Because posts titled "Thankful" are all the rage throughout the blogosphere on Thanksgiving Day, I figured I ought to join in the fun. So on this day, Thanksgiving 2010, I'm thankful...
- that winter weather makes it acceptable for me to be a homebody.
- that I have a boyfriend who actually wants to get up at 4a.m. to go Black Friday shopping, or at least tells me he does.
- that my grandma bakes a mean poppyseed honey cake &, relatedly, that I don't need to be drug-tested anytime soon.
- that my half-Jewish, half-Gentile family compromises & exchanges holiday gifts tomorrow evening.
- that my family loves my boyfriend so much that it's even making them like me more.
- that I still get cell phone service in the boonies of Ohio.
- that my oversized GAP cardigan that will hide
allmost Thanksgiving-induced stomach bulges. And most stomach bulges that are not Thanksgiving-induced.
- that my family no longer forces me to "just try!" the turkey. Or the stuffing. Or the rutabagas. Or anything that's not the rolls & the marshmallow salad. (Please see previous bullet point.)
And on the more serious side,
- that I was able to quit a job that wasn't right for me without having to also start living on the streets.
- that I can live in my mom's house while I figure my life out, even if it sometimes resembles an episode of "Hoarders" & is always at least three degrees too hot or too cold for my liking.
- that I'm not flat broke yet. Yet.
- that I actually do love Ohio just as much as I thought I did.
- that I still have a handful of really truly good friends back in my hometown who I can talk to about everything from politics to Disney princesses. And of course, whatever comes between.
- that I have more than a handful of really truly good friends in D.C. & across the country, even in foreign lands like Rwanda & Brooklyn, who I hope I always consider the best of the best.
And on an even more serious side (HOW MANY SIDES DOES THANKSGIVING HAVE?),
- that I had the opportunity to spend three rich, happy years in the District that changed me for the better - and for good.
- that I took it upon myself to create the opportunity to start something new, whatever it may be. And to keep changing & growing & loving & learning.