Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #446-450

446. Meryl Streep in POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
447. Meryl Streep in HEARTBURN
448. Meryl Streep in MANHATTAN
449. Meryl Streep in DEATH BECOMES HER
450. Meryl Streep in THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Friday, December 30, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #441-445

441. fearlessness
442. turkey noodle casserole
443. resolutions
444. feelings
445. being an uncle

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #436-440

436. going to bed at 730p
437. cookies for breakfast
438. NPR's World Cafe
439. mud masks
440. Breathe's "How Can I Fall"

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #431-435

431. endings
432. beginnings
433. an excellent shampoo
434. letting go of grudges
435. finding a new path

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thought For The Day

The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it. [Marcus Aurelius]

Reasons To Be Happy #426-430

426. Erin Sprow
427. Connor Russell
428. Lindsey Hedberg
429. belting
430. engagements

Monday, December 26, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #421-425

421. the Sprow Family Christmas Orchestra
422. mac & cheese
423. love
424. cute British accents
425. Andrew Lincoln's character in LOVE ACTUALLY

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #411-415

411. sci-fi movies
412. security
413. the smell of freshly laundered clothes
414. Natalie Merchant's OPHELIA
415. wearing sunglasses in December

Friday, December 23, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #406-410

406. Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic"
407. photographs
408. "high fiving a million angels"
409. Earl Grey tea (with a little splash of milk)
410. spoiling yourself

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #401-405

401. holiday cards
402. St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub
403. office potlucks
404. sequins
405. Amanda Ghost's "Silver Lining"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thought For The Day

No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all. [Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman]

Reasons To Be Happy #396-400

396. remaining calm
397. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
398. eggnog gelato
399. geeking out
400. moisturizer

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #391-395

391. change
392. Satsumas
393. street scarves
394. a much needed night off
395. the wisdom of Ron Swanson

Monday, December 19, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #386-390

386. fantasy
387. a helping hand
388. French jazz
389. keeping calm
390. carrying on

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #371-375

371. Miss Nancy Wilson
372. applause
373. shenanigans
374. frivolity
375. pot stickers and "crack chicken" from Wild Ginger

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #366-370

366. successful opening nights
367. Nutella brioche
369. dedication
370. book recommendations

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #361-365

361. street style blogs
362. Dave Brubeck's TIME OUT album
363. being prepared
364. laughably bad karaoke
365. Michael Adler

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Favorite Records of 2011

1. Bon Iver Bon Iver
2. James Blake
3. Florence + The Machine Ceremonials
4. Kurt Elling The Gate
5. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch The Throne
6. Lady Gaga Born This Way
7. James Vincent McMorrow Early In The Morning
8. Adele 21
9. Washed Out Within & Without
10. M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

Honorable Mention
THE BOOK OF MORMON [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
The Civil Wars Barton Hollow
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

Thought For The Day

Don't wish me happiness. I don't expect to be happy all the time... it's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all. [Anne Morrow Lindbergh]

Reasons To Be Happy #356-360

356. bagels & cream cheese
357. eyeglasses
358. trust
359. a good moisturizer
360. longevity

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #346-350

346. Bill Hader's "Stefon" character from SNL
347. Christmas cookies
348. froyo
349. peppermint hot chocolate
350. the Bluth family chicken dance

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #341-345

341. cold pizza
342. Bill Evans
343. rewatching LOST
344. marshmallows
345. Liz Lemon

Friday, December 9, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #336-340

336. Mary J. Blige's MY LIFE
337. books that you want to stay up all night reading
338. the baristas at "my" Starbucks
339. guilty pleasures

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thought For The Day

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. [Marilyn Monroe]

Reasons To Be Happy #331-335

331. humility
332. salt water taffy
333. coping mechanisms
334. learning opportunities
335. moving on

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #321-325

321. Disney films
322. being funny
323. personal days
324. Carrie Fisher
325. TIME OUT NEW YORK magazine

Monday, December 5, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #316-320

316. holiday baked goods
317. PBR
318. Chex Mix
319. video games
320. Motown

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #311-315

311. holiday parties
312. YouTube videos of people falling down
313. having a day with no plans
314. Anita O'Day
315. joy

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #301-305

301. The Muppets
302. treating yourself to dinner and a movie
303. spy novels
304. hot cocoa
305. classic Christmas music

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #296-300

296. jazz/pop standards
297. paninis
298. Honeycrisps
299. London

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #291-295

291. phone dates
292. smiling
293. making plans for the future
294. Streisand
295. sandwiches

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #276-280

276. Alka Seltzer Cold & Sinus
277. raising money for a good cause
278. "Bitchy Brunch"
279. making a dream come true
280. The Carpenters

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #271-275

271. reconnecting
272. reminiscing
273. old-school Whitney Houston
274. gift guides
275. Sherlock Holmes mysteries

Friday, November 25, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #266-270

266. trench coats
267. Fellini
268. hope
269. Dame Maggie Smith
270. leftovers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #261-265

261. traditions
262. going to the movies alone
263. turkey dinners
264. fluffy bathrobes
265. expressing gratitude

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thought For The Day

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down. [Mary Pickford]

Reasons To Be Happy #256-260

256. haircuts
257. watching terrible movies on Netflix
258. The Rolling Stones
259. imagination
260. Traditional Medicinal's Organic Throat Coat Tea

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thought For The Day

Reasons To be Happy #251-255

251. eschewing conformity
252. developing your own personal style
253. nachos
254. laying in bed and listening to the rain
255. Kurt Elling records

Monday, November 21, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #246-250

246. uninterrupted library hour
247. the power of Mavis Staples' voice
249. charity
250. belting showtunes at the top of your lungs

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #241-245

241. compliments from complete strangers
242. pancakes
243. cute clothes
244. having options
245. being myself

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #236-240

236. unusual and interesting dreams
237. fancy dinners
238. Rosie Thomas
239. soft tissues
240. silence

Friday, November 18, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #231-235

231. peanut butter on saltines
232. spending an entire day reading back issues of VANITY FAIR
233. having awesome ladyfriends
234. Mary J. Blige
235. sharing

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #226-230

227. having a dad who will go out of his way to do a favor
228. good customer service
229. anticipation
230. new music from Kate Bush

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #221-225

221. the purity of Karen Carpenter's voice
222. clarity
223. the success of loved ones
224. holiday music
225. karaoke

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thought For The Day

When I say “I love you,” its not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, and how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what and who you are. [Spike - BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER]

Reasons To Be Happy #216-220

216. James Blake
217. Bon Iver
218. silly ringtones
219. anonymous gifts

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #211-215

211. new and exciting challenges
212. relaxation
213. texts from friends
214. believing in something
215. having someone believe in you

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #206-210

206. breakfast in bed
207. watching movies in bed
208. reading in bed
209. playing video games in bed
210. spending the day in bed

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #201-205

201. engagements
202. feeling good about yourself
203. mac & cheese
204. Jack Spade bags
205. being funny

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #196-200

196. hard work
197. buying a gift for yourself
198. pancakes
199. happiness
200. Wish Lists

Thursday, November 10, 2011


and it's hard to dance with the devil on your back
so shake him off

Florence + The Machine "Shake It Out" [live on THE X FACTOR]

Thought For The Day

Reasons To Be Happy #191-195

191. original ideas
193. doing all of your holiday shopping online (and in 15 minutes)
194. The Muppets
195. going to the gym

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #186-190

186. "best of..." lists
187. anthems
188. Fruit Roll-Ups
189. dressing well

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thought For The Day

There are things to confess that enrich the world, and things that need not be said. [Joni Mitchell]

Reasons To Be Happy #176-180

176. a child's drawings
177. Joni Mitchell's "Court & Spark"
178. projects
179. funny memoirs
180. comfortable shoes

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thought For The Day

We all have different reasons for forgetting to breathe. [Andrea Gibson]

Reasons To Be Happy #171-175

171. you
172. absurdly hilarious situations
174. pumpkin bread

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #161-165

161. apples
162. romantic comedies
163. Wynton Marsalis' "Standard Time" series
164. guitars
165. a good cry

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thought For The Day

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. [Khalil Gibran]

Reasons To Be Happy #156-160

156. sales
157. being needed
158. Annie Lennox's "Diva"
159. knowledge
160. employment

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #151-155

151. heaters
152. Bacharach melodies
153. pasta carbonara
154. Joan Didion's essays
155. vanilla

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thought For The Day

Reasons To Be Happy #146-150

146. Disney songs
147. smiles from strangers
148. seeing happiness in others
149. novelty gifts
150. a favorite coffee mug

Monday, October 31, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #141-145

141. warm blankets
142. The Weepies
143. making beautiful music
145. photos of New York City

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Brian Justin Crum and Kyle Dean Massey - "Who Will Love Me As I Am"In

Reasons To Be Happy #136-140

137. pleasant surprises
138. impromptu lunch dates
139. well-crafted plays
140. being liked

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #131-135

131. margaritas
132. the color blue
133. mimosas
134. innovators
135. talent

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #121-125

121. a favorite coffee mug
122. doggy snuggles
123. lending support to friends
124. Miles Davis

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thought For The Day

The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life. [William Wordsworth]

Reasons To Be Happy #116-120

116. being healthy
117. art books
118. Fig Newtons
119. warm blankets
120. Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #111-115

111. Tom Ford
112. tea
113. daydreams
114. Frank Sinatra
115. crossword puzzles

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #101-105

101. Lily Armani
102. "lifted casual" dress codes
103. bookshops
104. men's style blogs on Tumblr
105. Manilow

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #96-100

96. suits
97. movies starring Bette Davis
98. black & white photography
99. hugs
100. making lists

Friday, October 21, 2011


We have so much to be thankful for. Gratitude, praise, and thanksgiving activate the divine laws of abundance. When the Universe can see we are conscious of and grateful for what we have, it is activated to shower us with more. [Iyanla Vanzant]

Thought For The Day

Reasons To Be Happy #91-95

91. comfy sweatshirts
92. art books
93. casseroles
94. mixtapes
95. scary movies

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thought For The Day

There is enough love in this world for everybody, if people will just look. [Kurt Vonnegut]

Reasons To Be Happy #86-90

86. positive feedback from your boss
87. having a crush
88. guilty pleasure novels
89. winter jackets
90. the gift of love

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


This guy.

Reasons To Be Happy #81-85

81. kind words
82. french bread pizza
83. unsolicited encouragement
84. bubbles
85. Patti Smith

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Thought For The Day

All my life, my heart has yearned for something I cannot name. [Andre Breton]

Reasons To Be Happy #76-80

76. pumpkin pie
77. Tom Waits' "Closing Time" album
78. books in bed
79. penguins
80. smart comedy

Monday, October 17, 2011


Patti Smith: Requiem Lass [NYTimes Magazine]

Today's Moment of Zen

These people.

Reasons To Be Happy #61-75

61. sunshine
62. airline snacks
63. Peter Gabriel's music videos
64. weddings
65. true love
66. dressing up
67. cocktail hour with fun people
68. zoos
69. parks
70. the beach
71. Otis Redding
72. meeting new, fun, and interesting people
73. boat rides
74. Christine & Jake Groshong
75. bowties

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #51-55

51. trivia nights
52. Cupcake Royale
53. intelligence
54. puddles
55. beer

Thought For The Day

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. [Mark Twain]

Happiness Challenge: Listen To Your Favorite Upbeat Song

The Happiness Project's resolution for this week is Listen To Your Favorite Upbeat Song.
Here is what Gretchen Rubin has to say:

While choosing just one favorite upbeat song can be a challenge (there are so many!), I opted for one that I turn to again and again as a way to pump myself up when I'm feeling low.

And so, I present "Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie.

Reasons To Be Happy #46-50

46. chocolate cake
47. the honesty of Kat Ramsburg
48. Playbills
49. new business opportunities
50. fireplaces

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thought For The Day

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people. [John Lennon]

Reasons To Be Happy #36-40

36. spending time with my niece
37. discovering new music
38. tulips
39. clouds
40. Leonard Cohen songs on a Saturday night

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #31-35

31. sleeping in
32. rainboots
33. chocolate milk
34. planning the next travel adventure
35. Lily Armani

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #26-30

26. the smell of freshly laundered clothes
27. Bette Midler
28. saltines and tuna
29. walking to work
30. sweatpants

The Musicals That Make Me Dance

Number 5 on my list of Reasons To Be Happy was musicals.
I love musicals. Even the bad ones. Hardly a day goes by when I don't think about a musical, or listen to a musical, or talk about a musical.

When I think long and hard about it, I'd have to say that my All-Time Top Ten Favorite Musicals are:


There are so many more musicals that I love...but to post them all would just be exhausting. So I've chosen to limit myself to ten. Although, maybe twenty is a better number. Or thirty...

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Thought For The Day

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
[Steve Jobs 1955-2011]

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #21-25

21. informed, intelligent, and enlightening conversations
22. RJ Tancioco
23. laughter
24. sharing experiences
25. Carolee Carmello's belt

Resolution: Better Scheduling

Admittedly, I have a tendency to overbook myself or forget dates. This has, on more than one occasion, caused tension/headaches/irritation/etc... for myself and the parties I may have made plans with.

And I hate to be the one to have to break plans, even if it IS because of my poor schedule keeping.

The solution? Use the Google calendar feature and the calendar app on my iPhone. It's as simple as that. Really. I sit in front of a computer all day and I am rarely without my iPhone. There's no excuse for not being able to input dates/times/plans right when they're being made.

By doing so, I can save myself the embarrassment of overbooking and then having to admit to my failure.

Thought For The Day

(Alexandra Silber for

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #16-20

16. sleeping
17. long showers
18. dancing in the living room
19. Alexander McQueen scarves
20. magazines


Bergdorf Goodman: Tom Ford, A Singular Man

I'm perfectly happy. I could die tomorrow. I feel like I've experienced so many things, and I've been so fortunate. I've had a great relationship in my life. I've had wonderful dogs. I've had a great career. I've had lots of things that have fulfilled me. I hope that I don't die tomorrow. There are other things that I'd like to do. I hope that I get to be a little bit wiser and smarter, and keep learning things.

Why Not You?

Thought For The Day

A person who has good thought cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. [Roald Dahl]

Monday, October 3, 2011

Reasons To Be Happy #11-15

12. firm pillows
13. good books
14. red wine
15. solitude

I Am What I Am

I am what I am, and what I am needs no excuses.

A Moment Of Zen

The joy I get from this video cannot be measured.

Thought For The Day

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, and don't put up with people that are reckless with yours. [Kurt Vonnegut]

Rules of Adulthood

- People don't notice your mistakes as much as you think.
- It's okay to ask for help.
- Most decisions don't require extensive research.
- Do good, feel good.
- It's important to be nice to everyone.
- Bring a sweater.
- By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.
- Soap and water remove most stains.
- Turning the computer on and off a few times often fixes a glitch.
- If you can't find something, clean up.
- You can choose what you do; you can't choose what you like to do.
- Happiness doesn't always make you feel happy.
- What you do every day matters more than what you do once in awhile.
- You don't have to be good at everything.
- If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough.
-Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
- What's fun for other people may not be fun for you...and vice versa.
- No deposit, no return.


Sunday, October 2, 2011


"Sadness be gone. Let's be people who deserve to be loved, who are worthy. Because we are worthy."

It's a wonderful, uplifting, beautiful little film.
Highly recommended.

Reasons To Be Happy #6-10

6. The Beatles
7. coffee
8. rain
9. sweaters

Thought For The Day

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years. [Abraham Lincoln]

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Things I Am Thankful For

Reasons To Be Happy #1-5

1. John & Brooke McCabe
2. Ted, Kelly, and Morgan Hansen
3. extended families
4. strong friendships
5. musicals

Why Now?

The real question is "Why not?"

I have a lot in my life that I should be grateful for...but rarely have I acknowledged that. And by not acknowleding what I am grateful for, I have allowed myself to become steeped in negativity, depression, and low self worth.

So, why not make a change for the better? There's too much good in the world to overlook.

My Personal Commandments

Be Ryan.
Let it go.
Act the way I want to feel.
Do it now.
Be polite and be fair.
Enjoy the process.
Stand out.
Identify the problem.
Lighten up.
Do what ought to be done.
No calculation.
There is only love.