Saturday, December 31st, 2011
I’m thankful for the moments that have brought me to this moment.
Thankful for being raised by my parents, loved by my grandparents, befriended by my friends, taught by my teachers. Thankful for Latin homework and choir practice and going to skating-rink birthday parties and playing on the tennis team. For vibrant, giggly college dorm life and a lonely grad school apartment. For moving trucks and paychecks and bosses and co-workers and battles and working with ideas. For fresh starts and faithful churches and bumbling breakups. For tension and tears and prayers and acceptance and commitment and the settling of married life.
For a job that led me to a friend. For seeing that friend’s listing of things she was thankful for. For the prompting to try it myself and the glimpse of joy that propelled me to commit to 365 days. For the money to buy a domain name. For my husband’s help in booting up this blog. For God’s whisperings and opening my eyes to all of these posts and more.
For the changes this exercise has caused in my outlook and the days when others have voiced their thankfulness. For the friends and family members I’ve written about and those I haven’t. For the challenge of trying not to repeat a post, and looking that much harder for something new each day.
For the winter day on which I write this final post in the Year of Yay. And for the year of opportunities to come.
May every year be lived thankfully.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Behind each siren we hear, there are policemen and firefighters and EMTs working around the clock. They’re not going to be millionaires, and we generally take them for granted until the moment we need them.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Yet again, this is something I thought I had surely written about. Having a fridge at work is something I can’t imagine living without. Whether I’m bringing my lunch on any given day or keeping an extra stash of fruit or beverages for anytime snacking, it’s a must.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Last night was the Christmas – er, “holiday” – party for my husband’s office. The boss and his wife host it, and I am not exaggerating when I say they are some of the most gracious hosts I have seen. They do a tremendous job of making the spouses and significant others feel welcome at these events. Which, when you consider the potential awkwardness of making conversation with people you see only once a year, is saying a lot. I want to host like them when I grow up.
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
I have been rejoicing over this one for some time now. Let’s be honest: I’ve had five jobs in the past five years. There are very specific reasons for that – for one, the semi-normalcy of job-hopping in D.C. If this were a job interview, I would explain. But it’s not, and I’m thankful.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Working remotely is pretty awesome, but today I’ve kicked that up a notch and I’m working from the car. Yep, working on my way to Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania. I’m using a mobile wifi thingy. Here’s to crazy technology and getting a head start on holiday traffic!!
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Every organization has them. Every family has them. The humble grandmother who single-handedly feeds a teeming horde at Thanksgiving. The event planner who’s never going to take the stage, but makes sure everything happens on time.
Today is the birthday of such a person – one of my editing colleagues. His name is known only by a few, compared to many of our colleagues with frequent TV appearances and bylines. He’s also one of those who doesn’t like any fuss made about his birthday. But his daily contributions here are highly valued by a lot of people.
Who in your life gets stuff done and doesn’t ask for any fanfare?
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Fall is my favorite season. Usually there’s a crisp chill in the air, but this week has been mild, even warm. It makes me extra-thankful that I can control the temperature in my office. Some days I turn on the heat; others, the air conditioning.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
I have maybe an 8-minute walk on the office end of my commute. It’s not much, but the right shoes make a HUGE difference. I fall mostly into the Heels Were Made to Wear While Sitting at a Desk camp, so in the mornings and evenings, you’ll find me in flip-flops, skimmers, sneakers, or boots, depending on the season.
Friday, October 7th, 2011
The person who had my job before me (he moved away) came to visit today. He was greeted with big hugs and joyful shouts from my colleagues. I love that my department is like that.