Around this time last year, I had enjoyed several servings of Turkey (wink, wink) and was rushing him out the front door because my parents were less than an hour away and I still had to clean house. This year, no Turkey for me. And no turkey either.
I normally get Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving. However, this year, they decided to give us the option of saving the Friday and using it in December. Since I’d rather have the time off for Christmas, I opted to work this Friday so I could have the extra day later. Then, Monday, I end up sick and haven’t been in to work all week. So now I am working today and tomorrow to avoid wasting 3 days of vacation on being sick.
My brother that lives in this area, Duckie, has the whole week off from work, so he made use of one of middle brother’s, Red Baron’s, passes and flew to San Diego to visit oldest brother, Dilbert, and his family for the week. He got there Saturday evening. Mom & Dad headed that way on Tuesday. I’m not sure if Red Baron and his family decided to go, too, or not. Since Red Baron’s family usually spends most of the holiday with my sis-in-law’s family, they may have opted to stay in town.
So, here I sit, on Thanksgiving day, alone with my dog, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on tv. I could feel sorry for myself for missing out on being in San Diego (somewhere I’ve never been) with the rest of my family. Or for being sick and snot-nosed and working when I should be off. Or for still being single, with no hope of ever meeting Mr. Right. Or for being buried in debt and having to force myself to keep the same crappy furniture for another year to avoid further burying myself. I could really have a pity party.
I’m not. Instead, I’m grateful for being able to work from home, in my PJs, with my dog to keep my feet warm. I’m grateful to own my own home (yes, I realize, I am still paying for it).
I’m thankful for my family and all they have done for me and continue to do for me. My parents totally and completely rock, there is no arguing that. My brothers, although I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, are cool as hell and are there for me whenever I need them. I have the most adorable, sweet, and smart nieces and nephews who are growing up faster than I’d like to admit.
I’m thankful for the friends I have made in the past few years that literally pulled me out of the depths of my despair. I’m thankful for those that I have managed to establish true friendships with. I’m grateful for those that annoy the crap out of me and force me out of the house when I don’t want to be as well as those that know when it’s best to just leave me alone.
I’m thankful for the promotion I received at the end of last year. I have truly enjoyed my job exponentially more than I did previously. I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given and the challenges I faced. I’m grateful I was able to meet, and even exceed, the expectations that were made of me.
So while I could find something to complain about, on today of all days, why would I? Cheers to you and yours!