There’s a whole lot of grateful going on out there on the interwebs. I just happened to catch the wave of it when Dawn over at Tales FromThe Motherland started a whole gratitude blog party. The gist is simple. Write down as many things I am grateful for as I can in 10 minutes. I had to start this a couple of times. First time around, I came up with “sticks,” and “trees.” Because apparently there was too much pressure, or I am a squirrel. So I tried it again. None of it is in any particular order
Stuff I’m grateful for:
My computer. It takes me places.
My husband. We were meant for each other. At a recent Christmas party white elephant exchange, a gift was opened, our eyes locked, and we both knew without speaking that we had to have it. When it was my turn, I took it for our own. We high-fived. It is beautiful.
It’s a redneck plunger. It’s beautiful. It goes perfectly with our Leg Lamp.
The Girl-child. She is home for the holidays, and without getting all maudlin, I’ll just say that I forget how helpful and funny she is. It’s good to be a family of five again.
The Padawan. He’s a funny one, and he always makes me laugh.
Squish. He made me late for work. Because he needed to put on a fresh roll of toilet paper. I have passed on the sacred knowledge.
NaNoWriMo. I made some real strides this year. I needed the prod back into writing, and it has taken my students to places they never thought they’d go.
Gas range. Which I guess officially makes me a boring grown-up. I’m okay with that. It cuts cooking time in half sometimes.
Tech savvocity I never used to think of myself as tech savvy, but I am now. I can hate on Windows 10, not because I am afraid of new things, but because it has actually given up functionality.
New things that hatch. Images are borrowed mostly from previous posts, which is why the captions are weird, but I’m almost out of room for photo storage here. Click to enlarge.
Phelsuma klemmeri. MaMa on the right, tiny baby on the left.
Baby Oustalet’s Chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti)
Angolan python – my first successful snake breeding
This? It’s egg #3! That embryo up yonder is about to reveal itself!
This picture was taken the following morning. Poor critter looks like it’s been on a three-day drunk.
Use photos judiciously. Many people do not love pics on Twitter. (click to enlarge)
Phelsuma klemmeri, a critically endangered lizard from Madagascar. This new hatchling is about 1.5 inches long. So tiny!
Sleepy Northern Spider Tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides brygooi). You see why I write the information ALL OVER the egg. Sometimes they just explode out of it.
Leopard gecko. Okay, not endangered at all, but still one of my favorite lizards.
Chelodina mccordi. First described in the late 90s, now virtually extinct in the wild due to over-collection for the pet trade. Zoos are working together to one day repatriate this species.
My job. I love going to work every day. Who wouldn’t?
My camera. I take thousands of photos every year. I love to catalog stuff.
The blogosphere. Referring specifically to the wonderful people that have come into my life because of blogging, in person sometimes.
Pesky cats. I don’t have words for the weird little fuzzy things that share my space. Pixel is such a kids’ cat. She hears a crash and is off to see how she can help stir things up further. Loki is her spirit-deity.
Bellatrix in a bag. She has attached herself to me. And bags.
Pixel is, in short, a piece of work.
Maturity My new computer has something wrong with the display, and I had some things stolen from the mailbox at Christmas. But it’s just one of those things, a series of inconveniences, not tragedies like they might have been two years ago.
Grocery shopping Don’t get me wrong. I hate grocery shopping because it’s a chore, but it is also a privilege not everyone has.
Holidays. Family fun time is the best time.
Humor. I like to laugh. I NEED to laugh. I discovered The Bloggess this year. I approve. She even retweeted some of my tweets in her awkward fest a few weeks ago.
Good books. There is nothing better than losing myself in a good book. What’s the best book you read in 2015? My e-reader is hungry.
Writing. If I don’t like the world I am living in, I can write myself a new one. I need to do that more.
My friends. They keep me grounded AND encouraged.
Music Trite, but true. Sometimes somebody else sings the songs of my heart. This year I discovered Poets of the Fall.
Free books My used bookstore has a free bin out front. I find all kinds of treasures in it, like a hardcover Lord of the Rings. Also? Kobo store has some free gems now and again.
E-readers. I got a new one for Christmas – shiny, back-lit, glorious. I love tree books, but e-readers mean that when my sad hands get all crampy and useless, I can still read.
Getting rid of crap. After Christmas, I try to get rid of at least as much stuff as I brought into the house. I aim for more this year.
My faith. It pulls me through hard times.
My blood family. They’re weird and funny and nutty and wonderful.
My church family. See above. Family is family.
Iwako Erasers. If anyone wants to send me a bag of fifty, I’ll give them a good home.
Harry Potter. This book series has brought much joy into my life and some incredible people. It is made of magic.
SPP. The best little online game that you’ve probably never heard of. I met wonderful people there, some of whom are sisters from other mothers IRL.Also, the first time I had to come to terms with the fact that nothing lasts forever.
SPP. This is also the place where I learned that people will complain about ANYTHING. It was a giant education in a little, fun game.
My school. I can be in the worst mood ever, but the moment I walk in, I feel the love and joy. My school feeds my soul.
Toys. I like fun. I am naturally attracted to toys.
Lego sets This morning, Squish spent several hours putting together his Mystery Machine Lego set. So I got to sleep in and then READ.
My Chemex. I’m not a hipster, but I do appreciate good coffee. I can’t go back to auto-drip now that I’ve used a Chemex.
Old dogs that can learn new tricks, like how to use a Chemex.
Storage containers As a kid, I dreamed about what Santa would bring me for Christmas. As an adult, I dream about putting it all in clear plastic boxes.
When my kids read my blog and laugh.
Being a recommended humor blog. I think that ship has sailed, but I was on WordPress’s nice list for a nice, long stint.
The ability to like what I like without caring what anyone else thinks. This ability was a long time in coming, but better late than never.
Wool socks If it ever bothers to get cold again. It’s just after Christmas, and it’s over 70 degrees.
Family photos, especially the ones that hold family secrets. We have a hundred years’ worth of photos, and they are priceless.
Blogs. My lunch hour is spent reading blogs. Some of my faves are The Middlest Sister, The Kitchens Garden, and 2 Brown Dawgs. I read dozens. There are more, I’m just running out of room here!
Good customer service. The champs this year – Lego Store, Chuck E. Cheese, JCPenney, Mostafa at Hewlett-Packard, and Shutterfly.
New editing tools on WordPress. And also the ability to write in the old admin format. The new one is too minimalist for these eyes to read. So thanks for looking out for us old-timers, WordPress.
Punctuation. I know it doesn’t seem like it from looking at my list, but WordPress wouldn’t play nice with punctuation and formatting today.
There are forty-something on here, I think. The numbered bullets went all nutty when I added images, so I removed them. Too much to do tonight to spend longer than twenty minutes wrestling with the formatting. Want to join us? I hope you do!
Instructions, copied and pasted from Dawn’s blog:
If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list (the timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.
To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the very bottom of this post. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.
Pretend this is a blue frog and click here to join the party.