Saturday, September 7, 2013

What's Making Me Happy This Week

I've been debating starting this little memlet for a while, and I think I'm just going to go for it and then see if I can keep it up.  I say memelet because I don't think it'll become like a "thing" anywhere but here, although you are certainly welcome to use the idea - especially given that I actually stole it from the first thing that's making me happy this week.  These will mostly be non-book things, since I tend to focus on books throughout the rest of the week.  And now, what's making me happy:

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a weekly podcast from NPR on, well, pop culture.  The hosts basically just discuss movies, books, comics, geek culture, music, and anything else going on in the pop culture world.  At the end of each podcast, they each list what's making them happy that week.  I love the idea, so I'm going to co-opt it for the blog and try to make it a weekly post.  I'm a huge podcast fan and this is one that I never miss.  If you're a pop culture junkie, you should definitely be listening,

Don't even laugh.  Luke and I have been watching this series at night (it's my first time ever) and I love it almost as much as I loved Voyager.  We laugh out loud during every episode and their total and complete earnestness combined with the 80's special effects and horrible writing are absolutely priceless.  And the whole thing is on Netflix, so there you go.

Might as well get all my geek out at once.  During our weekend getaway, I rediscovered my love for Catan with Jacki, Jennie, Crystal, and Andrea.  We played several games (one of which I won - happy dance) and I totally got back into it.  It's been a long time since I played and I can't let that happen again.

Ok last thing, just in case you're starting to think I'm a total nerd with no outside interests:

I'm also a girl and the girly part of me is obsessed with this lip balm.  It's got enough color that I feel like it's noticeable, but doesn't feel like lipstick on my mouth.  I'm super sensitive to textures and feelings, and I can't stand the way glosses feel (sticky) or lipsticks (gummy), but this is perfect.  It feels like chapstick on, but it has the pigment of a lipstick or gloss.

Those are the things that are making me happy this week.  What about you?


  1. So funny that you picked Catan. Memorial day weekend, we had spare time with my teenagers--something that never happens anymore. Two days in a row we sat down and had family board game time, playing Settlers of Catan the first day and then the Seafarers edition the second day. It's been at least a year since we've taken the time to play, and it was just a joy. What a great memelet (did you coin that word?)

    1. I believe I did coin that least I'm going to say I did until someone shows up and tells me it was their idea first :)

  2. My two favorite episodes of Star Trek's the Next Generation:
    "Darmok": I especially liked the notion of a language based on metaphores and the telling of Gilgamesh by Picard.

    "The Inner Light": The unique way a race whose world was dying passed on the message of who they were. I can only imagine how the experience affected Picard.