Monday, November 24, 2008

dear thanksgiving,

i know it may not seem like it, but you really are one of my favorite holidays. it makes sense - i love fall, lots of food and any kind of pumpkin desserts. but mostly, i think it is so so important to remember all of our many blessings. however, with christmas right on your heels, i tend to get pretty excited and begin planning the christmas party and listening to holiday tunes before you've even come, as hard as i try not to. so this year, instead of neglecting you and then feeling bad, like i usually do, i decided to compile a list of 100 things that i am grateful for. so thank you, thanksgiving, for the push in the right direction.

here it is, in no particular order:

1. the gospel
2. family
3. good food
4. camera warranties
5. an income
6. missionaries
7. mail
8. friends
9. running shoes
10. cheap gas
11. gyms that stay open 24 hours
12. good health
13. the boy
14. all of his ridiculous phrases
15. christmas songs
16. pumpkin spice donuts
17. the magazine rack at barnes and noble
19. quesadillas with avocado
20. a warm bed
21. the scriptures
22. the prophet
23. redbox
24. blogs
25. photography
26. nieces and nephews
27. the nursery
28. the temple
29. wonderful sisters-in-law
30. dad's homemade rolls
31. naps
32. walmart
33. football
34. that it doesn't snow in California
35. the beach
36. crunchy fall leaves
37. my new green coat
38. bare essentials make-up
39. prayer
40. the plan of salvation
41. strangers that say nice things
42. paper products
43. rain
44. sunflowers
45. ben & jerry
46. prop 8 passing
47. education
48. fishnet tights
49. the office
50. my i-pod
51. my macbook
52. the geniuses at apple, pretty much
53. paid vacation
54. the christmas dinner to look forward to
55. egg nog
56. movie quotes
57. the candy bowl at work
58. mom's recipes
59. snippet & ink
60. in n' out
61. fall weather
62. hairspray
63. panera mondays
64. family history
65. hershey's limited edition candy cane hugs
66. sales
67. adobe photoshop
68. lists
69. hope
70. patriarchal blessings
71. midnight showings of movies
72. airplanes
73. twinkle lights
74. oversized christmas trees
75. wicked coming to san francisco
76. sunday walks
77. any reason for boysenberry cobbler and homemade ice cream
78. burt's bees chapstick
79. grammatically correct sentences
80. the boy knowing the difference between then and than
81. facebook
82. caramel apple cider from starbucks
83. just less than 6 months
84. leftovers
85. nertz
86. sincere compliments
87. books
88. babies that don't spit up
89. pedicures
90. the grinch movie
91. ashley's grinch impressions
92. pictures in my inbox today
93. charcoal drawings
94. handmade furniture
95. water filters
96. chinese chicken salad from costco
97. the troops
98. democracy
99. personal inspiration
100. creativity

you should try it. it's certainly hard to have a bad day when you realize all that you have to be thankful for.

3 left some love.:

nertzfan November 24, 2008 at 9:03 PM  

Hi, I found your blog post through a search for “Nertz”. It is cool to see others that know about the game. I hope you don’t mind but I wanted to let you know about, the site for the National Nertz Association. There is a bunch of interesting Nertz information there and you can also find out how to play Nertz online there. I hope you will check it out. Feel free to join and also let your friends and family know. Thanks

JulieD November 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM  

That's so good to do! And, I love your new banner on your blog - beautiful!

Katy November 25, 2008 at 1:17 PM  

Hey Jana! I saw your blog on Julie's. I love the theme and look of your blog. Very good post. Some of it makes me no snow and In'n'out.

Hope you are doing well.