November 22, 2006

Giving Thanks and Then Some

It is that time of year again: The time of year when we gather with our loved ones and eat piles of turkey and other such yummy food. The time of year when we brave the crowds, the cold, and the darkness to shop until we drop for the best holiday deals of the year. The time of year when we sleep until noon and make chex mix while avoiding our homework. OK, maybe not everybody does that last one.

Nonetheless, it is the time of year to give thanks. And, in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few of the things I am thankful for this year:

1) Friends who pushed me to demand more of myself, convinced me to leave behind my night job, and shoved me into grad school. I've since come to the conclusion that while I may not know what I'm looking for, I'm probably not going to find it on my couch. (I also won't have time to look for it if I'm working 61 hours a week.)

2) The grant writing opportunity at my day job and the people who recommended me for it. I would not have been able to quit my night job without this extra income, and it has been a wonderful experience.

3) My now full-time, year-round job. :) HOORAY!

4) The family I still have with me and the family that taught me so much before they passed on.

5) The friends who gave me opportunities to succeed (and to add to my savings account).

6) The fact that I have a savings account.

7) The Leonid meteor showers.

8) All the fun times I have spent with friends over the past year laughing at dumb stuff and drinking the good tequilla (or not as the case may be).

9) Wednesay soup day at work.

10) Movies.

11) The Roseville Parks system and the people who walk through it with me.

12) Good food.

13) Books.

14) Sleeping in again on an occasional Saturday.

15) Free time (especially to watch Celebrity Jeopardy, which is essentially Jeopardy for Stupid People. I know this to be true because it is the only time I can actually answer most of the Jeopardy questions.)

16) My pirate costume.

This list is in no way complete. I, of course, am thankful for many other things, including NASCAR. Feel free to share some of the things you're thankful for in the comments.

Posted by LoWriter at November 22, 2006 09:35 AM

I am thankful you came out and saw me at my wedding this year!

I am thankful I have almost been at my current job a whole year.

Also, books.

Posted by: 10lees at November 26, 2006 02:05 PM
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