Thanks A Lot… For Nothing!

Can you all believe that To-Fur-Key Day is in 2 days… count them… TWO DAYS!  I am not ready for the fact that 2012 is just over a month away, mainly because I haven’t conquered my goal of winning the lottery in the year 2011 yet… and secondly, 12/12/12… you put 2 and 2 together and get some whacko dude who thinks he’s prophesying the world will end.

I seem to focus a lot on the bad end of the stick things that happen to me and forget all about all the many things that I am totally grateful for.  When it all comes down to it, I’m a blessed girl… an ungrateful, whining brat of a blessed girl, but a blessed girl nonetheless.   In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and the fact that I snarked at a car with Idaho license plates who insisted on driving in front of me in the fast lane going 15 mph for the whole of Main Street, it’s about time that I list some of the things that I’m thankful for… I said SOME… I don’t have all night here, so if I miss something that you think I should be grateful for, shove it back in your pie hole and leave me in peace!  There, I said it… but it was really not pointed at you, did you hear me half comatose Idaho license plate chic!?

— I’m thankful for my family… Ma, Pa, Lindz, Shayne, Christian, Ethan, Jen-Jen, Seth, Jess, all of my many awesome aunts and uncles and cuzzins up the wahooza… those still on this Earth, those waiting on the other side for my ungrateful rear to get in gear, and the Ghost of Christmas past.  I love you guys and am grateful that you have been blessed with my presence for 33 years.  Oops… I meant thank you for putting up with all of my short-comings and issues and the fact that I am a bobblehead and a mean SOG (son of a gun) during hormone hoarding time.  In short… thank you (all proceeds from this groveling will go to the Whitney Wins the Lottery in 2011 Fund).

— I’m thankful for my friends (near and far) and neighbors and acquaintances and every last one of you who take the time to read these ramblings and are silently cheering me on from the grandstand and have been brainwashed by my illy-gotten English language knowledge.  I would name names, but it’s certain that I’d leave at least one of you out and then I’d totally be taken out of the friend Will… what’s that you say?  People don’t typically put their friends in their Wills?  Okay, fine… my friends Brad Pitt, Angie Jolie, Tom “couch jumper” Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Michael Jordan, and anyone with at least a 10-figure salary!  Again, make the  checks payable to WWtLin2011F!

— I am thankful for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and for the knowledge I have that this life is just a test and one day I’ll go home to live out the eternities in my Kingdom in the sky… preferrably wearing less glasses and with less blender hair.

— I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful valley, even if I cuss it out every time it snows and/or gets below 40 degrees.  I’m thankful for the changing seasons and the clouds and the streams and trees and my beloved mountains and the canal filled with leeches in my backyard.

— I’m thankful for my body… this rickety ole body of mine that has been put through the ringer on several occasions and yet keeps on kicking despite it all.  Kicking is popular… just ask The Karate Kid.

— I am thankful for music… music that has gotten me through so many rough times in my life.  Music that lifts my spirits, music that makes me cry for no good reason at all, music that makes me ponder, and music that fills my soul with happiness.  I love singing it and listening to it and playing it on the piano and one day I hope to learn to play the nose flute with it.

— I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, a job for the time being, a sweet kitten who makes me laugh on a daily basis, the ability to speak and walk and think and daydream.  I am thankful for the clothes on my back (yes, even you ugly pants and rocking horse shoes).  I am thankful to have enough food to eat and clean water to drink and for CHOCOLATE… praise all that be holy.

— I am thankful for the gumption I’ve been able to pull from somewhere deep in my receptacle to conquer these beasts of mine and for the life I’m able to live more and more every day.  I am thankful for second chances and third chances, and 55th chances… and the fact that I was never a failure because I never stopped trying.

Just a sampling of what I’m grateful for.  Did I tell you I was a blessed girl?  Because I am… and don’t you forget it!

Question of the Day:  What are some things that you are thankful for? 

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11 responses to “Thanks A Lot… For Nothing!

  1. Avster

    That last photo is a very big blessing!

    Uh, Whit,you forgot about your friend Oprah… or are you still ticked because she wouldn’t let you in her mansion?

    • Me and Oprah are on the outs ever since she ditched me at the airport and instead sent you with a bag of yellow PEEPS! 😛 I joke… a visit from the Avster is better than 20 visits with the Oprah person!

  2. Louisa a.k.a. ProudMomOfTwo

    I love your list of things you are thankful for, Whitney!

    Question of the Day: What are some things that you are thankful for?

    Things I am thankful for: ( not in any special order )

    My husbands job and being a good provider
    God / my faith / our church
    Healthy – active – well rounded kids
    Loving family
    No addictions
    Healthy bodies
    Good friends
    Opportunities
    Our cat ( and not my Dad’s cat ) and our horses
    Our farm
    Being able to homeschool
    MyFitnessPal
    Love of the outdoors
    Beauty of nature

    ~ I am sure there are others but that is a good start

  3. Karen

    After spending the day at the Huntsman Cancer center, I am most grateful for good health and a fabulous cancer facility in our state that helps so many people concur a horrible disease. Pretty heavy!
    I also value friends and have a wonderful support group.
    Grateful to know who I am and why we are here.
    Grateful for family. guide dogs, a kitty that cuddles.
    Glad that a lot of food consist of sugar, keeps me eating.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Dessa Wade

    Wonderful post Whitney! It made me stop and think of all the things I forget to be grateful for. First and foremost is my family who I love spending time with whenever possible.
    Sweet, genuine friends
    The young women in my life
    My safe, warm paid-for home
    The comfort of the gospel plan
    Jesus Christ

  5. Excellent post! I have soo much to be thankful for 🙂 And if you ever want nose flute lessons, just let me know 🙂 I am thankful for you and for your blog–it gives me something to look forward to every day.

    • Alena, always the sweetest!! I will TOTALLY be up for the nose flute lessons… is it easier to play it through your nose than your mouth, well, aside from the times you have a head cold! I hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving in your new country (what!?!?!). We’ll be sending you thoughts of home!

  6. Jen

    I don’t know how i missed this posting, but it is very good. Can I just say “ditto” to all those things you are grateful for?

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