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So Much to be Thankful for December 1, 2011

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Last week, I had three Thanksgiving pot luck dinners with three groups of friends. I have such a great chosen family down here, it’s wonderful. On the weekend, I went to a Thanksgiving party (also potluck) with even more friends. There were over 90 of us there and plenty of people helped set up and clean up. An excellent time, celebrating a season of harvest and gratitude.

Sunday, I helped two friends move in with two other friends. The support we all give each other is amazing. Rich and I have always managed to find our next place to live without hassle, but I can’t even count the number of times my friends have gathered to help people out in emergency (and non-emergency) moves this year.

Rich and I also went to the new Muppet movie for Thanksgiving. It was cute and fun, with the theme of: life is great with people you care about beside you. And it is true. My life is so much better for everyone in it.

 

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Thanksgiving November 25, 2010

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I have an amazing life. Complex, crazy, busy, stressful, and yet wonderful, filled with love and opportunity, fun and challenge, friends and family. I am a writer, introverted, anti-social, quiet and more at home in nature than a city. But I have found something incredible here. I have found acceptance and love, growth and exploration, and a life more full than I ever expected to have. My dream house has a furnished attic with pillows and a big circular window, a papasan and some bean bags. Used to be, I’d imagine myself spending most of my time up there, writing in seclusion and quiet. I still want that attic office, but now it’s for my private writing time each day, when I take some time to myself amidst a life full of so much else. I am incredibly thankful for everything and everyone that has made my life what it is today.

Thank you Mom and Dad, for always loving and supporting me, even when you do not understand or agree.

Thank you Peter, for challenging me to be my best.

Thank you Rich, for loving me and taking this journey with me, forever and always.

Thank you Erika, for making me promise to try anything once and for always being there, near or far.

Thank you Kalyn, for helping me find my voice and my backbone, and for always asking the good, hard and important questions.

Thank you Sage and Shayera, for encouraging me to keep writing.

Thank you Mike, for showing me the sky.

Thank you Chris, for patiently teaching me so much.

Thank you Mrs. Przybyla, for giving me The Hobbit when I moved away in 6th grade.

Thank you Mrs. Heinrich, for challenging me to go beyond my comfort zones, and the easy path.

Thank you Dr. Porcheddu, for being inspiring, even at 8:30am on a Monday morning.

Thank you Denison, for helping me find and create myself.

Thank you Monarchy, for all the good times, and good friends, and good vacations.

Thank you DGG, for setting my imagination running.

Thank you WARPS, for being my home away from home.

Thank you to all my friends and family, near and far, for loving and accepting me, for making my life a joy to live, and for sharing your lives with me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

Friends and Family August 19, 2010

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My nieces turned one and three this week. The party was last Saturday. A house full of family – eight kids running around buzzed on sugar and the adults just trying to keep up. The kids were all fairly well behaved – the crawl tunnel the only cause of difficulty, really. A good day to relax and eat cake and catch up with everyone. Spent Sunday morning and afternoon with my parents. It was good to see them and catch up. Food, a movie and some shopping. It was good to see and spend time with them. I wish we could go visit Them more. Miss my in-laws, too, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen them.

The rest of the weekend was spent with friends, as usual. Life is difficult sometimes, but having so many good friends makes it all so much easier to deal with. I haven’t seen Erika and Kalyn in way too long, but I get to talk to them fairly regularly, too.

I am so lucky to have such loving and supportive family and friends.

Turning 30 July 22, 2010

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I turn 30 on Saturday. My parents sent me a card saying I shouldn’t let that make me neurotic. Well, I was not planning on becoming neurotic, but hey, if that’s what most people do… 😉

30 years on this globe, and what have I got to show for it?

A Bachelor of Arts degree in English – Creative Writing from Denison University.

Three published short stories.

Nearly eight years at Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Inc.

A wonderful husband.

A great family, including two nieces and a nephew(yeah, they’re not my work, but they are adorable).

A lot of good friends, many great friends and a handful of Best Friends.

A gaming group that meets every Tuesday – rain, shine or snow.

A body, that even on my worst days, is doing far better than it used to do on its best days.

The basic essentials of life taken care of without too much thought.

A Prius whose gas mileage is a godsend, even when I run around Columbus at highway speeds.

Somewhere over 150 pieces of pewter.

More books and DVDs than I care to count most days.

A two bedroom townhouse apartment in a decent neighborhood.

Happiness, Love and Support.