November 24, 2022

Three Things Thursday: Thankful

I really didn't want to write a cliché "things I'm thankful for" post. Yes, I'm very thankful for SO many things in my life but the list is the same for a huge number of people: my family, my friends, my health, etc. Of course I am thankful for those things! So I won't include the "given" choices. Instead, here are three things I'm thankful for that I may not think about every day...

1. Growing up with siblings.

My parents had four kids: Jeanie (48), Brian (46), me (40), and Nathan (38). Jeanie and Brian were quite a bit older than me, so I wasn't as close with them growing up. And Nathan and I fought all the time. So why would I be thankful for growing up with siblings? Our house was never boring!

I had an older "very cool" sister that I was always trying to dress like; I had a super smart older brother who I would ask a million questions and learn the answers to; and I had a laid-back younger brother who I spent a lot of time with because we had a mutual neighborhood-friend group. Whether or not we got along or had anything in common, I have great memories of growing up with them. And my relationship with each of them had some sort of positive impact on me as an adult. It's so hard to imagine growing up without them!

Why, yes, the year was 1990 in this picture--how did you know?

2. The patience and ability to solve problems.

I have very little patience for certain things in my life, but problem solving is not one of them. I'm not referring to mathematical story problems (although I do love those!), but rather diagnosing and fixing something--if the dishwasher is making a weird noise, or the light switch stops working, or the square peg won't fit in the round hole, I like to figure out WHY. And then I love to fix it! Even if it takes me hours and several attempts, the whole process is enjoyable for me. Like a really nerdy game.

3. Memes.

Yes, as shallow as it sounds, I am thankful for memes. There is NOTHING that can turn a bad mood around like looking at funny memes. I have a board on Pinterest with over 500 memes that make me laugh out loud. Aside from making me laugh, though, memes make me realize that I am not alone--even for the most obscure quirks I have.

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar and I discovered the "bipolar owl" memes, it was like this major awakening--there were other people who had all these weird issues, too! That was when I really started getting into memes; they made me feel better because I didn't feel alone and they made me laugh so hard I wheezed. Now, every so often, I'll just fall down the meme rabbit hole on Pinterest.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! 


  1. Happy Thanksgiving. It is good to remind ourselves we all have things to be grateful for.

  2. Hope you had a fabulous holiday. I'm grateful for your blog. It's a bright spot in my day.


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