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Happy List: #160

Welcome back to another edition of the Happy List. How’s everyone doing?

We had a virtual double date via FaceTime with another couple on Monday. A Monday night date! Who are we?!

We had this date after the kids went to bed, so there weren’t any kid interruptions. We each brought wine and snacks. They had better snacks though. I did not stock up on chocolate because I didn’t think I should test my willpower during a stay-at-home order. I’m regretting my choice now.

This virtual date definitely buoyed our spirits and I encourage you to give it a try.

This week I shared everything you might possibly want to know about wood floors that were installed during the colonial era. Are you jealous of those gaps in my floors? Ha!

I also dug deep into the blog archives to share some funny stories with you on Wednesday.

Let’s get to the main event: the Happy List!


Did you know that the Forrest Gump house was not a real house? Well, it was real, but it was built expressly for the movie in an empty field. Since it was built hastily and not to code, it was torn down after filming concluded.

If you want to know all the behind-the-scenes details on this house, visit Hooked On Houses. I was fascinated the lengths they went through to film this movie!

In case you were wondering, still no interest in filming a movie at our house.

forrest gump movie house via hooked on houses on the happy list

(image: via Hooked on Houses)


In addition to the beautiful sentiment of this post, if you love travel, you’ll enjoy this account from Ireland. The pictures they typically post are gorgeous.


The vanity in this bathroom by Levity Interiors is gorgeous, but what really caught my eye was the sliver of the toilet paper situation going on in this room.

Do to an awkward wall placement in our main bathroom, I’m trying to figure out a different approach to the traditional wall-mounted toilet paper holder.

levity interiors on the happy list

(image: Levity Interiors)


I’ll take a good news tv network lead by John Krasinski any day! This show made me laugh and get a little misty eyed!


Choose pasta AND rice. Like many of you, I am stocked up on pasta and rice.

I went a little wild this week and used both pasta AND rice in this Cheesy Cuban Chicken Rice Bake from Half Baked Harvest. I know I share a ton of her recipes, but I just haven’t had a bad one yet.

This one tasted like comfort food to me and I had all the ingredients on hand. It needs the lime though, so don’t skip this step.

one skillet cheesy cuban chicken rice bake by half baked harvest on the happy list

(image: Half Baked Harvest)


I’m still living in the slippers I got for Christmas on Amazon and thank goodness! They make my quarantine a little bit comfier. The slippers were inexpensive, come in a bunch of colors, and are still holding up great!

shellac on pumpkin pine wood floors gaps in original pumpkin pine floors from 1780s


The Getty Museum asked people to recreate famous art using materials they have at home and the results are hilarious!

Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type, 2700–2300 B.C., Cycladic. Marble, 14 ⅛ x 11 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.AA.103. Recreation via Facebook DM by Irena Ochódzka with canister vacuum on the happy list

(image: Male Harp Player of the Early Spedos Type, 2700–2300 B.C., Cycladic. Marble, 14 ⅛ x 11 1/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 85.AA.103. Recreation via Facebook DM by Irena Ochódzka with canister vacuum)


I’ve been into the music of Drew and Ellie Holcomb lately. The lyrics of their song Live Forever spoke to me this week.

Laughter is the only thing that’ll keep you sane
This world is dyin’ more and more every day
Don’t let evil get you down
In this madness, spinning ’round and ’round
I want you to live forever
Underneath the sky so blue
Some people say faith is a childish game
Well, play on, children, like it’s Christmas day.
Sing me a song, sing me a melody
You can sing out loud, ’cause you’re a symphony.
I want you to live forever
Underneath the sky so blue
Take courage when the road is long
Don’t ever forget that you’re never alone
If the video doesn’t load, here’s the link.


“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Thanks for reading the Happy List! I hope you have a great weekend.

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