Monday, August 17, 2009

happy monday

my sweet friends, happy week could not have arrived sooner! I am so excited to see and read about all the exquisiteness that brings joy to your lives. there's a blogroll on the sidebar to direct you all to your cohorts in this endeavor (please let me know in comments if I left someone out or if you'd like to play along...as far as I'm concerned, it's never too late to play.)

if you're anything like me, mondays can be rough, so I decided to frontload the happiness here in a giant fireball of one of my favorite things: anticipation.

I have to say that I am an expert at anticipation. in fact, I do better at anticipation than the actual experience. when I am excited about an upcoming event: a trip, a class, a visit, a project, I tend to play the imagined experience over and over again in my head. each time the details become more and more clear, my senses become engaged, then my emotions. there is dialogue, an unexpected twist here and there, handsome strangers, intrigue. and the whole imagined thing ends nicely tucked in the file "good memories". quite often, once I'm in the middle of the real thing, I'm somewhat disappointed. as I've grown older, I find myself actually cancelling upcoming events because I've really already done it in my head. sometimes this is good and sometimes not.

nevertheless, I don't give up hope that reality will pony up. today, I have much to be happily anticipating:
  • autumn: I'm done with summer and ready for my favorite time of year.
  • squam: it's my first time and I haven't anticipated something like this for a long, long time.
  • U2: it will be my sixth time and while they never disappoint musically, the whole experience doesn't quite match the one in my head (I'll let you fill in the blanks here; hint: it involves a backstage pass...). and I am so happy to see that muse is the opening act. love.
  • during my clothing shopping hiatus, I saved some money (not an easy thing for me) and am looking to upgrade my camera to the canon 50d. the excitement I feel here is a bit mixed with some pressure that I will actually have to produce better photos.
  • mondo beyondo: I'm hoping this course helps me narrow the gap between what's in my head and what's happening in my life.

real or imagined, we have much to be grateful for. happy monday beauties. oh, and I'm posting an additional photo because my hair looks better in this one and cute hair makes me very happy indeed.

18 comments:

beth said...

thanks for making me happy this morning with all of your happiness....it's contagious !

Hope said...

The smile, the hair (which is super cute!) everything makes me hug you tighter than I'm probably truly capable of in my head. Happy Monday E.
xoxo

Sara said...

Thanks for coming up with this! I'm in! Check my blog out:)

www.savvystitcher.blogspot.com

Anairam said...

Your list of anticipated events is indeed cause for happiness - I hope they all measure up! As a kid I anticipated - with sadly disappointing results. So I have learnt not to anticipate - I just put the thing out of my mind and try not to have expectations - and then I am almost always happily surprised! (PS The hair is happy and cute!)

Sarah said...

You are so beautiful.

Happy Monday!

/Zann blogg- Sarah

hellosweetworld said...

That's a lot of stuff to be happy anticipating about! I'm stoked that you're saving for a new camera. I would like an upgrade as well but also have problems saving money. Exciting stuff coming your way!

kendalee said...

Ooh, lotsa lotsa lovely happy stuff to anticipate!!! I do this too. More than half the fun in anything is the planning-and-looking-forward-to-it bit for me, which I also do in technicolour detail! The reality is often quite different to my imaginings but sometimes even better and then I just feel like I've had several happy experiences for the price of one! Can't wait to see how these pan out for you...

Off to browse all the happy places now...

LifeIsArt said...

I have to laugh about you canceling events because you have already done them in your head! I swear I do that too!! Hahahaa!!
Very cute hair too.

(and i'm a bit jealous about the U2 tickets!)
Happy Monday!

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

So fun! I love anticipation of good things too. And you have so much to look forward to! I am excited for you! Especially about Squam and the camera! I think I am about a year behind you on those! Can't wait to hear all about it!

christy said...

Good lord, woman! You look 20-years-old in those photos!

I'm so excited for you; sounds like you have a lot of wonderful things to anticipate. I can't wait to read about your experiences at squam and working through mondo beyondo.

Yay happy week!

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

good god, yes, your hair does rock!

so many glorious things to anticipate. looking forward to your report of squam. it's on the radar for 2010. :)

KimberlyRies said...

Thanks for coming up with such a great theme for us! I enjoyed your post. I bought a Nikon D60 last year and I love it. I hope you enjoy your camera when you get it!!

Miss C said...

I too am happily looking forward to a cooler time. I am very done with 115 degree days.

Lisa said...

Lisa - thanks for your comment about being done with summer. I feel the same way! Thanks also for all the happiness, I'm new to blogging but I'd like to play too. BTW, love the hair :)

Kamana said...

your gleeful smile in these photos is enough to make me happy :)

Lady P said...

i cam over from anairam's blog and would love to join in the happiness -
can i come play?
going back immediately to post a happy photo and thought and a link back to you
thanks for the inspiration this week
i needed a good swift happy kick

Relyn said...

Right now I am anticipating back-to-school. Last night was parent orientation. Wednesday is the first day of school. Today is the day to tie up all the loose ends. Which may be why I am awake at four in the morning. Too excited to sleep.

I think I'll play along. I love this idea. LOVE IT!

curious girl (lisa) said...

you guys are the greatest! I'm loving happy week...such a little network of sunshine.