Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Updates 'n' thankfulness 'n' stuff

Many of my friends have been posting 30 Days of Thanksgiving statuses on Facebook. The idea is to give thanks all month, instead of just on Thanksgiving.

I'm a little late to the game on this, but I am, every day, incredibly thankful. It's been a rollercoaster couple of years for us, but honestly, I'm grateful for the problems we have. And lately, things have taken a decidedly positive turn for our family.

Today's November 6, so here are six things I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful that my husband has a job. My husband, the Absent-Minded Professor, is finally employed again. And not just employed: employed in the field of his choice, doing meaningful work, earning a decent wage and receiving benefits. After a year of supporting our family of six as a freelance writer (generally not the most lucrative of jobs), I feel like we can kind of breathe a bit now.

I'm thankful for my job(s). I love my work. I get to make people laugh and I get to bring special needs issues to a mainstream audience. My husband losing his job forced me to really push myself as a writer, and just kind of "make it work," as Tim Gunn would say. I'm well aware that paying writing jobs are few and far between, and I feel pretty blessed to be earning a living writing for Babble, NickMom, and Redbook. I work full-time (way more than 40 hours a week) but I do it from home and for the most part, set my own hours.

Related: I'm thankful for the people who read my nonsense. Thanks for that. Those companies wouldn't be paying me jack if people didn't click and read. I love that you leave comments and send me emails and give me ideas when I have no freaking idea what to do to help my kids.

I'm thankful for my family, quirks and all. My kids are freaking awesome. They have been amazing troopers during our year of extreme belt-tightening. They are smart and funny and kind. And my husband made the absolute most of his year as a stay-at-home dad. He worked jobs where he could find them, but he also took the kids to school and picked them up; did all the cooking, shopping and laundry; and helped the kids with their homework. As one of our best friends said, instead of having a wasted year, he turned it into a bonus year.

I'm thankful that today is Election Day, because too many other countries have no such day.

I'm thankful that my eight-year-old daughter, the Peanut Butter Kid, has croup. Because I was really scared that it was pneumonia. So actually croup seems really freaking awesome.

And here's an update thingie: Babble has given me the opportunity to write some "sponsored posts" for Strollerderby. Basically this means that a company is paying me to write something that mentions their product. I want you to know that I will never do a sponsored post for something I don't actually love in real life. The posts will clearly indicate that they're sponsored.

Right now I've got one going for Target, which is truly my favorite store in the whole history of ever. It's stuff like interviewing my kids about what kind of holiday clothes they actually enjoy wearing. I'm still totally writing it from my perspective--sensory processing and motor planning issues abound in our clothing selections.

I also have a sponsored campaign in the works for Xbox. Basically, I was given an Xbox 360 with Kinect, plus four controllers and a bunch of games, and then I get paid to review games and whatnot. Um, getting paid to play video games?  I can totally do that! My kids are now convinced that I have the best. job. ever. and they are right.

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