A while ago I published a post about 4 of my favorite little things that make me happy. Here are 4 more.
My Key Ring
My key ring is like my design philosophy in miniature; it’s well made with no more functionality than you really need. A guy I used to work with brought in some giveaways he got the night before from some kind of party or benefit. Among the mafia-themed swag were these kitschy keychain charms on the best key rings ever. They are much heavier than most and I had no use for the keychain, so I swapped them out and have been using them ever since. It sounds dumb, but I just like the way they feel. As for the actual keys, there’s nothing on there that I don’t use on a regular basis. I disdain all of the keychain charms and rewards cards I get, I like my keychain lean.
Mrs. Renfro’s Green Salsa
I love spicy foods of all kinds, but this stuff is amazing. It’s spicy enough to perk me up, but not so spicy that I can’t eat enormous quantities of it, which I often do. I keep waiting for someone to bet me that I can’t drink a whole jar at once, because I secretly believe I could. I also like that it’s consistent in texture, so you don’t end up with the salsa being watery when you first open the jar like most other store-bought salsas. Plus it has a pink lid.
Sitting on my back porch in the rain
Say what you want about the way the back porch looks, it keeps the bugs and rain out. I really like rain, a lot. It’s probably the best thing about summer. The heat in summer is awful, but this summer especially it has been broken up by significant amounts of rain here in Pittsburgh. I can’t think of anything more relaxing to me than sitting under my metal roof with something to read while it’s raining.
The perfect music
I have broad taste in music, so when I say the perfect music I don’t mean any one genre. I remember not so long ago being generally unmotivated, but with a lot of work to do. On a lark I decided to put on some metal and I transformed myself into a productivity machine. Something about the relentless loudness focused me up really quick and shut everything else out. Similarly, I’ve taken to playing “Giorgio by Moroder” by Daft Punk when I’m otherwise incurably angry. The song is nine and a half minutes long of synthesizer arpeggios and bright distorted guitars. No fury of mine can outlast the almost endless feel-goodness of Giovanni Giorgio and his story. Finding the exact right song for the moment is really satisfying, too. I also had an inordinate amount of fun putting together a playlist for our New Year’s Eve party. There’s some radio DJ inside me somewhere.
That’s all I have for today. If you have something you have that you can go to to cheer you up, let me know below.