Happy Music

Dear Optimists,

Do you ever listen to music to make a happy moment even better?

I do.

I loooooove music. My favorite happy music is definitely Belle and Sebastian. When I’m driving to work and don’t necessarily want to go, I blast some B&S and it puts me right in the best mood ever. I hope everyone out there has a band like that. I once went on a trip all the way across country just to see them play for the first time. It was absolutely worth it.

Who is your happy band?

Love,

Den

P.S. I am LOVING the optimist version of a B&S album covers Nadia made…

Sunday Relaxation

Dear Optimists,

I love relaxing after a perfect weekend full of fun and excitement. Do you ever have one of those weekends where it’s Sunday night, you’re relaxing with tea and a good book, or a beer and the game, or whatever your Sunday evening preference, and you just think to yourself “What a damn good weekend”?

I love those.

Love,

Den

Hurricane! Hurricane?

Dear Optimists,

I woke up Sunday morning in the middle of a hurricane to find…NOTHING. No rain, a little wind, no damage…so imagine my surprise, considering the news kept telling everyone the end of the world was coming (practically). The stores were out of water, bread, milk, eggs (I think everyone makes French Toast when it storms, I swear it…) and they were even completely sold out of GENERATORS. So when nothing happened, people were, to put it kindly, upset.

So I watched the news, something I tend to avoid because it’s so so so negative (I get my world news from NYtimes.com and BBC). I wanted to see what they would say/do/show to get themselves out of the pickle they’d put themselves into.

So I’m watching as the newscaster says, “And now we have the Atlantic City Director of Emergencies on the line.”

A picture of a cell phone comes up and we hear the man’s voice. “Good morning! So, we think we’ll be letting people back into Atlantic City around 4 P.M. on Monday, but then I’m just pulling that out of my buttcrack.”

This got my attention, and the newscaster’s as well, who was suddenly back on camera. “Okay…I think that maybe that wasn’t who we thought it was.”

The cell phone voice, one I assumed was gone, suddenly said “No Shit, Sherlock.”

I laughed my buttcrack off.

Love,

Den

Radio show

Dear Optimists,

In Denmark we have to take lectures to learn how to do CPR and how to react when emergencies occur. If we don’t get a diploma, we can’t get our driver’s licence. A brilliant idea, if you ask me.

But when I was in 3rd grade, this wasn’t the normal procedure. Only a few people knew how to do it, and it was up to the parents to teach their children.
One day a radio show came to our school to find kids that knew how to do CPR.

I quickly raised my hand in eager, “I know CPR!”

The radio show host wanted to do an interview with me, since I appeared to be the only “enlightened” kid in class.

He started the interview, and came to the question: “So, how did you learn to do it?”

My answer was simple:

Donald Duck knows the answer to all of life’s questions, doesn’t he?

Love,
Nadia.


Kids Are So Cute

Dear Optimists,
Kids are awesome, aren’t they? They do the silliest, most entertaining things if you really observe carefully.

The other day I was waiting in line at a store, a little girl, probably like eleven or so, started jumping into and out of the automatic doors. She had a shirt with a Superman emblem on it and a serious case of hyperactivity. It made me smile.

As she jumped at the door the last time and it opened, she threw both hands into the air, palms up, and said “What what?” and then giggled like crazy.

Love,
Den

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

Dear Optimists,

I once read a book by Kurt Vonnegut. Actually, I read all of them. But I read one called God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian. Doesn’t sound optimistic, does it? Anyway, as I read the introduction, he spoke of his uncle, who had this quirk about him. Whenever he was happy, or enjoying a moment, he would verbalize it. He would be sitting there drinking lemonade on a cool day in the shade of a tree, and just blurt out, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

I’ve lived my life by that simple story shared by a literary genius. So now I’m sharing it with you. As they say, stop and smell the roses.

I mean think about it. If this isn’t nice, what is?

Love,

Den

What Makes Den Happy?

Dear Optimists,

For those of you who don’t know, I actually obsess over some things besides Legos and Smurfs. What, you might ask?

Vintage photographs:

I have piles and piles of them. I even have a few stacks sitting next to my computer right now! I use them for inspiration when I have writer’s block. I just love sitting there and looking at one, noticing not just the people and their clothing, but small details in the background. The subtle look on their face. The discarded item to the side. Everything. And I just love imagining what it is they’re experiencing at that very moment.

I love doing this. Now you know.

Love,

Den

I’m a Big Kid

Dear Optimists,

You know what’s fun? Legos. They’re the best. Know what else is fun? Crayons. So I decided to combine them.

That’s right, folks, my creative side came out, I ordered a Lego man ice cube tray and then broke up crayons, microwaved them for about five minutes, then threw them into the fridge. Know what came out? Crayons shaped like Lego men! SWEET!

It’s the little things, isn’t it?

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.

Thank you!

Dear Thousands of Readers From the Past 24 Hours,We have never felt so loved via the Internet as we do right now.

Your support, likes, comments and subscriptions have given us an inspiration we never would have expected. Thank you so much.

We promise to do our best to bring you the lighter side of our lives as often as possible.

Since, sometimes, we have a little story or anecdote that seems too short for this site, we welcome you to our newly-created facebook page, where we will give creative, fun little updates as well. You can click like on the sidebar to the right for all the fun!

Thank you so much for your love and support.

Den & Nadia.