Thanks to Susan for sharing her Thursday Thirteen meme -Thirteen Things That Made Me Smile This Week – with us. Since today is Friday, I am going to do a Friday Fourteen meme and I will add One More Thing to Smile About. I think this is a great meme because it makes us take a break from our worries and complaints to think for a few minutes about all the good things in our lives. So, here goes:
1. Hearing Daydream Believer by the Monkees, which played on XM radio this morning while I was driving to work. I love that song! (Cheer up sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean …)
2. Watching Dr. Zhivago last night. Although I’m only halfway through, I love it, and I’m really excited to see the second half tonight.
3. Reading “The Bowl” by Aimee Bender. This isn’t a new story; it’s from her 1999 collection Girl in a Flammable Skirt, but I do love it. It’s witty and weird.
4. Creating a pop-up of my mom’s head to decorate the cover of the collage book I had due for Book Binding this week.
5. Eating steak and au gratin potatoes from Gregoire’s last night – something I like to do when I’m coming down with the flu.
6. Seeing a big man on a Harley shouting directions to a suburban mother in a mini-van at the top of his voice. Something endearing about that.
7. Seeing a mentally retarded (MR is a PC term) man make a cell phone call on BART the other day to explain why he was getting off at the stop he planned to get off at.
8. This was last Friday – having a man on BART offer to move seats so I could sit with my friend.
9. My friend Alina getting her husband to babysit so we could go wedding dress shopping this weekend.
10. Hearing that my brother is planning to bring all his kids out for the wedding after all.
11. Receiving a large check in the mail.
12. Seeing our cat, Xeno, sleeping on the butt of our other cat, Ben.
14. Having one of my students tap the painting on the wall next to him in the cafe where I tutor him, telling me it was distracting him. I had to explain that the sound he was hearing was music in the shop next door, and that it wasn’t coming out of the painting. He didn’t believe me at first.