Well here we are on the day after Thanksgiving and it’s a great day to kick back and relax after eating all the food in captivity 24 hours ago.
I have lots of things to be thankful for this year, even though my candidate wasn’t elected, my retirement fund resembles more of a cracked egg than a nest egg, and my hair has become considerably greyer in the past 12 months. Still, life is good.
I’m thankful Devoted Spouse and I didn’t invest in vacation timeshares, designer clothes, European cars, or other expensive toys over the past 20 years of our worklife, but, instead saved our money and wisely invested (okay maybe not always so wisely since our bank stock totally tanked and I should have sold that stock when it was worth $60,000 instead of today’s value of about $1.98). The saving and doing without some of the extras (while our friends were driving fancy cars, buying boats and taking European cruises) now allows us to do what we want with our days while we’re still young enough and healthy enough to enjoy them. Being frugal affords me the opportunity to get a graduate degree. Being frugal means Devoted Spouse can now acquire all the guns his little heart desires (or my house will hold — note to burglars or other nasty folks: this house is a virtual armory and we’re both excellent shooters; don’t even think about it).
I’m always thankful for the friends who shared our Thanksgiving feast — thankful that none of my cooking made them ill, there were no household accidents like exploding toilets, or defective dishware. And, I’m very thankful that EmmaLou, the Golden Destroyer, was on her best Thanksgiving behavior (for which she received a plate of giblets). So what if after the company left she disassembled a piece of equipment on my bar — that little metal strainer used when pouring cocktails now resembles a slinky who survived a nuclear attack — we don’t imbibe much anymore so we won’t miss that little whatchamacallit — but otherwise, she was a good girl. I’m thankful she didn’t swallow the slinky part. All the hydrogen peroxide in the world would not induce the re-appearance of an eaten slinky. But I digress.
I’m thankful I’m not one of the crazed shoppers who actually think getting up at 3:00 am to arrive at the already full parking lot of Kohl’s prior to the opening at 4:00 am is normal behavior. I do not want to buy anything that bad. The only parking space I need is in my comfy chair as I shop online.
I’m also thankful that I’m pursuing my graduate degree through the wonderful invention of distance learning. You have no idea, really, how thankful I am that I can turn in a paper this week that’s certainly not my best work but will at least suffice for credit, and I won’t have to endure the humiliation of a professor looking me in the eye and admonishing me for my less than sterling effort. I’m really thankful he doesn’t know where I live and we don’t use webcams! That said, I need to go write this paper so I can be thankful I pass this course.
As you can see from the pic below, EmmaLou is also kicking back and relaxing today. Hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving!