Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Internet is Magic

Do you realize that we live in a world where I can just Google something as weird as a "seitan corned beef" recipe and find 17,800 results in 180 milliseconds? I mean how cool is that?

(If you want to be a downer... yeah it also underscores that there is no such thing as an original thought... but I'm okay with that tonight because we're having vegetarian corned beef for dinner.)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mission Accomplished

Well, yesterday marked a full 31 days of documenting reasons-to-be-cheerful. I have a more positive outlook than I did last month, and I'm willing to attribute that at least partly to making a daily habit of focusing on things for which I am grateful (... and not having to sue my ex-employer... for which I am grateful). I intend to continue spurting out little bits of gratitude, but not as the focus of the blog. I'm really happy for all the participation from other people.

Shawn Achor (the author of The Happiness Advantage, from whom I lifted the "daily gratitude" exercise) has partnered with to create a free little iOS App for optimistic journaling called I Journal. For me it's a bit over-specialized, and I also find smart phones to be beastly for typing anything longer than a brief email, but other folks may find it useful.

Anyway... gratitude:

  • Leftover chipotle lime pasta
  • Brad's really amazing pureed mushroom concoction that used to be the filling in his really amazing stuffed mushrooms until we realized it was just fine on its own, at which point I started using it in all kinds of stuff including the sauce for the above chipotle lime pasta
  • No seriously, the mushroom stuff... it's amazing... kind of a vegetable pâté. It's good hot or cold.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gratitude: Day Thirty-One

  • Waking up to sunshine
  • The first geese of the year!
  • Tax breaks for new windows and insulation

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gratitude: Days Twenty-Eight through Thirty

Day Twenty-Eight
Day Twenty-Nine
  • Geeky science chats over breakfast
  • Watching Lost while I eat lunch
  • Neodymium magnets... just too fun