What’s Making Me Happy: July Edition

Just being on vacation for the summer makes me incredibly happy, but there were a handful of things in July that really rang my bells.

Here’s what’s made me happy in July:

Little Witch Academia
Originally a short film followed by a sequel, Little Witch Academia was recently released on Netflix as a 13-episode series and I can only hope there are more seasons to come! The best way I can describe it is an anime version of Harry Potter (but not the sad, scary parts – just the fun magical stuff). The main character, Akko, is training to be a witch but she’s not particularly talented in the magic department and gets into lots of funny scrapes with her friends. If you’ve been watching some heavy stuff (think Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones, etc.) and need a little lift, Little Witch Academia will definitely do the trick.


Bottled-in-Bond* Whiskey
My husband and I are big bourbon fans, but the good stuff can get pretty pricey. So, when we came across the article, Why Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey Is the Best Deal in Booze, we decided to give some the recommended bonded whiskeys a try. We’ve tasted three so far: Old Grand Dad Bonded Bourbon ($25), Old Forester 1897 Bourbon ($55), and Rittenhouse 100 Bonded Rye Whiskey ($25). All bonded whiskeys are required to be 100 proof, so aside from the Old Forester, we got a lot of bang for our buck. And they all tasted great, to boot!

*Bottled in bond means the whiskey “has been aged and bottled according to a set of legal regulations contained in the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, as originally laid out in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.”


Writing a Diary
After reading David Sedaris’ Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977 – 2002, I was inspired to start writing a diary again. I’ve only been at it for a couple weeks, but I’ve found that I’m much more present and aware of my surroundings because I know I’m going to write about my day later. Plus, it’s great knowing that when I read back on what I’ve written, I’ll have lots of great stories to laugh about.

A few tidbits that I’ve written about: the who guy offered my husband used cigarette filters when he found out we needed an extra pair of earplugs; the girl who threw up in a Tex Mex restaurant and her supportive sister offered to throw up too; and the older gentleman drawing sketches of an evil-looking ventriloquist dummy at the local coffee shop.


Frozen Mint Oreo Thins
The other day when I was buying Oreos, I had the good fortune of having the grocery store’s Oreo rep right there in the cookie aisle. When he saw me pick up the mint Oreo Thins, he recommended I put them in the freezer just like you would with Girl Scout Thin Mints. Why I hadn’t thought of this myself, I don’t know, but I’m so glad he suggested it. Frozen Oreo Thins are a delicious and cool delight to enjoy in these dog days of summer.


What’s making you happy these days? Share in the comments below!

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