#100HappyDays — Day 31 — As Simple as Pi

#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?

#100HappyDays — Day 31 —  Pogue Mahone — Steak and Mushroom Pie

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.

#100HappyDays — Day 31 —  House of Cards Against Humanity
Thanks to Brock McLaughin and Netflix Canada for this awesome set!

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.

#100HappyDays — Day 31 —  Little Coxwell Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine
Chow Mein with Beef, Basil Chicken and Vegetarian Pad Thai

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.

#100HappyDays — Day 31 — Sicilian Lemon Pie

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.

–case p.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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