This was my third T-Day with Jamie and Jonathan and Jinhee (last year Justin was there in spirit, as he was living it up in Palm Springs.) And for that, I am thankful.
A Very Norae Thanksgiving 2010, the one with the epic game of Trivial Pursuit
Thanksgiving 2009, the one with the most Canadians and an epic game of Dirty Scrabble
Thanksgiving 2008, the one with the Jewish turkey and a bacon yarmulke
I am thankful for my circle of supportive, interesting friends, both in SoKo and at home.
I am thankful for My Weekday Mistress, who, when I first met her, took me to coffee, then promptly told me she wasn't really looking for new friends. She better be thankful that I give second chances. But honestly, just thinking of going home and not laughing with her everyday is already making me sad beyond belief.
I am thankful for Grandpa, who, in the past three years has gone from being my boss to my best SoKo friendo. He is quite possibly the most open-minded, non-judgemental person I have ever had the pleasure of befriending. And he can cook like a mofo.
I am thankful for Blue Class. They may have single-handedly (is that possible since there are ten of them) turned on my biological clock. Everyday they amaze me with their ability to absorb and retain and apply all the retarded things I teach them.
I am thankful for Stephanie, my BFFAE. She is an amazing listener, a constructive critic, a supportive friend and an epic ass-shaker. I miss her everyday.
I am thankful for Justin's humor, talent and thoughtfulness. He wrote this piece for themorningnews.org (which I love and think is fantastic, BTW) and even gave 'ol Idaho a shout out. And he can cook like a mofo.
But most of all I am thankful for my family. I know I have been an epic pain in the ass this year, and they have always been supportive of my choices. It's always easier to be the one who leaves, rather than the one left behind, and sometimes I forget that. As hard as it is for me to miss out on their lives, I know it is just as hard for them to not be an everyday part of mine. This year especially, I needed them more than ever. I am glad to know they are always just a skype call away. (You didn't really think I would finish this post without mentioning skype, did you?!)
*Interesting sidenote: I must be all grown up because I was not thankful for one material, tangible thang this year. AHA! American Materialism, I have finally BEAT you!