An incomplete list of things that are shiny and happy and make me feel like myself, and which I'm happily experiencing a lot of right now. In no particular order:
Singing - Drove up to Berkeley the last two weeks, and have been listening to cooper book goodness in anticipation of the Southwest Texas! Also, my voice is sounding the best it ever has, which is really pleasantly surprisingly. I think it's thanks to this strange lack of yelling at children or inhaling massive amounts of pollution. (And my general immersion in healthful eating and wellness.)
Long meaty life filled emails from favorite people. - Email is love. Bringing me closer to you while warming my antisocial telephone-phobic heart.
Postcards - Mostly from my mom (I am in awe at the staying power of her Lewis and Clark obsession.) But also an "out of the blue" one from Andrea.
Seeing people in the flesh, or the tantalizing prospect of doing so in the near future - My dad's visit is impending and it's fun to plan activities for 2. Also, Rebecca is the latest to leave Quito, and in 9 days she'll be in Berkeley for law school! Which not only means quality time for us, but exponentially increases the attraction for our other friends to visit.
In conclusion, love and kisses to all.
Fine print: This has not been an attempt to guilt you, dear reader, into participating in those activities. Just a thanks!
Finer print: If it did guilt you into it, so much the better ;)