Saturday, August 24, 2013

I'm Not Always A Grumpy Curmudgeon Dammit!

A bit ago, my friend Specialized said something about updating my blog.  I piped up with, "But I did!  I posted about a hike Erik and I went on".

Special: "So it's another bitch fest."

Me: "What?  Noooo..." said while avoiding eye contact.

After scrolling through a few old posts, I realized he may have a point.  I do complain an awful lot.  And that's lame.  I don't like reading/watching/listening to other people's whining, so why should I subject others to mine? 

And then I remembered.  It's my blog.  I do what I want.

However, just for the sake of mixing it up, this post is going to be about things that have made me happy in the last few months.

Starting with this...


THIS ladies and gentlemen, is Milo.  He currently lives 3 hours away but in four more weeks, I get to bring him home.  And that makes me ecstatically happy.  In a melty heart kinda way. 


Last month, the e-mail exchange below made my heart go melty in a different kind of way.

On Jul 16, 2013, at 1:39 PM, Dawn wrote:

Hi!!!!!!!!!
Don’t have anything to say.  Just saying hi.  Enthusiastically.  As indicated by the excessive use of exclamation points.    


From: Erik
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:48 PM
To: Dawn McBride
Subject: Re: Hi!!!!!!!!!

GINGER!

How are you my dear? I was just thinking about you and meant to write you a quick note saying how much I love you.  I'm really lucky to have you in my life, you make me happier by just being. 

How's the day treating you?

Erik


It's amazing what an impact two simple sentences can have on a person.  So people, take 5 seconds and send a text, or an e-mail or hell, the old fashioned face to face and let someone know they're appreciated.   It will make them happy. 

Speaking of texts, I got one from my youngest Sister that made me bust out my ugly hyena laugh it made me so happy.

Anonymous (sometimes she likes to post as "Anonymous" because she's too lazy to log in):
"Hey, did you know I have a picture of the guy you work with that you hate?  Toph?  Or what's his name?"

Me: "Huh?  Why?  Send it!"

Anonymous:  
Behold!  Toph the douche!


Another thing that makes me happy?  As if it honestly wouldn't make the list.  Wine.  Wine makes me happy.


 After consuming wine, harassing Kitten also makes me happy.



It's currently that time of year at work where it's getting to be the stupid kind of busy.  It's stressing me out and I get extremely anxious about being able to complete my tasks.  This makes me less pleasant than normal.  Which isn't all that pleasant to begin with.  Yesterday, out of the blue, one of the sales reps bellowed out of his office summoning me to him.  

Rep: "Donald!"

Me: "WHAT?" shouted back in a not so feminine screech. 

Rep: "Come here."

Me: "NO."  Deep martyr-like sigh and I totter off to his office like the obedient minion that I am.

Rep: "Close the door.  I have to tell you something."

No good has ever come from an impromptu meeting like this.  Especially when it necessitates the door being closed.  It has ALWAYS resulted in bad news in one form or another.  I brace myself. 

Rep: "So, I just wanted to give you a compliment."

Me: While eyeing him suspiciously ask, "Is this a trick?".

Rep: "So, I was driving home the other night and you popped into my head.  I just wanted to tell you that I think you're really cool.  You're awesome and really funny and you're just a really good person.  I'm not sure what your situation is with your man, but he's really lucky to have you.

Me: After a moment of stunned silence..."Uhh thanks.  That's actually really nice of you to say."  

Rep: "Now you should go before this gets awkward."


Coworkers who don't always totally suck make me happy.  


Also, manicures and pedicures make me happy.  I don't remember the last time I paid someone to give me one rather than the drunken smearings I tend to give myself.  But that's not the kind that I'm referring to now.  I mean this kind...


The Kitten kind.  It makes me happy when I see how sweet and tender he is with Kitten and how much he loves that little fur-ball.

Also, sleep.  Sleep makes me happy and I never get enough of it.  And sometimes, this is why.


And yet, getting kicked out of bed and seeing this?  It's one of my favorite things in the world.  It also makes me happy at this moment that Erik doesn't read my blog and will never know that I've posted a picture of him sleeping on the internet. Shhhhh!!!  Nobody tell!

My list of happiness could go on and on but I really need to get this wrapped up.  I'm off to the gym to get in another 5k as part of my "training" for this ridiculous relay race I agreed to participate in.  So naturally, this syrupy, feel good blog post will soon be replaced by my rantings, wimperings and overall disapproval of the gym and exercise in general.  

And all will be right in the world once again. 




52 comments:

  1. Too syrupy sweet, ur losing my respect.

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    1. It was only a matter of time. We've had a good run.

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  2. Milo is adorable. Sappy emails are great. I loved this. It still had enough snark in it to keep it real and tolerable. lol.

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    1. I should think about striving for tolerable in more aspects of my life. Thanks for the inspiration Trini. ;)

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  3. I am happy for you to have so many things that make you happy. Milo and Kitty are both super cute. Love the teeth in front of Kitty. (one of the many things that I wish I would of thought of) I agree that is a darling picture of your guy being so gentle with Kitty. Erik sounds like an awesome person. I enjoy your posts and don't mind if you whine but this one was a fun read as well.

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    1. Erik really is an awesome person. I'm lucky to have him in my life. And I'm lucky to have readers like you who take the time to comment which ALSO makes me happy. :)

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  4. What's a blog for if not to purge all of our frustrations? And good for you for celebrating the things that bring you happiness. If my coworker brought me into his office and said that, I would become immediately suspicious. Finally, does wine make you "happy" or "drunk"? Is there a difference?

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    1. Exactly! But I may have been purging so long there's nothing left but dry heaves. Nah, that's bullshit. There's always more.
      Wine + drunk = happy. But basically all three are synonymous.

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  5. Those dogs! You're going to just love him, being all puppy and whatnot. And then he's going to eat everything that he possibly can, that holds any sort of value to you. But then, you'll catch him playing and being all crazy and you will still see that puppy hiding in him and you'll think he just might be the bestest dog in the whole wide world.

    Trust me.....this is going to happen! :)

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    1. And this is why I can't have nice things. :)

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  6. Puppies and happy emails, wine and messing with the kitty.. Yeah, I found all of that amusing as well :). Glad to see you're still around!

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    1. I'm always around, lurking about in the creepy internet corners. Glad to see you're back up and running!

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  7. Hmmm... this post made me feel, well, umm, like the happy MILF that I am and now I MUST buy another lipstick to celebrate the occasion! This is an occasion, right Darling? Well of COURSE there's ALWAYS an occasion to buy a new lipstick! xoxo

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    1. If I know you, waking up in the morning is occasion enough for a new lipstick!

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  8. Ah the bed. Most of the arguments in my house aren't about budget or cleaning or chores but start with "your on my siiidddeeee." Why do guys feel the need to dream about doing jumping jacks anyways?

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    1. I've gotten an elbow to the face in the middle of the night more than once. Still not entirely certain it's accidental.

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  9. Hey great, this has been an awesome help to me, I have had some really strange annoyances in my personal life recently and it is funny how certain things can really pick you back up or make you look differently on the horrible things and get working on the other things in life. Anyway thank you a lot.
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    1. You're welcome? Um. Wait. Is this spam?

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  10. Sometimes we need to hear from other people the overall tone of our writing.

    Also, puppies and wine will make you happy. If they don't, I don't know what will.

    : )

    That and keyboard smiley faces.

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    1. And sometimes people need to realize that when I want their opinion, I'll ask for it but until then...

      Just kidding. It was an honest comment from him and it was appreciated. I get excited just hearing someone read this thing.

      If puppies, wine and keyboard smiley faces can't make a person happy, they're obviously dead inside.

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  11. Erik! She totally posted a pic of you sleeping! On the internetz!
    Want to know what makes me happy? That I'm not the only one who gets called "Donald."
    ;0)

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    1. The HELL Dawn!!! I said SHHHHHHH!!!

      My entire name is Dawn Leah Anne and my Mom has called me Donald Lee Anold since I can remember. Makes me feel all dainty and feminine.

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  12. I don't complain a lot on my blog, but I am sometimes too brutally honest about my life and it upsets people. I've had a crummy sickly week and blogged why I haven't checked in. More than one reply suggested that maybe I am just too honest and wordy for my own good.

    But, I'm with you, sugar. The blogs are OURS. And we're the bitches who make the rules.

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    1. And if they don't like the rules, they can head on back over to their OWN blog and vomit up all the rainbows and glitter they want. But they'll probably stay emotionally constipated.
      For the record, the brutally honest blogs are the ones I like the most.

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  13. This post made me happy. Also, bitchers love company, I know I do. I'm glad you're doing well. I've been a little absent for the past year and then when I was sick my domain name expired and some asshole bought it which just pissed me off and it kind of felt like my blog stopped existing. Fuckers. Anyway, I hope to read about your happiness and more of your snark on a more regular basis.

    Here's my new area. It's pretty empty so far but I'm working on it. http://tigerbitesblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Cause being sick and practically on your deathbed isn't bad enough. Some jank-hole actually went and stole your name! Holy crap!

      Really glad to hear you're back at it and thanks for making it easy for me and posting your new link.

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  14. Is this becoming an Inspirational Blog? If so, it needs more glitter.

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  15. Oh my gosh, that puppppppppppeeeeeeeeee!!! He is so cute!!!

    So it's your blog, you can mitch and bail if you want to. :) This post is cool though - things that make you happy. It's good to remember those things from time to time.

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    1. He really is, isn't he??

      Happiness reminders are essential every so often. :)

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  16. It's your blog and you can cry if you want to.

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    1. You would cry too if it happened to you!

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  17. People who love cats and dogs are the best!

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  18. The puppy is cute, but then they Always are.

    So you did a feel good post. Now and then we need a reminder of what makes us feel good. Otherwise we are caught up in the swirling vortex of bullshit that happens. That my dear is called Life. Whine away, just don't forget the wine!

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    1. Uh yeah. I'm actually trying to think if I've ever seen a puppy I didn't want to drool all over and I'm coming up blank.

      Swirling vortex of bullshit. I like it! And don't worry, I never forget the wine. :)

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    1. That's for such a heartfelt comment. :)

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  20. I love your complainy posts! They're hysterical :). But I'm not adverse to a happy post from you. It was so dang cute. I love love love your puppy and I can't wait to see pictures once you get him and hear about how naughty he is ;)

    That overly filled bed would make me happy, too. So sweet. But where in the heck are you going to sleep once that puppy arrives??

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    1. This made me laugh. I remember first reading your comment and thinking, "Pfft. There will be NO dirty puppies in the bed". Gawd, what a joke I am.

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  21. Milo's so damn adorable he looks like a stock photo. I'm not entirely sure you didn't just rip that off of Google images.

    Looking forward to those future rants. Have you tried upping the wine dosage? I find that helps...

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    1. I actually googled most adorable puppies in the world then did a photoshop composite of the best ones. My very own Frankenpup.

      Upping the wine dosage would leave me comatose. I may need to look into this.

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  22. can't wait to see how milo gets on with the cat tho, this hopefully will inspire great posts. Rum helps me a lot to find my happy place!

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    1. OH my gosh, it's been SO amusing. For me anyway. Not so much for Kitten.

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  23. There's merit and enjoyment to a good rant, so back to the usual, I say!

    So, hi. First time here, but now I've seen Erik sleeping, and I know you like wine, and you hold up funny teeth in front of your cat's face, so how could I not come back?

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    1. LOL! :) I'm glad you commented and I hope you do come back. :)

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  24. Sleep makes me happy too! How's that cute puppy settling in? Are you not moaning anymore...so not blogging... Hope all is ok

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    1. Since getting Milo I have been moaning a lot less. So yeah, what the hell do I have to blog about anymore? ;)
      I seriously have NO idea how so much time has gone by so quickly.

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  25. I'm a little worried about your well being. Please don't make me come do a welfare check, I really hate Utah. I understand everyone is Mormon but is a drive thru coffee stand really too much to ask? Anyway, I hope you're well, I miss you!

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    1. Hahaa!! Actually we DO have drive thru coffee stands. The only problem is making sure your window isn't frozen shut on the way to work so you can actually GET the coffee through your window. Drive thru liquor stands is what we really need. Thanks for checking in Jordan. You're a sweetheart.

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