Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means that it’s time to reflect on what we’re thankful for. So, today I thought I’d share five of the smaller things in my life that I’ve become very thankful for this past year. None of these are life-changing or important in the way that God, family, and friends are, but I’m thankful for them nonetheless. Sometimes, it really is the little things in life that make a big difference.
So, without further ado, here are five random things I’m thankful for this year:
1) Having my own washer and dryer. In my actual house. That doesn’t involve quarters.
In our apartment the washers and dryers were terrible, so while we lived there I went to a laundromat. Laundry can be enough of a pain as it is without having to put it all in your car and drive it someplace AND also pay in quarters. I don’t know how anyone with kids does it: you have my ultimate respect. Now that we’re in our house, I love being able to just walk downstairs, whenever I want, to throw laundry in. The only downside is that now it is far, far easier to put off doing laundry because I CAN do it anytime. Before, I couldn’t let it get too out of hand or I’d have to put even MORE stuff in the car and there was no way I was doing that.
2) Getting the paper
At our apartment, our setup did not make it easy to get a newspaper, so we didn’t. Now we do, and I love it. For one thing, I can stay up to date on all the great and not-so-great advice Dear Abby has to dispense. More importantly, I now am more aware of current events. I have a hard enough time reading about sad things like war as it is, but for whatever reason, it is ten times harder for me to make myself read it online. I can’t stand getting news from TV, either, because you have no control over when you’re done with a story. I’m also not huge on local news, which seems to be TV’s favorite thing. Plus, papers have awesome things like crossword puzzles and Jumbles. Most of all, I love reading the opinion sections and perusing through all the pages of the Sunday paper. Yes, I’m basically an old person. Deal with it.
Also, newspapers come with:
Although I will never be (and, in fact, refuse to be) one of those extreme couponers who spends 2 cents to get $800 worth of stuff to stockpile in their basement, I am enjoying being able to save a little money on stuff I have to buy anyway. I’m still learning the ropes, but luckily I have the help of websites that compare sales with coupons at different stores that do almost all of the work for me. Plus, cutting out coupons gives me the perfect excuse to watch Netflix or listen to a podcast, which leads me to my next few things:
No commercials and the opportunity to finally see shows or movies I always meant to watch but never did? Priceless. And when you’re sick, there’s nothing better. You don’t even have to push a button to start the next episode.
You guys, there is this whole world of free shows out there, on just about anything. I’m finding more and more that I’d usually rather hear someone talk about something than just listen to music (don’t get me wrong, though; music is great), and now I can, about whatever I want. (Although, I currently choose to listen to podcasts about such deep topics as Gilmore Girls, Friends, and brothers answering questions people have posted on Yahoo. Judge not.)
So those are some of the smaller things in my life that make it just a little bit better. I hope that as you gather with friends and family and stuff yourselves with delicious food tomorrow, you remember all the things, big and small, that make you thankful, too.