I had the privilege of looking up random Thanksgiving facts for a work project. I had to share a few of my favorites:
·The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day.
·Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
·Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
Pat and I are headed to New Mexico for Thanksgiving with the families… and plural is correct. Yes, my family and his family started the tradition a few years ago and do Thanksgiving together each year (yes, our families get along...a little too well at times :) Anyway, it's always a blast.
Last night, Pat and I were discussing how 2009 has been sort of a crappy (for lack of a better word) year. Between family illnesses, death, injuries and other struggles, let’s just say that we’re both ready for 2010. However, despite the rough times, we are still very blessed.
And, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I’m going to do something that my dad told me long ago “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude.” So here are a few things that I’m especially thankful for right now.
· For amazing friends. Good friends are hard to find but I’ve been blessed with some people in my life--both old and new friends--that I know will be present in my life forever.
· For the opportunity to experience life in a place (Ohio) that I likely would never have even visited. It’s opened my eyes, strengthened my relationships with those near and far and provided me a chance to slow down a bit. It’s also brought new adventures and friendships that I’m grateful for
· For Top Chef, Mad Men, The Office and One Tree Hill (don’t laugh) and wine. They have made many otherwise boring Ohio nights a little more entertaining for Pat and I.
· That I have a job I love, an amazing boss (fro real) and the opportunity to work from home in Ohio. And…that my job has let me get back to California just when I needed to the most.
· That after nearly five years of marriage Pat and I still have fun together and he still makes me laugh every day.
These aren't as fun, but...
· That they caught the true cause of my hip injury before it led to permanent damage and that I’m fortunate enough to have one of the best hip surgeons in the US operating on me next month.
· That my family is fortunate enough to receive top-notch care and treatment for health issues they’re dealing with.
· That even though sometimes people’s life here is too short...I'm thankful for the times I did have with them.
I’m thankful and I’m blessed.