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Thankful Thursday | on Thanksgiving

When we started doing Thankful Thursdays back in 2020, I didn’t really think about the fact that our American Thanksgiving holiday always falls on Thursdays.

mushroom on tree trunk.

But it IS rather convenient, because every year on Thanksgiving now, I can just write a regular ol’ Thankful Thursday post.

I am very much of the opinion that what you do regularly matters more than what you do once in a while (something Gretchen Rubin often says).

And my Thankful Thursday habit meshes with that; while it is good to pause and be thankful once a year, what is even better is to spend every week hunting for things to be grateful for.

So! This week, I am thankful:

that I had an umbrella in my car

Most days at college, I only go to one building. But one day this week I needed to go back and forth and all over and it happened to be a day of steady rain and wind.

striped umbrella.

So, I felt very thankful that I happened to have an umbrella in my car! For a short trek, I usually skip an umbrella, but for this much walking, I was very grateful to have one.

for an upcoming weekend with no clinicals

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I get a little break from weekend clinicals, which is very good. Because my dirty laundry is piled higher than it’s probably ever been since I moved here. 😉

pile of laundry.

for the opportunity to care for patients

Last weekend was my first time doing real, on-site clinicals, and I felt thankful that there are people who are willing to let extremely green nursing students practice on them, waiting patiently while we bumble through our first efforts.

In fact, some of them even express gratitude for the work we students are doing.

But I’m the one who feels thankful! Doing things in real life rather than just in a SIM lab is so much better for learning purposes, so I am grateful for this opportunity.

for our two fuzzy companions

Zoe and I sure do love our four-legged housemates.

Even though this one is always begging for food.

black cat.

And even though this one literally bounces off the walls.

calico cat in bed.

She was running down the hall the other day, jumping 2/3 of the way up the door frame, and then launching off the doorframe with her back feet.

I don’t know how she hasn’t injured herself yet!

calico cat.

Snuggling with Zoe

Zoe and I always say that if Chiquita was a person, she’d probably be diagnosed with ADHD. With an emphasis on the “hyperactive” part. 😉

for the extra sunshine coming through my windows

I know we are in a darker time of year here in the northern hemisphere, but interestingly, my house actually gets more sun during the daylight hours right now.

It’s a combo of the trees being nearly leafless plus the change in the path of the sun. This means I get brilliant sunshine in my bedroom, and also more sunshine in my kitchen.

kitchen counter.

sunlight makes even dirty dishes look nicer 🙂

that I don’t have any car loans

I know that’s kinda random, but this week I was thinking about how glad I am I don’t have a car loan to pay. Interest rates are so nuts right now!

that a police officer let me know my headlight bulb is out

I got pulled over (for only the second time in my life!) because the officer wanted to tell me that my front headlight was out.

I’m sort of surprised I didn’t notice that it was a little darker on that side of my van…but I’m glad to know now. Time for some new bulbs!

I kinda wish my van had some way to tell me when light bulbs go out, because it sure would be nice to know if something like a brake light wasn’t working.

(Ahhh, I just googled and discovered that newer cars DO tell you when a bulb is out! So when I buy my Civic one day, I will get bulb notifications. 😉 )

for friends who listen to my frustrations and heartbreaks

I have been riding the struggle bus lately, and I am thankful for friends who listen and encourage me and tell me my feelings make sense.

Sometimes that is precisely what you need.

that next year might be easier

I was thinking about how perhaps, by the time next Thanksgiving rolls around, some things in my life might be easier and more settled. Just as I typed that, I felt a little weight come off my chest, and I took a deep breath.

"what if it all works out?" sticker.

for all of you

Thank you for being here. Thank you for the encouragement you all send my way. I am so grateful!

What are you thankful for this week?

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Monday 27th of November 2023

My cat Jerry runs and jumps off walls too, it's hilarious! Cats are the best.

Abby Falero

Saturday 25th of November 2023

I’m always encouraged by your Thankful Thursday posts.

I had a similar thought on Thursday evening. I have 6 month old twins- one nurses and the other will not so I have to pump for him. I ended up spending most of the holiday upstairs at my in-laws feeding the babies, pumping, bathing them and laying them down. It was a little discouraging, but I reminded myself this phase of life isn’t forever. Next year they will be older, I won’t be attached to a pump, or a rigid nap schedule. Of course there will be different challenges, but it wont be this difficult forever.


Saturday 25th of November 2023

Oh, I bet this is such a busy phase of life for you.

I know you did not ask for advice, and maybe I'm projecting my life experiences here (and if that's the case, just ignore me!) But as I thought about you, upstairs, alone, doing the work with the babies, I felt a little pang for you. And I want you to know that if I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self this:

"Kristen, it is ok and reasonable to expect equivalent parental effort from your husband. He cannot breastfeed, but he is capable of doing most other parts of caring for babies and small children and it is not your job to protect him from the work of childcare. When neither parent is at work, such as on a holiday, there is no reason for one parent to be doing the bulk of the child/baby care. Children are the responsibility of their parents, not just their mom."

Sending you all the love in the world as you navigate mothering twins! And again, I know this response is unsolicited and I'm not gonna be remotely offended if you ignore it. :)


Thursday 23rd of November 2023

I’m thankful for my sister coming to visit. For the support of so many people this year. For a weekend to settle and recalibrate before the next round of busy. For a south facing living room that brings so much cheer. For the laughter of my children while playing with trusted grownups. For cozy clothes. For a dad that uses extensive knowledge to help me. For coffee. It tastes even better on slow mornings. For hope that a year from now things could be different. I hadn’t thought about that until you mentioned it Kristen!


Thursday 23rd of November 2023

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Kristen and to all others on here. 1. My car told me that my tire(s)? which one needed air. My mechanic said to watch the right rear. The light went out when he fill the tires but came back on last weekend. I also needed an oil change and had a recall already on my new car. So Monday I called the dealership, the service man asked me when I would like to come in and I asked if there was anything open that day and there was. I was able to get the oil change, 6000 mile check, recall and the nail removed from the tire and the tire fixed. 2. My grandson came over Saturday to see if he could stay with me when his parents took his sister to her soccer game. So, he and I went to the food pantry to help them sort the load of food they have collected. Many people arrived after us to get the job done quickly. 3. My grandson came over on Sunday, again his sister had soccer; and we went to my neighbor's house to learn how to make a presentable pie. I asked and she graciously accepted to give me a lesson. I did two pies, one for us and one for the senior center. And yesterday I made a nice looking pie all by myself using her instructions.

Mary McMichael

Thursday 23rd of November 2023

I am extremely thankful that someone turned in my lost iphone to the Park Ranger! Unaware that I had not gotten it into my coat pocket, after taking a photo, while walking a dog on the trail. It was 5 days gone before I got the call. Note to others* turn on “find my” and also give permission to another you trust to find your phone

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