What's making me happy this week

I'm baking a tart.  Well, technically it's a pie in the shape of a tart.  We had some apples that were getting old and B wanted a pie, but I didn't think there were enough, so tart it was!  Anyways, the point is, while the crust bakes I thought I would share a few things that have been on my mind this week.

1.  I got mail yesterday!  It was actually a 3-in-1 deal which made it all the better.  Sweet notes from one of my old students in Japan, his little sister and even one from his mom.  They made me smile and I cannot wait to hang them on my giant cork board once I've got it!

2.  I'm still staying home everyday without a car, but actually I am loving it.  I love not having to wake up to an alarm every morning. I love having the time to bake a pie in the middle of the day.  I love making my daily smoothie to drink while I blog.  I definitely needed this break and am soaking up every second of it! 

3.  Another blast from the past came in the form of a text from one of my Japan friends with this picture from our last girls' night out.  I miss them a lot and do hope they can make their way out here to visit sometime.

4.  I am a big fan of the weather here.  It's hot, hot, hot and sunny every single day and I absolutely LOVE it.  Since I'm staying at home, I can wear shorts or tank tops or whatever I'd like.  It's even quiet enough around the complex that I can go sit at our table outside in the sun without being bothered - in a tank top no less (scandalous!).  

5.  Even though B and I can't get cats while we are living here (Well we can, but we won't.  Long story.) we both enjoy living vicariously through my parents' cats.  Mom and Dad keep us going with a running supply of silly cat photos.  They make me laugh (the cats, not mom and dad).

6.  Everyday is Frappuccino weather!  Or at the very least, iced latte weather.  I've actually been very well behaved and only go to the coffee shops on the weekends now that we have a Nespresso machine which makes making a latte at home super easy.

So, yeah.  Overall I'd say it's been a good week!  Tomorrow is our "Friday" since the weekend is Friday-Saturday here.  We have a few little plans for the weekend which will be nice.  I hope you're having a great week also!

This "things that make me happy" post is based off of Rosie's "Ten Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week" series over on her blog, Cider With Rosie.  It's one of my daily reads so check it out!

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