Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Smacksy Happy Good Things Thing - Day 19 - Sunday Links

(When your kid puts all of his temporary tattoos on his tummy at once.)

A mistake is just a moment in time.

How to get stuff done after work when all you want to do is watch TV.

Ed Sheeran was looking for Irish dancers for his new video.

And cappuccino foam cats.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Smacksy February Happy Good Things Thing - Day 18

Light a candle.
Make a wish.
(Who says it has to be your birthday?)
Blow it out.
Deep breath.

I hope it comes true.

Get happy.
See you tomorrow.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Smacksy February Good Things Thing - Day 17

Turn up your volume.
Click here to listen to radio stations all over the planet.
Find new places on the map and click to listen.
The whole world is at your fingertips.
(It really is a big blue musical marble.)
I love this site.
Special thanks to Diptee for telling me about it!

Get happy.
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Smacksy February Happy Good Things Things - Day 16

Remember when you were five-years-old and you would spin around in a circle until you got dizzy?
We're doing that.
Stand in the middle of the room.
Arms straight out at your sides.
Spin until everything looks whooshy and different and you're dizzy but you don't fall down.

Spin again.


Get happy.
See you tomorrow.

Smacksy February Good Things Thing Day - 15

Outside the theater.

Today we're going to do something a little bit different.
Mix it up a little.
As little as you want, but do something different.

Tonight I went to see a play. (A revival of Zoot Suit at The Taper. Excellent.) On a school night! Who do I think I am?

Other ideas:

Add a little cream to your usual black coffee.
Go to the movies alone.
Wear your bag on the other shoulder.
Walk the dog at a different time of day. Or try a different route.
There are a million TV channels. Watch a few minutes of one you've never seen before. (Syfy? Speed      Channel? Retirement Living?)
Type an email with your eyes closed.
Dress fancy on a regular day.
Write a fan letter to someone who would never expect one. (Your mail carrier. The lady in the bakery at Von's. Your dental hygienist.)
Listen to a Spanish radio station in the car.

You get the idea.

Get happy.
See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Smacksy February Good Things Thing - Day 14

It's a simple one today, folks.

Change your sheets.

That's it.
Put clean sheets on your bed.
Then slip into bed tonight and experience one of THE best simple pleasures.

Get happy.
See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Smacksy February Happy Good Things Thing - Day 13

At Tina Nails, where I get the occasional pedicure, there is a small altar maintained by the Vietnamese women that are employed by Tina. The altar is set up on a shelf. It's filled with incense and candles, a houseplant, and a few small religious statues. Every morning, on their way into work, one of the technicians drives-thru McDonalds. When she arrives at the salon, she places a food offering to the gods - a fresh Egg McMuffin - on the altar.

I have a few little altar areas at our place. (No McMuffins there. Yet.) Today we are going to make our own altars. This is just a small shelf or tabletop in your home that will hold a few items that are important to you.This will be a spot where you can rest your eyes on a number of inspiring objects. When you are at your altar, light a candle and say a prayer or mantra or affirmation. Add new pieces to your altar when the mood strikes. This is just for you.

Need some ideas? Here are a few things that have made an appearance in my altar spaces:

David Bowie Saint Candle
A Blue Feather
Stone With "Faith" Engraved on it
A Mandarin
Vintage Toy Red Station Wagon
Pyramid of Keurig Coffee Pods
Sprig of Rosemary
An Ashtray From Hotel Barriere le Fouquet's Paris
Various Clay Figures Made by Bob
Tiny Jar of Mr. Rosenberg's Guitar Picks
Book of Psalms
Silver Dish of Sea Glass and Shells
Handmade Silk Tassel From Venice
Gold Locket
Two Small Ceramic Owls
Matchbox Filled With Miracle Dirt From el Santaurio de Chimayo
Limoges Box in the Shape of a Typewriter
Fresh Flowers
Photo of my Grandmother
Bottle of Chanel #5
Homemade Mix Tape of Elvis Costello's My Aim is True and Trust
Turquoise Glitter Christmas Ornament Made by Bob
Heart Shaped Ring Dishes
Fancy Matches
Jar Filled With Sand From the Beach Mr. Rosenberg and I Went to on Our First Date

Make an altar.
Get happy.
See you tomorrow.