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Wednesday Smiles
Zack/Temperance Hug - lerdo
I mostly post fannish things in this journal, but I think it's easy to forget that there is a real person behind the fic and the squeeing over Bones.  Same goes for other people, of course.   So I'd like to take a minute to acknowledge our humanity.

Please tell me something that made you smile this week, no matter how small.  Could be the excellent latte you had on Monday, the song you discovered on Tuesday, or the way your significant other smiled at you today.  I'm going to try to post this every Wednesday for myself, and if you feel up to it, please respond—here, in your own journal, or elsewhere.   Feel free to post more than one thing and/or respond to other comments.

Why am I doing this?  Because I think it is far too easy to get caught up in the stresses, big and small, that we all experience.   Being able to focus on one positive thing, however small, can give one a valuable sense of perspective.

Why Wednesday?  I figure a little mid-week cheer can't hurt.  :)

If you feel weird about doing this in public, please comment anonymously.  I'm setting this entry to screen anon comments; I won't unscreen any anon comments unless you give me permission.  And please feel free to comment even if we're not "friends." 

I'll start.

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The woman who lived in the house next to me (and still lives in that same house, next door to my mother) was something of a grandmother to me (seeing as that I really didn't have any of my own). Anyway, I rarely see her any more - given that I rarely have contact with my mother or sister - in fact, I don't think I've talked to her in several years.

I went to my mailbox yesterday and she had sent me a Christmas card and a check - just as she used to do when I was a little girl, just like I was her own grandchild. It made me think of biscuits and baked apples and orange tea (which she used to make for me when I would come over to visit).

And it made me very, very happy to know that she thought of me, too.

After reading your comment, I closed my eyes, imagined "biscuits and baked apples and orange tea," and sighed.

How lovely that your grandmother remembered you.

Enjoy your days off!

And the truth of the matter is this: It made her feel good too that she has you to love.

Winter has come to Maryland; it's 35 degrees out. That does NOT make me smile. But as I was driving yesterday evening, I smiled because the way the bare tree limbs silhouetted against the pink, lilac, and orange horizon made me catch my breath.

Every day, the sun rises and the sun sets. And every day, it looks just a little bit different. That makes me happy.

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Haha. I live in Maryland too, in Frederick. This weather is nice but I wish it would snow.

I hate winter. But having lived in NY and Boston, too, I'll take MD winters ANYTIME.

Snow is pretty. :)

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Aww... I've heard good things about Enchanted.

Perspective is a good thing, and this gave me some. I was having an absolutely rotten day yesterday, and I was anticipating going home to a cranky husband and a sick toddler.

Instead, as soon as I walked through the door, I heard a little voice call, "Mama!" I came around the corner, and her face was just alight with happiness. Happiness that I was there. I picked her up, and she threw her arms around my neck and squeezed. The rush I get from moments like those is something I don't ever want to take for granted.

Instead, as soon as I walked through the door, I heard a little voice call, "Mama!" I came around the corner, and her face was just alight with happiness.

That is just sublime. It's those little unexpected moments that make everything worthwhile.

The rush I get from moments like those is something I don't ever want to take for granted.

When you're right, you're right.

I've been at home since Monday almost 'under arrest' because of the flu, sleeping, watching TV and having a lot of paracetamol to keep the fever under control. Several times a day I make myself a cup of tea, not any tea, Lady Grey, my favourite, and while I'm tasting it, believe me, my world becomes something really colorful and happy. Makes me forget.

Being sick SUCKS. There's just no getting around that. *hugs you tight and hands you another cup of tea* Hope you feel better soon, my dear. Maybe a little Booth magic will help. *points to icon*

Booth performing some magic things on me magic would be great, I appreciate that. ;)

I'm still sick, but I still have my tea, my DVD's and LJ. Soon I'll look back and will laugh at these days. ;)


LOL at you and your dirty, dirty mind. My dear, you are too sick to take advantage of Booth anyway. *g*

You're welcome. Now go get some rest!

I don't exactly have the easiest (or hardest) job in the world, but it's nice to know that you are being appreciated. I happened to be walking through our downstairs offices and my big boss stopped me and thanked me for all the work I've been doing. He told me that he gets numerous compliments about me and my work! That made my day!

That is wonderful. I'm glad your efforts were recognized. :)

Yesterday I met to __marion__. We drank coffee and we talk and talk and talk. About Bones, X-files, Buffy, Angel... and a lot of things more. She is nice and very funny.
I had a wonderful evening :D


Ah, so you spent time with a kindred spirit. Fabulous.

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*g* Fantastic. I hope you enjoyed it!

1. Your drabbles made me smile.
2. My husband's hugs made me smile, as did the way he looked at me.
3. My students' joy at receiving their grades made me smile.
4. One of my colleagues confided in me about how much he likes his new girlfriend, and I smiled.
5. YOU asking me to do this? made me smile. ::hugs::

I'm thrilled that you listed five things that made you smile. Sounds like you're having a pretty good week so far, my friend. :)

YOU asking me to do this? made me smile. ::hugs::

*hugs you back*

Oh, I'm so glad. Like I told someone else, reading through every response to this post has made me smile. There can be a lot of joy in seemingly small things. I needed that reminder. ;) Thank you.

I was telling my daughter she should read for a while and she told me that she didn't like reading, that it was boring because: you don't do anything, just hold the book and stay like this (she then makes as if she's reading with hands as a book) all the time.

LOL Your daughter sounds adorable, Laura. Kids say the funniest things. Please give her a hug for me.

LOL. You just have to say it in her high-pitched but sweet voice with her very own poshy poses. It's hilarious!

Also, I remember a day she said she didn't like to run or play games where running is required because: it's just run run run and then, you have to run even more; sooooooooooo boring, mum! I was RMAOTF. I'm afraid I've got my own, mini Vicky Beckham. *shudders*


my dad gave me a limited coca cola bottle as a present and it came in a package at 8 pm. it made me smile the first time today cause this week was really hard. it cheered me up even though its just a little bottle :)

Little things can mean a lot. Sorry your week has been tough. I'm hoping that things started turning around after your got your present. :)

My Dad actually visited me today. That makes me smile. :)

Family can be a wonderful thing. Glad you got to spend some quality time with your dad. :)

I have a terrible hangover today, which means a fabulous headache, but just reading my friends comments and my friends page made me forget all about it.
This is a great idea.

Hope you're feeling better today, Foxy. Sounds like you paid for your good time at your sister's place. ;)

This is a great idea.

I have to tell you that reading everyone's responses to this post has been truly uplifting. Every single comment made me smile. :)

My history teacher told us that if he ever disappears or goes missing for multiple days and never seem him again he wanted to tell us that we were his favorite class. My history teacher is just random like that. It made us feel happy that maybe one day he will be abducted by aliens

*g* Your teacher sounds like quite a character.

My boys made me smile yesterday when they were in the kitchen baking wafels.

*hugglesyouclose* bisous

Yum. Waffles. Now I want one. ;)

*hugs you back* Kiss your boys for me, Setje.

A co-worker and I had the biggest laugh today--and I'm talking tears, here--throwing lines back and forth from the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer.

Not only is it nice working with people who are similarly demented, it's nice to be able to laugh at work :)

I watched So I Married an Axe Murderer once years ago. It was very funny. Mike Meyers is a riot. Hm... Maybe I should watch it again. It's been a while!

Not only is it nice working with people who are similarly demented, it's nice to be able to laugh at work :)

Definitely. Bad co-workers can make your work-life hell. Sounds like you lucked out, though. :)

BTW, your Buffy "porn" icon makes me smile every time I see it. Never fails.

I cut my hair a few days ago, and since then I really have only seen my family. When I went to take my last final yesterday, I wasn't able to see any friends, but a girl I haven't talked to since the beginning of the semester noticed I had cut my hair and said she liked it. I was in a room with 40 other people, and she was the only one who noticed and said something about it. Sometimes, it's just nice to be noticed.

First of all, hello! I don't think we've "met" before.

Second, congrats on taking your last final. :)

Sometimes, it's just nice to be noticed.

I understand. Enjoy the new haircut and the fact that someone noticed the change.

Well, I was beginning to believe that my entire vacation would be horrid (because I do not have a job, and my parents would be home), but then my friend invited me to her house yesterday for a gift exchange with everyone from our old group (most of us have either graduated or moved away) and I was just happy to be with everyone to share a Christmas, even if X-mas is still a few weeks away...I miss that, just being together, without the worries of adulthood, and without worrying about if something bad was gonna happen at home and then I would have to leave. I was simply put content and happy with my life :)

I've always loved the quote in your icon. Perfect.

I was just happy to be with everyone to share a Christmas

Sometimes just being with people you care about and who care about you, is the best present. :) Glad you experienced some moments of contentment.

Rain. It's really simple but rain is one of the things that makes me really happy, and we've been having rain off and on today and yesterday.
There's something that's just very soothing about it and it reminds me of home (Illinois)

I know what you mean. I just closed my eyes and thought back to what it's like to sit in bed, with or without a book, while it's raining. :)

Exactly, for me that's about as peaceful as it gets, especially when you throw in some hot chocolate or tea and cookies and a nice fire. Good stress remedy :D

My cat. He was hit by a car last year and he was in the vet for ages and had three surgeries and lost his tail. He's always been a bit odd but he was VERY neurotic after that. Freaking out whenever people came near him, even me sometimes, and scratching and being horrible. But just lately, he's been really relaxed and sociable. We've had a few different people in the house in the last week and he's actually come and spoken to them! Well, not really speaking - that'd be a huge step = but he's walked up to them and ny them and not freaked out.

So he's made me smile a fair few times recently. I;m glad he's getting better.

I've been meandering around your journal, browsing your fics and this caught my eye. I'm Annie, btw.

I day or two ago my friend and I went looking for Christmas presents. We were basically done but didn't feel like the long walk home yet so we wandered into the perfume section of Myer (big department store in Australia). And we started spraying and collecting all the little tester cards for each perfume. We tried to find as many interesting ones as we could, some shaped as flowers and bottles and such.

We would have looked extremely dodgy, slipping things into our bags every now and then but it didn’t really cross our minds. Finally we kinda looked at each other, realized how silly we would have looked and the ridiculous and pointlessness of what we were doing. And we just started to giggle. And then laugh. And we stood in the middle of the store for a good five minutes laughing at everything and nothing at all. Those are the moments I love.

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