Thanksgiving List, 1-16-2015


Thanksgiving List, 1-16-2015

(Author’s note: This is for perspective and gratitude)

I’m grateful for:

  • Peace of mind
  • A new job
  • Solutions to fixing my car that may actually be financially viable (time will tell) J
  • Having a lot of options
  • Having the chance to start next semester right and stock up on sleep
  • Being able to spend some really good quality time with my dogs, sister, and mom this break
  • People coming back to campus. I love the feeling of seeing my city stir back to life and knowing that soon, there will be way too many people walking on most sidewalks at KU. (As in, I’m happy to see people, and I like being part of a moving crowd, river of people)
  • Having pretty limitless access to sophisticated technology that I routinely take for granted
  • Being able to read and detangle most confusing texts
  • The joy of making new things
  • Speaking of which, tie dying as an art form
  • Differences and new conversations
  • Sidewalk chalk when it bleeds in rain
  • The feeling you get when you clean and you really enjoy it, or do it because you should and you just want to have a clean living space
  • Sunbathing today with my dogs when it was ~60 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Gonna save all that vitamin D while it’s there and it normally isn’t that nice outside. My neurons will thank me later…also, it was so warm.
  • The ability to mix two different colors of Play dough and make a new color; same with crayons, paint, music, poetry, dance, or really, anything anyone might consider art.
  • The sheer variety and uniqueness of the world, in terms of regional differences, individual beauties, and specific joy found in only certain locations.
  • Having a fence.
  • The thought of the neighbor’s derpy puppy. He’s teething. He likes to chew tree bark.
  • Creating food by mixing contrasting cultures’ flavor palettes in leftovers. I can make Mexican soup taste Japanese now. That may be sacrilege to Mexico and Japan respectively, but to me, it’s finding a way to force myself to heat and re-eat leftovers based on tiny adjustments to spices and condiments. Sounds like a good solution to me. It’s also the quickest way to discover really good things that really can’t be classified other than cravings, and to find ways to make any kind of soup fabulous. I discovered earlier this week that if you know how to make dumplings, you can essentially make a hamburger (as in, a fried patty) out of anything you would use to fill a dumpling. Jackpot.
  • Central heating
  • Free t-shirts on campus
  • Sunflowers and Black-eyed susans
  • Being hesitant as a fascinating character trait among humans. I think people who hesitate really must have their crap together, most of the time.

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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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