5 Little Things That Are Simply Splendid

As I got ready to leave work yesterday, I was quite excited with the thought of the maple sweet mashed potatoes I would be making as my dinner side dish.  I thought of how awesome this simple food dish is, which got me thinking of all the little things I love.  So as an exercise in gratitude, I made a list of five “small things” I absolutely love and make my life that much easier/enjoyable (I didn’t include family, friends, or God because I think those are implied.  They are also not little ;-)).

1. New Book Smell – I know the world is moving to e-books and, to be honest, I may go that way someday myself.  But nothing can replace the awesome smell of pages fresh from the press.  As a kid, I loved smelling books.  To this day, I still smell the pages when I get an order in from Amazon.  I know, I’m weird.

2. Baby Laughter – Seriously, how can you not hear them laugh and keep a straight face?  I don’t have a kid and don’t want kids for quite some time.  But when I’m out and see a little munchkin in her stroller, I always smile.  The heartiness of a baby’s laugh provides a bright spot on even the most crap-worthy day.  Case in point:

See?  You couldn’t keep yourself from smiling could you?

3. Tabbed Internet Browsing – I’m really ADD when I surf the web.  The ease of pressing CTRL + T to get the information I want is such a fabulous convenience.  Every now and then, I’m on a computer that isn’t mine and isn’t equipped with tabbed browsing.  The clutter of all those windows brings about my sad panda face 😦

My Wikipedia-famous Posh Spice picture

4. Bobby Pins – For most of my life, I had super long hair (mid-back length).  I cut it short when I graduated college in 2008 and haven’t looked back since.  For a while I looked like Posh Spice with the short back and longer bangs.  Then I cut it even shorter.  Now I have a pixie cut with long-ish bangs.  This is when I became fond of bobby pins.  I can’t put my hair in a pony tail, but I don’t like having bangs in my face most of the time.  Bobby pins are a simple wonder that I am infinitely grateful for.  Eating my bangs doesn’t sound pleasant.

5. Maple Sweet Mashed Potatoes – While the thought of eating my bangs is unpleasant, I could eat sweet mashed potatoes every day!  And they are so simple to make.  I use the recipe found in Jae Steele’s book “Get It Ripe.”  She adds a bit of maple syrup to her mashed ‘taters and I have to say it’s a delicious addition!  Here is the batch that I made last night:

Om nom nom!

What’s one “small thing” you would add to this list?

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12 thoughts on “5 Little Things That Are Simply Splendid

  1. Mmmm…I love the smell of secondhand books, actually. It has a certain musty smell that gives the book a more classic feeling, no matter what year it was published. And it is said laughter is contagious, but baby’s laughter never fails to cause a small chuckle from me as well. Nice post on gratitude for the simple, random things part of life.

  2. I love getting snail-mail. Which happens maybe 5 times a year, but I love it anyway!! I keep sending cards to my friends in hope that people will catch on and send something back, but to no avail. People are just so attached to email!

    • Oooh, that’s a good one! I love getting snail mail also. I really do wish people would drop away from e-mail just a bit. A friend of mine from Maine and I tried corresponding regularly via snail mail about 3 years ago, but it dropped off. Though we did manage a bunch of letters and I’m convinced they will be collected in an anthology when we become famous poets!

      I will fight with you to keep postal letters and “just because” cards going strong 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your kind words! Haha, I am not yet a famous blogger, but I hope to be at some point. Glad you liked the post and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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