Making Myself Happy
I had to be straight with the Wolvog: his Halloween costume was a pain in my ass. He wanted to be the 10th Doctor, which seems as if it should be an easy costume, but suits are expensive. Did he want to be the Tardis? I could inexpensively turn him into the Tardis. No, he did not want to be the Tardis, at least not as his first choice. He suggested that he go as the 13th Doctor and wear whatever he wanted to wear. Which was a sweet solution, but it sort of broke my heart.
I had made a promise to the universe when I was waiting for them that I would always furnish my children with kickass Halloween costumes. I could not back down on that promise. But that promise did come with a $20 cap.
He went to school feeling a little down about the whole thing, and I went to the local thrift shop to see if I could find something to turn into a pin-stripe suit.
I had never been in this particular thrift shop and didn’t have high hopes, except that I had received a somewhat anonymous email to go check the thrift shop. Who doesn’t follow instructions that come in an anonymous email?
So I went into the childrens’ clothing room and there, hanging at the end of the row so it was the first thing I saw was a blue, pin-stripe suit jacket. Massively too large but still, exactly what I needed. I took it down and went to pay for it because… I was just so happy. Did the anonymous townsperson put the jacket there for me? Unlikely by the sound of the follow-up email. Did he see it there and remember the plea I sent out to our town listserv? Maybe? Or perhaps it was just random luck.
It only got better because the jacket was $3. THREE DOLLARS. I splurged and bought the boy a Doctor-looking tie.
I went home on a retail high and pretty much shook with excitement all day until the Wolvog came home. He made me take dozens of photos of him posing in his costume. (Though my mother is helping me to take the whole thing in about 8 sizes…)
Okay, that wasn’t a good example because I didn’t make myself happy. The random townsperson made me happy. The store made me happy. And that is a crap shoot.
But I can’t stop talking about his $3.50 Halloween costume. That has to be a record.
When downloading the Serial podcast, I noticed there were a bunch of other podcasts on the “popular” list, and I chose to subscribe to the Nerdist podcast. The only drawback is that they sort of come fast and furious if you are someone like me who has very little time to listen to podcasts. It makes me a little anxious when I open the podcast app and see 14 podcasts awaiting listening.
But they’re really funny, and it is nice to have a disembodied voice telling you a story. The one I just listened to was Spike Feresten. He wrote for Seinfeld and Letterman and has great stories about being a comedy writer. He also had a very moving story about having his show canceled and losing his father in the same time period, and it put the idea of disappointment (especially in the arts) in perspective.
It sort of felt like the podcast I needed to hear. Sometimes we don’t get the podcast we want, we get the podcast we need.
So that is making me happy: the disembodied voices telling me funny stories.
What is making you happy this weekend?
And get your posts ready because tomorrow is another #MicroblogMonday.