Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Things That Bring Me Joy

An empty captain's chair seat on the bus to/from work. Meaning, one of the 2 chairs which stands alone.

Patient dogs waiting outside stores for their owners.

A super loud fan to fall asleep to. The more I feel like I'm in a wind tunnel, the better.

Huge, ugly, cozy blankets. I have two right now that look like they came straight outta the worst part of the 70s and they are my very favorite things in the world.

Morning afters with friends. The best conversations tend to happen when you all drag yourself to brunch 10 hours after a lively wedding or big event looking like you just emerged from the garbage disposal. That's when the gabbing gets good and the laughs get loud.

Seeing yourself in your grandparents & parents. Especially in old photos. What a treat. 

YouTube, Wikipedia & Craigslist for what I can only describe as wonderful services which go above and beyond in dispensing entertainment, knowledge and community services. 

Freezing cold air while tucked under a down comforter (or two!).

Watching movies while doing chores. Preferably ones I've seen thousands of times.

2nd day hair.
Tweezing. Who needs meditation when you have the satisfaction of a good eyebrow pluck?

Shared silence in one room with another. No talking. No interacting. Both blissfully invested in your own pursuits. Contentment all around.

Riding the elevator alone on my way into work. Gives me a second to do a teeth/hair/pantyhose check.

When the Eiffel Tower went dark and the world lit up in support. [My eyes well-up just thinking of that, here].
Getting to the end of a Smartfood popcorn bag when there's no one around. So I can tilt my head and tip the bag without shame.
The memory of the first time my mom let me shave my legs after months of begging. I can still remember how grown up I felt as I left that black and white tiled bathroom with silky-smooth stems

Being around children who are 2-3 years old. Forever and always been my favorite age to witness. So much development and interaction in the sweetest of terms.
When I put on self-tanner and somehow by the grace of God, I don't end up with one long streak down my leg and arm. JKJKJKJK, I don't know what that's like because it's never happened.

Weekly live chats with my friend Elena (she visited me here) as we watched the entire season of "Teen Mom". She's a huge night person like me and we would often be up late watching the show live and messaging back and forth the entire time. I was sad when this season was over not just because I like the show (like... a lot) but because I loved my little weekly dates with her. They always got hysterical in nature and made me feel like we were just kickin' it on the couch together.
The Nebraska Soundtrack for, hands down, the most beautiful chill music of all time. Obsessed, obsessed, obsessed. We listen to it constantly. I'm telling you - here's an example.

What's something that brings you joy?
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19 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

haha can't say I ever need to be alone in an elevator for that reason, or any other. Popcorn bag was a nice one. Movies one seen a 1000 times are good to be on while doing chores and big fans work for me, cat isn't so impressed.

BLovedBoston said...

2nd day hair is pretty amazing! Being around my nieces and nephew is my favorite...especially when they just tell me about their days! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love being alone in the elevator. And also tipping back the end of a bag of delicious snack food.

I last washed my hair Sunday. Boom. Living Proof dry shampoo is my jam.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

LOVE this list! Jealous of your 2nd day hair, and I love seeing myself in old pics of my grandparents. Such a sweet feeling <3
Green Fashionista

MilitaryPugWife said...

Hahaha yes to tweezing. Though it can be painful!
Icees? Or Slurpies, depending on the area of the country you live in. Those give me joy.

Jaclyn said...

2nd day hair? I wish I knew what that was like. Lol what makes me happy is a like it cup of Cold Stone ice cream and running hugs from my baby girl.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I seriously don't think that it's possible for me to fall asleep if the fan isn't going at full blast, even in the winter! So, of course, that means that I'm covered from head to toe in blankets! It's so fun to look back and see yourself in your parents or grandparents. Somebody posted this picture of my mom when she was a teenager on Facebook one day, and it looked so creepily like me! It was still really cool though!

Mrs. Poustie said...

Teen Mom or Teen Mom 2? I'm obsessed with Teen Mom 2 - Jenelle is a train wreck and I love Chelsea's hair/makeup/South Dakota accent...

Nadine Lynn said...

Your second day hair looks way better than mine!!! Mine is in a bun. I never have third day hair, gotta wash it on the third day. I really love seeing dogs waiting for their owners outside stores or with the heads out the windows in cars with the biggest grin and their ears flapping in the wind. Precious!!! That is what happiness looks like!

Andrea Nine said...

First of all you are beautiful inside and out!! I smiled and I teared up, here's why: my wish is that others would find the joy in everyday things like you do, tipping that popcorn bag, so real!! So me, lol!! Secondly the part about grandparents, my sweet precious grandma died yesterday. As we plan the funeral, going through old photos is comforting and sad at the same time. I was meant to read your joy today! Thank you sweet girl!!

The Lilac Press said...

You are so so cute! I love all of these things too! Especially cozy blankets, tweezing (I mean...whyyy is it so fun?!), and watching old favorite movies while doing chores! Such a cute post!

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Ooh, nothing like being snuggled under the covers with the cold air - ie my AC...! Aww, that brings a smile to my face thinking of the dogs waiting for their owners... <3

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Mrs.Poustie- "Teen Mom OG". I love Teen Mom 2 as well but I watch that one on demand later. Had to catch Teen Mom OG live on account of my love for sweet Tyler and so we could both simultaneously witness how mean Farrah is and talk **** about it. Right on on your Teen Mom 2 thoughts, ha. I love Chelsea's makeup too (and her pig!)! And I love Corey.

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

Umm that outfit is amazing. Also, I haven't watched Teen Mom in forever but I keep seeing stuff about it on Facebook and now you talking about it and it makes me want to binge watch it like crazy!

Brittany said...

You are SO GORGEOUS! That is the outfit of my dreams that I could never pull off. So many excellent things in this list, but I couldn't be more on board with tweezing and freezing cold air when under a blanket. Perfection.

Sarah said...

YESSS to mornings after with friends. Those are always THE best conversations.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

I am the same - love falling asleep to a loud fan at night! White noise is where it's at ;)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

look at you wearing colour! that skirt is fabulous on you. and yes shared silence is one of my favourite things. we have 2 fans on us at night, 3 in the winter haha.

Karrine Beasley said...

HOLY SMOKES! What a babe! Those photos are so gorgeous Caitlin!! From the hair, to makeup, to that outfit! I adore everything about them <3