Things That Make Me Happy

I was gonna write today about how I feel depressed, how it’s dark and cold outside, how my daughter got sick again last night, and how every day i think I’m going to wake up feeling better and every day I don’t. Well, that’s no fun, is it?

Thanks to those of you who read my story excerpt. It seems it wasn’t as bad as I thought, though it could have been improved. I imagine they will be calling the winner today sometime, and I’ll let you know if it’s me.

Now on to something that makes me happy. As you may or may not know, I’m a child of the 1980s. With that comes 80’s video games, such as Super Mario Brothers, my favorite game of all time. I just love the little guy. Anyhow, a few weeks ago I came across Sprite Stitch, a website devoted to cross-stitching old video game characters. Below is one of the patterns available for download:


Awesome, right? Well, I’m not much of a cross-stitcher, but my Mom is. I sent her a little email with a link to the site and said “If you need a project to work on….”. So now she’s working on this for my birthday. She’s actually already started and has the black and white guy in the middle with his arms out already done. It is even cooler than in the picture. My mom rocks.

So, does anything silly like this out there make you happy?

16 thoughts on “Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Don’t worry. Not everyone’s good at cross-stitching. I can barely sew myself. I only do so when it is absolutely necessary. Be happy! Everyone’s getting sick; there’s like this bug going around and it just hit me. So, everyone in my family’s going to get sick. It takes forever for illnesses to get out of our family. The bacterium have seven people to get sick before it makes its way out. Well, be happy!

  2. Oh dear, these winter nights – nasty bugs, horrid weather. So sorry your daughter isn’t well yet and that you are still feeling rough.
    What a great mum! I love Super Mario – we bought Super Mario Galaxy and I’m looking forward to playing it. With my bad back, Wii tennis is off, hopefully SM Galaxy won’t be quite so energetic 🙂

  3. Chris, aka the former Church Lady is also having a discussion about happiness. I suggest you go and read her opinions also the comments she received are worth mentioning.
    She also speaks about her experience of finding almost all of her blogging buddies questioning the happiness content of their own lives.
    I am not an exception.
    I also tend to wonder about what makes me (un)happy these days.

    A kid of the 80’s?
    I was entering high school in ’84, oh dear.
    I recall I was not a happy at that time, either.

  4. Thanks everybody. I’m feeling down more because I’m not feeling better than anything else. Plus, my body is probably craving food although my head (and stomach) keeps telling me it doesn’t want any. It’s been a lovely week. Still, I will bounce back, in part because of all of your kind words (and Super Mario!).

  5. awesome! I’m glad you like the pattern and that it could make you feel better…

    make sure to send me pictures when she’s finished!

    -johloh (sprite stitch)

  6. Super Mario!! Ah, my memory of that game brings me back to the day that my husband played it for several hours while drinking the cooking sherry until he got the nerve up to ask me to marry him! Still makes me smile.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  7. Heh, that is sooooooooo coooooooooool! I think the Mario mushrooms (were they extra lives?) would make a good cross stitch pattern too. I have happy memories of playing Super Mario when I was about 18. Before that, we used to play Fire Lord on the Commodore 64.

  8. SzélsőFa – I did check out Chris’s site, and read that post when it was first posted. I thought it was very good. I haven’t commented or read all the comments there, though.

    writinggb – cute story! thanks for sharing!

    Helen – yeah, the mushrooms were extra lives and also sometimes power-ups (make Mario bigger). they would make pretty cool patterns too. my uncle had a Commodore 64 and we used to play the game Gyruss on that.

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