Friday, 1 March 2013

Bloghop of Joy

Good morning! It's time for the Bloghop of Joy!, hosted by myself and Clare Dugmore!

In these cold, winter months, everything can seem kind of ... bleak. However, every now and again, something small will happen that makes us smile again. It could be a random memory, something you see on TV, overhearing something that makes you laugh out loud - just that one thing that makes the clouds part, and the sunshine appear again. We're not talking life-changing moments, just the little things that inexplicably make us smile.

All you have to do to be a part of this happy hop is sign up on the Linky List, and on March 1st, post your list of joy - with a minimum of five things that put a spring back in your step!

 So, what is on my list?

The Ducktales theme tune
Seriously, I can be in the worst mood ever, but as soon as I hear this, everything seems better!

The sound of a baby laughing
Is there anything more adorable than the chuckle of a small child? Puts a smile on my face every time!

Yoghurt covered raisins
I discovered these by mistake, but they have become my favourite thing to nibble on when I'm working. :D

Anything that is even vaguely related to Christmas
I am a real Christmas junkie. If I had my own place, I'd probably be one of those people with an inflatable snowman in the garden, and flashing lights in every window LOL! Okay, maybe I wouldn't go QUITE that far, but Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. It's so cosy, and happy!

Flash mobs
I love watching these online, but if you happen to be present when a flash mob is happening live - that is a joy you NEVER forget! I once witnessed one in Exeter from a theatre group, it was fabulous! Unfortunately, I didn't capture it on film, so here is one of my favourites on YouTube!

Unexpected phonecalls from friends
It's great when you're just chilling out at home, and the phone rings - and it's a call from a friend you haven't spoken to in a while that you weren't expecting. :D

Chinese takeaway
I don't think I need to elaborate!

I am risking becoming a total outcast by admitting this but I LOVE vacuuming. Love it. Disturbing confession approaching... Once when I was on a day out with my friend, we went into the gift shop to have a look around before we went home, and I, embarrassingly said, "Someone's vacuuming, I can smell a Dyson." Apparently, I am a loser who can tell the difference between brands of vacuum cleaners! *slinks away, hanging head in shame*

New notebooks
Honestly, ask anyone who has ever been in Paperchase or Staples with me, and they will tell you just how much joy I get from just looking at new notebooks, with their pretty covers and their unmarked awesomeness!

Okay, that's enough dodgy confessions from me LOL! I will be hopping around to the other participants this evening - I can't wait! Don't forget to visit everyone else on the list, all the links are below!


  1. Vacuuming? Hey, whatever works for you. Though you live far away, you're welcome to come over and vacuum my house any time you want! :)

  2. Oops! Just noticed I'd forgotten to do the linky. Hope it's there now :) Now, I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for days! And I love Christmast too. One of my never-needs-to-really-come-true wishes is to have a cute, year around Christmas store. Want to join me? ;)

    1. Nope, your linky doesn't like me (I knew I tried already a few days ago.)

  3. I can relate, vacuuming and new notebooks do bring joy to me, too. When I want to clear my mind I clean the house ;)

    Loved the Bloghop of Joy! Such a great idea!

  4. Haha, vacuuming? Definitely can't relate to that. Thanks for hosting the blog hop. :3

  5. Good god woman you are sappy as furk. LOL. Who on earth likes vacuuming?

    I will side with you on the Duck Tales theme song, though, it's epic. That and the Pokemon theme song tie as the best ever!

    Have a great day, grandma! ;)

  6. New notebooks? Yes. And sticky colorful post-it notelets as well...
    I also love yoghurt.
    Babies are absolutely adorable!
    Thanks for hosting this awesome bloghop.

  7. Vacuuming?! You must be mistaken! My daughter loves the sound it makes.
    Raisins are gross but's that's ok. hahaha
    I love how you like the Duck Tales theme song. I've always loved Darkwing Duck theme song. hehe

  8. I love new notebooks and yogurt covered raisins! And, yep, baby laughter is the best!

  9. I adore a new notebook. Especially beautiful ones. Spend hundreds of dollars a year on them. It's an addiction, I tell you. ;-)

  10. Pizza is one of the things that brings me joy especially when I haven't had any for a while. Ditto chocolate.

    Kyra, all the best with the Bloghop of Joy. Anything that brings joy to life gets my vote


  11. I saw the COOLEST spiral notebook cover ever at Kmart yesterday. I so wanted to buy it, but I didn't cause of the $4 price tag.

    It had this hologram cover that was so realistic. The cover looked like it had a depth of about 2". It was blueish, so it was like looking into a 2" deep pond.

    And it's totally weird to hold something flat like that and it is so realistically looks like that depth was there. I stared at it for about 5 minutes. I wish I would've bought it. But then I'd have to just set it on my shelf and look at it. :)

  12. Flash mobs are so cool - I'd love to see one for real!

  13. Ha ha! Kyra your list is awesome. I love Chinese take out too. And one day, I want to see a flash mob just happen in person. I think that would be amazing!!

    When Faith was a baby, I recorded the sound of her laugh and left it as a voice message on The Husband's cell. He saved it and played it over and over whenever his job was getting to him. TO this day, Faith still, has the absolute best laugh you ever want to hear. When she laughs hard it comes straight from her belly. It's infectious!

    Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop. Really feeling the joy this morning!! Yay!!

  14. I love flash mobs; they make me happy, too. And new notebooks? What could be better? :)

    Have a great weekend!

  15. You had me at DuckTales. I haven't heard that theme song in a long time, but I still remember all the words.

    And I'm totally with you on the brand new notebooks thing. I can't go into an office supply place with looking and, most likely, buying.

  16. Love flash mobs and Chinese take away! And I have a short clip of my son laughing for the first time when he was just a baby, it's so cute. <3 Have a great weekend!

  17. New notebooks rock and flash mobs- that looks awesome. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Chinese take out is always a winner! And you'd make a fine Christmas elf.

  19. Krya,

    I love flash mobs too, and Christmas, well who can argue with the birtday of Jesus and Joy to the World, one of my favorite carols. Enjoying all the joy being spread around today.

    Mary Hill

  20. DuckTales!! Great pic! I would LOVE to see a flashmob. Thanks for running this, very JOYFUL!

  21. Oh my gosh! Duck Tales! YES!

    This was such a great idea for a bloghop Kyra.

  22. I LOVE new notebooks! Oh my gosh, September is one of my favorite times just because of all the school supplies in every store! (I thought that was just me.) :)
    I love everything on your list. Except vacuuming. I seriously hate vacuuming. Almost every room in my house is either wood floors or tile so I can sweep and not vacuum!

  23. I also love new notebooks! And now I'm really hungry for Chinese LOL. Thanks for hosting this fun hop!

  24. I LOVE the Duck Tales. It was my favorite show after school and that theme song puts a smile on my face. Great hop!

  25. I LOVE vacuuming too! I actually posted that fact once on my blog, glad I'm not the only one. It's very satisfying isn't it? Sorry I couldn't join in today but it seems to have been a great hop and I have managed to catch quite a few entries.

  26. Fantastic list! Duck Tales was awesome, and yeah, babies laughing are too cute. You might be a vacuum superhero! Flash mobs are so much fun. I'd love to be part of one. I'm sick of seeing the Harlem Shake thing, though.

  27. Yogurt raisins....still my heart! Yum. I signed up, I re did my name in linksy. :D

  28. Flash mobs are super fun!

  29. New notebooks - I love them! I probably have too many for this reason.

    I love the sound of baby laughter, which makes my job as an infant teacher must more enjoyable!! Also, getting to see babies smile and learn to walk. Babies are very joyful.

  30. I love new notebooks; the thought of filling up all those blank pages with my words gives me something to look forward to.
    Another thing that makes me smile are the stories about honest people who do good deeds. I recently read a story about a homeless man who returned a diamond ring that a woman had accidentally given to him. He could have kept it for himself and pawned it. But he gave it back, and his honesty renewed my belief that there truly are good people about there. He was rewarded with money from the woman he gave the ring to; I also read another article about people who donated thousands of dollars to him as well after they heard about what he did.

  31. I'm slightly obsessed with Christmas too, I love it! Definitely my favourite time of year. Also, new notebooks are heavenly!

  32. Such an awesome list!! I agree with all of them, but the vacuuming. But I do enjoy folding clothes fresh from the dryer. They are warm and smell so good!

  33. I'd invite you over to my place to do my vacuuming, but I already pay a cleaner for that. LOL. Wouldn't want to take away from her job. haha. I don't have a fancy Dyson though so you might disapprove. :)

    Those yoghurt-covered raisins are goood!

  34. ♪ Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg.
    Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes - it's a duck blur.♪

    *loves Ducktails *

    Thanks for inviting me to co-host this hop with you, honey. It was a lot of fun.

    Excellent list - I could give you some joy in the form of my Dyson and dirty floors! ;)

  35. Oh yeah, for a series I'd definitely have to have it written down somewhere - I'd be sure to forget by the time I got to the next book! Carrie and I can be weird together because I too think through the details even though most of it doesn't make it into the book.
    Thanks for the post, Kyra, and best of luck with Strength Carrie -- I've been hearing great things about it.
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