Sunday, November 27, 2011

Giving Thanks

Just a few things L.E. is thankful for.

It's that time of year where you enjoy your family and friends and count your blessings. Or air your grievances, depending on what holiday you celebrate. I see a lot of negativity in my social networks and I want to break the cycle by posting something positive. Who knows, maybe it will be infectious and people will realize how good they have it.
It's now day four of Thanksgiving weekend so I've taken some time over the last few days to really think about what I have to be thankful for. Sure, there's the obvious: my beautiful L.E., my amazing now-Dr. husband, my dog who still wags his tail in a circle...but I have so much more than that.
I've been taking classes to get my degree in social media and my assignment this week is to generate content. The instructor presented 52 ideas for generating content, one of which is to make a best-of list. So here it is:

Things for Which I'm Thankful, Including the Three I've Already Mentioned

• L.E. for giving me reasons to laugh hysterically every day. She learned how to say, "I pooped!" but never says it in context. The second she sees anything football-related, she says, "Touchdown! Go Steelers!" which is her first real sentence. She fights with Porter over cookies; sometimes she lets him win. She carried the Costco-sized carton of Goldfish down the hall so she could eat just one. Her newest obsession is brushing her teeth. She likes to suck on her toes. She is the most wonderful and amazing person I've ever known, hips and all. I wouldn't change a thing about her.

• T, of whom I can't be more proud. He finished his PhD while dealing with my pregnancy, new baby,  finding a camper van so we would camp more comfortably, finishing the basement, having dinner on the table every night, all while still working his full-time job and not neglecting his family. The man deserves a medal. Seriously, all that and he cooks, too! I love him as my husband but I like him even more as my friend.

• My dog, Porter. He's awesome. Smelly, but awesome.

• My friends. In particular, my friend M who invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her family and encourages me to wear "eating pants." She made me a pumpkin roll because I not-so-subtly demanded it. She gives me the best advice like, "Of course you should get T an iPad! It's like getting one for yourself."
My BFF C also "gets" me in the best way possible. Like when she offered to pick me up for a girls' night out and told me I was going to have to put out a little. I went over to help her move and I didn't have to lift a finger because I brought sandwiches. We go to dinner and stuff our faces but still get dessert.
(Yes, all of my friends really do understand my obsession with food)
I'm thankful for L.E.'s godmother E because she's always just a phone call away when I need her. She listens to me cry and complain with the patience of a saint. I miss her terribly.
And all of my friends who have been there for us through everything, I thank you. I wasn't the easiest new-mom to deal with and it took me a while to feel like myself again. I appreciate everyone who stood by me and supported me when I needed it the most. I wish I could name you all here, but the initial thing would get really confusing since I know so many S's, M's and J's. I love you all.
Lastly for the friends category, thanks for reading this blog and for not judging me to my face.

• My sister who had a rough year in her own right. I hope she knows she's the best auntie a little girl could ask for. I hope she feels better soon or else she's getting a designer babushka for Christmas.

• My mom and dad. They're nuts but they still make me laugh and are truly amazing grandparents. They spoil their only granddaughter rotten, as they should. I'm confused by it. These are the same people who forced me to play sports, which I did horribly, but would never dream of making L.E. do something she doesn't want to do. No, I'm not bitter. That's what therapy is for.
L.E. will grab my phone and demand we call Gndma and Bap Bap just to say hi so they're definitely making an impression on her. She's lucky to have them as am I.

• Jeans with built-in stretch.

• The small businesses who served champagne at 6 am on Black Friday.

• The $5 bill I found in the bottom of my purse.

Mindy Kaling's book

• My Kindle Fire so I can read books again.

• The giant deep-fryer we still have set up in the backyard so we can play, "Can you deep-fry a whole chicken? Can you deep-fry potatoes? Can you deep-fry *insert delicious food here*?"

• My cleaning service.

• Still trying to keep my Couch-to-5k goal.

• My job. I like going to work every day. And I like being in a creative field.

• The people who judge me. You make me strive to be a better parent and person.

• Sunny days in November

• The things you're supposed to be thankful for: running water, heat, pillows, cheese, free WiFi, etc.

• American Horror Story, which is pretty much the only TV show I look forward to every week.

• The fact that it's 1:00 pm and I'm still in my PJs.

• Facials.

• L.E's little friends who make playdates so much fun!

• L.E.'s little friends' moms who make playdates so much fun!

• The Muppets.

• Proofreading.

• The Christmas season. It is what you make it. Some people see it as consumer-driven commercialism. You should enjoy it for what it really is. I see it as an excuse to listen to Dean Martin and eat your weight in cookies while getting freaked out by claymation masterpieces.
So there you have it. Not very succinct but brevity isn't one of my strengths. Seasons Greetings!

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