that vein, the things that are making me happy this week have to do less with my feelings this week (see: above) and more to do with the reminder of how it makes me feel when I fail to take care of my needs. I overscheduled myself badly the past two weeks, and I'm defin…

Happiness Practice - September 14, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week!

First up is one of my oldest joys and most favourite things: I've been reading a lot this week, and since the weather has turned I've been cuddled up with tea and my book and sometimes even a cat and it's exactly the thing I always wanted for myself, and it's wonderful. There's nothing quite like feeling cozy with a good book in your lap, and somehow having the cat voluntarily jump up to join me is kind of reinforcing how pleasant it is. Also contributing to my happiness is the stuff I have been reading this week:
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, which is quite good but not nearly as excellent as Uprooted was, so go read that if you haven't
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, which was really good and fun and sweet but also racy, and was so good that it's basically all I could bring myself to think about all weekend
- A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J Maas, which was basically fanfic written b…

Happiness Practice - September 7, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week! 
The first thing I wanted to talk about this week is quitting Twitter! I basically haven't been on Twitter in three or four weeks now, except when I've been linked threads by people I know, which isn't quite the same dynamic. I've definitely been doing better in the same timespan, but it's hard to tell what to attribute that to - this is very much a correlation, not causation question. But it's worth noting that things in general seem to be feeling better for me since I quit, and while there are lots of other things feeding into that - some progress on my CPA stuff, quitting my job, even the smoke fading away for a while - maybe not using some of my brain space on Twitter is helping too. I'm definitely making better use of my time in some ways - I used to check Twitter when I got out of the shower, and now I use that time to set my intention for the day and use a language app, and when I'm on the …