This year, there is so much to be thankful for. I don’t know where to begin.
I am thankful that I was able to use my severance from "THE COMPANY" to put toward a down payment of another house. I am thankful that we finally found a bigger house, that we fell in love with, that suits our needs. I am thankful that the offer we put in on the house was accepted. I am thankful we found someone to rent our other house until the housing market picks back up and we are able to sell it. I am thankful that despite our closing being held at Priority Search that our money/the sellers money wasn’t swindled out from underneath us.
I am thankful that Owen’s surgery went ok for his hydrocele/hernia. I am thankful that his man parts look normal for his age once again. I am thankful he has no major allergies. I am thankful that he only has a severe case of eczema and not psoriasis. I am thankful that he is starting to talk more and that his ear problems did not delay his speech.
I am thankful that I got an opportunity to work for Solid Cactus only to be laid off 2 months later. I am thankful that they finally got some negative media coverage for the layoffs. I’m thankful that I didn’t have to work for that trainwreck of a company for one more tenth of a second. If it wasn’t for one door closing (Solid Cactus) I wouldn’t be able to see the next one opening, I now have a stable job, full time job, with benefits (THAT STARTED ON DAY ONE) a 401k I can finally start contributing to and awesome co-workers that I love. I am thankful that a little more than a year after leaving "The Company" I am making nearly the same amount of money that I was when I left. I am thankful for no longer having to remember to file my bi-weekly unemployment claim.
I am thankful that I got the invitation to 3 weddings this year. Rich & I were only able to attend 2 of the 3, but we enjoyed the time that we had at each. Congrats again to Danny & Ginni, John & Cathy, and CJ & Jen for taking the next big step in life. I am happy for all of those who had a baby this year, or found out they were pregnant. Children are a blessing (even though most days mine drive me to the brink of insanity).
I am thankful for Facebook for allowing me to reconnect with several of my old friends from High School. I am thankful for Google Reader for always keeping me informed of current events locally and nationally. I am thankful for Flickr, Youtube, and all of the blogs I read for keeping me entertained and allowing me to have a glimpse into other peoples lives.
I am thankful for the camera that Rich bought for me last Christmas, without it, I wouldn’t have been able to take pictures to capture the many memories that happened over the last year. I am thankful for my crappy cell phone which allows me to check my Gmail at work. I’m thankful that my macbook laptop was able to be salvaged after the hard drive died in August. I am thankful that I have a back-up work laptop (even if it has windows on it) to use in case that ever happens again. I am thankful that we have 15 meg Cable and not 256k *HSI* (DSL).
Most of all, I am thankful for my husband and kids and extended family who may be crazy and get loud and out of control at times, but love unconditionally and are willing to give you the shirt off of their back. I am thankful that I have this crappy little wordpress blog that allows me to speak my mind even though I neglect it for months at a time. I am thankful for my readers not abandoning hope that I would eventually update it one of these days.
I am thankful that I am finally going to shut up and end this post to officially kick off the day’s festivities.