Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Kitsch

This is the extent of my decorating so far. It's enough. I love me some kitsch!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sensible Election Video

I know the title of this post sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true.

And tomorrow we vote!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Major Big Props

When I was in 9th grade, my parents, who were maybe getting divorced but kind of not really, but then again, maybe they were...sent me to a small (380 kids) Catholic high school. I had exactly two friends. One was a cool, smart, funny girl I had done ballet lessons with for years. She was nothing but friendly to me, but she had other friends, having gone to school with those guys for years. And we didn't have that many classes together. The other friend was another nice girl who was not at all my type and we probably would not have been friends except for the fact that we had both transferred in and didn't have any other friends and our lockers were close to each other. Also? It was ninth grade. Ninth grade is hard, no matter where you are socially. And then there was gym class.

Gym class at this Catholic school was "old school" gym. We had to do a billion jumping jacks and 25 push-ups every day, from the beginning. I was picked last for everything except basketball, because I was tall -- even though I promised the pickers that I was not very good at basketball (they got mad when they saw my "mad skills"). The teacher, of course, was a man with a pornstache who thought he was more appealing to teenage girls than he really was (or had any right to be). He was of the "Humiliate your pupils" school of thought. And he made us do dance routines. After all the popular and middling popular and not really popular kids had grouped up, I was left on a team with the nice girl I didn't have much in common with and two totally awkward guys from her old school*. And the gym teacher made us do our dance routine to FOOTLOOSE. And it was awful, truly awful, but we had to do it FOR A GRADE. There was never a room full of teenagers that was as wretchedly quiet as that gym, when the last note of "Footloose" played from our boombox.

SO! All of this sad, sad saga was merely to explain why this next video makes me almost drunk with happiness.

*PS: I do realize the irony of *me* calling my fellow students awkward...
PPS: By 11th grade, I finally convinced my parents to let me go to a large public school, where I found my tribe. And was good at Lifetime Sports.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

This Makes Me So Very Happy

So warm and real and reasonable.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's in Your Happy Box?

These are the contents of my treasure box. Plastic doo-dads, shiny things, shells, ribbons & buttons, worry dolls, etc. I take this out when I need a little happiness or inspiration. Nothing is worth more than a couple of dollars, but these items give me comfort. sigh.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Turn that Frown Upside Down

No, seriously, I'm not speaking figuratively. I mean it...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pez is Happiness. Happiness is Pez.

Who doesn't like pez? Now you can choose your favorite Elvis to dispense that oh-so-delicious Pez Candy. This kit came with the apropos cola flavored candy. I'm partial to the 1960's Elvis myself (center), but there's always something to be said for that white jumpsuit. Available from

p.s. thanks for the prod no. 1

Monday, October 6, 2008

All's Fair

I didn't make it to any state fairs this year. And summer came and went. However, I did stumble upon this slice of Americana. It'll have to do!

Minnesota State Fair on Flickr.

(good job, Mykl Roventine)

Are you happy?

Hay, BeezerFriends: it has come to the attention of management that only one of us has done any posting of late.

Management is concerned that her beezer com-madres might not be happy. If so, try the blog cure! Looking for happy things is happifying!

Management realizes her beezer com-madres might also be all kinds of happy. Happy, happy, happy. Overflowing with happiness. So happy, they don't have time or need to check this little blog. If so, share the wealth! Spill a little bit of that up in here. Hear?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Itty Bitty Bit o' Sweet

Man-o-man. This makes me wish I were a woodland gnome. So I could hang with my homies.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

So Happy Together

This video might be a little slow to capture your attention but man-o-man it's jam-packed with all kinds of happy. Seriously. Sit down, take a minute, and enjoy.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Is there anything cuter than little kids speaking a different language?
Now *I* want some candy. Under a desk. In footie pajamas.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bar snacks for beezers?

These sound so tasty. And yet...I'm afraid!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Just because we can, we do.

(I tried to link to the original source of this photo
but couldn't find it on Flick'r.)

Saturday, August 2, 2008

This takes the cake...

"Pooh," he said, "Christopher Robin is giving a party."
"Oh!" said Pooh. And then seeing that Owl expected him to say something else,
he said,"Will there be those little cake things with pink sugar icing?"

Credit for the image and pairing it with this quote goes to Flickr member Chotda. Thank you, Chotda! (If you say it like a rock star, it's more fun.) We beezers really appreciate when other people share their cups o' happy with the world.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hungry for fun?

The Ultimate BFF

Just need someone to talk to? hang out with? A good friend is never far away!

(from a facebook bumper sticker)

Monday, July 28, 2008

If dogs ran the world, there would be no war...*

Willie Bean Roscoe P. Coltrane is not your average candidate. He tells no lies, doesn't cheat on taxes, and the only thing he's ever stolen is a soup bone. Willie Bean, a Labrador Retriever, is running for Mayor of Fairhope, Alabama. And he's not even the first dog to have political aspirations! Read all about it.

(Photo's from the AP.)

* Maybe a lot of begging and bum sniffing, but no nukes!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

It's a's a's Super Bun!

A quick-thinking, thunder-pawed rabbit in Melbourne, Australia saved its owners from a fiery fate by raising a ruckus to alert them to the danger.

To the cabbage patch...and beyond!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Acres of Cakes

Wowie, wow, wow! Flickr has a cupcake photo pool! Several, actually.

I only get to eat cupcakes a couple times a year because my family members are not big cake eaters (I know, crazy, right?). So I take every chance I can to admire them: even looking at cupcakes makes me happy.

(The cupcakes pictured here were done by a Miami shop called Cupcakes Nouveau.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


The original video for this song is great fun, but everything's better with muppets.

Also -- love those chickens just back from the shore!


This is from a series, and man-o-man do I love this segment! It's long, but worth it.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lost your mojo?

Well run dry?

These guys have the answer.

Creativity on tap.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

And then there were four...

Well, hey! The happiness pub was getting a little lonely, so without further adieu, I'm pleased to introduce Beezer Numero Quatre. She's hip, she's fly, she's the apple of my eye. And she's oh-so-good at finding awesome bandwith. Raise your mugs to b.n.q. -- this round's on me!

-- b.n.1

Monday, June 30, 2008

Who, Me?

Amsterdam police say 15 camels, two zebras and an undetermined number of llamas and potbellied swine briefly escaped from a traveling Dutch circus after a giraffe kicked a hole in their cage.

The animals were back at the circus later Monday after being rounded up by police and circus workers with the assistance of dogs.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Look at all the pictures

Animation by artist Jeff Scher.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Likey! Likey! Likey!

This artist seems to be hitting the happiness tap quite regularly.
Her Flick'r name is oh-anne.
If I had a real name for her, I'd give her credit!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Favorite Things

Colorful file folders make me happy.

What are your favorite office supply indulgences?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008


Dogs Gone Wild!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Friday, April 4, 2008

My Lego Bin is Fine, Benny Lava!

This looks like fun!

Iconic Photos Recreated with Legos

Didn't your progeny do lego videos, Beezer Number 3?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A small thing, a big difference

I realized today that I now delete newsletters like Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly unread without giving it a second thought. You wouldn't think this is a big deal (ha ha), but it has been. I'm happier, more light-hearted. For me in this case, ignorance really is bliss.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Try not to smile!

And don't you dare dance in your ergonomic office chair!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Frozen in Grand Central Station

Two of my friends have sent me the link to this video -- it is indeed very cool. Jack wants to stage a similar performance in Ann Arbor. Anyone interested?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tawny Scrawny Lion

Don't be alarmed! This is heartwarming. And that's not a word I toss around lightly...

Friday, March 14, 2008

American Photobooth

I love those old photobooth pictures! Such interesting, funny and touching portraits have been taken since its invention. My favorite is this one of my mom and dad, which I recently discovered in a box of books. It fell out of a paperback copy of "The Little Prince".
A new book is out on the history of the American Photobooth, by Näkki Goranin (W. W. Norton, 2008) . I can't wait to read it.

Here is a fun website filled with photobooth photos:

Monday, February 25, 2008

What was your favorite toy?

I had a few...but always have had fond memories of my Chatty Kathy doll with the little plastic records that slid into her side...or so I thought. After a little internet snooping, it turns out I actually had a "Charmin' Chatty" doll, Kathy's younger cousin.

You guys realize the cute kids posts won't stop until you start posting, don't you?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


This kid is such a good-natured, tolerant big brother. Check out the range of expressions that cross his face! Little Charlie looks like a 40-year old man, doesn't he? Like on of the minor characters on Four Weddings and Funeral, name escaping me...

Snarky Snark

Some days I feel pretty, oh so pretty...and some days I feel something that rhymes with twitchy. Gawker is a snarkalicious remedy. It recaps and recasts current events and tabloid news in terms that make even a sarcastic snark like me feel mild-mannered and easy-going.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

With a name like Big Happy Funhouse...'s got to be good. Interesting old pictures, funny captions (scroll over the pics to see them).

Big Happy Funhouse

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Diversionary Tactics

It's not like I need more time wasters in my life...but I do find that a round or too of a strategy game helps me re-focus when I'm in a writing rut. And I'm pretty much over minesweeper, spider solitaire, and hearts. It's not a new phenomenon but it's new to me: Chain Factor

Okay, it took a few tries to figure it out. I'm still having doh! moments when I realize out simple strategies that I've missed a lot of times. But the music and clicking sounds are soothing and clearing the board of dots is really satisfying to a clutterbug like me.


Try not to smile