Things to be thankful for.

Ah, Thanksgiving abroad. It’s sort of a sad time because you know everyone at home has the day off of work, are acting like complete gluttons, and having a pretty awesome time in the process.

I am at work. ‘Nuff said.

So, I need a little pick-me-up. I need to remember what this holiday is about, whether I am abroad or at home. I need to get over the fact that I’m having Thanksgiving on Sunday, with some awesome friends and a little bit of family, and just because I won’t be able to get up at 2am to buy some Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells for only $299.99, doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be thankful for what I do have.

Who pays 300 bucks for dumbbells? Better yet, who pays $549 for them? Who are these people? Point them out to me, please, I have some leprechaun’s gold to sell them.

So, here is a list of things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving:

  • My gorgeous husband and my little Mister Man.
  • My mom and dad, who, instead of flying here and spending Thanksgiving with us, or invading someone else’s dinner, have headed down to Atlantic City for the weekend like the blue-hairs they are. I miss them and love them. (Only 2 more weeks, mom!)
  • My friends at home. All of them, but specifically, Sarah, Jeanie, Margaret and Catherine who I love and appreciate more than I could have ever even considered possible when I met them over a decade ago at Syracuse. I didn’t know friendships like ours existed and I’m grateful every day.
  • My friends abroad. Lane, Abby, Caitlin, and Jeanne who know what it’s like to be an expat on Thanksgiving. And 4th of July – that one is a toughy, too.
  • My in-laws. They have made moving away from my own family a lot more bearable and their support and love seems to be in endless supply.
  • My employer. For if I did not have gainful employment, I would not be able to have the important things, like a roof over our heads, food in our mouths or an internet connection which we use to express our weak opinions in a strong and borderline obsessive manner.
  • Bub’s employer, because I’m not the CEO of my company. Yet.
  • My mom’s Oncologist, Dr Harper of the Hackensack University Medical Center. Nicely done, sir!
  • Robert Pattinson - he’s so darn pretty that he makes any crap movie seem wonderful. And he’s been in a lot of crap movies.
  • Mark Zuckerberg for giving me the ability to keep up to date with my friends and family back home while exerting the least amount of effort needed to do so.
  • and, finally, Apple and iMessage, which has made texting this face to friends a thousand times easier.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope it’s wonderful.

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Liz in Dublin