Gracias Conferring

So I have this cold/sinusy/throat/chest thing going on.  It has been roughly a week, and I need it to get gone.  Stat.

But I came to the realization that I almost always get sick during the weeks leading up to or after Thanksgiving.  In college, I always got crazy sick after Thanksgiving, during finals.  It was like clockwork.

Anyway.  Here we are.  It's the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  I spent the weekend doing all the fun things you do when you're a grown person.   Laundry, housecleaning, groceries.  And of course, a hockey game, because sometimes, grown people do fun shit.

I think I'll go ahead now and tell you what I'm thankful for.

This has been one hell of a year.  I am thankful of course for my husband and our dog.  Matt and Piper are my home base, and they make coming home every night a pleasure and a welcome respite.

Can I get a woot, woot?

Matt has supported me through good, bad and ugly, and he puts up with my travel schedule. 

Piper may not be sweet, or friendly, or well-behaved, but we find her delightful and I'm glad she's mine.  Her little furry body curls up in between ours every night, and makes our little family complete.

I am thankful for a pretty house in a great city that I love to call home.  I hope we can stop growing so fast, but it's good to be here.

I am so grateful for my friends.  They support me and sustain me and encourage my crazy. 

I am glad I have good healthcare.  Mental, Physical and Pharmaceutical - I have it covered, and I am better for it.  I'm also happy to be reasonably healthy.

I love that I have all the "stuff" that comes with a comfortable life:  car, clothes, entertainment...

And finally, but not in the least, I am so, so indebted to my new employer.  I like my work.  I like the people I work with.  I like our customers.  I think that what we are doing makes a difference and I enjoy doing it.   I'm traveling less.  I'm laughing more.  My hair isn't falling out.

My company, by the way, does some pretty cool things.  They're collecting pajamas for kids in the state without warm clothes to wear.  They just got named one of the Human Rights Campaign's most LGBTQ friendly places to work.

Life is good.  It's not always easy, sometimes it's downright messy.  But it is certainly a lot of fun.

Ok, turkeys.  I may not post over the next week - I have pies to bake, dressing to sage, family to chill with, and work-life to balance.

But finally, let me say - if you are reading this, I am certainly thankful for you.  You allow me to poetry slam into the great digital abyss.  And that deserves my gratitude.



I love that picture of Piper. She (almost) makes me wish I had a dog.