A very thankful list…

Last year, Thanksgiving sucked.  My dad was in the hospital on a respirator and we spent a good part of the day in the ICU waiting room.  But I still managed to come up with a list of 101 things I was thankful for.

Over the course of the past year, I’ve tried to remember these things every single day…because life is short and it’s so important to focus on the good things and not waste time on the bad.  Some days it’s hard…work is busy and the train is late and the basement is flooding from some unknown source and there are ten piles of laundry to do and I am tired and cranky.  On those days it’s hard to be thankful, but I still try every day.

Today, I’m updating my list.  Some of these are new and some are repeats of last year.  This year, I’m thankful for…

  1. That we are all together this year.
  2. My dad…who never gave up even when the rest of us would have.
  3. My mom…who is very strong, even though she doesn’t think so.
  4. My brother and sister-in-law…I don’t know what I’d do without them.
  5. My grandfather…who is amazingly kind and generous.
  6. My grandmother…who is no longer with us, but I’m thankful for the years I did get to spend with her.
  7. My other grandmother…who is also no longer with us, but who taught me that sometimes life hands you a bag of crap, but you have to just smile and keep going.
  8. J…who makes me laugh every single day.
  9. Sadie and Sofie…who are always happy to see me and who give me more kisses and snuggles than I can handle.
  10. My “in-laws” (J’s family)…who are amazing and wonderful even though we aren’t legally related.
  11. My niece and nephews…who constantly amaze me and who I love like crazy.
  12. My extended family…who are always there for me…and let me bring all my electronics over to charge during a blackout!
  13. The fact that none of my family or friends was hurt during the hurricane…things can be replaced, but people cannot.
  14. Erin…who I don’t get to see very often, but who is always there if I need her.
  15. Allyson…who is the sister I never had and who gets me like no one else does.
  16. The addition of Everett…who is the coolest baby ever.
  17. The addition of Jake…who kept his mommy waiting a really long time, but was so worth the wait.
  18. Robyn and Phil…my favorite Canadians.
  19. Kallay…for inspiring me to write this post…and to keep smiling no matter what kind of shit life throws my way.
  20. Brooke…who always texts or emails the exact right thing at the exact right time…and who loves TLC as much as I do.
  21. My blog girls…with whom I share special bonds, even though I’ve never met most of them…and who have been so amazingly supportive.
  22. Old friends
  23. New friends
  24. Karma…because I still believe it will eventually catch up to the person who ran my dad over.
  25. My job…because even though it makes me crazy sometimes, I’m lucky to have it.
  26. The best coworkers…who make going to work seem less like a job and more like a fun day with my friends.
  27. This blog…because writing helps keep me sane and because of all the wonderful friends I’ve made because of it.
  28. Books…which take me to another world when I read them.
  29. Movies…that make me laugh or cry or think.
  30. The Macy’s parade…one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.
  31. Christmas…and the pretty twinkle lights it brings.
  32. Cupcakes…which are really just little packages of goodness.
  33. The awesome vacation we just took.
  34. Pie…especially the homemade ones sitting in my fridge.
  35. Cooking and baking…which calm me down.
  36. My house…which is messy and quirky, but is our home.
  37. Christmas music…I can finally lift the ban and start listening to it!
  38. Wrapping paper…that makes everything prettier.
  39. Handmade presents.
  40. Decorating my Christmas tree.
  41. Making it down from the attic with the Christmas decorations without having a panic attack.
  42. The hope the holidays bring with them.
  43. A really great night’s sleep.
  44. My amazingly comfortable bed.
  45. My Blackberry…that keeps me in touch with everyone all the time.
  46. Super soft cashmere sweaters.
  47. My health.
  48. The fact that Caroline’s cancer wasn’t any worse and that she’s going to be ok.
  49. Robert’s health and that he finally went to the doctor instead of continuing to ignore the problem.
  50. Peaceful, quiet mornings.
  51. Gorgeous starry nights.
  52. Champagne cocktails.
  53. Creativity.
  54. My fancy new polka-dotted umbrella that I love to twirl.
  55. A positive attitude.
  56. Fuzzy slippers.
  57. Caramel scented candles.
  58. Diet Coke…one of my favorite things.
  59. Thanksgiving day football games.
  60. A three-day weekend to catch up on all the shows on my DVR.
  61. The ability to control my own happiness (this one is stolen from Kallay…but so true!).
  62. Losing weight.
  63. Spa days.
  64. Good timing.
  65. A sense of humor.
  66. My car…which I love more with every new ding, scratch and broken window.
  67. My camera…that allows me to capture images I’ll treasure forever.
  68. The photography class I took that taught me how to take even better pictures.
  69. Learning.
  70. My craft room.
  71. My morning train ride…because it gives me time to read.
  72. The kindness of (some) strangers.
  73. Inspiration.
  74. Motivation.
  75. The right to vote.
  76. My freedom.
  77. My independence.
  78. A delicious, juicy, golden brown turkey.
  79. All the fixings that go along with it.
  80. Black Friday shopping…online only!
  81. Chocolate.
  82. My 365 photo project…which has become a great archive of the year.
  83. Love.
  84. Singing along to the radio in the car.
  85. Singing in the shower.
  86. Dancing around the house with the dogs.
  87. Peppermint body wash that makes me smell so good.
  88. Lazy days spent in the backyard.
  89. The salad place that delivers my lunch every day and makes delicious bread.
  90. My 101 list…and all the things that I’ve been able to cross off.
  91. All the things I still have to look forward to crossing off.
  92. Quitting smoking…that I did years ago and that my dad is going to…again.
  93. The beautiful new art I have to hang on my walls.
  94. Perfectly cooked pizza.
  95. Bacon.
  96. Sunrises and sunsets.
  97. How much I’ve been able to recycle lately…and how little I’ve thrown away.
  98. A hug when I really need one.
  99. Someone to wake up next to each day.
  100. The prayers and support of everyone around me.
  101. Happiness.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  What are you thankful for today???