November 14, 2011

Things that make me happy!

Since I’m getting my surgery today, I decided to post this list I put together of 100 things that make me happy. Even reading this list makes me happy! :)

  1. When my kids are playing nicely together.
  2. When my husband does housework without me asking him to.
  3. Wearing a pair of brand new socks.
  4. Losing weight.
  5. Wine.
  6. Having a clean house.
  7. Getting a massage from my husband.
  8. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing I’d only been asleep for an hour or so—which means I have a LOT longer to sleep!
  9. Knitting.
  10. Completing a project that I’ve started.
  11. Autumn.
  12. Spending time with my siblings.
  13. Chatting over wine or coffee with my girlfriends.
  14. Watching my favorite TV shows.
  15. Wearing fleece pajamas when it’s cold outside.
  16. Reading a book that’s so good I can’t put it down.
  17. Cooking (as long as I’m not starving when I’m cooking)
  18. Feeling good about how I look.
  19. Shopping for things for the house.
  20. Spending time with old friends.
  21. Listening to interesting people tell their life stories.
  22. Sleeping on my Tempur-pedic mattress.
  23. Accomplishing a goal.
  24. Listening to Maxwell.
  25. Beer that smells like skunk.
  26. Playing Guesstures with friends.
  27. Giving a really cool gift to someone.
  28. Paying off a debt.
  29. Eating fresh pineapple in the summer.
  30. Grocery shopping.
  31. Watching cats play.
  32. A hot bath in the winter.
  33. Being able to look up answers to my questions on the Internet.
  34. Lifetime Movie Network.
  35. Having a positive number in my bank account.
  36. Being able to stay at home with my kids.
  37. Looking at pictures from my childhood.
  38. Scary movies.
  39. Garlic sauce from La Pita.
  40. Spending time at home.
  41. Rearranging furniture.
  42. Clearance sales.
  43. Finishing a half-marathon.
  44. Organizing a closet or cupboard.
  45. Playing board games.
  46. Playing solitare on my computer.
  47. Thinking of the funny things my kids do and say.
  48. Browsing through patterns on
  49. Making “To Do” lists.
  50. Getting a sincere compliment.
  51. Getting “real” e-mail (letters from people, not automated e-mails)
  52. Feeling refreshed after a hot shower.
  53. Going to the zoo.
  54. Surprising someone in a positive way.
  55. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”
  56. Learning something new and interesting.
  57. Chopping vegetables (celery and onions in particular)
  58. Hot tea on a cold night.
  59. “New Car” scented air freshener.
  60. Putting on a sweatshirt fresh out of the drier.
  61. Spending Halloween at my parents’ house and celebrating Mark’s birthday.
  62. Reverse engineering a knit or crocheted item.
  63. The color green.
  64. Corn on the cob.
  65. Romantic kisses in movies.
  66. Spending the evenings outside during the summer.
  67. Reading comments on my blog.
  68. Having a good/funny/interesting status update on Facebook.
  69. The smell of my kids when they just get out of the bath.
  70. When Jerry laughs a genuine laugh from something I say.
  71. Getting a refund for something.
  72. Home-cooked meals.
  73. A genuine hug from a friend.
  74. Hearing a baby laugh.
  75. Freshly vacuumed carpet.
  76. Listening to my kids hold a conversation with each other.
  77. Having a $0 balance on my credit cards.
  78. Candlelight.
  79. Playing badminton.
  80. My nose piercing.
  81. Getting pictures developed.
  82. A super-crisp, sweet apple.
  83. Being able to get just about any book I want from the library.
  84. Feeling zoned out to the world when I run.
  85. A nicely-made bed.
  86. Wii Fit Plus.
  87. Praying when I feel insecure or worried about something.
  88. Really old photographs.
  89. Trying new foods.
  90. Barbecuing with friends.
  91. Having the windows open on a breezy summer day.
  92. Riding on The Raptor at Cedar Point.
  93. My dad and brother coming home from Iraq safely.
  94. Spending gift cards.
  95. Men who play the piano.
  96. Riding on a train.
  97. Chivalry.
  98. Sharing memories with friends.
  99. Getting a hug from my kids “just because”.
  100. Sitting in front of a fireplace.


  1. Thinking of you today! Everything is going to be amazing. Good Luck!

  2. Good luck today! I can't wait to hear how it goes. :)

  3. Your in my thoughts - Good luck and a speedy recovery!

  4. Good luck today! I set my DVR last night so I don't miss Dr. Oz on Friday!


  5. Best of luck with your surgery today, and hope you have a speedy recovery. Thanks for posting the link for the Dr. Oz preview. You look gorgeous, especially in that beautiful, blue dress! Can't wait to see the show :)

  6. good luck katie :)

  7. This is a great list - we should all keep a 'happy' list to remind us!
    Thinking of you today and praying for the skilled surgeon's hands!

  8. Thinking of you today. Praying all goes well!

  9. Hope it all goes just as you dreamed! :)

  10. Praying for your surgery, today, and for your recovery! Can't wait to see your show on Friday!!

  11. I hope everything goes well today, I'll be thinking good thoughts! <3

  12. Can't wait to hear everything is ok! I love the list! If more people concentrated on the things that they have and love they'd be a lot happier instead of dwelling on what they want but don't have. Thanks for posting that you have a nose piercing! I was going to ask, because I thought I saw it in a picture, but I wasn't 100% sure!

  13. A Lovely List. I'm thinking of you today Katie, as you change your life. Praying surgery goes well and recovery isn't too painful. It's all worth it, haven't we been through more than this--just losing the weight??! YES!

    I have my DVR set to record Dr. Oz on Friday--can't wait to see you! Saw an ad for that show on TV last weekend--sounds really interesting!

    Can't wait to read how surgery went. I know you're going to look even better than you already did--and that was pretty darned good!

  14. Thinking of you. Can't wait for the post-surgery update to hear how you are doing. :)

  15. What a great list, makes you realize its the little things in life that make you happy :) Good luck today!

  16. Fantastic list.
    Thinking of you today and sending positive healing vibes your way!

  17. very nice list, wishing you the best of luck today. hope everything went well, can't wait to hear all about it.

  18. Thinking of you and praying for you today and throughout your recovery. You're going to do great!

  19. So excited for you...think about your happy thoughts often in the days to come. ;-)

  20. Good Luck keeping you in my prayers.

  21. Jane in NebraskaNovember 14, 2011

    Thinking of you lots today! Best wishes for a comfortable recovery!

  22. Thinking of you all day today!! I hope the meds are keeping the pain away. You already look beautiful and this will help you FEEL even more beautiful!!

  23. Thinking of you and hoping all goes well!

  24. Hope everything goes well. Praying for a speedy recovery. You earned this!

  25. I've been thinking about you all day today Katie. It's going to be a bit rough the first little while, but soon you'll be back running and looking even more gorgeous than now. I'm so thrilled for you!!

    Can't wait to see you on Dr Oz!!!

  26. I hope your surgery went good. I bet Jerry is taking great care of you and sitting with you in the hospital. I want you to know you have become an inspiration to me! I will email you with more of my story. Just remember anything you want you can achieve!

  27. Thought about you several times today! You're probably out of surgery not and beginning the healing process! Heal soon and easily!


  28. Thinking of you today. I loved the list. Made me put a couple things in perspective. But beer that smells like skunk? That will never make my list.
    Can't wait to get home Friday and watch you on Dr. Oz. I loved the dress.
    Hope you're recovering nicely.

  29. Good Luck, Katie! I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  30. I am so excited for how it went!

  31. Great list! I have to ask though, what beer smells like a skunk? I love beer, but can't think of any that smell like a skunk. And I know my skunk. HAHA!

    I hope everything went well today and you're home resting. Can't wait for surgery details! Take it easy!!

  32. I am also curious about the beer that smells like skunk lol!

    I'm sure everything went fantastic today and I cannot wait to watch you on Friday!

    Best Wishes!

  33. LoveAnAnimalNovember 15, 2011

    Wishing you a quick recovery!

  34. Great list. I agree with so many of those. Tell us who you are on Ravelry so we can check out your projects (I'm Buggheart there).

    Hope everything went well with your surgery and you'll be able to check in soon to give us an update. Take care!

  35. Good Luck!! I was thinking about you yesterday and hope all went well!!! You are such and inspiration:) Here is to a speedy recovery for you!!!

  36. I hope everything is going well! Reading other comments...I'm guessing by 'beer that smells like skunk', you're saying you enjoy beer that Other People say "smells like skunk". (but to beer lovers, it's hoppy and delicious) I totally agree - I love that stuff ;)

  37. I love the list!!!! I agree with a lot of them!!!! Wine, candlelight, green, half-marathons, staying at home with kids, making my husband laugh, and I am sure there were more!!!!!:-)
    Thinking of you and hoping your recovery is going smoothly so far!!!!!!!

  38. Waiting to hear how your surgery went. Best of luck and thinking about you. - Veronika Smith

  39. Thanks for the list. I think I will create one of my own.


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