Wow I’m tired, but in that good “holy shit I’ve done a lot of stuff today” kind of way. I’ve made 2 batches of tea – one for today and one for tomorrow – I vacuumed, cleaned up the shoe pile, took care of the yarn, ran 2 loads of laundry and the 3rd is in the washer, and I went shopping with my mom again. It’s been a busy day but a very good one. Josh and I have been getting along and I’m looking forward to spending some time with him later. Tonight I need to help my mom redo the nutcracker display and I’m helping cook dinner. We’re having grilled salmon, acorn squash, baked baby red potatoes, and broccoli with cheese sauce. Grandma will be here tonight so we’re trying to make things she’d like. As soon as Josh gets home we have to leave to go pick my uncle up from the airport. Yes, busy day.
Getting ready for the holiday I’ve been spending a little time thinking about what Thanksgiving really means. It’s traditionally a day set aside to give thanks for all of our blessings. Y’all know by now that I’m not exactly a religious person, but I am a thankful person. I try to always show my appreciation when people are good to me. So here’s some things I’ll be thankful for, tomorrow and every day.
- My mom – without her constant love and support (and regularly scheduled ass kickings) I would not be the person I am today. She always told me when I was a kid that I could be anything I wanted to be and that I had the power to make my own happiness. She has always believed in me, and without that, I wouldn’t be here today. I love you Mom.
- My Josh – he is, without a doubt, the world’s biggest pain in the ass. But he loves me, and he does his best to take care of me (most of the time), and he puts up with my peculiar brand of bullshit better than anyone. I love him.
- My feline companion, Evie Cat – she was my dad’s cat and now she’s mine. She’s annoying as fuck, what with the shedding and ass licking right in the middle of my bed, but I wouldn’t trade her in for anything. Ok, maybe a pony.
- My bestest friend Gemma – she probably doesn’t realize just how much she means to me. There are days when I would quite literally be lost without her guidance. I can tell her anything and not fear judgement. And of all the people I feel comfortable around who are not related by blood, I’m most likely to be my true self around her. Everyone should have a friend as wonderful as Gemma.
- My job – much as I hate having to get up at the ass crack of dawn and go anywhere, I’d be lost without that place. I love 90% of what I do, and I think that’s pretty amazing. I get to help people every single day and there are few things that make me happier.
- My medical team – shrinky-poo, T-bone, my GYN, and my GP. They all do their part to make sure that I’m a (fairly) well adjusted and healthy human being. Each of them goes out of their way to take care of me and I am eternally grateful for that.
- My blogging buddies – you know who you are. I love being a little tiny part of your world just like you’re a part of my world. I love that we’re all struggling together and that we can share our triumphs together. Misery loves company and I really do love y’all.
- And last, but not least, all of the random strangers I encounter every day who take the time to do or say something nice to me. Those random guys who hold the door, the gals who smile and say hello when it would be just as easy to walk by quietly, the little kids at the grocery store who look up and smile those goofy kid smiles for no reason. We all have the power to touch another person without actually making physical contact every single day. It means a lot, and you never really know how much. And if you’re nice to someone they’re more likely to be nice to the next person they encounter and then that person will be nice and so on. So really, let’s all make an effort to be extra nice tomorrow. I fully believe that the road to world peace is paved with random acts of kindness.