Thursday, November 25, 2010

Top 10 Things I'm Thankful For

Yes, I am grateful for the obvious: my family is healthy, we have a roof over our heads and we have enough food to eat.  But there is so much more for which to be thankful.

Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For

10. I am thankful that my husband doesn't care what I make for dinner.  If it is there, he will eat it.  It's one of the many, many things I adore about him.  He is the least picky eater on the planet.  When he walks in from work, I could seriously tell him that there's some Easy Mac and a stale peanut butter sandwich ready for him, and he'd be like, "oooh, great!"  And it would not be sarcastic.  I have some friends with those husbands who "don't eat leftovers," and I'm telling you, those men would be some very hungry mo-fos in my house.

9.I am thankful for psychopharmacology.  A special shout-out to the good people who make psych meds in generic.  Thanks!  I heart you so hard.

8. I am thankful for coffee.  Yes, despite my lumptastic fibrocystic situation, I am still taking in some caffeine.  I have cut way back, but I'm still relishing my morning cup of meth java.  It's half-caf now, but I still love it.

7. I am thankful for television.  There.  I said it. I love television.  It is a magical box o' happiness.  And now that I have DVR I am livin' the dream. To those parents who insist that their children never watch a millisecond of television's corrupting evil SpongeBob, I say, good for you.  I also say, does that mean you never watch Dancing with the Stars?

6. I am thankful for central air conditioning.  This is the first home we've had with central air, and it's delicious.  I have no idea how people lived in the Houston area before air conditioning, but I think all those high noon shoot-outs in the Wild West may have been related to the constant sweating.

5. I am thankful for my smokin' hot ride, also known as the minivan.  Having had my share of clunkers in the past, I appreciate the simple joy of hearing the van start up every time I turn the key.  Except for that one time I tried to start it with the keys to the other car.  The van may have a fine interior coating of crumbs, empty juice boxes, and McToys, but it's comfy and gets us where we need to go. Also it has air conditioning.

4. I am thankful that my autistic son's obsession is Lego Star Wars, which our whole family enjoys.  It would be way more difficult if it was something that didn't interest the other kids.  I mean, Temple Grandin's thing is cow slaughterhouses.  Not nearly as many hours of family fun as Legos.

3.  I am thankful for the people who take the time to read this blog, leave comments, and send me emails.  This blog has saved my sanity (or what's left of it) over the last six months.  This month, for the first time, I had over 100,000 hits on stark. raving. mad. mommy.  I continue to be astonished that people want to read my nonsense every day.  I know you have precious little spare time, and I am grateful you spend a little slice of that time with me.

2. I am thankful for my friends in real life and on the Interwebz who get me, make me laugh, and forgive me when I inevitably jam my foot in my mouth.

1. I am thankful for my whacktacular extended and nuclear family, warts and all.  They are brilliant, inspiring, and make me laugh out loud on even the worst of days.

Have a great Thanksgiving!  What are you thankful for?

18 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to win this!! Your mug would put a smile on my face every morning!! Happy Thanksgiving! jsay3@frontier.com

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  2. I am thankful for my entire family. My non-neuro-typical kids, my husband who works so hard so I can stay home and take care of said children, my sisters and Mom who have been supportive listeners on the good and the bad days! I am thankful to all those who have made me feel like I am not alone in this journey. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. THANK HEAVENS for meds that work! Seriously, it's saved my child's life and I am more grateful than I can possibly tell you. We have our happy, non-escaping, non-violent child back and it's golden.

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  4. thankful for everything - the good and the bed. i say that because a very bad situation this week with my sweet boy has shown me how very much i love him and how thankful i am that he is just exactly who he is. without the bad or unideal situations, the great stuff might be harder to appreciate. happy thanksgiving srmm. i love your blog and i am thankful that i have found something to read that i get and it gets me. it's not a preachy flowers and unicorns and rainbows blog and it's not all doom and gloom and woe-is-me either. it's wonderful.

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  5. I am so thankful for my family, for meds that work--autism and seizures can get ugly without them --and for no tv in the house except to watch dvds. Glad other people have it and I'll be whiny a little bit once the Christmas deluge of specials hit, but that's okay. My son gets loud and I can't deal with noisy tv AND a loud child, lol. Son wins. Happy Thanksgiving and please keep writing this.

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  6. I am thankful that after 3 days of caretaking at the Lopez Vomitorium (now registered on Facebook Places) that I have kept my own stomach contents tucked safely within my body. I am also ahead of time thankful for the giant everything bagel my husband is about to bring home from the whole foods.

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  7. I, too, appreciate my sons Star Wars obsession. It could be much worse (ie: Fresh beat Band, caiilou or the impossible to keep assembled Bionicles).

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  8. We in the Lower house (well I am pretty sure I can speak for all THREE Lower households) are thankful for your blog. I can't tell you how many times your blogs come up at Sunday dinner. So thanks for the new material after 30+ years of chatting with my folks! I never thought I'd discuss vajazzling with my dad but now I have!

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  9. Thankful for alot.. but know that your blog is on my list... it makes me laugh out loud.. and that is soo important!!! :)

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  10. yup I am one of the many many many readers that is very greatful to have you and your awesomeness

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  11. I am thankful that I have a special part of my day where I can sit back and read your blog, I am also thankful for having a sweet (almost) 2 year old son who I don't know what I would do without, and I too am thankful for a husband that will eat left overs :)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  12. @Jess -- THAT made me laugh out loud. I heart you guys too!

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  13. I love your blog! I'm thankful for you in addition to so much more.

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  14. Folks like you ,willing to share your crazy life and make me ok with mine.

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  15. I am thankful for YOU! It is so nice to not feel alone in the craziness of life with kids, my one on the spectrum, two teenagers, and one sweetie in the middle who I am sure is not getting enough attention. My life philosophy is that sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying and you help me with that every day!

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  16. I am thankful for your blog. I am thankful for friends and family. I am thankful for a wonderful son on the spectrum. I am thankful for a husband who provides for us so I can take son to all the appointments and stuff. I am thankful for our church. I am thankful for a house that is pleasing and comfortable. I am happy we have two running cars. I am thankful for a part time job I love and that makes me feel valuable in the wider world. I am so thankful for all God's blessings! God has been very very good to me. :-)

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  17. I am thankful for parents who, though flawed, raised us to be caring and generous people. And I am thankful for all the caring and generous people who participate in this blog, especially the ringmaster herself: SRMM!
    ~physicsmom

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  18. You are one funny chick! My friend turned me on to you, and she is right...you have a wit that keeps me coming back for more. More wit, that is, NOT more kids. In fact, I don't have any of my own, partly thanks to the BEST birth control in the WORLD: teaching in an urban high school. And your writing? Well, let's just say that I'm like a Supreme Court justice discussing the definition of obscenity. I can't DEFINE kick-ass writing, but I know it when I see it, and you do some decidely kick-ass writing!

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