Me; Awesome, 49 and Happy

I’m sitting here in a homemade party hat that says, “I’m ALIVE!” on one side and “Weeeeeeeee!” on the other. There are wonderful designs depicting sun, purple clouds, smiley face … I am 49 today. We have been snowed in for a week as of tomorrow. Weeeeeeeeeeee. I have punched holes in the hat and tied string around my chin to keep it on. I don’t want to forget that I’m supposed to be happy today.
Husband is grumpy because apparently it is next to impossible for a man to be cooped up with 3 awesome, happy women for a week and be grateful. He shoveled out our driveway and sidewalk; the driveway and sidewalk of 2 or 3 widows; the driveway and sidewalk of 2 women whose husbands were gone for the 29” snow; and a car sized path out of the cul-de-sac for a woman who was due to deliver her 1st baby 2 days ago. That is a Herculean effort. To be fair, he had help from Bob (who actually invested in and picked up a snow blower the day before the storm … genius), Jason (husband of the very pregnant woman who only helped with HIS needs) and a car load of Koreans who had family at the end of the cul-de-sac. I digress … the point is that husband is suffering ANY consequence to steer clear of we 3 awesome, happy women. I’m not guessing at this; he has said it several times, but without the “awesome, happy” part. Today found him moving cars around, and chipping away at ice so the sun could melt what little remains on our driveway, leaving the cement as bare and dry as a July day. We three awesome, happy women peered at him through the frosted window and decided that he is definitely OCD. Then I had a slice of birthday pie and considered the fact that my mere existence has propelled a perfectly good man out into the snow for days on end. Ah, me. Yet, I’m happy (see hat). Here is my “why I’m happy list” –
1. God
2. I’m alive (and I have the hat to prove it)
3. I am still (just barely) in my 40’s
4. No power outage
5. There is pie in the refrigerator
6. Haven’t had to go to work all week
7. Monday is a holiday … thank you presidents
8. There is pie in the refrigerator
9. I’m dreaming of a future away from N.VA
10. More dreaming … home improvement projects
11. The sun is out
12. There is pie in the refrigerator
13. I have 2 awesome, happy women to share being shut in with
14. I can honestly say I love my neighbor (not in a “we are the world” sense, her name is Kathy and I really love her because she is awesome and happy too) PLUS she has a wood burning fireplace!
15. The pets are entertaining (props to Trip, Lola, Gary and Beezer)
16. Did I mention there is pie in the refrigerator and that I have a party hat?
Seriously … life is good and I am humbled and grateful for my place in the world. Anyone else out there have a “why I’m happy” list they’d like to share? If you have been snowed in for a week, I highly suggest you force yourself to make one. Maybe you aren’t lucky enough to have an awesome homemade party hat, but if you try hard, you probably still have the invisible ‘thinking cap’ you had in elementary school. Put it on. Think. Be happy.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bec on April 29, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I love you. I wish I coulda made it four Awesome happy women.


  2. Posted by Joan on July 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Love This! Miss you! We must do lunch, now that the snow has been replaced by 100 degree temps and a distinct lack of rain………………….


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