It's Thanksgiving here in the USA, so here are ten things that I'm thankful for. And, because it's also Love Thursday, there's a toast to love in the list.
- It's just about the worst, most awful icky weather outside tonight: cold November rain, just this side of freezing. I am very thankful that I'm home. The Powers That Be let us worker bees off at 2:00. I toyed with the idea of sticking around, maybe catching a movie, so that I could go to a NaNoWriMo write-in close to the office. But when I realized just how nasty the weather was, I opted for home.
- Given this weather, I am extremely thankful that we do not have a leaky basement.
- Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I'm thankful that I'm on track to finish the
challenge, and I'm also thankful that the story doesn't completely suck
shit through a rag. Yet.
- I'm thankful that Mom is recovering nicely from her fall. She got her stitches out today, less than a week after she got them. Her face is quite colorful now, but that's an indication of healing.
- Thank you, Starbucks, for the gingerbread latte, my yearly crack in a cup.
- I finished my yearly self-assessment today -- whew! Thank God that's over with for another year! Now I just have to read it over next Monday, decide if I've hit the right mix of humility and boasting, and click Submit.
- I'm thankful for my husband. Yeah baby!
- The Caps are doing pretty well so far this season -- well, except for the latest game against the Thrashers, but even that one had several excellent fights right there at the end. Thanks Ovi! Thanks Zubi! Thanks Clarkie and Olie and Johnny and Alexander Semin (hurry up and get off IR)!
- I'm thankful that SonnyeBoy has tomorrow off and can join us for Thanksgiving dinner.
- And what about that Thanksgiving dinner? I'm overflowing with thanks that I do not have to cook it tomorrow, for we are going to my cousin-in-law's house near Annapolis to enjoy her wonderful cooking. And therein lies my Love Thursday tale.
My cousin Buncie (I know; it's one of those odd family nicknames) had been single for many many years when he went to his grade school reunion at St. Mike's. He met a former classmate, now single after a long marriage and nine children. They started dating. They fell in love.
And last year, after being together for 10 years, they married. Some would say that it shows the triumph of love over experience; I say it's just plain love, which can happen no matter your age.
Happy Love Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving! Even if you don't celebrate it, it's a great reason to eat pie.
Pat and Buncie on their wedding day, March 2005