10-ish things I’m thankful for in 2011

In 2010 I was thankful for a lot of things. I wrote about 40 of them here and here.  In the gratitude department 2011 has been no less generous. I’ve still got car problems, knee problems and that persistent battle of the bulge, but I’ve learned to be grateful for the fact that having car problems means I have a car and the freedom to drive it to get anywhere I need to go.  The pain I feel in the knee I abused in the infamous paper retrieval incident of 2010 means that I can still walk. And if I’m still fighting the battle of the bulge it means that I’m not down for the count and haven’t been knocked down yet.

Here are a few more things (important and otherwise) I’m grateful for in 2011…

1.) My mom retiring and taking water aerobics, dance class and piano keyboard lessons making me proud and reminding me that it’s never too late to do the things you were meant to do.

2.) Income – It fluctuates, at times never seems enough and makes me question what I’m doing, but with record unemployment across the country, it is appreciated.

3.) My 16 year old TV finally kicked it this year, and if it hadn’t I would never have realized how awful the picture had become. On the new TV I can actually see people’s faces.

4.) Kindle daily deals and free books. What?! (said in my best Guster from Pysch voice) A Godsend for the cheap frugal shopper in me.

5.) Being uncomfortable. Let me explain. When it comes to the things we really want in life – health, peace of mind, using our gifts and talents – if we operate at a level that’s less than what we’re meant to, it’s uncomfortable. The job we just tolerate is ALWAYS frustrating, the relationship we know we deserve better than is ALWAYS disappointing, and if we’re not at optimal health, we just don’t feel “right”. And when things aren’t comfortable we move, make changes, do something – anything, to improve our situation. That’s where I’ve been for a while and I am grateful for it.

6.) This platform and the women at Women at Forty who continue to share their stories.

7.) This recipe for a Pastelitos de Guayaba, a Cuban pastry I fell in love with, and Anthony Bourdaine’s method for roasting fish from his book Kitchen Confidential.

8.) Two things with the word “Happy” in the title. ABC’s Happy Endings which makes me laugh out loud EVERY time I watch it (and reminds me how old I am because I remember when Damon Wayans looked just like Damon Wayans Jr. looks now.) Some of my favorite lines from Happy Endings; “I’m 30, and I’m Catholic and I’mma die alone in a light-up Christmas sweater talking to a menagerie of parrots”, “This cleanse is brutal. I lost 11 pounds… today.” -Brad, “I have two work husbands, three work ex-boyfriends, one work stalker and one work dog.” –Penny. The website Happy Place is my other happy. It’s a sarcastic, cyncial view of work life, school life and life in general brought to you by the people who actually said/did/saw/videoed the things we’re reading about.

9.) Sesame Street. I will be 90 and Sesame Street will still be on this list.

10.) The best, most eclectic Bible study group ever where on an average day the conversation runs from The Book of Acts, to the merits of The Matrix, to Idris Elba. And let’s not forget the enduring question of why no one will tell Shemar Moore that it’s 2011 and no one thinks using the expression “Baby Girl” when talking to a woman is sexy. Ever. Except maybe Shannon.

11.) No gratitude list is complete without me mentioning my sisters, parents and friends and family who always have my back.  Blessed much?

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  • Kalin

    Love number 5!!