On top of that, this time of year makes me appreciate small comforts. Fluffy towels right out of the dryer, fresh bed sheets, the warm glow of a room lit by lamps, enjoying a lazy Sunday spent reading a book, freshly polished floors, a hot cup of tea in a heavy stoneware mug, a rack of clean dishes with a clean kitchen and hooded sweatshirts. Small things that add up to little pieces of happiness that can get you through the day. I often come off as someone with high expectations, but most of the time it's the little details that really matter to me. It's never the large gifts that make the most difference. It's the little every day things that matter, the things that I enjoy most. Time spent with this strange, unconventional little family that we've created in this hodge podge of a house, that has been a highlight of my year so far. I think that most of the time, we have to create our own happiness, so I'm glad that I can take so much joy in such small details of my life, however briefly they may last.