Friday Things: Making Me Happy

August 20, 2010

My all-time favorite book is The Lord of the Rings, and it’s been a deep sadness of mine that David doesn’t share my love. He’s never shown any interest in reading the book, and according to him he “suffered” through the first movie when it came out in the theater.

But it’s been a month since he’s had to be home from work, and he recently got it into his head that he’d watch the top 50 movies from Guess what? All three of the LOTR movies are on there. And since I already own them, he started watching them at home all by himself. I was so proud!

The best part is, he actually likes them now. He uses subtitles so he can keep track of all the names and places and he doesn’t mind them being so long since he’s in the comfort of his own home and can pause anytime he wants to. He even started reading The Hobbit! And yesterday he took a trip to Half Price Books and came back with The Children of Húrin, the only book about Middle Earth that I haven’t read because it was published after Tolkien’s death.

I know it took a lot for him not to buy anything for himself, but he saw this and had to get it for me. He’s the sweetest. :)


I’ve been making more progress on my hopelessly antiquated cross stitch project. It’s not my style at all, but it was free & still so much fun to see it come together. Working on it in front of a movie has become my new favorite way to unwind, and I’ve already found some projects I want to take on after this one is complete. Some of them are: Sherlock Holmes silhouette, birdhouse tree, hidden lily, and so many things from this Etsy shop.


It’s true that our pups aren’t always a source of happiness, like when I’m trying to sleep in and they decide to use my bed as a wrestling ring, or when we’re trying to relax and they won’t stop pawing at us, or when we’re watching a movie and someone walks by outside and they flip out like it’s the most! exciting! thing! ever! but gosh, I love them so much that I can’t imagine life without them.

Every cuddle, every lick, the way Oliver lies upside down all twisted, the way Eddie tilts her head to one side, how when Cleo gets excited her whole body wags, I can’t get enough of any of it. Our house may be covered in a thin layer of fur, and we may not always get the peace and quiet we think we want, but it’s so worth it.


All pictures taken on the Hipstamatic app from my iPhone.

Posted in: books & reading, crafty, personal

Comments on Friday Things: Making Me Happy

  1. 1

    From Scott:

    I absolutely loved The Children of Hurin. Let me know what you think when you finish it!

  2. 2

    From Emily Jane:

    I can totally relate to your excitement about him watching (and liking!) Lord of the Rings! I felt that way when David picked up ‘Neverwhere’ and read it… and LOVED it. And Star Trek! We just finished Voyager and he said (after years of “I’ll never be someone who dresses up for Halloween”) we could go as Star Trek officers this year together. VERY squee-worthy. :)

  3. 3

    From DeMo:

    I’m working on an antiquated xstitch too. Mine is a victorian lady in a garden. I’m sure it will be great when it’s finished, but it’s definitely not my style. It’s a nice challenge though from the post-card sized pattern I finished before. I’m going to look around for some patterns on etsy once I’m finished with this one.

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