If We Were Having Coffee — Thankfulness Edition

Coffee Time!
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!

I love the interior of the Schnitz — such a beautiful place.

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?


4 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee — Thankfulness Edition”

  1. If we were having coffee I would respond to your challenge on being Thankful when overwhelmed with, good job! I’ve seen posts on social media saying that I have to mindful of others who don’t have it the same as I do. Or, I suppose they are “pity the less fortunate” posts. Thanksgiving is about doing the work to find something to be thankful about no matter what your circumstance because if it wasn’t for the first thanksgiving, we all wouldn’t be here. If they want to play the, “keep things fair” card they have to do the work, just as much as I do.

    Some people have it really bad out there, but we are supposed to pull them along to be thankful. Not diminish ourselves to be mindful of their despondeny.

    Then I would congratulate you on NaMo. Isn’t that great how you can miss a deadline and still win? If you like what you wrote enough to edit it over and over again until ready to publish, then you’ve won NaMo!

    Then I’d shut up because would be into hearing all about Bernadette Peters.


    1. I have a different view on Thanksgiving — the historic realities are completely whitewashed in the traditional celebration. But I think it is a good time to stop and reflect on what is important to us, what is special to us, and what we are thankful for. There are many who don’t have as much as I do, who have tried and worked hard but end up in a bad place – I think it’s important to do what we can to help those who need and want aid, but see no reason for such a thing to diminish our ability to be thankful for what we have (one of the reasons I actually have issue with the whole “First World Problem” kind of idea is that I AM living in the first-world… the problems I have are all going to be first-world problems…anyhow)…
      Bernadette Peters was awesome! I just wish that the drunken idiots beside me hadn’t been being drunken idiots. Behavior far more fitting to a sporting event than a concert. Portland has a very casual dress-code when it comes to events, but there is still an expectation of good behavior. Grrr…. But she was spectacular!

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