Here’s my weekly list of things I’m grateful for.
- The new episode of Dave Letterman’s Netflix show with George Clooney is absolutely charming. When George’s father, Nick, welcomes Dave into his house, Dave says,”How are you?” and Mr Clooney says “Better for seeing you”. I find that to be a classy and warm way to greet to someone. So much better than “Fine, thanks.” I’m going to use it…sometimes…on people who I like.
- We got a Soda Stream for Christmas. I use it to make carbonated water and then flavour it with Mio. I’ve lost a few pounds by cutting back on Coke.
- My iPhone 6 is still going strong after three years of heavy use, meaning I don’t have to get jail raped by Apple for a new phone for a little while yet.
- Sun. It’s -17 right now, but it’s so bright and sunny that I don’t care as long as I can stay inside.
- Learning how to play guitar. I’m not very good anymore, but it’s nice to be able to pick up an instrument and play something simple and musical. It’s good for the soul.
I asked my new friend Elan Morgan if she’d mind if I straight-up copied her idea to post a regular “Gratitude List” of 5 things that I’m grateful for once a week-ish. She said it was OK, so here goes…
- I’m on a mailing list made up entirely of a group of people who’ve been friends since elementary school. There’s about 10 or 15 of us who keep in regular contact. We’re funny and smart and bawdy and lots of other good things that only come with 45 years of friendship. I love them.
- I know how to code HTML and CSS and PHP, but I don’t like doing it. WordPress themes mean I just click a button and my website looks new. Yay for that.
- I have mild OCD about music. Once I hook into an album or artist, I loop it 6-8 hours a day for days, sometimes weeks. Right now I’m unwilling and unable to escape the clutches of Clutch. It’s glorious.
- Words of encouragement from total strangers who have no vested interest in my well-being. It feels pure.
- Cell phone plans with unlimited long distance that allow me to talk to my daughter whenever I want. Or whenever she wants.