Today’s Top Ten was inspired by the following:
Yesterday’s post (which was read by I think, four people and didn’t even receive a like, not that I’m bitter or the low number freaks me out or anything) was all about never giving up, with a second half that sprawled out into the wide world of why it’s not good to lie. I know, totally random. It was one of those kind of days.
But, like Joe Dirt, in my opinion the funniest and most heartwarming David Spade movie to date, Joe keeps keeping on. Just like I’m keeping on, through so much good stuff that it outweighs the bad. In some ways it’s hard to keep keepin’ on right now, because DSB is in such a bad place. I feel like I don’t have my partner, like some of the oxygen in my air has been sucked out, like things are just a little bit like a tilt-a-whirl at the carnival and my little seat keeps going round and round as the bigger platform gyrates up and down.
You get the point.
1) I am thankful for giant beach towels. Kizzie is hiding under one spread across my legs as I sit here and type this. She is terrified of rain and thunder. DSB is in bed already and apparently Kizzie was not successful in getting tucked under the blanket. It’s kind of nice to me, because these days she usually runs to him when she’s scared. It’s a good feeling to be her protector every now and again.
2) I am thankful for blog posts in which I make no sense at all. It keeps me humble and reminds me that I should never write a book, as much as it might be encouraged. I feel sad when there isn’t even a single like on a post, and maybe one comment. I mean, I get it. I don’t read and like and comment on every single thing that I read, but I do on a lot. It’s one of those things that just is. People like the damndest things that I write, and then skip over some that I think are pretty good. Whatev. I’m not in it for the money or the fame and glory. I’m in it because I genuinely like doing it, even if it’s only for my own sake and the only person that reads it is my mom and therapist.
3) I am above and beyond thankful for my Kindle. I was never one of those people who said, “oooohhh, but I LOVE real books. The paper and the smell and the blah blah blah.” I had to have one from the moment they came out and took off. I’m on my second now, a Kindle PaperWhite and I love love love it! I love being able to download books from my county library for free (just like with a real book, I know), I love $1.99 specials and 50 books under $3.99 and big credits on my account when the publishing firms screw up and lawyers decide they owe the readers money. I love not having big dusty bookshelves and accidentally tearing pages and dogs chewing them to shreds. I can’t think of one single thing I don’t like about my Kindle. Bury me with it.
4) On a related note, I am thankful that Dean Koontz just keeps on writing. That man can write like nobody’s business, and he’s just a-churnin’ ’em out! I am currently working my way through the “Odd” series. I had already read the first three some time ago, like when they came out, but much to my delight, I found out there were several more and my library carries ALL of them in their ebook library. Can a girl ever get more lucky than that?
5) I am thankful for the ability to run the air conditioner in my car with the windows down. This may sound silly, but sometimes it’s hot, but the breeze feels nice. It’s probably all sorts of wasteful and I’m probably going to get an email from my mom or a lecture from my dad on how hard that is on a car’s system, but I’ll take my moment where I can get it. It’s not like I do it all the time, all right?
6) I am thankful that Blue Bell ice cream pints were on sale today when I went to Walgreen’s to pick up some cough medicine for DSB. And they had mint chocolate chip, which just made my whole damn day. I find that, when your food budget is extremely limited, you don’t get a whole lot of chances to eat ice cream or cookies or chocolate. Because that stuff is expensive! But so is broccoli. Go figure.
7) With all the ongoing anxiety (all related to DSB’s health and welfare), I have been having a hard time falling asleep. I saw my psychiatrist early this week and he prescribed Sonata. Of course, there was a prior authorization from my insurance required, so I managed to get it by yesterday evening. Let’s just say that I am thankful for Sonata, because I fell right to sleep. I did, however, wake up and put my shorts on inside-out. Do not know if the two are related.
8) I am thankful most of all this week, for prayers, kind thoughts, candles lit, dances danced, and so on for DSB and hope for recovery from ill health. Not quite sure what’s wrong at the moment, other than he is extremely short of breath and is coughing. And running a fever. And having pain in his chest. He assures me he is not having a heart attack, and since this has been going on a week, I presume he is correct. My fear is that his blood clots are back somewhere and his thought is that he has a cold which may or may not have turned into pneumonia. I am very scared at this point, because it just seems like health problem after health problem and he can’t function properly. It really has him depressed, too. And there’s nothing I can do, unfortunately other than making sure he stays hydrated and gets up and walks around once in awhile (to prevent more clots). And nagging him to see a doctor. So, if you’re reading, and you’re any kind of spiritual, send a shout out to the Universe that DSB recovers soon. I feel like one of my legs is missing.
9) I am thankful for having a working car. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be without personal transportation. Sure, there’s public transportation here, but it’s in the city. And from what I hear, it’s less than ideal. Maybe in a big city I would be okay without a car, but I have so many appointments (and so does DSB), that I think it would be a real hassle. So, I am feeling very fortunate.
10) I am thankful I am not addicted to Facebook anymore. I don’t know if it’s just the “friends” I have, but there is so much negativity and drama. I opened it up for a little while about an hour ago to check on something on my parents’ business’ site, but jeez. It’s terrible and horrible. Maybe it’s just me and I need to develop a tougher skin. Whatever the case may be, I’m seriously considering deleting my account.
And that’s the long and short of it. This is a really fun post to do, and you have through Sunday to get ‘er done for the link-up, which you can find at Considerings.