This morning, I did something surprisingly wonderful…

After taking the kids to school, I took a quick stroll around the neighborhood while listening to a funny podcast. The combination of those two things (walk, podcast) made me inordinately happy before launching into the workday.

Over the past year, I’ve found myself soaking up these sorts of ordinary activities. Taking a cat nap on the sofa on a Saturday; listening to the boys talk about their days; reading in bed while eating a Reese’s Pumpkin; even washing my face at night and slathering it with lotion. Ever since March 2020, I’ve found real joy in quotidian moments.

It reminded me of this conversation in I Love You, Man:

    Peter Klaven: Did you know that the best night I’ve had in the last five years is a night that Zooey and I split a bottle of wine, we made a summer salad and watched ‘Chocolat’ together?
    Sydney Fife: You mean ‘Chocolate’?
    Peter Klaven: Chocolat.
    Sydney Fife: Chocolate with Johnny Depp.
    Peter Klaven: Chocolat.
    Sydney Fife: You’re not f*cking French, Pete. It’s called ‘Chocolate.’
    Peter Klaven: Chocolate’s got an ‘e’ on at the end.
    Sydney Fife: That was your favorite night?
    Peter Klaven: Yes.
    Sydney Fife: Your best night in five years is watching ‘Chocolate’ with Johnny Depp? You should be ashamed of yourself.
    Peter Klaven: With the combination of wine and summer salad and ‘Chocolat,’ yeah!

I get it, Peter Klaven!

Also, this Instagram video made me laugh, about the timeless pleasure of overhearing couples arguing:

What everyday activities are you into these days? I would love to hear…

P.S. Simple pleasures, and four hilarious Instagram comedians.