Day 74: Diary diving for “Things that make me happy”

My journal from Summer of 1999

I have been wanting to dig into one particular box in the attic for some time now. Even though I felt like crap tonight and didn’t want to do much beyond curl up under warm blankets, I took a deep breath and went for it. It was fun to open this time capsule full of my former journals and page through, reading snippets.

My first diary entry is July 22nd 1987. I have off and on writings, filling 8 or so books, spanning periods of my life from age 11 to now. It’s pretty monumental when I stop think about it. I should figure out some sort of diagram to show the writings on a timeline – an infographic showing intense periods of journaling as well as the gaps. That idea is going into Evernote right now.

The specific journal section I was looking for was something I started in the Summer after my freshman year at NYU – 1999. It was probably when 1000 things books first started hitting the shelves. It was not a prioritized list. It’s simply in the order that they popped into my head. You may not believe it, but yes, I am going to list them here. Really. If you get bored you can stop reading and close the window at any time. I promise not to write a profound closing. I will, however, provide snarky commentary as I think of it and strike through items that no longer make me happy.  Enjoy.

  1. Blank books
  2. The end of a long beach day
  3. Chunky chicken stew with garlic, carrots and potatoes.
  4. Down pillows
  5. Little white Christmas lights all year long
  6. Basil plants
  7. Chamomile tea with honey and lemon
  8. Down comforters
  9. Angels the cover of this journal has angels on it
  10. The Jitters
  11. Air conditioners it was my first sweltering summer in NYC
  12. Pilot precise rolling ball pens .05 DK BlackI prefer ball points now, but still black
  13. Enlargers (Photography)
  14. Cutting up a credit card in a creative shape
  15. Lava Lamps
  16. Chevy Blazers playing reggae music parked near a golf course
  17. Meteor showers at 3Am in cow pastures the second super specific childhood memory
  18. Sucking the nectar from ginger blossoms and wearing them in your hair  this one still works for me
  19. Diving into piles of stuffed animals at FAO Swartz I never could spell. Especially East Coast last names
  20. Sunrooves In fact, I can’t spell anything!
  21. Painted toenails at slumber parties
  22. Feather beds I really do like bedding don’t I.
  23. Sunrise at Haleakala on New Years morning
  24. Possibilities
  25. The Future Not only am I getting philosophical, I am getting redundant
  26. Linen clothingick!
  27. Late night Ice cream boyages
  28. Bubble dropping and catching ceremonies  no memory of this whatsoever but it sounds nice
  29. The sand between my toes except when I am not at the beach anymore
  30. Seeing my breath on a not-so-cold morning
  31. Lying in a field decorating oneself with daisies
  32. Aerobeesover it
  33. Popping your toes
  34. Finding out out that you are psychic is this hypothetical?
  35. Sleeping in your car in the middle of nowhere this could be a not-happy thing too, I think it was for fun…
  36. Q-Tips ok…
  37. Purple sand and green-blue water
  38. Warentees I meant Warranties, and who isn’t overjoyed when they get to call it in.
  39. Playing catch in the front yard
  40. Red cardigan sweaters w/white buttons
  41. Monopoly
  42. The smell of Northern California air in the fall or winter
  43. LEGOs
  44. Chipmunks
  45. Backflips into the waves
  46. Tiki Torches
  47. Autumn leaves pressed onto the pages of a fat book  I found a few when I was flipping pages tonight.
  48. Sand Dollars
  49. Blue eyes
  50. Finding a dollar in an old pair of jeans  Any denomination will do really.
  51. Watching Nancy inhale her Marlboros and speak spanish She was my roommate at the time, but I think this still would make me happy.
  52. Toasted Sesame bagel with cream cheese or butter I’d also take an everything bagel, but it has to be a NY bagel.
  53. Big calculators
  54. Grandma’s closet in your mom or dad’s old bedroom
  55. Porcelin MineaturesAck! Clutter!
  56. Beeker from Sesame Street and the muppet movies
  57. James Taylor when you least expect itDouble Ack!
  58. Annie As in the movie. This has found a renewed life, now that I watch it with Melody.
  59. Listening and accompanying Paula’s singing in the stairwell Other roommate
  60. Diaries
  61. The writing/graffiti under the top bunks at camp
  62. Ramen Noodles
  63. Big…No…Giant tree stumps
  64. The Grand Canyon by moonlight
  65. Toilet papering a car when the owner is home
  66. Fat Fuzzy Cats Allright, I’ll admit it, I don’t entirely despise my cats
  67. Red Wine duh.
  68. Cool lettering Except now I would call it typography. Allthough, looking at the photo above I might leave it at “lettering.
  69. Stained wood floors
  70. The cool pattern the sunlight makes when it hits a swimming pool
  71. 4 leaf clovers When did I get one of these?
  72. Hand massages
  73. Femo clayAlso, over it.
  74. Broiler trays & pans (cooking supplies)
  75. Bare feet I think I meant having them, not seeing other peoples
  76. Sidewalk chalk and art
  77. Deposit slips Now that the ATM takes checks directly this kind of loses its meaning
  78. Marsha Edmonds and her dog My grandmother’s best friend down the block
  79. Messy artists pallets
  80. Fresh college-ruled notebooks Just about any school supply will do
  81. Stores that sell housewares
  82. Using a mouse (computer)That strike through was in pen, I guess I edited this at some previous point.
  83. Reggae concerts in Rodeo Arena
  84. A fat double plumeria lei
  85. Musibu Rampant Maui references
  86. Hand sewn pillows
  87. Bonfires
  88. The button for the penthouse in elevators
  89. Velvet red cushions and brass bars
  90. Ballet sheer wrap-around skirts
  91. Warm milk with honey and cinnamon Gotta try this again soon
  92. Soccer fields with a view
  93. To Do lists
  94. Zip, The catHe’s long dead
  95. Hands covered with oil pastels Again: MY hands.
  96. Barnes and Nobles Cafe This was when it first opening in Union Square NY, but I still like them.
  97. Cheese slicers So hard to find a good one of these
  98. White horses
  99. A Haku Lei
  100. Shaved Ice on Front Street with Red, Yellow and Blue
  101. Cartoons in the middle of the night
  102. Outdoor restaurants
  103. Cab rides down 5th Avenue at night Remember: 5th Ave NY. The Seattle one sucks.
  104. Aprons with funny slogans or pictures
  105. Mozzerella with fresh tomato and basil
  106. Baby pigs
  107. Standing on the roof of your car picking flowers from a tree and putten them in LG. paper bags
  108. Times Square after dark
  109. Van Gough’s Starry Night Seeing the original at Moma, not prints of it.
  110. Clear nail polish
  111. Fish Chasing (scuba diving)
  112. Miracle Thaw I bet this was toxic, because I never found one of these in the store.
  113. Bent up barbed wire fences
  114. Trampolines
  115. Madarin orange slices
  116. pictures or paintings of the ocean
  117. collages
  118. thick fragrant lotion
  119. daisy chains
  120. tripped out candles
  121. epcot center
  122. rose vines
  123. Rachel playing the harmonica Yep, another roommate
  124. Hearing my name in a song
  125. Adapting  Oooh deep.
  126. Jumping off a small cliff or rise into a natural pool
  127. Nigh blooming cirrus in the moonlight
  128. Pool crashing at resorts
  129. Baby pictures
  130. Underground bands
  131. Dancing on picnic tables
  132. Back walkovers
  133. watching a word written in sand be erased by the lapping ocean foam
  134. Long distance phone calls
  135. Being ready for a test
  136. Pinia Coladas (virgin or regular)
  137. Sundresses with spaghetti straps
  138. Avapuhi near fresh water
  139. Late night hot tubbing under the stars
  140. Old baby t-shirts and shoes
  141. Pirate radio stations
  142. Pen pals
  143. Lunch breaks
  144. Giant Japanese beetles crawling across the porch
  145. Homemade Halloween costumes
  146. Avocado tress
  147. Bowtie noodles
  148. The smell of recycled Christmas trees  I was referring to the smell of them being run through a chipper
  149. Riding your bike down a steep hill
  150. Rubber, $1.29 slippers I now call them flip-flops (shame!) and they cost more than that even at Longs Drugs
  151. Key Lime pie
  152. Avocado on french bread with garlic salt
  153. Water slides
  154. Locks of baby hair
  155. Cartwheels in the sand Doing cartwheels, not the wheels of a cart – that would be terrible
  156. Passing notes in class Now referred to as “texting”
  157. Mango slices in Lahaina
  158. Wrapping Christmas presents
  159. Roller coasters
  160. The hike at Hosmer’s Grove
  161. Gummy bears & worms Gummy Worms.
  162. Freshly ironed clothes
  163. Popcorn and home movies
  164. Terraces
  165. Ivy on brick (red) walls
  166. The J-crew catalog
  167. Monet’s Waterlillies Also only the real thing
  168. Purring
  169. Bugles (the snack food)
  170. Sunglasses
  171. Macaroni neclaces original spelling
  172. Fireworks shows on the beach
  173. Hot wet hand towels (scented) on airplanes
  174. The “mad about you” sitcom theme song
  175. Touristy keychains
  176. Mudbogging in the back of a 4 x 4
  177. Shortcuts
  178. Cucumber slices with soy sauce
  179. Towels straight from the dryer
  180. A new bathing suit
  181. Doodles on napkins
  182. Puppy dog eyes
  183. “Where the Wild Things Are”
  184. Suburbia from the airplane view
  185. Coconut milk straight from the coconut  I love that I can buy coconut water now
  186. Silhouettes against a sunset
  187. The sounds of crashing waves mixed with the hum of a ceiling fan
  188. Jelly Belly bean combinations
  189. Husband pillows What!?!
  190. Cottage cheese
  191. Tao Sandles
  192. Drinking games
  193. the smell of cocobutter
  194. Rollerblading
  195. Waking up early in a panic realizing it’s Saturday This could use a few more words to make it sound right
  196. Street Musicians
  197. Palm tree shadows
  198. Kiwis
  199. Bright white table cloths with white stiff napkins
  200. Presto logs
  201. Afternoon naps
  202. Getting things done Talk about contradictory.
  203. Popsicle sticksRegina ruined this one for me.
  204. Beach glass
  205. Puka shells
  206. Sunlight at the right angle to show dust clouds in an empty room
  207. Tree houses
  208. Piano bars
  209. Black and white post cards
  210. Not getting carded
  211. People weaving hats out of Palm fronds and coconut leaves
  212. Old European Fountains
  213. Humming birds
  214. Thunderstorms
  215. Concert ticket stubsAck! More clutter!
  216. Brie cheese and Carrs crackers
  217. Roadside fruit stand honor boxes
  218. Bamboo forests
  219. Reggios Cafe at 1 Am
  220. Skylights
  221. Elija Wood in “The War”  I have no memory of this performance
  222. Rope swings
  223. Black Jazz musicians in smokey rooms
  224. Class organized coffee houses
  225. Room service
  226. A baked potato on a rainy day
  227. Tan skin with freckles
  228. Steel Drums  Tom HATES them, ruined it for me.
  229. Big lawns mowed by other people
  230. Florence, Italy
  231. Guitar music I could be more specific here
  232. Playing hopscotch Tried this recently and yep, still works.
  233. Lincoln logs
  234. Riding in shopping carts Haven’t tried this one in a while
  235. Skimboarders
  236. Indigo Girls Concerts
  237. Laughing so hard you can’t breathe
  238. Unexpected waterfalls I would say any waterfall will do
  239. Candlelight dinners
  240. Soft breezes
  241. Tapes and CDs of nature sounds
  242. Christmas songs
  243. Golf cart joy rides
  244. Ani Difranco when someone has pissed me off
  245. Lots & Lots & Lots of Flowers
  246. Dropping hints
  247. Coincidence I think I meant Serendipity
  248. Having your wallet returned with all your money in it
  249. Sand toys
  250. Night Air
  251. Soft worn out jeans
  252. the Tasmanian devil
  253. Commercials with babies
  254. The ripples in calm pools
  255. The doorbell
  256. Miracles
  257. Roof gardens
  258. Office supplies
  259. Brunch
  260. Being very very clean
  261. Funky hairclips
  262. Coffee mugs
  263. Bear hugs
  264. Not having to do anything
  265. Dreaming and remembering them
  266. Seeing famous people
  267. Zippos
  268. Overalls
  269. New underwear
  270. Playing pool and laughing at how badly you are doing
  271. Cuddling
  272. Watching “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Insert 1% joke here
  273. A full moon
  274. Long floral dresses with combat boots
  275. The Milky Way
  276. Cliffs over the ocean
  277. Driving through tunnels and the superstitions that go with them
  278. Nostalgia
  279. Silver rings
  280. When – saying it.  Saying”when” when somebody is pouring a drink and says “Say When”
  281. Pigtails
  282. Red from Fraggle Rock
  283. “Hakuna Matata”
  284. Antiques
  285. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  286. Winne the Pooh and Tigger Too
  287. The Great Pumpkin
  288. Werthers candies
  289. “The Neverending Story”
  290. White Tigers
  291. Mama’s Fish House
  292. The sounds that Gekos make
  293. Moonbows
  294. Skinny dipping
  295. Really soft comfortable couches and arm chairs
  296. Jumbo shrimp
  297. 8 hour conversations
  298. Playing in the rain and splashing in puddles How cute.
  299. Familiar faces  Except when I forget their names
  300. Men in uniform
  301. Piano Music
  302. Learning to Ski with cute instructors
  303. Bedtime stories
  304. Bubble Baths by candle light
  305. A full tummy (comfortably full that is)
  306. Archery
  307. Cuddling fat fuzzy cats REPEAT!
  308. Guava fights
  309. Soft voices over late night phone calls
  310. Footsteps in the snow
  311. Riding a galloping horse down a dirt road
  312. Drink umbrellas
  313. Pointsettas
  314. Flannel plaid pajamas
  315. Steel DrumsREPEAT!
  316. Pumpkin Pie
  317. Teaching yourself something new
  318. A lazy day in my overalls
  319. Pesto pasta
  320. Boat rides
  321. Street Fairs
  322. Tickle fights
  323. Pillow fights
  324. Food Fights
  325. Large sunken tubs
  326. Pillow Fights Wow, really. That soon?
  327. Thunder Storms Ok this is getting rediculous
  328. Making a snowman
  329. Birthday cakes with my name on them
  330. Snow Fights  Apparently I like throwing things at people.
  331. Friendly bartenders Take note Seattle.
  332. When everything around me is brilliant green
  333. Being weightless in water
  334. White birds
  335. Homemade quilts
  336. Tobi’s
  337. Really good Tiramisu
  338. Suspenders
  339. Theme restaurants
  340. A good deal
  341. Conversations with strange cab drivers
  342. When I remember to bring my umbrella
  343. Apple pie ala mode
  344. Islands in the distance
  345. Dirty dancing
  346. Silence
  347. The wind through iron wood trees
  348. Coral reefs
  349. John Fluvog shoes
  350. Christmas ideas
  351. Carrie’s mom
  352. Good advice
  353. Mocachino
  354. Telling stories about Hawaii
  355. Opening night
  356. Dancing in the dark
  357. The view from my window
  358. Banana pancakes
  359. A good serve (tennis)
  360. New shoes
  361. Crafts
  362. Travel plans
  363. Good horoscopes
  364. Drawing for hours at a time
  365. Free Time
  366. Newstands
  367. Care packages
  368. Castles
  369. Mango tea
  370. Vitamins really?
  371. Power Bars
  372. Raspberry or Passion Fruit Snapple
  373.  The Staten Island ferry on a summer night
  374. Tulips
  375. Killians Red beer in a pint glass
  376. The Brooklyn Bridge in the rain
  377. Double Beds I am on to Queen sized now.
  378. Having someone make you breakfast
  379. Funny emails and now posts or tweets
  380. “Homeward Bound” the song
  381. Songs about Angels What’s with the angels?
  382. A job well done
  383. Standing up for myself
  384. A good sweat Now we are really getting somewhere
  385. Dance class
  386. Teaching someone the basics of hula
  387. A long run on the esplanade at dusk
  388. Long walks arm in arm
  389. eating outdoors
  390. hiking with mom
  391. Smoking a cigar with a beer
  392. Getting in free
  393. Black and white photography
  394. Bringing a friend an unexpected treat I need to do this one more often
  395. Getting paged. Mwuahhahaha.
  396. Ending it gracefully
  397. “SALE! 50-70% off!”
  398. Cherries – fresh picked
  399. Speeding up around the corners (driving)
  400. Little hamsters in those clear rolling balls
  401. Bonding with my little brother
  402. Sharing a Lazy Boy recliner that is
  403. Using a tree trunk as a back rest
  404. Tostones
  405. Creatively painted chairs and tables
  406. Black strappy sandles
  407. That centered peaceful feeling  Like after yoga!
  408. Falling asleep in the sun
  409. Clove cigarettes
  410. Russian stacking dolls
  411. Dancing at the Tunnel It’s in NYC. What a nightmare!
  412. Happy couples
  413. “Starry Starry Night” – the song
  414. Looking good first thing in the morning
  415. Thai Iced Tea
  416. Fresh spring rolls
  417. Giant blackberries
  418. Pachelbel’s Canon emanating from the rooftops
  419. Lunar eclipses
  420. The moment when the Yankees won the world series in 1993 and people flooded into the streets
  421. A new friend
  422. Brunch in the West Village
  423. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  424. Fat free sour cream
  425. Big plush bathrobes
  426. Fort Tryon Park on a sunny day
  427. Illuminated manuscripts
  428. The Unicorn Tapestries  I think this was after a visit to the Cloisters
  429. Good deeds
  430. Long piers
  431. The Manhattan skyline
  432. My reading area
  433. Setting the clocks back
  434. Having my hair played with
  435. Movies about artists
  436. Inspirational speeches
  437. Feed seagulls Rats with wings
  438. The feel of fine fabrics
  439. Me time
  440. Sideburns And this is what I end with?

I have so many more things now that make me happy. Things that include stuff in Seattle, things my daughter does, the miracles of technology. Maybe I will keep this aside in another doc and keep it as a live document.

6 thoughts on “Day 74: Diary diving for “Things that make me happy”

  1. Jeanne J says:

    Love the avocado on french bread idea…and milk with cinnamon and honey…

  2. Sherry says:

    totally awesome list. i could never come up with that much. i’ve got a bucket list with 160+ items on it. I seem to get 6 or 7 of them done a year.

  3. deedeemama says:

    Thanks Sherry. I don’t actually have a bucket list. These are all things I have already experienced. I’ll need to make a bucket list for sure. Good suggestion!

  4. Sheri Hauser says:

    ok. so I admit I scanned right to the bottom after reading your opening to see how far you got, then scrolled backwards, seemingly most interested in observing the things that changed (or were commented on). I expect when I’m not busy at work, I’d love to pour over this list with a drink in hand, would be even funner to do it WITH you.

    #274, I can see you rock that look in 1999
    #215, dammit. I still keep mine (they are SO few…)
    #189, HaHaHa
    #174, dork!
    #35, d’oh
    #12, love it… any specific pen preference is something I can totally relate to;-)

  5. […] to list 1000 things that make me happy. It was back in 1996-ish and I doubt I made it to 1000. I plan to dig that up in November and review it. I will be sure to add walking with chickens to the list. I will also be sure to take some pictures […]

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