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Thankful Thursday | another lull

This week, I am thankful:

that Tuesday is over

Because things always seem to happen in clusters, on Tuesday of this week, I had a microbiology exam followed by a microbiology lab with two quizzes, followed by a chemistry exam.

chemistry papers.

I am so happy to be on the other side of that day! And while I’m still waiting on my chemistry grade, I got back A’s on the other three. Whew.

that microbiology lab is almost over

We had our last three-hour lab this week, and next week is our lab final.

So after that, no more lab for the rest of the semester. Yay!

This lab has been a lot of work, and having it off my plate is really going to help me.

for the satisfaction of learning things

This morning I saw in the news that there is a listeria outbreak right now. And because I am in microbiology right now, I felt curious about the details of listeria bacteria.

I googled and saw this little summary, and I felt a little thrill of delight that I knew what all of these words meant!

description of listeria bacteria.

I don’t even really like microbes that much, but I still felt happy to understand what I was reading about listeria.

that the semester end is in sight

Four more weeks of class + one week of finals, and then I’m done!

for a new dishwasher

old black dishwasher.

The dishwasher in my rental has been having extremely unpredictable leaking (like, once a month for no apparent reason), so the landlord had a new one installed this week.

new dishwasher.


I haven’t been a renter since the year 2000, so it’s a weird experience to get a new appliance without paying for it directly.

for early morning light

early morning sunshine through the trees.

You all know that the late afternoon darkness that comes with the end of DST is…not my favorite.

But I do appreciate that now it is light enough for a walk really early in the morning.

that elections are over

I’m glad the signs will be taken down and that I will stop having a mailbox full of political mailers every day.

for a washer and dryer

I was thinking this week about how thankful I am to have a rental with a washer and dryer. Having to go to a laundromat would be much less fabulous.

for tacos on a hard day

Tacos do not solve problems, but they do lift the spirits a bit. 😉

taco truck tacos.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Sherrie Nicholson

Sunday 13th of November 2022

1. Thankful for a full time job and the income that it provides. 2. Thankful for my grandchildren who bring us great joy. 3. Appreciate the cold weather and a warm cozy house, I was over the oppressive heat of the summer. 4. Looking forward to the holidays to have more family time. 5. Thankful for all the frugal tips found online to help everyone through this tome of significant inflation.


Sunday 13th of November 2022

I’m a bit late for adding my thanks but… Thankful for a lighter work week, I coasted a bit and caught up a bit Thankful to observe and be inspired by good teachers. Thankful for my road-trip this weekend - slow travel - low expectations make a little getaway more fun in my opinion Thankful for visiting my parents gravesite-hadn’t been there in 8 years and it was a surprise to me how emotional it was - just grateful for them. Coffee

Blue Gate Farmgirl

Saturday 12th of November 2022

Brooke, what a moving, beautiful comment. I know what you're dealing with and going thru (I lost my dad and then my brother last year). Blessings to you and it really does help to find the good in all situations! Thankful for my favorite cousin & son who moved in my new-to-me couch and chair. ...For my Honda Rubicon for starting every time I need it to complete chores. ...Friends staying in my newly renovated guest rooms this week, we are having so much fun! ...Local Art Tour happening this weekend, helping our local artists share their makings after 3 years. ...Great weather to get my garlic planted in the garden and tulip bulbs planted in the yards. ...Tacos! They are my go to comfort food. We will be having fish tacos this coming week. Cannot wait! to make my oatmeal power cookies for our hike into the coastal hills tomorrow.


Friday 11th of November 2022

I am not thankful that I have covid (first time!) and on a chemo week to boot. But I am thankful for an amazing family doctor and pharmacist who had the Paxlovid and an Oxygen monitor delivered to me within 2 hours of testing positive. And a 15 yo daughter who actually made me a cup of coffee this morning. And for people who can help with drives for my daughter to her sports and timekeeping. Also, for the beautiful place I live as I sit in my recliner warm and cozy and watch leaves float down the river. And for my sister who came and finished up the last of my leaves while I was at chemo this week, and then cleaned out my veggie/flower beds and mulched them with the mulched leaves. I'm thankful for so much.

Melissa Howard

Friday 11th of November 2022

First of all, congrats on the upcoming completion of this semester!! I am thankful for: 1. I love this time change because my body begins to wind down earlier and I am able to get a good night’s sleep; 2. Traveling with the hubs for work and pleasure; 3. Retired school counselor, but have been offered an opportunity to work part-time in a SPED Cooperative; 4. Son and Daughter-in-law will host Thanksgiving in their home.

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