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The pilgrims progress

I have decided one day a year is not enough time to be thankful, so I'm starting early. In addition to the obvious things (two beautiful, smart, healthy (grown up now) kids; loving husband; good job; beautiful house that could be nice if we would put some time and money into it), here are some other things I'm thankful for (surprising how many are technology related):

1) cell phones. Okay, I know they can be annoying. People walk around with their phones glued to their ears— or worse, they walk alone and talk and wave their arms, with no visible phone, and you think they're crazy until you see the cyborg blue light on the side of their heads. But when you have to pick someone up at the airport, a cell phone makes making connections much, much easier. And I don't know how my mother ever let me go off to college with no text messaging.

2) microwave ovens. When I was teaching school and lived alone, I hated having a high pan-to-plate ratio, so I would cook one thing— a can of chili, a box of mac and cheese, etc. With a microwave, you can cook in the serving bowl. It's nice not to have to give up vegetables now that we have a mostly empty nest.

3) grocery stores that let you push your cart to the car. Believe it or not, stores in my area used to put up barriers so you couldn't remove the cart for the "loading area" around the door. Since my store took the barriers down, I have not once driven home without my groceries (Hey, when I plot a novel, I immerse myself in the story. It's a good thing I don't smoke).

4) my Kindle. I love having an eReader because I can read more often. I had to rush the dog (above) to the vet. He is OK, but it runs out he has arthritis. While I was waiting for the x-rays, I got through a whole short story in the January Asimov's because I always have my Kindle in my purse.

and finally,
5) my critique group. I am so lucky to have fellow writers and critiquers to turn to for feedback, advice, and moral support. When I talk to folks at conventions who write but have no source of feedback, I realize how lucky I am.

So, let me be the first to ask you this year, what are you thankful for?





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mikandra
Nov. 24th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
I don't get item #3. Why can't you push your shopping cart to the car?

What I'm thankful for: the internet
karen_w_newton
Nov. 24th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
They used to put up barriers to keep you from pushing the cart to the car. If you had a lot of groceries, you had to walk to the car and leave the cart, then drive to pick them up. Or drive home with your head in a plot fog, in my case. It was embarrassing.
mikandra
Nov. 24th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
that's just.... beyond words. Where in the world is this happening? I've never seen that in any shops I've been to in Australia or Europe.
karen_w_newton
Nov. 24th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
They don't do it much anymore here in my part of the US but they used it. Kind of hard to blame them when I see how many people STEAL grocery carts. They probably thin they're not stealing them because they don't keep them, they just leave them by the side of the road a mile or two from the store.
karen_w_newton
Nov. 24th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Oooh, almost forgot to list my Kindle! I added it after I saw your post.
bogwitch64
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
grocery stores that let you push your cart to the car.

Grocery stores don't let you push your cart to your car where you live?? That's just crazy-talk!
bogwitch64
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Ok, I didn't read the comments before commenting, but I see that I'm not the only one who thought that grocery cart thing odd!
jongibbs
Nov. 24th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
My wife's smile, my son's dopey jokes, snuggles with my daughters... and McDonalds coffee :)
karen_w_newton
Nov. 24th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Don't think I've had the coffee at McDonald's, so it's good to know you recommend it. Nice list.
marvad
Nov. 24th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Good subject. You have some interesting grateful-fors. Good for you not having the same-old.

Let's see, what am I thankful for?

1 - My hubs and I can afford to be retired, so I can drive myself crazy trying to write books.

2 - Both of my sons have jobs and sig-others that I like.

3 - My granddaughters are coming to visit for Christmas (well, up to the 24th, then their mom wants them back).

4 - The fact that self-publishing is not a sin not matter what AbsoluteWrite thinks. I can do it all I want. So there!

5 - My hubs. Irritating, mouth-breathing, snoring, etc. But he'll always run errands for me and likes to decorate the outside of the house with a million lights.
karen_w_newton
Nov. 25th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about liking your son's significant other. I love my son's current girlfriend. I don't know if I could have picked better myself!

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