I will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year with a full day of work, ending at 10:30, and then having a very large glass of wine and some Wisconsin cheese that I scored at E-mart this evening. Wine & cheese is the closest I can get to authentic over here. But, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I've decided to write down all the things I'm thankful for. Perhaps this will make up for my complete lack of enthusiasm and participation over this American holiday.
I'm thankful that I am not in the United States for Black Friday. I personally think that particular day is the most despicable day for Americans, where our bodies become temporarily possessed by demons of commercialism and materialism. No thanks.
I'm thankful for technology. I sometimes imagine how different this experience would be without the internet, cell phones, skype, instagram, facebook, even this blog. It all makes home feel so less far, friends and family less distant, and time less problematic.
I'm thankful for Hoon, the manager of the bar I visit every Saturday. He gives free drinks to my group of friends a lot. This week he handed me a burrito at 3 a.m. A+
I'm thankful for my stellar amazing parents. The box of goodies I received this week was magnificent. Nobody really knows you quite like your folks. They sent Lifesaver mints, pistachios, Shizzzz, coozies, and an excellent collection of photographs to decorate my room, which--reminder: is covered in pink and blue floral prints floor to ceiling. Anything to cover that up is golden.
I'm thankful for the CGV Cinema at U-Square and Sunday afternoons. It has become a bit of a regular thing for us to have too much fun on Saturday nights and then spend Sunday recovering at the movie theater. There is usually only one, maybe two English movies playing, so a few people have had to lower their standards on the quality of movie they will pay to see. I haven't had to, because I never had any standards anyway. I mean, I actually paid to see "What to Expect When You're Expecting"....twice. In hindsight, not a great choice. This week I coerced my male co-workers to see "Breaking Dawn Part 2". They were not pleased afterward.
I'm thankful for April Klauer listening to my druken stupified rants at times of the day that make no sense in her time zone.
I'm thankful for the health of my famliy. We might have some bumps and bruises every now and again, but we've always been so blessed. This week seemed to be rough one in the land of the Wilsons, and it reminded me of how lucky we've already been. Not all families are as fortunate as ours on that account.
I'm thankful for Notre Dame Football. Who knew they had it in them?!
I'm thankful for my Madre. A lightbulb recently exploded in my mind when I realized my Mom's birthday is 12-12-12 this year. It got me thinking that this year was destined to be great, not only for me but for everyone in FiFi's life. Her offspring may be scattered across the globe, but her luck is engrained in us all. You've got about a month and a half left, folks. Make it count.
And lastly, I'm thankful for everything that has happened to me this year. It took me a long time bring my plan into fruition, but I got here, and "it has made all the difference."
"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."~Lucille Ball