November is one of my favorite months. It’s my birthday month, it’s not freezing cold yet in the States and Thanksgiving. Everyday I always try and think of 3 things to be grateful for. These things are pretty unimpressive. It usually consists of a random act of kindness, the fact I wore comfortable shoes, finding a taxi the first try, remembering to eat, etc. In following the Facebook trend, I have complied a list of things that I am grateful for. This is part one and mostly silly. I’m sure the second part will be much more serious.
Coffee: I would be an awful human being if I didn’t have this daily caffeine supplement. Really society should be grateful that there is coffee, so they wouldn’t have to deal with a cranky me.
Rainy days: It rains a lot in Boston and Casablanca. It can rain for days, but it makes the next sunny day glorious.
Sweet Potato Fries: Really anything involving sweet potatoes. I lived off of them in grad school, especially the fries from Trident Cafe on Newberry Street
Post Secret Website: I check this site every Sunday (if I can remember). It’s a nice reminder that you’re not too weird or alone.
Pets: I love animals. I think the thing I am most excited about when I go to the States for the holidays is to see the dog and cat. Ironically, I miss my Game of Thrones fish tank the most. I guess that’s what I get for not having a TV, so the tank would be the consistent form of entertainment in the 30 Harris St house.
Roommates: I have had awesome roommates. Sure, it was cramped living with 4 other people for a combination of 5 years, but the memories and friendships have lasted. Also it was really nice having a solid support system when it came to either a) killing spiders or b) getting the landlord to remove the angry, caged squirrels from the wall.
Boston: This city is great and I’m so thankful I lived here before moving to Casa. Boston gave me my city legs and I got to perfect my “don’t-you-dare-bother-me” walk. The things I loved and miss the most are: the Buddha room at the MFA, the booksmith, the docks on the Charles, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Public Gardens and my running routes.
Pecometh: I grew up during my 8 summers working there. I have met some of the most inspiring people there, who have been a constant support. And I’ve traveled enough to know that the best sunrises and sunsets are at Pecometh.
Education: Yes, it was a lot of work and money, but it was worth it. Also I love explaining over and over again that, “Yes, you have to get a Master’s degree to work in a library.”
Job: I have a real life, genuine grown up job in the field that I studied. It may not be exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I am the luckiest library school kid.
Maya, Maia and Gabriella: These are the girls that I was lucky enough to nanny for. I learned so much from them and their families. I learned that the definition of family isn’t a cookie cutter shape. That a family can come in all shapes and sizes. Also they showed me such unconditional kindness that will never be forgotten.
Neil Gaiman: C’mon. This guy is amazing and highly entertaining. He writes awesome stories (Anansi Brothers, American Gods, Coraline, Stardust…) Have you read the Sandman series? Go and read it now… I’ll wait.
Health: I am so grateful to have my health because this hasn’t always been the case.
Technology: When technology works, it is amazing! I love that I can Skype and Viber my friends who are living all over the world. I love that I can download music and movies in no time at all. I love that I can feel connected to my parent’s when I’m living in Africa.
Music: I always have an inappropriate song in my head. In October I had Stephen Lynch’s “Halloween” in my head constantly. It’s really entertaining trying to talk about Halloween to little kids with that on repeat.
I’ll finish this list sometime soon…hopefully…