Can you believe it’s already that time of year? Goodness gracious 2012 went by in a blur. Next week is Thanksgiving.
I gotta tell you, there’s just no better holiday than Thanksgiving. Seriously, it’s the only holiday that celebrates two of my most favorite things: family and eating.
My mom cooks for 20, though typically only four show up. This year, we have a fifth — my sister’s bringing home a boy for Thanksgiving! Mom thinks we should get a bigger turkey for this. Mom is mistaken.
It would take me a long time to list all the reasons I’m thankful, and I hope you feel the same.
This year, I’m thankful for:
- My amazing nuclear family. My parents are so wonderful and generous and loving it’s ridiculous. I’m lucky to know them, let alone be related to them. My sister is an unbelievable woman — strong, passionate, independent, caring, empathetic, the life of the party, a snuggle bunny, and a really great friend. Trust me, I could stop here and count myself lucky.
- My amazing extended family — you read about my grandma, but she’s just the tip of the iceberg. Everyone I’m related to is amazing. We come from good, hearty, loving, laughing stock.
- My real-life friends in Portland. Goodness gracious, I am so stinkin’ lucky to have people in my life who rock this much. Turning 31 made me understand exactly the level of amazingness of the family I choose. We had a seriously great time celebrating, and everyone made a real effort to make me feel like a birthday princess.
- The friends who live in my computer! I can’t even believe I know some of you. Meeting great people at FinCon made me sad that most of you live in my computer, but I’ll take what I can get. Unless you all want to move to Portland, a move I would be happy to help with.
- My solitude. Being alone right now makes me appreciate the company that I get, and lets me do weird things like eat melted cheese and brown sugar without anyone making fun of me (well, until now!).
- Most of all, I’m thankful that every single one of my problems is planted firmly in the first world. I do not go hungry, I am never without clean drinking water, I always have enough to wear, and if I’m cold it’s because I forgot to wear my coat, not because I cannot afford a coat. I have a roof over my head, and even though it’s not my own yet, it’s a warm and safe place to sleep. If you’re going to have problems, I recommend first world problems.
Jeffrey from Saving Advice is running another giveaway, and it’s one where I’m very happy to participate. Want to earn a little cash?