My lovely blogging friends Cait and Allison both posted gratitude lists recently—10 things that made them feel happy and hopeful on a particular day—and I want to jump on the thankfulness bandwagon. (Have you seen this band? Gorgeous.)
The first one is a biggie:
There are areas in which I feel like I can't trust myself, but I can trust that I won't hurt myself when depression pulls me under.
They get a little lighter now.
2. Soup weather.
As soon as September rolls around, I start chomping at the soup-making bit. Problem is, in early September, things are still reasonably summery around here. Now that fall has really fallen, making giant pots of soup feels exactly right.
3. I have a new dishwasher! And an awesome father who happily installed it for me (and turned the box into a playhouse for Westley)!
When you cook from scratch as much as I do, a dishwasher starts feeling like a necessity and not the luxury it truly is—and nothing will make you realize this more quickly than having your dishwasher die unexpectedly. I complained loudly and often during our week of dishwasherlessness, but I was also quietly thankful: thankful that I have abundant clean water running directly into several rooms in my house whenever I want it; thankful that washing several loads of dishes by hand each day is not the norm for me; thankful that replacing a major appliance didn't break the bank (in fact, we had money already "banked" in the budget towards appliance purchases!); thankful for a partner who'll wash while I dry; thankful for a handyman father who says, "Just lemme know when the new one comes in and we'll go pick it up!"
The "junk drawer" has now become the "lid drawer," so I can answer Trenton Doyle Hancock's "call to color."
I love that if I have a hankering for a particular song (especially one I haven't heard in years), it's probably on YouTube. And, on a related note...
I haven't participated in an organized fan community in more than a decade, but I'm grateful for fans' devotion to their niches on an almost daily basis. For one thing, they upload everything. So when you get a hankering for that song you haven't heard in years? It's already on the Internet! Someone may even have done their own, acoustic cover of it! Or parodied it! Or blogged a scholarly analysis of it, complete with footnotes! (Nothing says "I am passionate about this" like footnotes.)
7. "Date night" every night.
When Rob and I have a movie we're intent on watching together, or a new game to play, every night is "date night."
8. Vegan marshmallows.
9. Westley the parrot.
I know that if I say something around Westley—even once!—he'll repeat it. This isn't always a good thing ("We are done having this discussion!"), but often results in him dropping a big old empathy bomb on me. My back, which had been doing really well, went out last week (I guess I should have known better than to assume "Gentle Yoga I" wouldn't torque me up), and Westley was all, "Oh, I'm sowwy. What can I do to helwp?"
10. Westley singing.
Songs he learned at preschool, songs on the radio, songs he just made up... He's my favorite station.