Saturday Surprise!!! Earthquake…

This is a little bonus for all of our lovely readers. We usually don’t post on weekends, but this is special!

Dear Optimists,

I am officially an earthquake survivor.

I pulled my car up at home and all of a sudden it started rocking back and forth. It brought new meaning to the saying “If this car’s a rockin’, then don’t come a knockin’…” Okay sorry, bad joke.

But I got out and the ground was still shaking. Weird, right? As my neighbors ran out of their houses, I enjoyed the sheer overreaction. This was NOT a big earthquake where I live. Even at the epicenter, nothing really serious happened.

I just thank God I didn’t challenge the girlfriend to a game of Jenga at that moment.

Love,

Den

My dear Ninja

Dear Optimists,

I’ve got my very own ninja at home. He goes by Ninja, very simple. His job is to make the most important things of mine disappear, typically things I need when I’m running late and have to catch the bus. But he always makes sure that they reappear whenever I get back home.

But at least I end up finding money all over the place.

Love,
Nadia.

It’s Fall Here! (No, not really…)


Dear Optimists,

I don’t know about all of you, but I am eternally in love with Fall, even though it has that horrible back to school feeling. I get tired of hiding in air conditioning. I miss gentle breezes and outdoor noises, sleeping with the windows open instead of in the AC, stuff like that. So needless to say, I long for Autumn as summer winds down. Well, today I got a little taste of it. Even though it’s only August, we had one of those mornings where you kind of need a hoodie, a morning I expect from September, not August.

How did I celebrate? With a cup of hot Rooibos Coconut Tea (which I highly recommend) with a little milk.

Yum.

Love,

Den

Den Might Be a Little Egocentric (But Not Egoistic)

Dear Optimists,

Sometimes the world is a funny place. We’re so egocentric that it’s almost cute. And the Internet has made the world so small that I forget some really obvious, simple things.

Me (When I just woke up): Good morning, Nadia!

Nadia: It’s not morning here, Den.

Do you have any idea how often this happens to me? I wonder if everyone does that. I talk to so many people from all over the world thanks to Internet and blogging that I forget. Just because it’s 9 AM here doesn’t make it 9 AM everywhere.

And let’s not even get into discussing the weather.

Love,

Den

Smurfs Update


Dear Optimists,

Smurfs update. The gf and I went into a McD’s after a lovely night of looking at art and a delicious dinner, just to see if we could get any more of the Smurfs for my collection.

The kid working was either really nice or didn’t give a hoot, so he went into the back and brought out a giant box. “Root through and pick out the ones you need,” he said with a kind smile. We searched through and found one of each I was still missing. As we checked out I started to think about fate.

“You know,” I said to the gf. “You know what’s going to happen. We think we have the whole set, but there’s going to be one that we somehow missed.” She laughed and so did the kid.

When I got back home and looked through, I was missing Panicky Smurf. I jinxed myself.

But heck, at least now the quest is still on!

Love,
Den

Back to School?!? NO!

Dear Optimists,

I feel bad for kids these days and I’m glad I’m not one. I very easily remember how lovely summers were, no school, do whatever I want, and I also vividly remember the horror I felt when I saw back to school commercials starting around mid August. But in a time when Christmas  ads start after Halloween, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when I see back to school ads mid-July. But it’s still sad for the little buggers.

So kids, ignore the ads, and maybe you should try to avoid television next summer starting around June, just to be safe.

Love,
Den

Writing a blog


Dear Optimists,

When Den asked me if we should share our positivity with the world, I didn’t have to think much before I said yes. Actually, we already started planning before we even sealed the deal, because our eagerness to share short nonfiction stories of our everyday lives that make us smile shine strongly.

Sometimes my enthusiasm gets too much for some people, but not for Den. He sat there smiling, on the other side of the world, while I was tapping away with ideas. When the steam wore off, he got time to share his ideas. His brilliant ideas. Ideas that you’re looking at right now. This is for him.

Love,
Nadia.