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Here is my list:
1. Work from home Wednesdays. Especially on beautiful days when the windows can be open.
2. Chris taking out the garbage. I usually take it for granted, or get annoyed when he doesn’t do it the way I think it should be done, but I’m grateful he takes this task.
3. My father-in-law for picking up our new tankless water heater in Florence, saving us a $50 delivery fee.
4. A functioning washing machine and dryer in the house. Work from home Wednesday is also laundry day, and I’m grateful for these appliances that make the chore a relatively easy one.
5. Catnip. After Tuesday evening’s cat tornado experience, and the general tenseness of the kitties, getting them stoned on catnip was just the thing to help them chill out.
1. Warm February days (in the 80s!) I do have a bit of an issue with it being so warm when it should be winter, but on days like Thursday, I can overlook it.
2. Old friends emailing out of the blue. Got an email from my dear friend Jen who I hadn’t talked to in almost a year, then had lunch with her on Friday. It’s nice to reconnect.
3. Good chats with great friends. I stopped by Krys’s to give her some fabric that I’m never going to get around to using. We hadn’t had a good chat in awhile and I am grateful for the time talking.
4. Friends who make me laugh. Luckily that’s most of them, but I had a pretty bad week, and the friends that went out of their way to make me smile and laugh are definitely appreciated.
5. Travelzoo.com for the great rate on the Vegas hotel we wanted to book and for Kim for finding it.
1. Umbrellas and reliable cars. The last time I saw a downpour this bad was 1985, and I was only riding in a car, not driving it. This was insane. The umbrella kept me from being completely soaked, and the car kept me alive.
2. Important phone calls being returned. Friday afternoon it felt like the weight of the world lifted from my shoulders as I received a very important return call. I can’t talk about it now, but it’s a very good thing… hopefully I can share soon.
3. YouTube on my phone. It’s just cool.
4. Friend’s suggestions. We found a great, inexpensive, centrally located place to stay on our upcoming western vacation thanks to our friend Jason.
5. Shrimp Buns, three hot at Golden Chopstix. The aforementioned lunch with Jen allowed this gastronomical treat.
1. Cheap Swedish furniture. Thank you IKEA.
2. Massages by Laura. My amazing, beautiful, talented cousin/big sister is a wonderful massage therapist. After all the tension I carried around all week, I just knew it was going to be a little painful, but it completely wasn’t and was exactly what I needed.
3. Cheap wine and coffee from Trader Joes. Need to add to this after Tuesday night, the Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup… so very delicious and pretty healthful. Oh, and the sea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almonds… I could go on, but this blog is already really long.
4. Hawthorne’s pizza (and the “regret it the next day-no I’m not explaining why-figure it out for yourself” fried jalapenos)
5. Random encounters with family. We ran into Angelica at IKEA. Such a treat since I usually only get to see her at Thanksgiving and then only every other year.
1. Friends that are really chosen family. Attending a memorial for my friend’s dad (she’s really more like a sister to me) with other members of our chosen family helped me really appreciate how wonderful it is to be part of such an amazing collection of people.
2. Husbands who cook. Chris is such a good cook. I’m grateful that he does it and that he really enjoys it.
3. Family dinners. Again with chosen family, but it’s always nice to sit around the table with people you love.
4. Table manners. Good manners are how you tell people you care about their comfort as well as your own.
5. My home. It’s a bit chaotic right now, but I do love it and it always welcomes me.
1. The internet. Makes vacation planning, knowledge gathering, communication, and most other parts of my life much easier.
2. The Cayce Riverwalk. Chris and I walked for an hour and a half on the Riverwalk before meeting our friends at D’s Wings for dinner. It was a foggy and damp day, but I’m grateful to the city for creating such a wonderful space for being outside.
3. Longstanding traditions. In this case Monday Night Wings. Dondi has been doing it forever, but we just recently started going. It’s fun to hang out with such interesting people.
4. Pho on rainy days. Pho is good soup. It’s especially good when it’s cloudy and rainy.
5. Chris’s ability to spot geocaches. On our way to the Cayce Riverwalk, we stopped to find a cache across the street from D’s. I’ve looked for it twice by myself with no luck. Chris spotted it in about 30 seconds.
1. Nice weather, even when I’m not in it. I didn’t get much of a chance to spend time outside, but I do appreciate a beautiful day.
2. Cinco being well behaved at the vet. We’ll gloss over the “Noh-face breaking out of the cat carrier” part of the adventure and focus on what a good boy Cinco is. All 22 pounds of him.
3. My job and the fact that I no longer work for “Q as in Cucumber” Mr. M. Nicole brought him up at lunch and I finally decided to look him up again. I’m so happy I got out of there as quickly as I did. And even with occasional frustrations at work, I am grateful for the professionalism and ethics of the people I work with now. Really. You have no idea.
4. Once again thankful for my cooking husband… now with bonus washing up mode!
5. The hot water heater lasting all week, even though it was in its death throes. (It’s now Wednesday and there are workmen here installing the new tankless water heater.)