Gratitude, Day 16: A List

NOTE: I am a fan of 30-day challenges, and November is traditionally a time of two: National Novel Writing Month, and 30 Days of Thanks. As I am not a fiction writer, this year I have chosen to publish a daily blog for the entire month, expressing my gratitude. This may not be entirely food-focused, but expect recipes aplenty. Feel free to join me in the comments below. What are you thankful for today?

This is not how I envisioned this month going, blogging-wise.

The last time I did this challenge, it was a straight-up daily blog. There wasn’t the gratitude element to it, which I often complete every November in a journal instead, as a list.

There is no significance to this method – the separation of blog and list – except that it is often less challenging to simply make a list of the myriad ways I am blessed on a daily basis (#ToUseTheVernacular). A November challenge should be challenging, and I am Champion of the Listmakers.

It’s not that I didn’t write today – I did. But it was not this.

And I worked teaching yoga to small creatures who were very trying on this day but still managed to be beautiful.

And I made a pie and then spread that pie all over Baltimore on small white styrofoam plates, covered in foil.

So here I sit now at 9 p.m. in my kitchen, having just returned home from a poetry reading. I have snacked on some pie and some coconut cake and some of the delicious pumpkin pie ice cream that Khristian’s daughter made and am now tasked with following through on the challenge I have set myself.

Today that will come in the form of a list. #ItHappens

Today I am most grateful for:

  1. Editors that get back to you immediately.
  2. Lenar (spelling?) who is just about the nicest person on the planet
  3. FaceTime because it allowed me to have a long, newsy chat with my Gorgeous Girl across the ocean
  4. The Wire. Just because.

Tomorrow is another day.

What are you grateful for today?

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