- Basket Beginnings in Oregon, IL. I am working here for a couple hours today. It isn't much, but I love it. The store itself is beautiful and you can get anything from yarn to basket supplies to handmade jewelry and bags to gently used clothing to candles shaped like wine corks (I bought one for Nikky & Yan for part of their wedding gift) to horse tack to Linda, the owner, is an incredible lady full of crafty talent that I hope to attain to much like the talent of my Grandma Cheatwood. I may even learn how to weave sometime in the near future. I am pretty excited about that prospect.
- Oregon Healthcare Pharmacy Services, Inc. Another wonderful place that I work, and today I found out they should be needing me full-time through the rest of the year which is wonderful since I have been home and without work all week because I finished the project they had hired me on for. I'll have normal hours again starting next week.
- Brisk Unsweetened Ice Tea. I stopped at the Mobil in the village today and was planning on getting a crazy large soda simply because I could, but instead ended up getting myself a healthier and tastier alternative in this tasty tea.
- Feelings of accomplishment. I managed to schedule my gym orientation for at the Grove, set up a dentist appointment and a doctor's appointment as well all within about 20 minutes this morning. Things I should have done a long time ago, but I have been worried about money and time amongst other things. I am glad to have this done though. I makes everything a little easier.
- Yarn. Especially from Basket Beginnings. I bought five more skeins today to work on a very special blanket for a very special little boy who will be coming into the world for his big debut in about 6 weeks. This blanket will be soft and durable. It will also be machine washable and dryable, so that will make this a little easier. Plus it is in a nice set of lovely but not overbearing colors. Hopefully he'll like the blanket and his parents will too.
- Conor. I shall soon have a nephew named Conor. My very best friend in the universe and her husband are going to be proud parents very, very soon, and I will be an insanely proud aunt who has a hard time not spoiling her nephew. This special little man has already brought me more light and joy this week than I have had in a long time. I cannot wait to meet him. If this list was in order of things I am most thankful for at the moment, he would be at the very top of the list.
- Having a little money. I am not rich. I am, in fact, quite broke, but I have just enough money to take care of my immediate and most pressing needs at the moment. I have no idea if/how I will pay for returning to school if I head down there in the spring, but for the time being, and partially because of item #2 on this list, I will have the money I need to take care of my car, my doctor's appointment, gym membership (which I really do need, I am so horribly out of shape), and Christmas presents. It may not be much, but it is enough. God is good.
- Christmas shopping. I realize many people have very negative things to say about Christmas shopping or they find it stressful and overwhelming, but I adore Christmas shopping. I love finding things or what I need to make gifts for the people I love. I do not believe you have to spend a ton of money on the gifts you want to give people, but I do believe good gifts deserve some thought. This year I am already looking forward to the look on my mom's face when she sees I finally found her a copy of a movie she has loved for years and years that we've never been able to find. I am also looking forward to seeing my youngest brother reading a book I bought him. ACTUALLY READING! Considering how brilliant he is, you'd think he read all the time but that isn't the case. I found out that there is a fourth book in a series he absolutely loves, and I know he will read it. What's there not to love about a book filled with pirates, adventures, hilarity and ham? It will be great.
- My ears. They may not be my favorite physical feature, although I don't mind my ears, but what I love about them is their glorious ability to hear. Music and laughter are two things I would be sad to live my life without hearing.
- Warm blankets. I love making them, I love cuddling up with them, and I love that they make it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I may stay in bed for as long as I can on Saturday. I thought about it this morning, but the idea of coffee pulled me out of bed long before I expected. This thought leads me to #11...
- Coffee. God bless the wonderful individual who realized that coffee was something a person could drink. It makes every morning a little easier and warms me up on cold evenings alongside a tasty slice of homemade pie. As Shane points out in Agnes & the Hitman, it reaches up into the brain and presses GO. What's not to love about that?
Be blessed and recognize those blessings big and small. God is so, so, soooo very good.