A Handful of Happy Things

Cappuccino of the GodsIt’s been really fun getting back into the swing of things around here. I missed cooking (and now we have a fridge full of Berkeley Bowl magic!), and it’s good to get back into a routine with work. I am working on the book proposal now, and it is so much fun. I will take that as a good sign! I ambled over to Peet’s this afternoon and decided to have a cappuccino instead of my usual afternoon tea. I used to inhale a cappuccino every single afternoon back when I was teaching at Berkeley, but these days I just put the kettle on around 4:30 and add a hearty dash of milk to my Earl Grey [in off-topic Earl Grey news: I got a bergamot! Shall I attempt to make my own Earl Grey?!] Anyway, it had been such a long time since I had a cappuccino, and it seemed like the thing. I had a card for a free medium drink, so that’s the size I ordered, and my eyes just about popped out of my head when they gave it to me. This is the biggest medium cappuccino I have ever seen. I am not complaining: it was luscious down to the last drop. Way more than medium-sized happiness.

Star of JasmineIn unrelated happiness, the star of jasmine is in bloom in our neighborhood, and it smells like heaven. I love fall so much that I forget every year how lovely spring is. I am definitely savoring this sweet fragrance.

LightIn further unrelated happiness, I have been working at the library in the afternoons, and I love these high windows and their wooden frames. There was just a beauty pageant of light today. I loved it.

MagicThe library has this very high-tech Nalgene filler, operated by a sensor. I will never let go of the idea that it is the coolest thing ever, especially because the water is so bracingly cold.

BirchAnd finally, the earlier part of this week was really windy, and I noticed while I was out running errands that it was actually ripping the bark off the birch trees. It looked so beautiful against the strikingly green grass. Those are just a few of the things that have been bringing a smile to my face this week. Hope there have been lots for you too.

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