Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again, for everyone to look back and to give thanks for the good fortune they’ve received.  What better place for me to do just that then here?  So with that in mind, what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving:

— I’m thankful that I’ve made it another year with my health intact, and in a year when multiple relatives passed away, I’m thankful for the family I have remaining with me.  Family is the most important thing in my life, and it’s during times like these that it’s easiest to be reminded of it.

— I’m thankful for the fact that, for the first time in more than a decade, neither my wife or myself is working in a capacity that would require us to be at a store at midnight on the day after Thanksgiving to wait on customers.  While we both miss our toy store days, what we don’t miss is having our Turkey Day festivities ruined every year because we needed to be asleep in bed by 5:00 in the afternoon, or face the consequences of a weekend of 20-hour work days on no sleep.

— I’m thankful to have my parents at my own house for the holiday for a change, rather than us having to go to theirs.  The renovation still goes on, but we’re far enough along to allow us to do the hosting for once.  Suddenly, I feel a lot older as well.

— I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to focus so much on my writing this past year, whether it was on this blog or on my novel.  Most people don’t get the chance to do what they truly love to do — I’m thankful to have had at least this chance to live out one of my dreams.

— I’m thankful for the close friends I have.  While they are not large in number, they are irreplaceable in their loyalty, their compassion, and their good hearts.  My life is enriched to the fullest by having them in it.

And on a lighter note:

— I’m thankful not to live too close to Jay Cutler — I might  get into some trouble if that were the case.

— I’m thankful Miguel Cabrera homered in the playoff game against the Twins in September, saving my money spot in my main fantasy baseball league.  In the same breath, I’m thankful I’ll never have to own Francisco “How many runs did I just give up?” Liriano ever again.

— I’m thankful for the Sunday Ticket from DirecTv, and never being forced to watch a Raiders/Chiefs/Browns/Rams game unless it’s for comedic value.

And on the most serious of notes, I’m thankful to have my wife by my side.  Of everyone in this world, she is the one who I can count on the most, who I care for more than anyone else, and without whom, nothing in my life would be possible.

To all of you, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday — and we’ll see you back here again soon.

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