Thankful Challenge 2014 – The little things

Today I am thankful for the little things that don’t really warrant their own post. All the little things that make day to day life a little happier. I actually have a list of about 50 things, so I will only share a few.

I am thankful for:

1. Flannel pants. Like brushed, super soft flannel on a cold day with your favorite hoodie.

2. Condiments. Ketchup, horseradish, dill relish. I need you. I love you, especially on a hot dog.

3. Caller ID. It really has cut down on my “who the hell is this?” outbursts.

4. Me time. Those quiet few hours a day where I can relax, recharge and remember to pluck my eyebrows.

5. Forever Stamps. Because what the heck am I going to do with those 24 cent stamps?

6. fuzzy socks with those rubber things on the sole. They are the only reason I haven’t crack my head open on our kitchen floor.

These are just a snippet of trivial things I am grateful for. None of them are earth-shattering but when being thankful, the little things count too!

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Thankful Challenge 2014: Adventure

Today I am thankful for all the cool and interesting things out there. I’m always willing to eat, see or try anything at least once.

That really odd thing on the menu that involves organ meat: Yeah, I’ll try it!

That really neat place on the bad side of town: Hell, why not!

That really interesting pattern that has a technique I don’t know: let’s do this!

I am grateful to experience something new on a fairly regular basis. I am also grateful there is a lot more to experience!

I can’t wait for the Spawnbeast to be a little older. I hope he has the same “why the hell not” attitude as his parents when it comes to trying new things.

I am thankful husbeast is a good photographer on our adventures. While I was busy wandering around and checking stuff out, he took photographs so that we can enjoy our adventure long after it’s over. Japan, San Fran and much more. Currently our adventures are a little closer to home, but that’s totally okay with us. Our adventure bucket list is still getting quite the workout.

And for that, I am grateful.

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Thankful Challenge 2014: Laughter

Have you ever laughed so hard that you wheeze and look like a river otter in pictures?

Yeah, I have.

I have dozens. Nay, hundreds of pictures of myself mid-laugh. That is because I love to laugh.

I am thankful that I see the humor in everything. Even the darkest moments can lead me to crack a joke. I am rarely sad. If I am sad, it won’t be for long because a fart joke is just around the corner. I am grateful that I am surrounded by people who think I’m funny.

My poor parents unknowingly gave me the gift of humor and wit. That really bit them in the ass when I was a teenager and my hobby before knitting was back talking. I remember many a time that my parents had to bite the inside of their mouth because I was a smart ass but they couldn’t let me know it. I am grateful they let me survive adolescence.

I am thankful I had understanding teachers and professors who also tolerated my sass. That history professor who gave me an A on my “Andrew Jackson was a Badass President” essay really put up with a lot. I am also thankful that medical professionals accept my sass. Although, I almost had to find a new doctor when I asked to have a mole reattached after they took it off and it tested negative. My dentist is really cool, she smiles at every implant joke I make under the gas mask. The nurses who helped deliver my baby, they deserve a medal.

Anyway, I am grateful to laugh and be laughed at…or with. Just as long as there is laughing. I am grateful that I am funny but I am doubly grateful that my husband is funny. He makes me laugh everyday. My kid makes me laugh everyday. I don’t even have to do much and my kid laughs at me everyday. My life is full of laughter.

And for that, I am thankful.

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Thankful Challenge 2014 : Health

Today, I am thankful for the health of my family and me.

I’m no Flo-Jo but I have won a gym award. And I’m an ace at hula -hooping.

That’s besides the point. I am grateful my son has two sets of grandparents who spoil the socks off him. I grew up with only one grandparent. I had to share my grandma with 5 other first cousins. Now, my son has to be shared by four healthy adults.

I am thankful that I had a child at a young enough age that I can play and run around after him. I am also thankful that this was the method to losing all my baby weight. Running, chasing, lifting, tickling. I’m back down to my pre-wedding college weight.

I am grateful that I wake up every morning to enjoy life. As I realized with the passing of my cousin, life is short. Make it count. Love, smile, laugh, share, give because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

And for that I am grateful.

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Thankful Challenge 2014 – Noms

Tonight, I will cook a meal for my dinner. At the end of this month, I will enjoy a large meal with the ones I love. I am grateful to have food in my pantry, the ability to cook and the skill to not make people wretch at the thought of a meal made by me.

I realize that thousands of people in this country do not have the same opportunity as me. This is why I encourage you to donate to your local food pantry, homeless shelter and food drives.

I enjoy cooking. I am thankful that it does not feel like a chore to me. I love being creative with leftovers and odd things found in the back of my pantry. I love seeing the look on the faces of my dinner guests when they are enjoying the meal and having a good time.

I am thankful that my friends and family tolerate me taking pictures of my food (plate prOn!) and my followers enjoy a good recipe that I throw together last-minute.

I am thankful that food is the great equalizer. You can believe vastly different things politically but put a pizza in front of people and they are best buds. Nothing can bring people together like Mac & Cheese…or a discussion on what cheeses belong in Mac & Cheese…

And for that, I am grateful.

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Thankful Challenge 2014 – Home Sweet Home

This March, we will be homeowners for 5 years. What a ride. Admittedly, I have no idea what we were thinking. Well, I know what we were thinking but we were young and had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. Anyway, for years I called this place the money pit.

After 5 years of almost constant work, it’s a home. We’ve made it our own all while fixing what’s wrong. We’ve made a place for kid to grow up in. We’ve hung pictures and memories. We’ve entertained friends and family and I am thankful.

Our loved ones know we always have an open door and a guest bed to stay in and that we always answer the phone. Our neighbors know when they see the wood stove going or us out in the yard, they can stop in and chat…and they also know we are terrible about remembering trash night.

We’ve still got a bit of work to do and big plans but I am happy to be here. I am thankful for all the times Husbeast and I almost killed each other doing a project. I am thankful that I have very handy family to help with all our projects. I am thankful that now we look at a home project as a team effort and an investment instead of a big let-down. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

And for that, I am grateful.

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Thankful Challenge 2014 – Knitting

I am grateful to have a hobby like knitting. It keeps me busy and warm. It lets me hoard yarn and look forward to several projects.

I started to knit when I was a teenager in the theater. It kept me from being bored to tears back stage. Knitting gave me an easy way to relate to my grandma. Knitting has given me great experiences.

Along with the hats, socks, sweaters, stuffed animals, purses, mitts and other projects, knitting have given me wonderful friends and something fun to talk about. It’s now part of who I am.

If I’m at a party, I get introduced as “This is Manni, she knits.” I am grateful that knitting is cool again. While it has inflated yarn prices, at least I don’t get the crazy looks I used to.

And for that, I am thankful.

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