Thursday, November 18, 2010

WAAAAAAY Behind...

I am more than a little behind but here are a few more of the things I am thankful for.
In no particular order.

#6. My Cell Phone

Affectionately known as my "Crackberry".
It allows instant communication with friends and family
and even feeds my Facebook addiction on the go.
I never thought I would be so attached but I have to admit I am hooked.

#7. Paper, and Stamps, and Ink...OH MY! 

This is a picture of my table this past weekend. I was preparing for my Christmas card workshops.
I am thankful for the ability to create (it keeps me sane) and to share my creations with others. I am also grateful to be a part of a great company, Close To My Heart.

#8. My Car 

This is my ride (and my friend Jane). It's a 2000 VW Cabrio.
This pic was taken the day I bought it. 
Ashleigh calls it my clown car and refuses to ride in it, but I love it. 
Here are some highlights
115K Miles and still going strong
Convertible top (my fav on Indian Summer and warm Spirng days)
Great gas mileage
One out of four hubcaps (thanks to the jerkwads who stole the other three)
A few character dings that came with it at no extra charge

#9 Facebook
 I know I am going to get some heat for this but I am actually thankful for Facebook. It has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, make new friends with similar interests and keep on everyone's lives (also known as Facebook stalking). I have also seen how Facebook can gather people around a cause, predict election results and provide free marketing for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Plus there are some addictive games on there in case you have some time to waste.

#10 Netflix
What ever did I do before my movies and TV shows came to me in the mail
or instantly streamed on my computer.

#11  I am grateful that some children are not mine!
OK maybe that sounds bad but when I see the screaming child in the grocery store or hear stories of unruly children I am glad they are not mine. My girl had her moments believe me (if you want to know ask her about the time the neighbors called the cops or a certain orange juice incident). But in all honesty I had a pretty easy kid. Much to my mother's dismay who swears to this day that I did not get what I deserved.

#12  Modern Medicine
Don't get me started on my feelings about Health Care, that is for another post. What I am grateful for here is modern medicine and the people who chose to spend their lives taking care of others. With the recent hospitalization of my dad I have been reminded how important good heath care is.

#13 Books 
I am a lover of written words. Of stories.
Of escaping to another time and place.
Of learning and growing by reading.
more on what I love see this post.

#14  J.K. Rowling
Not only did she write some of my favorite books of all time, but I think J.K. Rowling truly changed the world. Before Harry Potter if you asked a third grader to pick up a 300, 400 or 700+ page book and read it you would have been looked at like you were crazy. And wait in line at midnight for a new book, no way! Books weren't cool. Yes, there were readers and people both young and old who enjoyed books but books were just books. Jo Rowling created a world both children and adults wanted to be a part of . She created anticipation as we waited with baited breath for the next installment of the story. She created jobs when bookstores hired extra people to prepare for the releases. Toy companies, clothing companies, the movie industry and now even a theme parked jumped on board. She created an empire. But most of all she made books cool, made children pick up huge volumes and read them from cover to cover multiple times, and paved the way for writers to tell their own stories.

For anyone who says that one person can't change the world...
this single mum from England is my example of how it can be done.

#15 Diet Coke

I have been working hard to kick my Diet Coke habit.
I try not to buy it to have at home and that has helped
but sometimes a few shots of Diet Coke
(or a bong as shown above) is what it takes to make it through the day.

#16 Plumbing

My bathroom may not be luxurious but it is not this...nuff said!
 More to come!

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