I’d tell you, as we settle down with our nice warm beverages, that I’m hoping to encourage people to look at what they are thankful for this week. Today I’m realizing that it can be a good (if challenging) exercise to focus on thankfulness when things seem overwhelming. I’ve ended up in the position to be in charge of most of the food preparation for Thanksgiving, and we have a crowd of people who will be staying at the house. I’m also trying to finish up my novel for NaNo, and have had a busy weekend already.
It would be easy to get overwhelmed, but I can’t let it. So instead, I look to the positive side, the things within this all to be thankful for.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I’m thankful for the opportunity to have a Thanksgiving dinner that will be prepared by three generations. Grandma, Mom, and myself (and whoever else wants to step in and help) will be working together. I’m not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food (I’ve said a few times that, left to me, we’d be having Nachos, or Pizza, or something of that sort). But It will be cool to learn how to make these things. And I get to make Pumpkin Creme Brule for dessert – which I’m very excited about!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m thankful for days like yesterday — it was a busy day but overall amazing. I was able to get tickets to go with a friend to see Bernadette Peters at the Schnitz, and we decided to make a nice evening of it — going out to dinner first.
Earlier in the day I had gone to a wine tasting with my Dad and Step-mom, which was also a lot of fun and I got to taste a few new wines that I like. I’ve very thankful for family and friends that enjoy going out and doing those things with me that I enjoy doing. Friends that help me laugh.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m thankful for what I’ve been learning participating in NaNoWriMo this month. I’m getting very close to the goal of 50k words — though (as I predicted) the writing this second half of the month is going slower. I do, however, feel like I am getting some really good stuff on the story, learning about the characters, the magic of the world, realizing things about different subplots that will help (or hinder) story cohesion. It’s very cool, and it’s also been amazing to be gaining a sense of confidence that I can do this — I can write even when the story is getting to be a challenge. I can pump out over 4k words in a day (I’ve done it a few times this month), and they are a decent base to jump from.
If we were having coffee, what would you have to say about your week? The one past or the one to come? What are you thankful for today?