Since the last installment, we had a difficult two weeks. It started, as usual, with work and the horrible schedule where my husband works early mornings and weekends. Add to that the chaos of birthday/Thanksgiving/Hanukkah all at once, and on top of that, all three of us were sick at the same time.
Then I got the crazy call that a friend and former coworker was dying.
All that has made it extraordinarily hard to find things to be thankful for, but I've been trying. Ultimately, the hardest part was finding the time to write the words down. So here goes:
17. I am thankful for modern technology. I said before that I never, ever want to live without a washer and dryer. Add dishwasher to that list. I am so thankful to not have to do those chores by hand. And the computer and cell phone? I can't even think about how much easier they make my life.
18. I am thankful for pie.
19. I am thankful for the Trader Joe's jarred cranberry sauce. It was a definite upgrade over the canned variety.
20. I am thankful for my nephews and niece. I am looking forward to seeing all of them before too long. This year, I am extra thankful that my daughter is an age where she will get to have fun playing with her cousins. Many of my fondest childhood holiday memories involve times spent with my cousins; I can only hope that her memories are even better.
21. I am thankful for vacation days spent with my family.
22. I am thankful for going back to work after vacation -- because so much time off with a toddler hardly qualifies as such.
23. I am thankful for my daughter's school. They take such good care of her there. She really likes going, even on those days when she really doesn't want me to drop her off.
24. I am thankful for the many years that my mother woke me up at the crack of dawn to do Black Friday holiday shopping. It was exhausting, and at the time, I was your typical grumpy, frustrated, teenager -- but now, I am glad to have the memories of being her trusty sidekick.
25. I am even more thankful for the internet -- and thus, the fact that I never have to subject myself to the Black Friday hordes again.
27. I am thankful for the birthdays that have passed, the experiences they've left behind, and the person that they've made me.
28. I am thankful for the birthdays yet to come.
29. I am thankful for my dad. He is crotchety; he is peculiar; he is anti-social. He is weird and strange, and occasionally funny, too. In some ways, he is a horrible parent and grandparent -- he is non-communicative and not very present or involved. But in the ways that are important, like being there when you need him and helping however he can, he still always manages to be a very good dad.
30. I am thankful for my husband. Each and every day, even when it takes all we have just to get through the chaos that is work and baby, I am always thankful that he's the person I chose to take this journey with. Everything is so much easier when the partner by your side is also your friend.