Feelgood Friday: The Little Things

Happy Friday, friends! For those of you who will be playing the Mega Millions Lottery tonight (estimated jackpot of $540 million!), good luck! I’m playing with a pool started by my office, hehe. I mean, who knows? SOMEBODY’s gotta win eventually, right? Also good luck to those of you who are running the Cherry Blossom Race on Sunday! As you know, I dropped down from the 10 Miler to the 5K, so if you see me chugging along at some point, be sure to come say hi!

Though I have a feeling the race course will be unfortunately blossom-less this year.

I’m actually in a pretty good mood this morning, which is rather novel for this week. Hopefully it hasn’t shown TOO much here, but I’ve been doldrum-dwelling for the better part of this past week. I guess that with all the mental power I’ve been devoting to my career path, I was feeling a little burdened at the end of the day. So I figured that today I should capitalize on this feel-goodery and take a departure from all the big, life-changing decisions I’ve been contemplating and celebrate the little things that have me in such a stellar mood instead!

I took some of your advice from yesterday’s post and whipped up a large batch of awesomeness last night. I made a light pasta salad out of whole wheat angel hair with red peppers, onion, green onion, celery, and just a wee bit o’ bacon. I tossed it all together in a large bowl, then portioned some out and added balsamic vinaigrette to it separately. It was delicious, packed in a bunch of veggies, and was very satisfying. And now, I have a huge bowl of it in the fridge, where it should definitely keep for a little while, and for variety I can simply add whatever dressing or additional toppings to it that I want! I’m thinking I can try peanut sauce for an Asian twist, shake in a little parmesan cheese, or even just do a simple toss with oil and vinegar. I’m excited about the possibilities!

Daxter has been putting the “terror” in “terrier” lately by reigniting his chewing phase. I’ve lost a sports bra, pair of flip flops, and a camera tripod to the little monster so far, and he utterly destroyed Erin’s copy of “A Game of Thrones” (everybody’s a critic). Hopefully he is coming out of this phase though (Please… please let it be over…) with the help of chewable toys and treats that he’s actually ALLOWED to destroy. I submitted a picture of him for a contest by Embrace Pet Insurance (they’re the BEST if you’re thinking about getting pet insurance — and you really should!) and won a little package of stuff including an edible card! Hopefully it will help stave off the little mongrel from attacking any more of my footwear. He’s lucky he’s so cute.

I’ve been getting in some supplies for the EPIC AMAZINGNESS that will be my 24th birthday party. And yes, the rumors are true: It is going to be Harry Potter themed. (NO JUDGING!) I’m trying very hard not to go too-too overboard with the planning, but let’s just say that there most DEFINITELY be some adult Butterbeers served… and if people are really lucky, they might just get their hands on a vial of Felix Felicis as well.

What’s a little thing that’s making you happy today?


  1. Katesays:

    It hurts my heart that your little terror destroyed A Game of Thrones! Oh man, who am I kidding. That face is too cute to be upset with.

    Your birthday party sounds like a blasty blast! I’ll be expecting my invite any day now. 😉

    Just knowing that today is Friday and one of my best friends is closing on her new home makes me happy. Moving and enjoying a bottle of wine tomorrow with her and her boyfriend and a couple of friends is a great way to start the weekend!

  2. An edible card?! I love it! But seriously, hope he gets a handle on the chewing thing soon. Jackson chewed the front off of one of my brand new cycling shoes last weekend. I was LIVID. But couldn’t be mad for too long, he stuck to my side the rest of the day and kept wanting to cuddle- he was sorry.
    I bet your birthday party will be EPIC! Love that you have a theme for it, too!
    My awesome thing making me VERY happy today- it’s the last day of school before spring break!! One glorious week of NO teenagers, no alarm clocks, nada. One of the only things I truly love about my job- the awesome time off. 🙂

    • It’s so weird, because he seems to go in phases with his chewing. Like, he was really bad as a puppy, then he stopped for a long time, then he will randomly go through spurts of chewing again! So frustrating!

      SO jealous of your Spring Break. Who knows though, if I win the lottery tonight maybe today will be my last day of work too! 😉

      PS: Check your Facebook. 🙂

  3. Sleeping in until 6:10 – how pathetic is that?

    Good luck on your race this weekend! 🙂

  4. Must be something in the air of late that dogs are chewing. Mine attacked my brand new Hunger Games book. He just goes through phases…he’ll be really good for a while then bamm nothing’s safe.

    Your birthday sounds awesome!! And such fun!!

  5. Juliesays:

    It’s FRIDAY!!!! It’s also a rest day!

  6. I scaled back to the 5k as well, I’ll keep a lookout for you!

  7. The fact that it is Friday!

  8. Totally random things, but we are giving our teething puppy empty seltzer bottles [label removed, top taken off] and an old t-shirt and he is in puppy heaven!!! We got tired of him chewing through his toys and pulling out the fluff :/

  9. Your upcoming birthday bash sounds SO FUN!

    Your puppy is so cute. I want one but then I’m reminded that I’m too OCD right now for one.

  10. robinsays:

    Whens your birthday? My daughter turns 24 on the 25th of April. Cracks me up I read a blog from someone her age, but I guess I dont feel my age:)

  11. A Harry Potter birthday sounds amazing!

  12. Danisays:

    Gretchen! You must make these for your birthday party!! Or invite me and I will make them and bring them!!


  13. Lisa Nidasays:

    Watching Daniel wake up makes me happy, even at all hours of the night/morning. I can’t wait for you to meet him. 🙂

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