Stuff & Nonsense: Top 10 Tuesday: Thankful


24 November 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Thankful


Since it's Thanksgiving this week (in the US, anyway), Top Ten Tuesday is all about thankfulness! Just so we're clear, mine is by no means an exhaustive list of things I'm thankful for. Some are obvious (tea!), some are relevant (books!), some are random (you'll see). But I'm thankful for all of them.

  1. I am thankful for books. I mean, obviously. There’s no book blog without books! But seriously I cannot imagine who I would be if I had not been introduced to books so early in life or what my life might be like, even now, without books in it.
  2. I am thankful for libraries -- most especially my library consortium and state-wide interlibrary loan system. Between the two, I can usually get just about any book my greedy bookish heart desires. This means I’m saving money! That I then spend at Amazon on the comic books and manga I can’t get through the library. The Husband would argue it’s no savings at all, but I’d argue he knows nothing about the economics of books.
  3. I am thankful for The Husband. How I got so lucky so early in adulthood, I’ll never know … especially as I was dead cert I’d never get married or, heaven help me, get sucked into some complicated intercontinental romance with a man. Silly me. He’s awesome -- kind, quirky, beautiful, brews a mean cup of tea, gives excellent hugs, and warms my soul.
  4. I am thankful for that pure thrill of pleasure that runs right through me when I see that a book I’ve really been anticipating has finally come out. The joy of it can carry me along for days.
  5. I am thankful for the quiet afternoons spent curled up with a cozy quilt, purring kitty, big “cuppa tay,” and a good book. I used to think such afternoons were pure decadence and that I should be doing “more important things,” but now I realize there’s times when nothing is more important.
  6. I am thankful for tea. Green. White. Herbal. Black. Hot. Cold. Even room temperature, half-forgotten, and possibly (probably) tainted by kitty whiskers. Thankful for it all. As the quote goes: “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”
  7. I am thankful for my health. I know, considering all the things that have gone wrong happened lately, I might not be thankful for my health. However, while they’ve all been pretty discomforting and OHMYGODWHY, they could have been so much worse. (Yes, that’s right, universe. I’m tempting you to make my life Even.More.Eventful).
  8. I am thankful there are only 37 days left in 2015. Even though I know the year could have been so much worse, quite a lot of 2015 made me want to make rude gestures at the universe and the longer year’s gone on, the more I’ve want to pull the blankets over my head and pretend I’m just not here.
  9. I am thankful for the WQXR New York online streaming classical music wotsit. I can’t read to music, but I find I must write to it. Classical music works best and WQXR plays some great selections. I don’t know what it is, but music just gets my writerly juices flowing. Suddenly the book I’ve been avoiding talking about for two weeks becomes the things I must talk about today.
  10. I am thankful for audiobooks. There are books I’ve, time and time again, to read but ultimately had to set aside, because I simply could not find my way into them. But, with audiobooks, the most impenetrable text opens right up.

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