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Every year at Thanksgiving, as part of my family’s tradition, we go around the table and take turns saying one thing that we are thankful for. Then we toast each person’s statement by taking a sip of Manischewitz wine. No, we are not Jewish, but again thanks to my mother’s upbringing in the projects of New Jersey, she tends to channel a Jewish matriarch every now and again. Now, we all hate the super sweet grape wine, but the fact that it’s part of our giving thanks ritual, we refuse to give it up.

Of course, each year I’m always in such a hurry to make my required side dish that I forget to think through what I was going to be thankful for, which puts me in a panic because nothing ever seems to come to mind. When it’s my turn to give thanks, I ultimately give a general answer that involves being grateful for my family, friends and a job, which to be honest is still legitimate because without those things life can be pretty hard to manage.

However, as I’ve learned time and time again, one of the keys to finding happiness is to continuously give thanks to God for any and every thing. So this year, I started a gratitude journal where I would on a daily (er weekly) basis log the things that I was grateful for at that time. While not as consistent as I would have liked to have been, I did manage to write down quite a few things over this past year. So on this eve of Thanksgiving, I thought I would review my journal to see just how good my life has been over the past year. Here are a few things from my list that I thought would be beneficial to share:

  1. Thanking God for reminding me to be thankful.
  2. Thank You God for people who are comfortable rubbing on someone else to help relax them.
  3. Grateful that I’m not 16 anymore.
  4. Thanking God that I was able to wear my cutest shoes with no pain.
  5. Thank You God for rescuing the lost. I pray I’m next on your list.
  6. Thank You God for the incredible gift of a nephew.
  7. Thanking God for the beauty and calmness of candlelight.
  8. Thank You God for sisters!
  9. Thanking God for people who believe in me!
  10. Thankful for my mothers love, pride and encouragement.
  11. Thankful to live in a city that helps their own. Inspiring!
  12. Grateful for a Starbucks on every corner!
  13. Thanking God for the little things in life!
  14. The little things

  15. Grateful to see the light at the end of this tunnel.
  16. Thank You God for kind valets who let me park in their reserved spots.
  17. Thank You God for your confirmation message in the package of a great friend!
  18. Grateful for being able to laugh when I really want to cry.
  19. Thank You God for not getting angry at us because we don’t pray at every meal.
  20. I’m thankful for the unspoken love understood between two long time friends.
  21. Thanking God for not abandoning me when I was ready to abandon Him.

With over 250 items to choose from for this post, despite how difficult it was, I managed to end up being grateful for having so many things to be thankful for this year. May you and yours have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Seriously!

Gobble Gobble

My name is Tom...Gobble!

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought it was only appropriate that I include a post about my favorite holiday. Of course, what I truly wanted to write about is how so many people are jumping ahead and decorating for Christmas before November is even halfway over. But since it seems several others are bitching and moaning about the exact same thing, I’ve decided that I should take this time be positive rather than complain about early bird Christmas-mania.

Now one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving, next to eating calorie overloaded foods, is that you are practically forced to stop, think and reflect on the things that you are thankful for in your life. Of course, being single around the holidays can make that task a bit challenging for some of us, but I’ve found that there is always something to be thankful for even on your loneliest day. So if you’re having a hard time finding things to be grateful for this year, try this one approach.

According to, a turkey is:

1. a large, gallinaceous bird of the family Meleagrididae, esp.Meleagris gallopavo, of America, that typically has green, reddish-brown, and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and that is domesticated in most parts of the world. For those of us in the South, this is what country boys love to kill during hunting season.

2. the flesh of this bird, used as food. My family’s tradition is to name our turkey, Tom. I don’t know why, you’ll have to ask my mother.

3. a person or thing of little appeal; dud; loser. A-ha! In other words, an ex-boyfriend or some guy you used to date.

So why not take this time to reflect on a turkey from your past and what he may have unknowingly taught you about yourself or relationships. And this year, you can be thankful that the only turkey you have to look at is the one on your dining room table, seriously!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Cheer

A few of these and you won't care!

You gotta love America. We are so focused on making money and buying presents that if we could, we would just skip over Thanksgiving and head straight into the Christmas season. Personally, I’m not a fan of Christmas, mainly for this reason, but also because of the unruly shopping crowds, annoying Christmas music blasting from every radio station, and the dreaded dateless holiday parties. Read the rest of this entry »

After having lived alone for so many years, I have become quite comfortable being on my own. I eat what I want to; if and when I want to. I leave clothes in the floor and pick them up when I’m ready. And I watch whatever I want on the best TV in the house. But the other night, I had an incident where I realized I actually need a man in the house.

Now, I am a clean person – everythin g has it’s place including dirt – which is outside. But somehow, a stray baking potato got shoved behind my dish cloths unbeknownest to me, and apparently to my maids (which I need to find out how that happened). As I was preparing to start cooking my Thanksgiving dishes I unearthed the long lost potato which had turned into a disgusting black mushy liquid. Slightly annoyed that it has gone hidden for so long, I proceeded to move the nastiness into the trash using an old catalog. But then, I found myself starting to vomit as I discovered a nest of maggots lay underneath the potato mush. Still gagging, I quickly grabbed my Raid Ant Spray and doused the squirming worms until they were clearly dead.

Everyone, I tried, I swear I tried to be a big girl and clean up the vermin mess. I tried, but I had no gloves, a bad gag reflex and fear of insects (dead or alive) to overcome which is asking a lot of a girl like me (see about us). Thankfully, my father was on his way into town and was willing to come over to help me, or rather be supervised by me, to clean up the maggots. As I sat on my couch waiting on my Dad and rocking myself into a state of calmness, I realized that this is when living alone sucks. If I had a man, he could have killed the maggots. Seriously!

OK…picture this – Thanksgiving (Tom, collards, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mac-n-cheese, cranberry sauce) and 5 bottles of wine later – 5 people playing UNO attacks – have you ever played Uno Attacks? It is slightly perverted…(just like Mika and me) – similar to Uno except you have to hit a button and it will either “spit” out zero cards at you or eight. So you are somewhat scared to touch the “button” – are you going to be screwed over if you touch it – or will something good happen from it.  Because speaking from experience (and Mika is agreeing) it is not always bad to be “spit at”. Wow – it is too similar to real life – so we had to quit playing and now we are watching “The Rose”.   Who knew that a “family friendly” game could be so clearly wrong! Or is just us? Are we the perverted, jaded women who just need to enjoy a game and not tie it to our sexual relations?  

Maybe we should just play “old maid”….seriously!

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