It’s Thanksgiving Day!  If there is one thing I have always believed in it is acknowledging the things in life you have.  There will always be things we don’t have, but it’s the things we do that matter most.  I don’t eat the whole big hullaballoo on Thursday, my family feast happens over the weekend so that my aunt (who usually ends up cooking for others on Turkey Day) can celebrate with the family.

Just because I didn’t fill my tummy with stuffing and sweet potato pie today doesn’t mean I’m any less thankful

Here are some of the things I am most grateful for this year: 

  • First, and foremost, I am so overwhelmingly grateful that my mother is alive.  Healthy may be a little while off, but alive is what matters most right now.  This has been an unbelievably hard few months for us and I count my blessings everyday that my mom is still here.
  • I’m thankful for my dad too 😉
  • I’m so thankful for my friends.  I’ve always known I had some pretty amazing people in my life, but the way they we there for me when I needed them most is a true reminder of how special they are.
  • I’m thankful that you all read my blog.  Really, I can’t tell you how exciting it is when I see there are comments, and when I actually meet you all in real life.  To me, my life is pretty normal everyday business, so it’s pretty amazing that you all include it in yours.
  • I’m thankful to have my own apartment.  Sure I could be rolling around in an extra $800 a month, but oh my, how I love coming home to my apartment, and having it truly be my apartment.
  • I’m grateful that I got a job this year, unemployment really didn’t suit me.  BUT, now that I have it, it’s really important that I don’t lose track of the other things that matter to me.  One of my New Years resolutions for 2010 is to get back on stage and in front of the camera.
  • I’m thankful for the travelling I got to do this year.  At the beginning of the year I flew back and forth to Chicago, then a ten-day all expense paid trip to Israel. Over the summer I went to Boston to shoot a film, then Las Vegas to celebrate my mother’s birthday, and eventually Los Angeles for some fun in the sun.  It was a year full of travel and I loved every minute of it.

There are many, many things I’m grateful for this year.  Now, I’m ready for a new year, one full of new things;  better more stable times.  I have a good feeling about 2010, bring it on.

What are you thankful for this year?  What are you looking forward to being thankful for next year?

Now for the recap for un-feasty Thursday:

Breakfast

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Fried egg and cheese on Italian bread
Green Tea

Snack

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Oh, Thank Heaven for 7-11
Crumb Cake flavored coffee with Cinnamon Creamer
So bad, but so, so, good

Dunner

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Okay, so this tasted a lot better than it looks:

Turkey burger (I felt like some turkey was obligatory) in a flour tortilla, topped with BBQ sauce and Pepper Jack cheese

You many notice the very obvious lack of fruits and vegetables in my diet today.  The truth is, my parents just have a very different eating style then I do and I don’t always know how to maneuver their fridge, freezer and pantry.  Sometimes I’m convinced that they have a fridge full of condiments and no food.  When I’m here, instead of digging, I just grab whatever is front and center.  Luckily, I’m pretty sure I’m not in danger of scurvy.