54 things that make me happy

I took author Anastasia Vitsky’s challenge and am posting my list…let me tell you, this was a real challenge…I didn’t think at this point I’d find anything that made me happy, let alone 54 things…
and these aren’t in any order…
54 things that make me happy
1. The sound and smell of my new printer printing out a page
2. Plaid shirts
3. Cats
4. Angel hair pasta
5. Figuring out a difficult project at work and doing it correctly
6. Frappucino
7. Corny jokes
8. Planning the Greg Appreciation Day parade
9. Winning lottery tickets (especially when the numbers I used were my characters’ birthdays—this only happened once)
10. My fictional world
11. Calls to my mom and dad
12. Greg Appreciation Day
13. Preparing a new recipe
14. Riding in my favorite cab driver’s cab
15. Ice cream/yogurt
16. Watching soap operas
17. Remembering my husband
18. Baseball
19. James Denton
20. Scott Patterson
21. Good advice
22. Victorian homes
23. “Seinfeld” re-runs
24. Being able to pay my bills on time, write the check, and mail them in
25. A good surprise in the mail instead of a bill
26. Sleeping in
27. Snow, unless I have to be in it
28. Pleasant dreams
29. Help from friends
30. E-books
31. Snuggling under the blankets
32. Seeing friends I haven’t seen for a long time
33. Funny stories people tell
34. Going to McDonald’s/Taco Bell/Arby’s
35. Baked potatoes
36. Finding a product I’ve been looking for that I haven’t been able to find
37. Clean laundry
38. Old photos
39. Reading a scene in one of my books and saying “Did I write that?” (sounds conceited, sorry)
40. The Gilmore Girls
41. Belly laughs
42. Funny things my parents and friends say
43. Found money
44. Matzo ball soup (tonight’s dinner)
45. Phone calls from friends
46. Life imitating art (talked to a friend who actually quoted dialogue I’d written and he hadn’t even read the book yet/also I wrote about an abandoned building and made it into a nightclub and now…guess what? It’s a nightclub)
47. Yankee Candle air fresheners
48. Dark chocolate
49. The Cincinnati Red Wolves (fake Cincinnati Reds)
50. My characters
51. “fake” brothers and sisters (wish they could really be my brothers and sisters)
52. Music CDs
53. Audio books
54. A pack of new batteries


Snippet Sunday 1/5

Hey–sorry I’ve been away, but have been having problems–financial, health, and uploading my novella “Tasteless Holidays” to Amazon. So here’s a snippet from it…Scotty and Lorrie Caldwell are newlyweds who both get laid off from their jobs right before the holidays…then Lorrie finds out she’s pregnant…in this scene, she’s on her way to the hospital with Scotty and her brother…

The radar detector in the cab beeped, a sure sign that cops were in the area. If they showed up and asked what the hurry was, Scotty knew he’d blurt out something stupid. After he thought of every idiotic thing he could say, sirens went off—the severe thunderstorm and tornado sirens—not the cops. Jay had his radio on. The announcers gave quick, scary traffic and weather updates. Scotty looked out the window—a big mistake. He saw a huge red maple tree get uprooted, and land in the front yard of an apartment building.