Thanksgiving isn't quite here, but we're staying home with the boys (of all varieties--plus a couple of girlfriends) and I'll probably be spending most of the time cooking (at least before Thursday), so I figure I'll get my "Thankful" blog post in now.
So, first of all, I am supremely, supremely thankful that Hurricane Ike didn't leave us homeless like it did so many of our friends and co-workers. And that we have been able to help the little bit we have.
I'm thankful for my new book contract, that I'll have a book coming out in the new year and two more to write. (Ack!--but I'm still thankful.) I'm thankful for my readers. Y'all are the bestest.
I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful that the spouse is in a (so far) recession-proof "industry." When people lose jobs, they tend to go back to school to learn how to do new stuff. Those who run the schools are needed. I'm thankful the kids are all in education too. I'm thankful my parents are (mostly) in the "cheerful" stage of memory loss, and that my sister is close by.
I'm thankful the island is sorta starting to get itself put back together. I'm trying to do business here, to support the folks struggling to hang in there. Mostly, I can. I think I can even get new lenses for my glasses here. I'm grateful I can still see. (Went to the opthalmalotlorthekrhksjht... okay, I got lost in there, somewhere. The eye doctor. Went today. I'm still a little sun-sensitive... but I can see!)
It really has been a good year. Maybe even a great year. Lots of ups and downs, but I think the ups are winning.
So, what are you thankful for?