Random Stuff (I’m Thankful For) List

November 28, 2014
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

And happy belated Thursday to everyone else!

Since I’m traveling for the rest of the holiday weekend, I decided to spend Thanksgiving at home with my cat. Which I know sounds sad and lonely, but it really wasn’t. It was actually quite lovely.

I made pie in my pajamas.

I took a long walk in the snowy woods.

I came home and ate pie.

It's tradition to start your holiday feasting with pie, right?

It’s tradition to start your holiday feasting with pie, right?

And then I ate a turkey breast I roasted all by myself,  followed by more pie, while watching this ABC Family holiday movie where the girl from Sabrina, The Teenage Witch goes a bit bonkers and kidnaps Slater from Saved by the Bell and forces him to have Christmas with her family in a log cabin and then they fall in love and get married. Because forcibly kidnapping someone is totally the best way to start a healthy relationship, right?

In honor of Thanksgiving, I feel like I should talk about what I’m thankful for. So this week’s Random Stuff List is going to be just that.

Random Stuff (I’m Thankful for) List

1. My family
I know your family probably rocks, but mine is pretty much the best.

My mom sends me packages with chicken stickers on them.

This is how I know a package is from my mom.

This is how I know a package is from my mom.

My dad calls me to complain when I don’t update my blog each week.

My brother doesn’t seem to mind when I show up at his house on a Saturday and demand he put snow tires on my car. Or at least he does a pretty good job of pretending he doesn’t mind.

My brother’s family keeps me entertained and well fed and warm while my brother is shivering out in the garage putting snow tires on my car.

And my other brother and sisters and their families are all pretty awesome, too. (Even if they don’t put snow tires on my car.)

2. All the people at work
My coworkers have been super welcoming and kind to me.

And not just because I regularly bring cookies to the office (but I suspect that’s part of it).

This is what happens when you work with me.

This is what happens when you work with me.

And my students laugh at my jokes even though they are very bad jokes.

3. My friends near and far.
Even though I’m kind of crappy at keeping in touch with all of them.

And then when they email me to ask me what I’m up to because they haven’t heard from me in ages I’m like, “What do you mean? But I’m on Facebook all the time!”

4. My cat.
I know this is going to sound like some totally crazy cat lady stuff, but when I think back to how I was a year ago compared to how I am now, I feel so much happier just because this ungrateful little furball is in my life.


It doesn’t make any sense because she is the truly the worst. She wakes me up every morning at exactly 4:30 AM to chew on my fingers or to insist I play rubber band frisbee with her. And she never, ever lets me put costumes on her.

But, gosh, she’s cute, so I’ll keep her.

 5. My body.
I feel like in the past year I’ve finally learned to accept my body the way it is and appreciate it for what it does for me.

I mean, sure, there are days when I’m trying to find a pair of boots that fit and I can’t and I’m like, “GAH, my calves! Why must they be the same circumference as the Earth!”

But, for the most part, I’m just happy my calves work and help me walk to places.

Thank you, calves.

Thank you, calves.

6. My apartment.
It’s probably not every 38-year-old person’s dream to live in an apartment that’s roughly the size of an industrial elevator.

And, honestly, there are times I wish I had a bigger place, if only because it would be nice to have a bit more storage space so I wouldn’t have to keep my camping gear in the trunk of my car.

But, then, I remember that I can mop my entire kitchen floor with one Lysol disinfecting wipe, and I don’t mind living in such a small place any more.

My kitchen. Yes, it really IS that small.

My kitchen. Yes, it really IS that small.

Besides, you never know when having a marshmallow toasting fork in the trunk of your car might come in handy!

7. My car.
It’s not sporty or new or all that reliable.

But it usually starts and gets me from Point A to Point B.

And when it doesn’t, I just figure this is a sign I should walk more.

8. The Internet.
Have you seen this map of the United States that shows what each state is thankful for according to their Facebook status updates?

I was kind of amazed by how many states are thankful for Youtube. Until I remembered how incredibly thankful I am for Youtube.

I mean, seriously, what would my life even be like without kitten videos and puppy videos and videos of baby pygmy marmosets getting toothbrush massages?

9. Michigan.
Yeah, I know, it may not be the sexiest state in the nation.

But it has tons of quirky tourist attractions and festivals. The people are nice. And it’s shaped like a mitten.


Plus, they sell liquor in both the grocery stores and the movie theaters here. So I really don’t know what else you could ask for.

10. You guys.
You all know that you’re the best, right? Like, truly, honestly the best?

You listen to me blather on about my cat and unicorns and Youtube videos and really nothing of consequence. (I take that back. Unicorns totally are of consequence.)

And you leave nice comments and send me nice emails and vote for me for awards.

I really don’t get it.

But, gosh, you’re cute, so I’ll keep you.

What are you thankful for this year?

I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On November 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm becky hutner said:

    i am grateful for writers like you who keep me inspired and entertained. too mushy? too bad!
    becky hutner recently posted..11 things I will miss about Venice Beach

  2. On November 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm Rebecca said:

    Totally on board with being thankful for my cats! They are a huge comfort to me, as well as a nuisance in the middle of the night! But I love them. Is your cat sitting by the window watching the snow fall? Mine love it!They really get excited when its Autumn leaves though. And I am from Michigan too. It has a lot going for it. Happy Holidays!

  3. On November 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm regina said:

    I love unicorns too- and reading your blog (and pie, cookies and co. of course) Thanks for all you share. PS Hope you can eat cheese and other delicious stuff again, (don’t know if I missed an update about that nasty reflux…)

  4. On November 29, 2014 at 12:47 am Priya said:

    And I’m thankful for you and your blog that made me fall in love with you (not in an obsessive way but, Okay, in an obsessive way) 🙂
    Priya recently posted..The Elusive Chanteuse Show‬ In Melbourne (Or I Had A Wardrobe Malfunction While Chasing Mariah Carey’s Car)

  5. On November 29, 2014 at 11:03 am Laurie said:

    I am grateful for your blog! I love it. And are you sure that’s not my kitchen in the picture – it’s identical! I have a small place too and LOVE it! Keep writing the way you do – it makes me chuckle. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
    Laurie recently posted..The Colourful houses of Mazatlan, Mexico

    • On November 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm Sally said:

      Aww, thank you, Laurie! And, yes small apartments are the best. So easy to clean and ensures I don’t buy too much stuff I don’t need because I have no place to put it!

  6. On November 30, 2014 at 9:44 am Tom @ Waegook Tom said:

    I really wish I’d have read this before my thankfulness post goes live, because now I’ll just look like a big copycat. Although I didn’t write anything about Michigan. Or your cat.
    Tom @ Waegook Tom recently posted..Snapshots From Tainan

  7. On December 1, 2014 at 6:59 am elizabeth said:

    That is such a great and heartfelt Thankfulness list! It was lovely to read.
    BTW, I presented at last weekend’s PodCamp Pittsburgh on the topic of “Finding Your Authentic Voice,” and I pointed to your blog as a great example of exploration and wonder. Hopefully you got a few new readers from PA out of it 🙂
    elizabeth recently posted..BeezusKiddo Holiday Gift Guide, Vol. 2: BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS! w @JJHENSLEY @YaJagoff @RachelBlaufeld and @JonathanAuxier

  8. On December 1, 2014 at 9:19 am Choi Kum Fook said:

    I am pretty thankful for your blogs! It is very interesting in reading the blogs. I have obtained a lot of knowledge and enjoyment from them. Thank you! Miss Sally! I am also thankful to God this year, to give the HEALTH for the body to run the work persperly.

  9. On December 1, 2014 at 11:51 pm MN said:

    I just came across your blog and love your humor as well as the bit about the unicorns. I was traveling as well and didn’t have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner either. Glad to see that there are others like me who can find a non-typical thanksgiving day just as pleasant.

  10. On March 3, 2015 at 11:02 pm Ceri said:

    Love this. 🙂 I’m thankful that I still have your blog to read. You’re still as fun and entertaining as you were when I first found you. 😀
    Ceri recently posted..My Five Favourite Things in February


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