Sunday, August 23, 2009

things that made me smile this week...

After a bit of a hiatus, the happy list is back! Without further ado... Things that made me smile this week:

1. Interviewing a sweet Filipino mother who spent more than 30 years working the system (and simply waiting) to legally immigrate her children to the U.S. Her 55-year-old son, the last of her children to leave the Philippines for America, finally made it to So Cal two weeks ago. Even though I put a lot of pressure on myself to do a great job with these kinds of feature articles, I really enjoyed working on it and telling the family's story.

2. My editor telling me, via text, that he thought I did an "awesome job" on that story (when he assigned it to me, he said he expected me to write a "kick ass story," so I guess I pulled through).

3. Discovering this blog of sketches by Melissa Morris Ivone, a graphic designer as well as the promoter-of-kindness behind Operation Nice. I wish I could draw as wonderfully as she can. Unfortunately, I didn't get that creative gene.

This is one of my faves:

4. Finding out that there is such a thing as Nutella to-go. I have no idea where you can buy it, but I am overjoyed to simply know that it is out there. 

(Oh, and have you seen the Nutella commercial? My bestie facebooked me to tell me she saw the commercial and it made her think of me. I'm not sure that is a good thing . . . but I can't deny my obsession with the creamy, chocolaty hazelnut spread!)

5. This little pup peeking out from a line up of shoes, spotted on Oh Joy! Too cute, right?

6. Viewing the portfolio of colorful illustrations on Antoinette-Fleur. I cannot for the life of me remember how I came across the site, but I'm glad I did. The images are fun, whimsical, girly and I adore them.

7. The "Pet of the Week" we featured in the latest edition of the paper. Isn't Ariel just the sweetest little thing? Seriously, this photo prompted me to look at the animals for adoption at the local shelter for oh, about an hour and a half, at least. Eventually I came to my sensesI can't afford to take in another cutie pie and I can barely handle Hazel!
Photo by Jann Hendry

8. Listening to "old school" Michelle Branch while getting ready this morning. I love The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. It's like I am in high school all over again when I hear her songs. I found out she performed a free concert at The Grove in L.A. last week and I am so bummed I missed it! (Click the video to be transported back in musical time to 2001.)

9. Learning that a bunny has better fashion sense than I do. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the glamorous Fifi Lapin, of course. I clicked on over to Fifi's very fun blog after seeing a post on another new-to-me site: Antler Mag. (Which is also definitely worth a look.)

10. Spending the afternoon with my dad at the Camarillo air show. (more photos to come...)

So what little things made you smile this week?

Be Happy image via i can read


rachel said...

Nutella to go?! This is bad news for me... that means I'm going to be eating it ALL the time! I cannot resist Nutella.

By the way, it's funny in the commercial when the hazelnuts start pouring out of the container... so fake looking.

rachel said...

Oh, and also, thanks for your kind words about my jewelry :)

I have an Etsy shop that I used to sell plushies + greeting cards in. It's been empty for quite a while, but I'm hoping to reopen it by the end of the month with my new jewelry creations.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Umm, Nutella to go? Sign me up! Haha

Looks like a great week and how fun that you spent an afternoon with your dad!!

That cat is SO freaking adorable!

bianca said...

Nutella to go??!! Oh my goodness, there goes my diet. PLEASE share when you discover where to get it :)

Andhari said...

okay i was reading nicely until i saw that nutella to go picture. HALLOOO what is that? yummy yummm. I want one hahaha

Elizabeth Marie said...

Ok, I can't focus on anything else but the Nutella to go situation. We need to find it. Lets divide and conquer. We're both in Socal. Thoughts?

I'm DESPERATE for it. If ya couldn't tell hahaha....


Shoshanah said...

I used to love that Michelle Branch song, and really that whole album. And I would have totally gone to her free concert at The Grove (assuming of course I was in California, and I knew about it happening). Maybe next time we'll both manage to go

Jamie said...

I've only had nutella for the first time recently. It was pretty yummy though, I must say.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Ooh, congrats on the good review!