View from my house

View from my backyard

Thanksgiving is only two days away.

This year is my “other” year. As in I’m divorced and my kids are with their dad this year.

And sure, I’ll miss them on Thursday. I’ll even miss them Friday through Monday.

But that’s okay.

Because after spending Thursday with my parents and with family friends that are really family, the husband and I are heading off for a short cruise. And we’re going with a few of our favorite people.

So before I get caught up in packing my shorts, some dresses and multiple pairs of shoes, I wanted to share some of what I’m currently thankful for. Mind you, this is just some. Not all.

I am thankful:

1. That I love where I live and who (and what) I’m surrounded by.

2. That my teens help keep my mind open to new experiences. (Music would be one of those things.)

3. That my husband understands PMS and perimenopause.

4. That I’ve learned to keep a tweezers in the car. Chin hairs are unbecoming and the light is really good in the rearview mirror.

5. That after years of waxing my bikini line, I don’t have to do it anymore. (Did you know that hair follicles die?)

6. That I have finally found a type of exercise that I like. (Thanks EC for making me spin with you. My ass thanks you too.)

7. That I know what a butt plug is. And that my husband does too.

8. That I have enough storage space in my house to be able to buy toilet paper and tampons in bulk. (That’s what living in Manhattan for 11 years will do to you.)

9. That I started wearing sunscreen in my late 20s. (After slathering on baby oil during my Miami teen years.) It’s made a difference.

10. That after 12 months of living with a broken kitchen sink faucet, I have a new one. And trust me, when you’re the one who does 99% of the dishes, it makes a difference.

And the most important one of all?

11. That I’ve never, ever had to cook the turkey. (You didn’t think I married my husband solely for his good looks and his big feet, did you?)

In all seriousness, I know I have a lot to be thankful for.

And I appreciate all of it.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day celebration.

And Bon Voyage!

Cruise ship