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If There Were More Skulls, Maybe The World Would Be A Happier Place

Someone's excited for her treat! #woof

Lately, I’ve been trying to focus on happiness.

On a semi-related note, this past weekend I cried in a grocery store.

Then a bagging boy, possibly realizing I was crying, came up to help me with a jar of tomato sauce that wouldn’t ring up and rather than make me go back and find the price gave it to me for $2.99.

Though I didn’t go back to find the real price, that it’s obviously far cheaper than its marked.

And that’s my story about how you should probably cry at grocery stores more because it leads to all sorts of financial windfalls.

(Sure, today it’s tomato sauce, maybe tomorrow it’ll be face moisturizer.)

So aside from the obvious benefits of public crying, these are a few things that are currently making me happy.

Can you tell my #ProjectLife is a wee bit behind the times?

I’m actually working on my Project Life album.

(I know, right?)

And while I’m still so far behind I don’t even know how far behind I am, it’s progress.

Now if only I stopped being lazy long enough to photograph said album, I could share said progress with you.

Oh, baggage carousel, how you taunt me with your emptiness.

I’ve decided to go back and reread all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries.

Which has the upside of having not read them since I was a child, so it’s kinda like I’m just first reading them.

Plus, the first one has a skull on the cover.

And you all know my love of skulls.

Last drive-in of 2012!

I went to my last drive-in of the year.

Which is partially sad, as I do so love the drive-in and will have to wait a whole season before it returns.

But it was partially freezing, so I’m ready to settle indoors for movie watching with no hypothermia risk.

My first ever French-style green beans. Wish me luck!

I was recently gifted with two green bean frenchers.

(One of which was Grammy’s, which I love.)

So, anyone available for a green bean frenching party?

‘Cause I’ve heard those things can get wild.

Even the saddest nights are improved by a game of cards.

I’ve recently rediscovered my love of playing cards.

So, if you’d like to add a wild game of Spades to our frenching night, I’m all in.

(Get it, all in?)

(‘Cause it’s a card reference?)

(Oh, you get it.)

That poor chicken never really stood a chance.

Molly the dog recently re-entered my life for yet another week of adorable pet-sitting.

I gave her that chicken for Thanksgiving.

She quickly destroyed it, adorably.

(Side note: Isn’t she adorable?)

I confess, I totally buy things to make me happy. This thing? Succeeded.

Finally, my most recent happiness discovery is this print I bought myself off of Etsy.

And no matter how many times I look at it,  there have been no diminishing returns on happiness.

Now that’s quality self-gift-giving.

If I do say so myself.

What’s making you happy these days?

I’m dying to know,



Equally Awkward Reads

* 4 Rules for Avoiding Death at the Drive-In

* Tweety Tacky 

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{ 35 comments… add one }

  • Keith November 27, 2012, 12:45 pm

    Your pirate print is awesome but wouldn’t it be awesome if it said ‘To Arr is Birate’?

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:34 pm

      I’m Megan and I highly approve of this reference.

  • Skye November 27, 2012, 1:09 pm

    I did not even know green bean frenching was a thing. I would love to french my first green beans with you. Let’s have a frenching and scrapbooking party!

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:33 pm


  • Amber November 27, 2012, 2:21 pm

    so is a green bean frenching party where you make out green beans cause that sounds weirdly awesome….
    PS I’m happy for the game Catchphrase. Have you played it? Its great and if we combined that with the green bean frenching party well lets just say SPARKS (insert firework exploding noises)

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:30 pm


      I know how to party 🙂

      (As proof, I actually own Catchphrase!)

  • John (Daddy Runs a Lot) November 27, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I’m actually looking for a regular bridge game.

    I’ve still never been to a Drive-In, though I, at present, have two drive-in theaters that are well within distance to go. I have, though, been to the movies a fair bit, and even survived going to see Wreck It Ralph with both of my kids. It’s amazing just how far Gummy Bear bribes will take you.

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:29 pm

      YOU MUST RECTIFY YOUR LACK OF DRIVE-IN. Really, it’s tragic. And I LOVE the idea of a regular card game get-together. If I lived in your town I’d totally make us start one.

  • Tracie November 27, 2012, 7:06 pm

    Now I totally want to go back and reread all the Agatha Christie books.

    I haven’t read one since I was at 12.

    Mind blown.

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:28 pm

      I hadn’t read any since I was little either, so am thoroughly enjoying my dive back in!

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments November 27, 2012, 8:20 pm

    I am totally loving my Christmas tree at the moment. I just go and gaze at it and it makes me very happy.

    BTW I LOVE that print.

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:27 pm

      Oooh, sounds so nice and cozy. Christmas tree is totally on my to-do list… assuming I ever finish painting!

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 27, 2012, 9:23 pm

    I have a friend who would love that pirate-focused print. I will have to dive in to Etsy and try to buy it without also buying another, oh, 100 things 😛

    Sorry about the in-store crying, but on the plus side, you do have a lot of wild nights ahead with those beans and crads!

    • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts November 27, 2012, 9:23 pm

      cards not crads!

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 12:27 pm

      Etsy is quite tricky – I can never enter without leaving with pretty much all the stuff.

      It’s not good.

  • Tracy P. November 28, 2012, 9:23 am

    Not one, but two frenchers? Wow, the universe must be sending you a message! But what is making me happy (in a toilsome labor sort of way) right now is going through my house and getting rid of things I don’t use, need or want. So do yourself a favor and part with one of those bad boys now!

    And for what it’s worth, I think happiness is a little over rated, but I do believe the promise that while weeping may remain for the night, joy comes in the morning. May you see its light shining like hope up ahead. I just watched this video. Maybe it would help?

  • Karen Peterson November 28, 2012, 12:59 pm

    You know what’s making me happy these days? I’m hosting a major blog award event and I just announced the nominees yesterday. It’s been so much fun to see the reactions from people who were nominated. You should check it out. You might recognize one or two of the names…

  • andi November 28, 2012, 1:02 pm

    I love Miss Marple! I keep her collection beside my bed for sleepless nights when I don’t want to start a book that will lead to more insomnia because I MUST finish it!
    My new job is making me happy because I set my own schedule. Completely. And I’m quite certain Martha Stewart would tell me “it’s a good thing.”
    Also, I recently stayed with my grandma for a week. We played pitch, which is sort of not at all like spades. It was a great week of special time with my Grandma!

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:50 am

      That is an amazing list of happy. Well done.

      (Your own schedule? ENVY.)

      And Miss Marple is where it’s at.

  • Kimberly November 28, 2012, 1:30 pm

    I’ve been sucked into a vortex of blahs so everything is making me happy. Except that you cried in a grocery store. That’s not cool. I’d give you a hug if I wasn’t a gazillion miles away.
    PS. I cried when I got pulled over for speeding and I got off. Boom

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:49 am

      ***INTERNET HUG***

      Those are the best kind.

      Well, maybe second best.

  • Misty November 28, 2012, 4:13 pm

    I love card playing AND green beans. So I am definitely all in on that Frenching Party. Unless you mean Frenching in another way, because if so, I’m not sure we’re quite to that stage in our relationship. I want to take things slow. So, maybe just a little heavy petting? 😉

    Also . . . why were you crying at the grocery store? Is everything ok? Concerned . . .

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:30 am

      Shucks. I thought I could speed things up. You know, once the green beans start flowing and the card playing heats up…

  • spilledinkguy November 29, 2012, 10:07 am

    So… if you ‘Google’ ‘Green Bean Frenchers’… your search results will include… a lot… of… Green Beans.
    You are welcome.

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:29 am

      What a delicious results page. 🙂

  • Abigail November 29, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Two things.

    One, Agatha Christie is amazing. Definitely one of my very favorite authors.

    Two, how did I not know there was such a thing as a green bean frencher?! That is the only way I truly enjoy green beans but it’s not always possible to find frozen bags of them like that. Although, it does seem like it could be quite a bit of work… so maybe I’m too lazy to own one anyway.

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:28 am

      I also only like green beans frenched and am trying to eat more fresh food so I asked my mom and she was like, um, use a frencher! And it’s actually really fast work – if I’m not too lazy to do it, it’s quite easily doable!

  • Christina November 30, 2012, 10:38 pm

    That is so weird…I just wrote about being happy tonight. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re headed into the winter blue months so it’s on our minds?
    Anyway, this post made me happy. Green bean frenching party + spades + the pirate sign ? I don’t even know what that equals! It’s math that is beyond my skills.

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:23 am

      Yes, math is the opposite of happy. And,yes, the coldness of winter makes happy a necessary effort!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor December 1, 2012, 12:09 am

    I’m less concerned with what’s making me happy than I am with what’s making you cry in grocery stores. You okay?

    Or maybe you’re just crying over the fact that where you live, $2.99 is considered a good price on tomato sauce. Geez-oh-Pete! I don’t think I pay more than $2.25 for the good brand!

    But seriously, are you all right?

    • Megan December 4, 2012, 10:20 am

      Aw, you’re so sweet! I’m perfectly fine. Just one of those days. Though I actually am a little saddened to realize how much I get ripped off on tomato sauce. I should have known those comments about Northern Virginia being overpriced were real. Clearly, I must visit you and buy ALL the tomato sauce. Surely the eventual savings will pay for the trip!

  • nagzilla December 4, 2012, 6:05 pm

    If you like cards, you totally need to learn to play Hand and Foot. You have to have at least four people to play, but the awesome part of that game is that you can have as many people playing as long as you have a deck of cards for each person. So those crazy holiday nights at the in-laws when there were 16 people? Yeah, all 16 are playing Hand and Foot. The scores tend to get really lopsided, but honestly the biggest challenge was finding 16 decks of cards. Late night casino run, if I remember correctly. They sell the used ones in the gift shop for super cheap.

    • Megan December 5, 2012, 9:48 am

      I feel all uncool for not living near a casino! And, also, for never having heard of Hand and Foot. I must try and find a YouTube how-to!

      • nagzilla December 5, 2012, 2:03 pm

        Or better yet, you could come visit and we can teach you personally!

        • Megan December 6, 2012, 8:42 am

          Don’t joke about such things – I’m one of those awkward people who would totally just show up on your doorstep one day!

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