Whoa. Ten? How is that even possible? I don't remember having started this blog while in high school but that must be what happened. Yup.
So for the tenth time, I present my list of things I am grateful for this year, as ever in no particular order:
Cuffed jeans are back! This is a boon to short girls everywhere. Particulary those who have no personal access to the Gap where they sell the ankle length jeans that fit without hemming.
The new super-soft Tommy Hilfigger jeans that I got for about $20 at the Exchange that would be too long, but for the item listed just above.
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc, aka starfish wine, aka the decent white wine they carry at the shoppette on our base.
My coworkers who have generously helped me out with grad school requirements. I was a little bit panicked when I saw that for one class I had to lead a discussion group of teachers and go through a coaching cycle (observe a lesson, model a lesson, plan a lesson together, observe that lesson, give feedback) with a teacher. The teachers I work with volunteered for both.
My capstone project paper is DONE! Well, ok, I have some revisions to do and I'm trading papers with my assigned partner to proofread, but I have no research and very little writing to go. It's due next Tuesday, so then I'm really and truly free of it.
Only TWO MORE WEEKS of my other two classes after the Thanksgiving break and then I'm finished with grad school!
Friends to celebrate with on my graduation day since no, we are sure as heck not flying to Missouri in December to attend graduation on a campus I've never seen
At least one more subtropical winter, probably two. Snow and freezing temperatures: I do not miss you.
This at-home keratin treatment which made my hair oh so much less frizzy this summer while costing oh so much less than a salon treatment.
Shout Advanced, which is magic for those of us who are somewhat prone to spilling
TOMS! Why did I wait so long to get a pair of these shoes?
My handsome kind, supportive, and thoughtful husband who makes me laugh and does the dishes. And also paid all of my tuition.
Raj didn't have to be away nearly so much this year and doesn't have to work crazy long hours too often these days.
TV shows we both like - Vikings, The Americans, New Girl, and The Mindy Project
Ok, maybe I mostly like Mindy and he tolerates it? I'm also enjoying Madam Secretary, which I think he is less into than I am.
Our kayaks, which get us out to the beach more often
So many trips this year, including two trips to celebrate with good friends as they got married.
A trip coming up (leaving on Christmas, in fact) to Vietnam and Cambodia
Our parents and friends who flew all the way to Asia this year to see us
My dad got a scary diagnosis this year, but his prognosis turned out to be much better than expected.
This Thanksgiving, unlike last year, I'm not making an 18-pound turkey, gravy, rolls, roasted vegetables, and two pies by myself. Or even cooking at all! We're headed up to mainland Japan, sort of a do-over on the trip that got canceled by the typhoon last month.
Like I say every year, I'm thankful for the things I tend to forget the rest of the year really are luxuries in this world: a supportive family, good friends, a safe home, clean water, plenty of food, reliable electricity, an education, and access to health care.
In light of recent events, I feel I also have to say that while I'm thankful for my own safety, I can only hope that one day, no parents will have to prepare their children to not be safe in their communities because of their skin color. I hope women's voices will be taken seriously when we are or feel unsafe.
I'm thankful that there are lots of people working to make a better world a reality. And as always, I am thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgivng, Internet. I hope wherever you are, you are warm, safe, and loved. And if there's pie where you are, so much the better.