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Friday, October 11th, 2013 04:19 pm
Stress, stress, more stress, and a truly VILE cold (possibly now a truly vile sinus infection, and my doctor could not fit me in, and getting to urgent care is not really doable while on call AUGH).

However. I can let it define the week or I can argue. I've been missing a lot of gratitudes lately (over on Twitter/Facebook, and I haven't copied any here in forever I know), because of stress, and I think that is NOT helping me deal with the stress.

So. I am grateful for:

  • Cough drops, decongestants, and other medicines. I may not like needing them, but I'd like how I felt a lot less without them.

  • Hot baths, hot showers, hot tea...sensing a theme?

  • A goodly supply of clean water, so that staying hydrated is a matter of remembering to drink. I'm very fortunate to live in a country and a time when it is so easy and convenient.

  • Washer/dryers.

  • Super comfy leggings.

  • Cuddly cats. (I won't be grateful for claws. But the owners of the claws are sweet, cute, and generally well meaning.)

  • Cell phones. They make so many things more convenient than they otherwise would be.

  • Oyster. Seriously, OYSTER. I've got so many books queued up to read.

  • Goat Milk Soap. Looking forward to another bar of honeysuckle, and a half-bar of pineapple to see if I like it! :)

  • My family – Scott and the boys, but also my wonderful extended family, both sides. I am blessed with amazing relatives, including my in-laws.

  • Computers. Because hey, I'm posting this, right?

  • Coursera, even if I am presently playing the “which courses do I keep and which do I drop” game because there are too many I'm vaguely interested in all at the same time. Actually, maybe ESPECIALLY because of that.

  • The amazing YMCA Wilsonville day care/pre school that my boys go to. A wonderful group of people, and thank goodness for all they do for the boys, which goes far beyond simply caring for them even before they're officially in preschool.

  • Ian's parrotting of words. He's learning some fairly complex pronunciations (for an under-two) and becoming increasingly comprehensible to people who don't know him well. Last night, he was echoing whatever got said for a while. “Chocolate” was the one that stuck in my mind – which is a pity, because some of the others were more hilarious and less expected from a kid.

  • Lactase supplements from Rite Aid can be bought in bottles. Which means you can carry them around without crushing them to powder. EXCELLENT.

  • Patient friends, even if I did basically barely say hi to them last night.

  • A comfy house to be at home IN.

  • Chocolate. And caramels. And chocolate-coated caramels.

  • Airplanes, even if I'm not using them at the moment myself.

  • My coworkers, who are wonderful people to work with.

  • Root beer. Minor? Yes. Yummy? Yep!

  • Progress made on cleaning, however slight.

  • Warm blankets fresh from the dryer.

  • Sunlight.

  • Trees turning colors in the fall. And the effect of the sunlight on their colors.

  • Rain, and water in general.

  • Music.

  • Any of you that has read this far...and those of you who didn't. My family, friends, and coworkers rock.

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
A damn fine list for an otherwise sucky week. Good healing to you, my friend.
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
talk to me more about this oyster? they're pissing me off because apparently they won't let me find out what they actually /offer/ until AFTER I give them money, and fuck that.
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
Ugh, sorry to hear things are so unpleasant right now. Hope next week is much better!