It’s that time of year again, folks. Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and a tryptophan coma that will leave you passed out and snoring on the nearest couch or recliner. It could also be that fourth glass of wine, who knows?
But, it’s also time to share what I am thankful for this year. Sure, I’m thankful year-round but Thanksgiving is the perfect time to sum it all up. And like Kirsten Jill from Ripped Jeans and Bifocals, what I am thankful for tends to lean more toward the unconventional.
Kirsten went for nine things but I am going for lucky number 7. Hey, I do live in Vegas. That shit matters.
Is it any surprise this is numero uno? Probably not. If it weren’t for coffee, and lots of it, surviving this semester’s news editing class would have been quite the doozy. Caffeine kept me alert and in a relatively pleasant mood. Most of the time.
Despite the fact it’s been a weird few months where the writing has dropped off a bit and I’ve changed my design almost as often as I change my underwear, I am definitely thankful for blogging. It’s my corner to write whatever I want, when I want. It’s my place to rant, bitch, whine or share witty commentary with a dash of snark.
3. Chipotle burritos/burrito bowls
The way I order these bad boys puts them in the 1,000 calorie range but on a day where my stomach is loudly grumbling or I am cranky as all getout these hit the spot. Load that bad boy up with chicken, beans, rice and sour cream! Mama’s hungry!
Do I really need to elaborate on this one? Okay, fine. I will. Wine saves my ass late in the evening when I am tired and feeling like my head is going to explode. No, I don’t really need it but it’s a great way to end a long day, especially if it involves curling up on the couch with my husband to watch House of Cards.
5. Blogger/writer friends
You guys, you know who you are, have kept this girl going even when writer’s block kicked my ass and I thought my blog was the most sucktastic thing in the entire fricken universe. I thank you for returning me to some degree of sanity, for the laughs and the often highly inappropriate jokes about sex, boobs, even pooping. Yes, some of you are pervy and borderline gross whackjobs but damn I love ya. Keep that shit up, mmkay?
I have quite a few of these laying around at all times. From Moleskines to wired notebooks to reporter’s notebooks, there’s always something for me to scribble in when I get a random idea or need to jot down notes before senility kicks in and I have to ask friends what the hell it was I had to do. Most don’t remember and I don’t blame them since it’s not their job to keep track of the random shit I’m known to say.
Wait, what? Seriously. I am thankful for the medication that has helped my depression and anxiety and made me feel human again. I know there are many people out there who think anti-depressants or any kind of medication is the devil but for me, it worked. It made me me again. It brought me back to life along with therapy and a lot of support from those around me. For that I am incredibly thankful this year.
From a more typical and convential standpoint I am, of course, thankful for my awesome husband, kick ass friends, understanding and helpful instructors and life in general.
Despite numerous ups and downs this year, I can’t really complain. There have been many days and weeks where I wanted to roll over, wave a white flag and say, “Fuck this shit.” But thanks to the support and kindness from many in my life I persevered and have come out better than ever.
This year has been crazy, no doubt about that, and I am thankful for all of it, good and bad.
What are you thankful for this year?