Dear 100 Hour Board,
Tis the season! What are you thankful for?
Also, light or dark meat?
It's kind of poor form to keep your own question nearly a thousand hours over, wouldn't you say? The hobbies can wait.
Dark meat, no contest.
I'm thankful for a lot of things, chief among them family who has been nothing but supportive throughout a year of pandemonium, unexpected health problems, and other challenges.
I'm grateful for the Board serving as an outlet for my writing needs, even if I don't answer as often as I probably ought to (and the pandemic still keeps me from earnestly getting to know my fellow writers-in-crime).
I'm grateful for remote instruction allowing me to continue studying at BYU even in the face of my health problems, despite the challenges Zoom presents, and for the financial aid which is helping me afford my education even while I've been unable to work.
I'm grateful for friends both near and remote who have helped me stay connected through what has been a very isolating and disquieting year for me.
2020 wasn't the best of years, but I still have a lot of things to be grateful for, and I'm hoping 2021 will be better.
Dark meat all the way.
Thanks for asking this question! This has been a rather hellish year in many different ways, but there are still SO many things to be grateful for! In no particular order, here are some of the things I'm thankful for:
- Scented candles
- My kitten
- Having the ability to work from home
- My parents for administering the sacrament to me throughout this pandemic, and just in general
- Fuzzy blankets
- My friend Black Forest Cake
- My old roommate from college
- My siblings
- Podcasts (they have been my link to faux human interaction)
- My ACME friends
Neither. Ham all the way baby!
I'm grateful for:
- Carl's foot rubs
- Carl Jr. sleeping well and being night weaned
- Carl's new job that he seems to enjoy
- our apartment and our awesome landlord
- Bath and Body Works buy one get one free 3 wick candle sale
- grocery store pickup
- fuzzy socks
- my "habit tracker" app that's helping me pray and read scriptures more. It's making a difference in our home.
- the cheap but nice stroller we got on KSL so I can take Carl Jr. on walks
- cute Christmas cards
- my new, warm fuzzy leopard print sweatshirt that I got for my birthday
- loving in-laws who cater to Carl Jr's dairy allergy for Thanksgiving (we're in a quarantine bubble together)
- Carl's migraines getting better and happening less frequently
- feeling less depressed after many months of postpartum depression as Carl Jr. has improved 100% after getting his lip and tongue ties released
- not hating breastfeeding anymore after despising it for 8 1/2 months (but not wanting to pay $400/month for formula and figure out weaning)
- daily naps
- being more positive after President Nelson's #givethanks challenge
- my best friend has moved back to Utah after living out of state for two years
- my shiny candle wax melter I also got for my birthday (sooo pretty)
- salted caramel Oreos
- Carl Jr.'s laughter when I fake sneeze
- my best friend for taking stinking cute photos of us for Christmas cards
Here's my non-comprehensive list of things I'm grateful for:
- My beautiful wife and daughter
- My applications to law school are complete and submitted
- BYU Law accepted me
- My job that lets me work from home
- Somehow me not getting COVID when my wife did
- The Wahoo Kickr my father-in-law let us borrow
- The free and fair election we had in November
- Snacks and candy
Also, I'm not too particular when it comes to meat as long as it's cooked all the way through and is still moist.
-Sunday Night Banter
Christmas ham is superior to Thanksgiving turkey, but I'll take the dark meat.
I am thankful for:
- Technology that helps us learn and connect, even though online school sucks. Also, I can look up nearly anything and learn about it. We are seriously so lucky to have access to so much knowledge almost instantly. I'm so grateful that I live in a time and place that allows me to use this privilege
- My hilarious husband
- Opportunities to research and get paid for it
- An affordable apartment, even if it's not the cutest
- My cute plants - which are STAYING ALIVE!
- AMAZING professors who have had to deal with so much crap this semester but have managed to still teach me so much and help me grow.
- Access to a quality education
- Almost being done with my undergrad
- Christmas scented candles
- SheFit Bras for allowing me to finally exercise comfortably
- Chances to buy gifts for other people
- People like Amber Eldredge for sharing their talents so I can have beautiful diverse art in my home.
- My talents for baking and cooking
- A super plush bathrobe
- In-laws that are so sweet and accepting and share my political beliefs, unlike my parents... it helps to have at least one group of people to talk to about it.
- My friends, who I haven't spent as much time with as I'd like, but who are still there for me and make me laugh on the regular.
- Specifically Coldplay
- The fact that I literally get to cuddle with the person I love most every single night, and I really hope I never get tired of it.
- Eggnog ice cream
- Scientists, researchers, and healthcare workers who work their butts off all the time so we can move on from this dumb virus
- My Covid-19 and Society class, for being so incredibly therapeutic (and interesting.)
- A stable financial situation
- Not being pregnant, like my crazy in-laws
- A chance to attend grad school debt-free, which is a dream come true.
Light meat all the way! I’m basic—I know this about myself and I embrace it.
My grateful list is quite similar to Anathema’s (man, it’s like we’re sisters and enjoy similar things or something), but here goes!
- Cozy hoodies
- Fuzzy socks
- Scented candles
- How soft my dog is, and how much she loves cuddling. Also her sweet dorky smile when her tongue hangs out the side of her mouth
- Good audiobooks
- Christmas music
- The fact that in-person school has been going much better than I thought, and also that when we’ve had to go online it’s also been much better than last March was
- My awesome coworkers who do things like share lesson plans, let me bounce ideas off them, and just generally brighten my day
- Christmas decorations
- Online shopping, especially from small businesses
- Our downstairs neighbors, who’ve become really close friends this year and have helped keep me and my husband sane during Covid
- The opportunity to be creative
- How sweet and kind and supportive my husband is
- When old students stop by to say hi and talk with me (a perk of going online for a while was seeing old students on zoom from their younger siblings’ computers)
- Financial stability, especially during covid
- The internet. This year would have been WAY worse without it!
- People who actually wear masks correctly in public and believe in science
- The scientists who have been working so freaking hard to make a vaccine in record time
- Beautiful outdoors adventures
- Getting to be a teacher. It’s a crazy time to be a teacher, but let’s face it it’s a crazy time for everyone, and my job truly brings me so much happiness and fulfillment
Dark meat is superior, but all turkey is worth avoiding.
This year I'm grateful for a stable job, stable finances, and the ability to work from home. I'm even more grateful that my job gave me permission to work from another state, so I can spend the holidays with my family. This will be the first time in years that I've been home for more than a few days, and I can't wait.
I'm grateful for my friends, and for the ability to talk to friends virtually. One of my friends has been sending me a series of weekly postcards, and I've never been this excited to check the mail.
I'm grateful for doctors and medicine. I'm exceptionally grateful that my grandmother who was diagnosed with COVID seems to be on the mend.
I'm grateful that my mental and emotional health have improved so drastically this year, despite the resounding terribleness of the world.
I'm grateful for my friend Appleby, on whom I have a solid crush. Even if nothing comes if it, which seems likely, he's amazing and he makes me happy.
I'm grateful for dogs, because they're a primary source of my joy in life.