I realize that of late, I’ve become all “activist” and way too serious on this blog. I think the people like it when you lighten things up a bit.
1. I’m thankful for fleas.
Yes, you read that right. See, if I see one on my dog or cats, it prompts me to clean the house from top to bottom, apply flea treatments, and do more laundry than I ever want to do. I wander around as if I can’t get everything clean enough for days and days.
It’s one guaranteed way to get my house sparkling clean. Spic and span.
I never clean so well as when I see one of those particular bugs.
And then? I collapse on the couch.
2. I’m thankful for being okay that I have no motivation right now.
I’m trying to give thanks here for things I might not otherwise be thankful for; bear with me.
Since getting back from school (and studying for 14 hours a day and getting like 5 hours of sleep for three straight weeks, and continuing that pattern until after the art show), I have spent a little too much time on the couch.
I try to console myself saying that by watching Spanish TV – yes, dear god, more soap operas – I’m improving my mind. As if to justify my lack of motivation, I try to open my Spanish books for studying the subjunctive and pluperfect tenses and…I promptly fall asleep.
I will refrain from mentioning that I’ve taken two naps today.
Alas, I really am just enjoying the fact that I have this last week before my schedule kicks into high gear again.
And I DO have plans.
3. I’m thankful for crooked politicians.
If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see Cat Williams perform “Stand by Me” at Moral Monday.
I tried to take a video of it (see below) but I couldn’t help myself: I kept dancing as I recorded and the video is shaky. Oops. Looks like I’ll have to find her next venue. She’s a jazz singer in Asheville and man, I LOVE me some blues and jazz.
4. I’m thankful I ooze enthusiasm.
I realize that might be a very strange thing to be thankful for, but getting excited about little things helps keep me from drowning in depression at all that is wrong with the world.
Man! Look at the raindrops on those flowers!
Oh my god! Pumpkin cream cheese muffins?! Oh yes!
Take three courses in three weeks? YIPPEEE!
Save the world? Give me a yellow cape. And I’ll do it! (I don’t know why it has to be yellow. It must just be superhero color or something.)
5. I’m only on number five.
You mean I have to come up with six more things (including number five)? That I haven’t mentioned in the previous weeks? Can I be thankful for vegetable lasagna for dinner?
Actually, I really am. See, I’m all for cooking the healthy meal, making stuff from scratch, making bread, picking and eating berries, yadda, yadda.
But there’s something to be said for the high-sodium, blobby-globby-goopy frozen lasagna from the store on a night where I feel like cooking as much as I feel like taking an ice cold shower.
Apparently those showers are good for you every now and then, but I think that would make me positively lose my human characteristics and turn into a cold-blooded toad. And I don’t like the way they smell.
6. I’m thankful for winter.
I can’t stand the cold I feel from November to April. My lips take on a perpetual blue hue and some people wonder if I have some kind of disease because I generally don’t stop shivering for five months.
When spring, summer and fall are here, I revel in the heat and I try not to complain about it unless I’m close to fainting from heat exhaustion.
And why, you ask, am I thankful for winter? Because I wouldn’t appreciate the other three seasons NEARLY so much.
I love you, Spring, for your flowers. Even the pollen that makes me sneeze.
Summer, you’re so hot, I get burned. And then I have to put aloe on my skin.
Autumn, your blazing colors make me crave hayrides and apple cider. And I want to eat pumpkin until my body risks being as round as you are.
7. I’m thankful for food cravings.
I once heard you crave what you’re lacking, if it’s something healthy.
Too bad Jolly Ranchers aren’t healthy. I just asked my husband to stop and get me some on the way home from work.
Usually I settle for sunflower seeds to snack on.
But, do to a terribly effective Spanish commercial, I am now craving Jolly Ranchers.
I’ll take strawberry and orange, please.
And for god’s sake: PLEASE nobody mention Jelly Bellys.
Did you know it’s Ronald Reagan who made them famous? If I recall correctly, he was trying to give up smoking but didn’t want to have to chew gum all the time. So, at his senior staff meetings, he had jars-full of Jelly Bellys for everyone to grab.
Oh man, now I’ll have to ask my husband to get me some of those.
8. I’m thankful for the rain.
I really am. I mean all terrestrial life depends on it to survive.
It’s just that there’s a lot of it where I am right now. We’re something like 25 inches over where we should be! That’s cool.
But, the outside of the refrigerator and the lightbulbs in the bathroom are growing mold. So is my leather jacket, the couch, and even the backs of some of my paintings. That’s all good and well, but it’s a task to try to keep up with it all to keep it clean.
We have a de-humidifier running a lot. And bleach – as corrosive and unfriendly to the environment as it is – has become an everyday reality.
Could we just have a little less rain? So that my leather shoes stop growing mysterious green fur?
9. Playing for Change!
I wasn’t going to include this originally in my post. But because I’m having a little trouble coming up with things I haven’t mentioned already in the previous few weeks, this post is taking a long time to complete. So, of course, I toggle over to Facebook, or my email.
BAM! More ideas.
I love the Playing for Change gang.
See, I used to organize Peace Assemblies at the schools where I worked and I would do one this year but it will be the first Fall Semester at my new school and taking two graduate courses…I don’t exactly want to be thankful for a heart attack next by trying to coordinate a school-wide peace assembly with so much else going on.
So, this year, I want to participate in an event somewhere and this popped up on my Facebook feed. Dang, it would be cool if a Playing for Change event was in Asheville. I would so be there.
Here’s the song that made me fall in love: (It CAN’T be a coincidence that it’s another Stand By Me song, can it?)
10. Thankful for puppies.
That are getting big.
We adopted “Vinny” back in May. His real name is Da Vinci.
Sometimes he drives me up a wall. But most of the time he has this really innocent-looking face and…he LOVES ice.
Good to know for when I run out of doggie snacks.
And he’s grown!
11. I’m thankful for moving YouTube videos. (This is an extra one, but I couldn’t resist. I found it when I was looking for my favorite Playing for Change video.)
Before you shake your head, you need to check this out. It has 92 million views for a reason. I cried as I watched. You’ll have a better outlook for your day if you take a moment to watch – it’s about a homeless boy who sweeps the audience off its feet:
This is part of the Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop hosted by Considerer, et. al.