Giving Thanks

(A beautiful blue sky at the dog park this morning!)

In the spirit of the season, (and because I gave myself the week off last week and am now wishing I had just sat down and written something to keep my awesome streak of posting every week!) I think it’s important to spend some time appreciating the good things in life.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it contains just some of the people and things I have been thinking about recently. I should also mention that these are in no particular order.

  1. My husband. We have been together for a full seven years. I cannot imagine my life without him. I love that we can make each other laugh, and how we challenge each other to examine new perspectives.
  2. Dungeons and Dragons. Seriously. A game I hadn’t even thought about until a few years ago has brought so much into my life—friends, laughter, love, confidence, super powers, you name it.
  3. Parents. Mine and his. I am so grateful for the folks with more life and experience than [REDACTED] and I, who have provided insight, advice, and empathy on this journey.
  4. Friends. This has been a long few months of reaching out and finding new ways to connect to people. My preferred method of checking in is always picking up the phone and talking for a while. Second favorite is probably email. Texting just always makes me anxious.
  5. Pets. Warm. Fuzzy. Creatures. They are just the best.
    (one snuggle cat helping with emails)
  6. Writing. I haven’t considered myself a writer since middle school. It has felt so good to put down words, tell stories, and process openly. Thank you for reading my words.
  7. Public Transit. I’ve been able to take a bus down to see my parents and back, and I ride a bus to work almost every day. Commutes are a great time to read!
  8. Books. I haven’t read as much as I would have liked to this year (isn’t that always the case?) but I am glad to be reading books that are helping me along my journey.
  9. Lexapro. (Technically, I take the generic version.) I don’t know if I would have been able to go through the past year without a little help balancing the neural scales.
  10. The House. Having a place to call home is indescribably joyful.
(a book I am currently reading. it is great.)

The only thing that is driving me bonkers about the house is our muddy mucky puddle of a driveway, but that may or may not be fixed by next week.

[REDACTED] and I tried to DIY it with some shovels and a pick-axe, but that method took us nearly six hours to clear six square feet of muck. Admittedly, we were working with wet muck and it was snowing, but that was really not my idea of a good time.

Today we are renting a mini-bulldozer thing (I forget what it’s called) to get the work done before gravel arrives.

Hopefully the DIY project can be salvaged.

Maybe that’s what I will post about next week. Stay tuned.

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