Monday, April 26, 2010

More Middleagedteacher Happiness

A Quick Update.
Perhaps you might remember some weeks back when I discovered 'The Happiness Project'. I couldn't be bothered buying the book & then having to turn the pages to read it, so I just downloaded it with a Free Credit from
Each nite for say, three nites I went to bed & put on my Massive Listening Earmuffs & tried to listen.
Each nite I fell asleep after about five minutes max.
Clearly, I wasn't really that interested in Happiness.
I was much more comfortable with Sadness, tinged perhaps with a little Resentment & a dollop of Rage on the side.

So I gave up listening to 'The Happiness Project'.
Anyway, the author, whose name now escapes me, wasn't that unhappy to start with. Perhaps even a little Smug . She had a husband who pukily Adored her, an apartment in Manhattan, a job as a lawyer maybe, & some little children who were adorable. It seemed that her biggest problem was Cluttered Shelves.
Quelle Horreur!

So I gave up listening to Madame SmuglyHappy. But that doesn't mean to say that I've Abandoned the Project.
No no no. I've just Re-Branded It.
The Middleagedteacher Happiness Project.

Happiness Item #1: Necklace Making.
Lately I've been beavering away in my cluttered studio amongst cluttered shelves making necklaces. Like me, all the materials that I'm using are 100% Recycled. So far I've made ten. This one, called 'Three Coins in the Fountain' is one of my Personal Favourites.

Happiness Item #2: Taking a photo of my Weekend Outfit.
It never disappoints. This weekend I wore All Black which fits in beautifully with the Slight Whiff of Autumn that Sydney is having. The top has a Sad History. But I am desperately trying to Rehabilitate it.
You see, it was amongst the large truckload of mainly thrifted clothes that remained & rotted in my Ex-Beach House after Mr Ex-Middleaged exited. I only recently got them back after twenty months of being abandoned in some damp-ridden & rat & spider infested hole out of sight & out of mind.
Oh dear, I'm afraid Sadness, tinged with Resentment & Mild Rage have crept in.
Make that Incandescent Rage.

Happiness Item #3: Thrifting & Rehabilitating Bruno Maglis.
Some of you may baulk at wearing Other People's Shoes, particularly if the owner died while wearing them.
That's why I alway wear my trusty Sockettes.
On saturday I bought these Slightly Scuffed Shoes at 'BednobsEtc' for five dollars off the asking price. I do drive a Hard Bargain.
But what was I to do about the Scuffiness, I wondered.
Carol, who works at 'Bednobs' suggested Nail Polish.
It was so exciting going to the Chemist & selecting the Exact Shade to match the shoes. Luckily, the assistant was a Drag Queen, so I got expert advice.
Hope you're feeling Happy Now.

Lastly, I can't wait to hop into bed & fall asleep because, when I get up, I'm going to wear Weather Permitting, my newly-thrifted possibly but not definitely, Silk Genuine Vintage 'Lanvin' dress that I got on friday after rather a demanding day at the whiteboard. The only negative thing about it is that there is no label anywhere on it that says 'Silk'. But it looks & feels Silken. Just like Silken Tofu. But you will be relieved to know that there is a 'Lanvin, Paris & New York' label on it. I wonder if they still make 'Arpege'. It always reminded me of somebody's mother.


Anonymous said...

Honest to goodness I'm so glad you gave up that Happiness Project with what's-her-name.

Della Street Dreaming said...

Thank you Zizzi. But why are you so down on it?

Gianni said...

I think if it is Lanvin it must be silk.

Della Street Dreaming said...

Janavi - how are you? where are you? perhaps in Italy?

It definitely is 'Lanvin', so I will assume its silk! thanks for that!

see you there! said...

You are so clever - and I would say inspiring except I can't seem to get "inspired" to do much in the way of creativity these days.


Della Street Dreaming said...

Darla - aren't you being a little hard on yourself?