Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Random Gratefulness and a Give Away

By Jeannie Watt

I'm grateful for Chili Cheese Fries!
As the year edges to a close, it’s a time of reflection, and I try to concentration on thankfulness.  I have a long list of things I’m hugely grateful for—blessings of family, health and a career I love. But there are smaller things that enrich my life that I am also thankful for, so here is my list of random gratefulness:

I’m grateful for Spanx—finally a foundation garment that doesn’t try to slowly murder you while you wear it.

I’m grateful that low rider jeans are no longer the only choice available and that I can finally tuck my shirt in. Low rider pants also led to more thong sightings than I care to think about, so all I can say is hurray from “sits one inch below natural waistline” jeans.

I’m grateful that the big stiff hair from the 80s hasn’t made a comeback. Ditto for spandex bike shorts.

I’m grateful that I discovered small batch gin—not in large quantities, mind you.

I’m grateful that colorized movies didn’t catch on.

I’m grateful that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. 

I’m grateful that eBay makes it possible to find random stuff to replace things I've lost or broken--like the power cord on my old sewing machine.

I’m grateful for texting so that when I have the choice of two different video/audio cables to hook up my new DVD player, I can ask my son which one I need and get an answer before I leave the store.

I’m just flat out grateful for the internet. Such a resource.  I asked my husband the other day how we used to plan trips without it. He said we used to drive and hope we found a motel. Funny how I’ve blocked that from my mind.

I’m grateful for all the many men who serve as inspiration for the heroes in my books.

What are you grateful for? I’m looking forward to hearing your responses and will give away a copy of Crossing Nevada to a randomly chosen respondent..


Mary Preston said...

I'm grateful for every comfortable item of clothing in my wardrobe - now the majority.

I'm grateful that I can wear the most gorgeous flats & no longer have to suffer in heels. Horrible things.

I'm grateful that I live in a town that has everything close enough so that I can just walk everywhere. Yay for flats again.

kris said...

Oh Jeannie, I an so glad I'm not the only one who texts her kids for advice on what to buy!!!!

I am grateful that I took the time to redo my office a couple of years ago. Every time I walk into it, I smile.

Laney4 said...

I too am grateful for texting my kids while shopping (and my husband is grateful for texting ME while shopping, LOL).
I am grateful that there are "tall stores" out there, as back in the seventies/eighties, I always had to wear skirts to work, and now I can wear long-enough dress pants.
I too am grateful for flats; again, they weren't popular back in the seventies/eighties (and I have the plantar fasciitis to prove it).
Today I am grateful for a roof over my bed, as I am sick. Ache all over, can't get warm, can barely breathe, just finished a two-hour nap and am seriously considering another one.

Beth Andrews said...

Jeannie, after sending out my Christmas cards this week, I'm grateful I can take a picture of my kids, upload it to a site and make a very nice card that doesn't need signed :-)

I'm also grateful for peel and stick envelopes.

Snookie said...

I am grateful for my family, extended family and friends. :) They make life worth living!

Jeannie Watt said...

Hi everyone! I'm grateful for friends like you guys.

Mary--Flats are heaven and I hope they are always in style and thus always available!

Kris--Amen. I used to be thrilled that I could call the kids for advice, but now I can send photos! Do I get photo A or photo B? Yay technology.

Beth--Again yay for technology. I had no idea that was possible. Hmmm--maybe next year my friends will get Christmas cards instead of New Years cards.


Fedora said...

A lovely list, Jeannie! I'm grateful for a warm home and a loving family (even when they are fighting ;)) and I'm so grateful for my TBR! Always can find something to read, no matter my mood :D

Eli Yanti said...

I'm grateful for health, work smoothly, and especially all the blessings and graces given by God to me and my family

Kaelee said...

Hi Jeannie ~ I have Crossing Nevada in my TBR. I think I'll read it at Christmas.

Other than being very grateful for my family and friends, I'm grateful to the mailman and the truckers, and the people who work to make my life easier.

I'm also grateful when there are leftovers so I don't have to plan and cook another meal ~ I'm just kidding I'm extremely grateful for my husband who loves to plan and cook meals. I just love that he's taken over the kitchen. dowenter 721

Pamela Hearon said...

I'm grateful for computers. Can you imagine what it would have been like to try and type a full-length novel on a typewriter? Editing would have been horrible!

I'm also grateful that all our kids will be home for Christmas this year--this first time in a while

Anonymous said...

'm grateful for my family...
Grateful for everything that god has given to me and my family...
I'm grateful for all I have.

Anonymous said...

I am grateful for my Husband and Daughter, My friends and for authors as wonderful as you, Jeannie.

Jeannie Watt said...

Laney--We seem to be thankful for many of the same things. I love the expression "tall stores"--I've never heard it before, but I know exactly what you mean. I sure hope you feel better soon.

Jeannie Watt said...

flchen (Fedora?)-A TBR pile is a great thing to be grateful for.

Eli--Well stated!

Kaelee--Yes, mailmen and truckers do make life easier and their lives are sometimes not so easy because of their professions. And yay for left overs!

Pamela--I wrote my first stuff on an electric typewriter and not the correcting kind. Oh my yes. I am grateful for computers.

Tammy--Thank you!

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