Monday, November 23, 2009

Random Things I'm Thankful For

I was going to post about middles, having posted last about beginnings, but I just got out of the car after an 18 hr drive (yes, folks, 18 hrs.....supposed to be 16, but there was the whole snow and ice thing outside of Denver.....) and if anyone asks you if it is completely insane to drive from Denver to SoCal in one day, well, the answer is yes. (And I'm sorry I was unable to visit any blogs whilst computer. I missed you guys!)

So, since my brain is loopy and I feel like the chair is still moving under my butt, I think I'm going to save that post and just list a few random things I'm thankful for, what with Thanksgiving and all:

1. Tea bags. You know, those little tea ball things are cute and it does feel very grown up and Victorian to put your tea leaves in around, metal ball and then hoist that ball over the side of the teacup/teapot and let the magic happen, but what a pain. Messy and, well, too much work when you just got out of the car and all you want is a cup of peppermint tea.

2. Food processors. As I prepare to make stuffing, I am grateful that I have a food processor to chop the onions and celery finely enough so that I don't have to listen to people (as in 3 daughters) complain they found a chunk of onion. Blasted onions!!

3. Beds at Home. Far better that hotel beds or beds made on hotel floors with lots of pillows and such. (Hey, Hotels, just so you know, some people have 3 kids, not just 2. Whatever happened to the roll-away???)

4. McDonald's Dollar Menu. Dude, you know I love you. And I want you to know that I still love you, even though I'll not be visiting you for a very, very, very, very, very looooooooong time. (There is such a thing as too much of a good/cheap thing.)

5. Toilets That Don't Automatically Flush. Okay, so when they flush three times when you are just opening the door to the stall, well, that just makes them seem possessed. And no one, NO ONE wants to sit on a toilet from the dark side.

6. My Blogging Buddies. It is late and I have been trapped in a car longer than it took the pilgrims to cross the Atlantic yet here I am, checking blogs when I should be off in slumber land. It was hard being gone from my cyber/writing friends. I can't wait to finish reading more in the morning!

Happy Thanksgiving.



Corey Schwartz said...

I'm thankful that I don't have any 18 hour car rides coming up! And that I didn't cut off the wrong foot!

Renee Collins said...

Ugh, long car trips are pretty miserable. They really do put in perspective how great it is to do things like walk and . . . not be in a car. :)

P.S. If you came from Denver, I bet you passed through my town, Grand Junction.

L. T. Host said...

Glad you made it :)

Too-long car rides stink. Luckily, I haven't had to do very many of them in recent years.

lisa and laura said...

I'm thankful that I don't have to stay in a hotel with my kids anytime soon. Hotels are fun with adults, but with kids who think it's fun to hide under beds and jump in comforters? Not so much.

Welcome back! We missed you!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You made me laugh this morning, which is amazing considering the state you must have been in. I feel the torture of that drive, and, boy, am I with you about those demonic toilets.
Glad you're back and blogging. May the rest of your week be more restful, despite turkey day.

Stephanie Perkins said...

Eighteen hours?? ACK. Ack ack ACK! I'm glad you finally made it, and happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for HRH & HBM.

Also, just so you know, now I need peppermint tea ;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love your blog! I read several posts (love the one on beginnings) and I really love your header!
Great site!

Unknown said...

*snort* Possessed toilets! HA!

Um....I'm thankful for laptop computers. I love working wherever I want!

mrsshukra said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Shelley!

Davin Malasarn said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Shelley! This is a wonderful list. I'm glad you survived the drive!!!

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Welcome back. This post made me smile. It is good to go away so we can come back to things we have taken for granted. Bilbo must have shared your experiences when he wrote, *There and Back Again*.

storyqueen said...

Corey-you cut off the right foot? When did you cut off your foot??

Renee-Yes, I passed through Grand Junction...and that was the busiest Starbucks ever!

LT- I kind of like road trips, just not for too long. Like 18 hrs.

L and L-We were barely in the hotel...thank goodness. It was a nice hotel, but the room was tiny!

Tricia-Why do they think people are too stupid to flush??

Stephanie-Love the HBM's, too. (But does that include the whole of the British Isles? Just curious)

Shannon-I like your blog, too!

Beth-I love my laptop, too, I just wish the screen was brighter when I am in sunlight....too dull. I am like Edward and must avoid sunlight when I write;).

etriv-Thank you! Back at you!

Davin-Thanks. I bet your turkey was awesome.

Richard-Bilbo and I have much in common....strange looking feet tops the list....