This week, I'm thankful for:
1. Rain. We had a bit, and by a bit, I mean only a bit. However, I am thankful for every drop.
2. Running shoes. At the last Disney run, I put wings on my shoes, and they have stayed there ever since. The whimsy delights me.
3. Faster running times. I don't know if it's the wings on my shoes, but I ran two miles at a better-than-10-minute-mile pace this week. I don't think I've done that since high school. Middle age is feeling pretty good right now.
4. Library story times. My granddaughters moved closer to me this month, and now we have a standing date on Tuesday mornings. I have always loved library story times, and now I get to share that love with my sweet grandchildren.
5. A sewing machine. John surprised me with a serger recently, and I'm having fun learning how to use it. The fact that I am also using some of my fabric stash is also a nice bonus.
6. The ability to transfer VHS to DVD. I spent this morning watching a video of our wedding reception. The video was primarily made by my brother, who was just barely 13 years old at the time. He made sure to video every person there, and particularly made sure that every baby and child was accounted for. When we saw the video the first time, we subtitled it, "Benjamin's First Wedding Reception." At one point, someone was heard to say that it would take 2 years to edit the footage. Well, here it is 28 years later, and I'm attempting to edit. However, I think I will leave an unedited version on the DVD, because it's such a step back in history. My grandmother comments, "That thing picks up everything you say!" every time she is caught on tape. Someone else asks, "Is that shooting action or still?" Cameras have boxy little rotating flashes on the top. I think the lack of professionalism on that video is charming, and matches our "we're not sure what we're doing, but we're having fun" attitude. At one point, my dad tells my sister (then just shy of 16) to place everyone in position in the receiving line. We had no clue, and were relying on my sister's memory of reading Miss Manners books. I love my down-to-earth family.
7. Order and organization. Now, when I open my sock drawer, instead of getting frustrated with a jumbled mess, I can easily find just the pair of socks I seek. It's a small thing, but it's so nice. Ditto for my bathroom drawer. I'm not sure what will strike my fancy next, but I don't think I'm done with this streak.
8. An upcoming Disneyland trip with oldest daughter. She is coming into town for her best friend's wedding, but has a day free to spend with me. We are both Disney aficionados. We are going to Disneybound as characters from Winnie the Pooh. I found a great outfit for Eeyore this week, which I am so excited to wear!
9. A less hectic week. Last week kept me hopping; this week proceeded at a more laid-back pace. I appreciate the relative calm.
10. John. Despite the quieter week, I still had a time (or two!) when I was getting a bit overwhelmed with different situations. He listened to my not-so-Thankful-Me moments, and reminded me that adventures have a way of working out. I appreciate his grounding influence, and I told him right then that he just made my Thankful list again this week!
What's on your list this week?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine
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