The ABC’s of Happiness

I found this graphic while perusing Pinterest this morning:


It’s pretty! It’s hopeful! It’s creative in its use of “xerox” and “zap.” And as I read through it, I thought to myself, “I’m pretty happy right now. Maybe I should write my own ABC’s of Happiness post.”

And thus, you have today’s blog topic.

Abby’s ABC’s of Happiness
A — Abby Gabs. I know, it’s silly, but the fact that I’m back from my writer’s block funk, and that the Gabs is back up and running, makes me slightly giddy. Yay for writing!
B Buffy. As in, I’ve been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer again. And it’s just as awesome now as it was 3 years ago, and 5 years ago, and 8 years ago….
C Crops. Despite the debilitating heat wave, my tomato plant is absolutely dripping with fruit. And OH BOY, does that ever make me (and my tummy) happy.

D — Dance TV. My summertime guilty pleasure is Fox’s dance show, So You Think You Can Dance. I love the leaps, the locking, and the lines. I grin from ear to ear for each of the 120 minutes it’s on each week. Dancers to watch this season? Daniel Baker and Eliana Girard. And since they’re choosing America’s favorite male AND female dancer this year, they could both win! *Abby flops over in a fit of giddiness*
E — Exercise. After a month of struggling with my laziness, I finally seem to be back in the groove of things. A new strength training program, combined with my regular Couch to 5K workouts, and I’m on the road back to weight loss. Yay, sweat!
F — Friends. The kind of friends who make me laugh, make me think, save me from evil sea monsters. I’m so lucky, and grateful, to be surrounded by the best kind of people in the world.
G — Godchildren. Bub and Baby Girl are growing each and every day. And Mom (best pal, Jenna) posts videos and pictures daily, so I can stay in the loop. I love them so much, I could just about pop.


H — Headbands. They help to tame the beast, as I’m growing out my hair. Thankfully, there’s no limit to the adorable hair accessories in the world. And I’m grabbing them up one by one.

IInstagram….as if you couldn’t already tell from this post.
J — Jordan Knight’s Old Navy Commercial. Because it’s Jordan Knight. And he’s a New Kid. Which means he knows Donnie Wahlberg. And all of that makes me very happy.

K — Kitty snuggles. Because I have 4 of them, and the whole purpose of having 4 cats is to pick each of them up and snuggle them daily. It might not make them happy, but it works for me.

LLego Batman 2. Our latest video game craze. We ♥ the Lego franchise, and this may be the best, yet. (Although we’re still holding out for The Avengers Lego game. Because Iron Man and Hulk and a million times cooler than Aquaman and Robin.)
M — My Man. He cooks, he cleans, he mows the grass and waters my plants. He makes me laugh and buys me presents. And best of all, he knows how to do the dance to Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It.” (Believe me when I say that if I could’ve gotten video evidence of this incident, you would be presented with it right now.)
N — Novels. I’ve been reading my head off this summer, and now that I’ve created my very own virtual book club (on Facebook, of all places), I’m ready to devour even more of the written word. I ♥ Books.
O — The Olympics!! I’m so excited!! I love the summer Olympics—the swimming and diving, gymnastics, beach volleyball. But most of all—-SOCCER!!!! I may be scarce once the games start. I’ll be busy painting my face red, white, and blue, and shouting “USA! USA! USA!” like Homer Simpson.

P — Panthers Preseason Chatter. Yes, I know it’s July. Yes, I know football season is still a couple of months away. But those of us crazy football fans already have our eyes glued to the online buzz all about our favorite teams. And the Panthers buzz is nothing but good this year. SO ready for Panthers Football Season 2012!!
Q — Quiet Moments. They are few and far between. But when it’s just me, a cup of coffee, and absolute silence? It’s a beautiful thing, ya’ll.
R — Reruns. Firefly, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, Friends….if it weren’t for reruns, and television series on DVD, I don’t know what we’d do with our spare time.
S Spotify. This glowing little music-sharing gem is creating the soundtrack of my summer. It is also the app that is directly responsible for the Jiggy Incident I spoke about a few letters ago.
T — Thunderstorms. Nothing makes me happier, after a steamy summer day, than a big ol’ thunder-boomer. I love watching the clouds roll in, feeling the temperature drop, and witnessing the lighting as it splinters across the sky.
U — Undertaking New Hobbies. Like my book club, mentioned above. And learning new stitches for future crochet projects. And cheering my hubby on as he tries his hand at model-painting. (As in, Transformers, not Heidi Klum.)
V — Vino. Lots and lots of vino. I’m on a crisp, sweet, white kick right now. Pinot Grigio?  Yes, please. Chardonnay? If you insist. Moscato? Absolutely, and thank you very much.

W — Weekends. They’re filled with adventure, laughter, and fun. I just can’t get enough of them. I wish it could be Sunday every day of the week.

X — Xylophones. Because they’re happy. And also, I couldn’t think of anything else to go with  the letter X. Ooh, wait, Xanax! Ok, no, that’s just a bad joke.

YYouTube. Because who doesn’t get happy when filtering through gems such as this one?

— Zee End. (*In order for this to work, you have to read that line in your best fake Italian voice. Think Mario (the plumber, not Batali.)

Like I said…it’s not all shiny and pinnable (I just created a word…definition: the act of pinning something interesting to Pinterest.) But, this list is a pretty decent representation of all the things in my life that are currently making me happy.
Oh wait. I forgot cheese. And new sheets. Ooh, ooh, and the little doo-dads that close up a the holes on notebook paper when they break. What do you call those things anyway?…

4 thoughts on “The ABC’s of Happiness

  1. Robbie K

    What a great idea and I love your list! If you were my neighbor I would probably be begging you for tomatoes! Glad you are back 🙂

  2. Laverne Smith

    AAAAABBBBYYYYYY IS BAAAAACK!!!! I really thought you never left. I love your perspective on life. That you look at each piece of it, wrap your arms around it and fully embrace it. So much good in your life and I’m happy you shared it. This entire piece made had me smiling the whole way through!!! Here’s to happiness!! XOXOXO LV

  3. Stephanie

    I love this list! I now have a huge smile on my face. And I SO agree with you on Eliana. I love, love, love her. She’s my favourite.

  4. nagzilla

    Count me as another rooting for Eliana. I’ve loved her since her first audition. For the guys, I really like Cyrus and Cole. I dig Cyrus but I don’t think he’s going to last very long. Can’t wait to see that “this is where they won it” moment like Melanie had last season.

    And I was going to take issue with Iron Man being cooler than Aquaman, but I can’t. I don’t know why I love Aquaman, because I know his skillz are kinda lame, but he has always been my favorite and I always feel like I have to defend him.

    If you’re digging sweet, crisp white wines, I have four words for you, my friend: Chateau St. Michelle Riesling. Yum-O.

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