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Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share “ten things I’m thankful for” in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US.
I’m not going to lie. I’ve got a bad case of covid restriction fatigue at the moment. I just want to be able to explore when and where I want without worrying about whether I’m going to make anyone sick or whether the place I want to go is even open. Don’t worry, I’m still following the rules because I do understand the importance. That doesn’t mean I’m not inwardly chafing against restrictions though. So I’m stepping back to reflect on how blessed I really am in the midst of 2020.
- I’m thankful that my family and friends are healthy. As far as I know, only one aunt has had covid and she did have a really hard time with it. But she’s on the mend and feisty as ever.
- My husband’s job and paycheck have been secure this year. He works healthcare so that should be a given but when states put a hold on elective surgeries when we first went into lockdown? That got scary. Almost every procedure is technically elective. He works with cardiac patients but the only people who were having procedures were the ones who were on death’s door. Luckily, his company paid him through the end of his contract even though he wasn’t working . Governors had lifted those restrictions by the time we were looking for a new contract. So many people still don’t have jobs, all these months later. We were blessed indeed.
- My husband’s job essentially pays him to explore this beautiful country! We took a leap of faith and left everyone we know and love behind in February 2019 and started traveling. We try to choose hospitals in interesting locations that we want to explore. He works a three-month contract filling in staffing shortages and we see the sites on his days off! Isn’t that a sweet deal?
- The ability to get outside and enjoy beautiful hikes and stunning sunrises and sunsets. I do miss visiting museums and seeing plays and movies and other indoor activities but I’m more of an outdoors person anyway. I’ve been pretty happy on trails and beaches this year!
- I miss seeing my friends and family but I don’t want to take a chance on flying home and making anyone sick. That’s a bummer. But I’m blessed to be loved by so many people! Others have toxic families or no families at all and here I am with wonderful parents and my awesome younger sister, my sweet little Granny, and umpteen aunts, uncles, and cousins. As an introvert, I only have a handful of close friends but those friends are my ride or dies and they truly get me.
- At our current location near San Diego, we’re staying close to my husband’s cousin and his wife and pretty little dachshund. They’ve adopted us while we’re here. My husband considers his cousin to be his third brother so it’s nice to spend significant time with them. We’ve always lived so far apart, we’ve never been able to do that before. It’s especially nice since we’re here during the holiday season. They’ve gone out of their way to include us and make us feel welcome.
- I’m thankful for technology that makes staying in touch so much easier. I truly despise video calls for whatever reason, but texting, calling, old-fashioned cards and letters, and even social media (a mixed blessing) mean that I generally know what’s going on, not just with my family and current friends, but even old classmates. I love celebrating milestones and day-to-day news with everyone, even from afar.
- Authors and books that take me to new places, introduce me to new ways of looking at the world, or expand my horizons.
- My husband works hard to give us this amazing life we’re living. He’s thoughtful and funny and my best friend. He’s up for any adventure. He encourages me in anything I want to do, whether it’s switching (or quitting) my job, starting (or restarting) my book blog, or planning a vacation to Egypt, he’s all in.
- I’m thankful for you guys! We all have so many demands on our time but you take the time to read whatever thoughts I have and comment and share your own thoughts and recommendations. Thank you so much!
That’s my list! What are you thankful for? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!
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