I'm not always on an adventure. A lot of my time is spent working, hanging out in my backyard, or visiting with friends. That means that most of what makes me happy day to day is just the little things. Here are some little things that have been making me happy lately.

First things first, this recipe is amazing. My cousin Gail cooked me dinner when I stayed with her a few weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head - peanut sauce, noodles, and awesome fresh veggies! It's very easy to make, it tastes great, and it's vegan. I make it without the Sriracha because of my capsaicin allergy, but if you're a person who doesn't break out into hives at the sight of something spicy, it's for you!

Jasmine's cat Judah likes to hang out in the back yard while she gardens.

Another photo of my blacktail doe friend from Hurricane Ridge with her tongue out, because these are maybe my favorite vacation photos ever.

Dead jellies washed up on the beach. These things were EVERYWHERE.

Speaking of jellyfish, I have a thing for holding things up to the sun and photographing them.

Another cat that isn't mine, shaved like a lion. She and I cuddled on the couch for six nights in a row and on the last night she thanked me for my affection by puking in my suitcase. Once again, my love-hate relationship with felines is exactly equally balanced.

This was something pretty exciting! It was my first time EVER getting over 100 as my bowling score. To sweeten the deal, I somehow beat both of my friends who typically get all the strikes, ever. This probably will never happen again so I had to savor the moment!

Last, but not least - a photo of one of my students' projects from a class I taught in Los Angeles a few weekends ago. Mitzi did an amazing job on her rabbit, who is now officially named Howlin' Jack. If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already seen this photo but I couldn't resist sharing it again. I'm so proud!

I've realized I just need to take more photos in general. The past few weeks have been very rough on me and it's nice to look back on tons of "little things" that offer a momentary distraction and remind me that I've also gotten to have a lot of fun soaking in the details.