This Thanksgiving, I decided to do something a little unconventional. Each year, people are always thankful for their families, children, good health, happiness, etc. So for this Thanksgiving, I’ve compiled a list of things that I’m thankful for that’s just a bit different.
I Am Thankful For:
- Red Wine – Okay, I put wine first for obvious reasons – it’s good! Anyone that knows me, knows that I never turn down an offer of red wine. I’m a naturally anxious and tense person, so wine allows me a certain degree of calmness in a storm. In my 20’s, I started drinking white zinfandel (ugh!) and eventually moved over to chardonnay and other sweet whites. Taste buds must change as you age, because my did, and for the better. (I don’t even really like white wines anymore) For me, the darker the better.
- Foam Rollers – No, not the kind you roll your hair with – the fitness kind! I love my bumpy foam roller. I have very tight calves with adhesions and I suffer from restless leg syndrome at night. My foam roller has alleviated so much pain and tightness in my calves that I’m considering giving them out for Christmas this year! Why not?!
- Hot Tea – I recently had some kind of reawakening with my taste buds because I woke up one morning not wanting coffee. I was a coffee addict before, drinking a pot a day or more. So I have no idea what misfired in my brain to cause this change. Needless to say, I’ve discovered a love of teas. I brew loose leaf tea all the time now and have even gotten my teenage daughter into tea. I love being able to find a flavor that fits your mood and your need for caffeine. Now I just need to start making scones…
- Genetic Testing – This year I took the leap and got tested for the BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutation. (BRCA mutations are responsible for the majority of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers – myriad.com). My Mom died from ovarian cancer at 58 and I just figured cancer would be in the cards for me. Fortunately, through the magic of science (and a simple blood test), I found out my genes did not carry the mutation…..This doesn’t mean I’ll never get breast or ovarian cancer, but now I know that I do not have a hereditary link. I’m so grateful to know this good news!
- Sun Therapy Lamps – I recently received a high-powered sun lamp from CaribSun.com. In a previous post, I wrote about my current testing with the lamp and how it can help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. Well, I am in love with this lamp! It feels so good to have it shine on my face in the mornings. I expect to have my post-experiment write up by the end of next week.
- Cookie Jam – I have no idea what it is with this game, but I’m hooked. I’ve actually been hooked for about a year and a half. I’m on level 485 and I haven’t spent a dime on extra lives or ‘powers.’ It’s not too easy or too hard and the game play is still fun. It helps me unwind, de-stress, and relax. I love it!
- Unconventional Television – HBO first broke the mold with the Sopranos. Then AMC created Mad Men, and broke records with Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Networks only wanted traditional entertainment, and these networks broke the mold. Television is so much better on these networks! From Game of Thrones and True Detective on HBO, The Affair on Showtime, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards on Netflix, and Transparent on Amazon, entertainment has improved tremendously! Bravo!
- Knee Support Straps – I have bad knees, and I’ve had bad knees for a few years now. I started doing aerobics in high school, became a runner, avid gym-goer, and someone who spent an hour on the stair climbing machine. Years of working out have worn down my cartilage to cause patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee). Yet I can manage a short run or an hour on an elliptical machine with the help of these patellar straps. They improve my knee tracking and provide me sanity so I can work out.
- My eyeglasses – My eyesight is slowly becoming more blurry as I age -ugh. I’m starting to do the thing where you move the paper further away so you can read it. Yeah, not fun. Glasses are a magical thing that make blurry things come into focus. It’s not something I’ve ever had an appreciation for, but now I do! I still wish I could stop the whole aging thing…
- My Supportive Husband – Ok, this one is a bit more conventional but since he reads my blog, I have to include him :-). I’m grateful for my awesome husband who goes to work each day and works so hard in order to allow us to live comfortably. He’s supported me for years when I wanted to stay home with our kids and be a 24/7 mom. He’s allowed me to follow my passions, has encouraged my creativity, and helped me to stay sane. Love you, hun!
What unconventional things are you thankful for?
Have a great Thanksgiving and happy travels!