I’m glad I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day because it makes even the hardest days a little easier. I am under more stress now than I have been since I went into hiding to leave a cult in 2001. I have developed an eye twitch for the first time in my life and my monthly cycles have gone wonky on me. But I don’t feel crazy, or desperate, or depressed, because at the end of each day, despite some of them being very bad days, there is always many things to be thankful for. And it helps me have a happy and content heart in the face of the stresses of life. Anyway, with that said, let’s get on to what I’m thankful for this week!
Thursday: The buy one, get one for a penny special McDonalds was having on Big Macs. I think this is the first Big Mac I’ve had in the last fifteen years. I don’t like to waste calories on an extra (and unnecessary, IMHO) piece of bread, but I have to admit the Big Mac is pretty tasty.
Friday: In an effort to improve my keying accuracy at work, I’ve begun listening to more music than audiobooks because it doesn’t take as much attention. I was feeling very human and imperfect because of a mistake I made that might cost me my job (my supervisor gave me the impression she was going to let me complete my probation before making a decision), and Pink made me feel a little better. Since most of you have probably heard the original, I want to share this cover that I fell in love with (mostly for Julia, my new voice crush, but Jake compliments her well
Saturday: Lunch with a friend that we were missing.
Sunday: A home-cooked meal. I now work until late in the evening and usually zap a burrito or something equally pathetic in the microwave when I get home, but today a home-cooked meal was waiting for me. I missed a friend’s birthday party since I had to work, and Dennis brought me home a ton of the delicious food served there, including smoked turkey, ribs, barbecue beans, cabbage and bacon, sweet potatoes and peach cobbler. What a nice change of pace from the cheese and crackers I had planned!
Monday: The avenue of prayer God has given us to reach out to him, and for the comfort only He can give.
Tuesday: My diabetes doctor gave me a thumbs up at my quarterly check-up for the control I’ve been keeping over my blood sugar and health. Although he did tell me to watch my weight, because I’m up 4 pounds since the last visit. Um, I’m up more than that b/c I actually lost four pounds since then, and then regained it plus four more! I quit Weight Watchers due to finances but should be able to afford it again soon since I got a raise. :)
Wednesday: Praise the Lord, my father’s doctor and I were able to convince him to go back on his meds! He had a stroke in 2008 and I have helped with his health care and finances ever since and two months ago, he went off his meds and I couldn’t get him back on them. Well, he had his three month check-up which showed elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Working together, me asking questions and addressing the concerns my father had about the medication, the doctor and I were able to convince him to a return to a (reduced) medicine regimen to prevent future health problems. He is not happy about it, but he’s able to acknowledge that not taking it is more harmful to him than taking it. This has been such a source of stress for me because I’m not ready to lose my Dad, and is a great relief that he’s willing to take his medication again.