Archive for Happiness

Stringing Random Quotes into One Chain of Thought.

Posted in Entertainment, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by urbannight

sad-world-we-live-in My random thoughts and quotes are not completely random. They are random but taken from the quotes included on my tear-away calendar. I tossed them in a stack and when I started to flip through them, I saw a pattern or a story.

“Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.” – Mike Royko

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I don’t know who Mike Royko is, but I think he has it right. If on is facing the world with open eyes, then one would have trouble being that happy when faced with the crappy place the world happens to be. Or maybe they just aren’t smart enough to see what is before them. Ernest Hemingway seems to think so… “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

There is an odd truth in this. The more I know the more disillusioned I am. The more I know the more I tend to hate humanity as a whole. The more I know the less hope I have for this planet. The more I know the less hope I have for my own future.

The more I know the more I think the planet needs to start over. People are inherently selfish, which is the true root of all evil.

Dostoevsky must have felt a certain amount of this because he said, “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.”

There is a reason I don’t read the Russians. Too depressing.

The Russians seem to really relate to depressing things. A Russian Proverb is “If you wake up and you’re not in pain, you know you’re dead.” You can say the same thing in three words. Life is Pain.

This concept seems to fly right over the head of Paris Hilton who seems to think that “Everything bad that can happen to a person has happened to me.” I don’t think she truly understands the depth of bad things that can happen to people.

Halloween is in the air! And so are Sinus Infections.

Posted in Holiday, Life, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by urbannight

It you are going to be a ghost, do it with style.

To start with, I’ve been trying to fight off a sinus infection.

If you base it on thick, gunky mucus that is 50 shades of green, then it was definitely an infection. They say you can’t possibly get rid of infections without antibiotics, but I’m not so sure. I’ve had pretty good luck with regular irrigation via a netipot. Sure, it takes time and you have to do it, consistently, about every 4 hours. Drink plenty of tea and soup, garlic and cayenne are good tools. So is onion. But the color gets better, the mucus starts to thin some. Eventually you are back to normal.

When you compare it, antibiotic take a good 10 days, you have to take them anywhere from twice a day to every 4 to 6 hours. And then you increase your resistance to then and help create antibiotic resistant strains of various bugs and diseases. Not to mention the rather high odds for women to get ‘other’ infections because antibiotics also kill the good things in our bodies we need.

I think I’ll stick with my netipot.

This fight over who rules my sinuses has been going on since the weekend. Monday I nearly stayed home. Then I decided I would go in and see how things went. Maybe I could leave early if I was getting worse. Well, that was a bad idea. We were short two compilers in another department so the unit I’m in had to help cover for them. There was no leaving early.

Tuesday, I didn’t feel any better. I was in a good mood and decided I could get through the day. I did it Monday, after all. OMG (yes, I really typed it). I ended up leaving in a very cranky mood. It wasn’t triggered by a caller for a change, but by a co-worker.

Wednesday I felt much worse and took the day off. I slept. I got 14 hours of sleep. I also ran out of medicine last night and it was too late to bother going to the store. But good sleep has helped get rid of the sore throat, clear up part of the headache, and green has cleared up to white. My ears are still bothering me. I dislike the way my sinuses drain into the ears.

And I had ‘weird’ dreams all night. Now I normally have weird dreams. These were weird even for me. The result was that I was up early, bright eyed and bushy tailed. But that energy didn’t last long and I’m ready for a nap now. It will be a long day.

But the day is improved by the wonderful, blustery, windy, overcast sky. This morning’s weather was perfect, beautify, just what I like. I love fall and all it brings.

It brings more wind, more clouds, sometimes more rain; leaves turn colors, fall, and make great big piles to bury oneself in. It leads to naked, skeletal tree limbs, reach out, reaching up, clawing at the world and sky. The air turns crisp, and cold, and sharp, and scented with wood smoke and the hint of a future winter.

I love Fall. It is my favorite season. I feel the energy that summer steals from me starting to return. And it marks the return of my favorite holiday. Halloween. I would do Halloween all year round but no one wants to let me.

On the way to work I saw a sign for Spirit of Halloween. It is one of the two Halloween superstores that open up around September. I love these stores. Massive collections of costumes, decorations, party ware, wigs, makeup, hats, masks, the fun never ends.

We also have a local decorating store, called Nobbies that usually has a fantastic Halloween selection. At least it did until last year. That was a rather significant let down. They had their usual large display of costumes. But the actual décor was significantly reduced. I have to admit it was somewhat depressing.

Perhaps even distressing.

Yes, distressing. The spending on Halloween now rivals the spending on Christmas, but last year, thinking people would not be spending as much, the stores stocked less. Much less.

Still, this is another year. Another Dollar. Another Halloween. Another chance to find that perfect item that you can justify leaving out all year long. Another opportunity to increase my skull collection.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I think they seriously underestimate the happiness that can be found in a good skull.

Happiness is . . . Skulls?

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Holiday, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by urbannight

I'm all smiles.

I love skulls.  They have a pleasing shape.  They are always happy.  They never stop smiling.  This one sits between my two monitors at work.  I picked him up at Christmas a year or two ago and put him under my desk tree but my supervisor told me to take him home.  So I just moved him out of my supervisor’s view.  They want us to personalize our desk space.  If people can have Husker stuff up I should get to have skulls up.

A little corner of happiness at work.

After all, they already know I’m Halloween Girl.  These lovelies live on my desk year round.  They have for the past three years.  I had more on the desk but brought some home this year.  We are moving to a new office at the end of October so I wanted to reduce the amount I would have to move.  I usually win scariest costume at our work costume contest each year.  Although last year it was for best use of a historical person or some such.  Everyone wins.  They make up categories that work for all costumes.  Although one year they made up two for me and I got two prizes.  Too bad I didn’t have pictures of those.  They are sitting in the hard drive of a computer that crashed on me.

Mr Happy

Meet Mr. Happy.  I saw him in the grocery store about two weeks ago.  My eyes got really big.  I smiled a huge smile.  My heart filled with joy.  I looked at him every time I was in the store up until payday.  Then I had to have him.  I’m not sure where he is going to live.  But I probably won’t be putting him away after Halloween.   He makes me happy every time I look at him.  Which is why he is now known as Mr. Happy.

And the bloody candle goes here.....

This little number usually has one of the white Halloween candles on top.  The ones that drip red.  This year I bought one that drip black, red, and orange.  Okay, I also bought a pack of blood drippers as well.  I couldn’t resist.  I admit that they don’t hold well to the skull.  It’s the plastic.  Even when well dripped, a good bump will dislodge the candle.  I only use the obviously plastic ones because the good ones just look to nice to mess up with wax.

And now for a little more realism...

I got really excited one year when I found these fairly realistic ones at Walgreens.  I’ve bought one each year since then.  Three now.  Okay, a more realistic one wouldn’t have the teeth in it and the jaw bone would be a separate piece, but it is still the most real looking skull I’ve ever found for 5.99$.

This little plate lives in my desk at work.

By now you may have realized my answer to the question, ” Pirate or Ninja?”  If you haven’t figured it out, you may need a good thump on the head.

Flashing skull of happiness.

Crazy Skull Candle Holder

Glowing Orange Glass Tealight Holder

This is but a small sampling of my collection.  My roommate may regret letting me decorate for Halloween.  A large amount of this may never get put back into the storage tubs.  Considering his large collection of dragons, my skulls should really be considered an appropriate counterpoint to his collection.