In no particular order, thank you for...
Blessing me with a mind to rhyme and two hype feet. Oh wait, MC Hammer already covered that one.
Joe The other day, Joe asked me, "Why is everyone on Facebook saying they're thankful for shit all the time?" Hahaha! Also, sometimes he's intentionally funny. He works his butt off (literally, he has no butt!) so I can stay home with the girls as much as possible. It's a perfect mix of adorable and hilarious to watch him with the girls too.
Stop moving so I can
crack your neck brush your hair.
My quirky kid I'll just come right out and say it, Violet is a weirdo. She is her mother. She makes me laugh so much though. I love everything about her.
Permanent cheese face.
My serious smartypants What Leela lacks in silliness she more than makes up for in curiosity and crazy smartypantsness. Some days I expect her to build a chalkboard out of thought and air and start doing some damn calculus in the living room.
How many of these woodchips would I have to hoard to construct a tricycle and gtfo of her?
Watercolors I haven't seen Violet in 3 days since I found the pack of water colors in the junk drawer.
Yo Gabba Gabba Since I have to be a responsible adult now that I have two children, I watch YGG and pretend I'm trippin balls instead.
A job I hate it, but at least I have it to hate.
My couch Many hours has this couch served me well.
Art Art is subjective as fuck, and I like that.
Violet: WTF is it Dad? Joe: *fart*
Sliding Boards It's such a simple idea, yet there's so many possibilities!
Gravity Good for pulling us down slides. Also good from keeping Violet from flying up into space! And I'd miss her. Although I totally wouldn't mind flying up after her. Gravity, I no longer appreciate you - off my list!
At the top of the jump, push A again.
Running water We went 6 months without water this year. Ok, it was actually like 3 days while our pipes were being replaced, but it felt like months. There are people in the world who don't have the convenience of plumbing, and I just can't imagine.
Robots, zombies, ninjas, medieval knights, dinosaurs, unicorns And other cool things.
The rest of the family More times than not, my family drives me bonkers, but it's cool having them around anyway.
Swings Or playgrounds in general! I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the swings now. I want to play on them myself, but I have a damn baby to push. God. And I can't climb all over everything because she still can't walk. Then when she can walk, I'll have to spend a year supervising her until she grasps the concept of gravity (damn you again, gravity!). Two summers from now though, it's on.
Al Gore For inventing the internet for me to enjoy on my couch.
Weight Watchers I'm down 60 pounds from my fattest and 80 from my pregnantest, and I would have had no chance of doing that on my own.
Stripes and polka dots I like simple things.
Forks I hate getting my hands dirty and I'd probably starve if I had to touch my food. (Note to future self: possible weight loss plan.)
Astronauts I'm not really sure how I've benefited from people landing on the moon, but I know they're cool as shit and that's good enough for me.
Duct tape I saw a Mythbusters the other day where they repaired a plane with duct tape. I don't have a plane but I do have a roof that needs repairing and I am seriously considering putting DT to the test.
Bridges Have you ever thought about how cool it is that humans have figured out how to build hundreds-of-feet long roads in the middle of the air? Bridges, engineers, construction workers, creative human minds - I'm thankful for you all.
Cupcakes Who was the first person to think "Hey, I'm gonna take this flour and these eggs and this sugar and heat them up and then put more sugar on top"? Well, I don't know. But I am a fan of that person.
Clouds It's weird to look at clouds and think of exactly how big and how far they are. Then realize how tiny and close they are to us compared to the rest of the universe. Sometimes I take comfort in knowing how insignificant I am.
Things in List Format Satisfying to my ADD.
Dunkin Donuts Love me some hot caramel lattes!
The differences in people One time I was telling a girl at work about some farm I went to and they had cornboxes, like sandboxes, and I described it as "white people shit". Sometimes I'm a little racist. I'm just completely fascinated by different cultures and even the differences in individuals, and as long as I'm not the only person alive I'll never get tired of learning about other people's crazy shit.
My vision I just really like being able to see. Right now I can see my computer, my hands, my "cloudburst"-colored walls, a pink blow up soccer ball, a pinecone, a sit'n'spin, a picture of Violet in a pink bunny costume... I'd be pretty sad if I could never see any of that.
Carnivals Carnivals actually embody everything I dislike - thick, smelly air, big crowds, bright lights, loud sounds, tons of clutter and movement and chaos. Somehow they combine perfectly into the anti-anxiety attack for me though. In my next life, I'll be a ferris wheel. Please don't vomit on me.
Me and Violet are on there somewhere.
Insane amounts of luck I'm nowhere near rich or powerful, but I'm alive and well and so is everyone in my house. I haven't done anything to deserve that but I hope it stays that way forever!
A sense of humor Everything is easier when it's a joke.