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