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