happiness is in your mind
i absolutely loved reading this quote on the happiness project site this morning:
“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
— William Morris
i completely agree with this sentiment.
happiness lies in
✔ folding clean laundry with music playing in the background
✔ immersing myself in studying + learning
✔ being outside in the autumn sun
✔ preparing meals for myself and loved ones
✔ helping others in need (yes, happiness can even lie within a trip to the ER to see a consult on a sunday morning)
✔ connecting with family and friends
in other words . . . life is what you make of it.
(upon perusing the comments of gretchen rubin’s post, i also learned that mr. morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” seems like quite a smart man! if he were alive today, i bet he would dig zen habits.)
i was telling my sister rebecca about my plans to go (mostly) UNPLUGGED next week. she didn’t think it sounded all that challenging, but i compared it to her going a week without knitting or crocheting, and then she got it! she actually came over so that i could do a mini-photo shoot of her latest creations. i am so incredibly impressed at her talent in this arena.
scarf, served sushi-roll style
modeling her own cropped cardi in a beautiful ultraviolet hue
showing off this georgeous golden topper
impressive! i have no comparable craft/hobby, unless you count quasi-compulsive listmaking or this website. i could not knit or crochet (too spatially challenging — my head hurts just thinking about it) for the life of me, but i think i could get into something like bookmaking or scrapbooking.
are you crafty? and if so, what is your medium of choice? i’m curious how many others have a hobby like this one!
workout: 10 miles, average 9:20/mi (estimate), with 4 stops to answer pages. whatever — i actually don’t care about the stats. i was out there, while on call! and i had a great time. i’ll take what i can get.
dinner with my sister: after the photo shoot, rebecca and took on a second project — real simple‘s pork cutlets with spicy noodles. except i decided to make this one tempeh cutlets with spicy noodles instead! while i am not a vegetarian, i consider myself a conscious omnivore and real simple‘s menu is more meat heavy than i prefer. this substitute ended up working out very nicely!
here’s the real simple tablescape . . .
and our creation. served with buckwheat soba noodles and sautéed tatsoi with garlic on the side (sort of like baby bok choy).
i had a hankering for some kind of homemade dessert after this, and we (well, mostly my sister) whipped up these mini apple crisps.
we loosely (very loosely) used this recipe as a guide, and added pecans and raisins to the topping mixture. the little ramekins baked while i answered the world’s most drawn out diabetes call, and it was a lovely sweet ending that would been even lovelier a la mode if we had had ice cream or whipping cream in the house!
board prep report: i actually ended up staying up late (okay, late for ME = 11:30 pm) making flashcards of various syndromes and doing 20 PREP questions. very unlike me, but i’m glad i did it.