Sunday, March 21, 2010

YAY! Award time!

I got an award, I got an award! Someone in the bloggersworld likes my blog enough to give me an award. More specifically Smocha over at Cats on a British Counter likes my blog enough to award it the Happy 101 award. I am not sure what that means, but who cares, I got an award!

I love awards, can you tell? I guess, I just like the recognition. It feels good to know that when I am writing, it is not just floating off into cyberspace for no one but stupid spammers to find.

Here are the rules:

1. When you have received this award you must thank the person that awarded you in a new post.

2. Name 10 things that make you happy.

3. Pass this award onto 10 other bloggers and inform the winners.

I find #2 super ironic, because right at this very moment, I am tired and cranky. We had a bit of a wild night last night celebrating a friend's b-day in Seoul and I had dreamed of a nap in my own bed for the two hours I sat zombie like on a subway when I couldn't hold my eyes open, only to be alluded by sleep for over an hour and a half once actually under the covers in my own bed. Why does that happen, I ask you? Why can you not sleep when you want to, and can't stay awake the rest of the time? So if any of these sentences don't happen to make sense, don't blame me, just blame my sleep deprivation.

10 Things that make me Happy
1. I bet you can guess what number one will be... Naps. Oh how a lazy afternoon nap can be so refreshing. Naps make me happy. Not napping makes me cranky, almost t-rex cranky.

2. Lots of things make me happy, but right now all I can think about is sleep. Stupid sleep. Okay, think, think, what else makes me happy. We are only on number two for goodness sakes!
Chocolate- yes, milk chocolate makes me happy. Right now my current addiction is Tim Tams. My australian friend introduced me to this little delight, heaven in a cookie. It is a chocolate cookie with chocolate icing, but what makes this sweet special is how you eat it. As everyone knows, the proper way to eat an Oreo is to dip it in milk. Tim Tams are rectangular, so the proper way to eat them are to bite off each corner, dip it into milk or hot chocolate and use it as a straw. Hot chocolate is better in my opinion because it melts the chocolate inside making this crunchy cookie melted chocolate goodness. When I first experienced this, I dreamed of it for days. I'm not joking. I dreamed of eating the melted goodness. Yes, chocolate makes me happy.

3. A good book- I'm on a roll now. It didn't take me long to come up with that one. Maybe just thinking of things that make me happy erases the crankiness.

A thought-provoking book, a love story or a well written novel are all examples of words on paper that bring me joy. I love holding a book. If a book is particularly lovely, I find myself hugging the inanimate object wishing that it had arms that could wrap around my body and squeeze all of those words so close to me that I would never forget them.

Books bring me joy. If you want to see the books I am reading, you can check out my shelfari on the side panel.

4. Nature- I love nature. I love the warmth of the sun on my skin, and the freshness of the air when I escape the city (not that we live in a city currently as our school is in the stix). I love feeling humbled by nature's awe-inspiring beauty. No matter how many times I go hiking or walk in a park, or swimming in the ocean, I am always blown away by the magnificence of the Earth. God was the ultimate artist when he put this little blue planet together. I just hope that more people appreciate it's majesty before we destroy it in our dollar-driven path of greed.

5.Kindness- As I travel, I am always humbled by strangers' kindness, stopping to help us when we are lost or confused. It is something they don't have to do, especially for a foreigner, but so often we have been greeted by such humanity. We, humans, often think of ourselves as Americans or Koreans or what ever nationality we are, but in actuality we are all human beings. Each and everyone of us share the same planet. And even though sometimes it feels as if we are all against one another listening to the news about wars and disputes, we all humans, and if we remember that, if we could consciously keep it in the forfront of our minds, in my opinion we would have much less war and unhappiness.

Our first experience abroad, we experienced this numerous times while in Italy. Here is our old Italian blog from 2005, my first attempt at blogging, if you are interested in reading about the kindness of Italians. The particular post I am referring to is called "A rough day", and is towards the bottom of the page.

This entry is getting longer than I intended so I am am going to continue it in the following post. Thanks for reading.

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