Happy Thursday – TGIAF! (Thank Goodness it’s Almost Friday!!)

So today everyone in my department is going out to lunch to celebrate the upcoming wedding of someone in my department. Knowing this, this morning my head said to me – “Hey, since we’re going out to lunch today, why don’t we go with something a little lighter for breakfast? Maybe a Lara Bar or some Cheerios, and a piece of fruit?” My stomach replied with “Can it woman! I’m starving!” Since I never disobey a hungry stomach, I had a nice, big, warm bowl of oatmeal. :) Today’s mix included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 medium (very ripe) banana
  • Cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Maple syrup
  • Maple Cinnamon Almond Clusters!!!



Thank you Hungry Yogini for such an amazing almond idea!!! Her recipe is actually Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter but I only had sliced almonds on hand so when I roasted the ingredients in the oven, they came out as sweet, cinnamony, almond CLUSTERS that I just couldn’t bear to take a food processor blade to! So, clusters they remained and in my oatmeal they went! So crunchy and sweet and maple-y!! Usually I eat my breakfast with a small spoon so it lasts a long time and I can savor every delicious bite, but today I ate with GIANT spoonfulls…it was fun :D

Recently I read an article on MainStreet.com about the U.S.’ happiness index:

“The Happiness Index, which looks at household income, debt, employment and foreclosures, is a fresh take on the old and tired Misery Index, made popular in the 1970s. The Misery Index takes into account unemployment and inflation rates and seeks to identify the most financially miserable places to live.”

Guess who landed the number two spot – IOWA!! Yeah! I’m seriously knocking on a giant slab of proverbial of wood right now, but Ben and I have been largely un-effected by the current bad economy in our country. We’ve both got stable jobs, a house that we can make our payments on, bills that haven’t gone up and gas and food prices that have remained relatively stable.

This got me thinking about my own happiness index. I’m pretty happy, I’ve got no reason not to be. Of course, I have bad days – everyone does – but at the end of the day I’m a pretty content lady. My happiness index is based around my good health, my family’s good health, the time I get to spend with Ben, the time I get to spend with myself (I’m an introvert ;) ), good food and exercise. When these items are abundant, I’m happiest. My happiness index rose a little this morning when on my morning walk with my mom we saw new buds on trees, heard the little birds chirping their little bird heads off and I noticed that my day lillies and daises are starting to shoot their little green sprouts up…it’s the little things people :)

Where does your state land on the MainStreet.com happiness index? Would you agree with its ranking? What affects your personal happiness index?

That’s all I’ve got folks – talk to you lata!