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Daily Gratitude: Little Things

Today I’m thankful for simple pleasures:

  • sleeping in my very own, comfy, squishy bed

  • waking up to a purring kitten on my chest
  • long hot shower in my own bathroom
  • a sunny morning walk with the dog
  • a cup of my favorite tea with the dog on my feet
  • peanut butter!
  • calls from both kids and my mom
  • music that I love at my fingertips
  • painting, painting and more painting – hard messy work, but therapeutic
  • payday!

Sometimes it’s not the big epiphanies that keep me going – it’s an accumulation of little things that make the day worthwhile.

Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 by Jeri
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Daily Gratitude: Geekery

Growing up, I rarely fit in. I was a reader, an early adopter of technology, didn’t watch tv, abstained from drugs/alcohol/boys and didn’t get fashion and popularity at all. It was painful

Now I have the comfortable identity I wish I had then. Geek. Woman and geek. Or, geekgrrl. I’m so grateful to have found kindred spirits, both locally and across North America online, and life is good.

No one describes being a geekgrrl better than the amazing Marian Call (buy her albums!):

Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 by Jeri
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Daily Gratitude: Internet

My daily morning ritual includes a check of all email accounts, facebook, twitter and a couple of different newspapers, all online. If I don’t have time or ability to sit down at my computer, I can do it all via my BlackBerry instead.

I tend to take so much for granted about today’s technology and the Internet. Being always connected, having the Internet always available for information, maps, phone numbers, schedules, etc is really an amazing capability.

I’m grateful for it, and all the technologies that support it. I wonder what the next 20 years will bring?

Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010 by Jeri
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Daily Gratitude: the Offspring

Four Geeks

For the next few days, I have all of my biological and ‘adopted’ kids under one roof, and this makes me very, very happy.

I wasn’t nearly so comfortable being a parent to toddlers or young children as I am now with teens. If I could have started with this age bracket, I’d have had more than two biological offspring, and instead, I’ve had to ‘adopt’. The youngest accuses me of adopting half of Poulsbo; he exaggerates. Many of his friends, though, do call me mom.

On the left is Ben, my oldest son. He’s tall, smart, handsome, funny, and intensely creative. He lights up a stage in theatre productions and has perfect pitch when he sings in the choir. He dabbles in voice acting and production, another use of his excellent voice. He’s headed off to culinary training in January.

Next to him is Mandy, my stepdaughter. She’s not actually related to me at all, she’s my ex’s wife’s daughter, but she’s a daughter of the heart and I love having her here. She’s brilliant, outgoing, funny, determined, and has a tremendous work ethic. She’s going to Western Oregon University and majoring in biology; she wants to be a cop.

Ashley, Zach’s girlfriend and my ‘adopted’ daughter, is intensely creative and talented, bright, funny, caring and brings out the best in Zach. She’s going to Shoreline Community College for an art transfer degree – and she’s also a musician and an actor.

Zach, my youngest, is tall, smart, handsome, hilarious, mechanically gifted, technically geeky, creative, and treats Ashley like a princess. He’s also going to Shoreline Community College (they live together, with Ben) for a transfer degree in English Education.

Note about Ashley & Zach — with the addition of an accordion and a mandolin this Christmas, they have an entire bandful of musical instruments in their apartment. The aforementioned accordion & mandolin, plus two acoustic guitars, an electric bass, a keyboard, a violin and a clarinet. (I suppose they need brass & drums — give them time.) Any child they have will have no choice but to be musical.

They make the holidays wonderful, adding a level of energy and cheer that is unlike any other. I’m very thankful for them!

Posted on Sunday, December 26th, 2010 by Jeri
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Daily Gratitude: Christmas

Sadie & Tree

I’m thankful for family, friends, pets & many blessings this Christmas.

This is Sadie, mom’s dog-child and my four-legged black sister, in front of our traveling Christmas tree.

Yes, the tree is an idiosyncratic choice: Mom and Dad bought an aluminum tree when I was a baby for Christmases away from home, at cabins and at the beach. We lost track of it sometimes in my young adulthood, but mom replaced it with one from an antique store for nostalgia’s sake.

I wish you all a fabulous holiday season as well, filled with as many blessings and as much love as possible.

Posted on Saturday, December 25th, 2010 by Jeri
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