This is the time of year we count our blessings, of course. There’s a trend I didn’t see on Facebook this year of each day posting one thing for which we’re thankful. I’ve never done it there, and as it seemed to be “out” I decided I'd do something like that here instead, and present them all at once. In no particular order, here are 30 things for which I am thankful.
1. Let’s get the sloppy stuff out of the way first, because I do sentimental very badly. Presence of husband and children in my life, health of aforementioned, health of self, presence of extended family and their health. Grateful: check.
2. Friends. Without friends I’d be…well, friendless.
3. Chocolate. Self-explanatory, I think.
4. Office supplies. I love office supplies and could spend every penny I ever earned or ever will earn on notebooks and magnets and pens and Post It notes.
5. Facebook. I get no end of pleasure out of Facebook. Oh, I have my gripes with it, but overall it’s fun.
7. Wine (I’m grateful for both red and white)
8. Dishwashers and washing machines. Because if I had to do all my own dishes and hand wash all my own clothes, I would be starving and naked.
9. Glassybabies. If you don’t know what these are, go here.
10. Wood burning fireplaces. Especially on rainy or very cold days when I can con my husband into building me a fire and keeping it going all day.
11. Sunglasses. They’re not so much an ocular aid as a hair accessory. Unless it’s dumping down rain, you will find me with a pair of shades on my head. Sometimes I wear them even when it’s dumping down rain.
12. Enchilada sauce. I know that sounds weird, but it’s one of those products that really does taste as good as something you could get in a restaurant.
13. That the concept of “X-treme” everything seems to have faded.
14. Christmas earrings. At last count, I have enough to wear a pair from December 1 to December 24 without repeating once. Clearly I need one more pair.
15. Sarcasm. I love sarcasm. You probably hadn't noticed.
16. Fran Lebowitz, David Sedaris, Erma Bombeck, Dave Barry, Bill Watterson, Bill Bryson, and Berkeley Breathed. Talented comic writers all, each of whom has made an impression on me.
17. Bugs Bunny/Road Runner cartoons. There are none finer.
18. That my kids genuinely like the pizza I make at home, second only to what we can get from the delivery place.
19. Grammar, punctuation, and syntax. All three are invaluable. Without it, you're just an endless misplaced comma joke on the internet.
20. That “Sam & Kat” has been cancelled. There is a just and merciful God in Heaven.
21. That my kids no longer bring home artwork that involves glitter. That shit sheds off projects and it’s impossible to eradicate from one’s home.
22. Those little clear plastic things you can wear to keep from losing earrings on french wires. Those things are genius.
23. Purell. My kids apparently have a hand washing phobia, but they’ll use Purell after they use the bathroom, so this ensures they don’t get cholera.
24. That I live in a time when life isn’t just a never ending camping trip. That we have indoor plumbing and vacuum cleaners and heat pumps and blow dryers.
25. That I also have lived to see a time when I can buy just the song I like, without having to buy the whole album.
26. Leave in conditioner.
27. Profanity. I love to swear. Sometimes I do it more than others, and I try not to do it too much, but when swear words are the right word, they’re the right fucking word.
28. That Silly Bandz and Pokemon are no longer a thing in my house. Hoping that Minecraft will follow close behind them.
29. That I’ve been able to come up with almost 30 things without getting schmaltzy.
30. And finally, blog readers. Yes, you! You right there with your finger on the down arrow button. If it weren’t for you, I’d be readerless and sad. So thanks for stopping by and come back again soon!