Giving Thanks

Everyone has been blowing up my Facebook newsfeed every day with a new thing they’re thankful for, since it’s November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’ve thought about jumping on the bandwagon, but when I thought of it, it was already like day 6 and I was too lazy to do 6 at once, and then kept forgetting. Anyway, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to 30 things I am thankful for.

In no particular order…..

1. I am thankful for my friends. You know who you are. Even though I don’t get to see most of my besties very often, when we’re together it’s like we haven’t spent all the time apart. I know that I’m surrounded by some of the best people and I am so grateful for all of the hugs, advice, shoulders-to-cry-on, laughs, and memories we have shared over the years! Looking forward to many more years together.

2. I am thankful for my family. Even though I sometimes get incredibly frustrated with them, they’ve always been there for me. Sometimes it’s with resistance, but they always come around and support my decisions.

3. I am thankful that I’m a girl. I sometimes wish I were a guy, for the obvious perks: No periods, no pregnancies, being able to pee wherever I want — but honestly, guys are gross. People have like zero expectations for girls – so it’s fun to hear people say, “oh, you’re really smart for a girl, or wow, I didn’t expect you to be so good at that since you’re a girl, etc. Yes, statements like that are sexist and annoying, but it is nice to be the girl that proves someone wrong.

4. I am thankful for my chiropractor. I’m not sure how his crazy atlas orthogonal gypsy magic adjustment actually does anything, but it feels amazing. I’m perfectly content paying $40 to have all my neck issues fixed, even if I don’t understand the process.

5. I am thankful I’m not married with kids right now. I love my married friends, and I love their kids. But I know that my life is so much better off right now because I have no husband and no kids. I love being able to go where I want, when I want. I was able to make the decision to go back to school without worrying about a family. Yes, sometimes it stung being the single one at all my friends weddings, but I’m ok with it.

6. I am thankful I finally figured out what I want to do with my life. It might have taken me awhile, but at least it happened.

7. I am thankful for changed phone numbers. I changed my phone number once in my life – and it erased one crazy ex boyfriend and 3 stalkers from my life. I almost didn’t do it because of the hassle it would cause for me to notify everyone of the new number, but now that it’s all said and done, I am so thankful I did.

8. I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to live alone. I truly believe that everyone should live alone at some point in their lives, while they’re young. When I first started living alone, I was scared and sad. I was happy my “roommate” was finally moving out – but I was still scared of the change. Once I got over that, I loved it. I don’t have to wear a bra if I don’t want to, pants are optional, I can watch whatever I want on TV, pee with the door open, and any mess around is mine. It’s awesome.

9. I am thankful for snapchat. It makes me laugh. It’s like Skype for texting – it’s so nice to see people’s faces during the day. Especially when those faces are hilarious.

10. I am thankful for classic rock music. This was when songs had meaningful lyrics, and in my opinion, is some of the best music ever. Few things make me happier than rocking out to a classic rock ballad with my favorite people.

11. I am thankful for allergy pills. They really save me sometimes, and make it so I can be around kitties!

12. I am thankful for all of my experiences that have helped me grow. Someone once told me that they are the exact same as they were in high school. I found that horrifying – I don’t think I’m anything like I was in high school, and I consider that a very good thing. I’ve grown and changed so much since then, and even though a lot of things hurt in the (almost) 8 years since then, I wouldn’t trade them. I am who I am today because of all of those experiences, and I think I turned out alright.

13. I am thankful for my sense of humor. I’m so glad I’m able to laugh about things. I take (and give) a lot of shit on a daily basis, and I love that I’m able to do that. Life is too short to be serious all the time.

14. I am thankful for 1am sing-a-longs. Some of the most fun I’ve had in the last few years happens between the hours of 1-2am in my car, jamming out to Ke$ha, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, and Motion City Soundtrack, among others.

15. I am thankful for Pinterest. I’ll admit, I waste too much time on Pinterest, BUT I’ve found so many recipes, gift ideas, photography ideas, etc. on there that it makes all the wasted time worth it. Now if only I could magically transfer my “stuff I’d wear” board into my actual closet….

16. I am thankful for planners. I would be sooooo lost without my planner. I’m obsessive about making lists, keeping track of appointments and assignments, and organizing my life.

17. I am thankful for my bed. I’m just going to say it: I have the best bed in the world. I’m about 99% sure the bed I picked out and paid for was not the one that was actually that was delivered to me, but if that’s the case, it was a happy accident. It is seriously the most comfortable bed I’ve ever been in.

18. I am thankful for my brain and intellectual abilities. I’m pretty smart, and I know that. I deal with an unusually high number of not-so-smart people every day and am so glad I have a brain and know how to use it. I just think it would be so hard to be stupid.

19. I am thankful I know how to take care of myself. I’m glad my mom raised me to be self sufficient and didn’t do everything for me. I feel like I’m much better off than some people my own age who had things handed to them or done for them.

20. I am thankful for beer. Sometimes there’s nothing that can make a day better, it’s just shit and that’s the end of it. Sometimes I get so stressed out all I want to do is cry. At times like these, all that seems to help is having a couple beers and letting myself relax. I don’t drink anywhere near as much as I used to, and I’m very thankful for that. But every once and awhile, when everything seems to be against me, or when I just need a night to let loose, beer is my go-to.

21. I am thankful for my niece and nephew. My niece was the first baby I spent a lot of time around and got to watch grow up. There’s nothing in the world that feels better than having her reach for my hand or give me a hug, seeing the way she lights up when she sees me coming, or hearing her say “Aunt Kris.” She showed me that I can be around babies without “breaking” them and that maybe having kids of my own one day wouldn’t be so bad. It’s been equally as fun watching my little nephew grow up. I can’t wait until he starts running around and talking too, but for now I’m just enjoying the snuggles.

22. I am thankful for WordPress. I went through a long stretch when I didn’t really do any writing. I wanted to, but I couldn’t think of things to write about, or I was worried about who would see them. That’s how I first turned to this blog, because I could write and no one knew about it. I’ve only recently started sharing every (or almost every) post I write, and that’s a big step for me. I don’t really like when people read what I write, but I’m trying to get over that.

23. I am thankful for photography. I love taking pictures and I’m sure I annoy everyone when I do it. I love being able to capture a memory in a photograph. I’m assuming when I’m old, if I make it there, I’ll have dementia or Alzheimer’s or something horrible like that that will make me lose my memory. I want pictures for that moment. So even when my memory fails me, I can have something to look back at. Everyone, please just suck it up and smile for the damn camera.

24. I am thankful that I know how to cook. There are few things better than cooking for someone, watching them take the first bite, see their face light up and hear, “That’s so fucking good!” And of course being able to cook means not having to rely on frozen pizza and mac and cheese anymore.

25. I am thankful for the people who always make me feel like I matter. To those who always put in the effort to see me and make sure I felt important, especially in the year I lived away from here. It means more than you’ll know. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you don’t matter or aren’t important to someone you care about, and there’s nothing better than having someone who always makes sure you know how much you really do matter.

26. I am thankful for office supplies and places like Office Max. I have a slight addiction to office supplies. I usually don’t think it’s so bad, until I move and have to pack up my desk and find about a million and a half boxes of pens, post its, sharpies, highlighters, and so on. I could spend hours and lots of money in Office Max, which is why I usually try to avoid it. I can’t wait until I’m a counselor and have a good excuse to buy all of that crap to “set up” my office.

27. I am thankful for fellow grammar freaks. I despise bad grammar and poor spelling. I will judge you if you spell things wrong or use the wrong word. I can’t help it. And I love people who share in that “problem.” We get to be bitchy and make fun of people’s horrible grammar together.

28. I am thankful for my guy. He makes me feel happy, comfortable, heard, and like he knows who I actually am. He’s a good cook, doesn’t care if I wear sweatpants, can rock a pair of glasses, knows how to take care of himself, and can make me laugh.

29. I am thankful for everything I have. I try not to put too much importance into “things” but I also know that I am blessed with nicer things than most people my age. That’s probably because I’m responsible and didn’t blow my money on stupid things. But I’m lucky enough to have a nice place to live, nice furniture, a nice new vehicle, nice clothes, and various “toys”.

30. I am thankful for all of you who took the time to read this through to the end. I realize it’s quite long. I’m especially thankful if you are a regular reader. After going years being nervous to show anyone the things I write, it’s nice now to know that people are reading and that they’re not hating it. Or if they are, they’re not leaving me nasty comments! 🙂 Thank you all!

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