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Thankful Thursday | Thank YOU!

This will be a bit short because I have a mandatory meeting for new nursing students this morning!

This week, I am thankful:

for all of your kind encouragement

Man. You guys left so many lovely comments yesterday about my nursing school acceptance…you all are so wonderful.

Anatomy and Physiology textbook with a green cover.

It means a lot to me that you all are being so supportive of me, someone most of you have never even met in person!

Thank you, thank you for cheering me on. 🙂

for a stress-free drug test

I had to take a drug test this week for the nursing program, and I was thinking about how drug tests are entirely stress-free when you don’t use any drugs. Heh.

Although, funny enough, the day I took my drug test, I was out for my usual early morning walk, and I had to walk right through a thick cloud of weed smoke that apparently someone had left right before I was there.

For a moment I felt worried that this might affect my drug test, but a quick Google search allayed my fears. Whew. Apparently, there’s only a problem with false positives if you’ve been in an enclosed area for a while with people who are smoking.

And relatedly…

for the way public smoking rules have changed

I was feeling kind of annoyed about walking through the cloud of smoke, and that made me think about how, not so very long ago, it was legal to smoke indoors in places like restaurants.

I can remember going out to eat as a kid and hoping we wouldn’t get seated too near the smoking section, and now it seems so wild to me that people just sat inside restaurants and smoked cigarettes!

As a non-smoker, I am thankful that so many more places do not allow smoking now.  That feels way more equitable to me because we do all share the same air.

for cat snuggles

She almost always comes and sits on my lap when I’m at the table.

cat on Kristen's lap.

And last night while I was watching a show with Zoe, she snuggled into my lap and fell asleep.

cat sleeping on lap.

I know some cats are very stand-off-ish but there is no doubt that my cat likes to snuggle!

for coffee

It’s a lovely morning delight, with cream and sugar. 🙂

coffee cup.

for the improvements in women’s rights

My girls and I were talking this week about how, a mere five years before I was born, women could not get a mortgage without a man co-signing.

That is SO wild to me to think about. I take it for granted that I can have my own bank account and my own business and that one day, I will have a mortgage in my name as well.

Also, as I have navigated this whole leaving-my-marriage thing, I have frequently thought about how impossible this would have been in the past. I have so much more freedom and so many more choices than my female forebears.

I don’t think we’ve completely arrived when it comes to equality, but goodness, it’s definitely better than it’s ever been before.


Alrighty…I gotta head out to my meeting! Which reminds me: I’m so thankful for this opportunity! I get to go learn a pile of practical skills, and then I can use them to help people.

I’m so, so grateful! 🙂

What are you thankful for this week?


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Saturday 20th of May 2023

Yes to non-smoking areas, yes to cuddles from animal, and yessssss to women's rights!

This week I'm thankful for:

* I got into a car accident yesterday. My 2018 Civic is totaled :( I'm thankful I have the insurances that covers a new Civic at no cost to me (or a minimal cost, not sure yet)

* I won't be able to get the new car until at least August, and we don't have a second one. So I'm thankful that my mom is willing to lend me her car for necessities, and that I have the physical capacities to ride my bike to work. It will be 2x45 min each working day, so I'll get plenty of exercice!

* I was with my daughter in the car. Very thankful that no one got hurt! My friend totaled her car a year ago in a horrific accident and she is still in constant pain to this day, so I'm not taking this lightly

* That I was able to find a 4 days cad rental just in time for the long weekend so we are able to drive the 6 hours to visit family this weekend.

* That, to start with, I have the financial means to even own a car, the knowledge required to drive it and the freedom to do so , as a woman.

Liz B.

Friday 19th of May 2023

@Kristen, Belated congratulations on getting in to nursing school! I, also, had no doubt that you would get in, and I'm excited for you! As a hospital dietitian for the past 36 years, I remember when smoking was allowed in hospitals - patients and staff alike. Yes. It was truly awful to walk into a patient's room that had a haze of smoke in it.....I'd walk out of there stinking of smoke. I absolutely hated that! So glad the hospital system where I work went 100% smoke free.

Elaine N

Friday 19th of May 2023

Perhaps I'm too late to comment, but as I'm reading this late, I just have to say this: the worst thing about public smoking anywhere and everywhere was smoking in the workplace. My first job out of college was a desk job in a small room with three smokers who would talk as they were smoking and say stupid things like "sorry" as they were trying to blow their smoke over their shoulder like that would keep it away from me. I would arrive at work in the morning with hair smelling fresh and clean and leave smelling like... well you know. I was in my 30's when smoking in the workplace was prohibited and WOW--what a happy day!


Friday 19th of May 2023

Congratulations on being accepted to nursing school.

Stephanie D

Friday 19th of May 2023

I graduated nursing school in 1971, so I've seen many changes through the years. Here's one to knock your socks off: In the early '80s, nurses could smoke in the break rooms at hospitals--even in intensive care!


Friday 19th of May 2023

Man, that IS really wild!!

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