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Title: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on November 19, 2014, 07:16:20 PM
It gets dark early, some people are buried under several feet of snow, and we all need a little cheer this time of year. What made you happy today? Doesn't have to be big. Definitely doesn't have to be expensive ;) :D

1) Yoga class
2) Pasta for dinner omnom
3) Finding out I was right about something
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Post by: NinetyFour on November 19, 2014, 07:28:51 PM
I was walking home from work at dusk and saw a large bird fly to and land in a leafless tree.  I thought it was either a hawk (out kind of late) or an owl.  Sure enough, I saw the "horns" and then I heard its telltale call.  It was a Great-Horned Owl.  I absolutely love seeing these birds.  I stopped and watched and listened to it while all the clown car drivers raced by.  Made my day.
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Post by: Charm14 on November 19, 2014, 08:32:48 PM
1) Turning the corner on my bike this morning, revealing a lovely view of the CN Tower up against a (relatively) blue sky.
2) Doing the dance I've been working on for a month perfectly
3) Games night
4) Walking through a park in the dark, with snow falling. Absolutely beautiful
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Post by: Alabaster on November 19, 2014, 09:20:43 PM
Finally got my butt to Church despite snow. Good praise music.

Either my ear is getting worse (totally possible), the small group of people who come to mid-week service are getting better at singing, or (most likely) most people just aren't singing since they moved to praise songs written in the last 10 years or so.
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Post by: Taran Wanderer on November 19, 2014, 10:17:51 PM
Went for a walk with my one year old, watched the salmon spawn in the creek, chatted with the neighbor, and took home a dozen fresh eggs from our joint chicken coop.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on November 19, 2014, 10:58:09 PM
Getting an annoying piece of work done and off my desk.
Making a date for coffee with some friends I rarely get to see these days next week.
Knowing that there's plenty of food at home to cook for dinnner tonight.
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Post by: FoundPeace on November 19, 2014, 11:39:58 PM
chicken makhani and home-made naan for dinner! (I love Indian food!)
My son ran and gave me a big hug when I got home from work.
I watched something funny on youtube that made me laugh until I cried.

I really needed that today. Thanks!
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Post by: vern on November 20, 2014, 12:37:13 AM
After a chilly afternoon hike, I made some cornbread in the cast iron skillet.

I topped it with honey and ate it warm with a glass of full-fat milk.

Life is good.
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Post by: 1967mama on November 20, 2014, 12:41:52 AM
Happy homeschooled kids!

Husband coming home from a business trip!

Long one on one chat with adult daughter!

Big yummy batch of chicken vegetable stew!
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Post by: Andy_in_Aus on November 20, 2014, 12:53:43 AM
- Caught up with my sister for a 2.5 hour coffee, haven't done that in like ever. Solved all the world's problems, and even introduced her to MMM (she used the word frugal before I did)!

- I got a surprise phone call from the love of my life, which was lovely, and

- Smashed a body weight circuit at the park.

Productive, reminiscent and satisfying day all round.
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Post by: gooki on November 20, 2014, 02:42:43 AM
Taking it easy biking to work, enjoying the sunshine.

A co-worker saying the training session I ran today was awesome.

Eating a tasty dinner my wife made.
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Post by: Adventine on November 20, 2014, 06:09:50 AM
Made Vietnamese drip coffee at home with two teaspoons of condensed milk. A great start to my day :)
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Post by: GuitarStv on November 20, 2014, 06:35:59 AM
Tailwind on the long commute home.
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Post by: mrsggrowsveg on November 20, 2014, 07:15:06 AM
Sold some riding boots on Craigslist and was paid more than the asking price
Homemade garlic hummus with garden fresh garlic
Cuddling my little boy when he woke up in the middle of the night
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Post by: Jon_Snow on November 20, 2014, 08:22:21 AM
Simple things make me happy these day. Of course, just the knowledge I'm ER'ed now gives me an ever present glow of contentment. But this morning I feel especially blessed. I'm sipping a good cup of coffee, wrapped up in a comfy blanket watching the stock market open and local morning news while a cold rain falls outside - the local traffic helicopter has all sorts of shots showing morning rush hour mayhem. That used to be my reality. 


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Post by: Nancy on November 20, 2014, 11:43:27 AM
On my bike ride home last night in the dark at 4:30, I was in a "had a full day of meetings" mood until I heard a bunch of preschoolers bust a gut laughing as they walked along the sidewalk holding on to that rope. Couldn't help but smile. Completely changed my mood.
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Post by: megaschnauzer on November 20, 2014, 11:55:17 AM
we went to a talk on gut bacteria and then ate bbq and drank sangria. fell asleep reading bill bryson's book 'a walk in the woods'. happy.
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Post by: TrulyStashin on November 20, 2014, 11:56:53 AM
I found out that an article I wrote (and re-wrote, and re-wrote over the course of TWO years) has been accepted for publication in a professional magazine read by CEO's, SVP's and in-house counsel! 

It will significantly raise my professional profile which will hopefully lead to a new job at twice my current pay.
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Post by: horsepoor on November 20, 2014, 12:12:45 PM
There is a foodbank has a truck parked here at the office so I walked across the street and bought two turkeys, plus all the non-perishables I could carry and dropped it at the truck.  Hopefully it will go to someone who needs it (and knows how to cook dried beans and rice!)

The week-long deep freeze we've been in is showing signs of breaking so roads should thaw by the weekend.
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Post by: 1967mama on November 20, 2014, 12:31:50 PM
This may just turn into my favourite thread! So uplifting and encouraging to read everyone else's submissions. It makes me try to look for the bright spots in my day as well, even though I'm dealing with some post-surgical frustrations.
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Post by: nirvines88 on November 20, 2014, 03:39:42 PM
The enthusiasm my world history students had when I taught them about Renaissance art.  Now if I could just get them to be just as enthusiastic for topics like the Hundred Years' War!
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Post by: Cassie on November 20, 2014, 05:17:52 PM
I woke up with a cold & felt terrible. I was not going to walk my big dog but then in afternoon the dog was looking at me sadly & I thought he does not care how fast & far we walk just so go.  We walked around a lovely park for 30 min's & I actually felt better.  All the leaves were falling & it was so beautiful.
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Post by: Eric on November 20, 2014, 06:07:53 PM
A fellow forum member PM'd me a very nice compliment out of the blue.  :)
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Post by: pipercat on November 20, 2014, 09:12:48 PM
We reviewed for three tests at our house, and there was no whining!

Also, I got to watch a full episode of my favorite TV show.
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Post by: senecando on November 20, 2014, 09:36:20 PM
There is a small little robot under the counter that is washing my dishes for me as I fart around in the internet.
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Post by: marty998 on November 20, 2014, 11:55:49 PM
Free beer at work on Friday.

Lord knows I need one (or many) lol.
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Post by: Cressida on November 20, 2014, 11:59:28 PM
There is a foodbank has a truck parked here at the office so I walked across the street and bought two turkeys, plus all the non-perishables I could carry and dropped it at the truck.

That was nice of you, good work.
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Post by: yyc-phil on November 21, 2014, 08:06:54 PM
Instead of biking to work as usual, I started to walk from home and back with a big Akita dog I am pet-sitting. The walk takes about 45 minutes through a frozen lake. It was -27 C today (with wind chill, it felts like -35 C), and it felts wonderful. The dog spent the day lazying around my office, and it was comforting to have this 125 pound beast breathing slowly next to me...I think I will do that every day until it gets too cold, which is pretty soon. Then I'll be back on my bike, a much quicker commute.
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Post by: sleepyguy on November 25, 2014, 08:54:57 AM
Picking up my son from daycare after work, he's so happy to see me and jumps and gives me a hug each time.
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Post by: RetiredAt63 on November 26, 2014, 02:36:21 PM
All days are good days.  Today was a home day, the dog and I played frisbee and got the snow fence up. 
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Post by: ketchup on November 26, 2014, 02:44:27 PM
I thought I was out of cashews, but I'm not!
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Post by: SisterX on November 26, 2014, 05:35:01 PM
My in-laws are visiting (a mostly-positive thing all by itself) and my MIL "likes to keep busy" so my house is now cleaner than it's been since the last time she visited.  It's just so nice of her to take care of us that way.
My daughter will smile and hug me tight when I get home tonight, and I will do something to make her laugh.  (Best sound in the world!)
I got to spend time with my husband last night (not a usual occurrence on Tuesdays).
I have the next two days off work, paid, and a kitchen FULL of good food to share with family.
I could go on, there's just so much to be thankful for and happy about.  :)

Those of you in the U.S., happy Thanksgiving!  May the spirit of the holiday keep you in good cheer through the next year.
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Post by: horsepoor on November 27, 2014, 05:14:39 PM
Scavenged enough freeze-ravaged veggies out of the garden to provide all the side dishes necessary to our turkey. 
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Post by: Rural on November 27, 2014, 08:31:46 PM
Sunrise over the mountains, today and every day.
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Post by: C. K. on November 28, 2014, 05:19:49 AM
1)Morning walk through ancestoral grounds.  2)Sunlight through the trees was breathtaking. 3) Made peace with a dog who never seems to like anyone. 4) Had fun time with relatives. 5) The internet has made my day again as I communicate with relatives who are far away.
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Post by: NinetyFour on November 28, 2014, 09:50:39 AM
Cardamom.  Maybe the best spice ever.
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Post by: myteafix on November 28, 2014, 02:52:55 PM
My boss unexpectedly ordering all of us pizza from Domino's as a thank-you for our hard work on Black Friday. :)
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Post by: gooki on November 28, 2014, 04:16:43 PM
My children riding giant stuffed animals (turtles) in the supermarket.
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Post by: galliver on December 01, 2014, 06:47:21 PM
I'm loving all of these! A while back I noticed that noting 3 good things about each day was a great way to counteract a new-ish tendency toward negativity. It's so much more powerful though when you can read others' joys, too :) Especially Mustachians who tend to be joyful about really good stuff!

Last week I split between staying with friends while attending a conference (way better than a hotel!) and visiting home for Thanksgiving. I made and ate tasty food with family and close friends, got to meet a brand-new (month old) baby, went hiking, and stopped by a favorite winery (where we enjoyed a free tasting and then stocked up at $10/bottle on $20/bottle wines that taste like $50/bottle ;) )

And today I was really excited when I found a simple error that collapsed the data I was analyzing to exactly what I wanted to see. :D Yay science!
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Post by: 1967mama on December 01, 2014, 07:03:17 PM
Son got 75% on Psychology term paper in first term of first year of university. So proud of him -- he did it all on his own and I think he feels great about the achievement. No, its not a top mark, but neither were his high school marks. But the fact that he DID IT and did fairly well is golden!
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Post by: HappierAtHome on December 01, 2014, 07:08:26 PM
I have a very tasty (homemade) lunch to eat today.

Yesterday I was told that I'd be receiving ~$1500 (before tax) backpay due to an HR error.

I can see gorgeous trees out the window of my open plan office. Makes open plan seem worthwhile :-)
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Post by: horsepoor on December 02, 2014, 07:40:17 AM
I learned how to make scrambled eggs in the microwave.
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Post by: Shropskr on December 19, 2014, 02:13:45 PM
Last year I bought rudolf, clarise, and bumble stuffed animals from target.  They've been on my Xmas tree and make me smile especially bumble.

Yesterday I found the dentist.  Man oh man talk about jumping for joy.  I think it's made my week.  He's going in my stocking then on my Xmas tree.  Lol :)
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Post by: pipercat on December 19, 2014, 04:18:30 PM
Christmas break has officially begun :)
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Post by: C. K. on December 19, 2014, 05:24:05 PM
Discovering that I had helped someone's boost her career.
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Post by: elizabeth112 on December 20, 2014, 08:43:27 PM
Putting up a tin roof in the winter with my dad, without falling off!
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Post by: Zamboni on December 20, 2014, 09:08:17 PM
This is a good exercise:

What made today's day?

-getting the Christmas packages finally mailed (bah!)
-playing dodge ball with my son even though a two foot tall kid on the other team beaned me twice
-petting my old cat
-getting an email that a former student who really struggled but persevered got into the graduate program of his choice.
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Post by: 1967mama on December 21, 2014, 01:28:23 AM
Wrapping stocking stuffers for my kids .. made me smile as I pulled each item out of the bag, knowing that I paid rock bottom prices throughout the year at sales for excellent things, not a bunch of junk.

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Post by: tracylayton on December 21, 2014, 04:59:27 PM
My 14 year old wanted me to surprise him with the remaining $40 of his Christmas money. I found 4 different gifts that were 50% off and wrapped them up. He still likes to unwrap presents and be surprised...which is fun for me, too!
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Post by: livingandlearning on December 21, 2014, 08:26:35 PM
Family members came to visit from out of town :-)
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Post by: Lian on December 21, 2014, 08:40:56 PM
Cardamom.  Maybe the best spice ever.

I love cardamom - need to find recipes that use it (other than Xmas cookies).

I made pumpkin ginger bread - ate some for lunch, snack, and dessert.
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Post by: NinetyFour on December 22, 2014, 06:13:45 AM
Cardamom.  Maybe the best spice ever.

I love cardamom - need to find recipes that use it (other than Xmas cookies).

I made pumpkin ginger bread - ate some for lunch, snack, and dessert.

I put it (and cinnamon) in my coffee and in my oatmeal.
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Post by: jordanread on December 22, 2014, 07:42:16 AM
1. Our oven lighter broke this weekend. We have a turducken, squash au gratin, and a pecan pie to cook.
2. The clutch just started going out on one of the vehicles.
3. The power went out last night.
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Post by: tmac on December 22, 2014, 09:43:24 AM
1. Taught my teenager how to make banana bread this morning. Yummy breakfast, togetherness, and life skills.

2. The movers are here to cart away the Steinway we just donated to a non-profit. More living room space, warm fuzzies, and tax deduction.

3. My mom just visited to show me the very cool Christmas gift she's making for my youngest. She's making half of the pieces and they'll make the other half together. Repurposing, experience gifting, and a friendly chat.

Life is so good.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on December 26, 2014, 04:03:57 PM
Drank way too much at my in-laws last night, woke up without a hangover today :D
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Post by: 1967mama on December 26, 2014, 04:32:13 PM
First ssssllloooowwww day since the 23rd of December. Enjoying catching up on the forum, sipping raspberry-pomegranite tea listening to "rustic sounding music" streaming on Songza.
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Post by: Antiser on December 28, 2014, 07:42:48 PM
Gradually I make some progress in how to accept the surrounding world and how to handle my mood to peace. It owes to my beloved Father God who accompanies me and delivers me through any occasion. Pray to God in the first place in occasions you are not able to handle, He will be always with you.
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Post by: ketchup on December 29, 2014, 01:19:15 PM
Kimchi.  Holy crap.  I don't know where it's been all my life.  (Yes, I do.  It's been in South Korea.)
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Post by: jordanread on December 31, 2014, 07:29:37 AM
Kimchi.  Holy crap.  I don't know where it's been all my life.  (Yes, I do.  It's been in South Korea.)
Mmmm. I love good kimchi. First time I had it, it was homemade, buried and everything. It's hard to top that, although I've tried. I must learn to make it myself.
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Post by: EDSMedS on December 31, 2014, 07:40:12 AM
1) Weekly Library date with DW
2) Free Russian Folk Music concert at the Botanical Garden
3) My dog growling ferociously while holding his bright blue squeeky ball in his mouth, begging for some fetch
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Post by: Nancy on December 31, 2014, 07:53:17 AM
The smell of garlic cooking as I rode my bike into work this morning. Couldn't pinpoint the restaurant, but it smelled sooooo good.
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Post by: Cookie78 on December 31, 2014, 08:09:53 AM
My boyfriend starting to post in these forums and already taking some awesome gigantic steps towards FI.
My dog remembering the command 'where's your stick?' even though he had to search around the yard and dig in the snow for it.
Calculating my December income and expenses last night and being happy about the results.
Discovering new ideas and excitement on MMM forums.
Writing down successes in 2014 and ambitious goals for 2015.
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Post by: Rural on January 01, 2015, 05:14:10 AM
We're far enough past the solstice that the sunrise is noticeably earlier today. Also a break in the clouds, so there's fire on the mountains.
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Post by: 1967mama on January 02, 2015, 04:44:39 PM
Making a huge stew with 4lb of stew beef from my freezer side of beef for my family on this rainy winter day.
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Post by: NinetyFour on January 02, 2015, 05:00:42 PM
Actually yesterday...

Gave/received TEN hugs!!  (Six different people.)  Really made a huge difference in my mood and outlook on the world!
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Post by: Ready2Go on January 02, 2015, 05:01:07 PM
Both my kids had friends over for the day, and ALL 4 got along and had a great time.  I got to hang out reading and listening to happy voices.  Great start for the new year.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on January 02, 2015, 10:52:27 PM
Lovely MMM Meetup this morning! Always great to catch up with friendly peeps from the forum.
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Post by: Jon_Snow on January 08, 2015, 08:42:43 PM
Got our property assessment in the mail. Up 17k from last year! And Vancouver real estate continues to do what is has for many years now...when will it stop? Crazy. And awesome (if you have already bought and paid off your mortgage, like moi). ;)
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Post by: 1967mama on January 09, 2015, 12:55:38 AM
Drinking steaming mugs of tea all afternoon.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on January 09, 2015, 01:23:41 AM
A lift home from a colleague
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Post by: Zaga on January 09, 2015, 07:11:21 AM
My fuzzy and super comfortable robe on a cold blustery snowy morning.

Having less clutter in my house than I did a week ago.
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Post by: C. K. on January 09, 2015, 08:56:57 AM
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Post by: galliver on January 12, 2015, 04:43:19 PM
Today, I discovered that podcasts allow me to tediously process data while also acquiring new interesting information, similar to what I typically read in articles. Then, I felt kind of silly for not getting into podcasts earlier.

Also texted my college roommate to wish her a happy birthday and we had a nice chat for a few minutes. Unfortunately we're bad at calling each other and our current 3-hour time difference doesn't help (by the time I get home and have dinner, she's asleep!)

Actually yesterday...

Gave/received TEN hugs!!  (Six different people.)  Really made a huge difference in my mood and outlook on the world!

Hugs are the best!
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Post by: Dr. Doom on January 12, 2015, 04:45:53 PM
BNL posted.  He bought a farm.  Unexpected, and very cool.
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Post by: 1967mama on January 12, 2015, 05:22:40 PM
Cleaned up the house today. Very satisfying!
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Post by: tmac on January 17, 2015, 01:23:28 PM
I off-handedly asked my husband if he wanted to go running with me this morning, and he said YES! It's a sunny, crackling cold day outside, and we giggled the whole time at each other trying to talk with numb faces. Such a nice surprise!
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Post by: MrsCoolCat on January 17, 2015, 01:35:43 PM
Yesterday it was an early morning workout, sandwiches for lunch (Amazon Local deal) and nitrogen infused ice-cream (Groupon) after work.

Today it was a massage (Groupon), a mini cannoli and just relaxing and watching movies at home. Speaking of which I need to spend less and def eat out less! All these deals were from last year.

Gotta keep it simple to make your day and be happy.
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Post by: marty998 on January 17, 2015, 04:39:28 PM
My team won it's cricket match yesterday. So close to semi finals now, just one more win will likely do it.
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Post by: 1967mama on January 17, 2015, 07:53:37 PM
A late afternoon nap.
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Post by: Zaga on January 18, 2015, 04:45:39 AM
Is it mean to say that my day was made when my brother, his wife, and their 3 kids left and my house was peaceful and quiet again?
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Post by: 1967mama on January 19, 2015, 12:27:54 AM
A very tasty frittata for dinner with onions, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, celery and feta cheese.
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Post by: Adventine on January 19, 2015, 04:19:34 AM
Walking up 16 flights of stairs (the building elevators were broken) and getting only slightly sweaty and moderately winded! I did the same thing a few years ago and was completely exhausted and drenched in sweat by the time I got to my floor.
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Post by: NinetyFour on January 19, 2015, 05:44:34 AM
An afternoon walk on our biking/walking path next to our river.
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Post by: galliver on January 29, 2015, 12:27:15 AM
I was in a movie today! Volunteered as an extra on the set of The PHD Movie 2! (Fellow grad students and academics will understand, haha.) It was great! May look into this more in the future (just for fun). :)
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Post by: nzmamma on January 29, 2015, 12:33:28 AM
Watching my 2 girls run around cackling like little crazy people under the sprinkler in the hot sun after dinner tonight.
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Post by: 1967mama on January 29, 2015, 12:47:42 AM
Playing Trivial Pursuit Jr. with my kids and husband tonight :-))
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Post by: mxt0133 on January 29, 2015, 01:24:48 AM
Found chicken drumsticks at Safeway for $.99/lb and chicken thighs for $1.10/lb.  I got lots of fruits, veggies, bread, milk, and meats all for $50.  It would have run me around $80 at the fancy grocery store that's right next to my place.  Now I know I can live on spending $200 per month on food, I just have to know where to go.  I always assumed that Costco was the cheapest.  This also solidifies part of my projected ER budget and that is not all based on unicorns and rainbows.

Now I just have to get a handle on the health care thing.
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Post by: Robert85 on January 29, 2015, 07:59:03 AM
Beer & pizza
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Post by: jordanread on January 29, 2015, 08:31:42 AM
This (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHCZebZzGJs)

Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes...http://www.dreamingwithjeff.com/ (http://www.dreamingwithjeff.com/)
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Post by: trailrated on January 29, 2015, 09:28:26 AM
Forgot to bring my lunch to work...now it will be dinner and I forgot I had emergency food reserves at work just in case :)
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Post by: SisterX on January 29, 2015, 06:21:44 PM
It finally hit -40 here this week and I'm loving it.  :)  I know it seems crazy, and just about everyone I know here is grumbling about it, but I love the cold.  Also, how can I be mad when it makes everything so pretty?  The clear blue sky, the ice fog, the snow, the returning sun, the hoar frost on everything...love it.
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Post by: galliver on January 29, 2015, 06:53:45 PM
A beautiful, sky-on-fire California sunset above campus (you know, to contrast with SisterX's experience ;) ).  And going to lunch with my extended lab group (because socializing). And getting access to some software being much easier than expected. :)
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Post by: 1967mama on January 29, 2015, 07:56:22 PM
Finally found a great OTA antenna that works perfectly for our location -- no pixelation at all!  Now we can watch the Superbowl on our TV! YAY! My boys and husband will be so happy :-)
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Post by: G-dog on January 30, 2015, 03:55:52 PM
Used a coupon to a bakery with the best pastries in town - mmmmm, bear claw!

Got free pizza - convenience store didn't charge me for my slice because they thought it was overdone/ under element too long.

And THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY
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Post by: 1967mama on January 30, 2015, 08:26:46 PM
Making a gift backpack full of useful items for a needy child in Nepal.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 02, 2015, 09:42:28 PM
Helping out a new starter at my workplace :-)
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Post by: 1967mama on February 02, 2015, 09:48:20 PM
A mug of Celestial Seasonings "Bengal Spice" tea ...
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Post by: Knapptyme on February 02, 2015, 09:57:14 PM
Brother and his family came to town. My son loved all the attention and was laughing and playing with his cousins all weekend. He slept an extra four hours today as part of his recovery--and everyone should know how peaceful it is to watch a child sleep.

Life is good, and so is this thread!
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Post by: SisterX on February 09, 2015, 12:21:45 PM
I get to switch to only a four day workweek!  This will make life so much easier for our family.  Less money (only 32 hrs/wk, not 4-10s) but less stress too.  Woo!
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Post by: galliver on February 09, 2015, 06:46:13 PM
GIMP (the free image editing program) has a new file template preset...for toilet paper.
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Post by: fields on February 09, 2015, 07:05:07 PM
Twenty turkeys roosting in trees in back of house, occasionally swooping down into the snow banks to eat the spilled birdfood under the feeders. 
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Post by: KD on February 09, 2015, 07:28:16 PM
Husband sleeps later than I so I often have to go back in later in the morning to make the bed which he helps with.   Today my youngest son snuck in and made it for us while we were in the kitchen. 


Jenny Wren singing on my woodpile.


Most days it's watching the chipmunks and birds in the yard.  Birdseed & suet are some of the last things I would cut from our budget as the Hubs and I get such a kick out of watching them.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 10, 2015, 12:10:08 AM
Yesterday: feedbooks.com/publicdomain. Recommended on the 50 Books gauntlet thread.

Today: a bread tasting session with my team. I brought in some homemade bread and toasted it, we all gathered round and had a piece. Tomorrow my manager is bringing in her version of the same recipe. Awesome stuff :-)
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Post by: 1967mama on February 10, 2015, 01:39:45 AM
Heart to heart just now with my 14 year old son who was sobbing in the bathroom.

He has been feeling depressed for about the last 2 weeks and doesn't know why. We hashed over all the key areas of his life, developed some solutions together, and feel like we have a plan.

For tomorrow, he is going to wake up when he wakes up (its already 12:30AM) and then we are going to go over his school assignments together in the afternoon (we homeschool but he does some online school courses). That's it for the day! He is really looking forward to his floor hockey game tomorrow night at church!

So glad we could talk so openly and although my heart is hurting for him, I'm so delighted that he will share so much with me.
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Post by: Zaga on February 10, 2015, 06:09:03 AM
It's been freezing and slightly thawing for the last several days/nights, and as a result we have an area of our driveway about 50 feet by 50 feet that's a smooth sheet of ice.  I went "skating" yesterday in my slippers, so fun!
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Post by: Jon_Snow on February 10, 2015, 09:53:42 AM
I'm kinda glad that I don't obsess much about "money stuff" any more. But I did find out today that my wife would be receiving an unusually large bonus this year - and when I realized that it would equate to about half a years spending for us I felt a little bit of a thrill despite myself. I have expressed a bit of frustration with my wife's insistence on continuing to work - but this is definitely is one of the positives.

We are as frugal as they come, but I think it may be time to "treat ourselves". Going to start making a list of "wants"...though, come to think of it there are some borderline "needs" too...new computer for one - 7 year old PC cannot handle hd video editing - it chugs heroically in the attempt...but no.
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Post by: KD on February 10, 2015, 11:29:06 AM
At the P.O. and a golden lab was just walking along when he fell in the grass and sunshine and happily rolled and rolled!  He soooooo seemed to be enjoying himself that I stopped and enjoyed watching him doing it for a few minutes before returning to my car & the rest of my errands. 

Oh to be ready for a joyful roll in the grass at a moment's notice!

Walking, walking, sweet spot, rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, scratch, rolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!  Ecstasy!

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Post by: NinetyFour on February 10, 2015, 01:06:28 PM
Heart to heart just now with my 14 year old son who was sobbing in the bathroom.

He has been feeling depressed for about the last 2 weeks and doesn't know why. We hashed over all the key areas of his life, developed some solutions together, and feel like we have a plan.

For tomorrow, he is going to wake up when he wakes up (its already 12:30AM) and then we are going to go over his school assignments together in the afternoon (we homeschool but he does some online school courses). That's it for the day! He is really looking forward to his floor hockey game tomorrow night at church!

So glad we could talk so openly and although my heart is hurting for him, I'm so delighted that he will share so much with me.

Yep--that is great that he was able to share his feeling with you.  I hope for the best for him!
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Post by: Nancy on February 18, 2015, 08:41:08 AM
Free apple at the office after a wonderful bike ride in: bike lanes cleared of snow/sun shining. Life is wonderful when free fruit is involved.
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Post by: 1967mama on February 18, 2015, 01:33:32 PM
I hope for the best for him!

Thanks, NinetyFour!

He's doing SO much better. We did go off budget to buy him (and his brother-roommate) each a new bed. The ones they were sleeping on were atrocious! When we took the old ones down to the garage, both of the box springs had broken wood pieces in the frames. This is a 215 lb, 6ft 1inch 14 year old. We got them both a double bed so they can sleep sideways. The room is pretty squishy now, but an adult child is moving out in May, so we will have these two in their own rooms at that point. He was seriously lacking sleep from both the discomfort of the bed and the creaking of his brother's bed every time he shifted in the night.

Getting outside for some fresh air and exercise and sunshine is helping too. He's a good kid and really just feels the weight of the world on his shoulders sometimes. I'm checking in with him a few times, daily still at this point. Glad to see him laughing and smiling again!

Your comment on "What small things did you do to save money today?" made my day today!
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Post by: NinetyFour on February 18, 2015, 04:57:09 PM
Gasp!  So you were on a spending spree!!

Just kidding--sounds like the new beds were much needed.  Very glad to hear that your son is laughing and smiling again!

Also glad that my jokey comment on the other thread (where you constantly inspire the rest of us!!) made your day!!  :D
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Post by: galliver on February 18, 2015, 10:07:42 PM
He's doing SO much better.

I'm with NinetyFour, it's great that he's feeling better!



This will probably make everyone east of the rockies angry, but what's been making my days lately is the smell of citrus blooms here in SoCal. It's springy and sweet and makes me smile as I'm riding to work, and glad that I did choose to move with my advisor in spite of the hurdles we've encountered...but nothing about that here. ;)
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Post by: marty998 on February 18, 2015, 11:21:14 PM
What made my day?

It's my birthday. And I had the day off :)
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 19, 2015, 01:42:53 AM
What made my day?

It's my birthday. And I had the day off :)

Happy birthday Marty!
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Post by: kander on February 19, 2015, 02:17:19 AM
I was walking home from work at dusk and saw a large bird fly to and land in a leafless tree.  I thought it was either a hawk (out kind of late) or an owl.  Sure enough, I saw the "horns" and then I heard its telltale call.  It was a Great-Horned Owl.  I absolutely love seeing these birds.  I stopped and watched and listened to it while all the clown car drivers raced by.  Made my day.

If you love birds so much, maybe you enjoy this as much as I do: http://www.beleefdelente.nl/ It's a Dutch site where you can watch different kind of birds on their nests. The church owls are so cute, they often sit together, both one eye open, one eye closed, on one leg.... I think it's very adorable :)
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Post by: NykkiC on February 19, 2015, 02:57:34 AM
1) Watched Ricardo Semler's Radical Wisdom TED talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4vzhweOefs) - highly recommended
2) Went for an evening walk around the neighbourhood with my mother
3) Finished knitting another patch for the blanet I've nearly finished
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Post by: NinetyFour on February 19, 2015, 06:47:43 AM
I was walking home from work at dusk and saw a large bird fly to and land in a leafless tree.  I thought it was either a hawk (out kind of late) or an owl.  Sure enough, I saw the "horns" and then I heard its telltale call.  It was a Great-Horned Owl.  I absolutely love seeing these birds.  I stopped and watched and listened to it while all the clown car drivers raced by.  Made my day.

If you love birds so much, maybe you enjoy this as much as I do: http://www.beleefdelente.nl/ It's a Dutch site where you can watch different kind of birds on their nests. The church owls are so cute, they often sit together, both one eye open, one eye closed, on one leg.... I think it's very adorable :)

Yes--I do love birds!  Thanks for the link to that site--yes, those church owls are fascinating!!
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Post by: galliver on February 23, 2015, 10:15:34 AM
Went hiking in the rain yesterday. :D Friend invited us to join her for a hiking meetup. Then we decided the meetup was too early and we'd go by ourselves 1-2 hr later. Then the meetup was cancelled but we went anyway. It was gorgeous.
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Post by: Jon_Snow on February 23, 2015, 02:43:26 PM
Just found out my wife's bonus is much larger than anticipated. We are pretty stunned about this.

This could change a lot of things in terms of our plans in the next year or two. Holy s***. We are breaking tradition and having wine tonight, a Monday, instead of our usual Friday night. :)
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Post by: HappierAtHome on February 23, 2015, 07:46:11 PM
One of the big(ger) bosses said he's happy for me to choose 'the maths of early retirement' as my subject for an upcoming mandatory five minute presentation to my directorate :-)
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Post by: aetherie on February 24, 2015, 07:00:39 AM
I hadn't seen this thread before! I like it.

What made my day yesterday was hearing that one of my favorite teachers from high school, who went through a nasty divorce ~7 years ago, has gotten engaged to a really nice guy. She posted on facebook after the announcement: "Thank you, dear friends, for your sweet messages. I am more fortunate than I ever dreamed I might be. I have three amazing kids, and a job I love. Then to find true love, at my age, or ever really, is a gift far beyond my capacity for words." Warm fuzzies all around :)
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Post by: kander on February 24, 2015, 12:20:28 PM
Something that makes my day almost every day is the bedtime ritual with our son. My husband brings him upstairs to go to bed, but before he goes to sleep, I become a "bite monster" that tries to catch them ;) And then our son starts screaming and laughing. But he starts to recognize this moments and now he already starts giggeling when I stand up after dinner ;) It's a great moment for all of us.
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Post by: galliver on February 24, 2015, 01:28:03 PM
I made my whole 2.6 mi commute today, through 4 lights, 4 (is it 5?) stop signs, and one unmarked crossing without ever taking my feet off the pedals (stopped but didn't wait at the stop signs so I could keep my balance). Making it through one of the lights (across a major arterial) and the unmarked crossing were particularly unusual. :)
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Post by: Roots&Wings on February 24, 2015, 05:27:19 PM
First orange blossoms of the season are emerging here.  Passed a few orange trees on my walk today..one of the most heavenly scents in the world!  Made my day :)
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Post by: SK Joyous on February 25, 2015, 11:06:18 AM
This thread is making my day! :)

Homemade cinnamon buns on a cold Saskatchewan winter day - nomnomnom

The sun is out!
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Post by: 1967mama on February 25, 2015, 11:39:13 PM
Running errands with my 3 youngest boys :-) Lots of happy chatter!
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Post by: Jon_Snow on February 26, 2015, 08:34:38 AM
One of my biggest stock holdings (a big Canadian bank) raised it's dividend this morning. My income continues to rise even though I no longer work!
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Post by: Ali on February 26, 2015, 02:13:03 PM
I just arrived at my parents house for a long weekend of visiting friends and relatives where I grew up.

Spent the last hour with Mum and Dad playing and getting really bloody competitive over dominoes.

It's good to be back for a few days.
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Post by: SCUBAstache on March 02, 2015, 05:53:36 PM
Today I started back at my old office and my commute was just under 25 min, vs the 45+ min at the office where I just finished a one year rotation. I was smiling the whole way!

The two hour delay thanks to the DC ice storm was a nice bonus, too.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 03, 2015, 12:10:16 AM
21 year old son offered to wash the outside and detail clean the inside of MY car!
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Post by: Salim on March 08, 2015, 08:01:32 AM
Offered a gift: most of my accounts to my wonderful assistant so I can go back to working part time.

Tried to ride my new bike. It was messy, but I'm sure I was grinning most of the time.
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Post by: caliq on March 08, 2015, 08:25:17 AM
My puppy, who partially tore his ACL last Friday, has been off pain meds for an entire day now and is NOT limping!  We might be avoiding surgery (for now at least!) :D  He has a follow up appt with the vet on Monday evening so hopefully this situation will make my day tomorrow too :) 
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Post by: NinetyFour on March 08, 2015, 11:16:46 AM
Making my 92 year old friend smile.
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Post by: G-dog on March 08, 2015, 12:39:35 PM
I am making cookies today! I love cookies!
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Post by: kander on March 09, 2015, 05:48:41 AM
I went to an indoor playground with my son and it was legendary :P It was very quiet there, so we had the whole playground to ourselves. So we went on the bouncing castle and on the trampolines and we even climbed to the highest point of the bouncing castle (a bouncing slide) and went of it together. We had a great time :)
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Post by: Adventine on March 09, 2015, 07:20:31 AM
I am making cookies today! I love cookies!

I love cookies too! What kind of cookies did you bake?
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Post by: G-dog on March 09, 2015, 05:30:36 PM
I am making cookies today! I love cookies!

I love cookies too! What kind of cookies did you bake?

I made dough for:
chocolate chip cookies (with almonds), and
Peanut butter cookies (crunchy peanut butter).

I baked a few last night, I really don't control myself well around cookies! Especially warm chocolate chip cookies. The dough is in the fridge, so I can bake some anytime. I will likely form these, freeze, and the store for baking later.
Supposedly, more flavors develop if you let the chocolate chip cookie dough chill in the fridge for a couple of days. I also put about a tablespoon of espresso powder in the double batch, hope to enhance the flavor a little, and did 2/3 brown sugar to 1/3 white sugar.
I will make a few more tonight for dessert.

Thinking of sandwiching the peanut butter cookies with Nutella.

COOKIES!
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Post by: Zaga on March 09, 2015, 05:53:43 PM
DH got an amazing job offer today, I'm so proud of him and all his hard work that has led to this!
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Post by: wintersun on March 09, 2015, 08:02:14 PM
I love this thread! 

Today was so sunny I sat in the sun for ten minutes and realised how light deprived I have been without knowing it.  What a joy to feel so warm.

My DH just found out about an unexpected dividend payment-yay!

Getting clear results from the doctor after a major test.

Enjoying the light in the evening- I was grumbling about DST yesterday but now I am loving it.
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Post by: furrychickens on March 09, 2015, 09:12:12 PM
Thawed out enough that the kids got their scooters out and I made a map of the property to plan this year's garden. There's grass visible!
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Post by: 1967mama on March 10, 2015, 12:27:23 AM
My husband called mid-day (from his cubicle..sigh) to ask my opinion on a major issue that he had to make a decision on by the end of the work day.
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Post by: scottish on March 10, 2015, 03:43:43 PM
The Conservative Party of Canada called me to ask if I would support Stephen Harper in the upcoming federal election.
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Post by: wintersun on March 13, 2015, 04:34:30 PM
A lovely hot fire!
Lots of doggie cuddles.
Accomplishing many things on my list.
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Post by: G-dog on March 13, 2015, 04:53:02 PM
It's FRIDAY! 'Nuff said.
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Post by: KMMK on March 13, 2015, 06:22:34 PM
The lady at the bank showed me my credit rating info and said it was the highest rating she'd seen.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 13, 2015, 11:43:36 PM
Sushi with my family ;-)
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Post by: furrychickens on March 14, 2015, 05:55:31 AM
Seeing how much the tilth of my soil has progressed in just one year. From nearly pure clay to something much, much better.
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Post by: Jon_Snow on March 14, 2015, 08:58:48 AM
Today marks the 6 month anniversary of my new, FIRE'd life - to say that this has been the happiest time of my adult life would be a MASSIVE understatement.
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Post by: Zaga on March 14, 2015, 11:39:23 AM
Apple pie straight from the oven :-)  Also some good decluttering happened today and yesterday.
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Post by: wintersun on March 14, 2015, 11:59:24 AM
My day today suddenly cleared and I have time to relax, surf the web, and feel no pressure to be with others.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 14, 2015, 04:02:45 PM
My $800 Appaloosa was wonderful at her first jumping show today.  We knocked one rail (my fault)  so didn't win, but had a great time despite getting soaked when the rain rolled in earlier than forecasted, then went for beers and pizza at our favorite place, which we don't frequent much now that we don't get over to this side of the valley as much. 
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Post by: G-dog on March 14, 2015, 04:38:40 PM
It's Pi day! 
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Post by: Cookie78 on March 14, 2015, 05:37:30 PM
The weather.
It's so nice out I want to get out the water barrels and garden hoses... but I know it's just another joke by Mother Nature and there is still more snow to come. I did take advantage of the warmth by finally building the steps to my deck extension today. The parts have been sitting in the garage all winter since it snowed just after I bought them.
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Post by: furrychickens on March 14, 2015, 08:56:15 PM
Apple pie straight from the oven :-)  Also some good decluttering happened today and yesterday.

Happy Pi Day!
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Post by: KMMK on March 14, 2015, 09:08:29 PM
Great weather. Went to the C51 rally, nice long walk, 3 hours outside, getting to know a new friend.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 14, 2015, 09:34:54 PM
Seeing my friend's daughter in Fiddler on the Roof.
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Post by: Taran Wanderer on March 15, 2015, 09:54:11 PM
Nephew's birthday party. Family, some interesting new people, and on a stormy day during a power outage. Light from the skylights and some candles, heat from the fireplace, and some music from a rechargeable speaker that I remembered to bring. Very cozy and nice.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 16, 2015, 12:20:08 AM
Watching "Big Hero 6" (from the library, of course) with my kids and seeing my 17 year old crying, he was laughing so hard!
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Post by: galliver on March 16, 2015, 01:30:11 PM
Pi day pie turned out really well Saturday, even though it took all day (we made a Pear Pie with Rosemary and Red Wine...it was a special Pi day after all! And we're at-home foodies.) :D

Pretty sure I unpacked my LAST box I intend to unpack from our move in August >_> It had office supplies and sentimental trinkets (gifts from friends & family, mainly).
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Post by: aetherie on March 18, 2015, 01:30:55 PM
Mint's customer service told me a few weeks ago that they would never be able to connect to my HSA investment account because of how that company's website is set up, so I resigned myself to having to check two different sites to calculate my net worth (I know, life is hard). But today I logged into Mint and there it was! A tiny time-saving win.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 18, 2015, 02:05:43 PM
Taking a deep breath outside in the sunshine!
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Post by: KMMK on March 19, 2015, 06:16:01 AM
I put the vet bill for a friend on my credit card. I expect she'll pay it back but it's a small enough amount and a good enough friend I'd be comfortable gifting it. For me it was such a small thing to do and for her it was a huge deal. She was so grateful and I was happy to be able to help.
Both our financial situations are somewhat luck related so I have no problem spreading my good luck around.
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Post by: galliver on March 19, 2015, 10:06:23 AM
I put the vet bill for a friend on my credit card. I expect she'll pay it back but it's a small enough amount and a good enough friend I'd be comfortable gifting it. For me it was such a small thing to do and for her it was a huge deal. She was so grateful and I was happy to be able to help.
Both our financial situations are somewhat luck related so I have no problem spreading my good luck around.
This post made my morning. That's a wonderful thing to do. :)
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Post by: Gerard on March 19, 2015, 06:25:46 PM
Watched ducks on the pond. Had good discussions in my classes. Learned where to buy speculaas here in town.

The big one: I found out some of my old band's tunes have somehow become popular in the tougher barrios of Mexico City, so that songs I wrote decades ago are bringing some happy dancing time to people far away who have a rough life.
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Post by: 1967mama on March 19, 2015, 06:26:54 PM
Making chocolate chip - craisin cookies with my 7 year old son. These days are fleeting, indeed!
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Post by: horsepoor on March 19, 2015, 07:54:43 PM
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Post by: GoldenGrove on March 21, 2015, 06:18:59 PM
This thread! Also: wonderful farmer's market this morning, getting on my bike today for the 6th day in a row, and absolutely glorious weather (sunny, 66F).



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Post by: 1967mama on March 21, 2015, 06:30:28 PM
Watching my kids skate!
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Post by: caliq on March 21, 2015, 06:48:25 PM
My mom came over to help me bulk cook a bunch of healthy meals.  We talked about how we enjoy actually doing things -- like how she helped me and DH build a dog fence last fall, we all thought it was great fun to hang out outside all weekend and get some exercise.  I mentioned how on 'this personal finance forum I read on the internet' people complain about family members and friends who always insist on going out to eat or shopping as a way of socializing.  She agreed with me that our way is much better :) 

And she's coming back tomorrow!
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Post by: Dmoneyzzz on March 21, 2015, 07:36:34 PM
One of my friends called so we could talk about the details of notes on Lending Club.  I thought it was pretty cool, didn't necessarily make my day but he made it a bit more interesting.  Thanks man.
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Post by: galliver on March 24, 2015, 10:35:45 AM
Going to my friend's wedding on Sunday. :) Beautiful, fairly small affair (~50 people). While I've gotten used to my college friends getting married, it's strange to see someone you remember playing on the monkey bars with and having sleepovers with in a white dress taking her vows! But it's strange in a deeply touching, wonderful way. [/allthefeels]
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Post by: Vertical Mode on March 24, 2015, 10:43:54 AM
Leisurely 9 mile bike ride this morning before work! Nice sunny day, cool/crisp outside, no deadlines lurking once I did make it in.
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Post by: wintersun on April 08, 2015, 04:57:12 PM
Up much earlier than usual and got loads done before 10.  I love that feeling of accomplishment so early in the day.
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Post by: 1967mama on April 08, 2015, 11:09:37 PM
Going to sleep on crisp white sheets that were line dried in the sun and breeze today!
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Post by: anon-e-mouse on April 08, 2015, 11:14:55 PM
Planted strawberries and harvested radishes.

This is my first garden to actually produce something I could eat!
<mind blown>
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Post by: The_Crustache on April 09, 2015, 01:10:07 AM
getting away from my girlfriend's whining so i could go to the library to print off a rental application for an apartment in Minnesota.
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Post by: furrychickens on April 09, 2015, 05:59:07 AM
Laying in bed with my wife listening to the year's first thunderstorm.
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Post by: Zaga on April 09, 2015, 06:09:26 AM
The spring peepers came out a few days ago!  One of my favorite signs of spring!
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Post by: The_Crustache on April 09, 2015, 12:44:58 PM
Laying in bed with my wife listening to the year's first thunderstorm.

I live in Milwaukee (riverwest) too, and I have to say, this thunderstorm at 5 am was less calming and more OMGSTFU IM TIRED.
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Post by: aetherie on April 09, 2015, 01:30:47 PM
Yesterday: meeting a guy in the gym parking lot with the same car I have (1st gen Honda Insight). He was super excited - "I haven't seen another one of these since I moved from California! Ooh, it's the CVT too, those are really rare! What mileage do you get?" - so we just talked about our cars for a little while. It was fun.
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Post by: wintersun on April 10, 2015, 09:05:32 AM
Reading this thread.  The simplicity of what makes our days grand is beautiful to me.
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Post by: 1967mama on April 10, 2015, 11:49:27 AM
Two pans of homemade buns in my oven. Smelled divine in here!
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Post by: NYCWife on April 10, 2015, 02:03:40 PM
1. Baked 2 fresh loaves of bread -- that smell of homemade goodness
2. Finished unpacking the LAST box from our move
3. Enjoying the peaceful solitude of my last day of a week-long vacation, curled up on the couch with a snuggle cat
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Post by: furrychickens on April 13, 2015, 06:56:30 AM
Using fantastically designed and built garden tools.

Investing $130 and 4 hours of my time to give us 650 square feet of rabbit proof garden space, unsure that the design would work, but having seedlings make it through multiple nights in a row now :)

Getting free water from the sky to keep my newly sowed carrot seeds nice and moist.
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Post by: MrsCoolCat on April 13, 2015, 05:39:57 PM
Not being stressed at work & being able to shop & do light cardio during lunch! I work in a mall.
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Post by: Zaga on April 13, 2015, 07:39:22 PM
My daffodils are blooming.

Also, it was warm enough out that I grilled out and we ate on the back deck, watching the hawks circle nearby.  DH even cracked open a bottle of super fancy wine!  (Okay, it was Arbor Mist, lol!)
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Post by: Cookie78 on April 14, 2015, 08:44:59 AM
My dog seems to be getting more healthy. No blood in stool for over a week now! (It's been an ongoing problem since December)

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Post by: Jon_Snow on April 14, 2015, 03:07:24 PM
Kale, beets, spinach and peas emerging from garden soil!

Maybe I CAN do this!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 14, 2015, 08:11:16 PM
A friend has won a writing competition :-) so excited for her. And proud that she's working hard to achieve her dream (on top of full time work, no less).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on April 14, 2015, 08:36:05 PM
Kale, beets, spinach and peas emerging from garden soil!

Maybe I CAN do this!

Sounds great!
I hope you don't have bunnies or deer in your area, they can eat it all overnight.
What else are you going to plant?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on April 14, 2015, 08:40:05 PM
Kale, beets, spinach and peas emerging from garden soil!

Maybe I CAN do this!

Sounds great!
I hope you don't have bunnies or deer in your area, they can eat it all overnight.
What else are you going to plant?

My battles to keep the deer out of my garden are the stuff of LEGEND in my Journal. Check it out. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: horsepoor on April 14, 2015, 09:41:39 PM
My $800 Appaloosa was wonderful at her first jumping show today.  We knocked one rail (my fault)  so didn't win, but had a great time despite getting soaked when the rain rolled in earlier than forecasted, then went for beers and pizza at our favorite place, which we don't frequent much now that we don't get over to this side of the valley as much.

Um, this phrasing did! I am laughing so hard with happiness at the imagining of you and your horse enjoying beers and pizza at your and the horse's favourite place!

OK, now I'm laughing.  The horse deserved some beers and pizza, but it was actually me and my husband enjoying them while she munched hay back at the barn!

Today - watching the awesomeness of a storm marching over the mountains.  Getting in a yoga session in the basement and feeling the tension drain from my muscles.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on April 15, 2015, 12:09:11 AM
It makes me sad when I see this thread pop up and I don't have anything to add :-/
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on April 15, 2015, 09:44:13 AM
The day is not over yet by any means, but a large portion of my investments (can you say ENERGY?) have EXPLODED higher today. And I'm looking at a 30k increase in my overall portfolio. Even though it's only "on paper" gains, the realization that my investiments are up in ONE DAY an amount more that what we spend in a year...stunning really.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on April 15, 2015, 12:11:47 PM
Walking out the door, noticed my tomatoes came up today (hopping on that gardening-joy bandwagon, I think ;) ). Also, have plans to see a college friend for lunch; he's in for ~5 days from Korea!

It makes me sad when I see this thread pop up and I don't have anything to add :-/

I don't always have something worth adding, but I think it reminds me to find 3 things that are good or worth being grateful for. Yesterday, one of them was a warm shower (our water heater is out so I appreciated my shower at the gym much more than I usually appreciate any shower!) When a day is really *so* crummy (or I'm so crummy) that I can't find at least 3 things, I declare it time for ice cream and a foot soak (that's 2 right there!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on April 15, 2015, 03:50:41 PM
I saw a wild turkey taking a dust bath when I pulled into my driveway after work today.

Also, some of my seeds for my garden are sprouting nicely!  Which is way cool because they are all seeds for the 2013 and 2014 seasons that I got cheap or saved from last year.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on April 15, 2015, 05:39:30 PM
Scared up seven deer from the driveway leaving this morning. Usually have some, but that was a record number.


Also the hummingbirds returned yesterday, or at least I saw them first yesterday.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on April 15, 2015, 09:14:06 PM
Well, with the encouragement above (thank you!) I'd say that a few things that made my day were:

hanging laundry on the line and watching it blow in the FREE wind!

and

pulling 4 lovely loaves of whole wheat bread out of the oven!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MikeBear on April 15, 2015, 09:25:07 PM
I finally dug the 25ft long, 18 inch deep, 8 inch wide trench from my diesel generator shed, to my house foundation. I'm installing a 1.5 inch pvc pipe, and pulling a permanent 50amp cable through it to go to my transfer switch. Then of course the trench gets filled back in.

I finally got tired of having to manually string a cable from the generator through the back doorway, and plug it into the transfer switch which is mounted above my service panel. Couldn't completely shut the door after that, and if having to do it in the winter it gets cold. Once I'm all finished, all I'll have to do for a power outage is crank up the generator, wait a few moments, then flip the switches over on the transfer switch.

I've been putting off doing all this for years, due to the work and mess it entails. My muscles are all screwed up tonight, but I'm glad I did it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on April 16, 2015, 07:52:19 AM
MikeBear - at least you didn't have to dig the trench in the winter as a character building exercise, then help your dad erect a canopy over it to keep a massive snowstorm from covering it all back in.

Took my second longest ride ever last night (36.5 miles), a simple out and back ride that got me to a trailhead I've never been to before. One section had so many frogs that it was LOUD even whizzing past on the bike.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on April 17, 2015, 08:28:43 AM
Tuesday I was on vacation, visiting an art museum (the Perez) in Miami. They have hammock swings outside, so I spent about 20 minutes just swinging back and forth looking out at the bay and feeling the warm breeze on my face.

I need to remind myself that sitting outside is awesome whether I've flown somewhere to do it or not.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: KMMK on April 26, 2015, 07:47:14 PM
Today, I finally got to hang out with this guy that I've been interested in for quite a while now (as friends or romantically - currently undetermined) and he said that he's totally into Tiny Houses and the whole self-sustainability thing, self-employment, quasi-retirement etc. Now, this is common for people I know via the internet, but in real life it's amazing for someone to even know what tiny houses are, let alone actually be into that stuff and have actually done some research about it. This was just what most struck me today, after a long and growing list of things we have in common that no one else really cares about or talks about.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: indentured4now on April 26, 2015, 09:14:35 PM
Happiness to me is a landscaping project of any sort, and today's project cost me $9.48 (plus a gift card a neighbor gave me unsolicited for some earlier help on one of their projects).    Cleared out overgrown areas on a retaining wall, pine strawed and planted some ornamental perennials and the whole thing just looks 1000 times better now...   Even put a small weatherproof placard in my neighbor's honor on the site that I hope they see someday as a nice gesture to recognize them for being so thoughtful.   I'll sleep well tonight after all the weed pulling/roundup'ing/planting/spreading, that's for sure!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on April 27, 2015, 09:18:47 AM
I'll post about this a bit later in my Journal, but the cliff notes are awesome enough to share here. I just got back from a 'vacation'. Not Mustachian in the least, and it caused a ridiculous amount of stress. I didn't want to go, but I did, and I paid for it. While we were out for two weeks, there were 3 days that I found enjoyable (although I could have had a lot more fun, for a lot less money). Shitty, right? Well, the highlight of this trip was a car ride (don't even get me started on the driving...) where the SO and I started chatting, and it turns out that we each thought it was the other's idea, and neither of us really wanted to go. While our communication skills are pretty good already, we were able to identify some weak spots. It was an expensive lesson, but I think it was worth it.

To summarize:
I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a dumb birthday vacation, and while there were some fun days, the best thing that came out of this was the understanding that the SO and I have additional depths of communication, that we didn't even know we needed. Our relationship will be stronger, so the spending was well worth it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on April 27, 2015, 02:07:55 PM
Reading a library book to my 7 year old while curled up in a comfortable chair together.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on April 27, 2015, 02:28:18 PM
Using child labor to plant rows of green beans.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on April 27, 2015, 07:28:21 PM
Riding my freshly-cleaned bike! Smooth as butter!
Going to get my lunch from the breakroom and finding free sandwiches!

Using child labor to plant rows of green beans.

Lol!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MMMaybe on April 27, 2015, 11:08:27 PM
I was out for a walk and saw a lady feeding some stray cats. And then along came a duck. I must admit, I questioned its sanity, given that the cats were starving but hey, a free meal is a free meal!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Torran on April 28, 2015, 04:31:40 AM
I was out for a walk and saw a lady feeding some stray cats. And then along came a duck. I must admit, I questioned its sanity, given that the cats were starving but hey, a free meal is a free meal!

This made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: swick on April 28, 2015, 12:38:07 PM
Hubby came home and related his conversation at work:
Hubby's CW: "So I just wanted to confirm vacation scheduling with you. Your taking end of May off?"
Hubby: "Yup, heading down to Seattle and Oregon"
CW: "Cool! What are you planning on doing in Seattle"
Hubby: "Wife has a retreat planned"
CW: (with a note of pity in his voice) "Ouch! Oh, what's her thing? Quilting?"
Hubby: "Nope, Financial Independence!"
CW: "Wait....there's a "group" of people for that?!?"
Hubby: "Yep, we call ourselves mustachians...here's a website to check out...."

He's an Engineer, pretty sure he'll make his way here eventually :)

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on April 28, 2015, 02:02:55 PM
Goblin Alpha describing an earthworm as "It's so cute!" in tones most folks reserve for kittens and puppies.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on April 30, 2015, 06:49:07 AM
NO WIND ON MY BIKE COMMUTE!    :O
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on April 30, 2015, 07:02:37 AM
NO WIND ON MY BIKE COMMUTE!    :O

That is a very good thing!

Goblin Alpha describing an earthworm as "It's so cute!" in tones most folks reserve for kittens and puppies.

She said the same thing about the fish heads I trimmed off when making dinner last night. Lol.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GoldenGrove on April 30, 2015, 08:49:29 AM
Found out I'm officially done with coursework for my PhD! (I still have to take comprehensive exams and write a dissertation, but hey, one step closer, right?)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on April 30, 2015, 05:49:54 PM
Found out I'm officially done with coursework for my PhD! (I still have to take comprehensive exams and write a dissertation, but hey, one step closer, right?)

Yay! That's a wonderful milestone. In retrospect, classes were quite distracting (finished mine a year ago).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: indentured4now on May 05, 2015, 09:38:52 PM
Morning walk with my dogs then 20 minutes or so of yoga.   More specifically, denying others the pleasure of making me jolt upright, shower, gulp breakfast, etc. every morning without replenishing my muscles and cardio system.   I'm a sentient being who knows that my body needs healthy exercise to perform it's best for the long run and I refuse to be run ragged by a crazy schedule for corporate America.   I'll stay a half hour later in the day to make up for a good morning that makes a good day.   Surprisingly, this schedule has worked 9 days out of 10 and the world has not stopped spinning.   In fact, I find it's an advantage over others who are overweight, stressed and complainypants.   

Whatever your morning exercise routine is while working, "Just Do It".
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on May 06, 2015, 05:42:23 AM
Morning walk with my dogs then 20 minutes or so of yoga.   More specifically, denying others the pleasure of making me jolt upright, shower, gulp breakfast, etc. every morning without replenishing my muscles and cardio system.   I'm a sentient being who knows that my body needs healthy exercise to perform it's best for the long run and I refuse to be run ragged by a crazy schedule for corporate America.   I'll stay a half hour later in the day to make up for a good morning that makes a good day.   Surprisingly, this schedule has worked 9 days out of 10 and the world has not stopped spinning.   In fact, I find it's an advantage over others who are overweight, stressed and complainypants.   

Whatever your morning exercise routine is while working, "Just Do It".

I like this attitude!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: sisto on May 07, 2015, 04:55:42 PM
I was supposed to have to move some furniture for my MIL last Saturday, but the escrow closing was delayed so it will be this week instead. Since my Saturday was left open for this cancelled task my wife and I had a whole day to ourselves. We sat in our backyard for several hours just relaxing, enjoying fancypants homemade lattes, and enjoying the beautiful weather and our dogs. It actually felt like a vacation which I am long overdue for.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on May 07, 2015, 05:43:59 PM
Seeing how excited my oldest got during an absurdly long bike ride for their age (7 and 8 year olds, 19 miles) because of how fast we got to go down some of the hills, and the pretty sights.

Oh, and yesterday, it made my day to make my wife's day by surprising her with coffee and kringle before she got up for work.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on May 07, 2015, 05:50:10 PM
Seeing how excited my oldest got during an absurdly long bike ride for their age (7 and 8 year olds, 19 miles) because of how fast we got to go down some of the hills, and the pretty sights.

Oh, and yesterday, it made my day to make my wife's day by surprising her with coffee and kringle before she got up for work.

I hope at least once you all yelled "wheeeeeeeeeeee!" While zipping down the hills!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on May 07, 2015, 09:09:35 PM
I found a leak in the plumbing below the kitchen sink. I was going to call a plummer straight away, but thought I'd have my husband have a look at it first, just in case it was something simple.  Turns out it was something simple: just a threaded section had come loose over the 24 years since this house was built! I'm so happy to have saved the money and so proud of my husband for figuring this out! That made my day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MMMaybe on May 08, 2015, 04:50:14 AM
My DH's favourite beer on sale at 50% off. You don't get a reliable supply of German beer here in the Philippines and not on sale in those quantities. I put 24 500ml bottles in my trolley and hoped I wouldn't bump into anyone I knew!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rollin on May 08, 2015, 06:20:20 AM
Instead of biking to work as usual, I started to walk from home and back with a big Akita dog I am pet-sitting. The walk takes about 45 minutes through a frozen lake. It was -27 C today (with wind chill, it felts like -35 C), and it felts wonderful. The dog spent the day lazying around my office, and it was comforting to have this 125 pound beast breathing slowly next to me...I think I will do that every day until it gets too cold, which is pretty soon. Then I'll be back on my bike, a much quicker commute.

I don't typically respond to posts that are this old, but what is too cold for you?!!!!  Isn't -27C already something like "freeze your butt off" already in Fahrenheit? :)  Must be a dry cold - ha ha.

-27C = -16F

Just wow!  Enjoy and keep up the good work.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on May 08, 2015, 11:48:48 AM
Rollin - ykphil is a badass who regularly bikes when it is -40C or, if he is close enough, just walks because it's faster than hauling the bike out. He's one of many around here who inspired me to bike through my somewhat tamer winters.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: TrulyStashin on May 08, 2015, 12:42:38 PM
Yesterday, as I walked a mile across the Manchester Bridge over the James River to get to my car, a bald eagle flew overhead with sticks in his talons.  He was on his way home for some DIY home improvement.   It was 7:30 pm and the sky was fading to coral and purple.  Six kayakers paddled by just below me, heading for the rapids.

If I paid to park in the garage at my office, I'd never have experienced that beautiful moment.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: davisgang90 on May 08, 2015, 01:26:17 PM
Great bike ride into work today along the Potomac, long lunch with my bride to watch the Arsenal of Democracy 70th Anniversary of VE day fly over and I get a leisurely ride home tonight followed by a cold frosty malted beverage.  What's not to like!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on May 08, 2015, 03:09:56 PM
It was that yearly watershed moment . . . First commute of the that didn't require covering my ears or waring long fingered gloves.  13 degrees in the morning and 25 on the way home.  Whooooooooooo!  It only gets better from here.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 15, 2015, 10:00:49 PM
I'm editing my friend's book and it's REALLY GOOD!

Plus, Saturday here, and I slept in before drinking coffee in bed :-) great start to my weekend.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MMMaybe on May 16, 2015, 04:54:24 AM
I went to the local book superstore and was amused to note that the religion/Pope section was more extensive than the fiction section.
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Post by: Thornto_zqa on May 20, 2015, 04:10:21 AM
Appreciation, love and care.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SemiFruggal on May 20, 2015, 08:18:45 AM
I saw an oriole on the way to work.  I haven't seen one in several years.
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Post by: 1967mama on May 20, 2015, 11:52:34 PM
Physiotherapy is working!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on May 25, 2015, 08:25:27 AM
I woke up this morning and in my groggy state I heard on the radio that traffic was going to be bad on the way to work due to an accident and major road closure. I take the bus, so it's not a huge deal, but annoying. Then I woke up more and remembered I had planned on starting to bike to work today. Yay.

As I was riding down the pathway, watching the traffic backing up a fox ran across the path in front of me. Close enough to startle me, but not close enough to hit the brakes. I've never seen a fox that close before. They aren't that common here. Saw two geese with 4 little goslings too, but not near the fox.

Peaceful ride. 25 min to work. Bum hurts and legs are slightly wobbly, but a good first ride. I can already tell I have more energy at work this morning than usual.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on May 25, 2015, 09:58:06 AM
Sunrise and a minor hummingbird war this morning, and now a red-tailed hawk who is very annoyed with me (judging by the way he's yelling at me) in a big hickory about 40 feet away.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on May 25, 2015, 05:37:52 PM
Found 3 free fancypants Bodum glasses in a free box at church.

http://www.bodum.com/ca/en-us/shop/detail/10483-10/
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 25, 2015, 08:13:15 PM
Realising that despite not having a tub of lunch food to bring in to work, I had plenty of bits and pieces to bring in so I'll be well fed all day and not have to resort to the mediocre cafe here.

Found 3 free fancypants Bodum glasses in a free box at church.

http://www.bodum.com/ca/en-us/shop/detail/10483-10/

I have similar ones. Mine are more like stemless wine glasses. They're amazing. Recieved them as a gift and use them all the time.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cezilous on May 27, 2015, 12:40:29 PM
I took a 15 minute non-smoke break and went and sat outside on a bench on the riverwalk.  As I sat there in quiet contemplation, a mother duck led her 7 babies across the river, and I watched them paddle their little webbed feet like crazy to keep up in her wake.  In the busy-ness of downtown (and between storm clouds), it was heartening to watch that.  Made the day a bit more bearable.  Thank you Mrs Duck.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 27, 2015, 05:09:21 PM
Got engaged :D technically it happened yesterday, but less than 24 hours ago, and it's why I'm walking around looking like such a smug motherfucker today, so... I'm counting it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Norrie on May 27, 2015, 07:12:28 PM
Congrats, HappierAtHome! That's fabulous news. Best wishes for a very long, happy, and healthy life together.

Things have been pretty bleak here and just getting up and facing the day has been rough for a few months. But we had the kids' parent teacher end of year conferences today, and I was really moved by how wonderful all of the teachers are. Truly special people.

And then I learned that my friend actually knows a great deal about a disease in which there is minimal/almost non-existent research, but which is shaping our lives quite a bit right now. She gave me the tools that I needed to be able to formulate questions for doctors/researchers, and it was the jolt that I needed. I am so thankful that the right people just seem to show up at the right times.
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Post by: terarym on May 28, 2015, 10:38:12 AM
After wandering for many years, I had a home loan approved this morning.  Closing on Monday. I'm going home.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: benjenn on May 28, 2015, 11:41:53 AM
Saw a post on my 23 year-old daughter's Facebook page yesterday from a friend of hers asking if her mom (me) takes kids to Washington, D.C. every year?  She said she saw my picture on my daughter's timeline and she would almost swear I was her tour leader back in 2005.

My 21-year old son saw the post and chimed in that yes, their mom (me) does take kids to D.C. every year so I would definitely have been her tour leader. 

She responded and said that even though she lost her purse on the trip, along with her money, ID, meal vouchers and souvenirs, I still made it the best trip of her life and she still tells stories about the things I did and said on the trip.  :) 

That was too cool.  I've taken over 1,100 kids to DC in the last 16 years and this coming trip (2 weeks from Friday) will be my last before we RE the end of July.  Nice to know I've had an impact on so many. :)  That made my day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on June 12, 2015, 10:21:22 PM
Ate the season's first ripe blackberries straight off the canes today. I pushed it yesterday and  ate a couple, but I should've been more patient. Today, they were perfect.

Late edit to correct ipad correction
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 12, 2015, 11:48:11 PM
Ran the numbers and we can well and truly afford to put an offer in on the house we want!

Now we just need to get over the nerves and decide to go ahead and do it...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on June 13, 2015, 02:22:49 AM
Reading a really good book ... and my husband took the kids out for ice cream and a walk tonight (75 cent kid cones) so I could read and drink my tea. He's such a gem <3
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cougar on June 13, 2015, 06:32:19 AM
I was out for a walk and saw a lady feeding some stray cats. And then along came a duck. I must admit, I questioned its sanity, given that the cats were starving but hey, a free meal is a free meal!

hey, this is me.

i regularly feed the squirrels in my trees, so much so that sometimes they'll be waiting on my fence when i come home
i know loys of people just consider squirrels as fuury disease carrying rats, but the heck with that; i dont invite them in the house and most little kids that walk by think its neat to see a bunch of squirrels.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on June 16, 2015, 06:15:27 AM
I woke up this morning and in my groggy state I heard on the radio that traffic was going to be bad on the way to work due to an accident and major road closure. I take the bus, so it's not a huge deal, but annoying. Then I woke up more and remembered I had planned on starting to bike to work today. Yay.

As I was riding down the pathway, watching the traffic backing up a fox ran across the path in front of me. Close enough to startle me, but not close enough to hit the brakes. I've never seen a fox that close before. They aren't that common here. Saw two geese with 4 little goslings too, but not near the fox.

Peaceful ride. 25 min to work. Bum hurts and legs are slightly wobbly, but a good first ride. I can already tell I have more energy at work this morning than usual.

Bikes are so quiet and move so quickly that you often come across animals on paths, especially early in the morning before other people have scared them off.  I like to think of cycling as 'land canoeing' for that reason.
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Post by: wintersun on June 17, 2015, 05:05:37 PM
Cool air on my skin made my day :)
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 17, 2015, 05:43:13 PM
Today, I watched birds play in a fountain. Never fails to make me smile.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on June 24, 2015, 04:40:45 AM
Bought my dream house :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on June 24, 2015, 07:01:14 AM
Bought my dream house :D


Woo! Is that the reason for your screen name?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 24, 2015, 07:05:10 AM
Bought my dream house :D


Woo! Is that the reason for your screen name?

It does make it even more accurate!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on June 24, 2015, 02:58:05 PM
Thanks to some recent minor surgery (getting old sucks!) I was unable to do my usual gym-thing today so I decided to do a walkabout my neighbourhood - I DO NOT sit-on-the-couch-all-day in my version of FIRE, as readers of my Journal probably already know. ;) I turned down a side street and encountered a construction crew working in the middle of the road...they were lowering some big safety cages into a deep excavation - then I caught the unmistakeable whiff of human sewage and knew immediately that they were doing some sanitary pipe work. I used to do this stuff from time to time. Not fun. And the realization that I will NEVER do it again produced a big smile on my face as I strolled by. There was one miserable looking dude (with some suspicious looking smears on his overalls) that could have been myself over a year ago...I was tempted to say "I've been there man"...but I kept my mouth and walked to library where I spent an hour perusing the stacks, people watching. Then I wandered over to the market to grab a few things I needed to make a tasty dinner for DW and I...it will be ready when she walks in the door...as usual. :)

I have to be honest, being FIRE'd makes my day....EVERYDAY.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on June 24, 2015, 03:17:19 PM
Raspberries are ripe!  Berry tart for dessert tonight!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: KMMK on June 24, 2015, 05:48:14 PM
Almost everything. It was a great day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on June 25, 2015, 01:47:27 AM

I have to be honest, being FIRE'd makes my day....EVERYDAY.

Thanks for this, Jon_Snow!

My son won an Athlete of the Year trophy today .. made me so proud!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: cdttmm on June 25, 2015, 05:26:09 AM
Walking out of the airport in Rapid City, South Dakota after many hours of traveling (something I find quite stressful) and seeing the Black Hills in the distance. In that moment, I knew that whatever happens this weekend, it will all be worth it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: midweststache on June 25, 2015, 05:46:26 AM
I left my wallet in a class I was teaching (I had it out to print some things for my students), but it was returned ($200+ in wedding gift cards and all!) to campus safety.

This was the last "faith in humanity restored" event in a day filled with many, and I went home for dinner with DH and simply started crying because I was overwhelmed by the world (in a good way).

It was a very strange but beautiful day...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Nancy on June 25, 2015, 06:33:02 AM
That's wonderful, midwestache!

For me, listening to a toddler sing while in her bike seat. I almost didn't want to pass them it was so enjoyable. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Noodle on June 25, 2015, 07:35:44 PM
I got permission to make changes in a staff member's job assignment in a way that made two people happy. The staff member will get to do work she likes better and be kept busier, and her colleague will get extra help that she really needs. The two have worked together in the past and seem to have a good working relationship.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Shinplaster on June 25, 2015, 08:00:01 PM
This is a few days late, because we were out of town.  Our son got married on Sunday.   It was supposed to rain, and instead the sun shone and the breeze was cool.   Their wedding was pretty mustachian too.  Perfect!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gretamom on June 25, 2015, 10:25:04 PM
Found a new dryer today on craigslist. Our 13 year old dryer needed about $300 worth of repairs. This guy on craigslist fixes washers and dryers and delivers and takes your old one away. So we got one delivered, set up, and had our old one taken away for $150 and I'm happy to report it works better than my old one. Also, we have 8 rentals so now we have a new resource for replacing washers and dryers inexpensively when one goes out at the rentals! Bonus!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on July 08, 2015, 11:30:43 AM
Made an extra payment to my RRSP today of $3400 because there was suddenly way too much money in my bank account. Back before I knew anything about anything I would pay $2400 PER YEAR into my RRSP. Thankful to have seen the light!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 08, 2015, 07:35:16 PM
Chatting with a co-worker and learning a bit more about her and her motivations. It's easy to label people, or feel as though you can put them in a box, when you barely know them. Once you start finding out all their complexities... then you have give up on those labels. That's the bit of getting to know people I really like :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Adventine on July 14, 2015, 06:36:29 AM
Chatting with a co-worker and learning a bit more about her and her motivations. It's easy to label people, or feel as though you can put them in a box, when you barely know them. Once you start finding out all their complexities... then you have give up on those labels. That's the bit of getting to know people I really like :-)

Those are the best kind of conversations!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: PARedbeard on July 14, 2015, 07:14:33 AM
I woke up in a foul mood today and trudged out to walk my dog. She was having a ball, and my mood rose appreciably in a few, short minutes. What really made my day, though, was that during our walk, we passed by one of my neighbors who works nights. She was just getting home with some groceries, and she looked worn out. When she saw my dog, her entire face lit up. I don't know her very well--she is practically a stranger-- yet her smile made me smile, and I haven't stopped yet!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on July 14, 2015, 08:22:18 AM
I woke up in a foul mood today and trudged out to walk my dog. She was having a ball, and my mood rose appreciably in a few, short minutes. What really made my day, though, was that during our walk, we passed by one of my neighbors who works nights. She was just getting home with some groceries, and she looked worn out. When she saw my dog, her entire face lit up. I don't know her very well--she is practically a stranger-- yet her smile made me smile, and I haven't stopped yet!

Very cool - I love my dogs, they almost always lift my mood*. They are happiness generators for some of us.

*sometimes they are naughty...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 14, 2015, 08:25:20 AM
This was yesterday- I got some happiness as a reward for frugality! We moved, and so now I'm bathing the dog at home (I know, face punches that I wasn't before... but there was no tub and she got out of the shower once and shook water all over DH's work papers... completely my fault, but still miserable!). After her bath yesterday, she tore around the house and flopped and rolled dramatically in a packing box. Perfectly timed to techno music.

Somehow I doubt she'll be this cheerful when I do her nails though!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on July 14, 2015, 08:44:37 AM
My oldest two helped me process quite a few pounds of green beans. My youngest asked to help. He's too young to use a knife, but I was also laying out zucchini slices for the dehydrator. He helped me do that and said "This is fun!"
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on July 14, 2015, 08:49:27 AM
Well, it was actually yesterday...a wonderful encounter with my cetacean friends. Posted a video of it on another forum I frequent - predictably, I got a wonderful response from the folks there.

At midnight tonight, 80% of my dividends get paid - despite being FIRE'd, it still feels like I'm drawing a nice salary. Life is just plain wonderful right now. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on July 14, 2015, 10:57:16 AM
I had a biopsy yesterday, and now I have a diagnosis for my chronic pain.  And it's something that can be fixed!  I'm just so happy that the pain will be gone soon :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on July 14, 2015, 11:04:44 AM
I had a biopsy yesterday, and now I have a diagnosis for my chronic pain.  And it's something that can be fixed!  I'm just so happy that the pain will be gone soon :)

Awesome! Chronic pain is so exhausting, and the worst is when you have no idea what the root cause is.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on July 16, 2015, 07:04:38 AM
I stopped by a thrift store and I bought 4 sweaters in merino/cashmire/cashmire+silk for a grand total of 24$.
Even the check out clerk was impressed by my hunt :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 18, 2015, 01:38:07 AM
My eight year old boy still holding my hand when we are out.  He is my last child so I know this won't last much longer .... Bring on the grandchildren!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 18, 2015, 01:53:04 AM
Green olives stuffed with fetta.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: KMMK on July 18, 2015, 03:49:38 AM
Skyped with a fellow minimalist I met online accidentally. Went very well.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: C. K. on July 20, 2015, 11:45:39 PM
This documentary of Bill Cunningham, an 80-something New York fashion photographer  who rides a bike and has somewhat frugal ideas. Some might say he delves into the cheap side rather than the frugal side, but he seems happy with his studio apartment and his rolls of film.

http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1187356185
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 21, 2015, 12:54:08 AM
Everyone (including our 2 house guest we are billeting) loved the chicken Caesar salad with homemade dressing that I made for dinner. The magic cookie bars for dessert were the proverbial icing on the cake. Its so rewarding to hear this when you've worked hard to make a good home cooked meal.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 21, 2015, 10:05:51 AM
I was watching "Rehab addict" with Nicole Curtis and randomly in a scene she drives along back alleys looking for furniture! She said, "Judge me if you want, but I've only bought 2 pieces of furniture in my house. Everything else was being thrown out or is out of a flip I did. This saves money but also gives me pieces of character and history". Then she picked up an old scrapwood work bench to put in her garage, and it ended up looking great in there.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 21, 2015, 07:00:25 PM
Green olives stuffed with fetta.

Figured I should clarify that this was definitely what made my day that day, NOT a mis-post meant for one of the eating threads :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 21, 2015, 07:02:14 PM
Day off today! I love my four day working week. Just getting a mid-week break to relax, do some chores and take a long walk to an appointment is enough to make my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 22, 2015, 12:43:29 AM
Talked to my nephew on the phone. He's only a toddler so his language is better and better every time I speak to him.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 22, 2015, 01:08:54 AM
Made it through Day 1 of Primal eating -- http://www.marksdailyapple.com
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 22, 2015, 09:19:45 AM
Made it through Day 1 of Primal eating -- http://www.marksdailyapple.com

Wow, that's going to be quite a change for you! I just saw you post a roll recipe recently. Well done and good luck! (I'm going on 5 years... it can be done!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: horsepoor on July 22, 2015, 09:55:56 AM
Made it through Day 1 of Primal eating -- http://www.marksdailyapple.com

How funny!  I just came here to say that I posted a question in the comments on MDA and Mark featured it in his blog on Monday.  Nice to know he reads the comments and even uses them for material!

This morning - getting a great ride in first  thing,  coming home to a delicious omelette and  working at home in my shorts and bare feet the rest of the day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on July 22, 2015, 10:06:34 AM
I'm about an hour away from launching my kayak and paddling about an hour and a half to one of my favourite beaches...where I will spend much of the day lying on the sand, eating some fresh veggies from my garden, reading my Kindle...and checking in from time to time on these forums.

Just luxuriating in my FIRE-status, bascially.... :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 22, 2015, 08:06:10 PM
Calculated that our expenses as a percentage of income is now 41 per cent, compared with 83 per cent in 2009. Getting there slowly!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 22, 2015, 08:29:32 PM
Calculated that our expenses as a percentage of income is now 41 per cent, compared with 83 per cent in 2009. Getting there slowly!

That's awesome! You've DOUBLED your savings rate. This is not a small achievement at all.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 22, 2015, 08:53:49 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, @brackenjoy! I have weight to lose and nothing else is working for me. I will still need to cook for my family (like the roll recipe I posted) but won't be partaking of grains for myself for the time being. Day 2 has also been a success. I just made the flax crackers on the website.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 22, 2015, 10:38:04 PM
Calculated that our expenses as a percentage of income is now 41 per cent, compared with 83 per cent in 2009. Getting there slowly!

That's awesome! You've DOUBLED your savings rate. This is not a small achievement at all.

Thank you. I can't really tell anyone else, they wouldn't understand. I've worked hard to cut our set expenses (phones, car/health/contents insurance, etc), and lower our consumption (fuel, food, power), and we've both had pay rises in that time. Still some discretionary spending to get under control (I have a weakness for buying gifts), but things could be a lot worse.

(I'm focusing on this while ignoring the fact that the annual growth rate for Sydney real estate is, according to reports today, 22.9 per cent, and some buyers made $1.1 million on property in less than two years. http://news.domain.com.au/domain/real-estate-news/the-winners-and-losers-of-the-sydney-property-boom-20150722-giidt8.html)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 22, 2015, 10:41:42 PM
The BF negotiated our new internet contract so that we'll be paying $20/month less than we currently are, and the transfer fees and cost of a new modem have been waived.

More excited by this display of badassity on his part, than I am by the actual savings. That's why it's made my day :-) so lovely to be undertaking this journey with a partner joining in on the savings wholeheartedly.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 22, 2015, 11:21:49 PM
The BF negotiated our new internet contract so that we'll be paying $20/month less than we currently are, and the transfer fees and cost of a new modem have been waived.

More excited by this display of badassity on his part, than I am by the actual savings. That's why it's made my day :-) so lovely to be undertaking this journey with a partner joining in on the savings wholeheartedly.

Can I ask who you're with? We're with iiNet, $60/month, because neither Optus nor Telstra services our building.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WerKater on July 22, 2015, 11:27:57 PM
Calculated that our expenses as a percentage of income is now 41 per cent, compared with 83 per cent in 2009. Getting there slowly!

That's awesome! You've DOUBLED your savings rate. This is not a small achievement at all.
Actually, he more than tripled it. It used to be 17%, now it is 59%.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: KMMK on July 23, 2015, 03:57:51 AM
I did my first actual billable work today, as an independent contractor, after quitting my corporate job 4 months ago.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 12, 2015, 07:04:28 PM
Slept at my new house for the first time last night. (Yeah, this house is going to be what's made my day for quite a while yet).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on August 12, 2015, 07:57:35 PM
This documentary of Bill Cunningham, an 80-something New York fashion photographer  who rides a bike and has somewhat frugal ideas. Some might say he delves into the cheap side rather than the frugal side, but he seems happy with his studio apartment and his rolls of film.

http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi1187356185

saw this a while ago, loved it, love him
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Meowkins on August 12, 2015, 08:06:25 PM
Really long, hard day at work on 5 hours sleep and a lot of really sad family drama. Dad sent me a bizarre, almost incoherent email that was confusing and hurtful.

When I got home, my husband took one look at me, told me to go lie down, made me dinner, cleaned the dishes, and watched goofy shows on netflix with me. He's still lying here next to me chuckling at imgur and just staying close by. Feeling really blessed.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on August 12, 2015, 08:18:37 PM
I have two dogs I love like my kids, more on some days, lol. I have this mutt who came up to the shelter from the south, she had clearly been horribly abused (I was at the shelter to drop off dog food, had zero intention of going to the puppy room, thank God I did).  She cowered in a corner of her cage, shaking, would not make eye contact, she was sick, skinny.  I grabbed my work lap top and sat outside her cage, working and periodically saying her name and looking at her.  After hours (shhhh, not a productive work day), she finally sat as close to me as she could and I could pet her a little.  Then they let her out, she climbed into my lap, shaking like a leaf and normally, you have to bring in your kids and your dogs to get vetted to have one of their dogs, they said, "carry her to your car, we'll bring the papers out to you."

the journey I've had with Bernice changed my life and the way I want to live it.  She fills me with joy every time I see her face. And now that I got ill and I'm home, she never, ever leaves my side.  There can be steak cooking in the kitchen, still will not move. 

oh, this is stupid, everyone's had a great dog.  Anyway, while I was out, my mom opened the front door and she slipped out.  She never does this, the other constantly does it.  And no one was home to go find her.  My mother called me, I sobbed all the way home.  We've only been in our house two years, she would be lost.  Just as my dad and I drove by our house to start looking for her, UPS pulls in.  And there was Bernice, who hates men, sitting on the truck steps.  I love that man, he has no idea what he has done for me.  Refused to take any money.  She was gone close to an hour, I am so freaking lucky. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mom22boys on August 12, 2015, 08:38:40 PM
I just found out that my employer will match 50% of contributions to my 401k starting next year.... up to the full $18k contribution. Their current match only gets me around 4k, so I'm pumped.....an extra 5k per year in my race to FIRE. Great day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 12, 2015, 09:12:53 PM
My tire has been losing air steadily the past couple days. Took it into the tire center I got them from a few years ago (yay mustachian driving habits) and they repaired it for free. Also checked all the other tires and rotated them while they were at it. And of course coffee while I waited. There are far worse ways to spend 2 hours.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Alchemilla on August 12, 2015, 11:37:28 PM
FLA blubbing at your lovely story. How beautiful.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on August 13, 2015, 03:29:37 AM
FLA, how marvelous. Bernice is a lucky pup.


Two small things for me: Passiflora incarnata blooming on my porch, and about a two pounds of someone's surplus squash and zucchini left in the faculty lounge in my building (technically yesterday).


Here's the flower:


http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on August 13, 2015, 12:22:21 PM
Two small things for me: Passiflora incarnata blooming on my porch, and about a two pounds of someone's surplus squash and zucchini left in the faculty lounge in my building (technically yesterday).


Here's the flower:


http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg)

The picture alone could have made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on August 13, 2015, 12:59:05 PM
Two small things for me: Passiflora incarnata blooming on my porch, and about a two pounds of someone's surplus squash and zucchini left in the faculty lounge in my building (technically yesterday).


Here's the flower:


http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg)

The picture alone could have made my day.

That picture alone did make my day!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: C. K. on August 13, 2015, 01:03:37 PM
Knowing I've stocked up vegetables in summer to be eaten in winter. The freezer is full; I'm happy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on August 13, 2015, 02:54:41 PM
Spent the day with a friend making a custom pattern for her friend, who she brought with her.  Making costumes makes me happy :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: KMMK on August 13, 2015, 04:36:03 PM
Possible new client and if it doesn't work out still good practice. I think my pitch and proposal was very good, especially as I haven't done exactly this type of work before. Self employment is great.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on August 13, 2015, 07:25:01 PM
Two small things for me: Passiflora incarnata blooming on my porch, and about a two pounds of someone's surplus squash and zucchini left in the faculty lounge in my building (technically yesterday).


Here's the flower:


http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg (http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/pas/Passiflora%20incarn%20flor.jpg)

The picture alone could have made my day.

That picture alone did make my day!!


They really are drop dead gorgeous! Plus, it's a native, and the fruit is both edible and yummy. These are volunteer plants, so I haven't had to do anything but watch and enjoy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NykkiC on August 15, 2015, 12:02:43 AM
Going for a walk with my oldest friend and being able to give advice to solve a problem she's been having.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 15, 2015, 03:09:04 AM
Adult son made a very difficult decision and chose the right and honest thing to do, based, in part, on my husband's council.  So very proud of him (and my husband).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: ClassyCat on August 15, 2015, 10:19:44 PM
I was helping out with some kittens at the local animal shelter today. There was one named Justice - the tiniest of the litter and the most shy, and she was bullied by the others. I just found out that she got adopted. I'm so happy for her.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: furrychickens on August 18, 2015, 06:43:27 AM
Realized I just crossed 5000 posts, which made me want to look back to the beginning of my time here. Starting at the end of 2013, our NW was -$28K. Today it stands at $23K. Over that period our gross income was about $90K, so we've had a really nice swing based on our income (+$51K or 56%). Considering how much interest is getting pissed away to debt service, I'm quite happy about that.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on August 18, 2015, 08:22:48 AM
My brother and his family came to visit the last couple days (which also made my day all by itself). Spent yesterday evening visiting them and teaching the 4 year old to do tricks with the dog. She would go hide and the dog would go run around the house to find her. Lots of shrieking and laughter.

I used to do scent tracking with him, but haven't in a year or two. I asked my niece to give me her sweater then go hide outside and I put the dog's backpack on that we used to use for scent tracking. He went straight for her three times in a row. At first I wasn't sure if he was just lucky, and the second time he took a little detour as he was sniffing around, but the third time he was obviously tracking by scent.

Continuing to train him (and me) to follow scent trails is something I wish I had more time to do now, and is something I'm super excited to get back to after I FIRE. Especially now seeing how quickly he picked it right back up where we left off.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 19, 2015, 02:20:02 PM
Starting at the end of 2013, our NW was -$28K. Today it stands at $23K.

Well done, good sir! That's great news! Very happy for you!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on August 20, 2015, 11:00:31 AM
Decided I should replace my broken dishwasher before I sell the house, hopefully next year. It's been broken since I bought the house, but I don't like to use them, so I never bothered to deal with it. Looked up what it would cost me to get a replacement on kijiji today. SO MANY FREE WORKING DISHWASHERS!! Sweet deal. Now all I need is a way to transport one. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Welshrabbit on August 20, 2015, 01:49:09 PM
BOTH my kids told me that they loved me this morning.  Almost never get that from both...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 20, 2015, 04:23:22 PM
@kander winning the roller coaster contest!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 20, 2015, 04:56:24 PM
@kander winning the roller coaster contest!

+n, wherein = the number of votes over the 2nd place contestant!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AllieVaulter on August 20, 2015, 05:11:39 PM
I just realized today that I'm going to max out my retirement account this year!  It's the first time I've been able to do that and I'm SO excited!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on August 20, 2015, 09:16:49 PM
Having my almost 4 year old fall asleep in my arm as I write this.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on August 22, 2015, 03:26:38 PM
Discovered a ten pound frozen bag of chicken leg quarters fits perfectly, upright, in my 16-quart water bath canner, no hammering on the bag to try to break things up and cram into something to thaw (my previous method, which too often involved a literal hammer.)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 22, 2015, 05:28:38 PM
Son power sprayed our concrete section in the backyard and it looks fantastic!

Daughter made 4 loaves of bread and 2 pans of monkey bread!

Such good helpers!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Basenji on August 23, 2015, 05:45:15 AM
oh, this is stupid, everyone's had a great dog.  Anyway, while I was out, my mom opened the front door and she slipped out.  She never does this, the other constantly does it.  And no one was home to go find her.  My mother called me, I sobbed all the way home.  We've only been in our house two years, she would be lost.  Just as my dad and I drove by our house to start looking for her, UPS pulls in.  And there was Bernice, who hates men, sitting on the truck steps.  I love that man, he has no idea what he has done for me.  Refused to take any money.  She was gone close to an hour, I am so freaking lucky.
Whew! My heart was in my throat reading that. Yay you got your puppy back.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 23, 2015, 09:00:05 AM
We have an apple tree. And there is a squirrel. He is tiny and skinny, but the most energetic little guy. And every morning, this squirrel finds a tiny apple and carries it down my driveway back to his tree. It just cracks me up every time.

I'm easily amused, obviously.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 23, 2015, 09:27:27 AM
We have an apple tree. And there is a squirrel. He is tiny and skinny, but the most energetic little guy. And every morning, this squirrel finds a tiny apple and carries it down my driveway back to his tree. It just cracks me up every time.

I'm easily amused, obviously.

That would amuse me also!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 23, 2015, 09:29:40 AM
Beautiful day - temps in the low 60s, breezy, sunny - took my dogs for a walk. About 50% of poles, trees, etc. have been marked. Will have to refresh tomorrow.

ETA: and now I can do this every day, whenever I want!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on August 24, 2015, 09:41:11 AM
Beautiful day - temps in the low 60s, breezy, sunny - took my dogs for a walk. About 50% of poles, trees, etc. have been marked. Will have to refresh tomorrow.

ETA: and now I can do this every day, whenever I want!!

Don't you wish that the accumulation phase was as easy and simple and dogs' accumulation? That's mine, that's mine, etc.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 24, 2015, 09:48:31 AM
Beautiful day - temps in the low 60s, breezy, sunny - took my dogs for a walk. About 50% of poles, trees, etc. have been marked. Will have to refresh tomorrow.

ETA: and now I can do this every day, whenever I want!!

Don't you wish that the accumulation phase was as easy and simple and dogs' accumulation? That's mine, that's mine, etc.

I once texted a friend a picture of a vintage Alpina BMW that parked near my building. Her reply? "Pee on it. That makes it yours". If only life were so simple.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 24, 2015, 10:21:59 AM
Beautiful day - temps in the low 60s, breezy, sunny - took my dogs for a walk. About 50% of poles, trees, etc. have been marked. Will have to refresh tomorrow.

ETA: and now I can do this every day, whenever I want!!

Don't you wish that the accumulation phase was as easy and simple and dogs' accumulation? That's mine, that's mine, etc.

They certainly try very hard to stake their claims. They even pee over top of each other's marks. When you are a dog, the world is your toilet. It is hard to view yourself as a member of the master species when you follow them to oick up their solid waste!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on August 24, 2015, 10:43:06 AM
Beautiful day - temps in the low 60s, breezy, sunny - took my dogs for a walk. About 50% of poles, trees, etc. have been marked. Will have to refresh tomorrow.

ETA: and now I can do this every day, whenever I want!!

Don't you wish that the accumulation phase was as easy and simple and dogs' accumulation? That's mine, that's mine, etc.

They certainly try very hard to stake their claims. They even pee over top of each other's marks. When you are a dog, the world is your toilet. It is hard to view yourself as a member of the master species when you follow them to oick up their solid waste!

Ha! Ain't that the truth? I was going to mention something earlier about peeing on apartment buildings, but decided that it sounded overly creepy. My older dog, who can still hold his own (mostly) with a 15 mile hike, takes forever to 'accumulate'. I started calling him prostate as a joke.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 24, 2015, 12:10:26 PM
Beautiful day - temps in the low 60s, breezy, sunny - took my dogs for a walk. About 50% of poles, trees, etc. have been marked. Will have to refresh tomorrow.

ETA: and now I can do this every day, whenever I want!!

Don't you wish that the accumulation phase was as easy and simple and dogs' accumulation? That's mine, that's mine, etc.

They certainly try very hard to stake their claims. They even pee over top of each other's marks. When you are a dog, the world is your toilet. It is hard to view yourself as a member of the master species when you follow them to oick up their solid waste!

Ha! Ain't that the truth? I was going to mention something earlier about peeing on apartment buildings, but decided that it sounded overly creepy. My older dog, who can still hold his own (mostly) with a 15 mile hike, takes forever to 'accumulate'. I started calling him prostate as a joke.

They both definitely keep reserves for marking! Because God forbid you couldn't obliterate some other dog's calling card in a few blocks! The girl can pee as high up the pole as the boy, and she goes through all sorts of contortions to do so. They love it, and it amuses me as well. At some point, the well is dry, but the spirit is still willing.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 24, 2015, 04:39:44 PM
Making cookies with my 8 year old.

The boys are now taking milk and cookies outside to share with their friends as a mid-afternoon snack.

So sweet. These days of little boys are fleeting <sigh>
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on August 25, 2015, 01:29:09 PM
Finally got a bike on the weekend. Rode home from work/library along the river just now. At one point I thought, "I'm commuting by RIDING A BICYCLE THROUGH THE FOREST" and felt really good.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on August 27, 2015, 11:18:52 PM
my mom's very aggressive and very good specialist, not a hospice fan, has said horrible things to my mom when she would mention hospice, throwing up his hands, "aren't I trying to keep you alive here, Lynne, is that not our goal?" and my mom stopped anyone going in with her at appts, so she just comes home and cries.  We had a family meeting with the primary yesterday and she agreed to call the specialist, have him take it down a notch and realize she can always come off.  Today she saw him and he hugged her and said he didn't realize how bad the pain has been and how she gasps for air just talking and just getting out of bed to the BR kills her.  So he said, "I like you, Lynne.  I won't stop trying to get a combination of drugs to make this illness better, I'm not stopping just because you are choosing hospice. I want you to feel better so you can enjoy life more. Tell the hospice nurse to call me anytime." and hugged her again! 

that was not easy for him with his reputation of despising hospice, I 100% thought he was going to tell her not to do it.  So while sad, this is a great day, my mom has needed hospice for a long time and finally she will get it.  So relieved, so blessed
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on August 27, 2015, 11:38:47 PM
my mom's very aggressive and very good specialist, not a hospice fan, has said horrible things to my mom when she would mention hospice, throwing up his hands, "aren't I trying to keep you alive here, Lynne, is that not our goal?" and my mom stopped anyone going in with her at appts, so she just comes home and cries.  We had a family meeting with the primary yesterday and she agreed to call the specialist, have him take it down a notch and realize she can always come off.  Today she saw him and he hugged her and said he didn't realize how bad the pain has been and how she gasps for air just talking and just getting out of bed to the BR kills her.  So he said, "I like you, Lynne.  I won't stop trying to get a combination of drugs to make this illness better, I'm not stopping just because you are choosing hospice. I want you to feel better so you can enjoy life more. Tell the hospice nurse to call me anytime." and hugged her again! 

that was not easy for him with his reputation of despising hospice, I 100% thought he was going to tell her not to do it.  So while sad, this is a great day, my mom has needed hospice for a long time and finally she will get it.  So relieved, so blessed
Oh shit, FLA, that's huge. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. My parents were both on hospice in CA this year, and after my mom passed away, my dad wanted to move to AZ to live with my brother. We had to change hospice groups when we crossed state lines and the differences between the two are quite significant. I can kind of understand why your mom's specialist might have reservations. I posted for help here and another member clued me in to this. My best advice to you is that hospice seems reluctant to show all their cards. For example, we just discovered that home hospice patients can check in to a long term care facility for either 2 or 5* days a month to give their caregivers a respite. Might have been nice to have known that months ago. And the range of days(*)? Different answer every time you ask. So ask, ask, ask. Don't be afraid to challenge them and always be your mom's advocate. Trust your own judgement and enjoy the time your mom has left as much as possible. Should you get a caregiver you or your mom does not care for, have them removed asap. Same with case managers. We've had a few that were not good fits and their replacements were always much better. Squeaky wheel, I guess.
Sending good thoughts your way...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on August 28, 2015, 12:22:20 AM

So ask, ask, ask. Don't be afraid to challenge them and always be your mom's advocate. Trust your own judgement and enjoy the time your mom has left as much as possible. Should you get a caregiver you or your mom does not care for, have them removed asap. Same with case managers. We've had a few that were not good fits and their replacements were always much better. Squeaky wheel, I guess.
Sending good thoughts your way...
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Thank you so much for your kind words, I am sorry to hear about your experience.  I actually was a hospice nurse for almost 11 yrs and then got ill. So the good part is, I know exactly what she is entitled to.  BTW, our respite is only every 3 months and we only do M-F.  And there is Continuous Care, 24 hr care when a crisis hits for a few days. Both a complete PITA to set up and we barely utilized them and that is just wrong. Those are Medicare benefits. It's different here, we are the only game in town for 7 counties.  I'v heard other places around the country, hospices are popping up for profit.  IMHO, better care can be given by a non-profit.  Maybe he would get better help at a different hospice? PM me anytime if I can help.

Agree on case managers and social workers, anyone, we all have different styles, it's ok to request someone else. I asked my hospice team to take her because we are right on the border of two teams so she could've gotten a team of people I do not know.  Usually when a patient is one of "ours", we go all out to make things better and easier for a colleague's parent. 

I have this nagging thought my old supervisor is going to push her off to the other team.  She was not happy with our merger (and now have 89k employees!) because HR changed the rules, you can stay out past FMLA for months as long as your MD thinks it reasonable you may return.  And HR decides if you get to keep your position. They held mine way and above what I ever would've expected.  If she is still miserable about this, she will make my life miserable and thus my mom's. So maybe all new people from the other team would be better.  But her being not nice, should not effect my mom as a patient. So I want my team and since I'm pretty sure I will never be working at hospice again, I am going to speak up if they try to dump her.  Sigh, this part will not be fun. My boss is stubborn, but I don't work for her anymore and she will find out that I am stubborn as well.

rambling "out loud" sorry
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on August 28, 2015, 05:17:03 PM
So ask, ask, ask. Don't be afraid to challenge them and always be your mom's advocate. Trust your own judgement and enjoy the time your mom has left as much as possible. Should you get a caregiver you or your mom does not care for, have them removed asap. Same with case managers. We've had a few that were not good fits and their replacements were always much better. Squeaky wheel, I guess.
Sending good thoughts your way...

Thank you so much for your kind words, I am sorry to hear about your experience.  I actually was a hospice nurse for almost 11 yrs and then got ill. So the good part is, I know exactly what she is entitled to.  BTW, our respite is only every 3 months and we only do M-F.  And there is Continuous Care, 24 hr care when a crisis hits for a few days. Both a complete PITA to set up and we barely utilized them and that is just wrong. Those are Medicare benefits. It's different here, we are the only game in town for 7 counties.  I'v heard other places around the country, hospices are popping up for profit.  IMHO, better care can be given by a non-profit.  Maybe he would get better help at a different hospice? PM me anytime if I can help.

Agree on case managers and social workers, anyone, we all have different styles, it's ok to request someone else. I asked my hospice team to take her because we are right on the border of two teams so she could've gotten a team of people I do not know.  Usually when a patient is one of "ours", we go all out to make things better and easier for a colleague's parent. 

I have this nagging thought my old supervisor is going to push her off to the other team.  She was not happy with our merger (and now have 89k employees!) because HR changed the rules, you can stay out past FMLA for months as long as your MD thinks it reasonable you may return.  And HR decides if you get to keep your position. They held mine way and above what I ever would've expected.  If she is still miserable about this, she will make my life miserable and thus my mom's. So maybe all new people from the other team would be better.  But her being not nice, should not effect my mom as a patient. So I want my team and since I'm pretty sure I will never be working at hospice again, I am going to speak up if they try to dump her.  Sigh, this part will not be fun. My boss is stubborn, but I don't work for her anymore and she will find out that I am stubborn as well.

rambling "out loud" sorry

No apologies for rambling necessary here, FLA. I've been rambling all over this place lately, with occasionally unexpected results.

You may have been one of the angels who offered hospice advice to me earlier this year. I am most appreciative of everyone who carved time out of their days to write caring, helpful responses. I hope your worst case fears turn out to be unrealized and wish you the best of luck as you both travel through this phase of your lives.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on August 28, 2015, 10:43:54 PM
 
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No apologies for rambling necessary here, FLA. I've been rambling all over this place lately, with occasionally unexpected results.

You may have been one of the angels who offered hospice advice to me earlier this year. I am most appreciative of everyone who carved time out of their days to write caring, helpful responses. I hope your worst case fears turn out to be unrealized and wish you the best of luck as you both travel through this phase of your lives.
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I'm a newbie here and you've helped me!  They are coming to admit her in the morning.  I can tell already that being her daughter before being her nurse is going to be very hard.  I want the best and I want her more comfortable ASAP but that won't happen unless the admit nurse is really good about bothering the doc on a weekend.  I want to run her case the way I would run one of my own but "running her case" is now someone else's job. 

Did hospice tell you that you and anyone in your mom's life can get  counseling at almost any hospice for free?  Usually there is a group for daughters.  Ours is amazing, the women form a bond and next thing you know they are all on a Carnival Cruise!  If you need the help, call, bereavement therapists are amazing.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on September 24, 2015, 05:14:12 AM
I got stung by a bee. It wasn't a bad sting -- it was a bumblebee rather than a honeybee, I felt it right away and pulled back, the stinger didn't stay in my finger-- and I was able to treat it right away -- squeeze out the tiny amount of poison, wash it, ice it. In less than an hour I could barely tell I'd been stung.

I haven't been stung in years, and this turned into another reminder that many things that I worry about or fear are not that bad, and that I have the capacity to deal with them and minimize them.

My day had other good things -- bike commute through forest, free cheese -- but the bee sting was probably the most helpful.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: bagap on September 24, 2015, 11:38:26 AM
Wow^ you handled that like a champ.  Bee stings TERRIFY me and on a similar note about the many things that we worry about or fear that are not that bad...

A friend made a very last minute request from me (not an emergency or favor) and I was able to say no calmly and without feeling guilty.  And the world didn't explode...gee, who woulda thunk it ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: horsepoor on September 27, 2015, 08:39:17 AM
Waking up to a clean cool house thanks to spending all yesterday afternoon cleaning, and setting up the window fans before going to bed last night.  Oh yeah, and sleeping until 8.

Hoping the first run of my half marathon training manages to make my day too.  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on September 27, 2015, 01:47:01 PM
 Finally, now that it's nearly October, I spotted a tomato hornworm parasitized by wasp larva! Yay! At least the rest of the damn things won't live long now.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on September 27, 2015, 03:00:26 PM
Knowing that today, I am still a Mustachian...and still comfortably FIRE'd.

This DESPITE the fact that my wife and I went "downtown" last night and probably spent $250 over the course of the evening. We ate some incredible food (Vancouver takes a backseat to few in terms of culinary excellence), drank some equally wonderful craft beer, watched our mediocre professional hockey team lose (all the while drinking $9 cans of beer at this event). The Mustachian segment of my brain was screaming in protest at various times during the spending orgy...but it was somehow also COMFORTING to know that we can do this sort of thing on occasion and it is barely a blip on the NW spreadsheet - just means that at the end of the month a little bit more will have to go to pay off the Visa, which unfortunately means a bit less available to buy more dividend stocks or ETFs...a first world FIRE problem to be sure.

I am also quite content that we are now back to our "regularly scheduled program" Mustachian-based restraint. But it was a FUN night. :)

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on September 27, 2015, 07:08:26 PM
I just bought my 2016 diary.

My attachment to my diary is known far and wide. My husband and I have busy lives, he travels for work, we have constant deadlines to meet, so my diary manages everything.

Some things also make it into the calendar on my phone, but the diary is everything: work commitments, travel plans, birthdays, expenses/bills...

If friends from out of town want to stay the night they call me and open with 'Can you open your diary?'

And last Friday I realised that it was this time of year again, when the 2016 diaries start appearing in shops.

Having thought about it for longer than I probably should have over the weekend, I ducked into a newsagent this morning and picked it up. Debden week-to-view with an aqua cover and cream pages full of possibility.

As soon as humanly possible I will sit down and write in birthdays and standing commitments, decorate it with washi tape, and just generally amuse myself for an hour or two. I'm not a scrapbooker, not artistic, not even particularly creative. And at the start of each year I pledge, 'This will be the year the diary stays immaculate! No white-out or scribble, just perfect script and artistically-placed stickers.' And at the end of every year I close it with satisfaction and put it on the shelf with the others, glad that both of us survived the year.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on September 28, 2015, 01:51:59 AM
my mom is in the end stages of her disease, she is on a Palliative Care program. We had combined households in the hopes of me being more easily to care for her.  Then a year ago I got sick and get worse, not better.  Ugh, I feel like I say this crap a million times, but if I don't then the rest of the post makes zero sense!

anyway, for $50 (6 plays), we can see the whole season at a small city rep theater.  My mom and I love this. She gets dragged out of the house for so much medical care, she's exhausted.  She is exhausted after the play but loves them! She has never missed one no matter how sick she is. 

so my seizure meds and some med I can't recall, were increased last week. I feel like utter shit.  I'm foggy and oversedated feeling, confused at times.  Friday, I was thinking how the hell am I going to get us to that play? She should not be, but at least she can drive.  Then I have to be able to lift her wheelchair out of the car and roll her across one street, then sit for 2 hrs.  There is no way in hell, I'm gonna pull this off, but I refuse to not take her, this is our "thing". 

Next day comes, my parents were in the LR.  My mom was out of bed?  They ask to talk to me.   My mom starts crying.  OK, seriously, you don't do this to a kind of confused person who fakes horribly that she is fine. obviously they are not about to tell me good news, so spit it out.  I am sure that my mom has decided to stop the drug that keeps her alive, once stopped she will be gone in 2 weeks. I am totally not ready for her to do that but I would support her no matter what.

My dad says no matter how badly I want to, I cannot go with my mom to our play.  They know I am trying, (mom cries louder) but I am not well at all and it would be grossly unsafe.  She is going with a friend and she assures me this is fine with her. 

Quiet. Then I say, "I thought this would be our last one but never guessed it would be because of me."  And it ends up ok, she had fun and that is what matters.  But damn it, I wanted one last time to go.  And she is not giving up that med so it's a win-win

She and I were coherent at the same time for once this morning, lol, I went and laid down on the other side of her bed.  we had a good chat, she told me it was the "best play" she ever saw (she says this just about every time, lol), that I would've loved it and started crying (OMG she cries so much, for good reasons and bad, but it kills me when she does it). And I said it's ok because I read the book and loved it (total lie, do not even know if it is a book, lol). She was quiet, kind of patting my head like I'm 5, then said, "how did we end up here?" I told her I did not know, it's been surreal, like it's happening to other people. She agreed. I told her, she knows me, I'm a fixer, a dog with a bone. She said, "I can't be fixed." "Maybe not fixed, Superglued?" I held her hand and she looked at our hands and said we are lucky and I said yes, we are. I wipe her tears.  Nice tender moment and then....

...."OMG, I let Buddy out at 5am and he wouldn't come in and then I fell asleep!"  OMG, he is a runner, he will dig under the fence and he has 4 hours on me, as opposed to the usual 4 seconds.  The only way to get him back is to drive around, open the door, say, "Wanna ride?" and he gets in. Otherwise, its game on! I have not driven in 9 months, other people have used my car, I can't find the keys. I'm all choked up after my mom and if Buddy has been gone 4 hrs, I'll never see him again, kinda crying.  I'm searching the kitchen for my keys.  Hear a familiar paw on glass.  Buddy sitting at attention, waiting to be let in. 

I go to show my mom he's home, she is sound asleep. She is right, we are lucky.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: auntie_betty on September 28, 2015, 09:06:31 AM
Took a chance on weather holding to walk to a meeting and back again. Weather did more than hold - perfect walking weather - sun, clouds and a breeze :) 7 miles round trip, against probably at least 10 in the car. BECAUSE I HAD THE TIME TO DO IT 😀
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on September 28, 2015, 03:24:50 PM
I went to physical therapy for my arm today, and found out that I won't owe anything out of pocket because we are all maxed out for the year.  It's been a rough year medically, so it's nice that for this it is all covered.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: C. K. on September 28, 2015, 04:22:36 PM

I haven't been stung in years, and this turned into another reminder that many things that I worry about or fear are not that bad, and that I have the capacity to deal with them and minimize them.


Thanks for this. You just made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on September 28, 2015, 05:21:46 PM
A big mug of tea with milk and honey .... ahhhh!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pbkmaine on September 28, 2015, 05:47:47 PM
A walk on the High Line in Manhattan.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on September 30, 2015, 03:05:48 PM
I went to physical therapy for my arm today, and found out that I won't owe anything out of pocket because we are all maxed out for the year.  It's been a rough year medically, so it's nice that for this it is all covered.

for the first time ever, I reached the max so unless it's something out of network, everything is free.  Isn't it weird to react that this is a good thing, when what it really means is I spent a hella lot on medical care this year?  I got a 4k bill for one measly test and it said my insurance would only pay $600 towards it.  Opened the letter from my insurance next, I was so happy to get that letter, I had no idea I was even in the ball park.  So I have to pay $400 for that test, then no more. Now to get everyone to hurry up and order anything expensive before Jan1! 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on September 30, 2015, 04:25:25 PM
I went to physical therapy for my arm today, and found out that I won't owe anything out of pocket because we are all maxed out for the year.  It's been a rough year medically, so it's nice that for this it is all covered.

for the first time ever, I reached the max so unless it's something out of network, everything is free.  Isn't it weird to react that this is a good thing, when what it really means is I spent a hella lot on medical care this year?  I got a 4k bill for one measly test and it said my insurance would only pay $600 towards it.  Opened the letter from my insurance next, I was so happy to get that letter, I had no idea I was even in the ball park.  So I have to pay $400 for that test, then no more. Now to get everyone to hurry up and order anything expensive before Jan1!
Well we haven't paid for the latest emergency, but I know that 2 ER visits, a hospitalization, and emergency surgery will take us to our OOP max.  We were already well above our deductible.  I'm extremely thankful for the insurance, and even more thankful that we went with the higher coverage available through DH's new job!

I'm saving every penny (above investing and extra to debt, lol) for when these bills start coming in, should be soon!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on September 30, 2015, 05:09:15 PM
Good luck! It is crazy the out of pocket costs for a year. 

what made my day today is my dad has to drive me to a zillion appts. My dad is not mushy or gushy at all.  But all the car time we talk, I have never, even as a child, spent so much alone time with him. So took him to his favorite fish fry place and we had time to waste.  Somehow my mom having an end stage disease and her being gone sometime came up. He never talks about this. I said, "Oh God, we're stuck with each other."  He said no, he'll be moving his GF in. (totally a joke, he's not that much of an ass) He looked sad, so out popped the former hospice nurse who I thought was long gone and I asked him to tell me the story of how they met, when he knew she was the one (after first date, he told my grandmother, "you met the woman I am going to marry.") Shocked at this story, he really is the least sentimental person I know, he was even smiling! He broke up with her when he got drafted, he could be killed, he wanted her to have someone in case he never came back. She wrote him letters in bootcamp and he never opened them!  His mother wrote to him that he was horrible that he never wrote back, she cries (turns out my grandmother was giving her cooking lessons!) Then he got sent to code school and found out he would be stationed a few hrs away from her for a year, he could see her every weekend. "And that's all remember."  The proposal? "I think she asked me." What did he feel like on his wedding day?  "sheesh, that's enough, didn't Obama do anything today? How's Bernie?"  My dad is Archie Bunker minus the bigot parts, that he talked this much about my mom and love, is a miracle! He didn't make my day, he made my year!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on September 30, 2015, 06:43:21 PM
Good luck! It is crazy the out of pocket costs for a year. 

what made my day today is my dad has to drive me to a zillion appts. My dad is not mushy or gushy at all.  But all the car time we talk, I have never, even as a child, spent so much alone time with him. So took him to his favorite fish fry place and we had time to waste.  Somehow my mom having an end stage disease and her being gone sometime came up. He never talks about this. I said, "Oh God, we're stuck with each other."  He said no, he'll be moving his GF in. (totally a joke, he's not that much of an ass) He looked sad, so out popped the former hospice nurse who I thought was long gone and I asked him to tell me the story of how they met, when he knew she was the one (after first date, he told my grandmother, "you met the woman I am going to marry.") Shocked at this story, he really is the least sentimental person I know, he was even smiling! He broke up with her when he got drafted, he could be killed, he wanted her to have someone in case he never came back. She wrote him letters in bootcamp and he never opened them!  His mother wrote to him that he was horrible that he never wrote back, she cries (turns out my grandmother was giving her cooking lessons!) Then he got sent to code school and found out he would be stationed a few hrs away from her for a year, he could see her every weekend. "And that's all remember."  The proposal? "I think she asked me." What did he feel like on his wedding day?  "sheesh, that's enough, didn't Obama do anything today? How's Bernie?"  My dad is Archie Bunker minus the bigot parts, that he talked this much about my mom and love, is a miracle! He didn't make my day, he made my year!


I'm copying this post and sending it to you in a pm. I know you've been having memory problems, and you are going. To want to read this again - it should help in locating it to have it there.


How wonderful for both you and your dad!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on September 30, 2015, 09:07:22 PM

I'm copying this post and sending it to you in a pm. I know you've been having memory problems, and you are going. To want to read this again - it should help in locating it to have it there.


How wonderful for both you and your dad!


that is the sweetest thing to do for me, I thank you very much
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on October 05, 2015, 12:56:11 PM
NW up almost 100k today. Some seeds I have planted in the past six months are starting to bear HUGE fruit. It's funny, on crappy market days I can tune things out pretty well. On days like this I am glued to CNBC/BNN (Canuck version of CNBC). Funny how that works. :)

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on October 05, 2015, 08:05:37 PM
I met my mm's OT today. She fosters abused animals, up to 12 at a time for a private dog rescue.  Then she said, "two of them are on Fospice (hospice for dogs).

I had read about this and when better totally planned on doing that, it would not be too physical, you bring a dying dog to your home so her end of life is not in some crate with not enough staff.  With my hospice skills, I know (eventually) I can do this and it will fulfill my need to serve but I'm also ready for a break from sick humans.  None of our area shelters do this, my long range plan was to research it and offer to do it for them.  The programs I read about, the shelter pays for the medical care.  This fits me so well, I am so glad it showed up in FB feed one day.

I have no idea how this woman cares for 12 dogs and works FT, wow.  So she told me the name of the private rescue that needs Fospice volunteers.  BUT they do not pay for their medical needs.  Since I am likely to be pretty low income on SSDI, this would be a problem.  I am hoping when the timing is right I can do this and convince a shelter they are paying medical care anyways, continue to pay for it and I will make sure the dog never suffers and is loved up until her passing.  Fingers crossed for down the road
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 06, 2015, 05:37:12 AM
Friend gave me a lift home from work today and we sat in the driveway chatting for half an hour because we just had SO MUCH to talk about :D love it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on October 06, 2015, 08:52:36 AM
Took my son for a hike yesterday.  He's two years old, so spent most of his time staring at things and trying to eat them.  At one point he finally quieted down and walked along for a bit.  Eventually he came upon a stick that was stuck in the mud.  He couldn't pick it up, but it was clear to me that he wanted a walking stick to take on his exploration of nature.  I freed the stick for him and continued down the path . . . Only to turn around just in time to see the stick go:

WHAMWHAMWHAMWHAM

Into some nearby foliage.  It turns out that he didn't want a walking stick, he just really doesn't like flowers.

:P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on October 06, 2015, 09:53:51 AM
Friend gave me a lift home from work today and we sat in the driveway chatting for half an hour because we just had SO MUCH to talk about :D love it.

That's awesome. It reminds me of the Traffic Test from from this Wait But Why article (http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/02/pick-life-partner-part-2.html).

Quote from: Wait But Why
I enjoy spending time with most of my friendsóthatís why theyíre my friends. But with certain friends, the time is so high-quality, so interesting, and so fun that they pass the Traffic Test.

The Traffic Test is passed when Iím finishing up a hangout with someone and one of us is driving the other back home or back to their car, and I find myself rooting for traffic. Thatís how much Iím enjoying the time with them.

Passing the Traffic Test says a lot. It means Iím lost in the interaction, invigorated by it, and that Iím the complete opposite of bored.

Took my son for a hike yesterday.  He's two years old, so spent most of his time staring at things and trying to eat them.  At one point he finally quieted down and walked along for a bit.  Eventually he came upon a stick that was stuck in the mud.  He couldn't pick it up, but it was clear to me that he wanted a walking stick to take on his exploration of nature.  I freed the stick for him and continued down the path . . . Only to turn around just in time to see the stick go:

WHAMWHAMWHAMWHAM

Into some nearby foliage.  It turns out that he didn't want a walking stick, he just really doesn't like flowers.

:P

I was really hoping for some epic Arthur and the sword in the stone (or mud) story. But that was a great story. Gotta love awesome hikes!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Urchina on October 15, 2015, 12:15:06 AM
The doorbell rang at 8:15 a.m. this morning and when I opened it I met a very  nice, polite process server who had a court summons for someone else (a former owner of our home, whom we do not know and do not have contact information for. Apparently nobody else does, either).

Happily turned the process server away with honesty and truth, then skipped out the door to teach knowing that whatever else may happen to me today, at least I'm not being summoned to court. 

 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AmandaS1989 on October 15, 2015, 05:25:05 PM
I got paid today! Time to make another payment on that CC. Freedom is coming :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 15, 2015, 06:01:14 PM
Sent a birthday card to a started-out-as-a-work-colleague-but-rapidly-becoming-a-good-friend of my husband.

They have travelled together for work and he's a really good guy, much better established in the industry, who always looks out for my husband.

So I sent him a card from the two of us.

He called my husband and raved about it. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 15, 2015, 06:32:16 PM
Last (half) day of work before three weeks of leave!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AmandaS1989 on October 16, 2015, 01:40:58 PM
It's Friday! And my IRA gains topped $3 today! Every little bit helps right?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on October 16, 2015, 03:02:08 PM
Beautiful fall day! Spent some time cleaning out the gardens and harvesting what I can before our first frost. And the dogs got to hang out in the yard.  It is the little things that bring peace and joy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AmandaS1989 on October 16, 2015, 03:08:48 PM
I'll second that! Except the weather's a bit gloomy here :( Still a good day though
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on October 16, 2015, 03:10:47 PM
I'll second that! Except the weather's a bit gloomy here :( Still a good day though

Sunny, windy, and in the 50s-60s today! Warm in the sun, I didn't need a jacket, but definitely did not have to worry about sweating.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on October 19, 2015, 02:17:07 AM
Got my new computer set up. After years of frustration at my slow 8-year-old beast, I finally bought a new computer.  Oh what a difference!  For mustachian reasons, I'm kind of glad I held out as long as I did, but now I see I pushed it too far.  Having a computer that works is pretty nice. And being able to still save 3x the cost of the computer this month even after buying it?  Even nicer.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on October 19, 2015, 05:55:05 AM
This isn't a one day thing, but I finally went to the doctor for my wrist and arm pain and was sent to physical therapy.  While I may not be thrilled with all the stretches and exercises, I am absolutely loving the fact that my arms are hurting so much less!  Tendinitis does not heal fast, but it will heal if treated right, that's what I've learned :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AmandaS1989 on October 19, 2015, 10:06:00 AM
I got approved for a personal loan that will pay off my CCs at only 10.98% interest. My cards were 20% and 25% interest so this will definitely help as more goes towards principal than that damn interest.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: CheapskateWife on October 19, 2015, 10:12:33 AM
We got retirement orders!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on October 20, 2015, 08:43:31 PM
Just got the OK from my boss for a Melbourne Cup party at work. Something to look forward to.

(And the Mustachian in me knows there will be leftovers looking for a home.)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on October 21, 2015, 11:23:10 PM
Just finished Day 14 of the Whole30 -- feeling terrific!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on October 22, 2015, 07:42:03 AM
Went to the supermarket, bought some cheese on sale. At the checkout I realize they're charging me full price, I point it out, and after a short discussion and 2 employťes checking, I got full refund of my cheese, got to keep the cheese, AND I get a free one 'for the inconvenience'! Politely protesting for that 1.50$ really paid off :-D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on October 22, 2015, 08:46:52 PM
Made a joke with a friend.  I said, "Our friendship wouldn't be half as good without you in it."  We both thought it was (and still think it is) hilarious.  Nobody else gets it.  Engineer humor...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on October 23, 2015, 06:26:07 AM
This amazing tuba riff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myNJceDodc0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myNJceDodc0)

Yes, 'amazing tuba riff' was just used unironically.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on October 23, 2015, 12:22:31 PM
Leaves are turning, so the whole mountain is glowing in the sunlight. Oh, and enough of the leaves came down in the wind that I'm just beginning to see the outlines of the next ridge in the distance.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on October 23, 2015, 01:32:59 PM
A co-participant in a meeting some weeks ago approached me yesterday to say that something I said immediately and easily resolved her childrens' lifelong sleep problem!! I was thrilled, for the kids and parents alike! It was also nice that someone believed me long enough to give one of my whacky strategies a go :)

Yo, now we want the trick! Do share!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JZinCO on October 23, 2015, 02:30:37 PM
1) I finished 2-days at work refining a script so that each iteration of my Monte Carlo based analysis takes 7 minutes to run instead of 60. Expecting 3000 iterations to get the full view of my probabilities, that means 15 days to run instead of 125. Score.
2) Got rejected applying for a new job in a different dept at work. But, accepted a new job elsewhere today in that same dept. Expect a nice pay raise. Score.
3) Old boss called me up to ask if I could take on 5 new contracts with my consulting biz.  Score.
4) Ate pizza for lunch today. mmm
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: BarkyardBQ on October 23, 2015, 02:37:04 PM
Being -$1000 in VTIAX investment, but seeing our portfolio come back to almost Ī0 today. Buy the dips people.

Oh, and free pizza.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on October 25, 2015, 04:56:46 PM
Walking on a trail with the crisp, fall air swirling the leaves around me. Smelled so good!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on October 25, 2015, 05:21:52 PM
We bottled 44 bottles of homebrew mead today.  Half Chai Mead, the other half Berry Nice (mixed berry) Mead.  Our kitchen is a complete mess, but it smells amazing!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Lian on October 25, 2015, 07:13:39 PM
Rode my bike today. Beautiful fall day on a greenway trail. Saw lots of other bicyclists - everyone was smiling.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on October 30, 2015, 08:38:16 AM
Last week I lost a garnet ring that my DH gave me on the 4th anniversary of our first meeting. It was just silver and garnet, nothing really expensive, but I liked a lot and it was a dear present, so I was really sad about it, and I had a few anxious dreams about losing it.
Well yesterday I found it in the fifth pocket of the jeans that I was wearing the day I lost it! I was so happy I started dancing around the bedroom! Totally made my day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Shinplaster on October 30, 2015, 10:57:40 AM
This video (a dancing spider): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMI   The original puppet show!

I prefer it without the music. I watched it alone first and was so delighted, especially at the opening when he dabs his little furry mitts up and down, ohmygoodnesssocute, and then a second time with my kid, the two of us laughing uproariously.

That was hilarious.  I did not know there was such a spider!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pompera_firpa on October 30, 2015, 11:37:28 AM
About a month ago, my daughter chose a particular Ikea bed out of the catalog for her "big girl bed" that we'd be getting for her fifth birthday.  We proceeded to start saving up for it, and I set up some Craigslist alerts in case it could be found on the cheap.

Found one yesterday for FREE, as long as I could pick it up before 8 PM. Since we don't have a car, I put the word out in our neighborhood tribe that I needed someone to drive me on an adventure, and got two volunteers. Picked one and we had a madcap, Muppet-Movie-esque car trip (note: always bring more bungee cords than you think you need). It took three hours. The great thing is that not only do we now have a FREE bed in great shape (still need a mattress, but the bed itself would have been $200), but I got to spend three hours having a whale of a great time and bonding with our neighborhood friend.

The benefits of having a neighborhood tribe are AMAZING.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 01, 2015, 05:02:02 PM
About a month ago, my daughter chose a particular Ikea bed out of the catalog for her "big girl bed" that we'd be getting for her fifth birthday.  We proceeded to start saving up for it, and I set up some Craigslist alerts in case it could be found on the cheap.

Found one yesterday for FREE, as long as I could pick it up before 8 PM. Since we don't have a car, I put the word out in our neighborhood tribe that I needed someone to drive me on an adventure, and got two volunteers. Picked one and we had a madcap, Muppet-Movie-esque car trip (note: always bring more bungee cords than you think you need). It took three hours. The great thing is that not only do we now have a FREE bed in great shape (still need a mattress, but the bed itself would have been $200), but I got to spend three hours having a whale of a great time and bonding with our neighborhood friend.

The benefits of having a neighborhood tribe are AMAZING.

That sounds like something right out of a movie! What a beautiful story. And awesome score on the free bed.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on November 02, 2015, 12:48:58 AM
 
and I set up some Craigslist alerts in case it could be found on the cheap.

 

Yay on the bed! Thanks for telling me about Craigslist alerts, never heard of them.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pompera_firpa on November 02, 2015, 07:49:45 AM
Yay on the bed! Thanks for telling me about Craigslist alerts, never heard of them.

Hooray! Craigslist alerts are AMAZING.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on November 02, 2015, 08:38:11 AM
It will be a summery 75 today - in Iowa - in November! Fall colors plus summer temps!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on November 08, 2015, 07:31:04 AM
Went to a house party last night (yay Newfoundland), and a klezmer jam broke out. At one point a visiting Turkish-jazz player sat in. I don't like jazz and I'm ambivalent about klezmer, but for a few minutes it turned into some of the most beautiful music I'd heard in ages. What made it sweeter is that the players were my colleagues and students and friends-of-friends.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on November 08, 2015, 03:13:23 PM
+100000000000

Come join us on 42nd Parliament if you are feeling like politics.  ;-)

Canadian scientists have been given freedom of speech again :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on November 13, 2015, 08:58:27 PM
Another quintessential Canadian answer:

Watching my boys play hockey this afternoon!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 14, 2015, 12:30:30 AM
Walked to the local shops in a light drizzle, bought stamps for Christmas cards and some beautiful cuts of meat, and walked home.

We opened up the windows while the rain came down, I started writing Christmas cards and just chatted to my husband, who has been away all week.

So. Completely. Content.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: C. K. on November 18, 2015, 09:46:13 PM
Just found Dick Proenneke who lived in the Alaska wilderness alone for 30 years in a cabin that he made. He says he found comfort in the simple things of life.


http://www.nps.gov/lacl/learn/historyculture/richard-l-proenneke.htm
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on November 19, 2015, 03:26:36 PM
I've fallen behind on this thread but really enjoyed catching up on the past few months today :) So many people happy for such good reasons! (Though those of you with medical issues: I hope next year is better!!!)

In the past couple weeks, I've convinced bf to take dance lessons with me, so now he's making my week every Monday (and he LIKES it), I've also started decluttering our bedroom, inspired by some of the "small house" threads/stories.

But I think the biggest source of happiness lately was getting my US citizenship this week! It's been a loooooong journey of paperwork (though most of it was done for me while I was a kid, I still got a significant portion on my own shoulders...)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on November 19, 2015, 03:31:52 PM
I've fallen behind on this thread but really enjoyed catching up on the past few months today :) So many people happy for such good reasons! (Though those of you with medical issues: I hope next year is better!!!)

In the past couple weeks, I've convinced bf to take dance lessons with me, so now he's making my week every Monday (and he LIKES it), I've also started decluttering our bedroom, inspired by some of the "small house" threads/stories.

But I think the biggest source of happiness lately was getting my US citizenship this week! It's been a loooooong journey of paperwork (though most of it was done for me while I was a kid, I still got a significant portion on my own shoulders...)

Congrats!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on November 19, 2015, 04:05:28 PM
I've fallen behind on this thread but really enjoyed catching up on the past few months today :) So many people happy for such good reasons! (Though those of you with medical issues: I hope next year is better!!!)

In the past couple weeks, I've convinced bf to take dance lessons with me, so now he's making my week every Monday (and he LIKES it), I've also started decluttering our bedroom, inspired by some of the "small house" threads/stories.

But I think the biggest source of happiness lately was getting my US citizenship this week! It's been a loooooong journey of paperwork (though most of it was done for me while I was a kid, I still got a significant portion on my own shoulders...)

Congrats!
Thanks, Cookie!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on November 19, 2015, 10:38:30 PM
But I think the biggest source of happiness lately was getting my US citizenship this week! It's been a loooooong journey of paperwork (though most of it was done for me while I was a kid, I still got a significant portion on my own shoulders...)

Congrats, that's awesome!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on November 19, 2015, 10:39:34 PM
It's Friday, and once I'm done with work today I have a lovely weekend ahead of me with plenty of rest, time with my gorgeous partner and even morning tea with awesome friends. What more could anyone want?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on November 20, 2015, 01:36:20 AM
Playing 5 rounds of Crazy Eights (the card game) with my 8 year old. He beat me :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on November 22, 2015, 06:51:48 PM
Most of our neighbors cleared the snow off of their sidewalks so I could safely walk the dogs today. No walk from me yesterday - so me string of 111 straight days was broken. But my DH walked them, so the dogs string of walking days continues! I cleared the sidewalks and drive yesterday (which made my day yesterday!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on November 24, 2015, 11:12:14 AM
returning a bunch of crap that I bought cheaply so I was of the mindset of let's buy 2! Standing in line and spending 1/2 a day on this has cured my online deal seeking problem. I felt so good with that stuff gone!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on November 30, 2015, 02:35:59 PM
My jeans are too loose around my waist but I'm waiting until the new year to buy more. My belts are too small or too thick so I told my mom if she hadn't got a Christmas gift for me yet I could use a belt. She asked why don't I make one. I have all the leather and tools and even some buckles. I'd asked her a few weeks ago if she needs anything I could make with leather, but I have no idea why it hadn't occurred to me that I should make a belt for myself! Now I'm excited to be designing something nice in my head that I'll make as soon as I get a chance. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Lian on December 05, 2015, 09:17:46 AM
Just found Dick Proenneke who lived in the Alaska wilderness alone for 30 years in a cabin that he made. He says he found comfort in the simple things of life.


http://www.nps.gov/lacl/learn/historyculture/richard-l-proenneke.htm

Loved this - thanks for the link!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on December 05, 2015, 01:10:59 PM
It is about 50 degrees today, in Iowa, in December! Just planted about 200 flower bulbs and some garlic for our future selves!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Making Cookies on December 08, 2015, 09:01:36 PM
Its been a good week.

My dear wife got a part in a play at the local playhouse. First time she's done this. She's excited. Got the part she wanted the most.

My work with teenage son using Khan Academy (HS math) is starting to pay off I think.

My Irish Setter girl is snuggled up to me here on the couch. So warm and content.

We paid off a loan that has been haunting us for three years (killing our debt per MMM). Now we'll apply that to the next item (small) and then finish off the student loan.

I am part of a small support team at work. Senior employees contribute to a small collection for us since we make it possible for them to get their work done. All informal. I opted out b/c my wife and I have had a good year (we bth advanced in our careers). More money for the rest of my small support team to divide among themselves, I'm the senior member. I'm only walking away from ~$250 but it's made a big impression on the rest of my team. Smiles all around. Even my boss was impressed. Who knew I could "buy" so many "Brownie Points". Seems like the logical choice to me.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 08, 2015, 09:11:06 PM
Ran into my BFF's new GF and had an awesome chat about baking and gardening. She's a keeper. I'm glad of this: if she stays with my BFF long term she's likely to be a big part of my life :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 09, 2015, 02:17:44 AM
Got an early mark from work. It was uncomfortably hot when I got home but I was desperate to get outside for a run so I went anyway. It started raining three blocks from home. Invigorating!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 09, 2015, 02:19:31 AM
PS. The shower of rain has turned into a full-on downpour. Best thing in the world to listen to.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on December 09, 2015, 04:02:25 AM
PS. The shower of rain has turned into a full-on downpour. Best thing in the world to listen to.

...as well as nature's fireworks - a beautiful lightning storm. I missed my usual run this evening MPGH, nice time to do it around 7pm/sunset in summer.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on December 09, 2015, 05:49:44 AM
I stopped by work (part time fun job) yesterday and when my phone rang I said it was likely about a job.  It was!  Things are accelerating in this job search!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 09, 2015, 04:08:37 PM
PS. The shower of rain has turned into a full-on downpour. Best thing in the world to listen to.

...as well as nature's fireworks - a beautiful lightning storm. I missed my usual run this evening MPGH, nice time to do it around 7pm/sunset in summer.

I missed it. :/ Can't see sky from inside my apartment, which kills me.

My kingdom for a horizon.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Conjou on December 09, 2015, 05:05:58 PM
Saw the Tom Shadyac documentary "I Am." (2011). Totally uplifting, inspiring film.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 09, 2015, 05:25:19 PM
Dropped a chef's knife this morning, and it caught my leg on the way down.

I texted my mum a photo of said leg in all its bloody glory (had to share the moment with someone).

She immediately called to make sure I was ok and to check if it needed stitches.

I'm not happy that I made her worry, but it's just a nice reminder that, even though my next birthday is 30, in her eyes I am still her baby.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on December 10, 2015, 10:19:38 PM
The weather has been heavy, and today it dried up a little,  In a quarter mile stretch of road, I saw three red tailed hawks sitting on fenceposts looking for lunch in a field, and then a group of egrets trailing the receding flood waters and doing the same.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MMMaybe on December 11, 2015, 05:26:46 AM
I can't say this made my day exactly but it certainly dumbfounded me.

I saw a dog out for a walk, wearing a diaper. Admittedly this is in Asia, where I see dogs in strollers or wearing socks. But still. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on December 11, 2015, 07:56:20 AM
I can't say this made my day exactly but it certainly dumbfounded me.

I saw a dog out for a walk, wearing a diaper. Admittedly this is in Asia, where I see dogs in strollers or wearing socks. But still. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Apparently it's often recommended to use a diaper when a dog is in heat so you don't have to run around all over the house cleaning up little drops of blood. Less of an issue outside possibly, but maybe they were using a diaper because of bleeding.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MasterStache on December 11, 2015, 08:05:25 AM
Knowing that in 1.5 weeks we'll be leaving for Cancun and will be relaxing on the beech sipping a gooey blender drink on Christmas day. Last year at this time we were moving (downsizing) and I spent Christmas break running new gas lines and installing a new hot water heater with a 103 degree temperature. And the family was laid up on the couch sick as well.

Fast forward a year and along with being excited about vacation, thanks to downsizing our house and our lifestyle, we doubled last years savings, from 25K last year to 50K this year. It actually makes my day everyday.   
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 14, 2015, 10:15:15 PM
Server down at work. If it's not resolved soon we will be dispatched to work from home. I'm noisily confident...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on December 16, 2015, 07:45:00 AM
The new Star Wars film currently sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

After the train wreck of the "Prequels"...this makes me happy. Childhood redeemed.

I was 5 when the original released....for better or for worse, the OT was a major influence on me. Thats why the Prequel Trilogy hurt so much.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 16, 2015, 10:09:40 AM
I called my grandma to wish her a happy birthday. She was really happy of hearing from me, and told me she was waiting for my call, because she knows I remember ever year, even if I live on a different continent. She has 14 grandchildren, and the fact that she was waiting for my call made me feel special :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on December 16, 2015, 12:22:25 PM
I called my grandma to wish her a happy birthday. She was really happy of hearing from me, and told me she was waiting for my call, because she knows I remember ever year, even if I live on a different continent. She has 14 grandchildren, and the fact that she was waiting for my call made me feel special :-)
And how many of her grandchildren call. Your call makes her feel special! Funny how that works ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AmandaS1989 on December 16, 2015, 12:58:53 PM
Found a property insurance broker who did some shopping around for me and in 2016 I'll be paying over $1500 less in insurance premiums...for more coverage!

Nice ;)

I got a check the other day from my insurance company as a reimbursement from my visit to the oral surgeon. I'm not gonna be mad at extra money.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 16, 2015, 01:42:40 PM
I called my grandma to wish her a happy birthday. She was really happy of hearing from me, and told me she was waiting for my call, because she knows I remember ever year, even if I live on a different continent. She has 14 grandchildren, and the fact that she was waiting for my call made me feel special :-)
And how many of her grandchildren call. Your call makes her feel special! Funny how that works ;)

I'm probably the only one that calls her, then again, all the other ones live in the same parish, so they see each other every Sunday...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 16, 2015, 03:50:06 PM
I called my grandma to wish her a happy birthday. She was really happy of hearing from me, and told me she was waiting for my call, because she knows I remember ever year, even if I live on a different continent. She has 14 grandchildren, and the fact that she was waiting for my call made me feel special :-)

You're awesome.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on December 16, 2015, 04:16:41 PM
I feel the same way on Mother's day.

That being said, this is a past 'made my day'

Wine. Beer.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 16, 2015, 06:40:03 PM
The new Star Wars film currently sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

After the train wreck of the "Prequels"...this makes me happy. Childhood redeemed.

I was 5 when the original released....for better or for worse, the OT was a major influence on me. Thats why the Prequel Trilogy hurt so much.

I was born after the OT was released, but grew up with it as the major "story" we enjoyed in my childhood. I watched the VHS tapes over and over again with my older siblings... And I still have all my Star Wars action figures, lego etc that I would play with for hours as a kid, ready to pass down to the next generation.

So yeah, it's been making my WEEK that the Force Awakens is apparently very, very good and much more like the OT than the PT. Can't wait to see it for myself :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on December 19, 2015, 12:51:37 AM
The new Star Wars film currently sits at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

After the train wreck of the "Prequels"...this makes me happy. Childhood redeemed.

I was 5 when the original released....for better or for worse, the OT was a major influence on me. Thats why the Prequel Trilogy hurt so much.

I was born after the OT was released, but grew up with it as the major "story" we enjoyed in my childhood. I watched the VHS tapes over and over again with my older siblings... And I still have all my Star Wars action figures, lego etc that I would play with for hours as a kid, ready to pass down to the next generation.

So yeah, it's been making my WEEK that the Force Awakens is apparently very, very good and much more like the OT than the PT. Can't wait to see it for myself :D

Yes, The Force Awakens made my day today.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on December 19, 2015, 01:08:58 AM
Boyfriend comes home from 4 day business trip in a few minutes, and since I promised to pick him up I was also able to drop off our friends on their way out of town, saving them the frustration of LA public transit.

Also, finally scheduled a phone interview I was expecting to hear about. (For a job after PhD, hopefully by end of summer!) :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AllieVaulter on December 19, 2015, 09:45:43 AM
Took the car in to Les Schwab for issues beyond my knowledge. While they had the car, they backed up into another car (just a bumper hit). They had us get an assessment for how much it would cost to repair it. The purely cosmetic issue would cost $500 to fix, so Les Schwab cut us a check and since I don't care about what my bumper looks like, we actually made money on that trip.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Making Cookies on December 20, 2015, 10:40:44 PM
Time off this week running up to the holidays.

Had dinner with my wife and an old friend and then back to friend's place in the country for another beer and more conversation. Best time ever with friend.

Our boys are happily playing Minecraft together right now (Linux version) despite the age differences. All I can hear is happy chatter about what they are cooperating on building. That game has given and given and given. Best purchase ever for our boys.

Wife made a great stew. And brownies. And other little goodies today.

Warm Irish Setter snuggled up by my side again this evening.

The older I get the more the little things make me happy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 27, 2015, 10:50:11 PM
Uproarious laughter while we all watched our new Tim Hawkins (https://www.youtube.com/user/timhawkinscomedy) video.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on December 30, 2015, 12:58:34 PM
The older I get the more the little things make me happy.

This is true and wise.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on December 30, 2015, 01:05:20 PM
Uproarious laughter while we all watched our new Tim Hawkins (https://www.youtube.com/user/timhawkinscomedy) video.

Meh. I thought it was mediocre at best. But enjoyable (3.0 on a scale of 10.0)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on December 30, 2015, 01:48:40 PM
The forecast says it's going to be 40f (or warmer) through the first week of January. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: OmahaSteph on December 30, 2015, 01:53:46 PM
Had coffee with a fellow Mustachian today! (AND used a gift card for the coffee, lol)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on February 02, 2016, 11:42:01 PM
There is a restaurant and beach I've been wanting to go to for months.  DW didn't want to go.  (She's more mustachian than I am.).  DW was out of town this weekend, so I took our three little ones there without her. What made my day?  Having a great lunch and a fun time with the three most fun and best behaved young children I have ever seen in a restaurant (this is definitely not normal for my kids, and I swear I didn't drug them...), and getting a verbal high five from a guy on the way out as he smiled and said, "You did it, dad!"
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on February 04, 2016, 07:49:08 AM
One of my biggest individual stock holdings announced a hike in their dividend this morning...so, in essence, I got a raise in my FIRE-salary. Awesome.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MasterStache on February 04, 2016, 11:59:48 AM
Fixed my old broken pair of sunglasses, thus saving me $25-$30 for a new pair. It's the little things.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on February 04, 2016, 06:23:53 PM
(http://www.metroplanorlando.com/images/m/pedestrian_crossing_signal_th.jpg)

Yesterday while explaining to my son how a crosswalk works and what the signals mean my wife said:

"No James, you have to wait until the white man says you can cross!  Obey the white man!"

It really cracked me up . . .
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on February 04, 2016, 06:51:07 PM
(http://www.metroplanorlando.com/images/m/pedestrian_crossing_signal_th.jpg)

Yesterday while explaining to my son how a crosswalk works and what the signals mean my wife said:

"No James, you have to wait until the white man says you can cross!  Obey the white man!"

It really cracked me up . . .
Every.single.time I use a crosswalk, I wonder about this. Why hasn't the ACLU rallied around this cause?

I believe the silhouette should be green for "Walk" and red for "Don't Walk". Alternatively, the figure could be green all the time and have the red circle/slash over it to signify "Don't Walk". Hey, there are a lot of FIRE engineers around here. Why doesn't one of you create this and make a killing (that you don't need, natch) on it?

Thanks for sharing this tale, GuitarStv.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on February 04, 2016, 07:23:50 PM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: PARedbeard on February 05, 2016, 08:15:36 AM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!

This is great! It made my day reading this!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WerKater on February 05, 2016, 08:39:56 AM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!
But take some credit for yourself, too ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on February 05, 2016, 10:17:59 AM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!
But take some credit for yourself, too ;)
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Ok, I did the work but truthfully I was a drone going through the motions at a job I hated -  not knowing that there might be any other way.  If I hadn't  come across MMM, I sadly would still be there!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on February 06, 2016, 02:19:07 PM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!


BTW, it's Ms. Cannot Wait; Mr. CW couldn't and left.  ;)

Congratulations!  I wanted to know more of your story and found this gem. Looks like you pulled the trigger well ahead of schedule, too. Care to share more details?
Title: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on February 06, 2016, 03:16:13 PM
"Congratulations!  I wanted to know more of your story and found this gem. Looks like you pulled the trigger well ahead of schedule, too. Care to share more details?"
So...divorced Mom and stuck in a nasty job.  Spending money to cope.  And just not THINKING!  Found MMM just last March and he spoke to me on many levels.
The transformation started.  I started selling stuff.  My Clown Car was actually really hard to let go of.  I would read the archives and think, "Yeah, this is ridiculous! "  Then I would drive it picturing the top down soon and having fun.  I was really tied up in it.  Back and forth I went for a couple months.  Meanwhile I concentrated on low hanging fruit.  Kijiji became my best friend.  I optimized all my bills, shaving money off phone, utilities and insurance.  Simply stopped spending money - no more eating out, cut my own hair, etc.  Stopped the leakiness of my life.  Recorded every penny.  Got on my bike!  Put the green soldiers to work (rainbow soldiers here in Canada ☺).  Read up on investing, ERE and JLCollins. More facepunching.  Renovated my house into two apartments.  Started making money on a side hustle which I love.  It all came together and then snowballed.  Once I didn't need my  real-job-salary  for 6 months, I pulled the plug.  NOT a conservative move but fueled with a desire for freedom!  I feel like great things are possible in my life now. 
So far, so good!  LOL - it's been 2 awesome days!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 13, 2016, 12:53:23 AM
Another awesome MMM Meetup with great people and interesting conversations :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on February 14, 2016, 07:42:36 PM
"No James, you have to wait until the white man says you can cross!  Obey the white man!"

My autistic son went through a phase where he identified every sign he saw. Outside Montreal's Snowdon metro station once, he sang out, "A little white man!" and the short Caucasian fella at the crosswalk scurried off pretty fast.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 14, 2016, 07:58:24 PM
Newbie at work has started coming to me for the knowledge transfer he needs because "you're always helpful and make me feel okay about not knowing anything yet". Definitely made my day!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: EverCurious on February 18, 2016, 10:21:02 AM

Bought a pack of Magic cards (like 4 bucks) for my sick husband. Pulled a Jace, Vryn's prodigy.

Turns out he was worth some money. Ao we got some extra cash. Aw yeah.

http://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/magic-origins/jace-vryns-prodigy

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Vertical Mode on March 06, 2016, 09:13:25 AM

Bought a pack of Magic cards (like 4 bucks) for my sick husband. Pulled a Jace, Vryn's prodigy.

Turns out he was worth some money. Ao we got some extra cash. Aw yeah.

http://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/magic-origins/jace-vryns-prodigy

The odds of that...That would make my day, too!

Mine was biking in to work today. Yeah, I know, it's a Sunday, but 1.5x time right to the FIRE fund? Bring it! Also, it was an awesome, sunny ride.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 07, 2016, 06:10:48 AM
Totally lazy day where I did not have to achieve anything :-) rare and wonderful.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: acroy on March 07, 2016, 06:39:58 AM
Rode my bike into work and sucked down a free Starbucks.
That's a good start to ANY day. Even when I go FI/RE, I might to it for the heck of it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 07, 2016, 11:43:22 AM
Got an email saying I have a free starbucks waiting for my birthday. I haven't even GOTTEN the drink yet, but just knowing I will GET TO is exciting. Absence makes the heart grow fonder! I enjoy my fancy coffees so much more now that I have them far less. Funny how that works.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on June 01, 2016, 10:10:43 PM
Today, I set up my will, a health directive (living will) and a power of attorney.  It feels so good to have this organized so my kids will have a smoother time of it and my wishes will be known.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: irishbear99 on June 02, 2016, 01:31:18 PM
I'm in the process of setting up a side-gig to sell my handcrafted widgets. Co-worker recently bought a similar-ish handcrafted widget while on vacation and brought in the packaging for me to look at because she thought it would give me good ideas. It did. And, it tickled me that she thought of it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GoldenGrove on June 02, 2016, 06:15:43 PM
Thought I was going to have to pay around $3,000 for grad school tuition/fees this fall. Turns out I'll be paying about $160!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 03, 2016, 03:36:32 PM
I just upped my 401(k) contributions to 50% of my paycheck. (Which still won't max it out this year... learn what you will about my earnings, lol!). It is both terrifying and exciting.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Noodle on June 03, 2016, 04:57:17 PM
Had a productive meeting this morning with a collaborator who is sometimes not easy to work with.

Got to spend the afternoon doing a really interesting research project.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mrpercentage on June 03, 2016, 07:41:04 PM
I was approached by a female the other day and she said:
"I need a STUD in my life. I have the STD and all I need is U."

it really did crack me up
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 04, 2016, 05:03:41 PM
Had two close friends over for crochet, baked goods and gossip - absolutely lovely afternoon and cost me close to nothing ;-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on June 04, 2016, 05:22:58 PM
I was approached by a female the other day and she said:
"I need a STUD in my life. I have the STD and all I need is U."

it really did crack me up

That is funny - good shock value, nice and repulsive / disgusting once it sinks in, and a pun.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cellista on June 13, 2016, 10:16:50 AM
My Ting balance is $15 with 11 days to go this month.

I've never had such a low cellphone bill.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Northwestie on June 13, 2016, 10:23:08 AM
Backcountry skiing at Mt. Rainier this weekend - 5,000 ft, 15 miles, home for dinner.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on June 13, 2016, 11:31:49 AM
Found a cut-through route on the way to work that will be helpful in case of major wrecks blocking the highway (the highway is two lanes, one each direction). It's shorter, too but definitely not faster since several miles of it are unpaved. Pretty drive, though. I had a sense that the road was there but didn't realize it still goes all the way through, and it may not in another decade.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 16, 2016, 02:32:49 PM
Getting a whole truck load of boxed up clothing and books as well as a dresser, off to the thrift store!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on July 16, 2016, 02:41:59 PM
I was asked for directions on the NYC subway today.  #nolongeratourist  :P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Noodle on July 16, 2016, 03:40:37 PM
I needed a blouse of a particular kind for a theater production I'm involved in. Found what I needed online but had to guess at the size because the size I wear ordinarily was three sizes smaller than what they claimed based on my measurements. Nailed it with the first try!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on July 16, 2016, 06:25:37 PM
Going through old photos on the computer.  Before kids, DW and I had a lot of fun!  It's fun with kids, too, but different, ya know?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 16, 2016, 07:21:14 PM
Met my new nephew for the first time. He's gorgeous.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 17, 2016, 03:24:38 AM
Met my new nephew for the first time. He's gorgeous.

Congratulations. :)

It made my day to Facetime my nephews today.

The little one isn't up to talking on the phone just yet but he likes to hold it and look at me, and giggles so sweetly when I blow him kisses.

My husband says he sounds like a 'laughing baby' sound clip for a movie.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on July 17, 2016, 11:53:42 PM
Hauled a load to the recycling center, weeded the yard, cleaned the garage, mowed the lawn, rotated the tires, played with my kids, talked with DW. Didn't cost anything.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on July 18, 2016, 12:15:14 AM
Raised $3615 for the library this weekend at our quarterly Frend's Book Sale. The last two sales' results were rather lackluster, so I had a new idea to promote our sale. We decided to give every grownup a free book and two books for every kid! We used books were duplicates or in categories we didn't have enough room for. We set up a pop-up in the parking lot and gave out tickets at the book sale in the library's Community Room.

For three hours, DH and I manned the booth and interacted with people in our community. So much fun! We told everyone who wanted more than one book that they could buy it for the same price as inside ($1.00 for big people books, .50 for little people books). We pulled in an extra $47.50 that we wouldn't have otherwise, and got to a great total.

I just found out the total this evening, so I'm counting it for a win today. Tired, but very happy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on July 18, 2016, 10:46:44 AM
I love this thread!  It has made my day.  :)  Of course, the day is young.  Hopefuly there will be more to report later.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 18, 2016, 04:51:21 PM
Signed a lease last night for our new, sun-drenched apartment. We move in two weeks.

Of course, telling people I'm moving is like announcing I've broken up with a guy then finding out no-one liked him.

All of a sudden I'm getting comments like 'won't it be great to get away from that old apartment?' 'Finally no more dated kitchen.'

I had no idea people felt this strongly about it! Nor do I care, really. We paid well under market value in rent for five years; that was worth any so-called hardship perceived by our family and friends.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on July 19, 2016, 04:20:21 PM
There was a screeching baby in the grocery check out so I asked the dad if I could help him bag his groceries, he said no.  So I asked if I could hold his baby and he said ok!  I picked up this precious bundle and she immediately stopped her wailing and looked around.  I don't think I've held a baby in years, OMG it was wonderful!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 19, 2016, 06:59:42 PM
Making cinnamon buns with our young houseguest from Australia.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on July 19, 2016, 07:28:15 PM
There was a screeching baby in the grocery check out so I asked the dad if I could help him bag his groceries, he said no.  So I asked if I could hold his baby and he said ok!  I picked up this precious bundle and she immediately stopped her whaling and looked around.  I don't think I've held a baby in years, OMG it was wonderful!

I once had someone refuse to let me take her luggage off the airport carousel for her in Frankfurt. Instead, she wanted to hand me her baby! We must not fit whatever baby-stealing profile mothers have in their heads. I didn't take the baby, so I missed the great experience you had. I looked at the mother like she was crazy and took the luggage off the carousel anyway and put it down beside her. (Her hands were full and she couldn't stop me!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on July 19, 2016, 07:35:07 PM
This last reply I posted reminded me a how my day was made a few years ago in Paris. I was coming from the train station to my hotel by a super express subway that had just opened. A Parisian who was helping me (yes!) had insisted I take this new train. I wanted to take a taxi but he thought that was a complete waste of money.

I had two suitcases because I was travelling for work and then going on holiday. I stood up when the train arrived, and when I did, a man grabbed the two suitcases and started to run. He ran onto the train, and I ran after him. When I had just about caught up with him, he turned around and looked at me. He was waiting for me to get on the train. He had been helping me, but I didn't recognize it because I had heard so many stories about Parisians not being helpful.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Squirrel away on July 20, 2016, 04:12:31 AM
It was such a hot and airless night last night! The thing that made my day was getting up and having a shower with some lime and coconut shower gel and cooling right down.:) Simple pleasures.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Making Cookies on July 20, 2016, 07:39:19 AM
This last reply I posted reminded me a how my day was made a few years ago in Paris. I was coming from the train station to my hotel by a super express subway that had just opened. A Parisian who was helping me (yes!) had insisted I take this new train. I wanted to take a taxi but he thought that was a complete waste of money.

I had two suitcases because I was travelling for work and then going on holiday. I stood up when the train arrived, and when I did, a man grabbed the two suitcases and started to run. He ran onto the train, and I ran after him. When I had just about caught up with him, he turned around and looked at me. He was waiting for me to get on the train. He had been helping me, but I didn't recognize it because I had heard so many stories about Parisians not being helpful.

I was waiting in line at the ticket clerk in the Rome train station many years ago. An Italian fellow spoke to me but I didn't understand as my Italian was hit or miss. Was he trying to sell me something? Was he trying to take advantage of me somehow? He had rightly guessed I was US military and we was able to get me an Italian military discount train ticket for ~$10 from Rome to Naples where I lived at the time. I found myself in a nice compartment all to myself with a/c on a hot summer day and napped much of the ride.

There truly are some nice people out there. Too bad we mostly remember the bad ones.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on July 30, 2016, 05:48:07 PM
I saw a tank top with a big mustache on it for $10 at a sidewalk sale today.  I was trying to justify buying it -  but decided to take a picture instead.  The sales girl came over and mentioned that a lot of people take a picture of that specific shirt!  I told her to Google MMM to understand why.  I gave her an overview and she seemed interested.  It made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on August 03, 2016, 11:42:11 AM
I asked my library to buy JL Collins new book, "The Simple Path to Wealth" and they just emailed me to say that they did and it is on reserve for me!  Yippee!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stachey on August 03, 2016, 02:25:01 PM
Great idea CannotWait!  I just checked the library here and they don't have Simple Path to Wealth yet either.  So I suggested they get a copy.

That and I'm snuggling under a warm blanket when it is cold and very rainy today...I don't have to commute anywhere...yippee!!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on August 06, 2016, 10:03:54 PM
Took my kids into the woods and played by the river for hours.  Throwing rocks, skipping rocks, climbing rocks, building cairns.  Basically, lots of playing with rocks.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on August 09, 2016, 08:51:02 AM
Took my kids into the woods and played by the river for hours.  Throwing rocks, skipping rocks, climbing rocks, building cairns.  Basically, lots of playing with rocks.

Sounds more like a trip to a quarry rather than a forest trip.  :P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Making Cookies on August 09, 2016, 08:59:59 AM
I love playing in creeks and rivers! DW, kids, and the dog - and we can use up hours...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 09, 2016, 04:36:23 PM
The smell of French bread baking in my
Kitchen!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on August 09, 2016, 05:08:42 PM
Just picked up the post-vacation mail. Statement* says my account balances increased by 11.7k last MONTH, due entirely to market gains. That's more than I ever earned in a single month during my entire career! I didn't have to lift a finger to earn it. Wowza!

*Yup, paper statement. That way I can only look once a month. Part of a well-balanced, low information diet.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on August 09, 2016, 07:28:50 PM
 My fabulous husband finished the install on our gate, autmatic opener, and solar power, and it all works!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Shinplaster on August 10, 2016, 04:11:31 PM
We met our first grandbaby this past weekend.  There is nothing like holding a new baby and getting that new baby smell.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 10, 2016, 04:19:20 PM
My son passed his final road test two weeks before starting university! Fully licenced driver now!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: CheapskateWife on August 19, 2016, 02:23:14 PM
Eating my brought from home lunch on a picnic table with other likeminded co-workers.  Enjoying some good laughs and sharing stories on a sunny warm day. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on August 20, 2016, 12:02:53 PM
At a dance lesson last night, one of the other students asked if I also teach.  Progress!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Beardog on August 20, 2016, 12:28:28 PM
When I went to the library in the city I just moved to and applied for a library card, the librarian kept looking at me intermittently while she entered my information into the computer.  She asked "Do you eat a healthy diet and take care of yourself?"  I was pretty surprised by this question, but confirmed that I eat a plant based diet and do take care of myself.  She asked the question because she computed my age from by birth date. 

That librarian made my day!

(-:
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 20, 2016, 06:44:11 PM
CBC is live streaming the Tragically Hip concert, that is making my evening.  ;-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 20, 2016, 09:59:47 PM
A lovely and encouraging note from Scrubbyfish made my day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: misshathaway on August 21, 2016, 02:11:58 AM
Yesterday, there was a man walking a puppy in front of me. When I got abreast of them the puppy threw itself down on the grass belly-up and would not continue walking. The man and I both laughed. Then the puppy got up and hopped around my feet, looking up. I bent down to pat it, and it milled around licking my hand. It acted like this was the best thing that happened to it all day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 21, 2016, 02:17:52 AM
Gardening with my husband.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on August 22, 2016, 01:11:44 PM
The temperature dropped to 13 this morning (55 F for people in the US, Bahamas, and Belize).  It was a very welcome change after several weeks of daytime temperatures in the 38 degree range (100 F - please join the rest of the world guys) with high humidity.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Making Cookies on August 22, 2016, 02:38:55 PM
The temps did the same here too. Made reporting for work very hard to do... Will power! (aka reality check!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 22, 2016, 02:40:50 PM
The temperature dropped to 13 this morning (55 F for people in the US, Bahamas, and Belize).  It was a very welcome change after several weeks of daytime temperatures in the 38 degree range (100 F - please join the rest of the world guys) with high humidity.
So energizing - but it means winter is coming (well, we know winter is always coming, except when it is here).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 22, 2016, 03:59:32 PM
The temperature dropped to 13 this morning (55 F for people in the US, Bahamas, and Belize).  It was a very welcome change after several weeks of daytime temperatures in the 38 degree range (100 F - please join the rest of the world guys) with high humidity.
So energizing - but it means winter is coming (well, we know winter is always coming, except when it is here).

Yeah, I love the cooler mornings, but it does mean the eventual loss of warm days. It was dark before 9pm last night! Horrors (I hate the short day lengths).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 24, 2016, 09:08:04 AM
The temperature dropped to 13 this morning (55 F for people in the US, Bahamas, and Belize).  It was a very welcome change after several weeks of daytime temperatures in the 38 degree range (100 F - please join the rest of the world guys) with high humidity.
So energizing - but it means winter is coming (well, we know winter is always coming, except when it is here).

Yeah, I love the cooler mornings, but it does mean the eventual loss of warm days. It was dark before 9pm last night! Horrors (I hate the short day lengths).

Yes.  I was driving home last night and realized it was dark, and the car clock said 8:55.  Those long cold winter nights are coming   :-(    Time to stock up on winter supplies (fleece for spinning, yarn for knitting, books, what else?).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on August 24, 2016, 09:43:55 AM
The temperature dropped to 13 this morning (55 F for people in the US, Bahamas, and Belize).  It was a very welcome change after several weeks of daytime temperatures in the 38 degree range (100 F - please join the rest of the world guys) with high humidity.
So energizing - but it means winter is coming (well, we know winter is always coming, except when it is here).

Yeah, I love the cooler mornings, but it does mean the eventual loss of warm days. It was dark before 9pm last night! Horrors (I hate the short day lengths).

Yes.  I was driving home last night and realized it was dark, and the car clock said 8:55.  Those long cold winter nights are coming   :-(    Time to stock up on winter supplies (fleece for spinning, yarn for knitting, books, what else?).
Popcorn, tea/coffee/cocoa/hot buttered rum, movies/Netflix, board games, candles, slippers, flannel sheets, puzzles....
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on August 24, 2016, 09:50:55 AM
The temperature dropped to 13 this morning (55 F for people in the US, Bahamas, and Belize).  It was a very welcome change after several weeks of daytime temperatures in the 38 degree range (100 F - please join the rest of the world guys) with high humidity.
So energizing - but it means winter is coming (well, we know winter is always coming, except when it is here).

Yeah, I love the cooler mornings, but it does mean the eventual loss of warm days. It was dark before 9pm last night! Horrors (I hate the short day lengths).

Yes.  I was driving home last night and realized it was dark, and the car clock said 8:55.  Those long cold winter nights are coming   :-(    Time to stock up on winter supplies (fleece for spinning, yarn for knitting, books, what else?).
Popcorn, tea/coffee/cocoa/hot buttered rum, movies/Netflix, board games, candles, slippers, flannel sheets, puzzles....

A warmed bottle of sake and a good book, while reclining on your couch under a blanket with your dog on your lap and absentmindedly glancing at the snow falling out your window . . . is a great joy of winter.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on August 24, 2016, 11:08:23 AM
CBC is live streaming the Tragically Hip concert, that is making my evening.  ;-)

I was there!
http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.zuza.com%2F8%2F4%2F8408adc4-3db0-4c29-a785-d114a9c6a578%2FIMG_3876___Gallery.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kingstonregion.com%2Fnews-story%2F6818039-a-hip-notic-homecoming-thousands-gather-in-kingston-s-market-square-to-celebrate-the-tragically-hip%2F&docid=KpRDaExKnp-6KM&tbnid=tEjptS3ceWoISM%3A&w=640&h=359&client=tablet-android-samsung&bih=601&biw=962&ved=0ahUKEwjS1rjKxNrOAhWFGh4KHb0_D0EQMwgkKAYwBg&iact=mrc&uact=8

I can't imagine why anyone would pay $$$ for a ticket to be inside on such a gorgeous night!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 24, 2016, 01:07:12 PM
CBC is live streaming the Tragically Hip concert, that is making my evening.  ;-)

I was there!
http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.zuza.com%2F8%2F4%2F8408adc4-3db0-4c29-a785-d114a9c6a578%2FIMG_3876___Gallery.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kingstonregion.com%2Fnews-story%2F6818039-a-hip-notic-homecoming-thousands-gather-in-kingston-s-market-square-to-celebrate-the-tragically-hip%2F&docid=KpRDaExKnp-6KM&tbnid=tEjptS3ceWoISM%3A&w=640&h=359&client=tablet-android-samsung&bih=601&biw=962&ved=0ahUKEwjS1rjKxNrOAhWFGh4KHb0_D0EQMwgkKAYwBg&iact=mrc&uact=8

I can't imagine why anyone would pay $$$ for a ticket to be inside on such a gorgeous night!

I have heard of people renting big screen projectors and having get-togethers in their yards - sort of the concert feeling, a bunch of friends all watching together.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Squirrel away on August 24, 2016, 01:51:16 PM


A warmed bottle of sake and a good book, while reclining on your couch under a blanket with your dog on your lap and absentmindedly glancing at the snow falling out your window . . . is a great joy of winter.

That sounds almost perfect.:) I've never tried sake.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Squirrel away on August 24, 2016, 01:52:27 PM
I'm also looking forward to winter, it's the hottest day of the year so far today here I think!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on August 24, 2016, 01:59:03 PM
Time by myself made my day. Love my husband and children to bits but WOW is it ever nice to be alone sometimes.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on August 27, 2016, 12:18:19 AM
I wore a concert T-shirt to the dentist today.  It's the only concert T-shirt I have anymore as I sort of feel like that part of my life has passed (maybe not?) but it's my absolute favorite musician who I only got to see live for the first time a few months ago.  Anyway, the dentist's wife who was making my next appointment saw it and commented delightedly and told me she and Mr. dentist are big fans and we bonded over that because most people have never even heard of her. Meeting a fellow fan is rare and exciting and we started gabbing about songs and lyrics and how much we love her music and artistry and have for years and years and the newest album and tour and it was all just lovely.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mrpercentage on August 27, 2016, 12:26:25 AM
I wore a concert T-shirt to the dentist today.  It's the only concert T-shirt I have anymore as I sort of feel like that part of my life has passed (maybe not?) but it's my absolute favorite musician who I only got to see live for the first time a few months ago.  Anyway, the dentist's wife who was making my next appointment saw it and commented delightedly and told me she and Mr. dentist are big fans and we bonded over that because most people have never even heard of her. Meeting a fellow fan is rare and exciting and we started gabbing about songs and lyrics and how much we love her music and artistry and have for years and years and the newest album and tour and it was all just lovely.

Nirvana I hope,,,
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on August 29, 2016, 12:12:44 AM
Nirvana has a new album??  :o

Heather Nova, actually.  But you never heard of her, right?  Because you're not my awesome dentist!  ;-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on August 29, 2016, 03:07:37 AM
Spent time with a friend who I don't get to see as often as I would like.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Irishtache on August 29, 2016, 03:20:08 AM
Woke up 5 mins before the alarm this morning. Head a little sore from the extra bourbon I drank last night. Sun is shining, an uncommon start to the day here. Diary is light today. Back/leg (sciatica) is not too sore this a.m. so may be coming out of the latest bout and able to do some exercise to fend off reoccurrence. Only 26 days to our cruise! Life is good.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FLA on August 29, 2016, 10:40:16 AM
the dogs, one of whom is fairly small, only 25 lbs, eating their entire large dental bones before I could finish putting away the package. They're sleeping it off now
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: horsepoor on August 29, 2016, 09:29:16 PM
First day back in the saddle this morning after taking a fall and spraining my ankle about 10 days ago.  Also did a little workout and walked three miles this evening.  Rewarding myself with a glass of wine.  Nice to be back at it; I don't convalesce well.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on August 30, 2016, 03:07:55 AM
Gave a presentation at work on an aspect of the group financials that is oft' overlooked.

CFO was pleased, everyone learned something (including me).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on August 30, 2016, 04:15:25 AM
Gave a presentation at work on an aspect of the group financials that is oft' overlooked.

CFO was pleased, everyone learned something (including me).

Killing it!

Well done.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: KMMK on August 30, 2016, 08:13:06 PM
Satisfied the purchase conditions for our forever (I hope) home.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on August 31, 2016, 05:01:54 AM
Just saw the Paralympics ad in full (the UK Channel 4 "YES I CAN" one).

It is absolutely brilliant. Well done to the guys who came up with it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on August 31, 2016, 09:32:54 PM
I saw it yesterday at work.  It is inspiring!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on September 01, 2016, 02:31:30 AM
Got to work today and was asked to attend a conference. Today. (Thanks for the warning, guys, go team.)

I went, and caught up with a heap of work contacts who didn't know I was coming (ahem, nor did I). Anyway, lots of (genuine) "it's great to see you!" which always surprises me.

Also, a guy tapped me on the shoulder and called me by another girl's name. When I turned around he was mortified, and apologised. Wrong person. Later I was introduced to the girl he mistook me for. She's cute! :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on September 01, 2016, 03:19:57 AM
I worked 11 hours straight today from 7:45am to 6:45pm, at my desk in front of a laptop & screens. Head down bum up crunching a lot of numbers.

Got through an enormous amount of work, felt like I genuinely achieved a few things.

I get paid well in comparison to the average punter. If it means working some longer than normal hours at times I don't mind.

(Posting here once a day.... part of a personal commitment to be grateful for something everyday).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 01, 2016, 04:54:01 AM
Tired out, can't be fucked cooking, and oh look! Past Happier made lasagne and left it in the freezer for me. Yay :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on September 01, 2016, 06:28:53 AM
I worked 11 hours straight today from 7:45am to 6:45pm, at my desk in front of a laptop & screens. Head down bum up crunching a lot of numbers.

This may be a cultural difference, but from my understanding of chairs . . . you were probably using yours wrong.  :P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on September 01, 2016, 08:23:26 AM
I worked 11 hours straight today from 7:45am to 6:45pm, at my desk in front of a laptop & screens. Head down bum up crunching a lot of numbers.

This may be a cultural difference, but from my understanding of chairs . . . you were probably using yours wrong.  :P

This comment made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Lunasol on September 01, 2016, 08:30:05 AM
Nirvana has a new album??  :o

Heather Nova, actually.  But you never heard of her, right?  Because you're not my awesome dentist!  ;-)

I like "Like Lovers Do"! That's about as much as I know about her, but I follow her facebook page heh heh


I don't really have anything that great to post here, but I'm glad to read everyone's replies
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rogue on September 01, 2016, 09:36:02 AM
This made my (yester)day - My boss messaged me to come to the conference room she's in; I'm going "I don't think I did anything wrong... [gasp!] maybe they've noticed how often I'm reading the MMM forums!"

Boss says, "Rogue, you're doing great work and want to let you know that I really appreciate it and I'm glad to have you on the team. Also, here's $1,500."

After taxes and 401k, I get a $541.50 check.  Fortunately, I don't need lower my 401k contribution as a result, so I narrowly avoided the Mustachian People Problems thread.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on September 01, 2016, 01:11:39 PM
Nirvana has a new album??  :o

Heather Nova, actually.  But you never heard of her, right?  Because you're not my awesome dentist!  ;-)

I like "Like Lovers Do"! That's about as much as I know about her, but I follow her facebook page heh heh

I don't really have anything that great to post here, but I'm glad to read everyone's replies

But *this* made my day!  I'm always so happy to meet anyone who has even heard of her!  So thank you!  :)  I was just listening to the album South yesterday, which is the one Like Lovers Do is on.  It's not her best album by a long shot, honestly, but you know.  Like pizza and sex, right?  ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on September 02, 2016, 03:48:55 AM
Last one out of the office tonight on a Friday. I raided the beer fridge and had one while sending off the last 3 or 4 emails for the day. The beer made my day, even if there wasn't anyone left to enjoy it with.

I worked 11 hours straight today from 7:45am to 6:45pm, at my desk in front of a laptop & screens. Head down bum up crunching a lot of numbers.

This may be a cultural difference, but from my understanding of chairs . . . you were probably using yours wrong.  :P

This comment made my day.

The guy who runs around with ergonomic risk assessment forms always has a go at me for this.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on September 02, 2016, 08:40:41 PM
Son is going off to university tomorrow and we are moving him into the dorm. Bittersweet day today, spending time as a family.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 02, 2016, 09:48:46 PM
Husband did the grocery shopping and cleaned the house while I slept in.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on September 03, 2016, 04:54:42 AM
Swam 800m today without stopping. No gold medal - Katie Ledecky would have beaten me by 9 minutes but I finished :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on September 03, 2016, 05:45:29 AM
Son is going off to university tomorrow and we are moving him into the dorm. Bittersweet day today, spending time as a family.

Look after yourself.

I still remember my dad telling me how Mum cried the whole drive home after they first moved me into my dorm room. That was 2005. And then I blinked.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on September 04, 2016, 04:57:22 AM
Son is going off to university tomorrow and we are moving him into the dorm. Bittersweet day today, spending time as a family.

How did that go? Did you take the chance to embarrass him in front of all the cute girls there?? :P

Today was Father's day here in Oz. It made my day to see him happy and healthy. I washed both the parents cars and further cleaned out their garage as my gift.

They then asked why aren't I a father yet...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 04, 2016, 05:16:32 AM
Wonderful afternoon with my Dad (as Marty pointed out: it is his day!) and siblings, nieces and nephews. Lots of laughter, dodgy jokes, too much food, and hugs.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on September 04, 2016, 05:22:32 AM
Wonderful afternoon with my Dad (as Marty pointed out: it is his day!) and siblings, nieces and nephews. Lots of laughter, dodgy jokes, too much food, and hugs.

My dad never made "dad jokes"... but my boss makes them all the time. Drives me nuts because whenever he is away I have to fill in and insert one into the weekly team update   :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Lunasol on September 05, 2016, 04:16:41 PM
Nirvana has a new album??  :o

Heather Nova, actually.  But you never heard of her, right?  Because you're not my awesome dentist!  ;-)

I like "Like Lovers Do"! That's about as much as I know about her, but I follow her facebook page heh heh

I don't really have anything that great to post here, but I'm glad to read everyone's replies

But *this* made my day!  I'm always so happy to meet anyone who has even heard of her!  So thank you!  :)  I was just listening to the album South yesterday, which is the one Like Lovers Do is on.  It's not her best album by a long shot, honestly, but you know.  Like pizza and sex, right?  ;)
Yay! I'm glad my reply became a positive thing for you! :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MoneyCat on September 05, 2016, 04:47:20 PM
I read a book and watched a movie on TV because I had the day off due to the holiday. Made me feel fancy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 06, 2016, 06:28:50 AM
Friend called (okay, texted) in her hour of need - her car had been towed - and I was able to rescue her AND bring her a bag of chips. Pretty sure if your car breaks down and gets towed, you need chips.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on September 07, 2016, 11:09:16 AM
Friend called (okay, texted) in her hour of need - her car had been towed - and I was able to rescue her AND bring her a bag of chips. Pretty sure if your car breaks down and gets towed, you need chips.

You're a good friend, especially if you know about the chips.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on September 07, 2016, 12:33:33 PM
That lhamo and Exhale dropped everything and helped out Sailor Scooter--in real life!!  How awesome is that!!??  :)  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on September 07, 2016, 01:57:23 PM
That lhamo and Exhale dropped everything and helped out Sailor Scooter--in real life!!  How awesome is that!!??  :)  :)

Fucking awesome. Us imaginary folks are awesome!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on September 07, 2016, 02:01:10 PM
That lhamo and Exhale dropped everything and helped out Sailor Scooter--in real life!!  How awesome is that!!??  :)  :)

I was thinking this belonged here too - also a "who made your day". Kindness, compassion, generosity - such good people.
Good to see you had already posted it!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on September 07, 2016, 03:45:10 PM
That lhamo and Exhale dropped everything and helped out Sailor Scooter--in real life!!  How awesome is that!!??  :)  :)

Fucking awesome. Us imaginary folks are awesome!!

:)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on September 07, 2016, 03:47:02 PM
That lhamo and Exhale dropped everything and helped out Sailor Scooter--in real life!!  How awesome is that!!??  :)  :)

I was thinking this belonged here too - also a "who made your day". Kindness, compassion, generosity - such good people.
Good to see you had already posted it!

Our great minds think alike.  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on September 07, 2016, 03:56:05 PM
That lhamo and Exhale dropped everything and helped out Sailor Scooter--in real life!!  How awesome is that!!??  :)  :)

I was thinking this belonged here too - also a "who made your day". Kindness, compassion, generosity - such good people.
Good to see you had already posted it!

Our great minds think alike.  :)

Greater minds think faster and act on it!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on September 08, 2016, 12:28:58 AM
Getting everything done on my to-do list!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 01, 2016, 03:31:01 AM
A gift of fertiliser for my fruit trees. I love it when someone knows me well enough to give me exactly what I need.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on October 03, 2016, 07:22:24 AM
A gift of fertiliser for my fruit trees. I love it when someone knows me well enough to give me exactly what I need.

I love this post.  Few people take a flaming paper bag of poop on their doorstep as something to be grateful for.  :P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 03, 2016, 06:39:20 PM
A gift of fertiliser for my fruit trees. I love it when someone knows me well enough to give me exactly what I need.

I love this post.  Few people take a flaming paper bag of poop on their doorstep as something to be grateful for.  :P

I laughed! Well done.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Boganvillia on October 03, 2016, 10:07:43 PM
Sliding down a waterside over and over with my four year old son. It took me back to summer holidays with my brothers when I was a teenager.

And later ... at the supermarket queue, I asked him to go and get me two apples. He ran back cuddling two BAGS of apples, beaming ... oh well, we'll use them somehow.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: LeRainDrop on October 03, 2016, 10:13:54 PM
Went to the dentist today -- teeth are all in great shape, and the hygienist gave me extra samples of toothpaste and toothbrushes because she knows I appreciate them every time :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on October 05, 2016, 01:44:25 PM
A gift of fertiliser for my fruit trees. I love it when someone knows me well enough to give me exactly what I need.

I love this post.  Few people take a flaming paper bag of poop on their doorstep as something to be grateful for.  :P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on October 09, 2016, 01:16:57 AM
$6 tickets to a college football game.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on October 09, 2016, 01:41:43 AM

This literally made my day. :D Thank you!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 09, 2016, 04:21:31 AM
Had four sets of neighbours over for a cuppa; lots of small children running around happily, good conversation and I was only asked three times if I'm pregnant. Once by a small child who looked at my chubby belly VERY suspiciously when I said no :-P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on October 09, 2016, 07:19:38 AM
Yesterday was Community Service Day in my city. One day, fifty projects, fifteen hundred volunteerrs, ten months of planning. Completely awesome to see people working together for the common good. So much accomplished in just one morning. Best part? Because I am FIRE,  I was able to be the co-chair of the event this year. That made more than just my day, but man, what a day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on October 09, 2016, 01:41:36 PM
Yesterday was Community Service Day in my city. One day, fifty projects, fifteen hundred volunteerrs, ten months of planning. Completely awesome to see people working together for the common good. So much accomplished in just one morning. Best part? Because I am FIRE,  I was able to be the co-chair of the event this year. That made more than just my day, but man, what a day!

Isn't that exciting! Good for you.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 04, 2016, 05:25:28 AM
marty998 gave me a plant for my birthday. I've had custody of our plant for almost a week, and every morning I smile when I walk into the lounge room and see greenery.

It has made my week. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on November 04, 2016, 05:30:53 AM
A blueberry on one of my bushes is turning blue! It'll be the first harvest of the season.

marty998 gave me a plant for my birthday. I've had custody of our plant for almost a week, and every morning I smile when I walk into the lounge room and see greenery.

It has made my week. :)

Aw! :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Frugal Lizard on November 04, 2016, 07:13:19 PM
I looked out the window during mid morning caffeine infusion and I saw chickadees, cardinals,  doves, a blue jay, several squirrels and a chipmunk all feeding in the front garden I have been cultivating for attracting wildlife.  It is so rewarding to have all these making themselves at home.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on November 04, 2016, 11:31:42 PM
I went to a dance tonight and one of my favorite dance partners (who doesn't usually go to this event) was there. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on November 05, 2016, 07:02:17 AM
marty998 gave me a plant for my birthday. I've had custody of our plant for almost a week, and every morning I smile when I walk into the lounge room and see greenery.

It has made my week. :)

You are most welcome. My efforts in the 3 weeks before to keep it alive and green have paid off! It even grew another leaf for good measure.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on November 05, 2016, 03:28:51 PM
Today we sold not one, not two, but three trucks that no longer run. Money in our pockets, the trucks will be rehabbed and put to good use again, and the woods around the house are nearly dead vehicle-free! Plus the buyer brought three (much younger than us) friends and hauled them all down off this mountain without us having to do more than help direct things.


The only (not serious) downside is I'm no longer in the running at all for oldest Mustachian vehicle - one of them was our '71 Dodge Power Wagon. But I think I was out once it quit running, anyway. The '81 Tercel (which does run) is now our resident antique.


$2,500 for all three , so not what we had in them, but then we got long years of use out of them all. We did, however, have under 10k in all of them put together (purchase price, not counting DIY maintenance and repairs), and we'd had the Dodge for over 20 years and ran it for more than half that, and one of the others for more than 10, ran it for about 8.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on November 05, 2016, 09:20:30 PM
The Facebook group I got added to called Pantsuit Nation has been making my day all day.  Too much internet time but I can't stay away because it makes me so happy!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 06, 2016, 12:05:50 AM
The Facebook group I got added to called Pantsuit Nation has been making my day all day.  Too much internet time but I can't stay away because it makes me so happy!

What on earth...?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JetBlast on November 06, 2016, 08:09:52 PM
Got into Chicago early today and decided to head to Wrigleyville and see all the commotion. I don't think everyone really believes it happened. There were probably a couple thousand people milling around outside the stadium and they were all so happy.

Lots of people had brought chalk so they could write their names or a celebratory message on the brick facade of the stadium. Some had written the names of relatives that had been Cubs fans but passed away having never seen them win the title. Large crowds taking pictures in front of the famous Wrigley Field sign. Many taking pictures of the EAMUS CATULI! sign with all zeroes for the first time.

The Cubs aren't my team, but it was really great to see how happy everyone was and how much it meant to Cubs fans and the city of Chicago to win the Series.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on November 06, 2016, 09:49:05 PM
This just happened:
Husband: Honey, our property taxes are due.
Me: How much do we owe?
Husband: $23,600*
Me: Do we have it?
Husband: Yes
Me: Okay


*This is for our house and three rentals, so not quite as insane as it might seem, but OMG! My first career job paid $13k per year. A very long time ago.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Frugal Lizard on November 07, 2016, 09:13:15 AM
My 12 year old daughter said to me this morning: "I want to be like Mr. Money Mustache ".  I have no idea if she understands exactly MMM actually is.  But felt a burst of happiness that she has picked up a positive vibe that she wishes to emulate.  She is an environmentalist but not very frugal about savings yet.  What a kid I have...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on November 07, 2016, 09:27:06 AM
My microwave started sparking quite spectacularly.  My first thought was "Time to get a new one".  Then my MMM muscles kicked in and I googled it to find all I needed to do was scrape the singed marks off that little grey cover thingy on the inside.  So far so good!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Roots&Wings on November 07, 2016, 11:35:35 AM
A hummingbird showed up at my feeder for the first time today! Also transplanted my avocado tree (sprouted from a seed cast off and is now ~4 feet tall) and pomegranate bush...can't wait for fruit :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on November 08, 2016, 06:22:27 PM
The Facebook group I got added to called Pantsuit Nation has been making my day all day.  Too much internet time but I can't stay away because it makes me so happy!

What on earth...?

It's about our presidential election.  You know, the US has never had a female leader.  We're a little behind on that whole "equality" thing.  And Hillary Clinton, democratic nominee, is known for her pant suits. Which in the past were a bit of a feminist statement because women weren't supposed to wear pants. So anyway, this Facebook group is a place where people post their stories about why they are voting for Hillary and share their excitement over voting for our first female president, etc. etc. etc.  It's a very positive group, full of support for each other and love, amazingly, as it has over a million members. It's really kind of a movement.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/06/politics/pantsuit-nation-trnd/index.html
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on November 08, 2016, 07:00:29 PM
A beautiful day today. I was able to leave my windows open for 9 hours! Unheard of for November. Went for two walks and a run.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 08, 2016, 10:32:35 PM
The Facebook group I got added to called Pantsuit Nation has been making my day all day.  Too much internet time but I can't stay away because it makes me so happy!

What on earth...?

It's about our presidential election.  You know, the US has never had a female leader.  We're a little behind on that whole "equality" thing.  And Hillary Clinton, democratic nominee, is known for her pant suits. Which in the past were a bit of a feminist statement because women weren't supposed to wear pants. So anyway, this Facebook group is a place where people post their stories about why they are voting for Hillary and share their excitement over voting for our first female president, etc. etc. etc.  It's a very positive group, full of support for each other and love, amazingly, as it has over a million members. It's really kind of a movement.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/06/politics/pantsuit-nation-trnd/index.html

Thanks for the detailed response. I'm aware of the cultural significance of the pantsuit, I just thought the FB group sounded like a pisstake so glad to hear it's not.

(I was going to say the power of the pantsuit, but it's just not powerful enough apparently...)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on November 09, 2016, 01:24:52 AM
What made my day?  Not this election.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on November 09, 2016, 01:28:27 AM
What made my day?  Not this election.
AmenAmenAmen.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MoseyingAlong on November 09, 2016, 01:46:06 AM
This election.
I am SO relieved. I'm actually amazed how stressed I was thinking Clinton would be president. Now I'm hoping Trump can pull it together and be a decent leader.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on November 09, 2016, 01:52:04 AM
This election.
I am SO relieved. I'm actually amazed how stressed I was thinking Clinton would be president. Now I'm hoping Trump can pull it together and be a decent leader.

I hope this hope and change thing works out for you.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: EverCurious on November 09, 2016, 10:27:45 AM
Paying off a small medical debt after working my tail off. Bought a pack of Kaladesh to treat myself. Pulled a "Chandra, Torch of Defiance".

http://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaladesh/chandra-torch-of-defiance (http://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaladesh/chandra-torch-of-defiance)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 09, 2016, 10:46:00 AM
The election is over.....and the rumors at my kids HS over the results fighting are actually just rumors.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Lunasol on November 09, 2016, 11:15:00 AM
This election.
I am SO relieved. I'm actually amazed how stressed I was thinking Clinton would be president. Now I'm hoping Trump can pull it together and be a decent leader.

I hope this hope and change thing works out for you.
I second this
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: galliver on December 06, 2016, 02:04:18 PM
Bf and I have had some very good money conversations the past couple days. I admire what he's accomplished the past few years and we are on the same page about our next-few-years goals. Feels good :)

He's even started reading some MMM while researching investment options. (I pushed too hard when I first discovered it and I think created some aversion so I backed off b/c our relationship is worth much more than MMM to me ;) )
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on December 06, 2016, 02:36:29 PM
This election.
I am SO relieved. I'm actually amazed how stressed I was thinking Clinton would be president. Now I'm hoping Trump can pull it together and be a decent leader.

I hope this hope and change thing works out for you.

It's amazing how much stress one can carry around without realizing it.  Glad you feel better
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on December 07, 2016, 06:44:27 PM
I mentioned to DH last month that I'd like to donate to a charity because we don't do that very often, he got a bug up his butt about toys for tots and today went out after work to buy 2 bikes :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Making Cookies on December 08, 2016, 09:35:21 AM
The Facebook group I got added to called Pantsuit Nation has been making my day all day.  Too much internet time but I can't stay away because it makes me so happy!

DW loves this group and tells me about them almost daily.

My day was made by replacing the dryer vent and my teenager helping me. The best part was watching at how capable he is of just doing what needs to be done.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 08, 2016, 11:58:23 AM
Cup of Earl Grey tea is making my day atm
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WootWoot on December 08, 2016, 01:01:03 PM
A DVD set I ordered on Interlibrary Loan on Sunday has come in!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 09, 2016, 11:56:59 AM
Received a care package fom the in-laws, no fancy salt this time but a real Sant James pull for me, one of those buy-it-for-10-years things I've been lusting after since a few years... I'm pretty impressed with my MIL gifting skills!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on December 09, 2016, 03:10:40 PM
My favorite advisee hit all her deadlines yesterday and will graduate next week. Then, after catching up on sleep, today she came by my office to talk about the paper we're writing together.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on December 09, 2016, 05:59:05 PM
Getting to stay home with my kids all day thanks to "snow."
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on December 09, 2016, 08:54:00 PM
Living in a very small village.

Doctor in the city couldn't see me before she leaves on holidays until sometime in January. I made an appointment with one of the local doctors to renew the prescription I needed.  He could see me in less than two hours.

Walked across my backyard in my snow boots, and between two buildings to the doctors' office. It took less than 5 minutes to get there. He saw me early.

Took the prescription next door to the pharmacy. He told me it would take 15 minutes. It took 5, including a call to the insurance company.

Went to the post office 3 doors away and picked up my week's mail, including Black Friday purchase from Landsend.

Went to the local bistro for lunch, next door to the post office. Was sitting with a menu 8 minutes after the time the doctor's appointment was scheduled for and 33 minutes after I left the back door of my house.

It was really cold (-22 F, -30 C), but I was really never out long enough to feel it. Never had to get in the cold, cold car.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on December 10, 2016, 08:06:22 PM
Riding my bike today and an ocelot ran in front of me.

<edited to add: I was in southern Texas when this happened, not eastern Canada!>
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 10, 2016, 08:23:45 PM
Baking and eating healthy gingersnaps

http://againstallgrain.com/2014/11/11/gluten-free-gingersnap-cookies/
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on December 11, 2016, 08:31:28 AM
Puttin up Christmas lights. The house still isn't a beacon or destination, but it starting to look respectable.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WootWoot on December 11, 2016, 12:09:40 PM
This is a couple days late, but...Got a Christmas card from someone I met last summer, who I was sure had forgotten all about me.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: aetherie on December 12, 2016, 08:04:49 AM
A friend offered to make us a custom oil painting as our wedding present. I can't believe she wants to do that for us - they take months of work. So now I feel special. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 15, 2016, 03:30:02 PM
I received the salt grinder I was lusting after... and then my cryptomustachian we-don't-need-no-salt-grinder husband ask me to fill it up right away because he missed having one. Double win!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on December 16, 2016, 08:05:51 PM
My Christmas chocolate order arrived today.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 17, 2016, 01:51:30 AM
Finished wrapping all the gifts tonite.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 17, 2016, 02:42:38 AM
Unexpected visit from my gorgeous sister, and we were completely on the same page in our chat about family, life, Christmas 2017... always feels great to be understood!

My Christmas chocolate order arrived today.

Now I need chocolate! Yum.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 17, 2016, 03:33:03 PM
I received the salt grinder I was lusting after... and then my cryptomustachian we-don't-need-no-salt-grinder husband ask me to fill it up right away because he missed having one. Double win!

Isn't it awesome to be this easily content? :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 17, 2016, 11:40:36 PM
A friend messaged me a couple of weeks ago about a baby shower she didn't want to attend because it was expensive (the invitation came with a list of big ticket gifts), the couple was being overly demanding and controlling, and she disagreed with her friend's choice to marry this guy.

My friend was basically asking for permission to not go to an event she disagreed with and one that was going to set her back a couple of hundred dollars (between the requisite gift, expected cash donation and cost of her own meal).

Somewhere along the way I've become the one my friends approach when they want permission to ignore societal expectations and political correctness.

I don't encourage them to be rude, but I do remind them that their time and money are precious, finite resources and they get to decide how those resources are expended.

And I think we got to that point by being quiet examples of this lifestyle, by inviting people over for taco night, bartering goods and services, and being open about finances.

My friend ultimately bailed on the baby shower, with a polite excuse, but still sent a generous gift that she shopped very carefully to get maximum value for money.

She messaged me today to show the mum-to-be's Instagram post, photos of the enormous pile of gifts without any expression of thanks. My friend made the right call.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on December 18, 2016, 03:05:01 AM
My cricket team won yesterday. I scored 107, second hundred for the year!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 18, 2016, 05:40:26 PM
My cricket team won yesterday. I scored 107, second hundred for the year!

Woo hoo!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 20, 2016, 04:17:52 PM
I received the salt grinder I was lusting after... and then my cryptomustachian we-don't-need-no-salt-grinder husband ask me to fill it up right away because he missed having one. Double win!

Isn't it awesome to be this easily content? :)

It's glorious to be happy for these little things!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on December 20, 2016, 06:44:17 PM
Hiked in our woods with our dogs.


Also chocolate fudge pop-tarts, but don't tell.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 21, 2016, 05:41:11 AM
Got asked for a hairdresser recommendation because apparently my hair ''always looks great''.

My husband cuts my hair for me for free at home, and I don't dye it :D :D :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on December 21, 2016, 09:54:54 AM
Learned a new song on guitar. Great day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MandalayVA on December 22, 2016, 09:12:00 AM
A coworker gave me a green Christmas elf hat, complete with ears.  It goes quite festively with my red sweater and everyone who's seen it smiles. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 24, 2016, 03:11:10 AM
My adult son and girlfriend allowed me to pick them up from a Christmas Party at 1:30am instead of taking a cab. Saved them big $$$ and made my day in the process.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: horsepoor on December 24, 2016, 09:26:18 AM
The snow is piling up outside and I don't have to go anywhere.  Having coffee with the blueberry bread I made yesterday, building a fire, and prepping for tomorrow's feast.  Perfect.

Yesterday - going for a run in fresh snow with the dog.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on December 24, 2016, 12:16:24 PM
My adult son and girlfriend allowed me to pick them up from a Christmas Party at 1:30am instead of taking a cab. Saved them big $$$ and made my day in the process.

Good for them, good for you! Everyone is safe.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on December 24, 2016, 02:39:10 PM
In-laws REALLY liked the pumpkin bread I made them, using pumpkin we grew. Double win!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on December 25, 2016, 06:08:47 AM
Decided to host an impromptu Christmas Eve Eve party for 10, one day in advance (Dec. 22). Had everything on hand except the turkey. DH and I had a mini-adventure trying to find a 10-15 lb. bird (to fit in the fryer) at 9:30 pm. We ventured into several "regular" grocery stores and were shocked, I tell you, shocked at the prices, which was kinda fun in itself.

Day of, I planned on making Westport Cranberry Relish, but at last minute discovered that my still-in-the-box, clearance-purchased grinder attachment was in fact, a grain mill. Hurriedly requested to borrow the correct attachment via NextDoor and got one! This delay meant I had no time to prepare and serve this dish with dinner, as it needs at least eight hours for flavors to meld. Since all ingredients were prepped, I decided to make the relish between dinner and desert. Everyone had fun observing/coaching/cheering on the process.

At the end of the evening, each guest was gifted with a jar of just-made WCR to take home and serve at their respective Christmas Day festivities. This was tucked into to their previously packed goodie bag of homemade toffee, caramel,  jam, candy cane reindeer, etc., all of which was crafted long before I decided to throw the party.

Made my day to pull this off, especially the Westport Cranberry Relish (Google it, every version is remarkably similar), without going out and buying anything but the turkey. BTW, we bought and cooked two, one of which is going to my brother's house today, along with a jar of WC Relish, which should be perfectly ready to eat by this afternoon.

A mustachian feat/feast indeed! Made me stupidly happy to pull this off.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pbkmaine on December 25, 2016, 06:32:50 AM
Sounds like fun! Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: EverCurious on December 25, 2016, 09:12:41 AM
Just the fact that it's Christmas! Even though my husband and I already opened our presents for each other earlier, and we both are sick with food poisoning, I still can't help but feel happy inside.

Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: choppingwood on December 25, 2016, 03:06:38 PM
Decided to host an impromptu Christmas Eve Eve party for 10, one day in advance (Dec. 22).

You continue to be my lifestyle hero. lol

Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Vertical Mode on December 25, 2016, 07:25:01 PM
My family had the least stressful Christmas any of us can remember. We kept the gift-exchange aspect to a minimum and just enjoyed each other's company, with a fire in the fireplace. Opened our presents the night before, stockings on actual Christmas over coffee. It used to feel tough to get into the holiday spirit when it was such a big production.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on December 25, 2016, 09:02:07 PM
Decided to host an impromptu Christmas Eve Eve party for 10, one day in advance (Dec. 22).

You continue to be my lifestyle hero. lol

Merry Christmas!
Awww, shucks. Thanks, cw!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 26, 2016, 12:00:43 AM
Buying a car seat on super duper sale for next year's tiny arrival. Safety AND an excellent price!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 27, 2016, 02:23:36 AM
My adult son and girlfriend allowed me to pick them up from a Christmas Party at 1:30am instead of taking a cab. Saved them big $$$ and made my day in the process.

Good for them, good for you! Everyone is safe.

Thanks, choppingwood:-) You just made my day! <wink>
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 27, 2016, 02:24:30 AM
Spending time with our big family ... lots of laughs and good times have been had over the last several days. Heart is full!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 27, 2016, 05:47:38 AM
Date night with my awesome husband. I made a good choice there!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 27, 2016, 07:20:55 PM
Hugging my son❤️💚💜❤
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on December 27, 2016, 09:24:17 PM
Belatedly gave my Christmas present to MustachePungGoesHere.

I am known as the plant guy in her household these days.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on December 27, 2016, 09:44:33 PM
Belatedly gave my Christmas present to MustachePungGoesHere.

I am known as the plant guy in her household these days.

Thank you!

(You still spent too much on me!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: snogirl on December 27, 2016, 09:47:55 PM
Hauling in firewood for my BIL who hurt his back. My sister is disabled and he takes such great care of her. It's the least I can do.

Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on December 28, 2016, 01:55:38 AM
Belatedly gave my Christmas present to MustachePunGoesHere.

I am known as the plant guy in her household these days.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cezilous on December 28, 2016, 07:58:16 AM
There was a beautiful sunrise this morning.  My cubicle/opening, picture a T intersection, is where the vertical line meets the horizontal line, so I've got a tiny view to the big windows (past only one other row of cubicles), so I got to look back every few minutes to watch the colors change in the sky, over the city.  Heart feels heavy today with Carrie Fisher death & watching Rogue One last night, so I needed this gorgeous sun rise this morning.  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Vertical Mode on December 28, 2016, 08:35:47 AM
1. Good coffee
2. NOTHING to do today. I get to choose!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 28, 2016, 04:14:48 PM
Coffee in bed with a gorgeous man ;-)

Later today, picking up a FREE highchair from my Buy Nothing group.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 30, 2016, 03:05:51 AM
Long chat with an adult son today who has been quite under the weather since Christmas Eve .. nice to have him back!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on December 30, 2016, 03:27:06 AM
A nice glass of bourbon and a warm fire in the basement.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Unique User on December 30, 2016, 05:50:24 AM
Dinner out last night with my BF.  It was a generous mystery shop so we got to order ridiculous amounts of food, had a blast being cackling old ladies and not only was the $120 bill covered, but I made $30 on top of that. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: golden1 on December 30, 2016, 06:00:43 AM
I approve of this thread.

Yesterday it was waking up finally not feeling ill after having some sort of illness most of December.  It's nice to be able to breathe freely and not be dizzy and exhausted.

On Tuesday of this week, my daughter had a big fight with my husband (kids home on holiday with Dad, I have to work).  She was texting me all day, just being generally difficult, but somehow they made up and when I came home, she had scoured the entire kitchen, organized the refrigerator and the pantry - it was beautiful.  Teenagers - just when you want to throw them to the wolves, you realize that maybe you didn't totally screw them up.

We will see what today brings. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on December 30, 2016, 07:06:06 AM
Glad you are feeling better!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on December 31, 2016, 12:08:22 AM
Cooking a lot of food for my family made my day:

chickpeas for humus

a double batch of molten lava cake

a loaf of sourdough bread

another batch of batter for sourdough pizza crust tomorrow

apple rings dried in the dehydrator

4 large ziplock bags of turkey broth done in 2 crockpots overnight

beef thawing for shepherd's pie (with leftover mashed potatoes from Christmas dinner)

AND ate up all of our leftovers for dinner tonight

all while waiting impatiently for a part for our broken dishwasher.


Title: What made your day?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on December 31, 2016, 12:16:49 AM
Good friends, good food & drinks, and watching the UFC 207 fight at a friends house.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on December 31, 2016, 03:31:04 AM
Good friends, good food & drinks, and watching the UFC 207 fight at a friends house.

Poor Rhonda.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on January 01, 2017, 02:22:48 AM
Pretty snow
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Squirrel away on January 01, 2017, 02:38:24 AM
I'm glad 2016 is over!

New year, a fresh start and a year closer to FIRE.:)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Melisande on January 02, 2017, 09:21:01 PM
Just saw this thread now, but what totally made my day yesterday was ... stepping out of the car at one of my state's coastal National Wildlife Refuges (where we were spending New Year's day birding), hearing what sounded like some beautiful, mellow, solo tuba music (orchestral excerpts) and then seeing that, yes, indeed, some talented person was indeed playing his tuba in the parking lot. Strange and beautiful, although we did joke around about someone having some unusual New Year's resolutions -- "This year I will practice my tuba more ... by the sea!"

Anyway, we left, but wound up coming back to this same spot a couple of hours later. No sooner did we realize that our tuba player had packed it in, than we looked up and saw an elderly man walking (or trying to walk) his cat. Yet another New Year's Resolution? "This year I will walk my cat more ... by the sea!

Happy New Year to all!

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on January 03, 2017, 09:45:53 AM
I'm glad 2016 is over!

+1
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: EverCurious on January 03, 2017, 09:04:48 PM
Got a box of Girl Scout cookies for a Christmas present. Aww yiss. But then I also got a $50 Google Play card. Um...I never use Google Play. Oh well. lol

-eats all the cookies-
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on January 03, 2017, 09:06:45 PM
Playing Sushi Go with DD.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on January 04, 2017, 11:07:51 AM
Snow day! 2nd one in a row. Sometimes it's great being a teacher.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on January 04, 2017, 12:21:27 PM
There was a dog in my yoga class!
He was a therapy dog in training and was having a hard time finding inner peace.  He growled and chewed on his trainer's arm and rolled around.  Lots of fun.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: LeRainDrop on January 04, 2017, 01:10:04 PM
There was a dog in my yoga class!
He was a therapy dog in training and was having a hard time finding inner peace.  He growled and chewed on his trainer's arm and rolled around.  Lots of fun.

That is amazing!  There is a cat shelter near here that offers yoga classes while the cats roam around the room.  It helps the cats to socialize and exposes them to potential adopters, all while making the people so happy.  The classes get booked really far in advance, but I want to do it one of these days!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on January 04, 2017, 01:19:34 PM
That's a brilliant idea!   Hopefully makes some money for the shelter too.  Win - Win.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on January 04, 2017, 01:47:32 PM
Booked my Mammoth camping trip. *so excited*
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on January 04, 2017, 08:19:29 PM
Enjoying this cup of tea by the fire. I got through my whole to do list today. I'm drinking all my non-favourite teas to use up my stash before I buy any new tea. Feels very rewarding.

ETA photo
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: ATLien_Si on January 04, 2017, 08:41:49 PM
Got some good basketball games in at the gym today... love getting the competitive juices flowing
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 04, 2017, 09:19:12 PM
Have a cold and feeling a bit sorry for myself, but I've summoned up the energy to clean my bathroom and that makes me feel a little better. The world is much brighter with a clean house!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on January 05, 2017, 07:19:36 AM
Appetizers of all sorts, made with stuff left over around the house. Super yummy and soooo cheap.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: horsepoor on January 05, 2017, 08:55:05 AM
Snow day! 2nd one in a row. Sometimes it's great being a teacher.

Yesss!  Our office is closed for snow today too.

I came downstairs, brushed some ash off the embers in the fireplace and threw on fresh wood.  Fire started going nicely without any babysitting.  Yes, that makes my day.

Was getting sick, but got plenty of rest and started drinking the fire cider I made a couple months ago, and woke up feeling much better.  Hoping I really did kick this cold without actually getting *sick*.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Roots&Wings on January 05, 2017, 10:56:44 AM
First azaleas blooming!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on January 05, 2017, 07:55:18 PM
Snow day! 2nd one in a row. Sometimes it's great being a teacher.

Yesss!  Our office is closed for snow today too.

I came downstairs, brushed some ash off the embers in the fireplace and threw on fresh wood.  Fire started going nicely without any babysitting.  Yes, that makes my day.

Was getting sick, but got plenty of rest and started drinking the fire cider I made a couple months ago, and woke up feeling much better.  Hoping I really did kick this cold without actually getting *sick*.

We ended up with four! I have to go to work tomorrow, one whole day this week. Oh, boo hoo.  ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on January 06, 2017, 07:45:38 PM
Whiskey, salt and vinegar chips on the couch with two of my favorite people in the world. Blissful.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: wenchsenior on January 09, 2017, 07:14:33 AM
My beloved GB Packers finally kicked the playoff curse of the the Giants, even if we had to drop like flies to do it. HA! POOR SAD ELI.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on January 13, 2017, 12:09:10 AM
Usual packed out train going home was cancelled further up the line and departed from another platform at my station that I interchange at.

Replacement train is totally empty. I have 6 seats to myself and I'm making the most of it :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on January 13, 2017, 11:06:08 AM
A delightful PM from a forum member made my day! There are so many kind folks here 💙💚💜❤️
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: EverCurious on January 15, 2017, 01:28:11 PM
Walked into my local whole foods market and was greeted by the board members and the owner. They gave us free food and wanted our input. We're members there, so it was nice to meet the peeps in charge. That made us feel special.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: CheapskateWife on January 19, 2017, 02:58:20 PM
An internet stranger from these forums made a donation to my cause! (see below)  Thank you so much, whoever you are!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 21, 2017, 03:58:55 PM
Yesterday: Meetup with lovely, interesting, inspiring women from this forum.

Today: a lazy Sunday starting with a coffee in bed and all the time in the world to read my book and potter in the garden - what more could I ever want? :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 21, 2017, 05:22:29 PM
Marching today--probably at the same time as many of the Chicago 9.  Was very pleased at the turnout in my small town.  And the vibe was great.  Badass and determined, yet kind and generous and hopeful and loving, if that makes sense.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on January 21, 2017, 05:50:19 PM
Marching today--probably at the same time as many of the Chicago 9.  Was very pleased at the turnout in my small town.  And the vibe was great.  Badass and determined, yet kind and generous and hopeful and loving, if that makes sense.

Yes! It was nice to know other folks met IRL were marching at other locations! Gave me a much bigger sense of community.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on January 21, 2017, 08:40:44 PM
Making oatmeal raisin walnut cookies.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WootWoot on January 25, 2017, 10:30:46 AM
Not today, but on Sunday, the college where I work had winter commencement. And a student came in with little boxes of candy for the library staff. She said it was for all the help we'd given her during her time at the school. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cezilous on January 27, 2017, 11:47:02 AM
Had my annual review at work.  After coming back to the team in 09/2016, I have been promoted, gotten a 10% pay increase, and a 4% bonus to top it off.  :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 27, 2017, 12:13:57 PM
Had my annual review at work.  After coming back to the team in 09/2016, I have been promoted, gotten a 10% pay increase, and a 4% bonus to top it off.  :D

Awesome!!  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on January 27, 2017, 10:31:37 PM
Snuggling with my little girl - had nothing more pressing to do today.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on January 28, 2017, 11:08:56 AM
Got all 4 tires fixed at the tire shop today... FOR FREE!!!! What a way to win customers!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on January 28, 2017, 05:00:33 PM
Got to spend some time with my sweet little nephew, he's 5 and he's my buddy!  He helped me build a bed for his granny and picked out new sheets for her.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on January 28, 2017, 05:10:52 PM
Got all 4 tires fixed at the tire shop today... FOR FREE!!!! What a way to win customers!

Wow!

Can I ask what was wrong with all four tires?
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on January 28, 2017, 05:29:25 PM
Got all 4 tires fixed at the tire shop today... FOR FREE!!!! What a way to win customers!

Wow!

Can I ask what was wrong with all four tires?

Worn bead seals. I just bought the truck and 3/4 had slow leaks. They checked the 4th as well. Spare tire had good pressure so they didn't need to fix it also.

I got my wallet out to pay, he said you can put that away, it was an easy fix and it's on us.  Made my day. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on January 28, 2017, 05:40:05 PM
Got all 4 tires fixed at the tire shop today... FOR FREE!!!! What a way to win customers!

Wow!

Can I ask what was wrong with all four tires?

Worn bead seals. I just bought the truck and 3/4 had slow leaks. They checked the 4th as well. Spare tire had good pressure so they didn't need to fix it also.

I got my wallet out to pay, he said you can put that away, it was an easy fix and it's on us.  Made my day. :)

Wow. That is service! I'd buy them in a heart beat.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 28, 2017, 05:40:30 PM
A friend came over yesterday for a lovely but frugal catch up. She brought snacks since she'd been experimenting with new recipes, and we drank iced water because it was so bloody hot.

She plopped on my lounge, put her feet on the coffee table, then caught herself and said, "Oh, is that ok???"

"What, and ruin my $10 coffee table? :D Go for it!"
 
Coffee mugs, feet, matchbox car races with friends' kids... anything goes.

(Funnily enough, some of those kids belong to friends who have a trendy melamine coffee table. It can't get wet, can't get hot, and is so unstable they have to tighten the legs every couple of weeks. Why you would buy that with a three-year-old in the house is beyond me.)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MandalayVA on January 28, 2017, 05:46:19 PM
I got an unsolicited five-star review of my novel on Amazon.   From someone I don't know, even.  :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on January 30, 2017, 02:01:03 AM
A soul-piercing sermon at church this morning.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Roots&Wings on January 30, 2017, 06:38:23 AM
Being able to take a walk outside after being sick in bed the past four days. Glorious!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on February 01, 2017, 01:51:43 PM
I filed my taxes and was hoping to owe less than $1k -- after all my rental income and corresponding deductions, I ended up with ~$2700 in refunds!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on February 06, 2017, 05:42:40 AM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!

Just realized I've been FIREd for a year!
Can't recommend it enough!  😄
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: golden1 on February 06, 2017, 07:19:46 AM
Went to bed last night at 9:15pm because the Pats were losing so why bother.  Got up this morning to see my FB feed exploding.  I am not really a sports fan, but everyone at work is happy when they win so I guess I am too. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on February 06, 2017, 08:06:55 AM
LAST DAY AT WORK TODAY!!!
It feels AWESOME!  And a little surreal.
Thank you MMM ; I credit you for making today a reality!

Just realized I've been FIREd for a year!
Can't recommend it enough!  😄

Congratulation! Time goes by so fast - even in FIRE.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on February 06, 2017, 08:07:42 AM
It's still light outside at 5pm now! Come here Spring, come here....
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: wenchsenior on February 06, 2017, 08:18:10 AM
Went to bed last night at 9:15pm because the Pats were losing so why bother.  Got up this morning to see my FB feed exploding.  I am not really a sports fan, but everyone at work is happy when they win so I guess I am too.

I was rooting for the Falcons, but I think last night was one of the most epic 4th quarters of football I've ever seen and I felt lucky to watch it. So it might not be so much that everyone is a Patriots fan (though your office might be), but that many of us football fans had a great time last night. Incredible game.  Also, it was funny to hear the crowd boo Goddell while he was forced to hand over the trophy. I don't have to be a Patriots fan to enjoy that, either.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on February 06, 2017, 09:19:50 AM
Borrowed older friend's truck for a chore. Completed chore. Replaced the fan belts on the truck for the friend with our eldest child. Returned truck. Friend was very happy for the maintenance at no cost to them. No truck rental for us. Watched our dogs play and chase around the yard. Good chat with friend. Happiness found me at  every stage of the process. Very tired.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: AK on February 06, 2017, 10:18:03 AM
Seeing my DD smile at me :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on February 08, 2017, 12:19:24 PM
Making a friend's day :-)
She's moving to Oz but has no summer clothes, so I open up my closet to her and let her pick what she wanted. Now thanks to my thrift store problem habit she has what she needs to look good while staying fresh.
I even got extra good-mood points as she commented how nice the clothes were, especially fabric-wise.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Fred2004 on February 08, 2017, 01:47:49 PM
Yesterday, my friend was driving and saw a women about to jump off a bridge and hang herself (noose around neck tied truck).

He stopped and was able to grab her arm as she jumped.  She screamed for him to let go.  Luckily, another person stopped and helped him pull her up.

That made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on February 08, 2017, 02:04:43 PM
Yesterday, my friend was driving and saw a women about to jump off a bridge and hang herself (noose around neck tied truck).

He stopped and was able to grab her arm as she jumped.  She screamed for him to let go.  Luckily, another person stopped and helped him pull her up.

That made my day.

Whoa, very intense. Glad your friend had and kept his wits about him. Not easy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on February 20, 2017, 06:18:27 PM
Sunset walk with doggies in lovely warm weather!
Oh, and getting paid to do it.  😃
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stashu on March 01, 2017, 04:26:24 PM
I got a surprise text today from a girl I've been wanting to ask out!!

I haven't talked to her in a while...last time we talked it seemed like she was getting pretty distant and I thought maybe she wasn't interested.

I have no idea what this means, but it's cool to hear from her. Maybe she's just being friendly and this feeling will wear off sooner rather than later...but right now it feels pretty good to hear from her lol.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on March 06, 2017, 08:31:00 AM
Everyone was up and out of the house on time this morn.

The most challenging child apparently sleep well and enough - and was friendly this morning, even enthusiastic about school.

FINALLY the poison ivy that they got into recently is fading. Never saw someone react so badly to it. Two doc visits, cremes and shots later he's on the path to normal. This did not help his attitude about waking up on schedule or going to school. Some tough mornings leading up to the poison ivy and then some really tough mornings exacerbated by the poison ivy after-effects.

This morning was easy... And I was still five minutes late. Doesn't matter, no fixed arrival or departure times.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: golden1 on March 06, 2017, 08:41:43 AM
Woke up to one of my kittens sleeping on my chest.  Adorable. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on March 08, 2017, 04:36:38 PM
Forgot a book I needed for teaching and had to walk/run home on my lunch break for it. So nice to be out in the bright sun at midday!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on March 10, 2017, 04:02:16 AM
Took the motorcycle to the gun range. A bit wet yet, and more crowded than I expected, but a fantastic day anyway.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on March 10, 2017, 06:45:47 AM
Sunshine and birdsong, plus tiny fuzzy new leaves up in the tops of the trees.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: OurTown on March 10, 2017, 07:10:02 AM
Nice thread.  We have opened up the screened in porch and we already have bunnies in the back yard, much to the delight of the cats & my daughter.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on March 10, 2017, 07:53:43 PM
I played some fun games of squash today with another retiree.   She's debating taking on a six week work contract, 2.5 days a week.  I say, "Why wold you want to do that?"  She says, "Cuz then I can go bugger off to the South of France for a month after".  It is so nice to know other happy retirees!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on March 11, 2017, 03:21:48 AM
Learned a new (really old) song on guitar. My daughter sat at my feet and smiled at me and "sang along" the whole time I  was practicing.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on March 11, 2017, 04:19:36 AM
Won a lot of trophies today including Player Of The Year at our club presentation night.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 11, 2017, 11:44:03 PM
Won a lot of trophies today including Player Of The Year at our club presentation night.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 11, 2017, 11:53:46 PM
Was feeling sorry for myself. Brother came over and left me a piece of his birthday cake, which I am now eating while enjoying a magnificent thunderstorm. Day saved. Plus, how nice that he came over to see me on his birthday, AND the cake is just like the one my big sister used to make for my birthday during childhood. Nostalgia!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on March 12, 2017, 07:27:31 AM
Today I realized that I have more in cash/investments/retirement accounts than I owe on my mortgage. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: dandypandys on March 12, 2017, 08:25:08 AM
What a cute thread.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on March 12, 2017, 08:45:12 AM
Today I realized that I have more in cash/investments/retirement accounts than I owe on my mortgage. :)
That must have really made your day!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on March 13, 2017, 01:35:38 AM
Today I realized that I have more in cash/investments/retirement accounts than I owe on my mortgage. :)
That must have really made your day!
Ditto. Hooray!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 13, 2017, 03:25:13 AM
Last weekend I went to a milestone birthday for a relative. It was a great night but I left thinking it would have been nice to spend more time with him.

He just called me and we spoke for 45 minutes. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cezilous on March 13, 2017, 08:32:43 AM
The snowing happening outside is beautiful to watch from indoors.  :) I'm sure driving home from work will not be fun, but gosh it sure is pretty on the tree branches..
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on March 15, 2017, 11:46:14 AM
My e-bike kit is "out for delivery". I'm as giddy as a little kid at Christmas.

I have been looking for a way to exercise more that I enjoyed. I love riding bicycles but I live in a place with more hills than flat ground. Also don't like that speed differential between the ~35 mph cars and me rolling 2 mph up a hill.

My goal is to start out with the PAS system on some high boost setting and work my way down to 1 or 2 (minimal boost).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on March 15, 2017, 05:34:34 PM
I survived my drive to Ottawa and back today with only one near death experience.   Roads were ridiculous.  But better than yesterday which featured a fatal 30 car pile up on my route.  :(
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on March 15, 2017, 06:00:05 PM
Kid playing bass in my basement, another guy on lead guitar and another on our drum kit. It's their first time together and they sound terrific.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on March 16, 2017, 10:43:28 AM
That sounds fun, 1967mama. I'm amazed at how much I enjoy listening to my daughter play piano now that she can really play.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 16, 2017, 07:00:52 PM
Hung out with a friend/coworker from back in college- I haven't seen her in ~7 years. She moved to my town =) We chatted in a park while her son played. And a rare sunny March day. Lots of fun.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on March 18, 2017, 07:13:52 AM
I live in a very windy place (up to 134 kph last week), but overnight was windless with a light snowfall. This morning, every tree in the neighbourhood is covered in two inches of lacy fluffy snow. No big deal for most of y'all, I guess, but for me it was liking waking up into a Christmas card!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 18, 2017, 01:46:13 PM
I was FEELING my music for my run today. Grinning like a psycho the whole run. Flowers blooming, pink buds on trees, hummingbirds zipping around... it was awesome. AND I timed my run perfectly with a break in the rain.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SaskyStache on March 19, 2017, 08:15:36 PM
Last part of a busy weekend and things quieted right down at the restaurant. All of the customers were great and the staff was happy. Mostly spent the evening choosing music to play, chatting with the staff and customers, and leisurely cleaning. Some free chicken appeared out of no where (some people might question free mystery chicken, but not me).

Also got a nice unexpected message from someone I met while traveling.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 20, 2017, 02:29:25 AM
Gave a gift over the weekend that reminded me that thought is way more important than cost when it comes to gift-giving.

I had pieced together several things for a female relative for a milestone birthday and one ended up being her favourite out of all her gifts.

I bought her a gorgeous nightie, warm enough that she can wear it for at least half the year, trimmed with lace so pretty enough that she doesn't feel like a daggy mum in it, but modest enough that it is fine to wear with little kids in the house.

It was $60 full price, I got it on sale for $12.

She loved it so much she told her all her friends at her birthday dinner, and texted me the next day to thank me again.

I always try to put thoughts into gifts, and I'm so pleased that it made her day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on March 20, 2017, 03:36:56 AM
Woke up to a beautiful morning. One of those days where one steps out the door to get the mail down the street and comes back an hour later. If the coffee and bagel shop across town had been open this early, it would have been icing on the cake for XS and myself.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 20, 2017, 06:40:01 AM
Sick husband had kept me up all night with his moaning and groaning (just a cold). When I got home from work today and he saw how exhausted I was, he put fresh sheets on the bed so I could have a nap before dinner. Even when he's ill he's still thoughtful and caring :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Roots&Wings on March 20, 2017, 10:29:44 AM
My neighbor made me brownies! Such a nice treat.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on March 20, 2017, 10:33:26 AM
Not today specifically but I had a fantastic weekend -- blues dance Friday night, zouk and contact improv classes and fusion dance Saturday night, then another class and fusion dance on Sunday.  I worked Sat/Sun too and was exhausted this morning, but it was worth it!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on March 20, 2017, 10:39:29 AM
It's 9:38 on a Monday mxorning and I'm still lazing about because I don't have to get up and go to work any more. Day is made, even if bed is not, lol.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Metric Mouse on March 21, 2017, 06:27:02 AM
Sipping my coffee and strumming guitar while watching the neighborhood begin their 3:30 am commutes to work. Beautiful.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 21, 2017, 06:36:45 AM
Sweetcorn slathered in butter, salt and pepper.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: golden1 on March 23, 2017, 09:10:59 AM
Does anyone else get irrationally happy when plans get cancelled?

I have had a busy week, and today was going to be me running from work to errands and appointments from 5am until 7pm, but my last appointment of the day just got cancelled, which means that my day ends 2 hours earlier! 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: ktabbs on March 23, 2017, 10:14:32 AM
This thread made my day!

Also the luxury of being in school and getting to read and write about stuff I love all day on my own schedule. I biked in to the office late today so I could bake my weekly bread! I didn't actually start my career yet but I suspect grad school feels a bit like early retirement.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on March 27, 2017, 11:13:52 AM
Made progress on some projects (house remodel, e-bike) preceded and followed by time on the porch relaxing and listening to the arrival of Spring. Also enjoyed time visiting with extended family. Aches and pains from the hard work but felt good all the same.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: better late on March 28, 2017, 10:13:49 PM
DD's last day of spring break before flying back to school. Was able to tailor a skirt she had purchased at a thrift store; she was happy with the alterations.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cannot Wait! on April 06, 2017, 07:57:21 AM
I woke to the sound of a dog puking under my bed.
I get up to discover he had shat on the floor.
I turn on the weather network, which predicts 50 cms of rain will start at 730.
I look at the clock :  730.
I take the poor puppy out in the downpour.  It is not quick because he is doing the poop-crouch-but-nothing-is-coming-out walk.
Wrong thread?  Not really.
So what made my day?
Appreciating being FIREd so I could slip back into bed and start over in a couple hours.  😄
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pbkmaine on April 06, 2017, 10:17:42 AM
The birds chirping in the trees outside.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stachey on April 06, 2017, 11:46:40 AM
Saw a robin...first sign of spring. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pbkmaine on April 06, 2017, 12:47:47 PM
The birds chirping in the trees outside.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on April 06, 2017, 01:56:49 PM
I woke to the sound of a dog puking under my bed.
I get up to discover he had shat on the floor.
I turn on the weather network, which predicts 50 cms of rain will start at 730.
I look at the clock :  730.
I take the poor puppy out in the downpour.  It is not quick because he is doing the poop-crouch-but-nothing-is-coming-out walk.
Wrong thread?  Not really.
So what made my day?
Appreciating being FIREd so I could slip back into bed and start over in a couple hours.  😄

Poor puppy - I hope he's better.
Also, you didn't step in it - that's a made your day moment!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Shinplaster on April 06, 2017, 04:58:27 PM
Got a cheque from the government for a credit DH said we would not quality for.  He prides himself on knowing every deduction/credit we can get, so is now bowing down to my genius.   : D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Sherriscott on April 06, 2017, 11:05:48 PM
While returning home, I was awestruck seeing the sunset. Sky was colored with all orange, red, pink color. I was just standing there till the sky changed its beautiful color into dark gray and black. I can't forget it, I still smile when I recall that beautiful view.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on April 07, 2017, 08:47:14 AM
The redbud trees. And the dogwood trees. The redbuds seem to be everywhere this year.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on April 07, 2017, 03:56:49 PM
Nice words from MsGuided on my journal. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 10, 2017, 11:06:44 AM
My peas are coming up! First home we've owned. I love the thought that I will be able to garden these beds we made, years in a row =)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cezilous on April 10, 2017, 01:01:47 PM
I went to bed later than usual last night, looking forward to still getting 6 hours of sleep before starting an incredibly long week (but I had such a joy-filled evening that staying up late was worth it!).  This morning I was woken up 25 minutes before my alarm: The weather was finally nice enough that I could sleep with the window open.  Thunder in the distance gently roused me from sleep.  I laid in the darkness, warm under the thin blankets, cuddled with the cat tucked into my chest, listening to the singing birds and distant storm, and sleepily waited in bliss until I had to get up for work.  :)  It was a perfect way to start the day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on April 10, 2017, 01:07:24 PM
First - DW and I spent time with friends one evening over the weekend. Had fun. Need to do that in some capacity more often.

Second - our slow home cleanout project is reaping visible benefits finally. Came home to find the youngest child spontaneously cleaned (vacuum'd, dishwasher, etc)!!! What the heck? 

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on April 11, 2017, 01:19:16 AM
Came home from work for lunch. DW was at home. Kids were at school. We're not often home together with no kids in the house.  We really enjoyed our lunch break.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on April 12, 2017, 08:36:26 AM
I'd call in sick for the rest of the afternoon. Set an alarm 30 mins before the school bus would arrive at home... That's called living.  Love is a wonderful thing...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 15, 2017, 12:16:08 AM
Picked out all the gorgeous little plants I wanted at the garden shop. Still didn't add up to much $, but flowers and fragrant herbs make me so happy!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on April 17, 2017, 02:10:28 PM
Yesterday, when an extended family member said he realized that his high school degree won't be good enough to meet their aspirations and he is beginning to think about college or trade school. It took a few years for the realization to settle in.

What it made it better was my teenager who is in many ways similar and likely to take the same "path less traveled" got to hear the conversation.

I also did not go directly to college after HS either, uncertain what to do with myself. Have been encouraging our teenager to at least be thinking about the future.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on April 17, 2017, 03:19:01 PM
Watching my daughter drive.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Roots&Wings on April 18, 2017, 06:25:35 AM
My newly planted fig, pomegranate, and avocado trees!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 18, 2017, 07:07:06 AM
Being told by our OB that the baby is still 100% perfect and that our ultrasound was the best one she'd seen all day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pbkmaine on April 20, 2017, 05:26:41 AM
Pink sunrise sky outside my window.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on April 20, 2017, 07:19:16 AM
Sleep
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gone_Hiking on May 13, 2017, 06:23:08 PM
My daughter kissing me and saying ''love you''

This

Supporting a great local bakery - picked up a Mother's day cake today knowing that I am supporting a local business and the funds will stay in the community.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: sequoia on May 13, 2017, 11:40:48 PM
Bought this old Apple 23in monitor at yard sale for $25 this morning. Took a gamble that it still works fine. Took it home, wipe it clean, and yay it is working great. It is a cheap upgrade from my 20in monitor for my workstation - I work from home, and size does matter :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: batemama on May 14, 2017, 09:41:56 AM
Finding out that my husband gets to grow his beard back! Work policy changed to allow beards. He looks fine enough without a beard, but with a beard...hot damn!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Badblackgirl on May 14, 2017, 02:08:00 PM
Hubby and kids made me Mother's Day brunch .  They are now making a "confetti " cake to celebrate after dinner and the sun is shining bright . Doesn't get much better than this.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on May 16, 2017, 02:47:29 AM
My brother-in-law texted me with a financial question. I was happy.

Then he called me and we talked money for about half an hour. I was really happy.

Then he texted me tonight to ask if I know his super account number (I do because I helped him roll over his accounts last year).

He wanted to download the super app to keep an eye on his account. I was delighted.

We keep texting, he tells me he wants to get his spending in order so he can set himself up. I mention MMM, he seems interested.

I am freaking ecstatic.

I actually think BiL will embrace the merits of FIRE before my husband (his brother).

My husband loves his job, and everyone we know agrees he has the best job in the world.

But BiL works a physical job, is often away from home in less than ideal conditions, and loves his life outside of work - surfing, gym, motorbike trips, being with friends and family. He generally makes good money, but he is spendy when it comes to eating out, clothes and hobbies. He will never go full ERE, but I can definitely see him giving up a few wants now for financial independence later.

Very, very excited about this development!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on May 17, 2017, 11:15:00 PM
Robert Mueller was named as special prosecutor.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on May 18, 2017, 01:49:16 AM
DH and I went to Costco together tonight and stuck to our grocery list. No non-food items went home with us.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on May 21, 2017, 05:26:08 PM
Marty messaged me from South Africa. He's been away for a couple of weeks but contacts me whenever he finds wifi.

He sent some pics, looking all bright-eyed and bushy... faced. Hasn't shaved since he left! :D :D :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on May 22, 2017, 10:04:51 AM
I read that as Marty was searching the globe for wi-fi and mapping it out and messaging you the details for some database. Sort of like "wardriving" on a global scale. ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on May 26, 2017, 08:20:12 PM
Marty made it back safe and sound.

Have a 1000 pics but since this forum isn't great with uploading lots of attachments I'll just post one of them here...
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 26, 2017, 08:57:37 PM
Snuggling with my tiny baby.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on May 27, 2017, 12:54:46 AM
Marty made it back safe and sound.

Have a 1000 pics but since this forum isn't great with uploading lots of attachments I'll just post one of them here...

That made my day, too!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on May 27, 2017, 01:10:13 AM
Snuggling with my tiny baby.

Congratulations Happier
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 27, 2017, 03:02:41 AM
Snuggling with my tiny baby.

Congratulations Happier

Thanks Marty!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on May 27, 2017, 06:23:24 AM
Went to the zoo with our 10 month old granddaughter, who's visiting from far away. She especially loved the giraffes. Not as good as seeing them in the wild as Marty did, but exciting for her. We got a kick out of watching her chortle with delight.

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy, HappieratHome!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on May 27, 2017, 06:32:53 AM
I really liked this silhouette one.... if you look closely, you can even see eyelashes!

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on May 27, 2017, 10:02:29 AM
I really liked this silhouette one.... if you look closely, you can even see eyelashes!

Very cool! Excellent photo. Print large, mount and frame that one!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 27, 2017, 10:56:01 AM
Congratulations on your new bundle of joy, HappieratHome!

Thanks Dicey :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MoseyingAlong on May 27, 2017, 03:38:33 PM
At a gas station this morning, I overheard a man and a young boy having a very serious discussion about picking out a donut. Besides the choice of getting the donuts at a gas station, it was a wonderful moment.

The little boy had plenty of time to choose and discuss his thinking.
The man was advising not to pick one just because it was bigger, that "better" was more important than size.
The man offered to pick a different one and share if the boy wasn't fully satisfied with his.
The boy was obviously comfortable with this process and basically sitting in the guy's lap while having the discussion.

Really heartwarming to witness.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 12, 2017, 02:53:32 PM
Picked the first peas today =) First year in our new house, loving how this garden is coming along!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: pbkmaine on June 14, 2017, 05:36:39 PM
I had a really good yoga class with friends.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on June 16, 2017, 11:43:52 PM
Sitting in my deck snowing the sea air made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: aGracefulStomp on June 27, 2017, 05:14:24 AM
Simple things make me happy these day. Of course, just the knowledge I'm ER'ed now gives me an ever present glow of contentment. But this morning I feel especially blessed. I'm sipping a good cup of coffee, wrapped up in a comfy blanket watching the stock market open and local morning news while a cold rain falls outside - the local traffic helicopter has all sorts of shots showing morning rush hour mayhem. That used to be my reality.

My heart just physically ached
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: doublethinkmoney on June 27, 2017, 05:37:41 AM
Simple things make me happy these day. Of course, just the knowledge I'm ER'ed now gives me an ever present glow of contentment. But this morning I feel especially blessed. I'm sipping a good cup of coffee, wrapped up in a comfy blanket watching the stock market open and local morning news while a cold rain falls outside - the local traffic helicopter has all sorts of shots showing morning rush hour mayhem. That used to be my reality.

My heart just physically ached
I couldn't find the original post but this is what I want. To enjoy coffee, mornings and the simple comforts without the stress.


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Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MasterStache on June 27, 2017, 08:10:05 AM
Picked my daughter up yesterday from a summer art camp at the art museum. I knew she was scared not knowing anyone in there. She was nothing but smiles and talked my ear off about how beautiful the art museum building was and how much fun she had. She was excited to go again today. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stoic on FIRE on June 27, 2017, 08:46:51 PM
My wife and I started my three year old daughter's allowance today because she had started to ask for things from the grocery store while Mommy and her were shopping. We gave her four quarters and explained she had to save 50%, but the other 50% she could spend as she wanted. My daughter immediately wanted to put all the quarters into her coin hoard, but we had to laughingly remind her if she put all her money into savings there would be nothing for her to take to the grocery store.

She protected those two remaining quarters the entire time I was home for lunch and was very excited as she was going to buy a honey stick at the store.

After coming home this evening I found out my daughter bought the honey stick herself, put the remaining quarter in her hoard, and saved the remaining change for the next trip to the store. A 75% savings rate on her first week of allowance. My daughter made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 27, 2017, 09:59:19 PM
Support from my MIL on a tricky mothering issue. She's the best.

A 75% savings rate on her first week of allowance. My daughter made my day.

Better than a lot of mustachians, even!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on June 28, 2017, 04:47:19 AM
A terrific nurse practitioner really helped my dad when he was in the hospital recently.  She took the time to truly listen to him, diagnosed the problem he was having, and was able to fix it.  This was a condition that would have had dire consequences if not corrected.  At least three physicians had missed it, possibly due to the time pressures they face.   She gave my dad old-fashioned, high quality, kind medical care.  I'll be forever grateful.     
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stoic on FIRE on June 28, 2017, 09:01:57 AM
A 75% savings rate on her first week of allowance. My daughter made my day.

Better than a lot of mustachians, even!

Better than me, too!

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Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on June 29, 2017, 08:05:55 PM
I changed the wallpaper on my phone.

Such a tiny thing but I changed it from a white, minimalist illustration to a sunset photo of one of my favourite places in the world, and it makes me feel warm and happy.

I've also disabled some notifications to reduce the number of times I pick up my phone each day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stoic on FIRE on June 29, 2017, 08:34:09 PM
I was wrapping up my workday when I began talking to a newly minted engineer who had just joined my workplace permanently this past week. He made mention he was getting married in October and wanted to get his financial house in order prior to the big day. When I started asking him if he had student loans, retirement accounts, and such he was a bit bewildered and not familiar with mutual funds or most financial terms. However, he was earnest in wanting more information to set up his savings. His enthusiasm to get started saving and how he lit up when he was talking about his future with his fiance made my day. His attitude was infectious. I came home and told my wife and daughter how much I loved them.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on June 30, 2017, 04:17:33 AM
One of our hens has young chicks.  They are beautiful, and I love watching them roam around in the field with their mama after I let them out in the morning. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: abner on July 03, 2017, 07:58:22 PM
I fixed my air compressor today after a month of trying to figure out what was wrong!

This is one I bought over 5 years ago for basically parts because owner said it wouldn't run. Got it for cheap.
I brought it home, plugged it in and it worked.

This is also an integral part of a major side hustle business I have so I contemplated buying a new one.

I like to think I am a good mechanic but this dilemma had me questioning my abilities.
Not anymore!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: 1967mama on July 09, 2017, 08:44:38 PM
A wonderful sermon at church this morning made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 10, 2017, 06:05:12 AM
I changed the wallpaper on my phone.

Such a tiny thing but I changed it from a white, minimalist illustration to a sunset photo of one of my favourite places in the world, and it makes me feel warm and happy.

I've also disabled some notifications to reduce the number of times I pick up my phone each day.

It's been just over a week later and I am happy to report back that I've been checking my phone much less frequently.

Changing my notifications plus being away, distracted, and driving for long distances meant I was going several hours without checking my phone (very unusual in my line of work).

Back in the office tomorrow, and I'm hopeful this healthier level of connectivity continues.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: sequoia on July 27, 2017, 10:50:00 PM
Last Saturday was the last game for the 6-7 yr old basketball. There was a little boy in my son's team who was the smallest, shortest kid that could barely play ball compare to the rest of the team. This kid seldom touch the ball in the game, and the coach usually tell the other kids to let him bring the ball up from one end to the other end just so he actually touch the ball during the game.

Anyway, the team was on offense and someone passed the ball to him. Usually he either pass it to someone else, or the ball got stolen by the other team. But not this time. He was probably thinking last game of the season, I got nothing to lose lol. He took aim, shot the ball, and he scored!! OMG it was like the team won NBA championship! Everyone was cheering loudly and so happy this little kid scored. It was his only score, but what a perfect way to end the season.

That made my day and I am still smiling days later when I remember that.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on July 29, 2017, 07:48:44 PM
Someone in a Facebook group posted they had sour cherries on their tree for free if anyone wanted to come pick them. Went and got a small pail full in about 5-10 min. Now I just need to find a good recipe that doesn't involve heaps of sugar
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: deborah on July 29, 2017, 10:22:52 PM
The moderators made new subforums for Australians, Poms and Canadians.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: G-dog on July 30, 2017, 07:11:11 AM
The moderators made new subforums for Australians, Poms and Canadians.

Yay! I don't even understand all the US stuff that actually applies to me, but at least it's there as a resource. Y'all needed a specific spot for your relevant info.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Jon_Snow on July 30, 2017, 12:54:59 PM
94.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JetBlast on July 30, 2017, 08:58:37 PM
Sitting in the shade of a big tree with a great view of Lake Champlain, reading a good book on an absolutely perfect summer day in Vermont.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on July 31, 2017, 05:59:13 AM
Actually got cool enough overnight to open windows and get in some fresh air. Must be in the low 70s out there, maybe even high 60s.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on July 31, 2017, 06:02:31 AM
94.

Right back atcha, Mr. Snow.  THANK YOU.  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 05, 2017, 05:25:29 AM
Hanging out with super cool mustachians this morning :D

94.

Right back atcha, Mr. Snow.  THANK YOU.  :)

:-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on August 06, 2017, 01:05:37 AM
Hanging out with super cool mustachians this morning :D

For me, too.

Marty coming over for dinner every week or two has become the unofficial Sydney meet-up. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 06, 2017, 03:45:00 AM
Hanging out with super cool mustachians this morning :D

For me, too.

Marty coming over for dinner every week or two has become the unofficial Sydney meet-up. :D

Can you 'ship' a friendship? Because I love your friendship, or at least how it plays out on various threads :-P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 06, 2017, 03:46:39 AM
My niece's fifth birthday party. Specifically, an excellent cupcake made by my sister, eaten by me at the party. It was a GOOD cupcake.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on August 06, 2017, 06:05:13 AM
Hanging out with super cool mustachians this morning :D

For me, too.

Marty coming over for dinner every week or two has become the unofficial Sydney meet-up. :D

Can you 'ship' a friendship? Because I love your friendship, or at least how it plays out on various threads :-P

One day I'll come visit Happier.

MPGH is lovely. It's so freaking odd how our friendship formed (through a random thread here in Dec 2015)... our paths would never have crossed in real life otherwise. I can't thank the Mustache dude enough for creating the forum and permitting the universe to allow us to find eachother here.

Totally worth spending time with her....she gets me my favourite drink everytime I build a spreadsheet for her!

Me and MPGH's DH watched a typically ridiculous Steven Segal movie from the early 90s (Under Siege). Amidst all of the killings and explosions and gratuitous nudity she managed to fall asleep on us :D :D :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on August 06, 2017, 06:19:46 PM
Hanging out with super cool mustachians this morning :D

For me, too.

Marty coming over for dinner every week or two has become the unofficial Sydney meet-up. :D

Can you 'ship' a friendship? Because I love your friendship, or at least how it plays out on various threads :-P

One day I'll come visit Happier.

MPGH is lovely. It's so freaking odd how our friendship formed (through a random thread here in Dec 2015)... our paths would never have crossed in real life otherwise. I can't thank the Mustache dude enough for creating the forum and permitting the universe to allow us to find eachother here.

Totally worth spending time with her....she gets me my favourite drink everytime I build a spreadsheet for her!

Me and MPGH's DH watched a typically ridiculous Steven Segal movie from the early 90s (Under Siege). Amidst all of the killings and explosions and gratuitous nudity she managed to fall asleep on us :D :D :D

It was odd but very easy. We started talking and just never stopped. :)

And don't pick on me for Saturday night. I was very content. Nice dinner, a couple of drinks, and a shitty action movie. Perfect combination!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 24, 2017, 07:42:41 PM
My old dog has been sick lately, and dealing with all sorts of medical woes. But that didn't stop her from climbing into the raised bed and trying to eat all the ripe tomatoes before I intervened. Her shenanigans let me know she's feeling better, and that has made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on August 25, 2017, 11:51:49 AM
^^ Nice, B_J. I'm happy for you.

Waking up in my own bed in my room that I love in my house that I love made my day. We had a FANTASTIC trip, a wonderful time, so much fun, but home is really great. I'm happy that I love my home so much.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 06, 2017, 04:09:32 AM
Hanging out with the awesome mums in my mothers' group.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Stoic on FIRE on September 16, 2017, 08:36:59 PM
Making the best out of a bad situation we turned the Equifax breech into a credit freeze party. We invited others to freeze credit if they didn't know how or what it was and had ice cream or popsicles while playing various versions of Monopoly.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: ncornilsen on September 18, 2017, 07:55:48 AM
It rained yesterday. That made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 18, 2017, 10:54:17 PM
Having a shit day and my Dad brought me two bags of bagels. He's a good Dad.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Roe on September 20, 2017, 10:14:16 AM
Having a shit day and my Dad brought me two bags of bagels. He's a good Dad.

Cheers to Bagel Dad!

Hope today is a better day.


What made my day was that I had 3 surveys waiting when I woke up. Did two of them in 10-15 minutes, and earned 2$. Before MMM I wouldn't have bothered to pick that up from the street, now it made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: acroy on September 20, 2017, 10:28:05 AM
Free coffee
Good call with the bosses
Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrr!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on September 21, 2017, 09:16:24 AM
My husband taking over all kid and dinner and bed duties last night so I could just lie in bed and rest. It was a great way to kick my cold in its butt; I feel so much better today!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 22, 2017, 07:05:29 PM
I got to SLEEP IN!! Which is such a luxury with a baby.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on September 23, 2017, 06:37:16 AM
Having my neck adjusted.  It was in really bad shape and all the usual things I did weren't helping.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cezilous on October 12, 2017, 07:39:29 AM
This morning while bleary-eyed getting ready to leave for work, I remembered to put our Lonely Planet Nepal book in my bag to read on lunch. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: EverCurious on October 22, 2017, 09:19:26 PM
I got a free pack of beer at my door!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on October 23, 2017, 11:46:59 PM
CMC.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: saving_dutchman on October 24, 2017, 01:26:22 AM
I've been rather busy the last few weeks and the house was an absolute mess. Yesterday evening I did some cleaning. Waking up to a clean crisp house really made my day. Especially because I haven't hired someone to clean for me.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: ChipmunkSavings on October 24, 2017, 06:02:02 PM
CMC.

Same. Made my week.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WootWoot on November 01, 2017, 02:04:15 PM
I had my six-month dental cleaning and exam, and I don't have any cavities or old fillings about to fall out. This means a lot to me, not so much because it costs money but because any type of dental work is terrifying for me.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 01, 2017, 04:54:06 PM
Someone asked my husband if I was still cutting his hair. He said yes.

"She's doing a really good job."

I'm chuffed.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on November 02, 2017, 11:44:47 AM
Rained on my bike ride to work today.  Seemed kinda crappy at the time but it still took me the regular 40 minutes to get in to work.  Found out from coworkers that there was a big accident the way I normally take to drive . . . so rather than 35 minutes to get in, it would have been closer to an hour of stop and go traffic.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: BallerOnABudget on November 02, 2017, 11:50:30 AM
THE ASTROS BEING WORLD CHAMPS!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NykkiC on December 06, 2017, 12:10:28 AM
Khachapuri! (link (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khachapuri) for those who have never heard of it before)

It's cold, grey and rainy outside while my Southern-hemisphere raised brain expects December to be warm and sunny but I popped down to a tiny hole in the wall near my flat and enjoyed the warming cheesy, eggy, buttery, bready goodness while entertaining the locals with my limited and horrendously pronounced Georgian :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: farfromfire on December 06, 2017, 03:19:44 AM
Khachapuri! (link (http://''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khachapuri'') for those who have never heard of it before)

It's cold, grey and rainy outside while my Southern-hemisphere raised brain expects December to be warm and sunny but I popped down to a tiny hole in the wall near my flat and enjoyed the warming cheesy, eggy, buttery, bready goodness while entertained the locals with my limited and horrendously pronounced Georgian :)
Your link is broken, but Khachapuri is indeed one of the best things in the world. Your post inspired me to make the Acharuli variant tomorrow so it can make my day too - dough as a vessel for cheese and egg <3
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NykkiC on December 06, 2017, 11:49:53 AM
Your link is broken, but Khachapuri is indeed one of the best things in the world. Your post inspired me to make the Acharuli variant tomorrow so it can make my day too - dough as a vessel for cheese and egg <3

Thanks for letting me know about the link; it's fixed now. Enjoy your khachapuri :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on December 06, 2017, 12:13:17 PM
Stopped at the local bike shop today for a couple of cables and they now know me on sight now as the guy that builds old bikes and an ebike project. I like the vibe of that place. Folks who enjoy being outside doing stuff.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Kitsunegari on December 06, 2017, 01:51:46 PM
My favourite cheese was on sale <3
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on January 07, 2018, 12:58:38 AM
Was able to purge some old electronics at the free electronic waste event. Had a fun dinner with new friends and all the kids got along well. Logged into my 401k and for the first time the balance had a "1" followed by 6 more digits.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on January 07, 2018, 09:10:04 AM
Gave my daughter her first driving lesson this morning, on a manual.  She had fun, and so did I. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 07, 2018, 09:43:16 AM
Logged into my 401k and for the first time the balance had a "1" followed by 6 more digits.

AWESOME!!!!  :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Taran Wanderer on January 07, 2018, 01:31:22 PM
She had fun, and so did I. :)

Well, that's a win!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bicycle_B on January 07, 2018, 02:08:31 PM
Was able to purge some old electronics at the free electronic waste event. Had a fun dinner with new friends and all the kids got along well. Logged into my 401k and for the first time the balance had a "1" followed by 6 more digits.

Congrats!

So after a long life of creatively finding ways not to cook, I tried cooking chicken stew.  It was great!  Yesterday, I cooked another one and it was good too. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on January 07, 2018, 04:12:07 PM
She had fun, and so did I. :)

Well, that's a win!

Congrats to you, Taran Wanderer, on your milestone!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 09, 2018, 01:14:48 AM
My baby participated in a peanut allergy trial and doesn't appear to be allergic!! This is a huge deal as his father has an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts. We're so relieved.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 09, 2018, 02:53:22 AM
Yay HAH!!

Getting home before the rolling wave of thunderstorms hit (I was on the bus and there's a decent walk from the bus stop to my house).

Cooler temperatures after the thunderstorms. It's now 20C. Bliss.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on January 09, 2018, 02:55:52 AM
Sold a property yesterday (to a family member). Reduced my debt load by $322,000 :)

Property was being rented out to him, for a break even result for me. It wasn't an investment per se, the intention was never to profit from it. Now he's the owner and I've simplified my financials a little bit.

Win win.

(I got caught in those thunderstorms - scary stuff!)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 09, 2018, 03:10:31 AM
Sold a property yesterday (to a family member). Reduced my debt load by $322,000 :)

Property was being rented out to him, for a break even result for me. It wasn't an investment per se, the intention was never to profit from it. Now he's the owner and I've simplified my financials a little bit.

Win win.

(I got caught in those thunderstorms - scary stuff!)

You're too nice and this was more trouble than it was worth. I'm glad you're done with it.

(And glad you survived the storm.)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 09, 2018, 04:56:34 AM
Yesterday I had a logistic issue with having a car being parked in the next town, and me being alone at home. I organized a ride with someone (earlier unknown) from my neighbourhood the next morning, so I collected the car and was at work on time.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on January 09, 2018, 04:57:36 PM
Days are getting noticeably longer already.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on January 10, 2018, 07:28:44 AM
DH had a serious accident 8 weeks ago and broke multiple bones.  At his follow up appointment this morning the surgeon said he is healing up really well.   :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 10, 2018, 07:35:12 AM
Dropped my Daughter who graduated early from HS at College Saturday about 4-5 Hours away where she will be playing Soccer and more importantly hopefully getting a great education from a very highly regarded Big10 School. Being so young and and going at Semester break was a bit worried as most dads would be. She face timed me this morning and 1) first time I really appreciated my cell phone and 2) she seemed extremely happy and really had her shit together already.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 10, 2018, 10:08:50 PM
I got a seat all to myself on the bus home today. I don't like having to share a seat with a stranger.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: GuitarStv on January 11, 2018, 08:43:23 AM
Above freezing temperatures!  After a couple weeks in the -20 to -30 range, this is pretty awesome.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: better late on January 11, 2018, 10:28:10 PM
DH had a serious accident 8 weeks ago and broke multiple bones.  At his follow up appointment this morning the surgeon said he is healing up really well.   :)

whoa. sorry to hear of the accident; I bet the good news that he's healing nicely was very well received!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 12, 2018, 03:48:47 AM
It was 60 degrees ! shit its back down to 18 this morning. So it made my day but back to reality
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 12, 2018, 07:05:42 AM
Finding out yesterday evening that we saved 75% of our net income in 2017. And that our spending level in 2017 was only 56% or our calculated yearly FIRE budget.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: acroy on January 12, 2018, 07:19:42 AM
Bike in 22F weather
Free excellent coffee
SUNSHINE
FRIDAY
whoo -hoo!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on January 12, 2018, 12:21:54 PM
Realizing that DH has next Monday and Friday off, so if I can convince him to take Tue-Thurs. off, three vacation days will net us a nine day staycation! Problem is, it's gonna be cold, so he's only half convinced. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 12, 2018, 03:29:40 PM
The temperature!!! It's 21 C this morning and the cool breeze is bliss. (yesterday it got up to 34C in the shade and the late afternoon thunderstorm just made it really humid, aka yuk)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on January 13, 2018, 07:14:52 PM
We cleaned out the garage after some woodworking of the past few weeks, the 1 foot of snow we got last night is melting off my car now :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on January 13, 2018, 07:17:43 PM
The temperature!!! It's 21 C this morning and the cool breeze is bliss. (yesterday it got up to 34C in the shade and the late afternoon thunderstorm just made it really humid, aka yuk)

Mine is similar. It got up to -20C today. Up from a high of -34C the last couple days. Warm enough to go for a big walk with the dogs. They were thrilled after feeling stuck in the house for so long. Also me too.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MrUpwardlyMobile on January 13, 2018, 07:23:06 PM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Aelias on January 15, 2018, 08:11:19 AM
Hearing my two boys (5 and 2) playing nicely together downstairs without my direct supervision.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 15, 2018, 04:25:09 PM
All the nice folks who posted in my journal today.  Made my week!!  :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: clarkai on January 15, 2018, 04:45:37 PM
My spouse doesn't usually like gardening, but he joined me today, and he enjoyed it!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 17, 2018, 03:56:10 AM
Great feedback from my boss (who is technically on leave and shouldn't be checking her email).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 04:07:39 AM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 04:09:31 AM
Standing in front of a giant photo of our family, I pointed to me and the baby said "Mama!"; I pointed to my husband and he said "Dada!" :D :D :D he is clearly an amazing genius baby.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: saving_dutchman on January 17, 2018, 05:14:44 AM
It's snowing here. I'm not done with winter just yet. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MrUpwardlyMobile on January 17, 2018, 05:45:09 AM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)

Iím not sure it comes across like that since I routinely post without links. Itís just entirely on point since that was what made my day on that day.  I wrote a super abbreviated version in the post. If someone wants to read more, they can. If not, itís just as well.  Spam generally tends to be devoid of relevance.  In this case, itís most certainly relevant.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on January 17, 2018, 07:20:42 AM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/ (http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/)

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)

Iím not sure it comes across like that since I routinely post without links. Itís just entirely on point since that was what made my day on that day.  I wrote a super abbreviated version in the post. If someone wants to read more, they can. If not, itís just as well.  Spam generally tends to be devoid of relevance.  In this case, itís most certainly relevant.


It definitely comes across as spam. If you want to promote your blog, put it in your sig file.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MrUpwardlyMobile on January 17, 2018, 05:51:50 PM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/ (http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/)

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)

Iím not sure it comes across like that since I routinely post without links. Itís just entirely on point since that was what made my day on that day.  I wrote a super abbreviated version in the post. If someone wants to read more, they can. If not, itís just as well.  Spam generally tends to be devoid of relevance.  In this case, itís most certainly relevant.


It definitely comes across as spam. If you want to promote your blog, put it in your sig file.
itís not a promotion, itís literally a direct post addressing the very topic of this thread.  It would make no sense to put something responsive to a single thread in my sig.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: deborah on January 17, 2018, 05:57:26 PM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/ (http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/)

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)

Iím not sure it comes across like that since I routinely post without links. Itís just entirely on point since that was what made my day on that day.  I wrote a super abbreviated version in the post. If someone wants to read more, they can. If not, itís just as well.  Spam generally tends to be devoid of relevance.  In this case, itís most certainly relevant.


It definitely comes across as spam. If you want to promote your blog, put it in your sig file.
itís not a promotion, itís literally a direct post addressing the very topic of this thread.  It would make no sense to put something responsive to a single thread in my sig.
Well, I'll make a third who says it comes across as spam, and is probably breaking forum rules.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MrUpwardlyMobile on January 17, 2018, 06:56:53 PM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/ (http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/)

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)

Iím not sure it comes across like that since I routinely post without links. Itís just entirely on point since that was what made my day on that day.  I wrote a super abbreviated version in the post. If someone wants to read more, they can. If not, itís just as well.  Spam generally tends to be devoid of relevance.  In this case, itís most certainly relevant.


It definitely comes across as spam. If you want to promote your blog, put it in your sig file.
itís not a promotion, itís literally a direct post addressing the very topic of this thread.  It would make no sense to put something responsive to a single thread in my sig.
Well, I'll make a third who says it comes across as spam, and is probably breaking forum rules.
alright, you guys are clearly trolling me. Iím not going to engage this. Thanks. Bye.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 08:50:35 PM
After YEARS on this forum, I have just been called a troll for the very first time :-P that is what made my day today.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 17, 2018, 10:16:19 PM
After YEARS on this forum, I have just been called a troll for the very first time :-P that is what made my day today.

Now that's a milestone, @HappierAtHome. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dabnasty on January 17, 2018, 11:49:53 PM
Realized we forgot to convert a bunch of foreign currency after vacations last year, converting the foreign currency to dollars, and making a $1400 student loan payment made my day today.
http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/ (http://upwardlymobile.life/using-a-windfall-wisely-kill-debt/)

Heads up: including your blog link like that comes across a bit spammy. Linking to your blog in your posts on this forum is one of those things where discretion is the better part of valour :-)

Iím not sure it comes across like that since I routinely post without links. Itís just entirely on point since that was what made my day on that day.  I wrote a super abbreviated version in the post. If someone wants to read more, they can. If not, itís just as well.  Spam generally tends to be devoid of relevance.  In this case, itís most certainly relevant.


It definitely comes across as spam. If you want to promote your blog, put it in your sig file.
itís not a promotion, itís literally a direct post addressing the very topic of this thread.  It would make no sense to put something responsive to a single thread in my sig.
Well, I'll make a third who says it comes across as spam, and is probably breaking forum rules.
alright, you guys are clearly trolling me. Iím not going to engage this. Thanks. Bye.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/forum-information-faqs/forum-rules/ (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/forum-information-faqs/forum-rules/)

5/21/14 Edit:
"Spam" in rule number 5 ("No spam.") includes linking to your own blog.  You may add a link to your blog in your signature, and it will show up under every post you make.  Please do not start a new thread just to link to a post you wrote.  If the content is good enough, others will do that for you.  If your blog post is relevant to another thread that is ongoing, feel free to add the link, but do not abuse this - if too many of your posts are direct links to your own content, that is spammy.  Enforcement will be at the moderators' sole discretion.  If you are not sure, please contact a moderator before posting.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 18, 2018, 12:28:09 AM
After YEARS on this forum, I have just been called a troll for the very first time :-P that is what made my day today.

Now that's a milestone, @HappierAtHome. :D

Gold star for you HAH!

(I notice deborah and Rural were also accused of trolling. Which also made me giggle.)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 18, 2018, 01:15:01 AM
After YEARS on this forum, I have just been called a troll for the very first time :-P that is what made my day today.

Now that's a milestone, @HappierAtHome. :D

Gold star for you HAH!

(I notice deborah and Rural were also accused of trolling. Which also made me giggle.)

I could not ask for better company ;-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on January 18, 2018, 05:32:39 AM
After YEARS on this forum, I have just been called a troll for the very first time :-P that is what made my day today.

Now that's a milestone, @HappierAtHome. :D

Gold star for you HAH!

(I notice deborah and Rural were also accused of trolling. Which also made me giggle.)

I could not ask for better company ;-)


Heh. I think it's a first for me, too. Shame, I was going for five years on the forums without, and I seem to have missed it by a month. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Anon in Alaska on January 18, 2018, 06:13:26 AM
Flex time and a key to the office. Slept all day, got to work after 6 pm, went home early. (I will need to come in on Saturday to make up that time, but it's still worth it.) Did not have to speak to anyone, except for one phone call, could set the office temperature as I liked, and I worked efficiently in a quiet room.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on January 18, 2018, 03:10:50 PM
I walked into the kitchen to find that my roommate had left a birthday cake and a note for me (we work opposite schedules and I won't see her til Saturday). :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 18, 2018, 03:11:14 PM
We got above freezing and lots of sunshine!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 19, 2018, 02:46:10 AM
We (and by we, I mean DH) are feeding neighbour's cat while neighbour is away. Cat needs two meals per day because of twice daily medicine. Cat hadn't appeared to eaten last night's dinner when DH took around this morning's meal. Cat is elderly and we're in a heatwave, so we were quite worried about her.

We got home from work and saw kitty wandering around outside her house. Phew! The sense of relief made my day.

I walked into the kitchen to find that my roommate had left a birthday cake and a note for me (we work opposite schedules and I won't see her til Saturday). :)

Awww, that's really sweet :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 19, 2018, 05:49:48 AM
Celebrating with Mr Happier that his request to work part-time has been approved (YAY SEMI-FIRE!!), and that as of this week our variable rate mortgage* is completely offset.

*It's an Australian thing.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 20, 2018, 12:14:44 PM
Seeing in total 7 mooses today.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 20, 2018, 03:26:01 PM
Overnight temperature got down to 12C!! Free house cooling, tyvm. (we're in the middle of a yukky heatwave)

Seeing in total 7 mooses today.

Cool!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 21, 2018, 12:34:04 PM
Today's temperature -18C. That is very cold, but the sun was shining. Therefore we went cross country skiing in an easy trail in quiet tempo. What a beautiful day with gorgeous light it was. Skiing through snowy landscape with a low January sun is a very special thing.
Also 2 more mooses in  front of the window when we ate breakfast.
And a beautiful sunset when driving home.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on January 21, 2018, 01:28:05 PM
Whereas here today it is 72f and I'm sitting on the porch in a sunbeam.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: deborah on January 21, 2018, 01:36:03 PM
And here it is +17C or 63F (7:30 am - expected top 38C) and I can bring in my washing, and water my garden while it is still cool!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 21, 2018, 11:58:20 PM
Today's temperature -18C. That is very cold, but the sun was shining. Therefore we went cross country skiing in an easy trail in quiet tempo. What a beautiful day with gorgeous light it was. Skiing through snowy landscape with a low January sun is a very special thing.
Also 2 more mooses in  front of the window when we ate breakfast.
And a beautiful sunset when driving home.

I added a picture in the attachment.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on January 22, 2018, 03:14:14 AM
Your picture made MY day Linda! 

We moved south a couple of years ago, and I miss cross country skiing so much.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on January 22, 2018, 03:24:10 AM
@Linda_Norway that's a beautiful photo!! (same, @Trifele ETA I mean the photo making my day, not the missing cross country skiing. I've never done cross country skiing :) )

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: dandypandys on January 27, 2018, 01:53:17 PM
just did our taxes and enjoyed seing our rebate double as i entered our IRA vangard contributions :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 27, 2018, 04:16:57 PM
I use Choice's CluckAR app to scan cartons to make sure I'm buying free-range eggs.

A woman stopped me this morning to ask what I was doing.

She was really friendly and curious, and I got to explain how it worked and why I was using it.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 01, 2018, 03:09:22 AM
A year ago tonight I landed myself in the emergency department and ended up being admitted for a week.

The hospital stay and weeks of recovery meant no running for a month. Even when I'd recovered, I was gun shy, too scared of running myself back into infections and fevers.

Eventually the niggle of not running outweighed the anxiety of something going wrong.

After holding my hand in hospital, @marty998 listened patiently to my concerns and then made me get back out there, for which I'm forever grateful.

I went for a run after work tonight. That made my day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on February 01, 2018, 03:14:33 AM
:) wow mpgh
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on February 01, 2018, 03:58:41 AM
Yesterday at work I was so busy I did not have time to eat my lunch.  I then found myself rushing off to a meeting that was scheduled to last from 1:00 to 5:00 (blargh).  I was resigned to being hungry all day, but when I got there a coworker of mine had gotten me a sandwich.   :)  I sat in the back row and surreptitiously ate it.  She made my day and then some. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on February 01, 2018, 04:21:16 AM
A year ago tonight I landed myself in the emergency department and ended up being admitted for a week.

The hospital stay and weeks of recovery meant no running for a month. Even when I'd recovered, I was gun shy, too scared of running myself back into infections and fevers.

Eventually the niggle of not running outweighed the anxiety of something going wrong.

After holding my hand in hospital, @marty998 listened patiently to my concerns and then made me get back out there, for which I'm forever grateful.

I went for a run after work tonight. That made my day.

I remember that was a rough time for you. Happy to have helped ☺️

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on February 01, 2018, 12:12:58 PM
I'm refinishing the top of my moms kitchen table while she is on vacation and it's turning out SO nice I grin every time I walk by. It looked TERRIBLE before and now I really wish I'd taken a before photo.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 02, 2018, 03:41:11 AM
I'm refinishing the top of my moms kitchen table while she is on vacation and it's turning out SO nice I grin every time I walk by. It looked TERRIBLE before and now I really wish I'd taken a before photo.

Nice of you to do that. She'll get a nice surprise.

We have also refinished to tops of 2 tables. At one we scraped away the badly applied paint and got the original colour back. Both look so much better now.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: TheWifeHalf on February 02, 2018, 01:32:46 PM
TheHusbandHalf called and said the place that I've been going to for years, is part of the vision insurance at work. We had just decided last night to switch to somewhere that took part.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: deborah on February 06, 2018, 12:52:35 AM
Yes, sitting on the deck watching sunrise today
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: kei te pai on February 06, 2018, 01:18:20 AM
Our lovely (and pregnant) prime minister celebrating our national day at Waitangi. Sunshine, good humour and goodwill all round.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mahuhay on February 06, 2018, 01:28:42 AM
Ka pai.   Spending our National Day swimming and then having a bbque of lamb (plus a few spuds and greens...) and a fine NZ Pinor Noir.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 06, 2018, 01:28:56 AM
The fact that our 17 year old Suzuki has passed the EU control without comments. I bought it 5 years ago. Since then it has cost us a tightening of the handbrake, the repair of one light and a minor fix of a leaking gearbox. Plus 2 oil changes that we did ourselves. That was all maintenance we've ever done. The car is only minimum insured. This is the cheapest car we ever owned.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on February 08, 2018, 05:39:52 PM
We adopted an older kitty 5 days ago, today when I got home he ran to greet me as soon as I came in the house, then napped on my lap for an hour.  He's such a sweet kitty!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: jordanread on February 08, 2018, 07:33:50 PM
My hens started laying again! Finally.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on February 09, 2018, 08:32:33 AM
Listening to our kids giggle and wrestle. Siblings that get along and are friends! My sibling and I did/do not.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 09, 2018, 11:43:35 AM
That DH finally could drive 5,5 hours in our car again all by himself. He hasn't been able to keep his leg in that position for a longer period of time, because of an injury. It looks like his injury has greatly improved since this spring.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: FIRE Artist on February 09, 2018, 01:57:56 PM
I just got offered a promotion to Director and turned it down.  The pay rise was not life altering money for having to deal with more political BS in my public sector position.  I have had my turn around the management merry go round in the private sector, I be done with that.  Not to mention that my department has some long time running HR issues that previous Directors have not addressed. 

The Executive Director was surprised, but told me he understood when I explained that I didn't think my personality was a great match for internal politics and I, and my clients, are much better off having me out there doing the frontline work.  I am really good at my current job, the only time I am unhappy with it is when dealing with polital BS, which I am sheltered from when doing the actual value added work. 

He then went on to tell me that his next option is someone who isn't quite right for the job (our Director needs to be client facing), and to top it off, he is going to retire in 2-3 years so may not want to make such a big career switch.  I quietly sat there and giggled to myself....he has no clue of my life plans. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Capt j-rod on February 09, 2018, 02:10:03 PM
My three year old Delta kitchen faucet started leaking this morning... Called customer support, sent a few pics, and a new faucet is on the way! Went from $150 repair to free! I think I will be using delta faucets from now on!!!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 10, 2018, 12:44:40 AM
That DH finally could drive 5,5 hours in our car again all by himself. He hasn't been able to keep his leg in that position for a longer period of time, because of an injury. It looks like his injury has greatly improved since this spring.

Great news, @Linda_Norway.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 11, 2018, 12:12:46 AM
My favourite running path takes me past the local fire brigade.

I ended up on that street this afternoon as the firies were finishing a training run, so I ran with them till they collapsed on the lawn outside the fire station and proceeded to bellow encouraging things at me. :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on February 11, 2018, 01:01:40 AM
My favourite running path takes me past the local fire brigade.

I ended up on that street this afternoon as the firies were finishing a training run, so I ran with them till they collapsed on the lawn outside the fire station and proceeded to bellow encouraging things at me. :D


Did you hand in your CV as well?

I didn't know you had a thing for men in uniform hehehe >_<
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 15, 2018, 01:09:42 AM
Had a great short run and hit a big NW milestone, both in the span of an hour.

@marty998 should make a living as a life coach. :D

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 15, 2018, 01:23:45 AM
Precious baby-free time! Which I used to catch up on batch cooking.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on February 15, 2018, 02:31:17 AM
Yesterday the surgeon said DH has healed up really well from a bad accident he had in the fall.  DH still has a few more months of PT in front of him, but things are looking great for a full recovery.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on February 15, 2018, 03:09:33 AM
Had a great short run and hit a big NW milestone, both in the span of an hour.

@marty998 should make a living as a life coach. :D

@mustachepungoeshere oh fuck lord no... I don't think I could do that at all!

Ok I might have texted "buy shares" several million times, but that is the extent of my coaching ability!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 15, 2018, 03:14:43 AM
Had a great short run and hit a big NW milestone, both in the span of an hour.

@marty998 should make a living as a life coach. :D

@mustachepungoeshere oh fuck lord no... I don't think I could do that at all!

Ok I might have texted "buy shares" several million times, but that is the extent of my coaching ability!

You don't give yourself nearly enough credit.

But ok, I'll just hog all your wisdom then. :P
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Nancy on February 15, 2018, 07:36:53 AM
Yesterday, I was jazzed after my beautiful bike ride on a warmish sunny day. I basked in the sun for a few minutes before I went into work. When I left work, I realized that I had forgotten to lock my bike up. It was just leaning there on the rack on a busy urban street. How lucky am I? Thanks, universe!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: WootWoot on February 15, 2018, 03:32:50 PM
A student I work with gave me a small box of candy.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on February 15, 2018, 03:42:27 PM
My three year old Delta kitchen faucet started leaking this morning... Called customer support, sent a few pics, and a new faucet is on the way! Went from $150 repair to free! I think I will be using delta faucets from now on!!!
They will do that even if it is in a house you purchase (i.e. you were not the direct faucet buyer). We use Delta in all our rentals for this very reason.

When I was dating DH, my mom asked him to look at the faucet in her new-ish house. It was a Delta, so DH knew what to do. Next trip, he installed the brand-new faucet that Delta had sent. He scored big points with his soon-to-be new MIL. It's the little things in life, lol!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Dicey on February 15, 2018, 03:45:36 PM
Whoops! I forgot I came to post that what made our day is that our grandbaby and her mommy just flew in for a 6-day visit. Whoopee! We thought they were only coming for four days. Plus, she scored a heck of a deal on airfare. Crazy good deal. Love that girl!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Mrs. Rocker on February 15, 2018, 05:03:53 PM
Met new friends today that share our love of travel and exploration. Being a nomad is great!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 16, 2018, 06:02:27 PM
The dog we're dogsitting is WONDERFUL. I was getting gun shy about the whole endeavor- after a run of great dogs, I had some seriously crappy visits, and was considering dropping it as a side hustle. We're back to lovely dog visits though, which is both inspiring and good for my heart- I miss dog cuddles since our Old Miss Dog passed away.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: marty998 on February 20, 2018, 03:04:38 AM
It was my birthday yesterday. @mustachepungoeshere, ever the generous person that she is, got me cupcakes :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 20, 2018, 03:06:32 AM
It was my birthday yesterday. @mustachepungoeshere, ever the generous person that she is, got me cupcakes :)

Youíre sweet. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on February 20, 2018, 03:49:34 AM
Forum friends practising possible new pronouns for me <3


It was my birthday yesterday. @mustachepungoeshere, ever the generous person that she is, got me cupcakes :)

Youíre sweet. :)

Nawww. Also, happy birthday!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 20, 2018, 03:54:20 AM
Happy birthday @marty998 !
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on February 20, 2018, 09:36:51 AM
Progress on a engine replacement in the family car with the help of my son yesterday. FINALLY had time off, decent weather and son was available. Still more hours of work ahead but progress feels good. Organized some of the garage afterwards.

Also found a tree service to take down some tall trees for a reasonable price. One has rot at the base, the other two are huge and could come down on the house in a storm. Plenty of other trees remain. We love our trees - shade, privacy and all that. Hate to remove any at all.

We took another load of random stuff to Goodwill over the weekend. The "purge" continues. ;)

The house really got cluttered along the way. Sort of snuck up on us over the years.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: dandypandys on February 20, 2018, 06:22:05 PM
Taught drawing outside today. Feb FL.. so nice!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Urchina on February 23, 2018, 10:05:41 PM
Was able to ride my bike to work today for the first time since early December (natural disasters and ensuing chaotic work schedule since then put the kibosh on that for a while).

It was a gorgeous day, a bit chilly but bright and clear and really lovely. The pink jasmine is blooming and it smells wonderful.

Happy family dinner, now curled up in my reading chair with tea and a cookie, about to indulge in my nightly reading.

So content.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on February 24, 2018, 03:38:04 PM
The forecasted rain today held off, and I was able to work outside in my garden and orchard.  It was spring-warm and beautiful.  Going to bed tired after working outside all day at something you love = heaven.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cookie78 on February 27, 2018, 10:20:54 AM
Had a layover between ferry and flight in St Lucia and had about 4 hours to kill. Went to the beach to hang out, discovered kite surfing place, jumped at the chance to do the 'last' lesson I missed out on at the Cook Islands due to the wind dropping. Made for a VERY fun layover. Downside was that my sunscreen was not waterproof in the slightest, but I still don't regret it one bit!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on February 27, 2018, 02:09:42 PM
That's it, Cookie78 wins. Thread over.  ;)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MissNancyPryor on February 27, 2018, 02:13:49 PM
I have spent this work day handing out annual raises and bonuses and everyone is happy (so far, I saved the Eeyore for last). 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 27, 2018, 11:47:36 PM
Found out that I lost 1,5 kg (3 pounds) after a week of skiing several hours a day. That explains why I'm so hungry all the time this week.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on February 28, 2018, 03:55:46 AM
Found out that I lost 1,5 kg (3 pounds) after a week of skiing several hours a day. That explains why I'm so hungry all the time this week.

So awesome Linda!  Cross country skiing for a week is my idea of absolute heaven -- my favorite thing to do on earth.  And the fitness/weight loss is of course an added bonus.  :)   
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: kei te pai on February 28, 2018, 05:21:53 PM
Came home with a bag of perfectly ripened white peaches from a tree growing wild up a country road nearby. Ive been visiting this tree in early March for years. No one else ever seems to gather them.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 28, 2018, 10:24:05 PM
Had a win at work, and got a really sweet message from a friend that put a smile on my face all day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on March 01, 2018, 03:23:19 AM
Came home with a bag of perfectly ripened white peaches from a tree growing wild up a country road nearby. Ive been visiting this tree in early March for years. No one else ever seems to gather them.

I know an old apple tree like this, kei te pai.  It is growing next to a grocery store near my work, and no one cares for it or even gathers its fruit.  Yesterday after work I did a little "guerilla gardening":  I took a few clippings of one year old wood from it, and I am going to try bench-grafting it to young rootstock.  I love that tree.  I would pick it up and take it home if I could.  Next best thing is to try to help it have some children in my orchard.  :)   
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: kei te pai on March 02, 2018, 01:10:13 AM
Best wishes for your apple babies Trifele!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Zaga on March 03, 2018, 12:52:55 PM
DH is down 120 pounds, he's now below the weight limit on all the slides at the indoor water park.  We spent a lovely day there last week and *I* couldn't keep up with HIM!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on March 03, 2018, 01:58:00 PM
Been walking a lot in husband's grad school city, and it's paying off. Hiked up our mountain once and took a rest partway up, but it was optional, not a mandatory, muscles shaking to point continuing was unsafe thing. Was thrilled about that already, but then I went back down to take him a drink and then hiked all the way back up again without stopping.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: BeautifulDay on March 03, 2018, 04:09:18 PM
I've been sick for almost 2 months. Flu then bronchitis.  Better for a while. Then got hit hard again this week with a cold.  Think I'm just run down so getting sick with everything.  DH spent the day taking care of me, cooking, cleaning the house, walking the dog.  All so that I can rest.  He's a keeper.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 04, 2018, 01:03:31 AM
Feel better soon, @BeautifulDay.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on March 04, 2018, 02:03:33 AM
Best wishes for your apple babies Trifele!

Thanks @kei te pai !  The scion wood is sleeping in the fridge right now.  The rootstocks arrive next week, and we will graft immediately.   We should know by the beginning of April or so if it worked.  If it works, that will make my whole year. :)

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 04, 2018, 11:40:34 AM
Norwegian speed skater won world championships sprint. It has been a long time since Norway has won a world championship in skating.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 05, 2018, 02:25:51 AM
Autumn has officially arrived in Sydney but the AC in my building is still set like it's the middle of summer.

I froze last week even with the pashmina I keep in my desk, so today I took a blanket as well.

Boss: Gorgeous scarf!
Me: It's a blanket. Ikea. $6! :D
Boss: No!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Gerard on March 05, 2018, 03:43:12 PM
Bike commuted home from work for the first time this year. So nice to be back on the bike!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 06, 2018, 09:29:35 AM
We are done with a case about our house against the previous owner about humidity in the cellar. Today we had a meeting with people who are an instans you need to go to before court. Those people were not at all interested in deciding who was right and wrong. They just had as a goal to let both parties come to some financial agreement so you can skip going to court.

We got almost 75% of our claim, with is the price to hire someone to repair the damage. Yes, it hurts that we don't get 100% of what is caused by the previous owner who didn't inform us about doing it himself. But at least now we are finished with the case against him. Now we just need to decide what we are going to do with the humidity. We might be doing much more of the work ourselves. It includes taking apart a large part of the wooden deck, removing a load of heavy rocks (digging machine), changing plastic against the wall, putting smaller gravel in place, replacing a wooden plate with a stone wall, and rebuilding the terrace, bringing away some of the big rocks.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 09, 2018, 10:31:50 PM
A lunch date with my husband and baby at a little bakery / cafe. We don't do that sort of thing often enough!
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MrUpwardlyMobile on March 11, 2018, 08:04:46 AM
A lunch date with my husband and baby at a little bakery / cafe. We don't do that sort of thing often enough!

This is an awesome boost to a day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: saving_dutchman on March 14, 2018, 04:04:14 AM
This actually happened yesterday. But it still made my day.
The supermarket had a 50% discount on organic pumpkins. I bought 6 :D.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 14, 2018, 04:46:31 AM
This actually happened yesterday. But it still made my day.
The supermarket had a 50% discount on organic pumpkins. I bought 6 :D.

Six!

Are we talking butternut or are we talking Queensland blue? :D
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: saving_dutchman on March 14, 2018, 07:06:46 AM
This actually happened yesterday. But it still made my day.
The supermarket had a 50% discount on organic pumpkins. I bought 6 :D.

Six!

Are we talking butternut or are we talking Queensland blue? :D
We are talking about Hokkaido.

Yes, six. It was awesome.

I'm planning to make my pumpkin pie for the first time ever this weekend and to look for other pumpkin recipes.

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 15, 2018, 02:20:55 AM
This actually happened yesterday. But it still made my day.
The supermarket had a 50% discount on organic pumpkins. I bought 6 :D.

Six!

Are we talking butternut or are we talking Queensland blue? :D
We are talking about Hokkaido.

Yes, six. It was awesome.

I'm planning to make my pumpkin pie for the first time ever this weekend and to look for other pumpkin recipes.

There is a nice Dutch podcast about spending your whole monthly income on a food that easily expires. We have it on a DVD. I hope you can play this somehow:

https://soundcloud.com/dirque/01-aubergine-hans-teeuwen
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Astatine on March 15, 2018, 02:31:20 AM
This is for yesterday, not today: using my new scooter and loving every second of it. Freedom!!! (well, as much as I'm able to have with my various physical limitations)

Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Frugal Lizard on March 16, 2018, 03:05:47 PM
Listening to 7 - 13 year old girls giggle.  My daughter organized a gathering of her mates to paint ceramic pieces at a shop downtown.  They all painted their pieces and then walked home to our place to wait for their parents to pick them up.  They are playing a card game and being delightful grade eight girls.  Some of them I have known since they were 2.5 years old from daycare.  They are so tall and polite and beautiful.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 17, 2018, 04:12:32 AM
DH being technical and handy. We bought some new lamps and within no-time he has changed the switches on the wall, hung up the ceiling lamps, connected them to wifi and programmed different scenes.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 18, 2018, 03:10:53 AM
Discovering that you can rent a house or appartment in a nice outdoor place with an amazing view for very little money, in the north of Norway. This is what we plan to do after FIRE. We found out that we would save a lot compared to what we spend on our house, if we could have the money of our house in stocks.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: BeautifulDay on March 18, 2018, 03:25:03 PM
Light rain this morning after months of none
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 18, 2018, 04:22:53 AM
Sitting in the sun during my lunch break at work, for the first time this year. I managed to get a bit sunburned (not so good).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on April 25, 2018, 12:16:52 PM
Just feeling better after being under the weather for a few days.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 30, 2018, 12:25:02 PM
Woke up at 5:30 am. Went to see some interesting early morning birds in their mating period. Driving back home from our cabin. During the drive spotting a moose and a falcon bird. Delivering old oven and stove halfway the driving trip. After that, buying a pair of needed new glives for 50% of price. Then visiting El Cheapo shop aong the route and found a lot of stuff that we needed for a cheap price. All in all a pretty effective day.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 02, 2018, 01:46:32 AM
A game of peekaboo with so many giggles.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on May 03, 2018, 02:13:11 PM
Happy dog greeting when we get home in the afternoon. The kids telling us about their day - and the news is good.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on May 03, 2018, 06:29:42 PM
My dog is going to live awhile longer (this looked unlikely two days ago).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: LorettaLynn on May 03, 2018, 06:45:28 PM
I ran into coworkers and their baby after work.  Baby is like a grown up man with a man face and hair, and was awake and sweet. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 03, 2018, 06:52:26 PM
My dog is going to live awhile longer (this looked unlikely two days ago).

<3
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 04, 2018, 01:57:53 AM
During 2018 I have had many episodes of memory loss, having a total blackout remembering words and sentences. Both during normal speech, but also when writing English (foreign language) and not having a clue how to spell words. This happened several times a day, several days a week. My MIL has a sort of dementia and her symptoms started out the same way. So I have been worried about myself becoming early dement. I have also been unable to multitask and can't remember anything anymore.

Yesterday I went to see my GP. I wanted him to investigate a little spot on my leg for a form of non-aggressive skin cancer that I have had before. And I wanted to talk about this memory loss issue. Based on my information and my answers to his questions and the fact that it has been a lot better for the last 2 weeks, he concluded that it could be situational and due to stress. It is not likely to be any form of dementia.

This has taken away a new portion of stress for me. My stress factors are now disappearing one by one. One big private stress factor left which can hopefully be eliminated after the summer.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cressida on May 05, 2018, 12:13:52 AM
Yesterday I went to see my GP. I wanted him to investigate a little spot on my leg for a form of non-aggressive skin cancer that I have had before. And I wanted to talk about this memory loss issue. Based on my information and my answers to his questions and the fact that it has been a lot better for the last 2 weeks, he concluded that it could be situational and due to stress. It is not likely to be any form of dementia.

This has taken away a new portion of stress for me.

I can imagine! That must be such a relief.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 15, 2018, 06:00:09 AM
Made slight alterations to two dresses and now they are much more work appropriate. Pride in my (very amateur!) mending work has made my day today :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Rural on July 22, 2018, 12:21:58 PM
A walk in the woods with the dogs and my husband. Both dogs are now too old for anything long or strenuous (and too big to carry - they're Great Danes). But the woods are twenty steps from our front door, and in two minutes we're into old growth. The dogs had a blast and got to come back in to water and rest when they tired. It's another reason to be glad we bought a large forest tract (preservation being the primary reason).
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Raymond Reddington on July 23, 2018, 12:57:49 AM
This:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8FVnAHviv0
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 23, 2018, 01:01:00 AM
I brought brownies into the office and received much praise for my amazing baking skillz. They're just really easy brownies! But it's nice to feel appreciated :-)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: JLee on August 06, 2018, 06:03:23 AM
This video of a wild Canadian lynx and a photographer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HujyOjjpZY
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: MasterStache on August 06, 2018, 10:01:39 AM
Yesterday I spent the morning/early afternoon playing 18 holes on my favorite course, on a beautiful day and with friends I have not seen in forever. To top it all off I shot the best round of my life coming at at 1-under par.   
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Freckles on August 06, 2018, 01:06:23 PM
Awesome video, @JLee! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Trifele on August 08, 2018, 03:06:30 PM
Seeing someone rise to a challenge. 

Three months ago our 12 year old son dropped his laptop and broke the screen.  This event was a _big deal_ in our family, as we don't buy lots of things for our kids, and suffice it to say he was devastated.  We didn't hurl blame, just let the emotions unfold and we hoped it would be a memorable lesson.  It goes without saying that we didn't offer to replace the laptop.

So this whole time DH and I did and said nothing, and the broken laptop was under DS's bed.  I had honestly forgotten about it.  Unbeknownst to us parents, DS had been researching whether you could replace a laptop screen.  Following a Youtube tutorial he found, DS took the broken laptop apart and played around with it.  Then he came to us, showed us the dismantled laptop, explained that he wanted to try replacing the screen, and asked if we would help him order a replacement screen online if he paid for it with his own money.  The replacement screen was $65, which is a lot of money for him --three months' allowance.  We ordered it for him, and it came in the mail today. 

Son just called me at work to say he replaced the screen by himself and the laptop is up and running.  He's very proud of himself.  I love his initiative and self reliance -- just awesome. 
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Free Spirit on August 08, 2018, 03:11:41 PM
Seeing someone rise to a challenge. 

Three months ago our 12 year old son dropped his laptop and broke the screen.  This event was a _big deal_ in our family, as we don't buy lots of things for our kids, and suffice it to say he was devastated.  We didn't hurl blame, just let the emotions unfold and we hoped it would be a memorable lesson.  It goes without saying that we didn't offer to replace the laptop.

So this whole time DH and I did and said nothing, and the broken laptop was under DS's bed.  I had honestly forgotten about it.  Unbeknownst to us parents, DS had been researching whether you could replace a laptop screen.  Following a Youtube tutorial he found, DS took the broken laptop apart and played around with it.  Then he came to us, showed us the dismantled laptop, explained that he wanted to try replacing the screen, and asked if we would help him order a replacement screen online if he paid for it with his own money.  The replacement screen was $65, which is a lot of money for him --three months' allowance.  We ordered it for him, and it came in the mail today. 

Son just called me at work to say he replaced the screen by himself and the laptop is up and running.  He's very proud of himself.  I love his initiative and self reliance -- just awesome.



Reading this just made my day, how absolutely fantastic! Kudos to your son, and to you for raising him. :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Cressida on August 08, 2018, 10:39:54 PM
Seeing someone rise to a challenge. 

Three months ago our 12 year old son dropped his laptop and broke the screen.  This event was a _big deal_ in our family, as we don't buy lots of things for our kids, and suffice it to say he was devastated.  We didn't hurl blame, just let the emotions unfold and we hoped it would be a memorable lesson.  It goes without saying that we didn't offer to replace the laptop.

So this whole time DH and I did and said nothing, and the broken laptop was under DS's bed.  I had honestly forgotten about it.  Unbeknownst to us parents, DS had been researching whether you could replace a laptop screen.  Following a Youtube tutorial he found, DS took the broken laptop apart and played around with it.  Then he came to us, showed us the dismantled laptop, explained that he wanted to try replacing the screen, and asked if we would help him order a replacement screen online if he paid for it with his own money.  The replacement screen was $65, which is a lot of money for him --three months' allowance.  We ordered it for him, and it came in the mail today. 

Son just called me at work to say he replaced the screen by himself and the laptop is up and running.  He's very proud of himself.  I love his initiative and self reliance -- just awesome.


Reading this just made my day, how absolutely fantastic! Kudos to your son, and to you for raising him. :)


That is a great story! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 16, 2018, 05:38:21 AM
Seeing someone rise to a challenge. 

Three months ago our 12 year old son dropped his laptop and broke the screen.  This event was a _big deal_ in our family, as we don't buy lots of things for our kids, and suffice it to say he was devastated.  We didn't hurl blame, just let the emotions unfold and we hoped it would be a memorable lesson.  It goes without saying that we didn't offer to replace the laptop.

So this whole time DH and I did and said nothing, and the broken laptop was under DS's bed.  I had honestly forgotten about it.  Unbeknownst to us parents, DS had been researching whether you could replace a laptop screen.  Following a Youtube tutorial he found, DS took the broken laptop apart and played around with it.  Then he came to us, showed us the dismantled laptop, explained that he wanted to try replacing the screen, and asked if we would help him order a replacement screen online if he paid for it with his own money.  The replacement screen was $65, which is a lot of money for him --three months' allowance.  We ordered it for him, and it came in the mail today. 

Son just called me at work to say he replaced the screen by himself and the laptop is up and running.  He's very proud of himself.  I love his initiative and self reliance -- just awesome.


Reading this just made my day, how absolutely fantastic! Kudos to your son, and to you for raising him. :)


That is a great story! Thanks for sharing.

A great Mustachian kid. And he learned a new skill while doing it. Next time he can repair the neighbour's laptopscreen for some $$.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: gaja on August 16, 2018, 07:53:16 AM
Seeing someone rise to a challenge. 

Three months ago our 12 year old son dropped his laptop and broke the screen.  This event was a _big deal_ in our family, as we don't buy lots of things for our kids, and suffice it to say he was devastated.  We didn't hurl blame, just let the emotions unfold and we hoped it would be a memorable lesson.  It goes without saying that we didn't offer to replace the laptop.

So this whole time DH and I did and said nothing, and the broken laptop was under DS's bed.  I had honestly forgotten about it.  Unbeknownst to us parents, DS had been researching whether you could replace a laptop screen.  Following a Youtube tutorial he found, DS took the broken laptop apart and played around with it.  Then he came to us, showed us the dismantled laptop, explained that he wanted to try replacing the screen, and asked if we would help him order a replacement screen online if he paid for it with his own money.  The replacement screen was $65, which is a lot of money for him --three months' allowance.  We ordered it for him, and it came in the mail today. 

Son just called me at work to say he replaced the screen by himself and the laptop is up and running.  He's very proud of himself.  I love his initiative and self reliance -- just awesome.

What a great kid! Well done :)
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 16, 2018, 08:19:23 AM
I went to the break room at work and found half a left-over cake that was left there for people to take a piece, which I did.
Title: Re: What made your day?
Post by: Just Joe on August 16, 2018, 08:22:30 AM
Congrats on the screen repair. I love witnessing that sense of accomplishment - whatever the challenge was.

Cheap thrill: watching our youngest zoom by on our ebike grinning like a madman last evening. 15 mph can be alot of fun.