I made a road trip of 425 miles last night, so I had plenty of time to put together a list of things I’m just randomly thankful for. I wrote something much wiser and nicer for the Arkansas Women Bloggers entitled “The Thanks I Get: In Honor of Thanksgiving.” For the in-depth, thoughtful take on gratitude, go read that. If you want to consider the random things we might be thankful for, read on.

I am thankful for . . .

Family Guy

My son Blaise’s sense of humor and quick wit

My brother’s and sister’s ability to make me laugh until I cry


Hugs from my adorable nephew, nieces and goddaughterRandom Gratitude

Beaver Lake

Mad Men

My “branch office,” the West Mountain Brewing Company

Northside Rotary of Fayetteville

My blogging cohorts at AWB, BWA, and everywhere else I’ve found them

My gray hair (well, I’m not at all grateful for that but I know I’m supposed to be because it represents the wisdom I’ve earned, blah, blah, blah)

Blaise’s genuine kindness with small children and old people

The relationships our high school kids have at Good Shepherd Lutheran


Jody and Mark’s deck

Ryan Gosling

Love Actually

80’s bands who have NOT chosen to do reunion tours

Peanut butter

Air conditioning


Law & Order’s refusal to die

My church family at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The Friday coffee group

Women who will let me be catty sometimes and still believe I’m generally a good person

My red Ariat boots

George Clooney

Walt Whitman, especially Song of Myself

Mumford & Sons

English professors



My mom’s having taught me how to be calm in a crisis

Essex High School Class of 1985

F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby



Cooper’s fire pit and table under the pergola

My Fayetteville family and their willingness to share their boats with me

Martin Luther



Scads of friends who hold me up, make me laugh, believe in me, and look after me in so many ways

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Arkansas Razorbacks, regardless of W-L record

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