Ten Things of Thankful, Third Edition

Today’s Top Ten was inspired by the following:

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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.

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I know, Mom.  I know!

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.

from Amazon.  I have the pink case.  :D

from Amazon. I have the pink case. 😀

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.

via Walgreen's

via Walgreen’s

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.

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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.

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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.

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I couldn’t find one with a “thumbs down,” which is what I really wanted. 😦

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.

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25 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful, Third Edition

  1. Ok, I was going to say, are we channeling each other? The kid and I just watched Joe Dirt the other day. And, I am hoping like heck Walgreen’s still has ice cream on sale.

    I think it is a combination of the weekend, spring break and the weather because my view numbers are way off. Just hang in there, we’re still here 🙂

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    • We really must be channeling each other. I need to watch Joe Dirt again, and the Walgreen’s here in KS always has some variety of ice cream on sale. I was just lucky enough for it to be Blue Bell’s. I like buying the ice cream in the little pints because then I don’t over-do it.

      I hope you’re right about the numbers. It was so strange because it seemed like all of a sudden, no one was reading!

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  2. You had me at mullet.
    The blogging world is frustrating from time to time. I can sit there and pour my heart out, hit publish, and then poof, no one likes it. It is very disheartening. But what you’re forgetting is that people read. They may never comment or share but they are. And, you never know who will stumble upon that post later.
    Don’t let that discourage you…mmmmkay???
    And what is this ice cream you speak of? I am a ice cream junkie.
    I’m really sorry to hear that you need medicine for sleep. I know all about it. Especially when life is kicking you in the face. I’m glad that your psychiatrist helps you. I hope that you have a much better week 🙂
    And keep writing.

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    • You make me laugh. “You had me at mullet.” I just LOVE that movie!

      I do lost sight of that — people DO read, even if they aren’t commenting or liking. I just wish I had some feedback from time to time. And wishing I wasn’t so focused on the numbers on my dashboard, because there is so much more to it than that!

      You MUST go try Blue Bell’s ice cream. Any flavor is good. The vanilla bean or french vanilla is to die for.

      I’m just happy the medicine for sleep is helping. Unfortunately, I was roused from sleep this morning at 5:15am when our power went out (and thus my CPAP stopped). It’s gonna make for a long day!

      Really appreciate you swinging by!

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  3. blogging is def. frustrating … I was lamenting as well that Im not sure why I do it so it may be time for my break…. Hope the health in the household improves! and may I say what a sneaky way to get me to read yesterdays post! HAHAHAHHAA! off I go!

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    • Yes, it has been especially frustrating for me recently. I tell myself that I do it only for myself, but jeez, you really do want people to read it! And I’m glad I tricked you into reading yesterday’s post — it didn’t get near enough love! 😀

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  4. Sending prayers and universe-shouts for DSB. I know (all too well) how hard it is to survive in a household where there’s physical and mental illness ruling the roost. I hope he gets to the doctor SOON!

    Also “oooohhh, but I LOVE real books. The paper and the smell and the blah blah blah.” – that’s me. We can agree to disagree on the Kindle point, and still be friends, right?

    You’re right about people liking the darndest things. Some of the pieces I’ve been proudest of have gone relatively unnoticed, whilst others which were complete mickey-takes were LOVED AND ADORED. It makes no sense.

    Kimberly’s right though – people still read, they’re just schmucks to not let you know 😉

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    • Much appreciation for the prayers and universe-shouts for DSB. They are needed! He has tentatively agreed to see a doctor tomorrow (provided I can get him in with the one he wants to see). He can be really difficult about this kind of thing. And you’re totally spot on regarding how there’s too much stress when mental or physical illness is ruling the household — I am ready for a break! Good health, please!

      And yes, of course we can agree to disagree on the Kindle thing. I get where you’re coming from — I just think that line of thought can be taken too far, like when my dad starts preaching about the end of libraries and “real books” like the Kindle is some devil come to steal it all away.

      When you figure out why the “good” posts go ignored and the “last-minute” posts are loved, do please let me know. One of these days, we’ll have our answer, perhaps. For right now, I just look at my stats sometimes and scratch my head.

      And I hope you and Kimberly are right — people are reading, just not hitting “like.” How hard is that to do, though? Especially if you’re on WP and using Reader.

      Looking forward to more of your blog now that I found you again and managed (somehow) to sign up for an email notification. I need to broaden my horizons outside WP, but am just not sure how.

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      • It’s horrible. I hope you manage to get him to the right doctor. At least you have a tentative agreement *sigh* WHY are they so difficult. Mine often says “Okay, you were right – you are wise” and I’m all “Yeah, and you know what, I was right when I said it the first time, a week ago, too.”

        I don;t think Kindles are the devil. If anything they’ve got people reading MORE, which is a great thing. I just like my books…bookish.

        I have NO IDEA. If I ever figure it out, I’ll sell the secret to the Blogosphere and make millions.

        You’re right – it’s nice to click the ‘like’ button to show you were there. I don’t know much about WP, but I’m thinking of switching, maybe sometime this year. Blogger is just not at ALL such a good platform for writers. I don’t even get notification of how many people subscribe to me, so I’d’ve had no idea if you hadn’t said! Thanks though 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. I frequently link to other blogs I enjoy, so keep watching and your horizons might expand that way.

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        • I’ll be dialing the doctor’s office at 7:59 and hitting redial until I get someone. This most certainly isn’t my first rodeo with this type of situation. I’m laughing because I don’t get the “you were right, you were wise.” I get the “I KNEW I should have went to the doctor.” Hmph!

          I think my dad really is worried that Kindles and Nooks and e-readers will knock the actual printed word out of existence. He’s just kinda like that. 😀

          I’ve never blogged anywhere but WP, but I have to say, I love it. I’m not one personally, but there are TONS of writers on WP and the community, in general, is really great. There are a lot of different blogs that host a bunch of different writing challenges — you might really love it. And that’s crazy you don’t get notification of subscribers! WP is really good about keeping you up-to-date with your stats and what posts are most popular and so on and so forth. And comment notification is instantaneous, as well as email notification. I just really like it, but as I say, I’ve never tried anything else. And I don’t know how complicated it is to move a blog from one site to another, but I think I read it is fairly easy.

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      • I want to move but no – NOWHERE near easy, which is such a shame. I’m gonna need help.

        I hope you get the appointment! Sending you positive thoughts for it…

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        • Alas, we ended up in the ER. He has pneumonia (as I suspected) and they admitted him. Another go-round of hospital madness…yay! Do appreciate the positive thoughts, though. 😀

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      • Hey, at least he’s getting treatment now. He’s in the best place. And now you can use the “Last time you didn’t listen to me you ended up in ER…” line on him *hugs* hang on in there

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    • Thanks, Cynthia. I really like doing them. It gives me an excuse to look for cool pictures online and like you said a little over a week ago, in a comment to me, when I was kinda whining, sometimes the best things to do when we’re down is to count our blessings. 😀 We appreciate the prayers, m’dear! They are welcomed with open arms!

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  5. I have sent my shout out to the universe for DSB and will continue to do so. I know how frightening it is when someone you love is sick or hurt..it is the worst feeling in the world. I am glad that you decided to do something about your own anxiety and are getting some sleep. Lack of sleep usually compounds any problem I have.
    I have been so absent from the web this week and I am beyond behind on my reading. I will have to get to yesterday’s post when I am through here. It will be one more marked off my list 🙂
    I am one of the book lovers even though I do own a Kindle. I like it, too. It’s handy especially when a book I’m reviewing comes to me in e-book form. Books have just always been a love of mine.
    I get what you mean about being surprised at the posts that get noticed. Weird, isn’t it? I shake my head a bit almost every day. Just keep writing 🙂
    Lovely list here, it really is!

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    • Sandy, sorry I am just getting to this comment. Life is a little crazy at the moment, but that’s not a good excuse.

      I appreciate your shout-out to the universe for DSB. It really is terrible to have someone you love be very ill. I’m feeling pretty stressed out about it, not gonna lie.

      My mom is like that — loves books but loves her Kindle. Do you review books on your blog or for Amazon or ? I’m always looking for good recommendations! I’ll have to hop over to your blog and take a look!

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  6. Always late to the party, that’s me. Sorry, got sidetracked talking to the bag guy at the grocery store about how his mother is doing. 😉

    Kindle: I am a lover of books… and a former Bah-Humbug Kindle sider, as well you know. Here is what I know/believe: Well understood, your father’s feelings of Kindle perhaps being the anti-Christ. Mine stems from a fear we old folks have of electronics. You know, like when the big disaster happens, there is no more electricity, and the Kindle powers down for the very.last.time? If there is no more printed book, what will we read?

    Having named my fear, for someone with poor hand grip, arthritic pain, and a dear partner of life who hates the light on when he’s attempting to sleep, ’tis a lifesaver. Most importante is the ability to hold a book and read ’til I no longer want to read. Cannot do so with a real book, in my favorite reading position of lying down.

    And I’m with ya on the shelf after shelf after shelf of dusty books. My house just isn’t large enough to store a lifetime of books. Hell, I’m old enough that the ones I’ve owned since youth are so fragile the pages tear as they turn. 😉 Kindle+Cloud=LessClutter

    XOXO

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