I really need to work on my Attitude of Gratitude. Life, schedule, blogging slump and the blah blah blah of life have kept me from linking up to this, and blogging much at all. I know all too well when you're down and rallying with the blah blah blah and it gives you a case of the blahs, that is when you need to stop and think about what you have to be thankful for. I know, this is when it's the hardest to do, but the payoff is worth it.
I'm told the same thing is true for exercise, expelling that energy is rumored to give you energy (sounds like witchcraft) or en-dolphins or something,
|I have a weird sense of humor.|
I have yet to discover how you start, let alone keep, on that uphill battle when you're exhausted. With exercise and blogging. I know I'll feel better after both, I need to make it happen. Tangent thought. Focusing back to the subject at hand.
I am so very thankful for people with a strange sense of humor that make these crazy memes. When I make them, they are lame, so I usually google search for them and share.
|I dunno, I think it's funny|
found at dailymeme.tumblr.com
I need these people with the weird humor. I NEED THIS. Humor is my coping mechanism. It helps me, it calms me, it sounds weird but I am weird and I'm thankful other people are weird too.
It's November First, notorious month of THANKS-GIVING. Through my years of counseling, (which I am thankful I no longer require,) I learned to take time to reflect during November, before or DURING the holiday stress/madness/depression that seems to grow like mold on no-preservative bread at this time of year. We need to try to focus on what we are truly thankful for in life. Since the stress of my schedule is already getting to me, I need this now.
Bonus, I have much to do so I should be brief. Thankful of that! Tomorrow my Diane-in-Law and I are having a party to celebrate the birthdays of our favorite men, my husband and my Father-in-Law. I'm so over the moon thankful for both of them, and for my Father-in-Law's girlfriend, Diane.
I not only love and adore my in-laws, I also LIKE them. They are laid back, yet excited about our little girls. This is everything to me. Everyone needs a support system, and this time of life, while rewarding obviously, can also be challenging and incredibly lonely. My husband works far away, he's only home for about an hour each day before we have to put the kids to bed. Any adult conversation is at a minimum.
WE are of course thankful for our two little girls, and love to share their milestones and cute little things they say and do. On my side of the family, however, they are grandchildren #10 and 11, so my family is over 'The First Step' and 'The First Words' (and babysitting, and visiting and bonding with the children,) and everything else.
That's a post in itself which no one wants to hear, and I don't want to write, but it used to make me very sad. Anyway, enough of that. Instead of thinking about that, I am focusing on the thankful things now. I need to focus on how THANKFUL I am to have my wonderful in-laws to enjoy all of this with.
I am also thankful that my Diane-in-law is always helpful, not just with the children, she is also an amazing cook. Cook, chef? Do you only say 'chef' if they're a professional chef? Anyway. She is a culinary genius. They visit every other Saturday, words cannot even express how excited and thankful everyone is for their visit. We try to alternate and all share in the food preparation, she brings her amazing food, we try new recipes, which I am eternally thankful for!
You'll be shocked (not) to hear I am not a great cook or hostess, quite terrible actually. My hostessing motto is "Help yourself." I also never seem to have the right amount of food, napkins, or have what people need/want. They always want the blue/pink/yellow sugar stuff for coffee, or they want yellow mustard and I only have brown mustard. You name it, I always get the wrong thing. We're always running out 10 times at the last minute. This used to stress me out, but my in-laws are so helpful and never make me feel bad about anything.
I am thankful that my sister, Moe, still enjoys spending time with me and my girls. We went there yesterday for Halloween. Thankful for Halloween, I love it.
I love the costumes, the movies they play this time of year, the food (candy), pumpkin-flavored everything, the decorating of food and decorative gourds. We opted NOT to get pumpkins, too busy to do anything with the food and didn't want to waste it, so we colored Halloween hard boiled eggs.
|I'm cheap. And weird. But festive.|
My son and I moved a lot, and never really 'clicked' with neighbors anywhere, like both of my sisters have. Their neighbors were/are always so nice to me and my family, that is such a nice feeling.
|My princesses in their costumes|
I was Amy Farah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory. If you don't watch the show, she is an extremely nerdy neurobiologist. My sisters neighbors have known me for decades, none of them knew I was wearing a costume!
|Right? I am more pale than the nerdiest girl on television.|
I love Autumn, thankful for this time of year when I can breathe easier, and the beautiful Fall sights, sounds, and smells. Instead of focusing on the sudden and upcoming months of bone-deep, House of Stark cold, I am thankful for my old, warm, comfy woolen sweaters.
We have two seasons here: Lung-butter humidity and Winterfell cold. I am almost always cold to my soul, I need these warm sweaters. They're quite expensive new, and being the thrifty (cheap) shopper I am, I found some great, warm wooly sweaters at resale and Goodwill over the years. I am eternally thankful for all the great thrift venues where I live.
Some of them I have had longer than my son has been alive, and he's 18, so yes I am obviously totally on top of the latest fashion trends. The key to keeping them this long is never to wash them. This makes my hairdresser sick to his stomach, but I always wear at least a shirt or 2 under them. They're warm, but they're itchy.
Once in awhile I get them dry-cleaned, but really not often. Sheep don't go to the dry cleaners, and they're fine.
Anyway, I hope that's at least 10 things and I am also very thankful to have "met" the amazing Lizzi, and to have discovered the Ten Things Thankful.