It has been awhile since I have participated in TToT. It just seemed like the weekend always just slipped by me as I put it off again and again. It occurred to me yesterday that the gratitude list that is TToT has always helped me immensely, as during rough times it is important to sit back and try and pinpoint the good in things, even as your mind is churning with the bad. There of course some repeats that continue on from past TToT’s, but I am considering it a good thing that some of the positives in my life are static, no matter what hell is going on.
1). What started out easy has become really, truly difficult. I am talking about quitting smoking, of course. I have had a few relapses, I am sad to say. Nothing has been permanent, but still. I am thankful, though, that I keep on trucking even after I do slip up.
2). Secondary to the feeling good about trying to quit, is the ever-magical Atomic Fireball jawbreaker. I have been going through these things like crazy and find they are what is best when I am having a strong craving.
3) I am grateful that (without smoking), I had enough money to open an Audible account. I am really excited about the possibilities for audio books.
4). Related, my dad and I are going to start listening to books together and then have our own little book club. We started Stephen King’s novel about a man going back in time to save JFK and it is really interesting and well-read. Even Dad is liking it, and it is really not his normal kind of book. Thanks to Marilyn at teepee12.wordpress.com for the great recommendation!
5) Speaking of Marilyn, and a few others out there, I have THE best, hands-down online friends one could ask for. Ranging from an acquaintance to a BFF I talk to every day — even when I feel really all alone, I can hop online and then I am not.
6). It sounds like perhaps the Big Dawg isn’t going to move too far away, after all. That in itself is anxiety reducing. What I am saddest about it losing my family.,
7). I am thankful for my mom for so many things. She has been staying with me during the time leading up the divorce, and while there is no extra burden, I am just happy I can help. A big plus is having her help around the house and just having someone to talk to. And I think between the cleaning and the Kizz and the mouse traps, headway is finally beings made on the mousie infestation. Thank heavens for that!
8). Kizzie once again also being celebrated — you just can’t stay too sad if you are playing with her or petting her or having her sit on your lap. Dogs truly do heal the spirit, I believe. And Kizzie is a very special dog.
9). I am thankful my writer’s block is over (knock on wood!) and it feels really good to be out in the blogosphere again. I am especially grateful to anyone still reading, as I know those unannounced leave of absences can be annoying.
10) I am glad I have my Surface, especially since my laptop just shot craps. I am getting used to the keyboard and touch screen, ever so slowly. Thank you, my green friend out there, for introducing me to Surface. :)
To do the linkup (and you totally should) write your gratitude list, tag Lizzy, and put the link to your post in the linky-up-thingie., Hope you have all had a week wherein 10 things of thankful can be found