First of all, an enormous THANK YOU for all of your generous and kind feedback about last week's post. I am truly grateful for your nice words about Dan.
Since Thanksgiving this week (?!), I'm going to likely taking my lists into December, but here is my latest installment of the 30 things I'm thankful for.
I know, I know . . .first Facebook makes the list, now "technology?" From me, the same girl who until a few years ago, still owned a flip phone? Though I reluctantly joined the smart phone world, now that I'm a crazy aunt, I am so thankful for iPhone features like Facetime and Photo Share. I sadly had to miss Gray's birthday party last weekend, but thanks to my parents who took an obnoxious amount of video and pictures, I kinda felt like I was there.
I would have much rather preferred to hear her say, "meatballs" in person, but watching this on repeat is pretty great too.
Speaking of other things my iPhone can do that my flip phone never could, I love Bitmoji, my personalized emoji that is sometimes my only way of communicating. It's free, it's fun, what's not to love?
17. My Squad
Whenever anyone asks me how I like living in Atlanta, my response is usually some variation of, "Well, I like my job, and I love that many of my college friends are close by." Maybe it's sad that these are the two best things about the city to me, but I feel grateful that some of my favorite people are a part of my life on a semi-regular basis. It's not exactly like being in college - now there are kids and adult responsibilities, so no more entire days on the couch binge watching reality TV (at least not together). But there are impromptu Mexican Friendsgiving Celebrations with cheap tequila, cheese dip and knock knock jokes, so my cup overflows.
18. Christmas Lists
The Gallmans are list people. Scratch that - the Gallmans are Christmas List people. If someone asks us what we want, we tell them, often in explicit detail - color, size, link to buy included. We leave nothing to chance. These lists have evoked some hilarious memories over the years (remember when my dad asked for my brother and me to write our wills?), so much so, that my mom laminated our lists from years past and put them in a coffee table book.
So far my dad is the only person to have submitted his list, which consists of a lot of boring items like socks and sweater vests. He did get a thankful chuckle out of me with #2, however.
After Shave Balm: I have used Pierre Cardin After Shave Balm for years but I believe it has been discontinued as I have not been able to find it anywhere. I would like something that doesn’t smell the room up but when I get a hug from women they can get a whiff of something pleasant to smellThis is classic Chuck and I'm so grateful for him. Anyone got any ideas?
Speaking of Christmas and lists and shopping, I am super thankful to have found Ebates, "Where it pays to shop online." That is the site's tagline, and it sounds too good to be true, but it's not - it really works. When you sign up for Ebates, you get access to all of the online coupon codes for your favorite online shopping sites and when you access those sites through Ebates, you earn cash back on your purchases. We're not talking life-changing money here (10% is the most I've earned on one transaction), but since I've joined two years ago, I've earned a total of $221 on purchases I would've made anyway. So why not? Click the link below and get on board. You will not regret it.
I suppose it's weird that I refer to working on Thanksgiving Day as "normal," but after spending eight days on the dreaded overnight shift last week, I am thrilled to be back in the land of the living. My sincerest apologies to anyone who had any contact with me during that time - I was not a very pleasant person. I've never been so grateful to be waking up at 5:30am.
21. Resilient Toddlers
My niece fractured her elbow at nursery school last week, but she seems to be taking it well.
Like therapy, without it, I would be a much sadder, more anxious person than I already am - something I don't want to even think about.
No explanation needed.
I am so thankful for this community that allows me to call myself a writer. Thank you for making that happen. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!