#100HappyDays Day 31 was a busy one, returning me downtown for some training, instantly feeling at home with its slushy sidewalks and people reminding me of the times I’d spend at the mall or wandering with friends, taking the energy of everything in. When I wasn’t dashing through the snow, I kept busy with many events — but which one made me happy?
The first adventure had me wishing an old boss well, hanging with my old team at Pogue Mahone, a regular haunt for many working in Toronto’s Yonge/College area. I got my Steak and Mushroom Pie — my favourite item on their menu —and shared laughs with some of the best people I’ve worked with yet. It made me wistful for past days, and though I had a great lunch and great times, it also made me a little sad and contemplative about the future, so I don’t think this is the winner.
Perhaps it was the surprise House of Cards Against Humanity package I’d won from Brock McLaughlin waiting for me when I got home. While the original game can get a little old once you know the cards (especially if you’re not playing with the right crowd), get a group of House of Cards enthusiasts together with this expansion, and you’re sure to start quoting Frank Underwood in no time!
But it’s not often I get a game of Cards Against Humanity going, and I knew it was coming eventually, so I don’t think this got me going.
Maybe it was the food we ordered from Little Coxwell Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine for Sarah and her friends to nosh on while watching The Bachelor finale. It’s one of the better Thai joints in the east end — we’ve gotten their food a few times now — and the Pad Thai and Basil Chicken were a solid way to end my day.
Delicious as it was, that wasn’t it, either.
URGENT REQUEST: Where's a good place in #Toronto to get pie for tomorrow's Pi Day?!
— Casey E. Palmer (@CaseP) March 13, 2014
What took the cake — pardon the food-related pun — was the friend who brought a Sicilian Lemon Pie over after all my ranting and raving on Twitter and Facebook, looking for a solid bakery to visit for Pi Day. A gesture like this is what ultimately put the cherry on top of a good day to make it great.
There’s a lesson here — the things that make us happy need not be flashy, new, shiny or expensive. They need not be better than anything else or particularly rare or exotic.
Sometimes, it just takes listening and a little caring to make someone else’s day.
How will you make someone happy today?
#100HappyDays Day 31/100, fini.