I just wanted to put in a quick post today. Here in America, today is Thanksgiving. The entire country stops for a day and gets together with family and friends. It is a time to give thanks. For me, it is always good to take stock of the people and things in your life that feed your soul and sustain your spirit.
To be grateful is to love and be loved.
Right off the top of my head (and with zero editing), I wanted to practice my typing skills (averaging around 60 wpm lately) and write 50 things for which I am grateful.
(Takes deep breathe) HERE GOES . . . .
1. My wonderful Mom and my family.
2. My peeps AKA best group of friends an Asian could ask for.
3. Every piano ever made. Like, EVER!!!!!
4. Cookies and cream Ice cream
5. Chicken Adobo (Filipino Dish of yumminess)
7. Indoor heating and air conditioning
8. My teddy bear The Fawn
9. My car Balthazar
10. My Kindle Mortimer
11. All of the musicians I've ever had the pleasure of performing with
14. Vanilla Ice Cream
15. Coffee and splenda
16. Sesame Chicken
17. The city of Atlanta
18. My sweet friends in Seattle
19. My piano Annabelle (the Narcoleptic Piano)
20. Yo Yo Ma (the cellist)
21. Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers from Wendy's
22. the fact that I know how to knit
25. Tropical Islands in the south Pacific
28. Ludwig Van Beethoven
29. Thelonious Monk
30. I-Pods and all things MAC
31. Norah Jones
32. My current cuddly bedfellow Petrie the Rhino
33. Gretel Parker and EVERYTHING she's ever created.
34. Dance Music
35. Albert Einstein (a hero of mine)
36. Mahatma Ghandi (another hero)
37. My comfy bed and pillows
38. Eggs Benedict
39. Roller-coaster Rides
40. My Mom's Garden
41. Books by the Bronte sisters
42. Anything my Mom and Sister Leth can cook
43. Beautiful, sexy people (You know who you are, LOL)
44. Glee (the TV Show)
45. Modern Family (tv show and current fave)
46. Kisses from my niece.
47. Mornings with my nephews.
50. Oreo and Buttercup
Be grateful. Be kind. Be generous.
On this day, November 26, here in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a special, national holiday in which we all take the time to embrace all that we have for which we are thankful. Here is a list (which could be much longer) of 50 odds and ends in my life for which I am HUGELY grateful . . . . 1. My Family 2. My Mom 3. My dear friends all over the country (especially the ones in Seattle, Charlotte, and Nashville) and all over the world (especially folks in the Philippines and in the UK) 4. Every Filipino dish imaginable (especially the one with pig's blood. It's my favorite.) 5. My Piano 6. My ability to play the piano and all my music completely by memory 7. Oreo and Buttercup 8. My computer and internet 9. All of the books I've ever read 10. My vintage Roland JD-800 keyboard synthesizer with all of the kooky sounds it makes 11. Balthazar--my cute black Toyota Corolla (has great gas mileage and is a smooth ride) 12. The Golden Girls 13. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream 14. Macadamia Nut/white chocolate cookies 15. Sushi 17. Beethoven 18. The art of Egon Schiele 19. Tuna 20. Madonna's ENTIRE music catalogue 21. Hugs from my niece and nephews 22. Dinners, lunch, brunch with friends 23. Memories of growing up on a little green island in the middle of a big blue ocean far far away 24. My first full album of music (Seahorses) 25. Chop sticks (I carry a pair everywhere I go for whenever my sushi cravings get the best of me) 26. My wardrobe of vintage clothes 27. My small collection of foreign films 28. My record player and all of the cool vinyl records I own 29. All of my artwork (which is mostly in storage these days) 30. Spam (the food, that is) 31. Bacon (yummy) 32. Everything Chris Van Allsburg has ever written or illustrated 33. Eggs and the countless ways they can be cooked 34. The small YMCA gym near my house 35. The really big lake near my house 36. Shoes 37. My knitting 38. HGTV 39. Nashville's Belcourt Theater 40. Four Seasons (especially Fall and Winter) 41. Flossing 42. Laughter 43. Coffee 44. Being a performer 45. Peanut Butter 46. Peaches 47. Dancing 48. Quiet moments lost in thought 49. The time my family had with my nephew Baby Kit 50. This blog where pianos roam . . . Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! -g
Back when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was my most unfavorite of holidays. I mean….boring. Aside from getting time off school, it was a bunch of adults sitting around eating turkey, no presents, no costumes, no real fun of any kind. Yawn. Fast forward to adulthood and I gotta say…Thanksgiving has now become one of my very favorite days. It’s a time to gather together with family and friends, eat fabulous food and just be thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives without all the stress and pressure that sometimes accompanies Christmas. Dear Thanksgiving, I am sorry I maligned you for so long and to make up for it, here are the things I am happy about, or grateful for, when it comes to Thanksgiving:
1.Gratitude – At its core, Thanksgiving is a gratitude ritual. We gather together to reflect back on the year, count our blessings and give thanks for the good stuff in our lives. What a marvelous, life-affirming tradition.
2.Family – Thanksgiving is a pretty low-key, relaxed kinda deal that focuses on getting the family together and I really dig that. And when I say family, I am including close friends because in my mind…friends are the family you choose for yourself. (Looking forward to seeing mom, dad and the nephews!)
3.Giving – I really like that the energy around Thanksgiving is one of giving and sharing. People have potlucks, bring wine, share what they’re grateful for…it’s not overly commercialized or focused on buying/receiving. This is probably why most retail stores jump straight from Halloween to Christmas with their displays, because there’s not a lot of money to be made off giving and being thankful, but that’s what I love about it.
4.Good Eats – Okay, I admit I am a bit of a foodie, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the awesome food that accompanies Thanksgiving. I especially like how all the traditional family recipes make an appearance on this day, the ones that remind you of grandma or childhood. It’s comfort food at its highest level.