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Thankful Thursday | with sequins

This week, I’m thankful:

for the sequinned notebook that Lisey got me

She was ordering one for herself (to take to aviation mechanic classes. As one does.) and she added one to the cart for me.

sequinned unicorn notebook.

So now I proudly take it to my A&P classes. 😉

that I can do anatomy and physiology in person

3d model of a neuron.

Do these red mitochondria not look exactly like Hot Tamales??

Every time we use the human body models, I am reminded how thankful I am to be in the lab!

It’s so nice to be able to physically handle the models, to pick them up, turn them over, and put them together with other parts.

Some things are just not the same online.

that I got to have dinner with my sister-in-law

Her husband (my brother) was out of town, and I was free that night too, so we met up for dinner. You may remember that this is my newest sister-in-law (she married my brother in June) and gosh, I just love her so much.

Kristen and her sister-in-law, in wedding garb.

My brother did a top-notch job of spouse-choosing and I am thankful. 🙂

for my blogging mastermind group

I was feeling a little discouraged this week and they all commiserated, reminded me that every content creator gets criticized, and really cheered me up.

It’s so nice to have people who do the same type of job as I do because no one understands quite like other people in the same field (which I imagine is true in any job!) And since they actually know me (and most have met me in person), I really value their reassurance.

for a quiet spot for my desk

(In case you missed it, I moved my desk into Lisey’s bedroom when she moved out this fall.)

Having my own room for my desk has made an enormous difference for me because ever since Mr. FG started working from home, I basically didn’t have a spot to camp out, other than in the living room, with my laptop.

Needless to say, the living room is not the best spot for focused work.

So, it has been a huge mercy to have a room where there is just me. It’s been helpful for my A&P studying, of course, but also for blogging.

(To wit, I don’t think I’ve missed a day of blogging here in weeks, and maybe months!)

that I don’t have food allergies

I am super grateful that I can eat pretty much anything I want. Poor Sonia has to deal with a lot of restrictions because of her allergies, and watching that has made me appreciate my non-allergic digestive system.

that there are so many allergy-friendly options available now

When I was a kid, you could not find nearly so many dairy alternatives, but there are tons now. And thankfully, there are some dairy alternatives that do not involve nuts (since Sonia can’t have nuts OR dairy).

that Sonia can have butter

I am extremely grateful that butter doesn’t bother her! And same goes for heavy cream. You can do a lot if butter and heavy cream are still on the table.

that Sonia can eat gluten

buttery bubble bread

Buttery bubble bread

Same story as above…if we had to add gluten onto the list of food no-nos, that would add a whole ‘nother layer of difficulty. She’s done the lab tests and an elimination test, and happily, both showed that she is fine eating gluten.


that I only have to go one place today

Yesterday, I was barely home. I went to (lemme pause and count)…seven different places yesterday.

But today, I just have to go get a background check for a community center tutoring volunteer opportunity with my church.

(Our church has a program where lawyers can volunteer to give free immigration help; I’m not qualified for that. Someone else gives free haircuts to people without homes…I’m also not qualified for that. But after-school tutoring? I’m pretty sure that after 17 years of homeschooling, I probably can be useful there!)

What are you thankful for today?

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Monday 22nd of November 2021

I am always glad that I don't have food allergies! One child has severe food allergies to eggs and gluten. She's having a party at school this week and I had to make special treats that were safe for her AND completely peanut and tree nut free. I think I deserve an award. Haha!


Saturday 20th of November 2021

I am grateful for so many things! Many of them would seem ordinary to most people. But, I would like to say that those of us who have been reading your posts for quite awhile are grateful for YOU! I always look forward to reading your posts!


Saturday 20th of November 2021

Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy reading what I write.

And I think ordinary things are wonderful things to be thankful for! Most of life is ordinary, so if we can be thankful for ordinary stuff, that really expands the number of things we can appreciate.

Erika Wilson

Friday 19th of November 2021

I am thankful that I have been cleared for a mitral heart valve clip at my pioneering hospital in this barely invasive process--no more going in through the chest as was done up until maybe two years' ago. Don't know the date yet, maybe before Christmas.

I am so thankful for friends who have been reporting those they now who have hadt his done.

I am thankful for my husband, daughter and sister who supported me through my recent heart failure episode at the end of October.

And of course I am thankful for being alive and seeing another Fall and Winter, swirling through Delaware, with leaves everywhere.


Friday 19th of November 2021

Oh, I am so glad that you are ok and that you can get the heart care you need. Whew!


Friday 19th of November 2021

I realized this week that my feet don't hurt. It's been many, many years since I could say that. Silver lining to the pandemic: I haven't worn anything but sneakers since late March 2020.


Friday 19th of November 2021

And I have continued to, as always, be barefoot most of the time. Ha.

I realize I am going to have to actually wear shoes once I am a nurse; that might be something of an adjustment for me!

Danielle Zecher

Friday 19th of November 2021

I love that Lisey is taking the sequined notebook to aviation mechanic class. I work in a very male dominated field, too, and I painted my office pink. We're allowed to paint them any color we choose if we buy the paint, so I opted for pink.

This week I am most thankful that it looks like we're going to have good weather for Thanksgiving. We've decided to host semi-outdoors this year at a picnic shelter (roof, but no walls). We've had everything from temps in the 70s to snow on Thanksgiving, so it was a little bit of a gamble. Right now, it looks like Thanksgiving is the warmest/driest day next week, so I'm very happy about that. It's my favorite holiday and I'm really looking forward to it since we didn't host last year. I'm also very thankful for the great sale on turkey at Publix and the great sale on butter at Harris Teeter.

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