Wednesday, August 01, 2012

August Happiness Challenge -- Day 1

Today's happiness is: a good lunchtime. It's sunny and 88º today. Funny how cool and comfortable 88º can feel in this summer of 100º+ temps! So I tucked my paperback in my purse and headed out for a walk. The sidewalks were full and it was fun to look at my city through a tourist's eyes. One woman actually stopped in the middle of the crosswalk at Wabash and Madison to take a photo from under the el tracks. I guess the sight of trains rambling along a seemingly endless expanse of overhead tracks is pretty amazing. I'm just so used to it that I don't really see it anymore. 

Then I stopped at a little Italian restaurant I'd forgotten about. You have a place like this in your town, you know you do: pictures of Sinatra and local sports heroes, flat screen TVs on the walls. And a bar! (Don't tell anyone, but I had a beer.) I enjoyed my individual deep dish pizza and then walked back along Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park. I wish all summer could be this temperate, and all lunches could be this relaxing. 

Here's a brief explanation of the Challenge: "Each day in August you are to post about something that makes *you* happy. Pretty simple. And, it doesn't even have to be every day if you don't want it to be. It's a great way to remind ourselves that there are positive things going on in our lives, our communities, and the world."

If you play along, let me know.



  1. What a great start to the Happiness Challenge!

  2. Great happy day! It's nice to see your hometown through fresh eyes.


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