I was once again staring blankly at a wall searching for a post topic, when the lovely Dyanne invited me to do her 10 Things of Thankful blog hop. Tis the season for thankfulness, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon.
1. I’m thankful that no one noticed that I failed to blog yesterday. If you did notice, I want you to stare directly into this bright light, imagine you are on a sunny beach, and you will forget all about my NaBloPoMo lapse when I snap my fingers in 3,2,1.
1. Zzzzz’s. The reason I failed to blog yesterday is that I fell asleep on the couch with my laptop. He is such a cuddler. I also managed to squeeze in a 20 minute nap. Both were divine. I love sleep, and I am grateful for every ounce I can scrape together.
2. Good health. The past two weeks I’ve had a few family friends lose loved ones due to illness. It has made me so grateful for the relatively good health of my loved ones. Of course I’m the neurotic type who hates to type something like that, for fear it will all change now, but regardless – I’m thankful for what it’s been up until now.
3. My parents are in town. Hallelujah! I love my parents. Not to mention, two nights ago they babysat, yesterday my mom took my daughter on an outing, and last night they brought us dinner. Excuse me while I go research show times for Catching Fire – Mama’s got a free babysitter in town, and movies to see.
4. I’m thankful that I live somewhere that I can see mountains, water, and lush green trees on a daily basis. I swear some days it sustains me.
5. I’m thankful for anything that makes me laugh. If I could laugh and sleep at the same time? Heaven. In the interest of sharing pop culture chuckles, this Onion review of Catching Fire is a good one.
6. My husband. Because he told me I should put him on the list. But also because I actually want to put him on the list. (he is a major source of the aforementioned laughs I cherish, among other things)
7. Vitamin D. About the time I was struggling with both outside fog and brain fog, I read this post by The Bloggess and thought maybe I should go to the doctor and see if I’m anemic or something because I seriously could not shake the foggy head. Turns out I have a big Vitamin D deficiency, so now I’m on prescription vitamins until I go back for a retest.
Coincidentally the real fog did also lift and the sun has been shining brightly around here. Even though it’s colder than a witch’s tit (does anyone actually understand this expression?), I am still grateful for the sun and Vitamin D influx.
8. I’m thankful that my daughters have each other. Some days they can’t stop hitting and screaming for more than 5 minutes, but then there are mornings like this one where all they want to do is hold hands, and I melt.
9. Bing Crosby. I have not been feeling the Christmas spirit at all this year. And for some reason it seems like everyone is starting the festivities way too early. Can’t we get through Thanksgiving first? But I broke down and turned on my favorite Christmas music yesterday and that did the trick – Bing, bang, BOOM. Bring on the twinkly lights (after I eat my turkey).
10. I’m thankful for the chance to re-imagine what I want to do with my life. This break from my career has given me the mental space to rethink what I might want to be when I grow up. My sister and I kick around business ideas. I am looking into possible freelance jobs that would allow me to work from home. I am scouring my brain for something I can invent and take on Shark Tank, allowing me to make millions and retire by 45. Who knows – maybe I will end up doing exactly what I did before, but I am grateful for the time to reassess what I want and what is possible in life.
Along those lines, my sister got this book for my dad recently and I loved the message:
I’m not normally a big fan of giftie books, but this one is sweet and uplifting and made me teary and cheery.