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Friday, January 30, 2009

Thanksgiving (Blog 11)

Today is the annual day of giving thanks and, despite circumstances to the contrary (and despite the fact that historians don’t believe the whole pilgrim-and-Indian-peace-and-harmony story but that’s beside the point), I have so much to be grateful for. I decided to literally count my blessings—excluding those things in life that go without saying such as family and friends—and have thus compiled a list. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are a few of my favorite things, in no particular order:
My Little Lola

For my home:
  • Dachshunds, particularly mine
  • High thread count sheets
  • Fresh flowers in every room of my home
  • A book I can’t put down
  • Period-based (preferably medieval) films (and The Tudors series on DVD counts)
  • Candlelight
  • Yoga
For my body:
  • Silk pajamas
  • Bare Escentuals makeup—I’m obsessed!
  • Cheap foam ear plugs—it’s the only way to truly relax
  • Chapstick
  • Olay in-shower body lotion
  • Neutrogena face moisturizer
  • Cetaphil face wash
  • Handbags, stiletto heels, and funky jewelry to dress up a simple pair of jeans
  • Spanx

Random things:
  • Tide to Go
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • TurboTax

In my kitchen/belly:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (or a good cab blend)
  • Pizza
  • Guacamole
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Chinese take-out
  • Cheese enchiladas
  • Peter Pan reduced fat creamy peanut butter
  • Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic ice cream
  • No-water chai tea lattes

On any given day:
  • Rainy days and thunderstorms
  • Bright stars in a clear night sky
  • The ocean—smells, sounds, and cresting waves
  • Sleeping with open windows on a cold night
  • Snakes—they fascinate me!
  • Christmas
  • Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major
  • The smell of freshly mowed grass
  • Crazy dreams that I can repeat to anyone who will listen the next morning, then analyze them in my numerous dream interpretation books
  • Massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures
  • Playing Bejeweled on my laptop in bed
I’ve decided to maintain this as a running list.  I will continuously add to it when inspiration strikes, and frequently revisit it when I need a good reminder of the little things in life (or a swift kick in the Spanx-clad ass). I challenge everyone else to do the same this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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