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November 26: Top Ten Things I Am Thankful For.
1. Bookmarks. I know, I talk about bookmarks slightly more than is normal. But I hate it when people bend, fold, or otherwise mutilate books. And I hate when I have to lay one flat or stick not-a-bookmark in a book. I also hate losing my place, so little pieces of paper do sometimes find themselves pressed into use.
2. Bookstores. Places where you can buy books. What more could you possibly want? Other than someplace that will give you books, but let’s be realistic. They’re wonderful to browse, or leave staggering under the weight of your purchases.
3. Cats. Owning a pet comes with its shares of annoyances and sorrows, but they can also be quite wonderful. (Especially when they’re not underfoot trying to murder you in the middle of the night.) They make excellent lap warmers while you read or write, or to curl up with on a cold day.
4. Cocoa. When the weather dips below 60, I start to hate going outside. I’m one of those people you see hilariously bundled up, huddled and shivering. I simply can’t handle the cold. Hot chocolate makes it just a little bit more bearable. Especially raspberry cocoa.
5. E-books/E-readers. While I still love the feel of a printed book–the texture and sound of the pages turning under your finger, the smell of a room full of books, the heft, the gloss of a cover… Ebooks are a wonderful space and money and time saver. And we all have a shortage of those things.
6. Family. Sometimes you drive them crazy, sometimes they drive you crazy. But as long as you put the ‘fun’ in ‘dysfunctional,’ you know you’ll be okay.
7. Friends. I’m not one of those collect-’em-all kinds of people, but I have some very good friends that are always willing to help out, or just hang out. Many of them don’t live as close as I’d like, but that’s life. (Where’s our teleportation machines, scientists?)
8. Goodreads. This website has changed my reading habits in a lot of big ways–not always for the good, as it has led me into temptation more often than not. (Oh, no, these books are due soon. Read faster! Faster!)
9. Public Libraries. I couldn’t read half as many books as I do without the library. They have so many tools to get the newest and most interesting books, and I use them all. Whether I could do something more productive with that time, who knows.
10. Pumpkin Pie. Some foods just seem seasonal, whether or not you can get them year-round. Pumpkin pie is one of those things, with whipped cream carefully applied in little stars, covering the whole top of the pie slice except the crust. This is the food that says ‘fall’ to me, and Thanksgiving, too.