Courtney S. Barr

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Friday, January 15, 2010


Happy = delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing; characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy
I travel between many blogs on a daily basis. Each one unique, each one a pleasure to read.

Last night I was reading one in particular ( Karen Amanda Hooper ) and I found myself extremely happy to be learning something new. Karen talks about creating a simple html link for when you comment on someone's blog & you want to leave a link to your own (check it out, so simple & really cool).

Many of the blogs I visit have been doing this exact thing in their posts & I always wondered how to do it. Well after sitting down and following her simple instructions I found myself elated to create one for my current contest. Then I laughed. Loudly. This simple trick had made me so excited. I was itching to use it. (Note the new link to the contest on the right sidebar) *giggle*

My husband thought I had lost my mind. But no matter, he simply lives with that thought most of the time. This new technique to learn was perfectly timed. I received a few awards over the past couple of days and well, one in particular applies here.

I received the Happy 101 award from Shannon O'Donnell and Frankie Writes

Is this not the yummiest looking blog award?! The rules are that I must list 10 things that make me happy... (random order)
1. Learning something new
2. Opening the cover of a book I have never read
3. Opening the cover of a familiar book to find myself just as excited as when I first read it
4. My family & Friends
5. My dog Peanut Butter Barr can lift my spirits anytime, anywhere
6. The written it my own or that of someone else, there is nothing like language and its ability to create and explore
7. Sweet Tea
8. Warm sunshine glistening off emerald Gulf waters
9. The smell & texture of an old book...there is magic in its perseverance
10. Fashion... lol.. it, like a book, evolves, creates, explores, defines and perseveres...

So those are my ten...bizarre aren't they? ;o) that one was actually easy. Sometimes I have to remind myself that happiness is such a personal thing. What makes me happy is not guaranteed to top my husband or friends' lists. But every now & then our wavelengths mesh and I remember that shared happiness is special.

Now to pass on to 10 blogs that make me Happy! (forgive me that some of these are return to Sender; I am honored to be in their list and I want them to know that they in turn make mine)

2. Karen Amanda Hooper

4. Cleverly Inked

5. Carol's Prints

6. Sara McClung

7. Shannon Messenger

8. MaryBeth Smith

9. Constantly Risking Absurdity

10. Simon C. Larter

Please check out these blogs. The fact that I smile EVERY SINGLE time that I see their update on my blogroll should tell you how awesome they are!!! Please note that it only asked for ten...if you peruse my blogroll(s) you will find dozens more blogs and they each are special to me!

Then Frankie graced me with another awesome award...however, she is unsure if there are any rules or not to this one so she passed it on to some favorite friend blogs - so I will do the same!

1. JuJu
2. MaryBeth Smith
3. Frankie Writes
4. Shannon O'Donnell

So click away, discover a new friend, find a blog that makes you smile..I promise you won't be disappointed!

Oh & don't forget to enter the contest by January 19 at Midnight!Click on the right sidebar link to enter!!


  1. Well, shucks, Courtney. I'm blushing here. My cheeks are almost as pink as the award! ;)

    Thanks so much, good lady. I'm glad I can entertain now and then. (Though I always end up having more fun in comment sections than in my own blog. Go figure.)


  2. You, my dear, deserve thousands of these awards. I'd wager there isn't a single person who doesn't smile, laugh, and feel a general sense of contentment reading your blog. So, OMG am I flattered that you passed the Happy award on to me. I had to click on the link just to make sure that this was actually my blog you were mentioning. Geez, you're so sweet. And you know what? I love pretty much all the things you mentioned (with maybe the exception of Peanut Butter Barr since I don't know him...haha! Although I'm sure I would love him if I did), but I'm in double agreement with books that let you fall in love over and over again. That's such a great feeling.

    Thank you for the award, and thank you for making so many of us happy.

  3. Awwww thanks for sending them back, I love that idea of return to sender, you are too sweet and I do always smile when I come here or find a message from you in my inbox!

  4. Great list of happy things. I love your dog's name. It has a nice ring to it lol.

  5. yay! yay! yay! :-) I don't have this one yet. Thanks, Princess. You know I love ya! :-)

  6. I love the name Peanut Butter Barr! So cute! Congrats on the awards, you deserve them!

  7. Thanks for the award! Your blog makes me smile too :)

  8. Yay! I'm glad I made you audibly happy. lol. It's so easy, yet so handy once you know the code. ;)

    Hayley gave me this same award yesterday so I will definitely list my "happies", and pass it along very soon.

    Thanks sweetie!

  9. You just made me smile :) Thanks for the shout out and we're glad we make YOU smile!

    Congrats on all the awards!

  10. I'm so blushing these days!!! Thank you so much :) You are super awesome! You make me happy too!

  11. I love this post! This is a great idea, makes me think about all the little things that make me happy.

    Although, I have to disagree with you on the Alabama football thing...

    LSU ROCKS! Geaux Tigers!


  12. Aw, thanks Courtney--you are WAY too sweet. O promise I will post the award next week (and sorry I'm so late to reading this post. All this editing is SEVERELY cutting into my blog hopping time) :)


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