Thanksgiving 2012

22 Nov

Like everyone and their mom, I will get in on the neotraditional Thanksgiving blog posting today, despite not having posted anything in I-don’t-even-know-how-long. I just think its healthy to remind yourself, at least once a year but hopefully more often than that, of all the things you have to be thankful for – especially when we (I) spend so much time thinking about all the other shit we are most definitely NOT thankful for. It’s nice to step away from that for a minute here.

 

1.) I am thankful for my family. My mother, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my grandmother locally; my father in San Antonio; and the rest of my extended family (and my sister-in-law’s family, whom I love) scattered around the country. I’m also thankful for my husband’s family – my mother-in-law, Darlene, whom I adore, especially. Most of all I am thankful for my husband, Trevor, who is my perfect match in so many ways that I usually forget about when thinking about all the ways we aren’t well-suited for one another. He has given me love and acceptance in measures equaled by no one except my own mother. I love him so much and am so grateful that he is in my life and also that he grins and bears these holidays with my family and me, even though he is sort of a grinch/scrooge, because he knows how much it means to me (and also enjoys free meat).

2.) I am thankful for my job. Yea, the same job I have been complaining about for 4 years and threatening to quit for the last 6 months. I am happy to have a job, and, sure, I wish it paid more. I wish it wasn’t so hard. But I am thankful for my amazing boss, Eliot, who has stuck with me through good times and bad and taught me a lot about management and business in general. I am thankful for the casual and laid-back work environment at our shop. I love (most) of our customers – they’re some of the nicest people around, and also really good tippers.

3.) I am thankful for Netflix. Thank you for rescuing me from the hell that is cable tv. I also liked it when you paid my husband A LOT of money, but not so much when you wore him down into the ground and then he left because you’re a**holes. Anyway, I’m still thankful for you, Netflix, because I’m going to go watch another Glee episode after this, and maybe some Doctor Who later.

4.) I am thankful for my tiny kitchen that has nonetheless miraculous amounts of storage space. I’m also thankful that we decided not to move just yet. I would be really mad if I were packing right now.

5.) I’m thankful for all the pets I have had in my life. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially after reading Fiona’s letter. I don’t have any pets right now, and what with living in an upstairs apartment and working all the time, this is probably for the best. I’ve been thinking about Max a lot. Trying to turn a negative into a positive, but it’s just not really possible. Even though that situation sucked, today I am just trying to be thankful for the time I got to spend with him, even though it wasn’t enough and it could’ve been longer.

6.) I am thankful for all the friends I have had over the years for whom time and distance mean nothing, change nothing. I love you guys!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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