All in all, quite a good day. Decided to remind myself for posterity that even though it was the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, and that Sarah Palin is still a bizarre narcissist, and that my check engine light is glaring at me and each mile that passes adds a dollar of repair work to a bill already in the thousands, and that I still have not gotten back into my run routine, many good things stacked up.
–> Good friend got her Op-Ed published! Go local politics!
–> Grilled cheese consisting of chèvre, monterey jack, applewood-smoked bacon, and apricot-jalapeño relish with a cup of tomato soup on the side for lunch. (Above pic was snapped and sent to torture the friend who missed this deliciousness. It worked. He was sad.)
–>New Italian cappuccino place around the corner from the office. It looks like a Bond film inside. Good capp too.
–> Daniel Hernandez, Public Service Badass aka Intern to Rep Gabrielle Giffords. Hear me now: the kids I work with on US Public Service Academy are just like him. The future for American government actually is bright.
–> One quart of oil extinguished one warning light.
–> Oasis. Van Morrison. Supertramp. Heard them all today at random moments and felt… nostalgic/love/melancholy/elated/deeply content.
–> Received all “Exceeds Expectations” on my employee review.
–> And a modest raise.
–> And a bonus. (You won’t be missed, check engine light!)
–> President Barack Obama. Welcome back, sir. We have missed you.
Gratitude. It works every time.