Friday, November 28, 2008


So, several things have happened lately that I am thankful for:

1. Gas is $1.33. This is the cheapest I ever remember it. EVER. Now, that might mean my memory sucks, but it's still cheap enough for me to consider a road trip to PA after Christmas.

2. My brother's girlfriend is kickass and nags him into calling me.

3. I live in a neighborhood where several different nationalities are represented. For example, yesterday, I saw Mohammed and Bismallah cruising their bikes down the street howling at the top of their lungs. Howling, because I'm sure it was super fun to do as they were flying downhill.
Also, I heard my Vietnamese neighbors rocking the karaoke at 10 am. It's in their basement, so what I really hear is a thin, tinny high-pitched noise. Hi (spelling?) isn't the best singer.

4. My partner-in-law is a great cook and we never have to pretend to like her food. In fact, everyone in Matt's family does a good job in the kitchen.

5. Rock and Roll Craft Show lets me sell my crap without having to be there. Let's hope it all sells so I can start fresh in 2009.

6. I am thankful to live in a city where I can email complaints about the Hoosier Neighbors to the city and they'll do something about the old phone books, the prairie in their backyard, and the rotting pumpkins on their porch. Now, the pumpkins have been moved to the side of their house, but I'm wondering when is the best time to go snatch them and turn them into compost.

7. I am thankful that I am a decent cook and can plan a week of yummy, somewhat nutritious meals. Turkey enchiladas, anyone?

8. My friends talk me into buying 60's beaded-neck dresses that I secretly love but have no real use for. Thanks, guys!

9. We live in one of the best countries in the world, barring angry mobs and illiteracy and pregnant middle-schoolers (she's not one of mine....)

10. *just now* I am thankful our doorbell doesn't work, so people who I don't want to talk to (I'm looking at you, man with the clipboard) don't realize I don't know they're there, unless the dog barks.

11. I am thankful to have a gentle, lazy, loving dog with a fierce bark and fierce looks. Here she is in one of her usual positions, looking out the window.

12. Teaching has given me a kickass immune system. When I'm sick, I am seriously SICK.

13. The Internet. How great is it?! Without it, imagine the rise in productivity of this world! We would get things done! There'd be no failing economy!

What are you thankful for?


maitai said...

dude, $1.33??? that is insane and also totally awesome. it's still around $1.80 and $1.90 here. gas is always cheaper in STL.

vietnamese people love karaoke. i can vouch for that.

bev said...

Careful composting those pumpkins. You could possibly use the compost in your garden and end up with several pumpkin plants that you're too motherly to thin out which eventually turn into a SPRAWLING pumpkin patch that cuts way down on the amount of (admittedly small) yard your teen has to mow which then produces around 50 pumpkins - not counting the half-dozen that crept out into the driveway and that you inadvertently back over with the minivan and stop to "mourn" with the kids in tow - that become neighborhood legend and convince the psychiatrist two doors down that you might need his help.


Not that I have any experience with that.

Allison said...

I have seen my future, thanks Bev!

I swear I will not be motherly this year and will yank out every single morning glory seedling I see.

Elizabeth Frick said...

Um, YEAH, the internet rules! My life is so much richer now that I can sit my lazy ass on the couch and have everything in the world delivered to my doorstep with the click of a button. Also very dangerous... deliciously dangerous!