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Thankful Thursday | Cardiology + slot machines

New here? Thankful Thursday is a practice we started in mid-2020, since all of us needed a mood boost. And since we haven’t stopped needing mood boosts, we’ve just kept up the habit!

This week, I am thankful:

that my in-the-airport exam went well

A view outside a Southwest plane window.

I was a little nervous about how it might go since I had missed a week of classes. But after a good cram session during my Las Vegas layover, I apparently was sufficiently prepared, and I got a solid A.


Incidentally, this is most likely the only time I will take a college exam with slot machine music playing in the background!

Good thing I don’t have ADHD, or I might have had a rough go of it under such circumstances. 😉

that the vein/artery anatomy is not as hard as I thought

When I first opened the lab ID list for this module and saw 70 vein/artery items to learn, I was like, “OH NO THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE.”

(By now I should remember that I pretty much think this at the beginning of every A&P module!)

A blood-tracing worksheet.

But once I listened to some lectures and did some labeling exercises, I started to realize that this is, in fact, a manageable amount to learn in two weeks. I am going to be ok.

(Again, by now I should remember that this is always how things turn out.)

that I was able to get a replacement pair of earrings for Zoe

frog earrings.

I bought a really silly pair of frog earrings for her birthday, and she loved them! But when we took them out of the package, we saw that they appeared to have been run over by a dump truck.

smashed earring backs.

Honestly how do earrings get THAT smushed during shipping??

Happily, the seller was willing to send me a new pair, free of charge. Whew. Birthday crisis averted! 

that Lisey was able to visit for Zoe’s birthday

I’m so glad that, at least for now, Lisey lives close enough to visit for things like Zoe’s birthday.

After she graduates, she probably will move pretty far away (to somewhere with a beach, probably), so I know we won’t get to see her as much then. And that is all the more reason to appreciate it while she is close by.

for the ways my anatomy knowledge helps me understand things I read

I was reading a medical memoir the other day and one story involved a VAD (ventricular assistance device). Since I have just gone through heart anatomy, I was able to really understand what this device does.

And when my dad shared an article with me about an ancient cadaver who had apparently died because an arrow went through his subclavian artery, I was like, “OOH! I know where that artery goes!”

for friends who listen to my troubles 

I think I’ve said something along these lines before, but even though a listening ear doesn’t exactly fix a problem, it does make a difference.

When friends listen to me and empathize with stuff I’m going through, it puts me in a better space to handle whatever problem I’m facing.

And that is very valuable. 

for an unseasonably warm day yesterday

a sunny path through the woods.

We had the windows open! I wore short sleeves! We remembered that spring is on its way!

(Today we are back in the 30s. Good thing yesterday is stored in our memories.)

for evergreen trees

That photo above reminded me of this; it’s February and most things are dead or dormant. But the holly trees are still green, and they make that photo look almost like early spring.

What a mercy that not everything turns brown in the winter; there are little glimpses of green to get us through until April.

that I can encourage my girls

I’m thankful I can be there with a listening ear and an encouraging word. And that’s true even from afar; Lisey has my contact info in her phone not as First Name, Last Name, but as “MOMMMM HELPPPPPP!” 

And that made me laugh when I saw it. 

What a blessing it is to be able to be there for people that you love! 

that my parents are in good health 

This year, my mom turns 70 and my dad turns 77, and they are both in such good health.

My mom takes multiple 18-mile bike rides every week, and my dad spends his days doing physical work (yesterday he took down a tree in his yard!), and I am just so thankful they are able to do things like this.

I also feel like this may bode well for my future aging, possibly. 😉 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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Vicky Mac

Friday 25th of February 2022

Kristin I was too busy with work to respond yesterday. But, your heading made me laugh out loud at myself. Ha. My mind initially thought Cardiology referred to card games because slot machines followed. Hahaha! Thank you for the unexpected giggles.

Ruth T

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Smiling at your list and rejoicing in these things with you, Kristen!

Heidi Louise

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Thank you to Alexandra for mentioning the book "55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal" by Elizabeth White in last weeks Five Frugals. I am halfway through and find her examples and statistics, as well as her positive attitude, very interesting. It was written just before the pandemic and I would be curious to read her take on current employment crisis's and on our aging population.

I am thankful my husband and I were raised by parents who had similar ideas about frugality and that we have been able to build on those to have enough and just a little extra throughout our lives, which is more than so many have.

Prayers for Ukraine.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

I'm thankful for generous friends who are wealthier than I am. My husband's college buddy is a real estate developer and purchased a huge 6 bedroom, 5 bath home with a pool in Naples, FL to basically tear down and build an even bigger home. But, before razing it next week, he let us bring our entire extended family down and stay in it for a week. It was a particular blessing because Maine has been extremely cold, and it was nice to be warm for a few days. It made me reflect on how we can all be a blessing to someone else no matter how big or small our home/wallet.


Thursday 24th of February 2022

A lot of Heavy in the world today, which makes finding things to be thankful for all the more important.

Thankful for... -A safe home in a peaceful place. As I've been reading about South Sudan during the early nineties and Ukraine, I'm thankful my family has had the luxury of knowing peace. -2 administrators with experience in Deaf culture at my daughter's small private school. She is hearing impaired, and we didn't realize how much it was affecting her until this school year and a lengthy conversation with these two amazing people. -leads (thanks to above people) on resources for my family to learn ASL and support my daughter and help her fully develop in the hearing world and signing world.

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