You guys... where did this year freaking go?! I cannot believe that it is Thanksgiving time again. I just can't! I probably should since I have to cook a feast right now. It's my very first time cooking a Thanksgiving feast, and I did over prepare. I went grocery shopping two days ago, prepped the crap out of everything last night, and have my Keurig working overtime. I've always helped with side dishes or cleaned, but this year I get to do it all. Which includes channeling my inner great grandmother and trying my hand at baking pies.
So while I'm cooking and while you are dreaming of all the Black Friday sales or in turkey comas, I wanted to give you guys a list of things I'm extremely grateful for.
Around the same time as Hurricane's Harvey and Irma, I was moving into my new place. I was pulling out flooring and putting more back in, scrubbing walls and then having to paint them. I complained almost the entire time, even though I had people helping me. But then it snapped... At least I had a home. There were so many people who were now without even the basics. Everything in there life, all of their possessions were gone, and here I was whining. I decided that unless it involved physical injury I wasn't going to complain from that point on. Because I have a home and I'm thankful for everything it means.
This year I think I have relied on my friends more than I ever have. I'd forgotten how wise in their own ways that they were. When I needed advice, to vent or even just a girls day I always had someone there. I can't wait to see what we do next year. I am so thankful to have each of them in my life.
My supportive family
I don't know where I would be without my family this year, especially my little brother. I don't give the kid a lot of credit, but he has been my biggest ally this year. I am so very thankful that I got to see my great grandmother before her passing. I'm thankful that my grandparents always try to feed me. I'm thankful that my parents are always there to talk to me, and that they love me despite all of our many flaws. My family, no matter how separated we are, is my rock and I will always be thankful to them.
My job and side hustle
I've been at my job for almost 9 years, and I couldn't be more thankful for that. There are days where I don't like it or I'm just having a hard time, but I have a job and a great boss. To top that, I have awesome people that let me watch their house and animals... and pay me to do it. No matter how many times I've been unavailable or lacked in communication, they still allow me to do something that has helped with a number of bills.
I can't even begin to describe how thankful I am to be healthy this year. After having been to the hospital twice in under 5 years and having surgery, I was worried that I would be jinxed forever, or that the universe was conspiring against me in some sort of way. This year has been relatively illness free (knock on wood) though, and I cannot be happier.
All of you
A final thank you to all of you. Whether you clicked on a post occasionally or have read every single one, thank you. Without you I probably would have given up a long time ago. Thank you for hearing my random antics, helping me through my difficulties, and supporting me through thick and thin. I'm so thankful that you let this little space of internet live.