Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Eve

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. P-Man. He's still here! 12 years old and still going strong.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. FaceTime. So my parents can prop up the iPad on the counter and it's like I'm there!
  8. 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.
  9. My San Diego friend who never fails to let me know how much I mean to her.
  10. L.E.'s godparents who need to finish their remodel so we can visit.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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. 
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Queso.
  18. Barbecue.
  19. Phil's Ice House.
  20. Our trip to the beach on Friday.
  21. Bumble & Bumble. My frizzy hair is under control.
  22. 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.

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