Every year around Thanksgiving, it’s nice to stop, take a breath and take note of all the things we are thankful for in this world. Of course, everyone is obligated to say the standard: I’m thankful for family, health, friends, blah blah blah. But come on, let’s be honest with each other for once and say what we’re REALLY giving thanks for.
Being the trendsetter that I am (I’m not), I’ll step up and go first (I like to lead by example). Here are the top ten things that I am thankful for this year:
2. Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume
This book is one of my all-time favorites (for the record, most of my other favorites are not found in the children’s section-not that there’s anything wrong with that). I first read Just As Long As We’re Together when it came out in the late 80s, and have read it once every year since then. Reading it instantly takes me back to childhood, when my two very best friends lived just a few blocks away (just like Stephanie in the book!) and you start realizing that your parents are people too, not just the bottomless pits of love who live to meet your every need. It also made me feel better about being a late-blooming chubby kid (anyone know if there is a book that will help me feel better about being a late-blooming chubby adult?)
3. Neko Case
I get it. They’re not super hip like cronuts, pretzel bread or kale, but I like to keep it old school.
5. 13 Going on 30
6. Look At That Horse
This youtube video has been around forever, but it makes me laugh every time I watch it. See, the joke is the guy is looking at a picture of a moth, but thinks it’s a horse! Maybe it’s better just to see it for yourself (or watch it again)!
7. Stitch Fix
I hate shopping. I always have. It’s the worst…the sales people are either too aggressive or ignore you completely, and somehow, the dressing rooms always smell like farts. Stitch Fix is a website that has literally changed my life. It has ensured that I never have to set foot in a Macy’s or Loehmann’s again. You fill out a profile about yourself and your style and then every month (or as often as you’d like) they send you 5 items (clothes, shoes, accesories, etc) that are tailored to you, your budget and body type. Seriously, it’s the best discovery of the 21st century (other than that whole Higgs boson thing).
9. Play Station 4
I know PS4 hasn’t come out yet, but I’ll be ever so thankful when it does. I don’t really know all that much about it, or why it will be better than PS3, XBox or any other gaming/streaming system of its kind, but commercials, blogs and general consumer buzz tells me it will be, so I believe it. And is it really so wrong to want the newest shiny thing to hit the stores? I for one, welcome another device that I can watch Netflix on.
10. French kissing
No explanation needed.