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Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom blog: Here's my peppy column!

(MCT) — I would really like to thank the alert readers who have been complaining that I gripe too much in my posts.

Looking over my blog posts, seems to me there's a pretty good mix of types of writings, from reasons why it's good to be single, to whether or not I should bail out my kid out of detention.

Still, in response to this criticism, I am only going to write about Happy Upbeat Things from now on.

Curly Girl and Buddy the Wonder DogFirst of all, puppies!!! You all like puppies, right? Puppies are good. I like to pet them and so do my kids. Email me if you have a puppy, and we'll come over and pet it. We saw a really cute puppy at the Seal Beach dog park the other day. It was a Golden Retriever, I think. Some people might say puppies pee all over the place and chew up your shoes, but not me. I love puppies! The more puppies, the better!

Disneyland! Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth! Could you be unhappy at Disneyland? I don't think so. Of course, some employees jokingly call it the "Tragic Kingdom," and it even had an album named after it that way since all the members used to work there, but to me it will always be the Magic Kingdom, the Place Where Dreams Come True. Don't you think?

Ice Cream. Nothing is happier and more upbeat than ice cream. We especially like the cheap cones at Rite Aid, although Cheetah Boy always gets annoyed that they're out of Mint & Chip, oops, that's not HAPPY! If you have a kid who's unhappy for any reason, let's say his parent just moved across the country away from him, or maybe there's a nuclear war, just feed him some ice cream and, hey, everything will be A-OK!

The Chipmunks singing "Shiny Happy People." You get a two-for-one here. Not only are the Chipmunks cute, but they're singing a song so cute, it should be illegal in at least 40 countries. If you think I'm kidding, here's the YouTube video.

The laughter of a child. That uncontrolled trill that makes you smile all the way to your toes and back. Usually, at our house, you hear that laughter because one kid has done something diabolical and he hasn't been caught yet, but, hey, it's still great!

OK so this is my first Happy Post of my New Life. What do you all think? You want more? And, hey, if you don't like it, why don't you just STOP READING ME!

Marla Jo Fisher was a workaholic before she adopted two foster kids several years ago. Now she juggles work and single parenting, while being exhorted from everywhere to be thinner, smarter, sexier, healthier, more frugal, a better mom, better dressed and a tidier housekeeper. Contact her at Read her blog at (c) 2009, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.).