Getting To Happy Already (Part Three)

by Becky on February 19, 2013 · 5 comments

in Food, Fun, Music, Travel

Friends! Here are some Happies! Share around! Find your own, too!

First, for your heart:   http://365grateful.com/.  The twitter feed alone on this site will hitch up your smile a little, especially if it’s on a downturn (your smile, that is).  Think about starting your own gratitude project, or just journal your gratitude, one item at a time, even one item a day.  Be warned, though:  it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to articulate gratitude for one thing and not want to write down a second thing.  If you don’t believe me, try it.  My Grateful (‘grateful’ as noun) for the day is the bright pink vintage flamenco dress I saw at a thrift store down the street. Directly connected to that is the picture in my head of the way either of my petals would look in it.  (And how often do you see an authentic flamenco dress in a store window, just begging to be admired?)

Second, for your ears.  Music by ubercool Spanish indie rock/jazz group Jarabe de Palo, a favorite of mine for years, though I tend to like the jazz-informed stuff better than the rock stuff.  If you can listen to their take on Jobim’s “The Girl From Ipanema” and not feel instantly happified, then you should check your pulse to see if you are alive. (And see if you can detect that gorgeous Castillian theta, used on letter combinations Ci, Ce, and Z; you don’t hear it anywhere else! The word ‘gracia,’ while spelled the same, is nevertheless pronounced grahthia. Beautiful. And Happy!)


Or, if you’re in the mood for classical, then by all means Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, also Spanish, with the immortal Paco de Lucia on the guitar.


Third.  For your tongue.  Spanish olive oil!  Just.  Wow.

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Next time you’re at the market, pick up a bottle of good Spanish olive oil, one of the products for which Spain is known. I picked up my current favorite–very light, delicate, just amazing–at a little market, a coop of sorts, in the Catalunyan countryside, but you can no doubt find some good ones in the states.

Fourth. For your eyes. An apparition on the metro: Miss Zinnia. No doubt you have your own ‘apparitions.’ See them!  Name them . . .

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Fifth. For your hands. Vintage gloves. These belonged to my mother’s mother, Olive Estella Harker. Every woman of a certain age needs a pair of great leather gloves–a seriously happy acquisition.

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Sixth. For your sense of adventure. One of the magically labyrinthine streets in the Born District, maybe my favorite district in the city.

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Hope you’re getting your Happy plugged in. Just writing about mine, I realize I am smiling. Really big.  (And me smiling means my family is probably smiling, too.  Funny how that works.)

Happy Day lovely gals . . . and besitos in abundance.

Jen February 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm

The gloves made me smile…what a wonderful gift to be able to wear! When both my parents passed away this past year my siblings gave me both of their wedding rings. My day always seems brighter and I can feel them with me when I wear their wedding rings side by side on the same finger. Happy Wednesday!

Becky February 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Gloves are positively PEDESTRIAN compared to rings! Aren’t you the Fancy Nancy! (I’d love to see them someday.) XX

Jen February 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Did you know that Fancy Nancy is Miss Betsy Boo’s favorite??? She truly is my fancy Nancy. We were LATE to school today due to the hair “updo” she constructed all by herself…and then the final decision….what coat goes with the fancy dress found in a street fair in Budapest with Grandma Linda. The final straw….I told her heels were not appropriate for preschool. So, she settled for her blue canvas slip ons. She cannot wait to spend more time with Miss Lavendar!!!

Becky February 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Miss Betsy and her cousins are SO related, aren’t they? The updo . . . would have loved to see that! Girls and their closets! Besitos. XX

Tami Holmes February 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

If I need to get my “Happy” on, I just come to your blog and voila…happiness achieved!!! xo

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