What’s Making Me Happy: Vol. 6


This post is a bit late, but I think I have a pretty good excuse. Earlier this month, I had a brain aneurysm and it’s thrown my regular schedule off quite a bit. In any case, I have SO much to be thankful for and I am just happy to be alive. That said, I also have some additional happiness highlights I’d like to share.

Here’s what’s been making me happy recently:


The Medical Staff at George Washington University Hospital
I just want to give a major shout out to the wonderful medical staff at George Washington University Hospital. My neurosurgeon was a complete genius (and only 37!) and all my nurses (I had quite a few over the course of my 2-week stay) were attentive, kind, and incredibly hardworking. I am recovering at home now, which is great, but I had the best hospital stay I could have hoped for.

Tea Dragon Society
The Tea Dragon Society is a webcomic that recently was published as a book. The dragons in the story grow leaves on their horns that make incredible tea. A strange premise, yes, but the art is so stinking cute. You’re going to want a tea dragon of your own.

Acorn TV
I love the United States, but British TV has a very special place in my heart. The big-name streaming services offer quite a few BBC shows, but Acorn TV offers WAY more. I’ve already blown through the Agatha Raisin show and I am totally in love with A Place To Call Home. I’ve put a subscription to Acorn TV on my Christmas wishlist, so my fingers are crossed that someone feeds my British TV obsession.

Food Wars
I’m a self-confessed foodie, so I am absolutely loving Food Wars. It is both a manga and a TV show (Hulu just added to its line-up). The story follows Soma, a teen who attends an elite cooking school with the hopes of conquering his father’s prowess in the kitchen, so he can take over the family restaurant.. Most times he cooks a dish, it causes a rather sensual reaction from the eater (to put it delicately). Tons of fun – give it a whirl!

Halo Top Ice Cream
Halo Top’s tagline is, “Finally, healthy ice cream that actually tastes like ice cream,” and as resistant as I was to believe it, once I tried the stuff, I had to agree. One pint is between 240 – 360 calories, so you can eat the whole pint without feeling like a piggish failure. Some flavors are better than others (steer away from oatmeal cookie and chocolate almond crunch), but I wholeheartedly support the consumption of chocolate, cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, and peanut butter cup. I’ve determined that my favorite is mint chip, but I can’t wait to try more!

What’s been making you happy recently? Please share in the comments section below.

4 responses to “What’s Making Me Happy: Vol. 6”

  1. Allison Avatar

    I’m happy to hear that you’re recovering! What a scary thing to go through.

    That ice cream sounds amazing–I’ll have to check it out.

    I’m loving the ease of online shopping for a less stressful holiday. Also, yesterday the Libby app saved me in a long Santa line with two impatient kids. I pulled up Sideways Stories from Wayside School (basically the first thing I found) and I read them a couple stories just from the preview. They loved them and they stood and listened patiently until it was our turn. Thanks for the nudge to try it!

    1. Kristen Avatar

      I’m so glad Libby worked for you! And btw, great taste with Sideways Stories. When I read that book to my students, they are completely engaged in the stories.

  2. Allison @ My Novel Life Avatar

    A brain aneurysm? That sounds super scary! I’m glad you’re ok…and still blogging! That ice cream sounds really good. I’m currently addicted to Celestial Seasonings herbal teas and am having fun trying the different flavors.

    1. Kristen Avatar

      Yes, the aneurysm was no joke. I’m convalescing for now, but have to keep myself occupied and engaged, so I’m very glad to have my blog. Thanks for being part of the book blogging community!

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