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30 days to happiness, days 4 through 10

If you're just joining me in the 30 days to happiness challenge, you might want to check out days one, two, and three.

Instead of writing these each in a new post, I'm going to combine them. I don't want to bog my blog down with daily posts, but I know that many of my Dear Readers will be interested in what I have to say. To that end, you can just dig up this post and read my daily updates until I start with a fresh post on day 11.

Day 4 – 9/4
I'm thankful for an afternoon nap. I've been much more tired than normal lately, and nothing refreshes like a little snooze on the couch.
I'm thankful for my cats. I love my cats, and my cats love me back. If you're not a pet person, you probably don't understand. If you are a pet person, I don't need to explain any further.
I'm thankful for prescription sunglasses. How many years of my life did I squint in the sun, all because I was too cheap to pay for two pairs of glasses? I wear my sunglasses as much as my regular glasses these days. They were a great investment.
I'm thankful for my coworker who shall remain nameless. This coworker has been a good friend, often better than I deserved. The coworker accepted a position at a new school this week, and I'm dreadfully sad about it. Even though the new school is a wonderful opportunity for my coworker's career, it makes me sad to think about working without my friend. This one kinda turned into a pity party, but really, I am thankful for my coworker's friendship.
Day 5 – 9/5
I'm thankful that my husband is a great dad. Right now, he's playing with the baby on the floor so that I can have a few (quiet) moments to check my email and write. Gracie adores her dad, too.
I'm thankful for my Mrs. Tea iced tea maker. Joe and I make about six big pots of tea per week. The tea pot makes it super easy.
I'm thankful for my digital camera. I take about twenty-five pictures a day, something I could never have afforded or kept up with if I'd not jumped on the digital bandwagon.
I'm thankful for my marriage. We are a team, and he supports me unconditionally. My problems are his problems, and he is uber supportive. I love that man.
I'm thankful for my car. We live in a suburban area, and getting around without a car would be ridiculously complicated. I have a car, a nice one that I purchased brand new, and I'm glad for it.
Day 6 – 9/6
  1. I'm thankful for Strite's Orchard. We went to their Farm Market this morning and bought a car-full of tomatoes, green beans, and fresh grapes. Joe is canning as I type.
  2. I'm thankful for my Grandma's recipes. Chili sauce, apple butter, spaghetti sauce, pickled beets – these are the foods of my childhood, and they were all homemade by my Grandma and my Mom. Grandma gave them to us so that Joe we could carry on those traditions. If you've never eaten homemade chili sauce, you are missing out. It's almost like salsa, but with an altogether different flavor.
  3. I'm thankful for the microwave. Do you remember your home without a microwave? I remember when my parents got their first one; I was about five. They still have it, in fact.
  4. I'm thankful for evening mealtimes. We make it a point to eat together, at the dinner table, every evening. Sometimes it seems like a pain, but it's important enough to Joe and I to work through the inconvenience.
  5. I'm thankful for family weekends. We don't spend every single minute together on the weekends, but, for the most part, it's family time. We invite the grandparents and our good friends over on Sundays for dinner. Occasionally, something else comes up (like the big county fair tomorrow), but that's rare. I love spending the hours with my husband and our lively kiddo.
  6. I'm thankful for Penn State Saturdays. Joe graduated from Penn State in 1992; I graduated from Penn State in 2001. We both have been serious Penn State football fans since our undergraduate days. One of our first dates was the Penn State – Purdue game in 2004, and we soon spent every Saturday together, watching the football games. I can't remember a game we spent apart in the last four years.
Day Seven – 9/7
  1. I am thankful for independence. You already know, Dear Reader, that Grace is an independent child. Last night, Joe and I were working in the kitchen, and we opened the patio door so that Grace could play outside on the deck. In a few minutes' time, she had descended the deck stairs, found her Cozy Coupe, and dragged it out into the yard. I was proud that she took the initiative to get what she wanted.
  2. I am also thankful for dependence. Once Grace got her Coupe where she wanted it, she sat down inside and yelled. When no one came, she yelled some more. It's nice that she's doing things on her own, but it's also nice to be needed.
  3. I am thankful for deep friend Oreos. No explanation needed.
  4. I am thankful for the understanding that comes with being a true friend. One of my girlfriends had a baby in July. I kept my distance as she and her husband adjusted to their new life. She kept her distance from me because she was struggling with postpartum depression. We ran into each other today, and both explained why we hadn't called. She was glad for her space, and I was happy to have not interfered. Now that things are better for her, I know we'll be as close as before.
  5. I'm thankful for my MacLaren Triumph stroller. It was ridiculously expensive, but it is wonderful to push, to steer, and (apparently) to ride in. I use it several times a week.
  6. I'm thankful for email. I love “talking” to my friends who are all over the world with just a few keystrokes.
  7. I'm already losing track of what I've already covered. I'm thankful for Oprah. Her new season starts tomorrow, and I can't wait. I Tivo Oprah every single day. Love her and her show.
Day eight – 9/8
  1. I'm thankful for sick days. Joe has a high fever, and he can stay home and rest instead of going to work and hauling wheelbarrow loads of concrete around.
  2. I'm thankful for over-the-counter medicine. Grace has the same high fever her dad has, and we've been alternating between Tylenol and Children's Motrin every few hours. She's so miserable, and she doesn't understand what's going on. The meds have been keeping her a little more comfortable than she would have been otherwise, and it allowed all of us to get some rest.
  3. I'm thankful for L.L.Bean totebags. I carry my junk around in them everywhere.
  4. I'm thankful that we taught Grace some sign language. Drink, more, eat. We're working on help. Those signs have saved all of us a great deal of frustration.
  5. I'm thankful that I made Grace a CD of lullabies when she was just born. We've played those songs almost every night of her life, and they mean bedtime to all of us.
  6. I'm thankful for itch cream. For real. I was recently diagnosed with urticaria, which sora explained why I'm itchy. All. The. Time. Itchy, itchy, itchy. Claritin and itch cream give me a bit of relief, and I'm glad, even if it's temporary.
  7. I'm thankful for Elmo. Grace loves him. I mean, she worships him. She likes him as much as she likes birdies.
  8. I'm thankful for freedom. I was discussing life in China with someone who visited there this summer. It's amazing the liberties we take for granted. America is a great place to live.
Day nine – 9/9. Reeeally want to complain about all the stress and hassles today, but staying strong and being true to the challenge. Gonna be tough to come up with 9 things.
  1. I'm thankful for the Crockpot. Joe put supper in it this morning, and we ate yummy beef stew this evening. Love that.
  2. I'm thankful for my mom. I called her this afternoon to say, “Grace has a strange rash all over her body. Can you come over and look at it?” She came. She said “Hm, I don't know what it is,” but she came nonetheless. Moral support, right?
  3. I'm thankful for Harry & David's green apple licorice. Candy is emotional eating at its best. They're delicious. I have a serious sweet tooth and an affinity for fake green apple flavor.
  4. I'm thankful for Poise pads. Let's not get into those details.
  5. I'm thankful for music. Even when Gracie is sick, she will smile and dance if there's some good music playing. It cheers her up.
  6. I'm thankful for Twitter. I love being able to talk to people who are similar to myself and people who are different from me. It's also been a great resource for growing this blog.
  7. I'm thankful for Weight Watchers. I lost about 30 pounds this year. I fell off the wagon over the summer, but I'm back. I'm working on losing more.
  8. I'm thankful for Wii. I haven't been so excited about a video game since I was twelve and got my first Nintendo.
  9. I'm thankful for my Prego Pals. I have known them since we all became pregnant, and I love them. They are, honestly, some of my best girl friends.
Day Ten – 9/10
This has become the l o n g e s t p o s t ever, but I don't want this challenge to overwhelm my whole blog. Not sure how to proceed with posts. Any ideas? Is anyone even still reading these?
  1. I'm thankful for the medical community. I've been having an issue for a little while, and I have a doctor who is trying to help me. There aren't any answers yet, but at least there's hope.
  2. I'm thankful that Joe puts Grace to bed most nights. I love sitting with her in the rocking chair, but when she's too wound up, I can't get her to calm down. He does a really good job.
  3. I'm thankful for eggplant parmesan. It's definitely one of my favorite meals ever, and Joe made it for supper tonight. yum!
  4. I'm thankful for my Dust Buster. Toddlers make lots of little messes, and our Dust Buster gets used so often that we never bother to put it away. Unless company shows up at the door. But then, we usually shove it somewhere out of sight and still don't put it away.
  5. I'm thankful for my cellular telephone. Do you remember what we did before cell phones? We stopped at phone booths. The horror!
  6. I'm thankful that Grace is cute. People excuse a lot of her outrageous toddler behavior because she's adorable. Instead of saying, “Hey, would you control your kid?” they say “What a doll!”
  7. I'm thankful for the guy at the York Fair who was selling personalized CDs. We got a CD for Grace with Elmo singing and talking to her. It has her name all through it, and she gets so excited every time we play it that she shakes. It might have been the best $30 we ever spent.
  8. I'm thankful for my dishwasher. Who wants to stand around washing dishes? Not me.
  9. I'm thankful that someone invented hot pepper jelly. I never ate it before this summer, but it is delicious. I love it. I'm going to figure out how to make it one of these days, too, but for now, I'm happy to just eat it.
  10. I'm thankful for vaccinations. My kid gets sick all the time. Far too often, in my opinion. I hate that she's sick so much, and these are just normal little kid viruses and infections. As much as I hate to see Grace in misery following her shots, I am glad that they protect her from the big stuff, like chicken pox and meningitis.

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12 thoughts on “30 days to happiness, days 4 through 10”

  1. Afternoon naps are such a luxury to me! Probably because I hardly get the chance LOL!

    I know what you mean about your pet!

    Remain blessed!

  2. Afternoon naps are such a luxury to me! Probably because I hardly get the chance LOL!I know what you mean about your pet!Remain blessed!

  3. My mom always did a lot of canning when I was growing up. Loved those foods in the middle of winter!

    We’re serious football fans too. In fact, another thing that we did on our honeymoon was watch football 😉

  4. My mom always did a lot of canning when I was growing up. Loved those foods in the middle of winter!We’re serious football fans too. In fact, another thing that we did on our honeymoon was watch football 😉

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