Since my last post on the simple pleasures that brighten my day, I’ve started noticing other little things in my life that make me happier.
Starbucks Caffe Americano:I stumbled upon this by accident the last time I flew home when the coffee kiosk was…out of coffee? The barista offered me Americano as a replacement, which is basically espresso beans brewed over water rather than coffee beans. The result is a strong brew with a smoother texture than coffee. Ooh la la.
Caesar Salads:On Fridays after work my go-to dinner treat is a Caesar salad. I’m not sure exactly but they’re one of my favorite semi-indulgences at the end if the week. Plus with a glass of wine….perfection.
Group Texts:There is something about the quick and witty banter between my friends and I that always makes me laugh and cheers me up. Even though they’re not in New York with me, it’s nice to know I can always count on them when I need it.
A Fresh Manicure:As much as I love getting my nails done, even giving myself a full manicure makes me feel so much better about myself and so much more put together. Clipping, filing, buffing and painting is also a very therapeutic process. And sometimes, when I’m feeling optimistic that maybe spring will eventually come, I paint my toes, too.
Chamomile tea:I have a shelf full of teas in my pantry, one being chamomile. I was semi skeptical a few weeks ago about the tea’s ability to calm me down after a rough day. However, it is perfect. Almost every night a brew a cup and drink it while I read in bed.
Gossip Girl: I’m not sure what drew me to it, but when we subscribed to Netflix, I started watching Gossip Girl. I had read the books when I was younger and I was just…curious. However, now that I’ve started I can’t stop. I’m addicted to the drama, the clothes, the New York City locations. Maybe it’s because I see a lot of myself in control-freak Blair. (Without the scheming, of course). Regardless, I really do enjoy spending mindless hours watching the drama unfold.