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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #550 on: February 04, 2018, 06:29:10 AM »
Finding out that a friend wrote on his Linkedin profile that his new job is: "none at all, free as a bird". He is 10-15 years older than I am, so somewhere near fifty-five or sixty. I think he just went off with RE. Good for him.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #551 on: February 04, 2018, 07:24:43 AM »
Eating healthy. As long as you donít need organic/grass fed, eggs, chicken, beef, etc, is all pretty cheap compared to a lot of things. Frozen pizzas can be $8+ often anymore, while chicken is $2-$3/lb.

I have a gap hoodie my mom bought me around a decade ago. It probably wasnít ďsuper cheapĒ but itís my absolute favorite hoodie and has been since I got it. Still fits great and the quality of it is just top notch. Very dense fabric that has held up to tons of wear over the years.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #552 on: February 04, 2018, 07:49:54 AM »
When you check the advertisements from your supermarket for the next week and see soy yoghurt is gonna be on sale. That's perfect so I can try a recipe that someone suggested in the vegan thread!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #553 on: February 04, 2018, 12:20:29 PM »
Being given chocolate as a gift. So good!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #554 on: February 04, 2018, 03:05:04 PM »
Getting an unexpected gift in the mail. Technically, it was for the kids & was from my parents. I love that moment right before they open it, and also when they tear it open & see what's inside.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #555 on: February 04, 2018, 04:39:08 PM »
Finding out that a friend wrote on his Linkedin profile that his new job is: "none at all, free as a bird". He is 10-15 years older than I am, so somewhere near fifty-five or sixty. I think he just went off with RE. Good for him.

Wow! Congrats to your friend!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #556 on: February 04, 2018, 04:48:43 PM »
My dog.

Her enthusiasm for a new day every morning.
How she can't walk because her tail is going TOO HARD when we come home at night.
How she makes the perfect pillow/arm rest/cuddle buddy.
Her old man grumbles when she's tired and cranky.
Her going to sleep dog noises.

Yep, basically my dog 24/7.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #557 on: February 10, 2018, 07:48:53 PM »
Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.

I was thinking of the thin oiled dough thing usually spelled murtabak, except with sugar. And now I realize that's usually called Roti Canai. So now I have to make and eat both versions!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #558 on: February 10, 2018, 08:33:12 PM »
Rain. Warm, gentle soft rain. All day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #559 on: February 11, 2018, 12:33:05 AM »
Rain. Warm, gentle soft rain. All day.

Farm girl. This is one of my absolute favourite things.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #560 on: February 11, 2018, 01:01:28 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #561 on: February 11, 2018, 01:06:50 AM »
I have some (free) zucchini from a friend's garden. We didn't have the energy to grow zucchini this year (we just did tomatoes) so it was really nice to get a surplus from someone else's yard. DH is now turning the zucchini into zucchini fritters. YUM

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« Reply #562 on: February 11, 2018, 01:15:46 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #563 on: February 11, 2018, 01:23:01 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

Petrichor is both the best word and best smell.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #564 on: February 11, 2018, 01:29:57 AM »
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

Petrichor is both the best word and best smell.

We should have a Word of the Day thread.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #565 on: February 11, 2018, 01:33:33 AM »
I would love to claim it, but the honour belongs to Aussies!
https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/.../petrichor-the-smell-of-rain.pdf

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #567 on: February 11, 2018, 02:11:02 AM »
Broccoli roasted with garlic and salt.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #568 on: February 11, 2018, 03:09:09 AM »
Skyping with an old friend and feeling your heart grow.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #569 on: February 11, 2018, 05:38:09 AM »

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #570 on: February 11, 2018, 09:01:31 AM »
Writing (and receiving) letters.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #571 on: February 11, 2018, 09:44:28 AM »
Broccoli roasted with garlic and salt.

YES.

Also:
- listening to rain fall at night while lying in bed
- rising at 5am on the weekend to enjoy silence and coffee alone
- re-reading an old favorite book I havenít read in a few years
- helping someone out. I love helping friends move, babysitting on short notice, supporting someoneís  art in all forms, etc
- giving and receiving a good hug

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #572 on: February 11, 2018, 10:29:34 AM »
Feeling connected to other people.

Being proud of myself for some good reason.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #573 on: February 11, 2018, 10:40:30 AM »
A slow weekend without commitments and errands.  Cooked my own food. Slowly. Even went to the library to borrow a poetry book. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #574 on: February 11, 2018, 05:35:29 PM »
A Slurpee, taken occasionally, perhaps once per month.  I guess that's true of any treat.  The rarity makes it more enjoyable.  Ooh, a strawberry cream slush from Sonic is heavenly, but more expensive.

You know what is the best food ever invented?  Frozen grapes.  Seriously.  Try it sometime.  They're as easy to eat as popcorn, and way tastier than any candy.

A slow weekend without commitments and errands.  Cooked my own food. Slowly. Even went to the library to borrow a poetry book. :)
We just got back from vacation, and had a Saturday with almost no schedule.  It was awesome.  We took the kids to a matinee of The Greatest Showman.  All 8 of us got to watch it and we spent less than $30.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #575 on: February 11, 2018, 09:59:27 PM »
Washing my own car, for some reason it's relaxing for me.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #576 on: February 12, 2018, 04:17:16 AM »
Working at a different location than normal where they do have decent cappucino WITH cacao to sprinkle over it :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #577 on: February 12, 2018, 07:07:08 AM »
Even though a yearly check with the dentist is not exactly cheap, hearing him tell that my teeth are strong and healthy, makes me feel good. It certainly makes me happy not having to come back to get some holes drilled in my teeth.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #578 on: February 12, 2018, 12:51:53 PM »
Washing my own car, for some reason it's relaxing for me.

Very much this!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #579 on: February 12, 2018, 10:12:30 PM »
Even though a yearly check with the dentist is not exactly cheap, hearing him tell that my teeth are strong and healthy, makes me feel good. It certainly makes me happy not having to come back to get some holes drilled in my teeth.

Preventative care is definitely cheaper than fixing problems later!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #580 on: February 13, 2018, 01:53:23 PM »
Watching the Olympics

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #581 on: February 13, 2018, 10:41:41 PM »
Taking warm laundry out of the dryer
Leaving the library with heaps of new books :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #582 on: February 14, 2018, 06:57:42 AM »
Watching the Olympics

Did you see any of the half-pipe? What they can do is just sick :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #583 on: February 14, 2018, 12:55:59 PM »
A free private tour of a local cave (my dh's family owned the cave/land for many, many years. The cave was closed up when they sold the land in the late 90's, and just opened up again a few years ago by the new owners. A local teacher has written a book about the cave's history - my husband's included in the book. :) I had never been to the cave, although I'd heard plenty about it from dh over the years.)

During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #584 on: February 14, 2018, 01:23:17 PM »
Yoga.  Just starting to discover how amazing it is. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #585 on: February 15, 2018, 12:23:50 AM »
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #586 on: February 15, 2018, 08:57:01 AM »
Watching the Olympics

Did you see any of the half-pipe? What they can do is just sick :)
As a Dutchie most of the broadcasts focus on ice-skating but yes I've watched quite a bit of the half pipe too! Love it :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #587 on: February 15, 2018, 11:28:50 AM »
Finally, 20 years after moving to this country, I have borrowed my first library book. I had registered online some time ago, but didn't manage to log in online. I found out that the library has really long opening hours. So today I went there and got help to log in. Ordered the book I want to borrow in the future, but need to wait for. And borrowed 2 books that I can read during next week's vacation. All for free.

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« Reply #588 on: February 15, 2018, 01:49:37 PM »
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.

It was very cool. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #589 on: February 15, 2018, 06:53:35 PM »
Chocolate rice pudding

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #590 on: February 16, 2018, 11:50:57 PM »
1. Staying in my Pajamas
2. Drinking green tea
3. Sleeping in
4. Travel hacking
5. Listening to podcasts/watching Netflix/reading kindle books from the library
6. Being snowed in
7. Going to hotsprings
8. Gardening
9. Spending time with all of our animals



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #591 on: February 17, 2018, 12:16:24 AM »
Birdwatching from the comfort of my own home - FREE :)

There's a house finch couple that has been sleeping right outside my front door every night for over a week now. There's a spot underneath the porch roof that's big enough for the two to comfortably sit. My front door has little windows at the top and I can see them through it. They can see me watching them through those same windows when they arrive at dusk, but don't seem to mind. I'm super excited about the idea of them possibly building a nest there and having some eggs/cute little babies I can watch grow up. I am fine with cleaning up bird poop off of my porch for this!

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« Reply #592 on: February 17, 2018, 09:10:09 PM »
An awesome breakfast cooked at home.

An outdoor nap after a good hike!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #593 on: February 18, 2018, 09:01:11 AM »
Looking out my window in the early morning or late afternoon, when shadows are long and the landscape looks gorgeous

THIS!  We purchased a house with wooded conservation land behind us and it's so damn beautiful!

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« Reply #594 on: February 20, 2018, 04:23:29 PM »
Yesterday I made croissants from Antonio Bachour's "Bachour the Baker" cookbook. It's a beautiful cookbook I got for Christmas from my husband. This was my second attempt at a laminated dough, the first one was a mid-summer disaster in 2013. End results from last night were not so beautiful as my shaping leaves much to be desired, but they were delicious. Good thing I have 28 more in the freezer, waiting for their second proof, egg wash, and bake!

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« Reply #595 on: February 20, 2018, 04:46:04 PM »


Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.

I was thinking of the thin oiled dough thing usually spelled murtabak, except with sugar. And now I realize that's usually called Roti Canai. So now I have to make and eat both versions!

Mmmm...did someone say Roti Canai? I will eat most kinds of Roti but Roti Canai's layers of oily goodness is definitely my favourite.  Especially with dahl. Although I have never let go of my childhood love of dipping it in dahl curry followed by coarse sugar. DELICIOUS!  And dirt cheap.

Nowadays we usually eat tandoori naan from Costco (extremely cheap and easily accessible).  Best pan fried with a bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle of rosemary.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #596 on: February 20, 2018, 05:41:21 PM »
Bar Keeper's Friend. My stainless steel pots and pans get so gleamy when I use it on them. It costs $2 for a canister that lasts a long time.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #597 on: February 20, 2018, 05:50:15 PM »
Sitting on the back deck and watching my son play on an unseasonably warm day.

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« Reply #598 on: February 20, 2018, 08:35:01 PM »
Oddly enough a good corn broom and steel dustpan.

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« Reply #599 on: February 21, 2018, 08:00:30 AM »
Banana nut muffins - there's just something so magical about turning old mushy bananas into a delicious treat.