Shiny Happy People (and it’s my Mom’s 79th Birthday!)

Denny's MermaidsThis post is filled with sarcasm and bite (and a loving shout-out to my Mom:)…

On this rainy Monday morning, I’m wallowing in the dungeon of how much work can I get done in a week. I am up-to-my-brows in stuff and it’s not writing work. Yes, it happens to us all whether we are readers or writers, moms or dads, single or married, we get busy, and balancing busy is an art.

I wish I could do a better job of it myself, but since it is Monday, and I don’t like Mondays (except when my mom’s birthday falls on a Monday), I’ve decided to mock organized people whom I’ve dubbed:

Shiny Happy People.

When faced with the Evil Day Job they can be overheard saying that Monday is the best day of the week. SHP!

In a world that thrives on making sense I am ambiguity. (SQUIRREL ALERT!) I don’t know why I wrote that. But I’ll make up a character based on that line one day.

Those people who organize their recipes in a box with tabs, plot their books and follow the outline, and forget unfavorable reviews (or comments from contests) – Yes, they are SHPs.

People that wash dishes after every meal (ugh…) – OMG! Shiny Happy People.

People who fold and/or hang up clothes after (immediately after) the loud buzzer noise goes off on the dryer. Clothes still warm when they pull them out of the hole – yes, they, too, are SHPs.

People with Netflix “Suggestions for You” that are a blur of happy endings, animated fun and Real Housewives of Atlanta (which reminds me – I can’t wait for RWA Nationals in Atlanta! I love Atlanta and I’m looking forward to National’s this year – my first year with a PRO pin!).

Yes, this is a rant. And it’s all about Monday morning, but it’s also a celebration (yes, I will segue into this masterfully:)…

Today is my Mom’s 79th birthday. She is a sweetie of major proportions and I just wanted you to join me in wishing her a great day, a great month, and many great years to come.DSC_0061

I also wanted to share a recent photo of my gal.

She knows exactly why I am ranting. She heard about it all yesterday (well, especially on Friday), but she listens really well. That’s an art—listening, and paying attention without digging in too deep. Sometimes you’ve got to know when to dig too deep or and when to keep it on the surface. She knows.

Smooches Mommy:)! Happy Birthday Mother! (See photo of my mother and her hubby. They call each other “Bunny”…:) Photo taken by moi on April 10.

Now, a brief return to my rant.

Are you one of them – one of those Shiny Happy People (and that REM song from 1991–I really can’t stand it)?

Happy Monday to all!


16 thoughts on “Shiny Happy People (and it’s my Mom’s 79th Birthday!)

  1. Happy birthday to Denny’s mommy! I love the photo. They look so happy!
    Most decidedly am not one of those SHP, but I would like to be. I have to think their lives are so much easier.

    1. On behalf of my Mom – thank you for the birthday wishes and yep, I am so not one of those SHPs (I love adding the ‘s’ because it’s so silly:)…And oh, did you finish?

  2. Not a SHP matter how hard I try! Happy Birthday to your mom, Raising my cup of water to you today…no vanilla bean today.

  3. Denny! I love you! I feel the same way. I can’t keep anything organized right now. Not my counters. Not my recipe box (which is just pieces of paper with scrawled recipes and dried food stuck to them). Not my life either. So, I feel you!
    Happy Birthday to Denny’s mom! Who looks like a Shiny Happy Person! What do you have to say about THAT, Denny-mermaid??? 🙂
    May we be able to cram a few more hours into each day until we become SHP too!

  4. Happy birthday to Denny’s mom on THE FIRST REAL DAY OF MY SUMMER VACATION! Double celebration! And if you saw the state of my ~~house~~ dining room, you’d know I am NOT a SHP person! Happy birthday, Denny’s mom!

      1. lol:)…and girl, I’m jealous of you! First real day of summer vac? Fantastic. I am working through the end of June, and then I’ll be able to get back to full-time writing for a few weeks (and maybe months).

  5. Who in the world is saying that Mondays are the best day of the week? Who? Let me at ’em! Don’t hold me back! Unless you have Tuesday through Friday off, there is never a reason to like Mondays! I say this as I admit that I *think* I’m one of the shiny happy people. Hmmmmm.

    Happy Birthday, Denny’s Mom!!!!!!!

    1. Those Monday-loving people were figments – serious figments – of my imagination. Needed a hook for today’s post, and I though sure – let me make up some crazy people:)! Hey! How are you? Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  6. Lovely picture of your mom! Happy Birthday to her! Preparing for a big family party Sunday so I’m cleaning and cooking this week. Shiny? Nah! Happy? Yeah!

  7. Happy Birthday Denny’s Mama! You are beautiful and thank you for creating Denny!
    You know Denny-Mermaid, I think most people would assume I’m an SHP, but in truth, if I am, I’m the laziest one of the bunch. And congrats on your first RWA Nationals with your PRO pin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re gonna rock it!

  8. Sorry, I’m a little late to the party this week. Happy birthday to Denny’s mom! You did a great job because Denny is awesomesauce!

    As to the SHP part… not so much. I tend to be very organized and, aside from my occasional rant, I’m generally a happy person, but Monday’s are rough. 😉

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