Ten Things of Thankful #77

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a TToT post. I meant to write one last weekend, but got so busy with the holiday (and Dragon Age: Inquisition) that I totally forgot about it.

Normally, being thankful during this time of year is easy, but recent events are making it hard to see the good in this world. There is just no escaping the avalanche of horrible news permeating society. The lack of justice, or more accurately the lack of even attempting to dispense justice, leaves me hopeless and wondering how so many possess moral compasses so astray. Our collective lack of humanity is on full display everywhere I look, and it forces me to withdraw further into my shell and look for ways to escape reality. Sigh…

Let’s see if I can find some things to be thankful about!
Had a slight scare this week, as Wednesday evening my mother started having sever abdominal pain. I took her to the ER and stayed with her for most of the night while they tried to figure out what the issue was.

Long story short, they don’t really know. She had some inflammation in her digestive system, and it decided to quit working for a bit. The gave her medicine to keep her comfortable until it passed. She’s now, as of yesterday afternoon, home and back to her normal (read: goofy) self.

Just to clear up any confusion, I’m definitely not thankful she became ill, but rather that it passed quickly and, most importantly, that she’s okay.

Moments with Baby C:

  • *benchpresses his pillow* My power is superstrength!
  • While playing with his Little Tykes basketball hoop last Friday, C put pixie dust on the basketball to help him make his shot.
  • *screams out loud then covers mouth* I’m too loud!

IIIThe twins turned 15 on Wednesday, thus making me feel every bit of my 37 years. Soon they’ll be wrecking my car and painting every last strand of my hair gray. It felt good to dedicate a week’s worth of posts to them. I love reliving memories of days past.

Dragon Age Inquisition. Bioware makes the best role-playing games, and I’m hooked on this one. If you like RPG’s, I definitely recommend this game, along with its two predecessors.


Amazon. While all the crazy people were out brawling shopping on Black Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I was at my computer in my pajamas buying all my presents on Amazon. No crowds. No people. And it comes to my door. How is this not a thing?
Coffeh. Always coffeh. 1 cup, 2 cup, 3 cup, 4….
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I get 26 paychecks a year and there are only 12 months; that means there are two months of the year when I get three paychecks. I’m thankful that that time has fallen around Christmas, allowing me to buy presents for my children and loved ones.

Still have not consumed a drop of alcohol since September 12. At this point I’m going for a record. Or something. It’s been a LONG time since I went this long without a drink. I’m sure sometime in the next couple months I’ll end up having a couple of drinks, but it will be to exacerbate a good time, and not escape my demons, who have thankfully been very quiet as of late.
IXI’m thankful for pumpkin pie. I had my fill of it in the last week. NOM!

I’m thankful for family. Sure I have an imperfect family, but I got to spend Thanksgiving day with my brother and mom and eat lots of good food. Even though this was my year without the kids, spending time with them and my niece filled that void left by them. I was able to get C late in the evening and spend a couple of hours at my dad’s house while C and his cousin E had shenanigans and chased my dad’s dog around the house. Those two are trouble when they’re together.


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49 Comments on Ten Things of Thankful #77

  1. Wow, Scott! You do have a lot to be thankful for and it’s great that you could find those things amid all the troubling things happening around us! Glad your Mama is okay! xo


  2. Shoots glitter and confetti for still no alcohol! WOOT WOOT!!!!!

    Yes we did our “black friday” shopping online. Not fighting people over stuff.

    Coffee coffee coffee….

    Baby c moments are adorable.

    Glad to hear your mom is okay!

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  3. I agree with number three a ton cuz I don’t get why people still do this? But then again let them fight. More for us. I also looked at the trailer for dragon age man that game looks badass.


  4. Out with pumpkin, in with EGG NOG.


  5. Happy your mom is okay. Yay for coffee and no alcohol.

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  6. Mmmmmmm …. Pumpkin…I have some pumpkin Apple muffins in the oven right now to send to Jacob for exam week (exama-bread, we call it). He won’t be getting them all!


  7. Coffee -yum- the best drink ever! I suppose there are more than 10 things to be thankful for.


  8. I am hugely proud of you on nothing having alcohol since then. Amazing strength (yes, you have it). And I am SO with you on online shopping… I don’t enjoy the chaos of shopping this time of year and am perfectly content to do it from the comfort of mynhome!!


  9. Well, Scott, big congrats on the sobriety. Glad you are writing down baby C’s cutenesses. They will be fun to remember when he’s 15 and driving you crazy. Online shopping rocks!


  10. If you do that math, that’s 770 thing you have to be happy about. That’s pretty damn good! Sobriety = huzzah.

    I’m on the same paycheck cycle as you are. I know the three-check months well in advance and plan accordingly. It’s like getting a hug from your budget.


  11. I’m so glad to know your mom’s doing better. And I smiled a lot when you described her as ‘goofy’. Seems like you AND C have inherited it.

    The things he said just made me go all gooey inside. He is ADORABLE 😀

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  12. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me // December 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm // Reply

    Glad your Mom is OK – weird medical scares like that are never fun.
    I am definitely in the rather pay full price than deal with holiday shopping camp. In fact, I am a moron who even paid more for a couple of items for Kidzilla because of course the darling child wants things that are RETIRED ITEMS. Yup. Her parents are suckers.
    You already know I vote yes on the coffee. Always.
    Hooray for you on the sobriety – go you! Awesome.
    You know, I have a copy of Dragon Age Origins and Awakenings on my shelf…unplayed. Life gets in the way of that stuff for me. I really should consider breaking them out…

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    • Dragon Age (along with Mass Effect) are my favorite two game franchises. If you get some time you should definitely put the game in. You won’t be disappointed.

      I paid full price for almost everything the kids wanted. There were a couple of video games on their list I caught on sale, thought. I worked too many Black Fridays and I have no desire to get caught up in any voluntarily. I also have a problem with the sales moving into Thanksgiving.


  13. Well I’m happy you made it to ten. Don’t withdraw into that shell too much, you know where your friends are if you need them. I love RPG but honestly no time for them now.

    Yay coffee!
    Yay baby C moments!
    Yay for no alcohol!
    Very happy your mom is doing okay.
    And I loved your week dedicated to your twins, those posts … well I just loved them. ❤

    (hugs) hope you have a great week.

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  14. Wow – lots of good news! Congrats on staying sober – big one. And I’m glad your Mom is OK again – that can be worrying. So much to be thankful for. Job well done Scott.

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  15. I have been a total #Fail at blogging these past few weeks. Trying desperately to get caught up. Grateful to be able to catch some of your fun updates with Baby C on Facebook, at the very least. Hope all is grand!


    • Hi, Nancy! New job keeping you busy, I guess?


        • Is that good or bad?


          • Bad for everything but work. The company is great. My boss is amazing. The team I inherited is good, for the most part. I had to terminate one a couple of weeks ago, so I have 2 open headcount now that I’m trying to fill. The real issue is that I haven’t had ‘real’ work to do in over 3 years… so it’s a bit of a culture shock.

            As a result, while I find my footing, everything else suffers. I don’t write because I don’t want to become one of those assholes who publishes stuff without bothering to read others’ stuff. So by the time the weekend rolls around, I spend a day getting caught up on reading, at which point I have run out of time to actually write anything myself (case in point today. I started my catch-up reading at 8am. It’s now 11;35 am…)

            And exercise has pretty much fallen off the rails.

            I need to start writing again, because that it what has kept me accountable to myself in the past. I need to own up to how badly I’m shitting the bed in the workout department, and I need to do it soon. 😦


          • You’ll find your rhythm soon, I have no doubt. With the holiday’s coming, it probably won’t be until January, though.

            I’m really, really glad you like your new job! Finding a good job with a good boss is tough to do.

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  16. I’m glad your mom is OK. What a scary thing!
    I’ll never tire of saying congratulations for each new week without alcohol. Good for you!

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  17. I’m happy your mom is feeling better. Time does fly with children. I swear it was only yesterday I brought my oldest home wondering who thought it would be a good idea to leave me responsible for a baby. He just turned 23 in November.


  18. Good list.

    I wonder how you’d cope if you were to ever (brace yourself) give up coffeh. I’m not suggesting that you do, I’m just wondering what would happen. I suspect apocalypse.


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