Saturday, March 22, 2014

Best of: my favourite of the first 50 days #100happydays

In January, I began a trek into reminding myself what makes me happy on a daily basis. I'd had a rough fall, a worse winter, and then my best friend died. This has been my daily reminder that the world was not ending.

Now, things are on the upswing. I came back from stress leave to a new position at work that I love, a constant work schedule for the first time in 15 years, new learning opportunities, the house build on track for May 1, and The Guy moved to a normal work time. It's been a whirlwind few months and I still feel like my brain hasn't caught up, but I'm enjoying it.

I decided to go through the first 50 days of my #100happydays and show you some of my favourite pictures.

Day 1                                                                        Day 30
My two guys. #100happydays
My two guys
The weather is nicer and Monty is enjoying his new booties! #100happydays Day 30
Warmer weather and new booties make happy puppy!

It is fitting I started this adventure with a picture of my family. They both make regular appearances throughout.  The Guy is my rock and Monty is my comfort. Whenever a bad day threatens, one of these two will make everything okay. I could not be more thankful for them.

Day 3
Fun in the sun
Poolside Cuban resort

For many years, The Guy and I have travelled to Cuba with friends. This year, The Guy booked an impromptu trip for just the two of us. We lounged, ate, drank, napped, wandered, and relaxed. It was just what we needed.  For our first "solo" trip, it was a success!

Day 11                                                                       Day 31
Winter walk
Winter walk with Monty
The beautiful evening sky. #100happydays Day 31
Beautiful evening sky
This winter has been the coldest I can remember. With temps dropping to -45C without accounting for the wind (which brought it down to -52C some night) it was rare we could get outside. When we did, both Monty and I relished in the freedom and the beauty. Well, he had the freedom part anyway. I just revealed in the beauty the world has for us, even when it's frozen.

Day 15

This conversation between me and my brother. Edited for language. #100happydays Day 15
A conversation with my brother.
This conversation with my brother has exploded to new heights of torture. I put this picture on Facebook and suddenly everyone in my brother's life started posting banana facts, banana pictures, and banana paraphernalia. It has been glorious. I'm sure he's going to punch me in the nose when I see him next, but it was worth it.

Day 18
Discovering this photo from 2012 taken by our friend Denise. We are adorable. #100happydays Day 17
I found this pic of The Guy and me in 2012
picture by our friend Denise
This picture popped up on my radar after 2 years and sent me immediately back to that night. A warm "summer" night in Cuba with friends, laughter, my love, and the most amazing city I've ever been in. I love me some Havana.

Day 19                                                                        Day 28

Group Sudoku challenges #100happydays Day 18
Group Sudoku challenges
Animal erasers for work Sudoku challenges! #100happydays Day 28
Animal erasers for work Sudoku challenges!

At the suggestion of a new student at our office, the workers started to do one Sudoku challenge a night. We worked on it during our breaks and began cheering each other on, correcting each other's missteps, and bonding as a team like we hadn't been able to do in a long time. I love Sudoku for this reason alone.

Day 23
Finished my llama shawl today
I began this shawl in November and finally finished it. The yarn was llama wool from a local vendor and had been purchased for me by KB years before. I was working on it the night she died and she never even knew I had started it. I'm glad to have a physical reminder of the warmth and love KB had for me.

Day 25                                                                       Day 29
Creating colour palettes for the eventual use in our eventual forever home. #100happydays Day 22
The colour palette for our house
Finalized our colour/tile design for the Master bedroom and bath!  #100happydays Day 29
The colours and tiles for our Master Suite
Day 36
counters and cupboards
New counters and cupboards for the house
As the time to move into our new place gets closer and closer, I am preparing for how I want it all to come together. We are getting to pick out things for the house - like colours and countertop - and I am in my element. The Guy has been smart enough to stand back and watch with amusement.  He gets the garage, I get the decorating!

Day 33
Spent the morning at the Science Centre with Sarah, Laura, and Skylar. #100happydays Day 33
Sarah and I had fun at the Science Centre
My good friend (and once neighbour), Laura, and her little imp, Sarah, invited me out to the Science Centre for the day. I had not been in many many years, so I jumped on the chance.  We explored, we played, we laughed, we took pictures of dead mice.  A good time was had by all.

Day 40                                                                        Day 49

Kid in a box #100happydays Day 40
Kid in a box
I think Uncle Wade will have a helper at the new house. #100happydays
Uncle will have a good helper at the new house
Lil E (or Elizabug) has been a big part of my happiness over the last 50 days. I try to take her once a week when I can so that I can get my baby fix and her mom can finish her dissertation. E and I take on the big city, walk the dog, play at the library, refuse nap time, and generally make fools of ourselves. She brings a joy to me every time. Even when she's grumpy.

Day 41
Happy 65th birthday, Mom. Miss you. #100happydays
It would have been my mom's 65th birthday
It has been almost ten years since my Mom passed and this day would have been her 65th birthday. This was the last picture taken with my mother and, though she was very ill at this point, she would fight another 2 years to make sure we were all taken care of. I miss her every day, but I'm glad I had her for the time I did.

Day 43
Haircut! Day 42 #100happydays
New hair cut!
I had slipped into the trap of not taking care of myself. I finally decided enough was enough and went to get my hair did.  My hairdresser is a great man who is very knowledgeable about curly hair. I am thankful I found him! He and his wife just had another baby, so he was brimming with father pride. That kind of happiness is contagious.

Day 48
This encouraging piece of graffiti on my way to work. #100happydays
This encouraging piece of graffiti
There are few times that graffiti makes me smile and stop to take a picture, but this one did.  It put a smile on my face for the whole day. I think the artist would be happy with his (or her) efforts.

Day 52
Channels in the ice allowing water to drain. #100happydays #spring no filter
Signs of spring: water channels
I know I said the first 50 days, but I had to include this one.  SPRING IS HERE.  Well, sort of. It has since snowed again and reverted back to winter, but for a few fine days spring was here. We made it.

I cannot tell you all what this project has meant to me. Somedays I didn't have time to take pictures or the thing that made me happy wasn't photographable, but to have the idea in my head to search for something every day that makes me happy has been invaluable.  I think when it's done, I may have to start again!

Check out my entire collection of #100happydays pictures.
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  1. I've enjoyed watching your 100 happy days. Don't know how I missed Day 18 - but I love that picture,

    1. I love Day 18 too. It was one of my favourite pictures.. Well, I guess that's why I included it. Duh. I'm not very bright

  2. I love these beautiful pictures, but I love the stories behind them even more.

  3. I love following your 100 happy days! They make me smile! (((((HUGS)))))

    1. Laurie, I'm so glad they do! Hugs right back at you!

  4. This post is infectious! I love that you shared - thank you!!

    1. Thanks Sheila, I hope I can always remind myself (and others) to loo for happy.

  5. I love that convo with your brother! That's too funny!

    1. Kathryn, he has regretted it ever since. People from around the globe torture him with banana facts and pictures. It's hilarious. Poor guy.

  6. Happy 50 days to you, happy 50 days to you, happy 50 days dear Bronwyn, happy 50 days to you!

    1. Thanks, Heather! I will blow out the candles before they burn the house down.

  7. That Day 31 is worthy of a frame! Wow!

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