Gratitude Party: Warm winters, good food, and Google

The 5 Things for Which I Was Grateful YESTERDAY:

First, let me say that I had it on my mind to recount my 5 grateful things yesterday, but never got around to it.  So, I decided to focus on that this morning.  It was a nice change to START the day thinking of all the things for which I’m grateful, rather than ending on that note.  Both are equally as fulfilling, just… different.  On the days I forget to write, I’ll just pick up where I left off the next day.  No sweat!  🙂

1. Unseasonably warm winter weather.

Today it was about 50 degrees.  In NYC.  In JANUARY!  Definitely what we call “unseasonal”.  Typically by now, we’d have had at least one snow storm.  But not this year.  In fact, I heard on the news recently that last month was the warmest December on record since they started keeping track of the weather!  How crazy is that?  I’m not complaining, though, because I love warm weather.  Every time we have a halfway decent weather day, it occurs to me that there are places in this world where the weather is decent everyday, no matter the season.  And I wonder why I’m not living in one of those places.  Lol.  But, I choose to make my home in the wonderful city of New York, so I take the good with the bad.  Sometimes, the weather is the worst of what the city offers.  But this season has been different.  Part of me is a bit concerned because, obviously, there’s some kind of global warming/climate change stuff going on here.  But, for now, I’m just thankful that it’s not yet time to pull out the long puffy coats, long johns, hats, scarves and gloves.  Here’s to pseudo-spring weather.

2. Enjoying my own cooking.

I’ve always known that I’m a pretty good cook.  I learned from the best (mom and grandma), but developed my own style along the way.  Whenever I cook for myself, I’m rarely disappointed.  That’s impressive, if I do say so myself.  Not only do I like the results, I also like the process.  Chopping onions, seasoning meats, coming up with new flavor combinations… it’s all fun for me. Yes, I know that my cooking is good, and, today, I found out that He does, too.  A cook gets loads of satisfaction from pleasing someone they care about.  And when that person takes a bite of your creation, looks over at you with a bit of surprise, and says – mouth full – “This is good, babe.”  Well, it doesn’t get any better.

3. Sleeping late.

‘Nuff said, really.  Lol.  I told y’all that I love sleeping.  Napping is fantastic, and sleeping late feels almost as good.  I am not a morning person.  No matter how much sleep I get the night before, when the alarm goes off in the morning I am offended.  How did it get to be 6:45 a.m. already?!  Monday through Friday, it’s the same drill.  I lay down and go to sleep and dawn comes way too quickly.  That’s why I relish the opportunity to sleep late on the weekends.  Yesterday, I took full advantage and slept later than usual.  It felt fantastic.

4. Google – How did we ever survive without it??

I can’t even tell you how many times I turn to Google for answers to the simplest questions.  He’ll say, “What was the name of the movie with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise?”  I’ll say, “Hmm… I don’t know.  Let me Google it.”  What did we do before Google?  I remember when I was a kid, my dad bought me a set of encyclopedias, and Popular Science.  When I had questions, my dad would tell me to go look it up.  With my encyclopedias, Popular Science, dictionary, and thesaurus, I was able to answer most questions I had.  But I would literally have to hunt for the answer.  It was tedious, annoying, boring.  And, then, my grandpa bought me an encyclopedia that was on a disc.  It was revolutionary!  I could just type in a keyword and the answer would show up on my computer screen.  I thought THAT was life-changing.  And then, Google showed up.  Not, Google is a noun (as in “I looked it up on Google”, as well as a verb “I Google all my dates before we go out for the first time”).  Going to Google is like second-nature for me these days.  It has, for all intents and purposes, changed the game.  I, for one, would be lost without it.  He and I were chatting today and he asked me what has been the most influential technological advancement of our time.  I said Facebook, he said Google.  While I stand by the fact that Facebook has revolutionized the way that we communicate and stay in connected to one another, quietly… I think He’s right.

5. Football – (never thought I’d say that!) I’m learning more about it each week. It’s not so bad after all.

Just like I’m passionate about reality TV and celebrity gossip, He is passionate about sports.  He’s somewhat of an expert.  It trips me out when I think about how much He knows.  He analyzes players, teams, coaches, matchups, game conditions… every possible variable.  He memorizes stats, scores, etc.  It’s really quite amazing.  And rather sexy.  🙂  But, honestly, one of the things that I think is most important about relationships is that you learn from one another.  I have never ever understood football.  I get the general gist (sort of) and I do know team names and the franchise players.  I understand what a quarterback is (kinda), but beyond those things, that’s as much as I can claim to know about the sport.  My dad has tried to teach me things about it, but gets frustrated and quits after I ask him what a first down is for the millionth time.  Even my grandma, who is a HUGE football fan, has tried to no avail.  So many people love it, I figured there had to be something good about it, but nobody could show me what it was.  But hanging around Him, I’ve learned a lot.  I’m starting to get it.  And, even more surprising, I’m starting to like it.  I find myself tuning in even when he’s not here.  Never thought I’d say it, but I think I’m starting to look forward to football Sundays… and Mondays, and Thursdays, and… well, you get my drift.

What are you grateful for today?  Here’s your invitation to the Gratitude Party!

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