That song keeps following me! I think it’s by Crowded House, and it has a lovely and lively guitar intro. I first heard it in spin class (yes, must have been EONS ago 🙂 ) and now at work it’s on the mixed CD we listen to daily, so I hear it at least 3 x during the course of a shift. Besides how nice it sounds, I think it has an equally positive message: everywhere you go, always take the weather with you.

No one can change your mood but you!

I’m actually not in an unpleasant mood. Lately, I’ve been a happy happy chica, busier than usual, but happy. However, one of my favorite bloggers recently asked her readers what they do when they’re having a less than stellar day, and it got me thinking about that. So I’m going to list some things I do — besides binge eat on junk food, since I’m really trying to stay away from that one.

  1. Brew myself a nice cup of coffee and curl up with a good book (Wuthering Heights or Rebecca, usually)- instant transportation.
  2. Retail therapy — obviously this one doesn’t apply when you’re saving moolah for a new house!
  3. Take my puppies to the park
  4. Write a list of all the things I am grateful for in my life — taking the heat off what I’m NOT grateful for in the moment.
  5. Try a new recipe
  6. Go out for drinks with friends — this one is a little tricky, as it can quickly turn into a boozy pity party if I’m not careful. And that doesn’t help all the time.
  7. Some form of physical activity. The truth is, I’m really unlikely to hit the gym when I’m the throes of unhappiness, but it actually does make me feel better on the flipside.
  8. Watch movies that have happy memories — for me that means anything Disney animated. My top faves: Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid.

That’s all I have so far.

Here’s something that is bringing me much joy:

Yes! I finally have one of these little modern miracles. I got the thumbs up from the Hubs to dip into our wedding money and purchase this bad boy off the registry. My thoughts:

First off, it’s beautiful and it’s compact. And light. It is the opposite of bulky. The ball it rolls on is very cool, but does take a little getting used to. It does not create perfect track marks, which I think is a result of its lightweight structure. However, the suction on this thing is incredible, it left my carpets so soft and pulled up more junk than I thought would be possible. The canister is small, so it requires frequent emptying, but emptying it takes all of 15 seconds, so it’s hardly a problem. So far, my only real complaint with it is the length of the cord; my old vacuum only required a plug change once to vacuum our entire condo. This one needs a replug in every room. I’m going to remedy this with an extension cord, but honestly, for a $400 vacuum, I think it ought to have a long cord!

All in all though, I’m very happy with it — and the warranty seems good – a limited 5 year. Basically covering any repairs or parts needed if you’ve been using the Dyson normally and haven’t done any crazy tricking out to the thing. Like I would. Besides the extension cord.

Hubs is happy because I’ve been a vacuuming maniac.

Well, off I go — lots to do before work at 5pm!

Have a great Wednesday!