Happiness Highlights: Bike Rides, Lunches and Chit Chat

My challenge this week was to be more physically active. I made it to Sunday without really following through, and then Jared asked if I’d be up for a bike ride. It was only because of the commitment I’d made to myself earlier that I agreed to go.

Riding with Jared is not what anyone in our family considers fun. He is considerably more athletic than the rest of us and his bike is way more tricked out than ours (tricked out is still an expression, right?), so he is not wheezing or crying or trying to catch a passing bus after an unsuccessful attempt to scale one of Pittsburgh’s many hills.

But this is is about gratitude and not how much I resent my husband for being physically fit.

I am grateful that I can technically say I moved my butt this week. I am grateful that we survived our cycling adventure. And mostly, I am grateful that we passed a table on the curb on our ride back – and that Jared and Devin went back to pick it up. I now have a free craft table!

Speaking of crafting, Devin spent a few hours this week helping me cut up old t-shirts for the ridiculously large rag rug I’m making for our living room. He volunteered to help. That was lovely.

The majority of those t-shirts, by the way, were donated by a local friend. Jared and I met her and her husband for lunch on Friday and had a great time. However, she has the address of this blog so I am going to avoid gushing and coming off as totally lame and uncool.

(But seriously – they are so cool! Even her husband! Interesting to talk to! Gah!)

We walked to that lunch, because you can do that sort of thing when you live in a city.

You can also meet up with friends when they text you at 6:30 on a weeknight because they are having dinner a few  miles away, and you can just hang out for a couple hours enjoying the company and the beautiful weather before driving back home and still getting to bed at a reasonable time. This was one of the things I missed the most when we moved from a small town to a suburb.

I really, really love this place.

What made you happy this week?

I take the time to highlight what made me happy each week because gratitude is the root of all happiness. I encourage you to develop your own gratitude practice; I wholeheartedly believe it will change your life.

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  1. Faiqa says:

    The thing I’m most grateful for this week is that I have a job that I love and that affects others positively.
    Faiqa’s most recent post: Hunger Games and Happy Marriages

  2. Christina says:

    I had to click the link to see who that friend was ;) and I had to smile. Say hi from me next time you meet. Can’t wait to share the company again when I am around in October.

    I am grateful this last week that I made a right decision to change the pedal system on my road bike. I know it sounds like nothing, but the new one makes me significantly happier and I feel much safer.
    Christina’s most recent post: Happy bicycle owner posting with a twist

  3. Nanna says:

    I am so tickled that you are enjoying the city AND getting out and taking advantage of its treasures!
    Nanna’s most recent post: The hallmark of a good Nurse Practitioner

  4. Marsha says:

    Awesome that you are loving your new home.

    One of my happiness highlights was the birth of my sister’s daughter. Other highlights were the girls continuing to enjoy school, the beautiful end of summer weather we have been having, and a dinner with extended family.

  5. the muskrat says:

    Last week was hard, as Deb was in Denver. However, she was really surprised and happy when she found a bunch of flowers in her hotel room when she returned from a long day of taping on her birthday, and that made me happy. But not as happy as her gratitude’s manifestation when she got home Thursday night.
    the muskrat’s most recent post: muskrat does dallas

  6. Megan says:

    Well this week it’s this post. I’m thrilled that you are happy in your new home!

    What made me happy this week is that Mack got a 91 on his first Alegbra test – this is huge for him as he struggles with math because of his disability. I’m also happy because I think I found a book that will help me help him with this.

    And? We picked a paint color for Mack’s bathroom. Progress!
    Megan’s most recent post: Fifty-Two, Week 7: Short Time

  7. Ken says:

    Camping with my grandson and his Scout mates (including a day of sailing). Can’t beat it.

  8. oh how happy i was that your husband and kids were there to help me tackle the tree situation when the storm blew it down. and while we were waiting for the trailer jared hooked up my new wii (!!!) and when i had to hurry up and dust everything so as not to give him asthma, emma asked what she could clean for me. no shit! she dusted low things that i never wanna dust so they were a mess. (hope i didn’t give her asthma. sorry, em!)

    and i was wildly happy that you were still willing to go with me to the fair in the park considering we had to rush through the whole thing. i loved experiencing it with you.
    hello haha narf’s most recent post: Adventure in Tahn

  9. Naomi says:

    See … you’re the same kind of girl, B.R. – you land and 5 seconds later, you’re volunteering and settling in and making friends!

    I need to be more committed to getting my butt moving too … I’m in a sad state of affairs!
    Naomi’s most recent post: Box 53b

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