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Thankful for Good Books


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bookDay 29/30 – There is nothing quite like a good book, in my opinion. I’m currently “reading” (audio book) A Man Called Ove: A Novel, and it’s making me laugh so often.

Favorites from my past also include A Ring of Endless Light, Between Shades of Gray and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Amazing Coffee


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espressoDay 28/30 – Divine decadence in a cup.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Chipmunks in my Tree


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chipmunksDay 27/30 – Today I’m thankful for Alvin, Simon and Theodore’s presence in our Christmas tree. I’m a huge Chipmunks fan, and my parents gave them to us as a gift a few years ago. It was Zeb’s idea to add them to our tree, and it’s become a yearly tradition. Makes me smile every time I see them.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Cyber Church


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Screen Shot 2017-11-26 at 2.19.57 PMDay 26/30 – Today I’m thankful for the ability to attend church online. Or listen to podcasts. Cyber sermons are great in themselves, but I also love seeing my friends from my old neighborhood.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Family Movie Time


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Day 25/30 – Today we celebrated Christmas since our kiddos won’t be here on Christmas. As a general family tradition, we gift the kids with a movie set, which we enjoy all day while snacking on junk food. This year we couldn’t think of a set to get, so we switched it up.

We asked each person (who wanted to) to share a film to watch then we rented it. It has been a resounding success so far, with each person willing to contribute (although two voted on the Christmas Carol one). And we started last night so we could watch around work schedules.

Our lineup has been/will be:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Ice Age: Collision Course
The Lego Movie
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
And
Wonder Woman.

I am thankful for these fun traditions and the way they change but don’t disappear as the kids grow up.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Winning Fun Things


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IMG_4838.jpgDay 24/30 – Today I’m thankful for fun memories of winning things. In September I was at our company meetup at Whistler (since our company is distributed, we gather once a year so all co-workers can be together in person).

Some years I take classes, but this year I joined a bunch of others in working my regular support job while I was there.

There was a random drawing for those in the room, and I was the lucky winner of these awesome coasters 🙂 Now when I set my coffee down, I’m reminded of a super fun week and am also reminded of how fortunate I am to work where I do.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Thankful for Days Focused on Thanks


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Day 23/30 – Right?!?! When things get stressful it’s so nice to force yourself to step back and remember how fortunate you are. Days like today (US Thanksgiving) force us to do that.

For me, this has been a dream time off so far. I stayed in my pajamas watching Netflix until early afternoon yesterday then hung out with Chris and the the young adults in the house all afternoon (and Ollie, of course). Mom loves to cook and was busy in the kitchen wrangling a mammoth turkey into the oven (with a bit of help from Chris). (Spoiler, it was perfection in the mouth today! And smelled amazing both yesterday and today).

Then Chris and I headed out to dance class and some Christmas shopping. We drove slowly and just enjoyed watching snow fairies fall while we yakked and listened to music.

Today I woke up relatively early and started turning our Halloween pumpkin into a Thanksgiving pie (achievement unlocked). I also steamed some cauliflower (faux potatoes) and some sweet potatoes. Chris made me a holiday coffee (I’ll leave that one up to your imagination), and I headed upstairs to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV until it kicked off the Christmas holiday season. I grew up on Long Island, and that parade is an intrinsic part of my holiday experience. Chris isn’t as into it, but humors me. I often watch it alone, but this year Mollie, Bri, Mom and Hudi joined me (Zeb came in later and Chris randomly showed up). It all made me feel so happy.

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After that was over we settled in for a lovely traditional dinner. During that time we learned a bit more about Mom’s past and got to hear Mollie and Bri’s family traditions. We had a break between the meal and dessert, during which Mollie and Bri took time to call their families, and I got a surprise call from my son — who was sitting across the table from me 😉

CJ and Lauren Factetimed us — a highlight in the day — and my sisters and brothers-in law also Facetimed. I so love technology. We had screens sharing experiences so the family in Ct spoke with us in northern NY as well as our family in Utah. What more can a person want?

Zeb and Bri headed off for work (they are doing temporary seasonal work nearby and have to brace for Black Friday), and we began cleanup. Star helped, to her great delight.

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As we did so, we reminisced about generations past and about our own holiday experiences. We are at a time of massive transition in our family as our progeny take flight. Yet it’s super cool to see the family bonds stretch the boundaries of tradition, creating holes  in experiences of the past that are no longer applicable or possible while keeping the lines of love strong.

I am one super blessed lady.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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Kids on College Break


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Day 22/30 – I’m kind of cheating and doing two thanks today. I’m thankful for family traditions and for our young ones home on college break.

Last night Chris and I met Hudi and Mollie at a theater in Syracuse to watch the Warren Miller film. A traditional kick-off to our snowboarding season.

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Cozy Socks


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Day 20/30 – Instant relaxation. Today I’m thankful for that cozy moment when I put on my fluffy, funky socks (which also have the side bonus of being a gift from a friend so I also feel loved whenever I put them on).

Best when paired with my completely clashing leopard slippers 🙂

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.