30 Days of Thankfulness (Days 18 – 23)

Misplacing things has always been a problem of mine.  Even as a teenager, my dad would have me give him important things that I needed to be able to find quickly if I needed it because I can never remember where I put something and he does.  Also, if I ever tell myself, “This is a safe place, I’m going put to this here” I decide to find a new spot because it takes me forever to find the “safe place” that I put things.  All of this is to say that these pictures are unedited because I misplaced my camera cord yet again.  Let’s see if I have an easier time finding it at the end of this week!

Day 18: The ability to move.  I was born with clubfoot and it wasn’t until I spent some time in West Africa that I realized that not all people who are born with clubfoot have the resources to have it fixed.  There are still some movements that cause pain in my foot, but I am able to move and I am thankful for that.  (I started Zumba last week.)

Day 19: My traveling experiences.  When I was younger I did some traveling overseas and those experiences have definitely helped shape who I am today and I’m thankful for that.  I’m also thankful for the reminders of those travels that are spread around my house, like this African fabric on my nightstand.

Day 20: Easy access to clean and safe water.  When I turn on a faucet I often reflect that I am so thankful to have easy access to clean and safe drinking water because it’s such a basic need and a lot of people don’t.

Day 21: People who inspire me.  I am so thankful for the people who inspire me; both those I know and those I don’t. (The plaque in the picture is from Curly Girl.  All of you should go check out her designs.  They are so cute and full of whimsy.  I always have a hard choosing what I’d like to get when placing an order because I want everything!)

Day 22: Kind neighbors.  I have some very kind neighbors, including the neighbor who brought over a pot of hot Chai and spicy samosas.

Day 23: Family traditions.  My family doesn’t really have a lot of traditions, but we do have a few, like dad’s homemade pizza on Christmas Eve and our family chocolate birthday cake, which I baked Saturday night for my niece’s birthday.  When I arrived at my sister’s today with the cake in tow I was greeted with two questions: 1) Did you bake the right cake?  (Yes.)  2) Did you put two cans of frosting on it?  (No, but I didn’t buy the frosting and I was only given one can.)  2.5) Did you use the whole can?

Now, I don’t remember who did this, but I do remember the day when someone only put half a jar of frosting on the cake.  I learned at a young age that that is not proper protocol when preparing the family birthday cake.  (I was originally planning to take a picture of the finished cake but I loved how this turned out when I put it on instagram so I decided to use this one.)

What were you thankful for last week?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    *tarazza
    December 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I learn something new about you with every post! 🙂

    The part about the two cans of frosting is hilarious!!

    This sounds silly, but one of the things I'm most grateful for is climate control. Mostly air conditioning. I can't stand being too hot during the summer months!

    • Reply
      Crystal
      December 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Really? That's cool! Now I'm wondering what you learned about me in this one. 🙂

      Yes! Two cans of frosting on the cake and absolutely under no circumstances should you whip potatoes are two musts our kitchen.

      I don't think that sounds silly at all! I feel the same way, as you will see in the thankfulness post that I'm working on now.

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    Optimistic Existentialist
    December 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    How's the Zumba going thus far?

    • Reply
      Crystal
      December 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      It's pretty slow going so far! I have tried a few of the discs and I love them, however I've been busier than I expected to be and haven't done it much. I'm not the type to get up in the morning to work out…I've tried and it's never the best workout. But this week should be a slower week so I'll definitely be working on that some more!

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