This week I’m celebrating happy days.
They seem to be much harder to come by and more difficult to maintain these days- at least, for me- and, so, I can’t help but celebrate when I have them.
It’s always fun to hang out with friends, very energizing. And, we can usually talk about anything- and the conversations are usually over good food and drinks.
My roommate and I decided to watch this year’s Oscar-nominated live-action shorts. The stand-out for me was the British film “Boogaloo and Graham” about two brothers who were given baby chicks by their father. In a short run time, they managed to tell a captivating and hilarious story about family. I highly recommend it.
We also checked out Portland’s arcade and bar- Ground Kontrol. Playing the video games and pinball machines definitely brought out the nostalgia!
This past Thursday, I went to a volunteer reception for Wordstock, Portland’s annual book festival, held at Literary Arts, which recently acquired the event. Having been a volunteer and having had both my work and the non-profit I’m a board member of as exhibitors, I wanted to see in what direction they were bringing it into. This year’s a whole new kind of monster they’re dealing with but I feel like it’s in great hands. I’m in great support of what they do.
The space was awesome and beautiful. I wanted to read all the books there. And it reminded me how Portland is such a city of readers, writers, and volunteers. I talked with some passionate people who I assume I will run into during other related events!
One way I decided to combat my sadness was to send out cards and it worked. Sending out good thoughts and well wishes brings you out of your funk and into a good state of mind.
Another tip: Surround yourself with family and friends- people who love, like, support, encourage, and hold you accountable. Know that you are not alone.
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is A.A. Milne reading from Winnie-the-Pooh, courtesy of Brain Pickings:
What are you celebrating this week?