So long, 2005!

A few things I’m thankful for, in no particular order:

  • my family–seems like I get more and more thankful for them every year
  • afternoons spent in the park, reading House of Leaves and napping
  • daylight (we see precious little of it, this time of year)
  • the fact that nothing on our car has broken in the last few months…
  • Patty Griffin, Living With Ghosts
  • the many quiet rows of shelves at Henderson Books
  • Firefly, Serenity (that’s right, I saw Serenity, and I’m thankful for it)
  • the 16 hour, one-day drive from Salt Lake City to Bellingham in 100+ degree heat
  • for that matter, the stretches of country one sees while on a roadtrip–bland, and otherwise
  • The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan
  • an apartment on the busline, with pretty wood floors and our own water heater
  • my Thriftshop Junkies hoodie–it’s seen me through plenty and will probably be retired soon
  • Arrested Development
  • my brother, who is funny and fun
  • Prismacolor double-ended art markers
  • the pool room at the Nightlight
  • beautiful handmade acoustic guitars
  • reconnecting with old friends and finding that we have more in common now than we ever did in high school
  • Amtrak, and the funny conductor who plays the harmonica when we reach our destination
  • French press coffee
  • people-watching at the Temple Bar
  • oh, I’ll say it, no use pretending: my iPod. I’m thankful for my iPod.
  • Coconut Almond Chocolate Chunk ice cream from Mallard’s
  • books in general, great books in specific
  • having my own desk at last, for writing and painting and making a mess
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
  • midnight at the Husky Stadium
  • the North Fork Brewery
  • my tattoo, and this year being the year that I worked up the nerve (and cash) to finally get it
  • living in the county
  • living in town
  • hand-knitted hats and scarves and wrist-warmers
  • library book sales
  • my husband, who is the coolest ever, and who lets me read things out of context to him, even when he’s trying to study
  • Tegan and Sara, So Jealous
  • my job, the wonderful people I work with
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Fiamma Burgers–the best burgers in the world
  • free time–I tell you, being out of school at last still hasn’t lost its charm, no matter that I graduated two years ago
  • kittens! That’s right, kittens.
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