What’s making us happy this week


I’ll start with something that makes me happy every week, one of my favorite podcasts, Pop Culture Happy Hour.


It’s a weekly NPR podcast with intelligent discussion about pop culture. It’s entertaining, gives me great ideas for books to read and movies to watch, and gives me something to talk about at parties. There are three core members who are a part of the show each week, with another rotating guest, which is often another NPR celebrity like Audie Cornish or Gene Demby. At the end of each show, they have a segment called “What’s making us happy this week” where there share a pop culture gem that they’ve enjoyed that week. Hence the title of this here blog post!


Trader Joe’s

TJ’s is making me both happy and sad this week. I’m happy because we are stocked up on TJ’s goodies after a trip to Syracuse, NY. One of my favorite new finds were these Kettle Popped Sweet & Salty Popcorn chips. They are highly addictive, and also feel like a healthy food since they have chia seed and quinoa among their ingredients.


Trader Joe’s also makes me sad because the closest ones to us are still 3 hours away, so our stocking up trips are few and far between. I agree that we should have one here in Michiana.


M*A*S*H on Netflix

I grew up claiming to hate M*A*S*H, mostly because my dad loved it. But the year after college I watched the first few seasons with my roommates and fell in love with the show. It’s funny, it’s clever, and it’s pretty solidly anti-war, especially considering its first seasons aired during the Vietnam War. I was pumped to see it on Netflix, and most of our days end now with an episode of M*A*S*H. Gotta love that Radar O’Reilly.


Signs of spring


The daffodils on the south side of our house are almost in bloom, and we have purple and yellow crocuses (crocii?) in the front yard. The sun is shining, the weather’s starting to warm up, and things are actually starting to look green! Every day I check to see if our asparagus is starting to come up yet.


Safety. Safety makes me happy.

I got a very stylish vest to wear when I bike. Actually, more than safety, biking in nice weather makes me happy. I’ve literally been singing or whistling on the way to work (don’t worry… no one can hear me).


Grass that is green

I was tired and grumpy on Thursday, but the sun was shining between rain storms, so I went for a walk. I was still tired and grumpy when I got back, but at least people liked my Instagram photo?

I forgot how green green could be.

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These mugs from Justin Rothshank.


Founders KBS

Scored 3 bottles of this hard-to-find beer. It’s pretty delicious, and we’ll see what happens after some time in my cellar.


Version control

At work, I finally got version control where I want it to be. A clean code repository made me surprisingly happy. Coders, you know what I mean…

 What’s making you happy this week?


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