A Sneaky Little Thing Called Joy

Of course, I’m still over here ruminating on the subject of joy. Incidentally, I probably shouldn’t have used the word ruminating in the previous sentence, but it does allow me to show off something interesting I learned about psychology this week: Rumination on meta-thoughts, that is, thoughts about our thoughts is found more frequently inContinue reading “A Sneaky Little Thing Called Joy”

Week 11: Kitty Litter Love, Zebra shoes and Eyerolls

22 in 22? Don’t mind if I do! #3 Scoop the kitty litter as an act of love It’s been a month and a half since we lost our best boy, Titi. Since then, we have just this one, gigantic black seal of a cat who is almost exclusively nocturnal. I didn’t realize how muchContinue reading “Week 11: Kitty Litter Love, Zebra shoes and Eyerolls”


There is a building on the road to the scalawag’s school that has been being demolished for the last six months. This has provided endless fascination to us. It’s not a ka-boom type demolition. This is a–maybe 15 story–building, made of concrete with all its rebar and glorious asbestos, being torn down bit by bit.Continue reading “Demolition”

Joy is, in part, an act of the will

As if the Philosopher Princess didn’t have anything else to be thinking about right now, she has decided to start ruminating about JOY. I need to process these thoughts right now, because there is nothing like being told that you need to “serve your family with joy” to get the overthinker in me worrying thatContinue reading “Joy is, in part, an act of the will”

Week 10: a Mise en Place mishap and dying for chocolate

22 in 22? Don’t mind if I do! #14 Mise en Place and Weekly Planning Ooooh! It”s been a while since we’ve talked about Mise en Place, that little magic trick that we can each perform in the evening to make the next day start off on the right foot! Well. For the first timeContinue reading “Week 10: a Mise en Place mishap and dying for chocolate”

You can’t fake joy

So…day 2 of trying to serve my family with joy was not so great. Firstly, my youngest is in a phase where he is waking up again at 5:00AM. Now that the two boys are sharing a room, this means my eldest is also waking up at 5:00AM. Only yesterday morning, my eldest was theContinue reading “You can’t fake joy”

What is “serving”, anyway?

Hah! Yesterday, I wrote about how I was told, in that quiet little secret place in my heart reserved for the words that definitely are not my idea, that if I wanted to start living miracles and amazing situations again, that I needed to start serving my family with joy. Already, my first afternoon, Sunday,Continue reading “What is “serving”, anyway?”

I want more of that.

If you thought that with a title like that this article would be about getting off the Hedonic Treadmill…well, it means that you know me very very well. However, that is not what we are talking about today. Since January 1, I have been writing a blog in French. It was very much out ofContinue reading “I want more of that.”

Week 9: My Indulgent Husband, Passwords, Accidentally Unplugged

22 in 22? Don’t mind if I do! Ahhhh! Finally, a normal week! How sweet it is… #2 Do the heart work necessary for my marriage Who doesn’t love a little word of affirmation from time to time? I mean, I am a big giant black hole for words of affirmation. The Love Language IContinue reading “Week 9: My Indulgent Husband, Passwords, Accidentally Unplugged”

Week 8: Reading, Woeful failings, Important things first

22 in 22? Don’t mind if I do! These last coupla weeks have been challenging on the homefront, you’ll have to excuse me for being a little absent. More deep thoughts are percolating…until then… #5 Read Bible on Tablet and the Real Thing As I mentioned above, this has been a bit of a whirlwind.Continue reading “Week 8: Reading, Woeful failings, Important things first”