thankfulness and food comas.

I love Thanksgiving. It’s sort of the culmination of my love for fall foods. (And this year I got to try my hand at cornish game hens. Since it’s just me and the kitties, there was no need for a huge bird to myself. However, the kitties had their own turkey & giblets meal.)

But before the kitties and I, or well, before I nod off into the wonderful land of food coma (because holy crap do I make a tasty and juicy hen)… Here’s some of the things I’m thankful for this year:

My little furballs, Tuija & Kaija. They’ve put up with more than one move, and have been great little troupers.They’re just furry balls of love and cuddling.

Mucca Pazza. I love these people. They’ve been an amazing family of friends for me over these past years. I have so many great memories with them this year–various Tour de Fats, their dance film, and the California tour just to mention a few of them. In fact, it was during the California tour, the last show in San Diego, that I felt so much joy and love from and for this group of people that I started crying, right there in the middle of their show. I’m absolutely grateful that I have these people in my life. Each and every one of them.

CPS. This was the push I needed. For a long time, I’ve been all talk and I needed a kick in the butt to get moving. And while I don’t see myself pursuing a career in advertising, or well, probably not graphic design either… CPS has been a great opportunity for me. I’ve grown as a creative, and well, met some very awesome people… which leads to…

My CPS friends. It’s hard not to get close to people when you’re spending all day, 5 days a week with them… and in your free time you end up still wanting to hang out with them. These guys and ladies have seen me through some tough times. I can definitely see some long term friendships coming from this place.

A job that I actually like. It’s not perfect my any means, but it’s part of why I’m happy. Even though I’ve been building websites for 13 or so years now, I sort never truly considered it as a career. But once you start making money, like real money, from something you enjoy and are halfway decent at… well, it opened my eyes a bit. I didn’t need to find this perfect job that encompassed all my talents. I needed to find a job where I could support myself, yet still have the freedom for the other things I love. And this job is doing just that.

An understanding landlord. I panicked when I was moving back in April. I was having the hardest time finding and then securing a place. I actually lost the first two places I wanted, but my current landlord gave me a good deal on a unit bigger than I’d been looking at. It’s not perfect, but it’s becoming home for the time being.

My family, duh. I have so much family, so. freaking. much. family. But I love them all. I’m grateful for my dad and stepmom taking me in when I had no place to go. I’m grateful for a chance to really get to know and love my new stepmom, Cynthia–to be able to look past our differing beliefs and just love each other. I’m grateful for new family and getting chances to get to know them. From my cousin-in-law to my step-cousins, and my brother’s girlfriend. I know I have 4 other sisters, but getting a 5th in my hopefully new sister-in-law, is just awesome. She and I are both dealing with endo, which has actually given us more of a chance to bond. I’m grateful for my niece, who is growing up so fast! My brother, who still calls when he’s bored. And of course… my mom. I love this woman. She is absolutely amazing and beautiful. Isn’t it suppose to be that the parents are proud of their kids? But I’m super proud of my momma. Next year, I’m making sure she comes up to Chicago to spend thanksgiving with me. Love this woman so much.

.. and right now, I’m thankful for my new couch so I can now pass out in full-on food coma. Gotta sleep some of this off because I have an entire pie to eat.

As, I’m sure everyone else is asking… what are you thankful for?