It’s week 2 of giving thanks! Here’s my list of another seven things that I am very thankful for.
Hair extensions: I was not blessed with genetically good hair, although my siblings were quite lucky, in my opinion. To put it bluntly, my hair sucks. The natural color is dull, and it’s fine in texture. In come the hair extensions. I don’t use these often, just for special occasions when I want to pretend I have supermodel hair. They’re not a full-on weave, just some clip-in pieces. I love them, and don’t care if they’re fake (haters gonna hate). My “hair” looks fabulous.
Oreo cookies: My love for Oreo cookies goes back to my childhood when I would sleep over my Pop and Gram’s and have midnight cookie runs with my Uncle Joe when he lived at home. I think these are, by far, the best cookie ever. My way to eat them is sufficiently sogged (not even sure if this is a real word) in milk. I have this down to a science now, knowing exactly how long to leave the cookie in the milk so it has the perfect amount of milk saturation without breaking apart in the glass. I can polish off a row in no time, and I’m hungry just thinking about it.
My job: I am so fortunate for my job because there are so many people today who can’t say this. I started as an intern in summer 2002. After I graduated college in 2003, I came back to work as an intern, and as I like to say, they couldn’t get rid of me. I celebrate my official 9-year anniversary as a full-time employee on Saturday. Happy Anniversary to me!
Hand sanitizer: My family is probably laughing at this one, as they call me a “germaphobe.” I don’t know how much of a germaphobe you can be with kids, but I love me some hand sanitizer, especially from Bath & Body Works. I don’t use it as a replacement for washing hands, just in addition to washing and for those times when you can’t run to a sink. It’s especially handy when we encounter really disgusting places, like fast food restaurant playlands, public bathrooms, and anyplace you come in contact with animals (I’m not an animal lover, sorry). I don’t leave home without it.
My divorce: Let me clarify before I write this statement, because I can already feel some people’s panties getting in a bunch. I don’t think divorce is great; it’s hard for everyone involved, and I’m especially sorry that my kids had to go through it. What I would like to say is it made me a better, stronger person. It taught me that I didn’t have to rely on anyone else, that I deserved to be treated like a priority instead of being taken for granted, and that makes me happy.
Five Below: This store is ah-maze-ing! If you haven’t shopped there, you should. Think of it as an upscale dollar store where everything is $5 or less, and they have a little bit of everything. I did some Christmas shopping there last night and got 2 presents for each child, plus a few stocking stuffers, a pair of slip-on shoes for me, and a gift to donate to Toys for Tots, and it was less than $60!
The Oxford comma: I am sure most people don’t know what this is when they only see the name, but it’s that comma you add after the conjunction when you are listing three items or more, like saying I love chocolate, heels, and running. Without it, one might think that heels and running are grouped together, but that comma lets you know they are separate. I hate that people don’t find it necessary to use this comma when writing anymore. This was the way I was taught in elementary school, and I’m not changing.
So, I ask everyone again, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? 🙂