What a day..

Sorry for the quality -- taken via cell phone

I’ve had a pretty jam packed day so far. I’m definitely looking forward to relaxing for the next few hours!

Last night I picked up my mom from the airport and headed to grab a birthday glass o’ vino. We met up with some good friends and had some good laughs quoting from the movie “Uncle Buck.”

“I’m Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell’s wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I’m… I’m the wart. She’s my tumor. My… my growth. My… uh, my pimple. I’m Uncle Wart. Just old Buck “Wart” Russell. That’s what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They’ll call me that. “Melanoma Head’s coming.” I’m s… uncle! Maisy Russell’s uncle!”

If haven't seen it -- you need to

 

Anyways — I celebrated with 2 sliders and a glass of pinot noir. By the time I got home it was pretty late and I hit the sack — hard. This morning I got ready for my interview. It went really well – or so I hope! After months of job hunting I’m definitely ready to settle down somewhere. Right after my interview finished, I bolted over to babysitting. Now I’m finally home. Hunter was extremely lonely all day. He has been a serious attention hound since I’ve walked in the door!

After I got home I headed over to the gym in our apartment complex and ran two miles. I’m trying to mix up what I’m doing each day so I don’t get tired of the same old same old. After my run I did a bunch of stomach exercises using a ball.

Eats — this morning I had a fruit smoothie! I blended ice, strawberry banana fat-free yogurt, frozen mixed berries, a banana, and some V8 Splash juice. It was very tasty and decided to see what would happen if I froze the half that I didn’t eat. So far it looks like it has the consistency of Italian Ice.. We’ll see how this experiment works out.. I had a weird lunch just because I was on the run. I had a few bites of my leftover tuna salad, a banana, a couple bites of pasta, and a handful of mixed nuts. Weird I know..

From Prevention Magazine:

9 Signs you’re happier than you think:

You were a smiley student: Adults who had the biggest grins in their college yearbook pictures were up to 5 times less likely to be divorced decades later than those who looked less happy, according to a new DePauw University study. A smiler’s positive disposition may attract other happy people or rub off on a spouse.

You have a sister: People with at least one female sibling reported better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference. Sisters appear to encourage communication and cohesion in families.

You’re not glued to the TV: The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube, according to a University of Maryland study that analyzed 34 years of data from more than 45,000 Americans. They’re more likely to spend time socializing, reading, or going to religious services—habits that are linked to better moods and health.

You keep souvenirs on display: People who use mementos or photos to remind themselves of good times better appreciate their lives and are happier, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside. Good memories remind you of your “happiness potential” and promise that soon you can reach it again.

You make exercise a priority: People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers. Compared with sedentary people, joggers were 70% less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction, the study found. Couch potatoes who started moderate exercise—the equivalent of 17 to 34 minutes a day—experience the greatest happiness lift.

You have a healthy love life: Physical intimacy is a key contributor to happiness, found a study by Dartmouth economist David Blanchflower, PhD, and Andrew Oswald, PhD, of England’s University of Warwick. Married people report 30% more sex than singles, which may be one reason they also report being happier.

You hang out with happy people: Socializing with a cheerful person in your neighborhood increases the likelihood that you’ll be happy too, according to a new study. How often you get together matters most, say the researchers: People who live within half a mile of a buoyant buddy increase their odds of being happy by 42%. If the friend lives farther away (within a 2-mile radius) the chances drop to 22%—probably due to fewer get-togethers.

You stay warm with hot cocoa: Clutching a steaming beverage—coffee and tea also do the trick—can elicit a flood of positive feelings, according to a Yale University study. This may be because people associate physical warmth with emotional warmth, say the researchers. Study subjects held cups of either hot or iced coffee; those gripping warm mugs were more appreciative of friendliness in others and also felt more generous and trusting themselves.

You have 2 best friends: Among 654 married adults, those who said they had at least two “best friends” (not necessarily including one’s spouse) were likelier to have better mental well-being, says a study. But additional friends didn’t lead to any more happiness than just a pair.

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