Since my last few posts were about violations of my person and personal space such as mouse invasions, back-yard trespassing joggers, and accidental spit drinking, I thought I should take a break from my recent outbreak of rage. Although, I have to say, I've enjoyed sharing all my drama on this blog tremendously.
You may not have been able to tell it from my posts, but I have a really great life and am generally an upbeat kind of person. I whine a lot about not having a job, but have you noticed that I haven't mentioned anything about taking a job bagging groceries at the market down the street or flipping burgers? We are financially stable on one income and that's nothing to bitch about. That'll be #1 on my list of things I'm thankful for and happy about. Here are the rest in no particular order:
2. The opening of Fresh Market in Grand Rapids - at last! One stop shopping for duck confit and chocolate croissant.
3. Indian Summer - it seems like the leaves are taking their sweet time to change color and drop, which keeps me shielded that much longer from our neighbors out back. We're talking picture windows and a chain link fence. Each autumn our leafy subterfuge falls away with all of our privacy. If you click on the photo to the left you will more clearly see the picture window in my dining room and the vegetation that prevents us from having to speak to our neighbors all summer. You're probably thinking - buy some curtains Lady! Well, I will when they do. Until then we will just have to take a chance on seeing each other in our underwear while we're brewing coffee at 6am.
4. Good Friends - (as opposed to bad ones?) I've got some and have finally met some new ones here in Michigan since I quit working. I have time for them now that I'm not taking off all over North America every week. I didn't know how badly I needed them. You guys know who you are too. I also want to give a shout out to my old friends who have never abandoned me so far away. I love you all so much.
5. Loving Partner - I'm already getting mushy here, but I've never felt more loved and appreciated by any other human being, including my parents. Not only am I loved and appreciated, but I can give it all right back to him. He makes me laugh too -
6. Treadmills - this amazing device allows me to move my body at controlled speeds and inclinations for a length of time of my own choosing in the privacy of my own home. Insert joke about loving partner here.
7. iPod - makes the treadmill more tolerable and if the right music is playing enables me to stay on the treadmill for periods of time extended beyond my normal 45 minutes. This makes me feel like a rock star. An aging, pot-bellied rock star in ripped and paint splattered sweat pants, but rockin' none the less.
8. Ankle Fusion - this life changing (although sometimes controversial)surgery has made all the walking on treadmills and anywhere else, like across a room, possible . Living a pain free life is nothing short of miraculous.
9. Other peoples children - I don't want to be a mom and never really have. I've reached 40 without having children because it hasn't ever occurred to me to do so. But that doesn't mean I don't love kids. I'm the auntie of all time. That's Sammi, rumored to have been conceived at my wedding by my friends B & C.
10. A tie between DVR on my TV and being well dressed (ripped sweatpants don't count because I never wear them outside of this house) - I leave you here so that I may watch last nights episode of What Not To Wear.
I am considering re-titling the post below:
A Very Long Post About How I Accidentally Drank Spit & New Work Rules
What do you think?
UPDATE 9/23/07 12:28PM - My husband has asked me to amend my previous statement that we are financially stable on one income. Apparently all this time I have been deluded and we are one Target trip away from living in a van down by the river. Goodie! More things to bitch about.