Innocuous things that make you irrationally happy (a list thread)

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1. strangers who smile at me and say "hello", sometimes it's a pick me up on a bad day!

officer i didn't know it was a penguin (San Te), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:22 (ten years ago) link

2. Cobwebs covered in dew

hey it's (jel --), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:23 (ten years ago) link

3. A sunny morning on a day when I don't owe my time to anyone.

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:24 (ten years ago) link

4. Finding money in a jacket I haven't worn for months.

hey it's (jel --), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:24 (ten years ago) link

5. The daily paper at my door.

Randolph Carter (Viceroy), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:25 (ten years ago) link

6. Eating an apple, I always forget how nice they are - which is part of the charm, coz if I ate them all the time I wouldn't like them so much.

hey it's (jel --), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:26 (ten years ago) link

7. A stack of clean sheets, towels just waiting to be used for something

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:26 (ten years ago) link

8. A full pack of cigarettes -- nothing can be too bad if you have enough cigarettes

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:27 (ten years ago) link

9. Any excuse to use those correction tape rollers.

franny glass, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:27 (ten years ago) link

10. kids doing that stompy playtime talk to themselves thing that they do when they think no one is paying attention to them.

the great aussie ballkicking vids (jjjusten), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:29 (ten years ago) link

its like a little glimpse into happy imagination land, plus you know they are plotting something awesome

the great aussie ballkicking vids (jjjusten), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:29 (ten years ago) link

11. Seeing someone walking a dog, and both person and dog just look like they're having the time of their lives.

a seminar on ass play for kids or something (Phil D.), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:30 (ten years ago) link

12. Posting on ILX when I haven't really posted in forever. It's like an old pair of slippers.

hey it's (jel --), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:30 (ten years ago) link

13. An adventure to plan

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:31 (ten years ago) link

14. using my envelope opener. such a clean open every time.

MAX NOT FOR MOD (Roberto Spiralli), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:32 (ten years ago) link

15. waking up in the middle of the night and discovering that it's earlier than you thought so you can get more sleep and then remembering that tomorrow is your day off anyway

mookieproof, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:32 (ten years ago) link

16. dogs being walked past my front porch when i'm sitting outside that stop and come on over to say hello

('_') (omar little), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:33 (ten years ago) link

17. When the timer on the stove beeps and the meal that I've spent a great deal of time preparing is finally ready!!!

(Simple) (Elegant) (Stevie D), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:36 (ten years ago) link

18. using those little blue oil absorbing sheets

MAX NOT FOR MOD (Roberto Spiralli), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:36 (ten years ago) link

19. Someone holding the door for someone else. "Right. At least we haven't lost ALL sense of society."

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:38 (ten years ago) link

20. Putting my watch on for the first time each morning, and feeling the cool metal of the bracelet. Ahhhh.....

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:41 (ten years ago) link

21. A motherfucking E chord.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:41 (ten years ago) link

22. Getting enough sleep and not waking to an alarm clock!

Aimless, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:41 (ten years ago) link

23. Starting a new Moleskine journal

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:42 (ten years ago) link

24. Having my morning coffee in my stainless steel travel mug at work..I can nurse that thing for 3 hours!

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:43 (ten years ago) link

25. Starting a new bottle of Hendrick's

(Simple) (Elegant) (Stevie D), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:44 (ten years ago) link

26. Eucalyptus trees after it rains

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:44 (ten years ago) link

27. Clean sheets on the bed

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:44 (ten years ago) link

28. The drive to San Francisco from Sacramento (bc we're always driving there to do something fun)

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:45 (ten years ago) link

29. Airports and flying

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:45 (ten years ago) link

30. Truckee

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:46 (ten years ago) link

31. Warm shower after a long workout

officer i didn't know it was a penguin (San Te), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:47 (ten years ago) link

32. Seeing distant snow covered mountains on a clear morning while driving to work

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:47 (ten years ago) link

33. When whatever you are listening to on your iPod syncs up EXACTLY to what is going on around you
33a. Walking through a light drizzle on an overcast but bright day listening to Massive Attack's "Teardrop"
33b. Walking down the sidewalk seconds before one of the biggest rainstorms you've ever seen and it's impossibly dark and humid and smells like rain and the sky is black and you can see torrential downpours half a mile down the road and you're listening to Spiritualized's "Electric Mainline" and it feels like you're about to walk into something that will change your life

(Simple) (Elegant) (Stevie D), Thursday, 30 September 2010 17:52 (ten years ago) link

Rain can be just amazing.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:07 (ten years ago) link

i miss rain tbh

('_') (omar little), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:07 (ten years ago) link

34. Seeing cool classic cars driving on the freeway.

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:08 (ten years ago) link

Really really old people holding hands

Bougre de crème d'emplâtre à la graisse de hérisson (remy bean), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:14 (ten years ago) link

Hedgehogs

Bougre de crème d'emplâtre à la graisse de hérisson (remy bean), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:14 (ten years ago) link

35 old people in love xp!

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:15 (ten years ago) link

36. Just one wipe

some o))) (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:17 (ten years ago) link

37. Any type of retriever wagging its tail

Bougre de crème d'emplâtre à la graisse de hérisson (remy bean), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:19 (ten years ago) link

38. Any three legged dog

Bougre de crème d'emplâtre à la graisse de hérisson (remy bean), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:20 (ten years ago) link

39. Or three-legged cat

kate78, Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:21 (ten years ago) link

40. Dogs trying to bite waves at the beach. UNBELIEEEEVABLE happiness.

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:23 (ten years ago) link

40. When you're in the house and you fart really loud and satisfyingly and it smells awful but you feel a liitle proud

Bougre de crème d'emplâtre à la graisse de hérisson (remy bean), Thursday, 30 September 2010 18:24 (ten years ago) link

41. Bed-hair on men. Adorable.

franny glass, Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:02 (ten years ago) link

42 g bale's first touch on the full sprint.

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:04 (ten years ago) link

43. Watching snow fall, especially if it's dark, and especially near a streetlight that makes them all glow like you are flying thru STARZ
44. Seeing ducks, squirrels, moorhens, rabbits on the way home
45. Being alone in the house and fixing yourself some favourite comfort food that your partner won't eat

patapon pataphysics (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:23 (ten years ago) link

46. Pugs

Darin, Thursday, 30 September 2010 19:25 (ten years ago) link

I decided recently to become more handy by force of will -- will just try things I don't know how to do, look them up on the internet, and not give up when I face setbacks. Today I removed an old shower door from our tile shower stall, and the hardware was really old and rusty and there were a few stripped screws, and I wrestled mightily with them, and I got the motherfuckers out.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Friday, 20 February 2015 02:47 (six years ago) link

When you say hi to a dog you don't know, and it starts wagging its tail so hard you think it might tip over.

Miss Anne Thrope (j.lu), Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:32 (six years ago) link

^^^that's a good one! Also: street cats, whom you expect to be pretty shy, who actually bound over to you purring when you bend down to call them.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:29 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Free tupperware with every takeout soup order.

WilliamC, Thursday, 7 May 2015 00:46 (five years ago) link

People who go into Starbucks or Costa and say, in all seriousness, "i'd like a coffee please". Must be infuriating for the baristas but i find it oddly endearing, like they've just stepped out of 1954.

Petite Lamela (ShariVari), Thursday, 7 May 2015 11:31 (five years ago) link

apologies i shd have promoted it more here but i only just discovered i still had a password :D

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drash, Monday, 18 May 2015 21:29 (five years ago) link

haha

time trafel 2015 💨 2012 (wins), Monday, 18 May 2015 21:30 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

I've got a new purse (wallet) and it's a big MUM PURSE. I'm sitting watching TV and transferring everything carefully from my old purse to the new one.

kinder, Friday, 17 July 2015 19:04 (five years ago) link

18 oz of organic raspberries (fresh, not frozen) for $3.61
I feel I could make it rain raspberries and still have some leftover to eat

La Lechera, Friday, 17 July 2015 19:30 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

when i provide detailed easy-to-follow instructions and someone actually follows them

La Lechera, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 14:01 (five years ago) link

People who go into Starbucks or Costa and say, in all seriousness, "i'd like a coffee please". Must be infuriating for the baristas but i find it oddly endearing, like they've just stepped out of 1954.

― Petite Lamela (ShariVari), Thursday, 7 May 2015 11:31 (3 months ago) Permalink

I similarly feel IA at people who in 2015 are still harping on "OMFG I DON'T UNDERSTAND STARBUCKS ORDERS WHAT'S A GRANDE I JUST SAY LARGE" -- at this point you either know how it works and are being pretend simple or you just never set foot in Starbucks which is completely fine but then why are you commenting on your inability to understand their ordering system?

five six and (man alive), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:08 (five years ago) link

then take it to the IA thread, megan complainor

La Lechera, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:57 (five years ago) link

haha whoops

five six and (man alive), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:05 (five years ago) link

read the "endearing" part out of the quote and thought I was in the other thread for a second

five six and (man alive), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:05 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

surgical adblocking

koogs, Thursday, 10 September 2015 21:50 (five years ago) link

haha yes

mookieproof, Thursday, 10 September 2015 22:00 (five years ago) link

yes! i am a latecomer to adblock and it is amazing. Before my browser would crash or slow down to a crawl anytime I went to an ad-heavy, flash-ridden site

marcos, Friday, 11 September 2015 00:06 (five years ago) link

Case in point was the two elements the Washington post adds to obscure its pages when you're using an adblocker. 8)

From there I went on to remove all the comments, the side bar, the social media div, the 'popular articles' div... Element hiding helper ftw

koogs, Friday, 11 September 2015 04:59 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

minor social successes
it's like they buoy my spirits just enough to make me want to try to make them happen more often (inertia, etc)

La Lechera, Friday, 25 September 2015 19:47 (five years ago) link

I love old couples holding hands. This week I saw one couple walking with their arms around each other.

tokyo rosemary, Friday, 25 September 2015 21:17 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

Slowly coming to realize that Amory's current mayor is actually a cool guy and not discernably conservative. He doesn't mind when I address him as Illustrious Potentate, he's younger than me, and he's a Ween fan.

defibrillate after opening (WilliamC), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:02 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Facebook ads where the comment thread is all people taking the piss out of the product

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:58 (four years ago) link

When kittens get crazy eyes and run diagonally.

Walking across a parking lot at sunset and having a 30-foot-long shadow.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 10 June 2016 03:34 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

On Facebook, seeing my first-grade teacher wishing my kindergarten teacher a happy birthday today.

pplains, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:40 (four years ago) link

The morning of a summer day.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

half of a leftover birthday cake in my fridge atm

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:20 (four years ago) link

happy birthday!

oh, amazonaws (wins), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:57 (four years ago) link

lol i should clarify, half of *mr veg's* bday cake

that he's kindly sharing with me
so vicariously my birthday

thanks! :D

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 23:46 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

When ILX maintenance or repairs cause a server restart, because that means Blog View will work for a week or two.

aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu (melting robot) (WilliamC), Sunday, 29 January 2017 18:48 (four years ago) link

Seeing green shoots from flower bulbs emerge in late January.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Sunday, 29 January 2017 22:38 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Lost my phone on the metro this morning. A couple of hours later call my own phone, somebody answers, we set up a meeting point and I get my phone back.

People, they're the best!

silverfish, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 17:42 (four years ago) link

p rational

phones are like wallets these days

F♯ A♯ (∞), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 17:49 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

Unzipping a zip file, releasing the folder within, then dragging the zip file into the released folder before dropping everything into the garbage can.

pplains, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:40 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Squirrels. Definitely pests, never tire of watching them, wish they knew how much we loved them so they would stop being so squirrelly.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 27 September 2018 23:21 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

Took my car to the garage because something was faulty in my reversing light. Bear in mind every time I took my car to my old garage it ended up costing £££.
Got the bill at the end - £2.12

kinder, Sunday, 3 March 2019 11:53 (two years ago) link

Playing "heads will roll" and my 13 yo goes:"oh i know this!"

nathom, Sunday, 3 March 2019 19:37 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

A handful of things that make me happy:

1. A good cup of English-style tea (PG Tips and Yorkshire Tea especially).
2. Good music that reaches my soul and heals me from within.
3. My friends.
4. When I'm on my medication and I'm thinking clearly and neurotypically.
5. Doggo/pupper posts on the interwebs.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Saturday, 23 March 2019 22:18 (one year ago) link

32. Seeing distant snow covered mountains on a clear morning while driving to work

― VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, September 30, 2010

When a line of distant cumulus clouds hug the horizon and look like impossibly tall snow covered mountains.

Hideous Lump, Sunday, 24 March 2019 07:12 (one year ago) link

^ similarly, seeing a cute dog being walked on morning/evening commute.

D. Joe, Sunday, 24 March 2019 07:28 (one year ago) link

Haha I have introduced dog spotting at work. Hey look at that cute dog! Oh wow. Lol. What breed is that?

nathom, Sunday, 24 March 2019 08:56 (one year ago) link

Living in my town: you discover everyone knows everyone. At a funeral yesterday seeing it again: hey they're friends of my dad and now I'm here saying goodbye to the daughter. That made me unhappy (duh) but you feel a closeness.

nathom, Sunday, 24 March 2019 08:59 (one year ago) link

The burial made me unhappy I mean. Goes w/o saying. Made me unhappy and exceptionally angry. Fuck drunk drivers. Really.

nathom, Sunday, 24 March 2019 09:00 (one year ago) link

All doggos are good girls and boys. Their existence is one of the genuinely good things about this world. Drunk drivers are one of the many terrible things. I'm terribly sorry for your/your family friends' loss, Naths.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Monday, 25 March 2019 16:09 (one year ago) link

Not hitting a red light for TWO WHOLE MILES

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 25 March 2019 16:13 (one year ago) link

there should be awards for that
best feeling ever

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:41 (one year ago) link

Dee for real. I was so angry. Still am.

nathom, Monday, 25 March 2019 18:27 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

It makes me happy that Thad Cochran died Thursday and didn't merit a mention on the obituary thread. Fuck that guy. Always smiling, always genteel, always a reliable party line vote for shitty policies.

The Bite Game with Jim Lamprey (WmC), Sunday, 2 June 2019 15:57 (one year ago) link

yeah I think sometimes reveling in the indifference towards some low level diabolical politician cunt dying can be more satisfying than one of the big dogs eating it, there is something quite cheap and performative at times about pissing on a big dog's grave.

calzino, Sunday, 2 June 2019 16:31 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

The second through, say, the 8th or 9th shaves with a new razor cartridge.

Miami weisse (WmC), Thursday, 19 December 2019 19:06 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

When there's a small bit of a song that you can't identify that periodically reappears in your head for years and then suddenly you hear the song.

In my case it was a bit from "Die Wölfe Kommen Zurück" by Coil, a track I probably hadn't listened to in almost 15-20 years.

silverfish, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:06 (one week ago) link


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