1. I have the day off.
2. There are dedicated people who don’t take the day off that help keep me safe and are there if I need them in an emergency.
3. By investing a few bucks in a universal remote and using a gift card to buy a second Roku, we now have a TV in our bedroom. We found the flat-screen television discarded at the end of someone’s driveway right after Peter had his surgery in July. Peter really wanted to lay in bed and watch TV during his recovery, but we couldn’t afford the peripherals at the time. The downside is that now Philip thinks that this is HIS television and even fell asleep there the first night. Still thankful.
4. I’ve written before about how I’m thankful for MyPoints, an online program which awards points for reading emails, taking surveys, watching videos and making purchases. That’s how we got the gift card for our new Roku. I’m thankful that, right before I went shopping on Wednesday, I got an email saying I could earn points for buying a gift card for the store I was going to. Score!
5. Speaking of great timing, my hold on the audio version of Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things came in just as I finished a different book. I thought I might wreck my car driving to work Tuesday morning because I was laughing so hard.
6. Philip didn’t win the Raingutter Regatta on Sunday, but he wasn’t sad (and Peter let me bring him home). A few boys teared up or stormed off in a huff. Philip was more upset that I wouldn’t let him splash in the water. But not winning didn’t faze him. He enjoyed watching the races, smiling as the boats sailed down the gutter and clapping for the winners.
7. On Sunday, I took Philip to the annual 4-H Holiday event (photos to appear on Sunday). It was free and Philip had fun. What’s not to be thankful for?
8. Philip has been writing and talking, echoing like crazy. Plus, he has been singing the Arthur theme song. The only word I recognize is “Hey!” But you should see his face light up when I sing the song. He is so delighted that I know the words. Most of them. I fall apart at the bridge, but who doesn’t?
9. I have a left hand. Why is this important? Because my right hand begins to hurt after I spend all day using a mouse. I’ve moved the mouse pad to the opposite side so I can reduce the wear and tear on my right hand. I think this is good for my brain to try to reorient myself this way. Sure, it takes me twice as long to do everything, but I’m hoping I get better with practice. Or that my right hand gets better, whichever comes first.
10. With this post, Day 26 of NaBloPoMo/NanoPoblano/yeah write Nomo challenges is in the bag! (And I can give both my right and left hands a rest).