|I made this turkey hand out of old Halloween candy. That's right, I made it not my 2-year-old.|
A lot of people are doing a "Being Thankful" challenge in which they post something they're grateful for every day in November. I'm not that ambitious; so I'll just knock out what I'm thankful for in one super-easy-to-read blog post.
I know I've been a little off lately, but I want to channel some positive thoughts tonight. I'm very fortunate to have what I do.
I am thankful for:
- Dr. T. I can't even put into words how much he does and what it means to our family but he definitely deserves the top spot this year.
- L.E. She is hilarious and frustrating and I wouldn't change a thing about her, no matter how late she stays up and how many times she wakes up in the night. OK, maybe I would change her sleeping habits. But her smiles and the way her eyebrows raise up when she's excited make me the luckiest mom in the world.
- P-Man. He's still here! 12 years old and still going strong.
- My guardian angel I don't know who he or she is but they once again saved me from what could have been a very terrible accident when a deer ran out in front of me the other night. I honestly don't know how I missed it.
- My sister-wife who is more important to me than ever. I miss her like crazy. Because of her, I have friends in Austin; close enough friends that they invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner.
- My family. Spending the holiday without them is always hard. Thanksgiving at my parents' house is an epic event. Maybe next year we'll be able to go to it.
- FaceTime. So my parents can prop up the iPad on the counter and it's like I'm there!
- My BFF who is going through her first round of holidays without her mom. I wish I could do more to be there for her and I hope she knows that I think about her constantly.
- My San Diego friend who never fails to let me know how much I mean to her.
- L.E.'s godparents who need to finish their remodel so we can visit.
- My Reno friends who still check in with me a lot more than I thought they would. People get busy so I would totally understand being overlooked but I'm not and that just makes me feel so warm and fuzzy.
- My former boss who not only reads this blog, but told me the other day that I am a strong person and can weather anything. It means so much to me because he's someone I've admired for so long. It's a great feeling when a mentor holds you in high regard. He also called me young which is awesome.
- Austin. OK, it's with a bit of reluctance because I'm still adjusting to life in Texas but truthfully, Austin is a pretty great place to live. There's never a shortage of things to do.
- New Austin friends. We don't have many but we're grateful to have people here who are really cool and fun to be around.
- Life's essentials. I have a roof over my head, I'm well-fed, I have lots of clothing even though many things are tight (see: well-fed)...there's nothing I need and that's a damn good thing to be grateful for.
- The founders of Austin Moms Blog who gave me another outlet to share my "wisdom" and offer tips on finding the best queso in Austin.
- Phil's Ice House.
- Our trip to the beach on Friday.
- Bumble & Bumble. My frizzy hair is under control.
- Most of all I'm grateful for you, my readers. As long as I have at least one person reading this, I'll keep writing. And if you could tell maybe like 150 of your friends to read, too, maybe I'll get a book deal. Hey, it worked for the People I Want To Punch In The Throat lady...
So Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! Eat, drink, be merry, hug your loved ones tight.