Train Rides

Dear Optimists,

The other day I wrote a short story based on true events that I wanted to share with you. I was on the train on the way to work when I noticed that in the seat in front of me, a girl in a fluffy white hat had her head on the guy’s shoulder. I wondered if they knew each other or if this was one of those awkward times someone fell asleep on a stranger.

When the speakers crackled the Suburban stop, he nudged her lovingly, her head lifted, she rubbed her eyes and stood. Before she walked away, she leaned over, kissed him and said “I love you.”

There was something so cute about the moment I wanted to share. How many couples get to commute to work and yet still totally love it? Adorable.

Love,

Den

The New Year

Dear Optimists,

Happy new year! With the new year, everyone is always planning to improve their lives, right? What’s everyone planning for 2012?

I’m looking back on the past year and recognizing so many positives that I’m not even sure how I could improve in 2012! But I will list them anyway:

Got two GREAT new jobs to go along with the others. And one has me working the NHL Winter Classic Today! Most of you probably don’t know what it is, but for hockey fans, trust me, it’s a big deal.

THIS BLOG! Wow…how much has writing this blog with Nadia improved my year? What a blast of positivity and optimism.

Engagement. Nuff said. 2012 will be the year that sees me married off 🙂

Books. What fun it was to see two books published with my name on them. Yay!

So what does 2012 hold for me? I can’t WAIT to find out. I’d like to say it can’t be better than 2011, but come on, you all know how optimistic I am!

Love,

Den

Nadia’s Christmas in pictures

Dear Optimists,

What a Christmas, eh? It’s not quite over yet, so today’s post will be drawings of small incidences from the Christmas Days.

On the 23rd, the boyfriend’s gift came all the way from England. 5 days earlier than what they had told me. Happy dance!

On Christmas Day I was so lucky to be tackled by an evil bug. I had been dreaming about Christmas food forever and when the evening finally arrived, I couldn’t get it down. Yes, I’m dying in this picture, thank you for asking.

But we did manage to get a picture of everybody on Christmas Eve:

On the 25th, we celebrated with even more food and more family members. I still wasn’t feeling well, but little Emma couldn’t care less. She made sure we both got covered in chocolate:


Did you have a lovely Christmas Eve and/or Morning?

Snowmen and elves,
Nadia.

Share your appreciation

Dear Optimists,

Today I’m going to tell  you about someone that I appreciate very much. She’s always there for me, ready to listen. She’s been there for the past 9-10 years, but I don’t really feel that I show her enough appreciation. I’m going to change that.

Thursday was the day for my thesis hand-in at the University. Thursday was also the day the train staff chose to go on strike.

So I rang Malou:

She went to work to explain the situation and came to get me:

Then we went on the long drive to my University. At the University I got lost and ran down the halls, confused and stressed out. Malou pointed out a big sign which read, “thesis hand-in”.

She’s been listening to me complain for the past three weeks. Which is why she is frowning and looks tired.

But she’s there. She’s always there.

Thank you, Malou. Thank you for always saving my arse, for being ready with a comforting hug (and cake) and just because you are you.

Today, go tell someone how much you appreciate them. Isn’t that what the Holidays are for?

Love,
Nadia.

Bad or Good?

Dear Optimists,

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would focus on some of my favorite traditions.

As a kid, we would always go to my paternal grandparents’ house for Christmas dinner. One year, my grandfather informed me that santa left me an extra gift under their tree, but it was addressed to me! So here I am, all excited about getting an extra present over my sisters, and when I open it I find…

…potatoes.

Wah waaaaah. My grandfather would razz me, telling me I must have been bad. Apparently he thought santa gave bad kids potatoes! I always hear he gave them coal…maybe it’s an Italian thing?

The worst is that I couldn’t even keep the potatoes. He would take them back, telling me they were his lunch for the next day.

Love, Den

Rain Rain, Don’t Go Away

Dear Optimists,

I woke up today to find a rainy morning. Most people don’t enjoy the rain, but I LOVE it! There’s something nice about getting wrapped up in a blanket on a rainy day and watching a movie, or reading a book, playing a game, even if it’s video games!

I love the rain. The smell of it hitting the hot road in mid-summer, the sounds it makes when the windows are open, there’s something so relaxing, so calming about it. I even love the gray look it gives the day and how the world looks so different without our old friend, the sun.

What do you do on a rainy day?

Love,
Den

Muppet Mania!

Dear Optimists,

Den again! Nadia is quite under the weather (send her some well wishes, huh?) so please excuse the overabundance of den-ness this week!

So, I saw the new movie The Muppets an absolutely loved it! I highly recommend it. I’ve been a Muppet fan for a long time and grew up watching The Muppet Show, so trust me, I know what I’m talking about. Sure, the voices were a little different (did you think the Muppeteers don’t die? Because they do…) and sure, some of the originals refused to do the film, but Jason Segal really did Jim Henson justice with this movie. It was new and modern but had the Muppet ideal that I grew up to know and love.

I think I laughed straight through the first half of the movie, and yes, I teared up a bit when I found out what song Kermit and Miss Piggy (and everyone else!) would end up singing in the end.

The movie was beautiful, hilarious, touching and in every sense of the word, Muppet.

Love,

Den

P.S. please excuse the drawing…I did it today and don’t have the skills or technology that Nadia has! 🙂

Dear Creative Optimists….HELP!

Dear Optimists,

Planning a wedding is hard! And apparently they don’t make bride and groom lego men as cake toppers!

Anyway, I’m looking for really cool, artistic ideas to make this wedding a little more original, a little more “us” with some neat, cute ideas. Think Etsy, think vintage, think anything you want! I’m asking YOU for the cutest new ideas or additions to weddings you’ve seen. After all, you’ve been picking our brains all this time for optimism, so now it’s MY turn.

What do you think, optimists? Willing to help Den out?

Love,
Den

P.S. Sorry there’s no image yet…Nadia’s Internet is sadly down and can’t get online! We’re hoping to add one soon 🙂

Engagement? Engagement!

Dear Optimists,

So it was Thanksgiving part two, my girlfriend and I were at the shore for Thanksgiving dinner with my family, and everything was going well. We had a great time, my whole immediate family came, and my uncle showed up out of the blue and ate with us. Good times.

My girlfriend asked if, after dinner, we could do a walk on the beach. It was about 66 degrees (19 C) that evening, which is oddly warm for this time of year. We brought her iPad so we could stargaze and actually know the constellations we were looking at. We even saw Jupiter! It was beautiful.

So then we started with a walk and chatted, the sound of the ocean soundtracking our evening.

I started. “What a perfect weekend, huh? We got to have Thanksgiving dinner with both of our families, plus got to have two turkey dinners!”

“It couldn’t have been more perfect,” she said.

I stopped walked. “Actually, I think there is one way it could be more perfect…” and I pulled out the ring. Her eyes widened and she started shaking her head.

“Bastard!” she said to me with a huge smile. “Seriously?”

“Will you marry me?”

“Yes!”

And we kissed.

Then we walked to the boardwalk and I slipped the ring on her finger. She’s a bit clumsy and I was afraid to put it on where it could fall into the oblivion of sand. And no, I did not get down on one knee, pretty much for the same reason; I was afraid I would fumble and drop the ring.

So now I’m engaged.

Love,

Den

I choose happy

Dear Optimists,

Writing letters to fellow optimists isn’t all I do. I’m also a student. At the moment I’m writing my Bachelor project in Philosophy and History of Science (in Denmark, you write a dissertation that is called a Bachelor project).

When people hear my field of study, they see this:


Even though being a droid really speaks to me, this isn’t my reality. I actually look exactly the same as any other student:

Studying Philosophy has given me so much throughout the years. I’ve gained more insight and I feel more content. It doesn’t mean you have to read boring and dusty texts from Ancient times, philosophy is something you can practise yourself.

This blog, my fellow Optimists, is Philosophy. Being an optimist IS philosophy. Philosophy is how you choose to live your life; it’s the system of values that you live by. All of this is extremely important for your overall happiness.

YOU choose YOUR life*. That’s the beauty of it all.

If you’re interested in knowing more on how to choose happiness, please read this short article: Philosophy Happiness

Love and insight,
Nadia.

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*People in Third World countries don’t exactly choose for themselves, nor do people in war. BUT they choose not to sit down and cry, they choose to live by all means. If they can do it, so can we.