The general theme of this site lately seems to be more on the introspective side. Yes, the change in seasons threw me a bit and yes, I’ve been overworked and under rested. I find that as we head into (and through) the winter months my mood does get more melancholy and I start to assess and evaluate different pieces of myself. However! I do not spend every waking moment in a somber state of gloom and despair. There is a lot of goodness and a lot of happiness. These moments, too, need to be documented. If only so that I can look upon them in January to remind myself that ALL IS NOT LOST.

As you are reading this I am done my accounting contract. Done, done, DONE. I start again in 2.5 weeks, but Shhhh. We’re soaking in the moment over here. If you try to break that moment, I will hurtchoo. KIDDING. Maybe.

I have had some pretty cool freelance writing gigs come my way lately. Every time they say, “We are so glad you want to work with us” I smile huge. Then I look around to see if maybe they’re talking to somebody else. I’m a little in awe that anyone deems my writing worthy of paying for it. I also hope that I stay in same state of humbled amazement for, well, forever.

Speaking of writing, do you remember that post last week where I quoted a good friend who said, “Just get out of your own way and go get it“? I was too chicken to state what I was referring to but a bunch of people figured it out (You guys are too smart). I (insert small voice here) want to write a book. Part of the fear of sharing that dream was because I didn’t really know what it was I wanted to write about. I just knew I wanted to do it. I always have. Two days ago I was hit with an idea that is so simple, so perfect, so me. I emailed those two amazing (and quoted) friends I referred to (Outed!) and received encouraging replies full of CAPS LOCK and exclamation points. Honey also thinks it is a great idea and has told me that he will do whatever he can to support me. I’ve had a silly grin on my face for the past few days. I don’t know if it will pan out in the end, but I won’t know unless I try.

Speaking of Kerri, I get to see her next weekend. Every Canadian Thanksgiving/American Columbus Day we head down to the Seattle Premium Outlets to stock up on clothes for the fall/winter. We’ve decided to expand our trip to the Oregon coast because while I’ve been to Portland (as has Matthew, a few years ago), I have never been to the Oregon coast (nor has he). We get to see Rhi and finally meet Bill (They just got engaged!) We’re also hoping to meet up with Linda and her family so that Matthew will believe me that she actually exists. As far as I know, there are no “Code brown” events planned.

I’m looking forward to cramming in as much reading as possible in the few weeks I have off. I’ve ordered (and started) “On Writing” as recommended to me by Kerri. Any other suggestions are welcome; I need $39 to get free shipping from Amazon. I asked you guys for suggestions this summer and the overwhelming response was, “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” I loved it. Us girls then went to see the movie and let’s just say that I didn’t love it.

I have been aching to take more photos but have literally not had the time. Take some fall colors, some adorable children, and a road trip to places different than here and I’m pretty excited to see what I can capture.

I’ve been having more of the “I want to blow up my site” feelings than usual. The weight of the time crunch I have been under has either left me with no ideas, or no time to write about the ideas I do have before the right time has passed. I do know that the less I post, the more I wonder if I should even bother and it just keeps feeding itself. I think that if I can get back into the groove of it regular posting I won’t feel so ambiguous about it. This makes me smile inside. Plus, we all know that shutting this down would make feel like a huge part of me had been amputated. Then there is the fact that you guys are awesome (Yes, YOU).

Speaking of awesome, do you remember when I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was being given a customized Flip MinoHD video camera? There were some glitches with the shipping but she finally arrived yesterday.

Customized Flip

Isn’t it FANTASTIC? I haven’t played with it enough yet to post a review (obviously) but the people from Mom Central (Who hooked me up with it) are giving away three Flip MinoHD cameras. You need a “Flip Password” and they gave me one to pass along: “Dutch.” The contest is only for Canadians, which I’d feel bad about, but us Canadians are banned from nearly every US giveaway. Finally, the home team gets a chance to win. Go Canada!

That there photo at the top of the post makes my heart happy. On Tuesday I told the kids that I wanted to take their photo. After a walloping pile of rejects (Except for this one) I gave up and told them they were free to go….but could they maybe hug first? I love how each of their personalities are captured so perfectly.

So, yeah. I’m ridiculously, annoyingly happy right now.

What’s making you happy?

*Oh, Happiness is my favorite song off of The David Crowder Band’s new CD. It makes me, well, happy.

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  1. Elizabeth October 1, 2009 4:03 am edit

    Happy is good, baby. Drink it in!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Fair-ing well =-.

  2. Melissa October 1, 2009 4:16 am edit

    Oh Angella – good luck! You are an amazing
    writer and you absolutely need to go after your goal :)

  3. Jess October 1, 2009 7:12 am edit

    This post makes me happy too. Except the part where you mention blowing up your site. The mere thought of that makes me very UNhappy.
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Animal cruelty =-.

  4. heidikins October 1, 2009 7:23 am edit

    Hang on to this feeling as long as you can! Write the book, enjoy tour trip! (Although not necessarily in that order)

    .-= heidikins´s last blog ..Confessions of a Shoe Addict, Episode 4 =-.

  5. samantha jo campen October 1, 2009 8:15 am edit

    That custom Flip is STUNNING!

  6. Coach J October 1, 2009 8:17 am edit

    Writing a book has always been a “secret” dream of mine, so you go girl!
    .-= Coach J´s last blog ..I’m still a bitch =-.

  7. Sharon October 1, 2009 8:17 am edit

    Wow – so exciting about the book! That’s awesome!

    What’s making me happy is that I’m off to Vegas in exactly 3 weeks. 21 days, baby! I’m SO ready for a vacation, and have been looking forward to this trip for months. :)
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Tuesday Tidbits =-.

  8. Domestic Extraordinaire October 1, 2009 8:56 am edit

    reading this post and feeling your happiness exude from it makes me very happy. Sitting in my living room enjoying the silence and a cup of coffee also big on my happiness list.
    .-= Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Renee =-.

  9. witchypoo October 1, 2009 9:07 am edit

    Yahooo! A book and a flip giveaway!
    Will the fun ever stop?
    .-= witchypoo´s last blog ..Poopy Small =-.

  10. Ashley October 1, 2009 9:21 am edit

    Starbucks bringing back all the yummy fall treats makes me happy! I’m sure things much more important make me happy but Pumpkin loaf is all I can think of this morning. Good thing Starbucks is much to far away for me to have one…the new pants I bought would no longer fit :)

    Congrats on the book, and other amazing stuff!!! As I’m sure all your readers are gonna say it’s well deserved and the finished product is much anticipated. We better get to buy copies in advance :)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..In the Butt =-.

  11. E October 1, 2009 9:42 am edit

    I know “writing a book” is on a lot of people’s Life Lists, so I think it’s absolutely great that you are going to pursue it.

    The Time Traveler’s Wife? My absolute favorite book. I love reading it in the winter time when I’ve got more time to kill.

    Also, you mentioned an Accounting contract? Are you a free-lancer like myself?
    .-= E´s last blog ..Countdown to Nuptials: EXACTLY 8 months!! =-.

  12. Jennifer Kirk October 1, 2009 10:54 am edit

    I’m going to use a Thoreau quote here: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” You can do it.

    You’re going to fall in love with the Oregon coast.

    What’s making me happy now: the warm fuzzies from an amazing visit from a friend last week, wrapping up in great sweaters (I hate the cold but sweaters are nice), and a husband who is happy and healthy, the 2 most important things in life. I’ve been given some great perspective lately.

    And I looooove the photo of your three at the top… it’s great.
    .-= Jennifer Kirk´s last blog ..Jenn & Geoff, Granville Island =-.

  13. jenn October 1, 2009 11:57 am edit

    Now you’ve gone and made ME happy too! Love that you are getting out of your way to write. Oh, and I wrote a book. It’s under my bed. But I have about 6 gazillion books on writing to recommend. More specifics and I’ll send ya a list… Jenn
    .-= jenn´s last blog ..Autumn =-.

  14. Kami's Khlopchyk October 1, 2009 12:16 pm edit

    YIPEE! So excited for you to go after your dream. I will be first in line to buy it when (not if) it’s published. :)
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Micro or Macro =-.

  15. Tamara October 1, 2009 1:15 pm edit

    You know what? I’ve even been writing. Not on a blog but I’ve been journaling every day for an hour or so. I am not such a big sharer (well, I am but only with trusted people) so blogging never felt right but writing just for myself is wonderful.

    I’m glad you’re done work! We need a coffee date ASAP. You, me and Amanda on Tuesday morning?

  16. hillary October 1, 2009 1:40 pm edit

    Contests open to Canadians make me happy!

    I haven’t read “The Guinea Pig Diaries” by A.J. Jacobs yet but I have read good things about it. I’m adding it to my “to read” list.
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..If My Team Loses I’ll Be Mean All Night If You Tell Me To Relax We’ll Get In A Fight =-.

  17. Hannah October 1, 2009 1:53 pm edit

    Awesome!! Good luck with the book, I know you can do it!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Celebrations! =-.

  18. ali October 1, 2009 7:09 pm edit

    I absolutely LOVE my flip. I have a feeling you will too ;)

    enjoy writing your book! I think it’s the number one thing people say that they want to do but never get around to doing it. make it happen, Angella!
    .-= ali´s last blog ..the dreaded M-word. it’s fast approaching. and all I can think about are pumpkins. =-.

  19. Rhi October 2, 2009 5:03 pm edit

    YAY! So excited to see you! (but sad, as my ring will be away at the jeweler, so you’ll have to come back to see that later!)

    ALSO – we do the custom Flips for giveaways often. I have one sitting at my desk with gorgeous Crater Lake on it and another one I just ordered. It’s sad that they can’t be mine!

  20. Michele October 2, 2009 8:04 pm edit

    Go Angella!!! You can do whatever you put your mind to – and we already know you’re a great writer!!!

  21. Momo Fali October 3, 2009 7:12 pm edit

    This post is ALL fantastic! And, fantastic? Makes me happy.
    .-= Momo Fali´s last blog ..Cure JM =-.

  22. Mama in the City October 4, 2009 10:06 am edit

    Wow. Congrats on making the decision to write a book. Maybe those long winter nights will help your thoughts flow onto pages that will become your first book?!
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..A Refresher: A Letter from Mama in the City =-.

  23. mommyknows October 4, 2009 6:27 pm edit

    Wow, a book? That’s fabulous! I can barely finish a post, and I need photos or my mind goes blank.

    I just got a Flip last month, I love it.

    Enjoy your short vacation!
    .-= mommyknows´s last blog ..New York, it was more than just Martha Stewart… =-.

  24. Jessica October 5, 2009 11:39 am edit

    Just remember this happy feeling…during a time you REALLY need it. :)
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..a puffer fish is like, the dumbest delicacy in the entire universe. =-.

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