A list of simple pleasures! - The Dainty Squid

A list of simple pleasures!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Last Tuesday I was having a really crappy day. One little thing shot my day in the foot - I got the invoice to repair my camera and ai yi yi, I am not stoked. It ruined my day, at least for a few hours. Moping over something you can't change is just silly so I decided to do a little something about it starting with an hour long bubble bath (which gave me lots of time to read!) After I got out I straightened up the house (a clean house always cheers me up!) and then I made a short list of a few of the things that I really love in life.
After I ran out of room I realized I hadn't written "hearing the rain on our metal awnings" which is one of my favorite things ever! Also, you're just going to have to excuse my awkward grammar on one of those - it should be "watching my favorite movies on VHS". But I suppose it's fine because I did want to mention that one anyway and see if anyone else felt the same way. I LOVE watching my favorite movies on VHS because the quality is so crappy - but it's not even that bad it's just not that bright, crisp look that it is on DVD. It brings back memories to see them in that quality. When I watch them on VHS it's like being back on the couch at my parents, all curled up under a blanket. It's just the best!

So, what are your favorite simple pleasures in life?
xoxo

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  1. Oh I am so with you on that entire list! Yes, even the VHS movies - although sometimes the sound is completely gone on the really old ones :(

    I might add watching a thunderstorm out the window at night while I'm laying in bed, and the light that happens when there is a thundercloud in half of the sky and clear sky in the other half.

    Kitty
    xo
    Kitty & Buck.

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  2. These are so refreshing. All those pleasure makes life beautiful-er. I would add, for myself, drinking an hot latte in a wonderful old mug and starting a new notebook (that includes to decorate him).

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  3. I totally know what you mean about rain on metal. Me and my sister used to hide out in the garage during storms when we were little. There is just something about being so near to the rain but being dry that I kinda like.

    I'm glad you managed to turn your day around :)

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  4. Oh, I love your list. I have been having a rough time lately with health and business being tougher than I'd like, I must start doing a grateful daily diary. It always peps me up ♥

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  5. Everyone should have a list like this to help cheer themselves up when they're having a rough day. I agree with you on starting a new book, getting snail mail and sitting by a campfire with friends, but not so much on folding laundry ;)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  6. I would have to add watching a cat clean their face. It's just about the cutest thing ever.

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love watching my disney movies on VHS...oh and I also love waking up before the sun sets, the day feels clean and new.

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  8. I agree with rain! Love it. Smoothies. Walking/hiking--anything outdoorsy where you can just get lost in your head. also making lists, i am a list fanatic!! splurging on a magazine. watching a new movie. beach sunsets. finding something awesome at a yardsale/thrift store. crafts! and i'm also going to steal your clean house. listening to records. dancing in the living room. days i can sleep until whenever I want (even though I'm up by 8 anyways).

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  9. I love this little post. And I LOVE all those things too!
    Yesterday it was really windy here and I remembered that I love opening up my windows on a day of really strong winds and letting it's wildness into the house! ♥

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    1. Oh, I love that too! Always nice to have a nice breeze in the house!

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  10. I love to write lists like this one on things that make me happy :) I definitely agree with getting snail mail, how exciting!
    oh and you have such a cute handwriting!

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  11. I was told that it's cheaper to just invest in a new digital camera than trying to get one fixed, after its broken. My old camera's sensor was being weird, I asked how much it would be to shp it back to get fixed or replaced and it ended up being close to what I paid for the camera! Crazy.
    Also whenever I visit home, I always watch a few VHS Disney films in my room. It's always good times.

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    1. That's not true at all though. Despite being a lot (let's face it, a lot if a relative term. I'm pretty thrifty so a lot might not be much to most people) to fix it was still WAY WAY WAY WAY cheaper than buying a new one.

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    2. Ah, well maybe it was just my camera brand, (which isn't popular) or maybe I had more than one thing wrong with it at the time, and the guy knew it would have to be mostly replaced. :/

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  12. I ALWAYS watch VHS if given the option! Something about tracking lines and stuff make me giddy!

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  13. You're not alone, I love watching my old Disney movies on our VHS (which is still hooked up to our TV!)

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  14. I really need to get a VHS recorder to see what I've recorded as a teenager. I have a big box of VHS tapes. :D I wonder if they sell them anywhere in Finland anymore.. ones that actually function.

    I love your list!

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  15. I like VHS movies too! I wish they didn't take up so much space, I had to downsize my collection. I love watching movies from when I'm a kid on VHS. Star Wars looks so much better crappy than it does on Blu-Ray.

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  16. I have kept this terrible little TV in my house for years solely because it has a built-in VHS player! I love watching VHS tapes even on its tiny screen :-)

    Some of my simple pleasures...
    - addressing envelopes
    - seeing ric-rac on anything
    - using Biore pore strips on my nose
    - reading your blog!

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  17. I love your list I have a list for things to do on the way to work..... I'd love to see what you come up with- you seem to hit the nail on the head! http://elishafoundintranslation.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/fight-nothingness-on-way-to-work.html

    Love reading your blog! x

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  18. I LOVE VHS! My boyfriend has loads and loads of vhs tapes, he has so many shows recorded from the 80's and until now, he still hunts of blank vhs tapes to record on! It's so fun to see old commercials and our favorite movies from when we were kids!

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  19. My camera lens broke recently and it's going to be cheaper to buy a new one. I miss using my nice camera! It's hard waiting for things to be fixed, and it stinks to have to pay for them!

    I love your list. We are big VHS fans in our house. My husband won't watch Star Wars any other way because he likes the original cut he grew up with. I should make my own list and hang it on my bedroom wall for those less-than-happy days.

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  20. I agree with everything on this list! VHS all the way! Some of my simple pleasures: walking through nature,having that first sip of coffee in the morning,bubble baths,smelling flowers and warm clothes from the dryer!

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  21. I agree with most of the things on that list but I have to add a couple of my own. I love to write into my diary at night under a gloomy light. Also, watching the rain from a really cosy rooms window maybe with a blanket on top of me is the best. Another one is taking a nap in the middle of the day to get energy and I feel fresh. I guess that is why they call it beauty sleep. I love VHS but it's annoying to wait for it to rewind back :)

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  22. I have a whole moleskin dedicated to my favorite things--I carry it around to add things to it, and when I'm feeling out of sorts, it's my go-to. Here a few of my own favorites...
    --kneading bread
    --hearing the pop of a jar sealing (canning)
    --waking up slowly, knowing you don't have to go anywhere
    --shaved legs in fresh sheets--NOTHING beats that :)
    --warm tomatoes, fresh off the vine, that taste like the sun

    i have to disagree about the VHS tapes though--the fuzziness drives me nuts! Haha, I still remember being SO impressed that DVDs didn't need rewound!

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  23. Also.. VHS means you can pause whenever you like and turn OFF your VCR... go do stuff and come back later and pick up right where you left off. :) Your list is wonderful!

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  24. I completely identify with this list! I hope to heaven that I will be able to find my VHS player in my parents house when I go home this weekend. The real classics are in my childhood movie closet. Lovely blog though, truly.

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  25. You're so observant. I find it so difficult making these kind of lists. You really do take in the world and all the little things it has to offer :)

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  26. my boyfriend collects VHS' so i definitely can appreciate a good VHS casette tape!

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  27. I totally agree with the VHS thing. I hope they don't stop making video machines because if the two i have both break and i can't get another i'll be gutted! also a good thing about videos is that the kids can't scratch them causing them to skip all the time XD

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  28. I LOVE watching our old home videos on VHS. It makes me so much more nostalgic!

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  29. I LOVE watching our old home videos on VHS. It makes me so much more nostalgic!

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  30. I love so many of those things, too! Amazing.

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  31. Watching your favourite films on VHS is ace!! It definitely reminds me of sitting in my living room in my pj's with a blanket and loving every minute of it! My favourite ones to watch are Disney films, partly because you can't get many of them on DVD anymore! (boo!)
    I would love for hot bubble baths to be on my list, but I'm allergic to bubble baths :( so it's just a long hot... Boring bath for me :( I still love it but it's really not as exciting as having awesome yummy smelling bubble baths! X

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  32. What a lovely post, thanks for sharing your list. You have inspired me to want to make a list of my own.. A fresh stack of new fashion magazines, long bike rides with my dad, making to-do lists, paddling in the river with my dog... I think these lists are so important and inspiring. I always try to focus on the things that I know will cheer me up when Im feeling a bit blue.

    Jo x
    http://theperfecthidingplace.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. Nothing can beat a lovely hot bubble bath :)

    Kelly

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  34. Such a lovely list! This is a great idea- I think I might do one of these myself!

    I love that you wrote "kids talking to each other". In my line of work, I get that for 6 and a half hours, 5 days a week!

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  35. I STILL have a TON of movies on VHS!! I still have the dvd/vcr combo players! I've slowly been buying them on DVD and getting rid of them but I can't bring myself to on some of them....

    ALSO...I LOVE getting to put the first mark on a clean piece of paper! AND breaking the spine on a new book (I have a friend that hates that, but I love it!) :)

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  36. sweet list! if it makes you feel any better, i accidentally tossed the camera my dad bought me for christmas into the washing machine! (it must have been in one of my pockets. whoops.) after a full cycle, the camera is destroyed! it wasn't that expensive but still, i felt a little crappy. but things could be worse. and now i'm off to adopt a cat, so nothing can put a damper on my day!=)

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  37. Everything on your list I agree with! =D I would add listening to music while drawing and taking pictures in the afternoon, for my personal list of simple pleasures. :)

    ~Miranda

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  38. Getting kneaded by a cat is the best ever, agreed.

    I love how creatively you present your posts.

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  39. Favourite number 1 - waking up in the morning and finding oneself surrounded by sleeping happy purring kitties.
    Favourite I-don't-know-what-number-it-would-be-but-it's-up-there - getting a good bargain on something you really really want!

    hmmm, I'll have to make my own list now....

    I miss your thrift posts. Found anything good lately?

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  40. OMG!!! Someone else who is a VHS watcher. I agree with you 100%, also squirrels! I miss those little buggers. And rabbits! I love watching birds... I may totally have to steal this from you, if that's okay???

    Also, I love being barefoot. I'm barefoot except when we leave the house, and than it's either my favorite boots/shoes or sandals where I can still feel the grass and air!

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  41. Several years ago, when I was in high school, I used to watch Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS practically every day after school, and fall asleep while watching it (god I miss afternoon naps). It was so familiar I could figure out when exactly I fell asleep by what I remembered last.

    I definitely also agree with rain on metal roofs. Storms in general are one of my favorite things, and walking through we grass while barefoot in the rain is delightful, when it's warm anyways. I love snail mail too, in fact I'm always looking for new pen pals (I've been writing to one girl from Denmark for like 8 years and I finally got to meet her in person last year).

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  42. a BIG glass of chocolate milk. yes. yesyesyes. honestly, it's probably the quickest and easiest way to make me happy. your list is fantastic. i'm procrastinating right now and SHOULD be cleaning... while i know it'll make me just as happy, i'm glad i found your post instead of ignoring my reader today :) now if i only had some milk in the house...

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  43. Oh man, I have to do this. Life has been getting me down, and it's always good to try and see the bright side of things. I think of the ones you wrote, watching/listening to kids talk to each other is one of my very favorites. And rain on metal roofs... that's one thing I miss about living in SoCal-- the land of no rain.

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  44. I love basically everything on your list! And especially the VHS one, I have all these old tapes with movies or episodes of stuff I taped off the TV years ago, and I LOVE watching - especially because I get to see all the old adverts and laugh at them!

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  45. - I like watching movies on VHS too! Especially Disney movies.
    - I like the sound of moving water in a plastic bottle (random)
    - or the sound a wine bottle makes right before the first bit of wine comes out.
    - I love browsing vintage and second hand stores because when I buy something there, I get the feeling I can give something beautiful a second chance
    - Watching my boyfriend working on something makes me happy (the way he looks)
    - Painting my nails makes me cheerful
    - and I still lay down in the grass sometimes to see if I can recognize something or some figure in the clouds (just like when I was 5)

    I really like your blog! :D

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  46. Thanks for this, I made my own list too and it really did cheer me up!
    http://dearlydee.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/happy-list.html

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