A friend gave us a challenge: Write about something for which you are thankful that is not your friends, family, significant other, or how good the turkey is. Challenge accepted.
For the past few months I've come to rely on a few things. These things have been there for me without question or reservation and have ensured that I get through each day if not with a smile than a least not with a crippling desire to curl up into a ball and disappear.
Netflix - I'm so thankful you exist. Not only are you a great service that's readily available to people with good download speed, but you have shows that are comfort food to me in dark and sad times. I'm also thankful I can binge watch newer shows and remain at least somewhat caught up with the rest of the world.
CapMetro - Thank you for being reliable, clean, and available in most places I need to go. I've rarely had problems with you. You get me to work and back home again. You have AC when it's hot and a heater when it's cold. My life would be a mess if it wasn't for you so thank you.
The Printed Word - In as much as I love a good TV show or movie or time spent playing games, I know I'll always end my day with a book. Thank you for being there to distract me, teach me, entertain me, and keep me company. Thank you for firing my synapses in a way no other media can. I consider myself very lucky to have read as much in this life as I have and am anxiously anticipating all the reading left to do.
Karaoke - To all the KJs out there, bless you. How else can aspiration-less musical theater majors get their fix? I will blow out my vocal chords singing in the car and I'm thankful to you for giving me an audience in front of which I can embarrass myself.
Reddit - Thank you for being an outlet for me for the past few months. I caught a lot of negativity for my specific situation, but through you I was able to offer advice to others and in doing so found the strength and course of action I needed to help myself as well. You're a fickle beast of a community but I'm glad I was able to find a new way to vent and be sad or depressed without worrying about who was seeing it.
The gym at my office - Thank you for having a stationary bike and a shower. I've lost weight this year and I feel better about myself all without having to pay an expensive monthly contract.
Now, I reserve the right to say a little about my friends and family. There are those of you who were incredibly kind to me this year. There are those that defended me, propped me up, bought me drinks and food, kept me entertained, and generally were just there when needed. Of all the years I've celebrated Thanksgiving, this is the one in which I'm most thankful for all of you. In fact, I just can't thank you enough. I'd name you individually but I don't want people to feel left out if I forget someone. Let's just leave it at, "You know who you are." You know what you've done and how much you mean to me. If you don't, I'll work harder telling you.
I'm also grateful for all the new friends I've made this year. I'm really looking forward to having fun with you and being in your support group if the need arises.
Thank you all, and happy Thanksgiving.
That said, I'm excited for all that's left of this year. I'll be going up to Colorado to visit my family for Thanksgiving and although it'll be another whirlwind trip it should prove to be enjoyable. I miss the cold and the mountains and the snow. As much as I love Austin I do wish sometimes we'd get a little chillier. There's supposed to be a freeze tonight so it's not like we don't get that bitter weather at all. There just aren't any days where you can stay inside and drink hot chocolate and watch TV because you're either snowed in or it's just to cold to even think. I know my dad
Gregory is still in scouts and is turning out to be a pretty awesome one at that. Each meeting he tends to be the one who is the most focused and tries to take charge of the other kids. He mastered his knots really quickly and at times has a rapacious desire for knowledge. He has a science fair project coming up and he wants to recreate lightening. He's also in Destination Imagination again where he has emerged as the dominate personality and likely team leader. Considering what he's gone through with his ADD over the summer, I couldn't be more proud of him. By the way, he apparently inherited my gorgeous but defective eyes.
The ladies are doing well, though Cheryl is a bit stressed as we approach the end of her first semester as a grad student. She has a lot of papers to write and is constantly challenged by the level of work her students submit. Still, the two of them do take the opportunities to travel and visit family and work on the house. In fact, this week will see the end of the carpet in the main rooms. Hardwood flooring is being put in mainly to combat the constant need to clean pet stains. We're all concerned that the noise level will jump exponentially but with some well placed rugs that may not be much of an issue. My room may need an actual wall put in, but that's for later. I haven't had any reason to complain about my conditions lately and would be happy to let the status be quo for a bit.
Charlie is not doing much better with his seizures. He has them on average every twelve days. Several vet visits and medicine adjustments really haven't changed the frequency. They seem less severe and his recovery time is lessened. I just don't know if a brain can function for very long if it shorts out that often. He and I still don't get along very well, despite how often I try to get down on his level and really just not let him run away. He's also twitchy and doesn't really behave well with anyone. I know he's not being a jerk to me personally, but of everyone in the house, I seem to be handling it the poorest. Still, he's an adorable dog and when he's fully within himself he's very sweet and playful. I hope he doesn't suffer like this for much longer.
That's about it. I'm sadly not drawing as much as I'd like. In fact, I've been watching a lot of TV and going out as much as I can, but the artistic and Lego stuff has kind of ground to a halt. I haven't had a robot drawing in months. There are a couple projects with which I'm involved but I can't seem to drum up the needed drive to sit at the table and get things done. It's a mix of not believing I have the time to do it, feeling I'm skipping out on being a part of the family, and just not feeling any joy while doing it. I hope that changes soon.
The cold weather is upon us and there will be many weekends with wassail and chili. It's my favorite time of year. I'm really glad this year is about over. The holidays might be a little hard for me personally, but I have a lot of friends and family which should make it alright. As if to signify it all, the full beard has been retired. It was grown upon request and I'll likely not grow it again.
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