Sarah's List 2007

My 2007 thankful list (in no particular order)
1. not having to worry, stress about/transport to, from/pay for child care–thanks to my mother, who is an endlessly patient, giving, and loving coparent to our boys;
2. our public library system
3. fresh, local produce; farmers markets, and Hurd Orchards (especially our own red raspberries, which were amazing this year);
4. the previous owners of this house, who unwisely removed the beautiful (original?) wooden front storm door to our bungalow, but wisely stored it safe and sound in the attic;
5. living near the Genesee Riverway Trail and the Strong National Museum of Play;
6. Letchworth State Park, which always reminds me of my grandma;
7. Battlestar Galactica, because it is frackin awesome;
8. a healthy pregnancy, 5-hour natural labor, and 10 perfect fingers and toes;
9. nightly family dance parties in the living room and Harrison’s slick moves;
1o. Everyday Food magazine, which saves me every Saturday when I’m planning my weekly menu, and Val and Tara for the annual gift subscription;
11. family walks and Harrison’s collections of leaves, pine cones, and sticks
12. friends and family who can cook well and cook for me;
13. old house blogs, websites and the library’s do-it-yourself books, and a motivated husband
14. being able to share the journey of motherhood with my best girlfriends;
15. Harry Potter resolution–finally!

Cory's List

turkey pot pie

sun glasses with white paint on them


lake views


smiles though bronchiolitis



garage band with Dom at the helm

text messaging



disco balls and starry ceilings

apple cider

incomplete sets of the 12 days of christmas high ball glasses

red label tea

Dave Chappelle





Online dictionaries


contact lenses

as always, a patient and understanding family

a strong mother



responsive, down-to-earth profs

people who smell books

legs to run, feet to kick


Luxuries like fizzy water, smart wool, wireless internet in the home, play time, access to a car I don’t own or maintain, affordable air travel, Goretex, hot showers, big dogs (again, that I don’t own or maintain), fresh, clean water sprouting from taps…
Last but not least, an earth with a very forgiving nature.

There are always so many more…

much love


Cricket's "list"

I give thanks for the mystery of love, it’s fragile strength, its elusive presense, the forgiveness and understanding it generates and the warm joy with which it floods our souls .

I stole these words from one of Tom Yorty’s prayers…couldn’t resist.

Nicole's (very first!) List: Thanksgiving 2007

Wow, as I contemplate all of the things that I am thankful for at the moment, I feel that it’s a daunting task to narrow down the list to a manageable level, but I’ll give it a whirl… This year, I am thankful for:

not having to come back to work until monday AM.. and having the $$ to fly back to see my loved ones all the way on the other side of the country

chicken finger subs

my HLP-  this is how we do, from 92′ till–

the person who invented tacos and burritos… oh, how i will eternally love thee

being finished with school– FOR GOOD!!

flourless chocolate cake

combined yoga and spa lounges

having a cute little apartment over my head, complete with a working fireplace and view of the city lights and san francisco hills

being so close to the ocean… and the mountains… and the city, all at the same time…

80’s clothes coming back onto the fashion circuit… esp. legwarmers, bright colors, and metallics… you my dears bring me right back to being 8 years old when i was dancing to debbie gibson and the fresh prince and my life consisted of equal parts of informal dance competitions and big games of kickball in the street…


falling in love with myself… finally

purple, green, gold, and blue eyeshadow.. ok, maybe not all on the same eye

pumpkin pie, roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and all of the other yummy offerings of fall (which i use to pretend that there are actually seasons out here!)

finding my voice and learning to listen to- and follow- my heart 

linguine with white clam sauce… with a side of crusty, fresh bread of course!

my robe

living in a city with so much live music!

karate kid, pt. I

my super warm and comfy bed

red wine, esp. zinfandel, temperanillo, and malbec

the kids that i work with

the new common cd

fresh, yummy spicy tuna rolls

MJB’s first album… the whole damn thing 

finally having health and dental insurance!

lazy days at the spa


Wow, I could go on forever– Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tessa's List

Yumiko leotards yes indeed they are yumi

new tights

new kind of pointe shoes that so far have worked out so much better than i thought they would

coffee after rehearsal with the ballet girls

partnering class especially when i don’t punch my partner in the face…. it was an accident i swear.
passing my driving test even without proper proof of my corrected vision… yay for doing a vision test in the middle of the road. and for a driving test guy that had no problem driving for me during the test … i think i won him over with my smile  haha

corrected vision…. tyerrifying experience overall but overall great results… i am finally starting to get out of the habit of reaching for my glasses evry morning.

Leftovers from the amazing cooks in my life …even if i can’t eat half of the stuff they make

youtube once again for ballet videos

oddly enough cabbage soup

extensions on papers

getting to work at a library

taking as many dance classes as i want for free…well almost as many

Driving instructors that are patient when im not

having time to read at my job  at the library

Christmas decorations

finishing a term paper ..ahead of time

having friends that live in different places and the open invitation to stay there


most importantly
having a supportive network that enables me to follow my heart, no matter how crazy it is or how crazy it or I get

hrmmm well as far as books go ive been so busy the only types of books iminterested in reading are nonsense books, which can be nice too

music red hot chili peppers the doors wolfmother robert plant etc

movies: ummm haven’t seen too many darjeling express was the last pretty good a little weird but good

My List of Thanks…

A new career

only 3 more semesters of college tuition (and expenses)

figuing out my computer does more than word documents (it spills chek two)

the reaction you get when you do something nice for someone you don’t know

yelling at your child, and afterwards they say “thanks for interferring”




now I only wish everything else in my life only cost $49.95 a month

A person cominig up to me to say  “you really have a good kid”

pistachio gelato

Last years Thanks Giving

being laughed at; at our local gym for reading the paper on the ab machine instead of using it 

learning from yesterday and growing tomorrow

our new stove

recent meal: curried chicken with pears

movie: they all seem to stink in recent times

book: the cult classic… “Everyone Poops”

Maureen's Thanksgiving List 2007

Living in Japan for two years
positive intercultural relations
weddings and celebrations
reconnecting with friends and family
healthy, growing babies!
newborn twins
supportive and loving husbands
Lifesavers Training Corp
family heirlooms
people who flash you a smile as you pass by
a mocha with whipped cream
good listeners
cars that work and get you from point A to point B
gift cards
friendly neighbors
soldiers who come home safely from Irag
inspiring teachers and educators
free time to travel
new beginnings