There are little spots of clearing in my head; places where the pernicious fog is lightening a little. I can feel the small tickles of warmth from bright external things again.
In order to help sweep up the rest of the gloom, like Carol Burnett sweeping up the spotlight at the end of the show, I thought I might come up with another list. A pretty corny theme this time: Things That Make Me Happy. Cheerful things that buck me up. Sunshine on my shoulder and all that. So here goes.
Meryl Streep's laugh
Apple pie (sorry, Julie)
Swimming at night in a warm pool
Bison in Yellowstone
Great blue herons
A fresh, ripe peach
The pilot of Arrested Development
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
Panzanella (a la Jen)
Reading your blogs
The Philadelphia Story
My mother-in-law's inedible lime jello with carrots and celery
My African Gray parrot's one-sided telephone conversations
The Chapelle Show's "racial draft"
"Fall at Your Feet" by Crowded House
This American Life
The close-up feature on our Nikon Coolpix 8700
Every minute of The Princess Bride
My tiny niece's blonde-with-black-tipped chimp-like hair
The fact that my father called it a "fright wig"
Bridget Jones's Diary (so sue me)
David Sedaris impersonating Billie Holiday singing the Coke commercial
Yep, I feel a little better now.