Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday of the year. I love Christmas but it comes with the pressure of gift-giving and it tends to destroy my wallet. Thanksgiving is a great time to be with family and friends AND it always involves outstanding food. I reeeeeeeally love that part. Plus, I don’t cook at all so I tend to get off easy. I typically get to enjoy an amazing meal without having to do any cooking (primarily because no one would want me to). I’m really good at washing dishes and buying delicious things at Aurora Provisions (easily my favorite gourmet market & caterer in town) so that’s how I contribute. In summary, Thanksgiving is a stress-free holiday for me where I get to eat some of my favorite foods and spend time with people I love. What could be better?
This year I’ll be spending Thanksgiving at Brett Johnson’s beautiful family home on Bailey Island. I couldn’t be more excited. I’m so thankful that he’s included me in his annual “orphans Thanksgiving” celebration. I’m not able to be with my family so this is the perfect alternative. It also got me thinking about all of the things that I’m thankful for this year. Thanksgiving tends to make me a little sentimental so you’ll have to bear with me. At least you don’t have to see me getting all mushy and tearful. Trust me, it’s not a pretty site.
So, here’s my list. I promise it will be the last list I’ll inflict on you for a while. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
1. The city of Portland — I’m so thankful that I have the privilege to live in this eclectic, quirky, culturally-rich, and supportive community. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here for ten years. It really feels like home.
2. I’m incredibly thankful for the Yurges family (and all of the extended Van Orman family members). They treat me like one of their own and have hosted me on many Thanksgivings (and other major holidays). I’m especially thankful for Josh Yurges. This guy is just like my brother and I don’t know what I would do without his friendship. He’s been my closest friend (and roommate, pre-marriage and the twins) for many years and he has stuck with me through thick and thin. He’s also my perfect alter ego. I wrote a post about him many years ago that very accurately describes our friendship. You can find it here.
3. M&M’s. And, the new Birthday Cake M&M’s? They’ve changed my life.
4. Social media. Especially Twitter. Did you actually think it wouldn’t make the list? It’s a huge part of my life and I love it.
5. My newfound ability to “turn down the volume” on friends (and their ability to turn down the volume on me). Thank you Facebook.
6. My mom. I love her more than anyone else in the world. She’s smart and brave and steady. And, she loves me no matter what. What more could I ask for?
7. My work. I consider myself very lucky to be able to work in a profession that I truly enjoy. I have been fortunate to connect with amazing employers and clients and to do work that makes me proud.
8. Rufus. Ten years ago I would have told you that it would be impossible for me to become attached to a cat. But, because of George, and now Rufus, I have grown to love animals in a way that I didn’t think was possible.
9. My readers. What would I do without you? Thank you so much for all of your feedback (the positive and the negative) and support. I promise to do my best to bring you varied, informative, and entertaining content in the year to come. Happy Thanksgiving!