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I decided that I'd make note of some of the things that make me happy, just so that when I get into one of those moods where I'm feeling less than blessed, I'll have something I can look at to remind me of just what it is that I do have.


1. My (immediate) Family. My husband James and our kitty Freya. Freya is a constant source of joy for me, and I truly believe that haveing an animal is a priveledge, not a right. My husband is a source of many more things, not all of them joy, but most of them at least pleasant. ;-) He is constantly catching me off-guard with the way he sees and hears things, he's cuddly and he makes me laugh. We're together pretty much 24/7 and I don't think I know any other married couples who can truly say the same without going nuts.

2. My Computer. Never in a million years did I expect that it would become such an intrinsic part of my life. I literally can't remember much of what I did without it, although reading and playing guitar do come to mind. I am now able to keep in better contact with my family than I ever could before, I can call friends and family who are even overseas for next to nothing, and I can meet people from all over the world who share my interests. For all of the negative things the internet can offer, for me it truly is my main social outlet. Being homebodies like we are, we wouldn't have the opportunity to meet many people so it works out just perfectly for us.

3. Memory Foam Pillows. If anything can make you feel like royalty, for me, it's sleeping on a memory foam pillow and/or mattress pad. After sleeping most of my life on either old or cheap mattresses, one thing I have learned as I've gotten older is the value of being *really* comfortable when I'm sleeping. When you're young, you don't stop and think how nice it is to wake up without a stiff neck or a sore back, but believe me, with birthday 40 barely two weeks away, I know it now.

4. My Toys. This is an example of how different my generation is from my parents'. My parents never had any toys. I mean, not as 'adults'. Whereas me, I've purchased action figures within the past 2 months, and have been buying shelving to properly display them. Mostly they are a hodgepodge of science fiction figures from shows such as Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, and even from SeaQuest DSV. And those don't even include my collection of 'realistic' stuffed animals, funky sunglasses, lava lamps, indirect/neon/black lights and black light reactive items. I have an entire room dedicated to MY stuff, and hopefully someday I will be able to implement the majority of my toys within it so that I can view them all and bask in the happiness they give me.

5. My Music. This is a huge, all-encompassing category that contains my cds, cassettes, LPs, mp3s, and musical instruments. Music has been, for as long as I can remember, one of the most important things in my life. Nothing else seems to be able to affect me as profoundly, and I simpley couldn't imagine a life without music. The friends I have chosen feel the same way, which is why we get along so well.

6. My Friends. I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have met very interesting people. I've never really fit into a particular social group, which gave me the ability to make friends from many different groups. But nowhere did I find such lasting friendships as the ones I found in college. Maybe it's because in school you're sort of forced to be with other kids that are in your grade, and you find people from out of that group to be friends with, whereas in college you are free to seek out *specifically* the kind of people who interest you and share your interests. All I know is, the best friends I have are such that they get along with my *other* friends, because they are all basically cut from the same cloth. And even though we may be separated by distance, that is a bond that never really goes away.

7. Soda Pop. Sweet mother of GOD I love pop! If I could, I'd have a soda fountain filled with Berries and Cream Diet Dr. Pepper installed in my kitchen. I'm not huge on chocolate, like many people are, but oh my god, when I get to 3 cans or less left in the fridge, I literally start to panic. I would rather go without food than go without my pop.
I know, I know. I'm sick. I need help.

But everybody has their weaknesses, right?
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