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So apparently my scheduled posts back in NOVEMBER never went out.  Gotta love technology.  Enjoy the last half of “what I’m thankful for”…nearly two months later.  ;)

 

Day 23:

I am thankful that we ditched cable TV.  I’m surprised to see how much we don’t miss it.  I certainly don’t miss throwing money at (insert big cable company here) either.

Day 24:

I am thankful for my Nanny and Jitio (maternal grandparents).  They were the glue that held our family together and I still miss them a lot.  The summers spent with them will always remain some of my favorite memories.

Day 25:

I am thankful for my small stature.  I haven’t always been so thankful in the past, but I’ve come to terms with it.  There’s nothing wrong with being 5′ 1″…and it certainly makes knitting go a lot quicker!

Day 26:

I am thankful for my Great Aunt Minnie, who encouraged me to learn how to crochet.

Day 27:

I am thankful that I still have a lot of my mom’s recipes.  Being able to re-create her recipes always makes me feel a bit closer to her.  Sadly, I don’t think I’ll EVER master her homemade gravy or fried chicken.  I think that gene just skipped me over.

Day 28:

I am also thankful that my Nanny and mom taught my brother and I how to cook Syrian food.  Every year (usually around Easter) we cook up a HUGE feast of Syrian dishes and pig out.  I look forward to passing the tradition along to my nephews and LMT.

Day 29:

I am thankful for the Foo Fighters.  ‘Nuff said.

Day 30:

I am thankful to have been able to share my life with all of you for the past 5 (!!!) years.  I think it may be time for me to close up shop.  With life being so hectic, especially now that I’m a mom, I find it harder to open up time to keep this blog rolling.  Then I start feeling guilty because I haven’t written anything.   Which, when you think about it, is pretty silly.  ;)  I’m not 100% sold on the idea of leaving the blog forever, but I am giving myself permission to step away for a while.  You can still find me on a bazillion other social-networking sites (FB, Twitter, Instagram) and of course you can still find me on Ravelry.  Hope to see all of you around sometime…

Wishing you all the best,

twistedtexan

Today I am thankful for my brother.  Today he turns 30…and it’s about freaking time!  My brother is amazing guy and has been one of my best friends for most of my life.  Our “sibling rivalry” phase was pretty short growing up, which means I’ve had some awesome times with my bro.

Happy birthday, bro.  You’re the best brother a girl could have asked for!  :)

Day 15:

I am thankful for my nephews.  Both boys have been diagnosed with autism and it has been a really difficult transition for their family.  They’ve both been enrolled in a special program at school and we’ve already noticed a marked improvement in their vocabulary.  Both little guys are bundles of energy who LOVE all the superheroes and playing outdoors.  I have nothing but the biggest and brightest hopes for them.  I love my little dudes.

Day 16:

I am thankful for my god-kiddos.  The Hubbster and I are blessed to have 4 wonderful god-kids, whom we love very very much.

Day 17:

I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to attend many, many concerts.  Music is something that has always been an integral part of my life.  Being able to experience music of all varieties in a live setting is amazing and it is something that I hope to share with LMT as she gets older.

Day 18:

I am thankful for a college education.  Both my brother and I put ourselves though school, and it’s something that I’m damned proud of.

Day 19:

I am thankful that I have been fortunate enough to have been exposed to books my whole life.  I have loved reading from a very early age, and it’s something that continues now as an adult.  I am also thankful that LMT seems to be following in my footsteps, as she LOVES her books and story time.

Day 20:

I’m going to be superficial and say that I’m thankful for nail polish.  It makes me feel girly and I like it.  So there.

Day 21:

I am thankful that my yarn stash is healthy enough to have carried me though the “not-so-bountiful” times.  I am also thankful that the “not-so-bountiful” times seem to be getting a little easier these days.   ::knock wood::

Day 8:

I am thankful that in less than one month my girl J will be here in Texas.  I will finally get to meet her youngest daughter, and J will get to meet LMT.  We haven’t seen each other since 2008 and I am beyond excited to see her again.

Day 9:

I am thankful for the roof over my head.  For many years the Hubbster and I lived in apartments, and after careful saving were finally able to buy a home of our own.  We have plenty of space and a yard for LMT.  I couldn’t possibly ask for more.

Day 10: 

I am thankful for reliable transportation.  We haven’t always been so lucky in this department.  For a good chunk of my time in college we were plagued with unreliable vehicles and repair bills.  It feels so damn good to not have that hanging over our heads.  (Dear Powers-That-Be, please don’t jinx us.  Really.  I’m not trying to be cocky or tempt fate.  I’m just trying to be thankful.)

Day 11:

I am thankful for LMT’s teachers at school.  Both of them are wonderful with her and she adores them.  Sometimes it’s really hard being a working mom and I’m so thankful to know that LMT’s teachers are so hard-working and dedicated to their kids.  I’m going to be very sad when LMT moves into the next classroom because these two teachers have been exemplary.

Day 12:

I am thankful to have lived in Norway.  I experienced so many things over there that I wouldn’t have otherwise: epic snow, the Northern Lights, different cultures, attending an international school, traveling abroad.  I hope to one day take the Hubbster and LMT over there so that they can see some of the places I’ve been.

Day 13:

I am thankful that my family is healthy.

Day 14:

I am thankful that we were able to see the Hubbster’s cousin & family under good circumstances this year.  For the past several years we have only seen them at funerals, so it was really great to see them in a fun setting.

Uh….looks like this one didn’t go out on time. Whoopsie!!!

 

 

I’ve been noticing the daily “Things/People I am thankful for” posts on Facebook and I sort of like the idea.  But instead of posting here daily, I think I’m going to post weekly because, well, I know myself and how often I remember to write on the blog.  ;)

Day 1:

I am thankful for the Hubbster.  We’ve been together for 18 years with many highs and lows, yet we still remain strong.  He is my best friend and always knows how to make me laugh.  He is a wonderful partner, companion, and father and I cannot imagine life without him.  Plus, he looks completely adorable in a bow-tie.

Day 2:

I am thankful for Little Miss Texan.  She has added so much to our lives – things that I didn’t even realize were missing until she arrived.  She is a constant joy with personality for days.  She is healthy, inquisitive, bright, and challenging.  We love her to bits and I am so thankful that she has completed our little family.

Day 3:

I am thankful for my friends.  I still find it funny how, now that I am in my mid-30′s, I have more friends than I did in high school or even college.  Y’all know who you are, and I am thankful for every last one of you;)

Day 4:

This one may be a bit unconventional, but I am thankful for the Internet.  Without it I wouldn’t be able to stay in touch with some of the folks I love the most.  My bestest girl J and I have still remained friends despite the fact that she’s in Australia and I’m in Texas.  Thanks to the wonder of the interwebs, we no longer have to rely on snail-mail.  (Been there, done that…thankyouverymuch!)  So yeah, today’s is a bit unconventional.  But I’m still thankful for the Internet.

Day 5:

I am thankful for my hobby.  Knitting has opened up so many doors for me.  It has allowed me to meet new people, it gives me an outlet for creativity, it gives me a sense of peace (At least when I’m not trying to p7tog with a splitty 8-ply yarn…because, y’all, that @#$! is bananas!).  I can create beautiful things to keep my family warm, create items of comfort for friends in need.  Knitting is powerful and it has definitely changed my life.

Day 6:

I am thankful for my work.  Even though at times it can be completely hectic, I still really love it.  I am lucky to be in a position to help surgical residents achieve their goals and move forward to becoming great surgeons.  I am lucky to have a supervisor who is really easy to work with, and also makes the job *fun*.  I look forward to our center’s upcoming renovations in the next year and moving forward to becoming a cutting-edge Surgical Simulation Center.  Exciting times are ahead!

Day 7:

I am thankful for the time that the Hubbster and I had with our mothers.  Both of us lost our mothers in 2010, a mere few months before Little Miss Texan arrived.  I’m sad that LMT will never know her grandmothers, but we’ll have lots of stories to share with her.

In a couple of days I’m hitting the road with a couple of my girlfriends and we’re heading out to the hill country.  I cannot wait!  I haven’t been out of town with them in a couple of years.  Little Miss was still a very little miss the last time I went out of town for a “girls only” weekend.

In the meantime, I’m trying to figure out what yarn/projects to bring along.  I recently started the echo flower shawl but that’s not exactly a “travel” project, as it requires my full attention.

So I think I’m going to wind up some yarn and cast on a hat/mitt duo for the trip.

Oaked hat by Alicia Plummer
Oak Grove mitts by Alana Dakos

I might even be a dutiful sister and wind up the yarn for my brother’s birthday/Christmas socks.  I’m still hunting up a pattern for them, though.  I’m not sure I can stomach another pair of plain, stockinette, size 12 socks. On the other hand, it’s perfect mindless knitting.

But, as a wise woman once told me “You’ll be on vacation.  Knit what makes your heart sing.” and I believe my heart is singing for some mitts and a hat.

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