Michael D's 2010 list

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.

Norman's 2010

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

Laura's 2010 list

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.

Woodfire stoves.

Crosscountry skiing.

New family.

Best books:

“Strawberry Fields”  by Marina Lewycka

“The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz

“The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai

Best music:

My Dear Disco

Breathe Owl Breathe’s new album

Neko Case

Best meal:

The backpacking pasta meal Cory and I had before the bear almost got us.

Cory's list

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
– Fortitude
– 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

Gordon's 2010 List


* 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
* 9


* Surface Detail
* Copper
* Planetary 1,2,3 (graphic novels)
* Boneshaker

Gratitude For (Sandra's List)

Gratitude for:

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

Hoops' 2010 Thanksgiving List

  1. Passing the damn Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, after 7 weeks of intensive study and 2 years of fretting.
  2. My old bungalow, which turned 100 years old this year. I love that we were there to celebrate its birthday and often reflect on the other families that have lived and loved within its walls. It’s a great old house, and I feel lucky to have a home, especially one that I love.
  3. Living in Western New York along Lake Ontario, which is one of top fruit growing areas in the country. Is it sad that I am already counting down the months to  rhubarb, strawberries, cherries, and apricots?
  4. My new kitty Willie. He’s maddening; adorable;  and best of all totally accepting of (resigned to?) the boys’ shenanigans
  5. My Gram. I think of her every time I set the canning pot on the stove, watch birds at the feeder or hear anything about Darwin, early hominids, Carl Sagan, or Jane Goodall. She is with me always.
  6. The Adirondacks, especially: canoeing with Doug, Val, and the boys; mushroom hunting; bathing in the lake; the look of pride on Harrison’s face when he caught his first fish; watching the bald eagle, the woodpecker, and hearing the loons; big family meals together every night; the utter quiet (well, except for the loons).
  7. The routine of every day cooking and feeding my family. This is one of the most satisfying things I do every day.
  8. Harrison’s public Montessori in the Rochester City School District (after worrying for years about where Harrison would attend school post private-Montessori)
  9. Ukulele—I stink, but I’m doing it. FINALLY.
  10. Harrison’s series of homemade books, which are seriously the most unintentionally funny things I have ever seen.

Mary Beth's List

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

9. Coupons

10. The power of good thoughts and wishes

11. Amazon.com

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

Sara's 2010 List

  • 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
  • Wine
  • iTunes
  • 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

Danika's 2010 list

This year I am thankful for:

Good sales

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

Good childcare

My favorite hairstylist ever, who just moved back to Seattle

My iphone

Being able to give up control

Fig butter

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