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30 Days of Thankful: Day 27

I was reminded again today of how very fortunate I am to have my health. I know a few folks around my age, or younger, dealing with some pretty serious health issues and I am so very blessed. A person’s health is perhaps the easiest thing to take for granted. But the unthinkable can happen in an instant and suddenly your life is filled with doctor’s appointments and surgeries and a whole lot of “what ifs” about the future. In the last 17 months, to the day actually, I’ve watched my grandpa die of cancer and my MIL lose her battle with MS. And now I see people my age, and some younger than me, needing surgeries and chemotherapy and it’s just…too much to comprehend. I put myself in their shoes and it’s devastating. I can’t imagine it. I hope I never have to.

Good health doesn’t last forever. We all get old and bad things happen, but if there’s one thing I’m truly thankful for this year – more than anything else – it’s my health and the health of my family.

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 26

As I see news of bad storms hitting the mid-Atlantic and east coast regions this weekend, I’m thankful for decent traveling weather for my family. I’m thankful none of us have to set foot in an airport. And I’m thankful that the road conditions will be relatively safe for driving in our areas. I can’t imagine how many Thanksgiving celebrations this weather is ruining.

If you’re traveling for the holiday, drive/fly safely please!

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 25

Really happy that this is a short work week. AND that I get Black Friday off. There were times, in high school and in college, when I had to work holidays because I had the tremendous foresight to pick jobs at places like Walgreens, the movie theater, and a hospital. i.e. Places that never close on holidays. Perhaps it was my experience working holidays at those jobs, or stories of relatives who wanted to work holidays for the extra pay, but I find myself conflicted about more and more retailers being open on Thanksgiving. There were times when I didn’t want to work on Thanksgiving, or Christmas Eve, or even Christmas morning, but I was the low man on the totem pole and it was either come in or take a “no show” and get written up or possibly fired. I tried to take those days off, or trade schedules with people, but it didn’t work. I had no choice. And sometimes it meant rearranging celebrations or missing them altogether. It sucked. So no doubt there will be people working on Thanksgiving – not just in the retail world, but everywhere – that really, REALLY didn’t want to.

Then again, my husband tells me stories about how his dad always jumped at the chance to take the holiday shifts at his factory job because it meant time and a half. How else was he going to afford giving his three kids the “Best Christmas EVER!” if he didn’t have that extra income? Even if that meant he had to leave by 10am Christmas morning to go back to work.

So while I don’t intend to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day, I don’t think it’s wrong for people to do so. Maybe they have to work all weekend and they’ve picked up extra hours for the holiday season, so Thanksgiving day is the only time they’ll be able to get their shopping done? There are all sorts of “what if” scenarios and it’s impossible to know everyone’s situation. Or maybe they just want to. And that’s okay too.

So if you’re going shopping on Thanksgiving, be extra nice to the workers, and to the other shoppers. And if you’re staying home, just be thankful that you have that luxury and be glad you’re neither fighting crowds or working that day. I know I am!

 

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 23

Oh so much to be thankful for today. Thankful my mac and cheese (from The Pioneer Woman’s recipe) turned out ok.

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Thankful for the friends I’ve made in my little mom’s group. It’s so nice to be going through the various stages of baby and toddlerhood with those women.

Lastly, I came home from the “First Toddler Thanksgiving” play date to find that the hubs had rearranged the living room to accommodate the extra 9 people we’ll be hosting for Thanksgiving and it looks GREAT! I may even keep it like this after the holidays. Pics to come once I do some finishing touches.

Edited to Add: To see pics of the awesomeness that was the first Toddler Thanksgiving playdate, hosted by my friend Alyssa and her daughter, AR, check it out: http://myhusbandswatchingtv.blogspot.com/2013/11/toddler-thanksgiving.html

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 14

This week, I’ve been fortunate enough to come home from work to a house with clean floors, a freshly groomed dog, the smell of dinner already in the oven, and the best looking husband and baby in the world. This doesn’t happen every day, and none of those things all happened on the same day, but they did happen this week and that’s better than usual. Well, except the handsome hubby and baby. That’s a daily occurrence. ;)

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 13

One of the easiest things to take for granted is one’s job. Very few people LOVE to go to work. I mean, it’s why they pay you to do it. No one will do it for free. But I love my job for more than just the paycheck and insurance benefits that come with it. I get to work on some pretty incredible brands, alongside some of the smartest people I’ve ever met. That’s not to say my office environment has always been puppies and rainbows. Everyone has their fair share of “toxic personalities” in their office and if you’re fortunate, they only stick around for a couple of years at most. But last night, as I was looking around the room during a work happy hour, I didn’t see a single person I didn’t like. And that’s refreshing. After working for the same company for what will be 10 years come January, it’s frankly unheard of. I know it won’t always be this way, but I’m going to enjoy the happiness and harmony while it lasts.

 

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30 Days of Thankful: Day 12

There was frost on all the cars when I got up this morning, so today I am thankful for seat warmers. A toasty butt is underrated. And you can quote me on that.

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