During this crazy time of travel and eating overload, I just wanted to take a minute and thank you all for reading my ramblings so often and adding to the discussion of a lot of topics. It's a real treat for me to write this stuff and know other people are reading it day after day.

This year, Mike and I will be staying in North Carolina for Thanksgiving and going over to our friends Ben and Alissa's house for dinner. It should be a grand gathering of a lot of our friends, and we will all be cooking a few dishes to share around the table. It is sad to not be with my traditional family for the holiday, but it is also quite fun to be spending this fun day with my non-traditional family. I will take plenty of pics and share them next week.

I doubt many people on Thursday will sign on to doing one of my favorite traditions of Thanksgiving - going around the table and having everyone say what they are thankful for. So, just in case that doesn't happen, I will provide my list here:

This year, 2007, I am thankful for the following:
- I am thankful that Mike is in my life and continues to make me smile and laugh every day - he makes each and every day in my life complete; I don't know what I would do without him.
- I am thankful that my family is happy and healthy - even though they are far away in Texas and Florida
- I am thankful for all the wonderful friends and family that I am surrounded by each and every day - I am honored to have the coolest, smartest, funniest and most caring friends in the whole world
- I am thankful for all the friends I don't get to see very often - in Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, DC, North Carolina, South Africa, India, England, Greece, Ecuador (and all the other places slipping my mind at the moment) - I miss you all very much but am thankful for the technology which allows us to stay better connected
- I am thankful for new career opportunities, avenues in which to grow, and opportunities to better serve my community and the communities of others
- I am thankful for all the healthy babies born to my friends this year - I can think of at least 6 that arrived in this world this year - and if the genes worked out right, that means the addition of 6 more ultra cool people in this world - congratulations, parents, and welcome, little kiddos!
- I am thankful that my three kitties are taking very tiny baby steps every day to better live with each other
- I am thankful that this year has been rather free of any negativity - besides minor life annoyances, I have had a relatively stress free and productive year

That's it for now - it's not an exhaustive list, but it gets the point across. Feel free to post in comments what YOU are thankful for!!!

Have a great holiday, everyone!

Now, an ode to canned cranberries...

natalie dee

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