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

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

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

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.

Shower

Dear Optimists,

I’m so fortunate that I’ve been out of the country twice this Summer. One of the trips was a three week holiday in Iceland where Mum lives, as you probably already know, the other one was a solo-trip to London.
I was quite nervous to travel all by myself, but Boyfriend encouraged me and repeatedly told me I was sooo awesome daring to travel all by myself. I like when people think I’m cool, so of course I went.

The day before I left, we had a shower together.

“Are you gonna bring your camera?,” Boyfriend asked me.
“Nah…,” I smiled, “That would be crazy!”

He looked at me wondering; why wouldn’t I want to take my camera with me to London?

I laughed: “Of course I’m bringing it, it was the first thing I packed!”

Then it occured to me that I’d forgot to pack my knickers. It’s obvious what’s more important to a photographer.

Love,
Nadia.