Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- Vacation. I needed it. Judging by the amount of nothing that I accomplished over the week that we had off, I really needed it. And as the reality of all that this new position entails sets in, I’m clinging to the memories of how nice it was to be at home with my Sweet Husband and my puppies.
- Sweet Husband. I’m thankful for him all the time, but when I get to be with him for extended periods of time, I remember how sweet he can be. It’s not to say that he isn’t annoying because he totally is, but then again, so am I. We struggled a little this week because we haven’t had extended time together since the end of July. You forget the quirks and idiosyncrasies of person and learning them again is an adjustment. Just when I’m frustrated and mad, he’ll do something like wear the CPAP machine his dad gave him…not because he thinks he needs it but because I told him it was so nice to lay down in the bed with him and have it be quiet (no snoring) & to have the bed be still. SH has always been a “twitcher” in bed, and I joke that I didn’t need quarters – we’ve got the vibrating bed with him in it. Using the CPAP, though, he doesn’t move. He hates it…but he will do it for me because he knows how difficult it is for me to sleep in the first place. Anything he can do to make it easier, he will. (You can say awwwwww…I do frequently)
- Family. SH’s parents gave us the CPAP machine that SH is using. Our insurance is somewhat on the…expensive-to-use side, and while going through a sleep study, etc., is covered…it would be expensive at the end of the year when things are tight anyway. They’re also helping me out this week when Josie the Jeep has to go into the shop to figure out what’s wrong with her front shoes. I know my Sner would help if she were here; it’s a comfort to know that we have this safety net around us.
- 13 work days until Christmas break. If you’re a teacher, I don’t need to say anything more. If you’re not a teacher, think about being trapped all day long with 20-30 of your more annoying children. Day in and day out. Without the chance to use the bathroom. 7.5 hours a day. With increasing demands in terms of paperwork and preparation, meetings after school that keep you at work (& for which you are not compensated) for 2-3 hours after your contract day ended…and then maybe you can understand a teacher’s gratitude for holidays.
- Community. I feel like I’m building a tribe, and I love the connections that I have made.
- Opportunity. The end of the year is coming and with it, the opportunity to examine what went right and what could be improved, to prepare to make 2015 the best ever…and I’m taking advantage of that in multiple ways. I hope you are too.
- The holidays. I think the thing I love most about this time of year is the chance to gather with far-flung friends and family. We got to see family at Thanksgiving; our annual Dirty Santa party has been scheduled; my Sner arrives for a two week stay beginning the 19th (just 17 days away!); we’ll be traveling to Missouri to see other family, and I’m hoping to get in at least a quick visit with the Swadley clan because it has been far too long.
- Finally fixing my broken blog! I’ve been wrestling with an issue with my blog for the last several months…and by several, I mean like 6 months of struggle. I read a post this weekend that made something click in to place. I went into my host’s cpanel (not the WordPress panel, which is where I had been working), clicked in a box and everything is now working exactly the way it should be. *whew*
Those are the things that I am thankful for this week. What about you? What blessings are you counting? Share them with us in the comments!