Sunday Praise: What’s made me happy this week?

I don’t know how the rest of you are doing, but this week has been a tough one. I’ve been missing the buzz of live events (organising and attending), the kids have had to cancel some play dates with their friends and the news that we probably face another six months of semi-lockdown has been hard to reconcile.

So, inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best, who does a weekly post on what has made her happy, I thought I might try the same and focus on the small, good things that are helping alleviate the gloom.

  • Schitt’s Creek swept the boards at the Emmys and led to some really lovely moments between Eugene and Dan Levy. I’ve been such a fan of Catherine O’Hara for years and was delighted to see her honoured for her hilarious turn as Moira Rose, along with all the rest of that lovable cast.

  • The Belfast International Arts Festival have announced their programme, which will obviously be online this year, and there are some fantastic events in the Talks and Ideas strand, including Jenny Offil, Stuart Maconie and Sarah Moss
  • This dress from Oliver Bonas has gone straight on to my wishlist. If only there was somewhere for me to wear it…
  • First Aid Kit released a new song this week and it is as gorgeous and catchy as you would expect.
  • This Twitter thread, which imagines an amusement park where you get to recreate cliched things characters do in movies, is actually genius
  • Six Rembrandt etchings will be exhibited in the Ulster Museum from Friday – going to try and get there while we still can!
  • Bernardine Evaristo was a delight on Desert Island Discs this week and picked some excellent music while she was at it!
  • One of my favourite shows of last year – Ghosts – has returned to the BBC for a second season and it is putting a much-needed smile on my face.

So, what in your life deserves some praise this week? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Having bingewatched Schitt’s Creek over the last month, it was such a delight to hear about its success, just as we were considering starting all over from the first episode. What a joy it was / still is.
    And I agree we need to celebrate the positives as often as we can. Though not dresses (!) books certainly do it for me.

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  2. Such a good idea, Cathy. The only way to get through all this is to concentrate on the positives as often as we can. I’m just back from a long walk in glorious sunshine with my partner which has made us both happy.


  3. I hope the focus on little happy things brought happiness 🙂 Thanks for the link.
    I think I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t watched Schitt’s Creek – it’s on my list but I need to block out a couple of hours to give the first few episodes my full attention. I’m positive I’ll love it.
    I will check out the Belfast programme (the times of things aren’t a great match for Melbourne, but you never know).
    Think of that dress as an investment for the future – it’s beautiful.

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  4. Having good friends to do runs with in the sun (today) or rain is brilliant and is keeping me sane. And I’m thinking of my Anne Tyler Re-reading Year 2021 and looking forward to that, too.


  5. I used to roll my eyes (shame on me!) when we would do 3 Good Things at faculty meetings in school, but now I do one every week. It’s true. Thinking about what you are grateful for, thinking about good things…you do feel better.
    I hadn’t heard about the Belfast Festival. Thank you!

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  6. Re-watching old episodes of the archaeological show Time Team has been putting a smile on my face and eating out at a new Japanese restaurant 🍜 (but don’t worry I was home before the 10 o’clock curfew 😉).


  7. I have yet to see Schitt’s Creek!
    That dress is fabulous.
    It is hard to find things to be happy about these days. I do find small bits and bobs here and there but today’s news and the debate tomorrow have my stomach in knots. And the pandemic numbers are going up for us again. I think they are most places.


  8. I love this idea. I just wrote up a blog post for work at the library about gratitude and how it makes us happier.
    I think you should get the dress anyway – for the same reason as writing this post. Then you’ll be ready!
    My greatest source of happiness right now is my new wetsuit. My daughter and I both fit into it, so we’re both enjoying being able to stretch out the swimming season!

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  9. I binge watched Schitt’s Creek over the last couple of months (which is silly as I am Canadian and should have been on board long ago) and loved it. I was thrilled to see the awards they won. We just went back to no social circles, but socializing with family although they didn’t shut down bars and restaurants, just cut hours, so I am not sure how this is going to work. I love that these types of posts force us to focus on the positive as there is so much good still happening. Have a great week Cathy.

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  10. Hi Cathy – that dress alone would make me happy! I love it – I think you should order it. It looks pretty timeless to me – you could keep it forever 🙂 Hope you’re doing well and that your restrictions improve. Our schools are getting ready to re-open, partially, but I’m wondering what the winter will bring. Take care.


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