Since I took 5 days off from blogging (although not from Alena’s Life, thankfully), I missed my weekly recap last week. I did continue posting on Facebook throughout the weekend, so here’s where I’m at.
Day 16: Today I am thankful for sports. Yep, you read that right. I love watching sports (not competing unfortunately). From Rec league soccer to seats in a stadium and everything in between, I love being a sports fan. There’s a release in cheering on athletes that I just don’t find anywhere else. So thanks to all the athletes out there who entertain me.
Day 17: Today I am thankful for weekends. Just when I think I can’t “go” another day, the weekend arrives. I can slow my step, breathe deeply and recharge.
Day 18: Today I am thankful I got to spend the day with my mom. She is just the best and I miss seeing her every day. A few hours doesn’t make up for daily contact, but it sure was great.
Day 19: Today I am thankful for a particular book. TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME is not only a really good book; it’s the best novel I’ve read all year. This story carried me on its back in a deeply personal and revelatory way. I can’t say enough about how much I loved it, but I tried.
Day 20: Today I am thankful for good editors. During my years working for newspapers and writing for a great magazine, I was mentored, challenged, taught and encouraged by some of the best. I offer special thanks to Mary Haley, Susy Schultz, Cindy Richards and Tamara L. O’Shaughnessy for making me a better and more confident writer. In their honor I promise to write from my heart, use strong words and know when to stop.
Day 21: Today I am thankful for a 5-day weekend. After a couple of months of working evenings and weekends regularly, I am in serious need of several consecutive days of downtime. Best of all, I’ll share these days with my family, both immediate and extended. Let the relaxing begin.
Day 22: So thankful that this lovely lady is my niece. @ali_hawk1
Day 23: This evening I’m thankful for comfy pants, a fire, takeout and A Christmas Story on DVD.
Day 24: Today I’m thankful for 30-gallon Hefty Flex bags. In the past 24 hours I’ve filled 7 of them just from the toy room and basement. My sons are abundantly blessed but a deep purging is needed before Christmas hits.
Day 25: Tonight I’m thankful for Downton Abbey. Settling in for the PBS recap/preview, grateful that great television is still being made. Can’t wait for Season 3.
Only one more week of daily thank-giving. This has been a good month and a great exercise for me. What are you thankful for today?