Good work-avoiders (this is a great one.)
Hanging with people who know a whole lot more that I do, and who share.
Being able to fly in an airplane comfortably (pharmaceuticals!)
A mission (even possibly a hopeless one.)
I know we aren’t supposed to do the standard stuff, but just really quickly: Judy/my sisters/lots of good friends/Ivan.
Transformational moments/answered prayers?
Feeling ways you didn’t know you could any more (mixed blessing?)
Book: The Death and Life of the Great American School System (Diane Ravitch)
Movie: Definitely “Inception” for a lot of reasons (long story.)
Music: The Blood Thirsty Vegans extended family jam at the last Mikeapaloosa (yes I know how to spell bloodthirsty, but this is how it’s spelled) – wow, wow, wow!
Meal: The last one.
I am thankful for
lessons I finally learned
always having known how to dance
that time of day when the sky goes skybluepink
the soon arriving hard ,white light of winter
when all things are seen clearer.
Not having to watch my back
I’m thankful for:
Swims in Lake Michigan before breakfast.
Yellow bedrooms and plaid kitchens.
Gazetteers on the wall.
Students getting in and going to college.
A cohort of art teachers.
Fieldhouses turned into libraries by strong and determined parents.
3 year old boys who think the library is as great a place as Disney World.
AP art class.
Living with the person I love most in the world.
Dancing in the kitchen.
Dinner parties under the tree canopy of our front porch.
Visitors in the guestroom.
An old bike that stil works
Friends who challenge my backpacking skills.
Sunrises over the lake on the way to school.
“Strawberry Fields” by Marina Lewycka
“The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz
“The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai
My Dear Disco
Breathe Owl Breathe’s new album
The backpacking pasta meal Cory and I had before the bear almost got us.
This year I am thankful for:
– The National Board of Proffesional Teaching for certifying Laura
– The Illinois Violence Prevention Authority
– Living steps away from Lake Michigan
– Apple pie
– The realization that life is much larger than the world of my work
– The highly complimentary wedding planning skills of my bride
– The improving health of nephews Aidan and Gabriel along with their sing songy voices
– The healthy arrival of Beatrix
– Bosc pears
– Olive oil
– The members of ONE (onechicago.org)
– The cool guy at the paint store
– Time spent getting to know Laura’s family and friends
– The anticipation of the new Harry Potter movie
– Rivers and lakes
– Not losing the ring when I kneeled down to put it on Laura’s finger
– The world cup
– Generous friends
– New albums from the Roots and Big Boi
– The Lyric Opera of Chicago
* Opening the cupboard and finding crisps
* A wife who is generally two steps ahead of me
* Having house insurance that paid out (new bike!)
* People who say “I purchased wine yesterday, all red, as red is the only color wine should be, but if there are individuals who are of the thought process that wine can be a color other than red, please let your undesirability be known.”
* Having the generally “easiest baby ever” ™
* The new Doctor Who
* Martin, for being in Scotland just when he was needed, more than once
* Being in a position where we can be do many things without fretting
* Dirty blonde curly hair
* Finally seeing James
* Dora and Diego and the distraction they provide
* Great homemade meals
* Cadbury’s and Branston Pickle and the memory of Irn Bru
* The best 3-year old pancake helper there is
* New home, lots of space, a table in the kitchen
* Flights that get you from _here_ to _there_ really quickly when you need to
* That volcano knowing when not to be spewing
* Cameras and flickr and capturing moments of time
A good year, a selection of my faves…
* Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
* Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
* Stornoway – Beachcomber’s WIndowsill
* Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Nothing makes me think my life will never be the same, but for the sake of pointing at something not half bad:
* Sherlock Holmes
* Surface Detail
* Planetary 1,2,3 (graphic novels)
An Italian heritage with a name that rolls off the tongue
My mother’s cappelletti soup on Christmas morning
A consistent paycheck
Expert strangers who can open one’s eyes and lead a family to healing
The ability to see what’s old in a new way
Jamba Juice Razzmatazz
Thanks for the invite! I am thankful for so many things:
1. Talenti double chocolate gelato
2. Jonagold apples
3. The beautiful weather in Buffalo this past Fall
4. My new computer and fast internet connection
5. Eliot’s sense of humor and energy and overall sweetness
6. The amniocentesis coming back positive, and a friendly doctor administering it
7. Living in a house within walking distance of everything I need
8. The public library and lots of good books
10. The power of good thoughts and wishes
12. New music, and discovering new favorite bands
13. Babysitters who allow me to take a nap, or run errands, or concentrate on something for more than 5 seconds
14. A reliable, safe car
15. Snack-sized candy bars
16. Coffee with half and half
17. Faith in the universe somewhat restored
- My childrens’ laughter! Even in a bad mood their laughter cheers me up!
- My husband’s ability to make me laugh even when I don’t want to.
- My husband’s handyman abilities, and for taking care of the yard and picking up dog poop so I don’t have to!
- My sister and I being able to take our first ever “sister trip” to visit Laila in NOLA! Best vacation I’ve ever had! Hopefully we can make it an annual trip!
- My mother’s unending love, concern, and support for me and my sister and our families.
- My niece and nephew who are the craziest monkeys ever!
- My father’s health which suprisingly enough is still going good.
- My husband and father for quitting smoking
- My girls, Erin and Kerry
- Charlain Harris for the Sookie Stackhouse Series
- Alan Ball for True Blood
Favorite Movie: I don’t think 2010 was a stellar year for the box office, but the few that I really enjoyed were Shutter Island, Inception, and How To Train Your Dragon.
Favorite Album: This totally depends on my mood for the day. I’ve really been diggin on God Willin & The Creek Don’t Rise by Ray LaMontagne, Recovery by Eminem, and Born Free by Kid Rock. Quite a range I have, ya think??
Favorite Book: Well #1 is the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, The Dome by Stephen King
Favorite Meal: This is really difficult because I love to eat everything! I keep going back to our small plates meal at Three Muses with Laila and Mary!
Wine: Spotted Dog Winery’s Wildberry
This year I am thankful for:
Throat coat tea
REI deal of the day
Smart wool socks + smart dog slippers
Baking with Lucy
Beatrix’s awesome smile
Living at the end of a dead-end street
A great real-estate agent
Selling our house in less than a week
People who open the door for you when you are pushing a stroller (this was also on my list in 2007)
The ability to work part-time (or not at all) and being home with Bea
Lucy’s wild hair
Being able to eat a gajillion calories/day while breastfeeding
An office with a view
My favorite hairstylist ever, who just moved back to Seattle
Being able to give up control
Album of the year: Avett Brothers, new Belle & Sebastian
Book of the Year: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathon Safran Foer
Meal of the year: Joule, Staple & Fancy