things that are bringing me joy these days:

cooking something, then watching Shane wolf it down (this is the only sure-fire sign that he likes it)

Sunday afternoon naps

having an empty laundry basket (this does not happen very often, but it’s amazing when it does)

thinking about being able to hold my soon-to-be-born niece or nephew in my arms

SUNSHINE (even if it’s cold sunshine)

walking through our house and thinking “wow! we own this!” (well, techincally we won’t “own” it for another 29 years and 2 months, but at least we’re slowly getting there)

the view of the Olympic mountains as seen from Beacon Hill on my way to work in the morning

the falafel plate from Falafel King on 1st Ave, complete with the most garlicky hummus you will ever taste

the soundtrack of “Once” piping through my ipod

coming home each night to a husband that is always eager to greet me with a hug and a kiss

the buttery, flaky deliciousness of a pain au chocolat at Cafe Besalu in Ballard (this is a recent discovery – thank you Jack and LaVerne!)

new episodes of Project Runway

the sound of French being spoken

occasionally taking time to sit back and breathe deeply


  1. Aaron J. Esposito says:

    Falafel King… next time i’m on 1st

  2. jak says:

    “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” -Whitman

    “…and awesome pain au chocolat with good friends ain’t bad either.” -jak

  3. steve says:

    It has taken me years of heart-ache and weeding through false ideas in order to begin to appreciate all the beautiful things you just mentioned. Being able to breath deeply is certainly the way to go. What an encouraging post. 🙂