What Made Me Smile This Week (July
22 – 28): I am baaaaack!!!!
Anyone who has ever taken any level of schooling seriously knows one thing: absences stink! Not only do you miss out on the lecture, you still have to do all of the makeup work. Unfortunately, when you’re an adult, there is no one to remind you of that, so you have to learn to kick your own butt sometimes. Well, on that note I hope that this post will be ending my month and a half long hiatus. I am on the fence about publishing my backlog. If you’re interested in reading it, please comment below. But there is something I need to tell you just to get the record straight. No, I wasn’t sick. No, I didn’t run out of things to smile about, and no, I’m not quitting blogging. It was just one of those things where I didn’t publish one week (although I had done the work), then I skipped the next week entirely, and before I knew it, an entire month and a half had gone by with zero blogging activity. Yuck! Complacency is a – cough, cough, cough – I won’t say it in case there are any minors reading this blog. 🙂 I knew I had to get back into it sometime, because I knew that the weeks I did it (and the weeks I was serious about it) made a difference compared to the weeks that I wasn’t. But I also knew that if I was going to do this properly, I had to pick a week that had something important going on. Well, this is it. I’m back in the game, with some (hopefully) interesting updates. Enjoy!
Monday, July 22, 2019
In an unexpected turn of events,
one of my siblings came home for an evening. Dinner was unusually
lively as a result (in a good way).
I finished “Seveneves”
by Neal Stephenson today. If you like hard science fiction about
surviving the end of the earth, this is your book. Few people can
match Stephenson’s ability to write fiction that is both suspenseful
and informative. Finishing it made me smile both because it is a
long book, and because I could bask in time well spent reading it.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Movie night tonight (as usual).
We saw “The Art
of Self-Defense” this time. Understated gallows humor is
the order of the day for this film. In retrospect, I don’t think I
have ever watched a comedy that made me think this much. Laughter
and philosophy?! Sign me up!
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The VR headset at work has been
on the fritz for a while now. My supervisor asked myself and another
volunteer to spend the day trying to fix it. We didn’t get very far,
but I definitely made a new friend that day. I hope we meet again
I convinced one of my family
members to start using the matrix protocol in place of SMS today. I
believe the experience on matrix is far superior to any commercially
available texting solution right now. I hope to enumerate some of
these reasons in an unrelated blog post fairly soon, but suffice it
to say I was overjoyed when they agreed to try it. By the way, in
case anyone reading this is interested, you can sign up for an
account via Riot.im.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
I was alone today, holding down
the house and keeping the dog company. It was uncharacteristically
quiet even by my usual standards. The quiet was kind of rejuvenating
I finally got off my rear and
did some of the laundry. I’m always happy when I can cajole myself
into being productive, so of course it made me smile.
Friday, July 26, 2019
Today could not have been more
different than yesterday. I was off traveling again, and despite the
length of the trip I was overjoyed to be out and about once more. It
turns out that LACMA Museum has a jazz concert series on Friday
evenings, running until the end of August. Though I wasn’t able to
stay for the entire concert, it was still the kind of evening that I
live for. The air was balmy, I discovered a new stretch of museums
to explore along Wilshire Boulevard, and I saw tons of new
Though I got only that night, I
was overjoyed that I was able to find a decent route home.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
I am partially embarrassed to
admit that I slept in today, but believe me, I needed it. I know I’m
cheating, but I’m still smiling over the events of last night.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
For the first time in a long
time, I got to bed on time tonight and didn’t stay up late. Sleeping
without feeling guilty over wasted time on my devices was an
absolute dream come true.
Sometimes, fate has a strange symmetry
to it. Who would have guessed that I would be celebrating a birthday
and funeral in the same week? It’s at times like these that I start
taking stock of my life and wondering both where it will go and what
I have accomplished so far. I haven’t done terribly for myself –
I’ve stayed out of any sort of trouble whatsoever, and I have
accomplished some very major educational goals which most people
never have the opportunity to achieve. On the other hand, weeks like
this inevitably make me wonder if I could or should do more with
myself. I talked about the strangeness of time perception in my very
first blog post, and I think the point bears repeating here: time can
seem infinitely long or infinitesimally short depending on your
perspective any given moment. Very few things can accentuate those
feelings like celebrations of life were remembrances of death. This
is a week that I will be pondering for many years if I manage to
remember it at all. One thing that I will note is that even in the
moments where you remember death, you can find happiness in the fact
that a life you are celebrating may have been well lived. I think
that is certainly the case here.
Monday, June 3, 2019
Sunday, I decided to go down to our local $.99 store and get a cheap
set of silverware for use at work. I am sick and tired of running
out of disposable utensils when I need them most during lunch. I am
happy to report that my planning is actually working beautifully so
far. Seeing plans like this come together makes me smile.
quite time yet, but I am already getting birthday wishes from people
in other time zones for whom it is already June 4. It’s awesome to
see how many people remembered, even now.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
In case you
have been reading this and wondering when my birthday is, it’s
today! That alone is reason enough to smile. Call me narcissistic,
but I like the idea of having one day out of the year that is all
had quite a lot to eat today! My supervisor got me lunch from In &
Out Burger, one of my other coworkers scraped together a candy jar
just for me, and my family took me out to dinner when I got home.
at Ruth’s Chris steakhouse is probably the best you will ever find
in California. I am still coming down from the ecstasy inspired by
their culinary feats.
not least, I heard from both of my siblings today. Learning
what they are up to caps my day off perfectly.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
exceptionally busy at work today. Maybe the world will eventually
grind me down, but for now I am once again happy to be useful
Thursday, June 6, 2019
I dug into
a box of gourmet chocolate today called Sees Candies. I don’t get
these very often, because they are extraordinarily expensive but in
light of my recent birthday I get to enjoy a confectionary treat
about once a year. Pure awesomeness!
Friday, June 7, 2019
We saw an
amazing sci-fi movie the and Netflix tonight. It was called “I
Am Mother”. Thrillers about philosophy won’t be to everyone’s
taste, but it is probably one of the better movies I have seen in
the last six months. That’s quite a statement considering that I’ve
actually started keeping track of a few of them. I haven’t had to
think so hard about a film since I watched “Ex Machina”.
If you like films that make you think, this one definitely fits the
Saturday, June 8, 2019
a friend (henceforth known as MDJ) went down to Union station today
to experience the second annual Los Angeles Festival of donuts at
union station. It was wonderful catching up again and made me smile
to be out in a beautiful day. These are the kind of days that I live
Sunday, June 9, 2019
go down in history as bitter sweet. I have the honor of being able
to attend a public funeral service for my high school band director.
He commanded respect and demanded excellence, and the bands under
his tutelage reflected that perfectly. The world will greatly miss
him, and so will I. But as sad as it was to reflect on his passing,
it was amazing to be part of the group of people that gathered to
look back on his life’s legacy.
On a more
personal note, coming together with so many high school alumni meant
that I saw several faces that I haven’t seen in years. Meeting up
with them again was pretty wonderful.
Ever since I have
started this project, I have been worried about one thing: what will
happen to it if I can’t find something to smile about for some days
of the week? I almost found out this week – but lo and behold, I
made the important discovery that there is something to smile about
even on extraordinarily stressful days, even if that something is
only that the day is over and I’m still alive. The stressors are
talking about below are kind of unique to my situation, but I believe
the broader lesson is applicable here: there is always a bright side
to look at. I don’t know how successful I was this week, but you can
judge for yourself below.
Monday, May 27, 2019
- Today is
Memorial Day in the US, so of course a made the best possible use of
my holiday time and slept in. I always have mixed feelings about
this after the fact, but at the time I was sleeping in, I did enjoy
- After a
hair-raising couple of days in which I couldn’t log into my new
student account for my Masters degree, I discovered that the
deactivation was temporary while they cleared my paperwork. I smiled
when I found that out, but it was relief more than anything else.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
- There was no
movie night tonight, but Netflix proved to have some promising new
of the South” has new episodes on. A Thriller about drugs
and politics in the Mexican cartels, what’s not to like? Just be
aware that you will need to read a lot of subtitles if you don’t
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
- I was on my
own for dinner tonight. Normally the frozen meals I have in these
circumstances are not very memorable, but tonight was a major
exception! Trader Joe’s Stout pie was absolutely wonderful, giving
me a smile that I totally wasn’t expecting.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
- Some days you
just have to be glad when an ordeal is over. I was on the phone most
of the day trying to figure out why I haven’t been approved for an
appointment at a clinic to get a fitting for a new wheelchair. At
least I was able to crown the day by getting an appointment with my
doctor to get some of the necessary paperwork redone. At least
something useful came out of it. I guess I can smile about that.
Friday, May 31, 2019
- I must have
really needed the rest from yesterday, because I slept in again. I
am happy there were no phone calls today.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
- It has
finally sank in that my time in academia is not quite over yet.
Normally, I would consider the stuff that I did today pretty boring.
But I noticed something. Ever since the acceptance letter came in, I
have been feeling steadily more optimistic about my career prospects
than I have in several months. Skimming over possible class subjects
and researching various career paths was actually making me smile.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
- Today was a big day in a quiet sort of way. Yes! I finally stopped waffling and signed up for my classes. I didn’t have to wait-list anything either, which is making me smile beyond words. It’s nice to know that after having such a stressful week, something is actually going well.
- This is a side point, but something that made me smile about process of signing up for classes was how comparatively streamlined it was against any previous experience I have ever had. Cal State Long Beach knows how to make a good first impression with choosing your classes. Their course planner is by far the best I have ever seen. Figuring out which classes are necessary to graduate is not always an easy task, so I can appreciate the technical challenge that went into creating a system that makes it so painless. Way to go Long Beach!
week may turn out to be life changing! I’ll save you the suspense
just skip to tuesday!
Monday, May 20, 2019
I spent most of today genuinely
believing I had lost my house keys, so was a relief that I finally
found them later today. It caused me a great deal of consternation
earlier, but I can allow myself a smile of relief now.
More VR Work! Woohoo!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
We saw “Longshot”
this time around. The plot was pretty standard Rom-Com fare, but
Seth Rogan’s bathroom humor was priceless. I was too busy laughing
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
I set out a
list of things for myself to do after I got home from work today,
and I finished almost everything! Productivity Rules! No
seriously, I hate chores, but if there is one thing I wish could
explain to my younger self, it would be that you get a true sense of
fulfillment in sticking to things you set out to do! This is a small
victory of course, but one well worth smiling over!
those minor victories was to get myself back onto the treadmill
today! I’ll remember to smile when I wake up from the fatigue
Thursday, May 23, 2019
- STOP THE PRESSES! I was notified today that I have been accepted into the Cal State Long Beach Masters of Public administration program!!! Smiling doesn’t begin to describe my excitement. My heart skipped a couple of beats when I found out. A new Epoch begins!
- Mom took me out to dinner to celebrate! The Pizza was amazing.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
some freak rain showers today, I timed my sojourns outside
perfectly, and managed to stay absolutely dry! I got all the
benefits of listening to the rain with none of the drawbacks. Pure
I got a
chance to talk to one of my coworkers on Discord tonight. I haven’t
seen him in a while, so it was good to hear he was doing well.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
In a rare
twist, we saw a documentary tonight on Netflix. “The
Contestant who Knew Too Much” is a fascinating story of a math
wizard who managed to turn “The Price is Right” from a gambling
show into a high stakes game of skill. The smile worthy thing in
this documentary was his complete humility. What an awesome dude!
Here it is! The busy week that has
gotten my scheduling into a Gordian knot! I enjoy busy weeks when
they happen, but to have two in a row is extraordinarily uncommon for
me. That is to say, I’m not used to it. Normally, I have weeks of
extreme con followed by short punctuated bursts of frantic activity.
So far, I have had two busy weeks in a row, and as of this Monday, I
am shaping up to have a third! How is that for a winning streak?!
Monday, May 13, 2019
- I sadly had to say goodbye to my siblings today almost immediately after the heady festivities of Mother’s Day. At least we all had breakfast together one last time. It was the old standard, our local Good Stuff restaurant, which has cemented itself as a staple of casual beach dining. I smiled over that meal like it was Mother’s Day all over again.
- Fortuitously, I was also given the day off of work today. I took the opportunity to do one of my favorite things in the whole world: visit Los Angeles, the one true mega-metropolis in all of Southern California. I went hoping to acquire another internship. Unfortunately, this didn’t pan out, but at least the city worked its magic on me and made me smile once again just for being there. I love downtown Los Angeles!
- In order to make my commute home easier, I decided to take the slightly longer route from Pershing Square to the 7th St., Metro Center stop. This meant that I had an excuse to ride the red line, one of my favorite train lines in the entire county. There isn’t much to see on the red line, as it is a subway. No, I love the red line because it cuts straight through the city’s heart, which is arguably where you will find some of the most vibrant activity in the entire area. I always love an excuse to take the train, because it is by far the most hasslefree way for me to travel. I don’t need securements, I don’t need assistance boarding, and it’s not subject to any of the usual traffic which plagues Los Angeles’s congested city streets. In short, I ride that subway every chance I get, and it makes me smile every single time. Today was no exception.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
how I mentioned this was a busy week? Today is the main reason why.
My work is offering a VR program for bedbound hospice patients. The
idea is that if they can no longer experience the world, a sliver of
the world will be brought to them in the form of an Oculus Rift VR
headset. VR (short for virtual reality) is the idea of experiencing
a computer program in three-dimensional space. That’s a very
complicated way of saying that you put on a set of goggles and you
can experience a virtual world as if you were actually there. This
has been a concept since the 1970s, but the technology behind
computer-generated imagery has only recently gotten good enough to
make this experience available to the general public. My work in
particular has a fascinating program, but many bugs still need to be
worked out of rapidly deploying it to patients. I am one of the more
tech savvy people currently available in the office, and so it has
fallen to me to help my coworkers evaluate which programs would be
most useful for hospice patients. In practice, this means spending a
lot of time immersed in virtual reality. It has been an absolute
blast! I smiled that day on several occasions of course, but I think
a better way to describe it would be that I was completely in awe of
what modern technology can do. If you haven’t gotten time on a true
Oculus Rift headset, I highly recommend you do so. Virtual reality
is an entirely different experience than sitting in front of a
In all that
excitement, I almost forgot it was movie night again! The movie on
tap for tonight was “Poms“,
a heartwarming drama about a woman at a retirement community
determined to start her own cheerleading team. As far as I know, the
story was fictitious, but the film did a competent job of seeming
like a story that could very easily have been true. The inner lives
of the characters were masterfully portrayed.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
more smiles today.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
I have had
Isaac Asimov’s “Nightfall”
on my Kindle for quite some time now. Today, I finally got around to
reading some of it. I have not finished it of course, I have a
voracious appetite for science fiction and a good book in front of
me. Nothing will slow me down for very long, nor prevent me from
smiling about it. Be warned, the link I posted contains spoilers,
which I have not yet read.
Friday, May 17, 2019
I have been
shamefully addicted to yet another open source computer game. This
one is called Mine Test, and
if you are familiar with the much more famous Mine Craft, you will
have no difficulty playing this one. I don’t know what it is about
gameplay without objectives, but an infinite sandboxing game in
which you can do pretty much anything you darn well please sparks
the inner kid in me.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
a documentary about the current world record holder for the longest
skydive ever, called “14
Minutes from Earth“. Watching some of their preparations
for the dive was nerve-racking, that the documentary was
fascinating. If you enjoy unobstructed views of the earth from the
upper atmosphere, this documentary is well worth a watch. As for me,
seeing the greatest minds humanity has to offer solving a science
experiment of epic proportions made me smile that night.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Netflix movie tonight! This one is called “Killer
Cove“. The plot looked like it was going to be obvious, but
I have to give the movie makers credit – looks can be deceiving.
They kept me guessing until the very end, which is exactly how I
I’ve noticed a
pattern in life recently where I will have several weeks in which
nothing is happening in a week or two where everything happens all at
once. This is definitely a week to remember. I’m sorry this episode
is almost a full week late by now, but in my defense these last two
weeks have been some of the busiest I have had since last summer. I
promise it was worth the wait though.
Monday, May 6, 2019
with other people’s pets can be a mixed bag in terms of how they
react to you when you have an obvious physical disability.
Fortunately, the dog I ran into on the way to work today had no
reservations about me whatsoever. His sunny disposition was a
wonderful start to my day.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
I had lunch
with a good friend from school today. Normally our talk turns to
politics, and though we disagree on many areas, he never fails to
provide an interesting perspective.
chicken we had for lunch was very good, although I strongly suspect
it was Americanized, because it tasted like normal chicken to me.
movie night tonight. We saw “The
Intruder” this time around. The pacing of the film was a
bit slow at first, although I think a strong case could be made for
why the slow parts of the movie actually built up tension. In all
though, the movie was satisfying enough to elicit a smile from me
(along with several goosebumps).
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
supervisor had time to have lunch with me today. Over the course of
our conversation, it became clear that I know absolutely nothing
about 80s culture. I was subsequently tasked with going home and
watching “The Breakfast Club” sometime after work. I
haven’t done it yet, but it is on the list of things to see. I don’t
know when or how I will do it, as it’s not available on Netflix
streaming. But the conversation made me smile.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Mom and I
saw “Bless This
Mess” today. It’s a promising show whose pilot made me
smile, but overall I will have to put it in the “wait and see”
Friday, May 10, 2019
another quiet day. We all need those sometimes. This one made me
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday could not have been more of a contrast from the day before.
AC and I went down to West Hollywood to see the sights. I had never
been there before today. Traveling always makes me smile, but West
Hollywood managed to make me smile above and beyond my normal
out West Hollywood also has an amazing public library. I spent a
solid 30 minutes admiring the view from their main window. There is
something absolutely breathtaking about cities that have trouble
explaining in words. The view from that library window encapsulates
everything beautiful about them to me. Smiling doesn’t even come
close to describing how I was feeling.
falafel for the first time ever today. It’s definitely a keeper in
terms of things that I would try again.
another first today, I had a coffee flavored milkshake. Don’t give
me that look! It was amazing.
with AC again made me smile.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Mother’s Day today, and that means plenty of appreciation for mom.
Mom wasn’t the only one who got a surprise though. Both of my
siblings decided to come to town in a surprise visit! Once again,
happiness doesn’t begin to describe how I felt about this. I haven’t
seen either of them since Christmas and it was great to catch up
again, even if it was only for two days.
sibling took us out to dinner. I ordered seasoned chicken of some
sort. The sauce was so good that I wasn’t even the last one done
with my meal, which is a very rare occurrence.
nuclear physicist and an electrical engineer in the same family can
lead to some very interesting discussions about the future of
humanity. Our after dinner conversation was one that I hope to
remember forever. This is what life is about, fun, food and family.
What an awesome way to close the week. Smiling can’t even begin to
describe all of this.
There is always a
certain indescribable thrill about getting new packages in the mail.
Keeping that in mind, you will understand why I was utterly jubilant
this week when I (sort of) received two in the mail. Lucky me! More
importantly, I got to meet up with an old friend this week. An
afternoon together couldn’t catch me up on 10 years worth of stories,
but I sure tried!
Monday, April 29, 2019
phone came today! I am one seriously happy camper right now, so my
facial expression should be obvious. I can actually reasonably run
Google maps and my public transit app again without worrying about
my phone crashing. I think I’m going to celebrate by going out
traveling very soon. I’ve read about some issues with the model they
provided me, but trust me it’s a huge step up.
I found a
potential new job opportunity. Fingers crossed. It came as I was
feeling a sense of “carpe diem”. If it pays off I will be
through the roof excited, but for now I can satisfy myself knowing
that I have the guts to look and find something.
finished the last of a humongous load of laundry! My cerebral palsy
makes a victory dance rather difficult, so I’m going to have to
settle for a victory war whoop instead. Now that it’s finally done,
I can smile without any reservations
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
a new phone, and now a new book! I get to be excited for two days in
a row because Shane Burcaw finally
released his latest autobiography! Of course, I pre-ordered mine
weeks ago, so I have the added bonus of waking up to something new
in my inbox, first thing in the morning. Shane, if you ever read
this, I think you’re an awesome writer. I’d love to meet you someday
if I ever end up in Minnesota, or you in California. That would
probably make me smile for the rest of the year!
Two of my
coworkers gave me lunch today! Work may not always be eventful, but
the people are always awesome!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- I was on my own for dinner tonight. The evening was quiet, and I found tinfoil wrapped extra cookies in the refrigerator. I had to finish them off of course, as they would have gone bad otherwise… What? Don’t look at me like that! I was doing my duty finishing leftovers doggone it! Never mind that these ones made me smile.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
the job application from Monday. Fingers crossed and a nervous
smile. Wish me luck folks!
Friday, May 3, 2019
the majority of “Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse”
today. Aaah Shane, your ability to make me laugh is unparalleled.
Fantastic work sir!
tonight. It is a very well constructed period piece centered around
a lone female propagandist in the British Ministry of Information
during World War II. It is simultaneously tragic and heartwarming
(though not a true story as far as I am aware). Sometimes even
sadness can make you smile.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Today was a
very special day. I should explain that I had physical therapy 10
years ago. I’ve had physical therapy throughout most of my
childhood, but when I turned 18 I was approved for physical therapy
sessions at my local hospital due to some preoperative (and later
postoperative) complications. One of my two primary therapists still
works in the unit that I went to. Mom and I decided to pay her a
visit today. The number of stories you can accumulate over a decade
is absolutely mind blowing, and I couldn’t wait to share every
single one of them. I didn’t quite get through everything that
happened to me since then, but it was wonderful reconnecting with
someone who played such a pivotal role in my teenage years. My smile
lasted all day for this one.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
I had a lot
of administrative work to do today, but one thing that was
definitely worth a smile was the time that I found to tinker with my
Kindle. It has been so long since I have probed the internals of it
that I forgot how everything worked. I rooted it years ago, but I
haven’t really done much else with it besides read books. Hopefully
my latest trick will be worth an Instagram photograph. It should be
up within a couple of days, and it definitely made me smile.
So, I’ve been
doing weekly smiles for a while now. Overall, I am fairly happy with
the result. I came to this project with two goals in mind: first, I
wanted to practice learning to be happy. Second, I wanted to
establish a writing habit. The first goal has shown me something. I
don’t have to be doing something crazy all the time to smile.
Sometimes you learn to be happy about the simple things, and that is
what will sustain you throughout day-to-day living. That said,
adventuring is always fun (for me). Most of this week was quiet, but
Wednesday was a huge exception on multiple counts. You know the
drill. Read on my friends!
Monday, April 22, 2019
- Remember how I said dinner was mostly good on Easter? Well, I added that qualifier because we all got food poisoning about 40 minutes later. Anyway, the smile in all of this is that it could have been much, much worse. I was over it in less than 24 hours, which as sicknesses go is quite minor. My stomach was unstable today, but it didn’t get any worse. In retrospect, there is a bit of a comical lesson to be learned here: a nice ambience does not necessarily equal a clean kitchen. Maybe I just have a twisted sense of humor, but I find it deeply ironic that food poisoning could strike in such an upscale restaurant.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
I have the unexpected pleasure
of running into an old friend and fellow ham radio hobbyist on my
way to work today. We didn’t have much time to swap more than a
casual hello, but I smiled because I love these moments in life. To
my friend: I don’t want Dox you by mentioning your name, but if you
are reading this, it was really nice running into you sir.
Ever since my desk partner left
(see last week’s post about the volunteer luncheon), the reception
desk I work at has been fairly quiet. I would often go to lunch with
this coworker in my building’s cafeteria. But as I was preparing to
sit alone today during lunch, a group of my fellow coworkers invited
me to join them. That made me smile.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Today was hugely exciting! I
returned to my alma mater (Loyola Marymount University) to attend a
talk on human rights in North Korea. Not only was the lecture
fascinating, I also got a chance to catch up with one of my former
professors, ever so briefly. I genuinely miss being at my
university, and there are more things that make me smile there than
I can possibly count.
Getting home from said
extracurricular activity turned out to be a comedy of errors. First
off, I made the decision to have dinner on campus. This wouldn’t
have been a problem except that I stayed slightly after sunset.
After dinner, I discovered that the plastic sheath holding my bus
pass to a lanyard that I wear around my neck had ripped, meaning
that I spent the next half hour frantically searching for my
all-important transit pass. Fortunately, it turned out to have
simply fallen into a crevice in my chair. To make matters worse, the
motor attached to my wheelchair died. As if that wasn’t bad enough,
my cell phone also chose that moment to die (permanently). I made it
home at 9:45 PM. I was exhausted, but I spared myself the smile
because at least I made it home in one piece. And boy was it one
heck of a story.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
After such an exhausting
Wednesday, it was nice having a quiet day. This alone is worthy of a
Upon hearing about my broken
lanyard, one of my coworkers found a couple of replacement sheaths I
can use for my bus pass. It sounds like a small thing, but receiving
that tiny piece of plastic made my day.
A customer thanked me for
personally escorting them to the right office and complemented my
awesome customer service skills. I love being useful!
I called my phone service
provider today and discovered that they were willing to ship me a
new phone for only the cost of shipping. Having helpful customer
service is a very refreshing change that deserves a smile.
Friday, April 26, 2019
We saw “A
Private War” today. The subject matter of the film was
quite serious, but the quiet heroism of a real-life journalist
placing her life on the line made me smile.
A funny YouTube commercial about
made me laugh out loud today
Saturday, April 27, 2019
We saw an episode from the
sequel series to “Planet Earth” last night, called “Our
Planet ”. Unsurprisingly for a Planet Earth series, the
cinematography was utterly spectacular. Okay, this wasn’t a smile,
it was a gasp.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
I finally got off my a rear long
enough to put away laundry (or at least some of it). Having some of
that done makes me smile.
This is probably
one of the lowest key holiday weeks that I have ever had. I suppose
it’s a little bit easier to smile when there’s no real planning to be
done., Did I forget to mention which holiday? Happy belated Easter!
Monday, April 15, 2019
I played a game of 0AD
today, I survived for a whole 40 minutes against the AI on medium
difficulty. I’m so excited! That has never happened before. If you
want to try your own luck against the AI, the game is free to
download. Be warned though, it’s addictive!
I was given the day off of work
today, so I could take life easy again for a while. That always
makes me smile.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Construction is complete at work
today! I am happy for reasons I can’t begin to explain. Suffice it
to say that one of the improvements was an ADA ramp just outside of
where I work.
We stayed home and watched
for movie Tuesday. The acting was insanely good. Who knew goosebumps
can make you smile!
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
I am so totally the boss of time
management now! I woke up for work an hour later than usual, but
still managed to be early. Other than a bit of a rush job on my
shaving, things didn’t turn out that badly either.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
I saw the
season finale of “Speechless” today. I hope they come out
with another season, but if not, they are at a good place to end the
show. If this is indeed the end, then it’s been a fun run guys.
You’ve made me smile more times than I can count. Thanks a million.
beat that pesky AI today. Well, for the most part. I haven’t
technically ended the game, but 80% of his structures are destroyed.
It’s nice to win for once.
Friday, April 19, 2019
We saw “No
Men Beyond This Point” this evening. No one is spared in
this mockumentary lampooning both sides of the gender war. It
definitely made me smile, even as I squirmed.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
I started a
fairly large writing project for my blog today. I’m not going to
reveal too much yet, but I’m enjoying how it’s turning out. It’s
definitely making me smile to kick things up to the next level.
I got to
bed early tonight for the first time in a gazillion years! Getting
enough sleep to have pep and vinegar for the next day makes me
Sunday, April 22, 2019
It has been
spotty over the last week, but our Internet signal is back! I can
smile either way though, because having a bit of the digital detox
has been cleansing for my soul.
today! In what has to be a first for my family, the usual parties
did not do home cooking. Instead, we went out. The ambiance was
lovely, the food was (mostly) lovely, and the wait staff were
the waiters, we briefly got into a conversation with one of them
about dogs. It turns out that he owns two Siberian Huskies. Seeing a
picture of his youngest puppy brought an extra large smile to my
face. We also have a Siberian Husky, so I could definitely relate to
the boundless energy his puppy had.
All calamities of
strike at once it seems. Sadly I was hit with two problems this week.
First, I got a minor cold from work, and then my Internet went out
when I was going to upload this week’s episode. Unfortunately the
cold has two implications for my blog. First, I wasn’t doing much
this week so there isn’t much to write about. Second, nasal
congestion plays havoc with computerized speech dictation, so my
notes this week are pretty basic. I’m sorry for the delay. On the
bright side, seven days end to end is probably the fastest time I
have ever recovered from a cold.
Monday, April 8,
the Blender Foundation’s latest
video today. It made me smile. The Blender people do amazing
work, I highly recommend checking them out.
Tuesday, April 9,
The wind was
fierce tonight. It rattled my windows, but I smiled because I didn’t
go out in it at all today.
I have been
fighting a cold since Monday, and as of today, I can swallow again
without hating existence. I still have some Sinus issues, but
sleeping for almost 48 hours straight has dramatically improved
things. Smile! Normally this process takes a month.
normally today (ie standard diet and portion sizes) for the first
time this week. It is nice to have normal food again!
Friday April 12,
I felt well
enough to approach the rest of the family without fear of starting
an epidemic today, so we watched the film “Vice“.
I’m not gonna lie, parts of it infuriated me, but it was executed
with a gallows humor that belied the gravity of the subject matter,
which weirdly made me laugh
I was invited
to a volunteer luncheon today for work. I got a chance to say
goodbye to one of the volunteers who I won’t be seeing again for
quite some time. Lengthy goodbyes are always difficult for me but
we’re pretty sure will be able to see each other again sometime, so
fortunately it’s not permanent. I am glad I got a chance to give a
proper goodbye though.
Sunday, April 14,
- Mark this! I’m sufficiently recovered as of today to get up at normal time! Recovery continues, along with the smiles!