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Hello and welcome! I'm Andrea Reiser, happiness coach and author, and I'm here to help you cultivate lasting happiness in your life. Sometimes you just need a little encouragement and guidance to look for the simple joys in each day, to express gratitude for life's abundant blessings, to spread kindness and to savor both the ordinary and the extraordinary. You can do it—and it's my pleasure to guide you and cheer you on.
I'm a sucker for celebrity-chef cookbooks.
I am often politically incorrect, and fairly unapologetic about it.
My first concert was Barry Manilow at the Providence Civic Center in 1978.
My favorite number is 18.
I dig bald guys.
My middle name is Robin.
I can't pee in a public restroom unless I cover my ears.
I wore a plastic cockroach on my mortarboard at BU graduation as part of a group tribute to a freshman-year prank.
My favorite shoe designer is Christian Louboutin, and Manolo is just a step behind.
I can't fall asleep (or go back to sleep in the middle of the night) without a sitcom on in the background.
Well more than half my boyfriends were southpaws.
I used to listen to Andrew Dice Clay doing his naughty nursery rhymes while in the carpool line at preschool pickup.
I have a theory about people who don't like shaved truffles.
I'm an oldest child.
I was rescued from a burning boat when I was almost 12.
Spelling errors in published materials or on signs make me insane.
I still have an original Cabbage Patch doll from the 80s. Her name is Alyssa Elaine.
I giggle uncontrollably on roller coasters.
Romantic = city lights + rainy night.
I have stolen a stop sign.
I delivered one of my kids breech.
Best concert I've ever seen? A tie between Billy Joel's "Last Play at Shea" and Sting's 60th birthday at the Beacon.
The infrastructure of Manhattan fascinates me.
I was born on a Sunday.
Since nearly the turn of the century, my sister and I have had a weekly email ritual to celebrate Mondays.
I wore my Mom's wedding gown but the crinoline got left behind and I didn't realize it until our first dance.
Don't come near me if you've eaten tuna salad within the last 12 hours.
I have a Mary Tyler Moore pin that brings me good luck.
Myers-Briggs accurately pegs me as an ESFJ.
I once spontaneously co-choreographed a musical to the song "Daybreak".
I think kissing is highly underrated.
I was stuck in an elevator in college and have been claustrophobic ever since.
I scream and hurl things when I'm livid.
I used to bowl in a youth league.
I'm a popcorn snob and I order my kernels online.
I won a Royal Caribbean cruise at an insurance marketing convention, but ended up giving it to my sister and a friend.
I love the smell of cigars and my babies' heads.
I think precious few things are more sublime than laughing until you nearly wet your pants.
My favorite color is pink.
I'm fairly certain there's another woman out there walking around with the rest of my ass.
I have two little girl doggies named Phoebe and Maisie.
It always made my day when my Grandpa surprised me at the junior high bus stop, and I can still hear his signature five-note whistle.
I'm a side-sleeper.
I think the world would be a better place if people wrote more thank-you notes.
I obsessively organized by year my playlist of 500+ songs from the 70s.
If I could be a cartoon character, I'd be either Pebbles Flintstone or Judy Jetson.
I wrote Adam Sandler a fan letter way back when he was just a featured player on SNL and he sent me back an autographed picture telling me I sounded like an adorable girl myself.
I detest snooty people, phony-baloneys and "friends" who talk about you the moment you leave the room.
My high school English teacher insisted I was a lousy writer and I still have his comments to prove it.
I'm right-handed, except when attempting to do cartwheels.
I've played piano since I was six.
I would love to see The Eagles and Prince in concert (but not together).
I have a secret instant-off button.
My special stuffed Grover doll has had a place of honor in every office I've had since 1988.
My feet are quite ticklish and I have one outrageously ticklish vertebra.
I have an unnatural obsession with typefaces.
When climbing a flight of stairs, I either silently count them or step to the beat of whatever song's in my head.
I adore being an aunt.
Incompetence outrages me.
I once met someone at the airport wearing only high heels and a trench coat…and shortly thereafter married him.
I love fried pigs' feet, but think they taste more scrumptious when they're called "pieds de cochon."
I know the words to "Rapper's Delight."
I can French-braid my own hair.
I can knit but I can't crochet for shit.
I've been parasailing.
I use an electric toothbrush.
Cuddling makes my heart smile.
I am highly influenced by attractive packaging.
I shaved my legs in front of my Oral Presentation class in college.
The best meal I ever had was at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
I love to throw parties.
Thinking of my Mom's radiant smile at any given moment fills me with comfort.
Sushi and sake made me the mother of twins, and no, twins didn't run in the family.
I have a fragrance collection in the several hundreds, but I always seem to return to Chanel No. 5.
I sleep with the sheets tightly tucked in.
One of my ultimate joys is watching my babies sleep, no matter how big they are.
I've lived in five states.
One of the most poignant TV moments for me was Steve Martin's tearful "Dancing in the Dark" tribute to Gilda on the Saturday evening she died.
I've been a devoted Mac user since 1986.
I once threw a brick at someone when we were like 8, and he's still one of my dearest friends.
I collect antique teacups and rolling pins.
My favorite TV series finale was "Newhart," when Dick Loudon woke up as Bob Hartley and found it had all been a bizarre dream.
I lack patience for people who lack the silly gene.
I could live on a diet of great bread, great cheese, great wine and great chocolate.
I have a beauty mark behind my right ear that I'll never see in person.
I periodically go through my keyring and throw out keys that I don't remember what they open.
I'm a quintessential Taurus, and my Chinese astrological sign is the horse.
I've worn contact lenses since I was 14.
My favorite flowers are peonies.
I make off-the-hook chocolate-chunk cookies.
I love Thanksgiving.
I have a thang for pink champagne.
It skeeves me to use the tethered pen to sign the electronic credit card screen.
My guacamole is so good it almost makes people faint.
I think most bad behavior is rooted in jealousy.
Fuzzy peaches scare me.
I sing in the car, loudly.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be my Nana Caila.
Best wishes for a healthy, joyous, peaceful new year.
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