Obligatory thankful post

First things first:  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was by far the best of the Harry Potter movies and definitely my favorite.  For the first time I was not mad at any decisions the filmmakers made.  I agreed with what they took out, what they left in, the visual elements they chose to include. Every single element of the movie was improved by leaps and bounds from any of the previous six.  I’m going to go see it again with my mom tomorrow.

I’m in Flower Mound right now for Thanksgiving.  I drove up Wednesday, leaving Austin at 1.  BIG mistake.  I should have left at 8 a.m. like I’d originally planned on doing, but I slept instead.  I think I needed it, though, so that’s okay.  Yesterday Mom, Dad, and I went to Uncle Paul’s for Thanksgiving and had a great dinner with about 10 people.

Thanksgiving always gets me thinking about what I’m thankful for.  That is the point, after all.  But the things I’m most thankful for, friends and family, are too personal to put on the Internet, and other things I am continually grateful for, like my education, don’t really change from year to year, so I’m going to pick a few specific things that are new since Thanksgiving last year.

Getting my life figured out. For most of the three years between graduating from college and now, figuring out what to do with my life was a deeply upsetting struggle. Finally this summer, after evaluating what I wanted in life and where my talents lie, I decided to get my teaching certification and become a high school English teacher.  I knew this was the right step when instead of feeling like it was a chore to get my applications done, like it had always felt when I applied for other jobs, I was excited and motivated to get my application materials completed and turned in.  And as soon as I made that decision, a weight lifted from my shoulders, I felt happier and more secure of my place in the world, and other parts of my life started falling into place.  It was pretty miraculous.

New friends. Although Blair and Schex and Brandan and Ian have all married (yay) and moved away and potluck has now disbanded (saddest of sad faces), out of the blue the gaping friend hole they left was filled when their friend from high school, Nathan, moved to Austin, quickly became a close friend of mine, and introduced me to other new and wonderful people, like Andrew and Steve.  Additionally, all three of them are teachers, and can give me invaluable advice for my next life step.  I have learned through this experience that change, though hard and often sad, can yield new and positive life events.  Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold.  (Although I never really figured out if new friends were silver and old friends were gold, or if new friends were gold and old friends were silver.  Maybe I just don’t like assigning comparative monetary value to my friends.)  Also on this list are Annette (I think we met around Christmas last year, right?) and Vanessa, who’s been a friend for about a month.  Yay friends!

Henry, a.k.a. Flop Dog, a.k.a. Bear Rug Dog Mop, a.k.a. Henri. I am so thankful for this little doggie that it blows my mind every day.  He was the best $90 (plus considerable medical expenses) that I ever spent.  He’s a bright spot in my life every single day.  I was born to be a dog owner, and I love that I got to rescue this little guy and be his doggie mommy.  Although I got him a year and a half ago, only in the last year has he really figured out that he has a secure home and loving owner.  He now approaches people to get petted, he isn’t scared of guys anymore, and he’s all-around friendlier, comfier, and happier than he was a year ago.  He’s a wonderful little companion.

There you have it, folks.  Three things that have changed in the last year that I am grateful for.  As for the people I am continually grateful for, you know who you are.  I love you all.  I hope that goes without saying.

I feel like a huge cheeseball right now.

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4 Responses to “Obligatory thankful post”

  1. Jameson Says:

    Minor typo. It’s not Flog Dog. It’s Flopppppppppppp Doggggggggggggggggggg.

  2. Blair Shiff Says:

    You also forgot the most important name of all: “Smooth Criminal.”

    Thanks for the thankful shout-out. That was really sweet of you. You forgot to mention your awesome book club too (of which, David and I are most certainly jealous).

  3. Brandan Says:

    You are a cheeseball and I heart you. You should come out to Denver and visit – we can cook food and make a mini potluck reunion!

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