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As traditional, I am grateful for Flame, who turned 16 today.  We get along well enough (in a similarly quirky enough way) to be regularly mistaken for siblings.  He's funny and smart and a good person, and I really like how he's turning out.

(In related news, he's also decided at the last second that he will be taking German instead of Japanese.)
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So let me tell you a thing about Flame's new online school:  he will be doing Rosetta Stone Japanese.  For free.  BOOYEAH.

(And also trig.  English class is reading "The Crucible."  All good stuff.)
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Today I'm, ah.  Grateful to be moving forward on Flame's school transfer, and for the amount of energy I do have for getting through what looks to be a busy week on, and for my beloved [livejournal.com profile] twist_shimmy , who so seldom fails to be online to write and vent with.

Bright side, bright side.  ;D


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Whew!  The party was beautiful and fun, everything went smoothly, everyone seemed to have a good time, the new friends got along with the old friends, all the presents and cards were lovely and I didn't have to feign enthusiasm for any of them.  ;D  And we looked fabulous. 

And today I'm grateful that enough cleanup and borrowed-stuff-returning has already happened as of this morning, and there are enough leftovers, to make today pretty laid-back except for getting groceries sometime this afternoon.  I am groggy but happy.  :D
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I am grateful for the hard-won understanding that it is not my responsibility to flawlessly engage in logical debate, even when I have the knowledge to do so, if I am not enjoying doing so.  Especially when I am in my own space rather than public space.  Huzzah self-care!
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Today we found an Indian grocery that JUST opened near us, and which - the bigger shock for locally - sells non-expired food.  That still smells and behaves like food when you open it!  Annnnnd they had rose kurti (ice cream) which was what I wanted to serve with the cake if only there was anyplace near me that sold it!

Oh yeah.  Rockin' it Indian style.
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As per traditional, today I am grateful for my birth into a clever and loving family.  Particular to this year, I'm grateful to have gotten out to my current favorite Indian restaurant with [livejournal.com profile] selyndria  and gotten the catering order locked down.  We hadn't even realized that they make T's favorite Indian thing EVER, which will now be one of our entrees.  :D  (Along, of course, with MY favorite thing ever.  Plus a chicken thing the guy suggested as rounding things out nicely.)
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I'm grateful to have found out another cycling fan.  In my state!  In my circle of acquaintanceship!  I've been so aloooooone.
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I am grateful for the excruciatingly fabulous Tabitha, whose birthday is today.  :D

I'm also grateful for happy coincidences.  I ran into two women I knew when we were out to dinner.  They were about to go to a book signing (next door, at the bookstore we'd been planning to go to anyway) by a woman whose stuff I may turn out to like - it's supernatural Victoriana with large helpings of sarcastic wit.  (Gail Carriger is the author's name.)  So I picked up the first book of the series.
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Today it's just general burbling over how I have a home and a family and friends and life is pretty good.  It was autumnal today, overcast and just a hair drizzly without being really cold.  Sweet.  And I got an appointment set up with Brain Doctor for before the sleeping pills run out, so I will continue to receive delicious chemical sleep without interruption.
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I am grateful for the healing power of Making Lists and for 80's music.  Yep.  When nobody else is home, I do chores while singing Duran Duran at the top of my lungs, and no one can stop me.
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I usually save him until his birthday as the journal closer, but I'm grateful that my son is a smart, funny, decent person who likes us.
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Today we went to a Civil War re-enactment fair with our new friends Tom and Beth and their daughter (whose name I have not seen spelled so I'm not going to try and fail).  (Stick with me, this is going to arrive at gratitude.)   The staged battle was a bit more realistic and darker-edged than I'm used to from Ren faires.  It was kind of an odd experience.  On this side of the rope border, a bunch of moderns gibbering about things they think they know, and cheering for a side, and trying to control their shrieking kids, and eating hot dogs.  On the other side, it's all banging and smoke and firecracker smell, and boys playing drums and flutes while other boys shoot and shoot and shoot from their tidy rows, and sometimes it goes on and on and nothing seems to be happening, and then suddenly there's one more round of shots and boys suddenly fall over, "dead" or grievously wounded and left to lie there while the cigar-chewing journalist paces back and forth in the distance with no apparent concern, and meanwhile it seems like no one ever comes around to them with even a swig of whiskey, let alone any medicinal help, until the priest swings by with his big wooden cross to send off the dead ones in spirit while the wounded still lie there.

So I'm grateful I wasn't in the Civil War.
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I am grateful that sometime here soon, I will have a bike.  La la la la la bike.

(Hey, take it for what it's worth.  Otherwise it was "I'm grateful my back doesn't hurt quite as much as it's whispering that it could."  I pushed hard on that last circuit and, um.)
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I have completed the entire three-month cycle of circuit training I've been doing.  I am made of awesome.


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I am grateful that I never watched Starlight Express.  I just found out today that all those people on roller skates were supposed to be trains.  @_@
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I am grateful for the magical force of habit, which after a few months of work, causes one to do things like crawl into workout clothes and onto the treadmill even though one doesn't actively want to, because that is what one does on a Thursday morning.

Habit can be your friend.
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I am grateful to know my baptism date:  November 7, to coincide with All Souls.  ...Yes, hilarious.  Stop giggling back there.

(For my friends and family who are So Not Christian and look at this choice for me with bewilderment:  if you think about it, and consider the relatively progressive social agenda of my denom, this really isn't as big a change for me as it looks like.  I hope you will all play along cheerfully.)
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I am grateful that my dad's legs came back online after their brief fritz  8/  and for busses that run reasonably close to where I need to go at reasonable times.
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I am grateful for the lovely friends who want to entertain and coddle me because I'm depressed.  I'm grateful that Grandma died peacefully, in the city where she lived most of her married life, still and always secure in the love of her husband and her daughters, who always made sure she had proper physical care and plenty of company.

(I need a copy of her WWII picture.  It's striking.)
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