November 25, 2005

I am Thankful For...

...The backhanded blessing of a virus that put me down HARD yesterday, so that all I ate was two tablespoons of dressing, some chicken broth, and later, the southerner's version of X-treme comfort food, a great big old bowl of grits. ( I am SO thankful for GRITS!) This is the first Thanksgiving in years when I did not perpetrate my favorite of the seven deadlies.

...The popsicle stick picture frame my son made for me. It has writing on each of the four sides and they say
1) Happy Thanksgiving!
2) I love you!
3) Treasur (sic) your moments
and (this is my favorite)
4) Free Love!
He doesn't get why that cracks me up, or why I now call him Kerouac, or why his father keeps saying, "Get a haricut, Pinko." AND hey! I am thankful for THAT, too. Plenty of time for him to read On The Road and feel persecuted and write terrible poetry and agitate to pierce something. TODAY I am thankful he is 8, and scabby-kneed, and as big-hearted and innocent as a herd of puppies.

...PARROTS. Did I mention I want one?

...Better Living Through Pharmeceuticals. Due to the intervention of over-the-counter miracles, I feel 1,000 times better, and I plan to make up for yesterday while there is still leftover giblet gravy in the fridge.

And you, O my best beloveds? Let's go around the cranberry sauce 'til you say what YOU are thankful for.

Posted by joshilyn at November 25, 2005 9:13 AM

Ah, we made all our guests do this yesterday. Those that regularly spend turkey day (or in my house, turkey free day) with us are used to it and know there is no fighting it. The new ones had to be shamed into participating.

SO, I am thankful for my good health and my loved ones' good health. I'm thankful to have loved ones. And my pups, thankful for them. And I am thankful for the loved ones lost this year- that I had time with them at all and that their passings have made me more resolute to work to find the cure for cancers in my lifetime. And to lighten it up, I'm thankful for books of all breeds and creeds.
I am NOT thankful to be the only person at work today:(

Posted by: chris at November 25, 2005 9:25 AM

Glad you feel better, Joss. Yay!

I did an entire "what I'm thankful for" post on my own blog yesterday morning, so I'm not going to repeat them all here, but I will add a little something to my list, inspired by you:

I'm thankful that neither J (my hubby) nor I (me!) were too sick to go to my dad and stepmom's house to spend the day with the family. J brought home some kind of virus from his last business trip and it was looking iffy for a few days, but we both felt well enough on The Day to make the trip and not feel like we were germ factories, which meant I spent Thanksgiving with my family - including brother and his kids for the first time in years.

Posted by: DebR at November 25, 2005 9:31 AM

I am thankful for YOU, Tulip! And all of my friends, and my darling children, and the fact that this year I am perhaps one step closer to figuring my life out.

Posted by: Mir at November 25, 2005 9:53 AM

I have to figure out my life? Sheesh I was thirty four before I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.

I am so very blessed. I am thankful I love and am loved. I am thankful for friends, family, and the internet. I am thankful I live in heaven. I am thankful that I not only have a job, but that it is the best job in the whole world. I am thankful for good morning reads and awesome writers.

I am really - really - really thankful that I went to Bi-mart Wednesday night and discovered Mocha Roca - I didn't yell Eureka right there in the store (because I didn't know what I had discovered.) But now that I know I am taking my whole paycheck and buying a case of these delicious nuggets of heaven. With my next paycheck I am buying a new wardrobe of beyond elastic waist pants, because I am eating the whole thing....but I will share with my friends.

Posted by: Cele at November 25, 2005 11:35 AM

I am thankful that I got to spend Thanksgiving with my family and then over at my in-laws. Only bad spot there, was that my husband's ex decided to come by. Everyone basically ignored her including her kids, except Ed's grandmother. In which I have decided that Grandma is as mean as a snake and when she finally passes to the great beyond, I am going to have salt her body and burn it. Been watching way too much tv.....Grandma is 94 and her mother lived to be 105. Grandma is in excellant health. Which is a good thing.

Okay, I am sounding too much like your typical crazy Southern relative........but I am thankful for my family and my puppy dogs, and my mean cat.

Posted by: Robbie at November 25, 2005 12:22 PM

I am thankful that you're feeling better and still alive and kicking! And thankful that I have my children and we are all together and healthy and happy. I am thankful someone 'bumped' a post made by Pluffina over a year ago and I found this site.


Posted by: Calell at November 25, 2005 4:04 PM

I am English... and in England... but I am thankful for:

1. The lady that bought 2 "Gods in Alabama" from me today
2. My girlfriend and all of her I can grab.
3. The Suicide Girls

Happy Pecan Pie day... BTTS xx

Posted by: Bookseller to the Stars at November 25, 2005 6:03 PM

Among the many things I am thankful for -- great author/bloggers like Joshilyn who entertain me so thoroughly.

Posted by: Tracy at November 25, 2005 9:58 PM

I mentioned to MIL that you had been on TV there (she lives inb Montgomery) and she remembered your interview b/c of all the controversy. She was so impressed that I KNOW you. LOL! I am a name dropped, Joss. I drop your name to my ILs and co-workers. Is that bad? *snicker* Well, come on, I have to remind myself that someone like you cares to know me.

Posted by: Heather at November 26, 2005 9:54 AM

I am thankful for blogging. How else to laugh and cry with internet friends?

Posted by: Pattie at November 26, 2005 10:09 AM

I am thankful for so much stuff I've been nervous to try listing things here, even though I keep clicking on this batch of comments like a total maniac.

I am thankful for the internet and blogs and email, this year especially, since I've met extraordinarily kind and wondrous people I'd otherwise never have crossed paths with--most of all our cyber-kudzu hostess herself. And also because it's tough for me to get out a lot so having a virtual life is cool and a true blessing in terms of publishing-related stuff.

I am thankful that people have been so generously supportive of my book (except for Joan Fontaine but I kind of wasn't expecting it to be up her alley anyway and still think it was nice of her to read it as a favor to my mom since I've never actually met her).

I am thankful for my husband and my daughters, who are very patient with me, a constant pleasure to be around, and just all-around fine persons whom I adore.

I am thankful for all the people who help us cope with Lila's autism--her teachers and caregivers and all the friends who cheer us up and make us laugh when the going gets tough. God bless you guys, every one.

Posted by: Cornelia Read at November 26, 2005 6:26 PM

I'm thankful for family, friends, and insulin. Grateful for the wonderful doctors at UCSF and Marin General who saved our son's life. Grateful for entertaining blogs like this one, Mark Farley's, and others I could name.

Cornelia, I have to ask: Joan Fontaine read your novel? Whuh huh? More please.

Posted by: Martha at November 26, 2005 7:00 PM

Okay, twist my rubber arm, dear Martha... Miss Fontaine lives in Carmel, as does Mom. Mom kept seeing her at the hardware store or wherever. Mom did NOT think to herself, "oh, look, there's Joan Fontaine again," she just recognized Miss Fontaine as "the lady who always wears Belgian shoes." Because we have a congenital Belgian shoe fetish.

Finally, after a few years of this, Mom introduced herself and complimented the woman on her taste in footwear. In the hardware store. They chatted a bit. Then Mom came home and called me and said, after explaining about the shoe sightings and everything, "so, I met Joan Fontaine today in the hardware store. I'd love to send her a postcard and invite her over for a glass of wine some time. She was lovely. You know how to do all that internet stuff, can you find out her address?"

I Googled, found a P.O. box for fan mail. Mom sent postcard. Wine was eventually shared, as were stories of old New York, etc.

So they've had lunch or watched 60 Minutes together occasionally, over the subsequent couple of years. Mom thinks Miss Fontaine is terrific and great company. She very much enjoyed seeing the cabinet containing 50-plus pairs of Belgians.

I used to have business cards for my book with a jpeg of Belgians on them. Mom gave Miss Fontaine one, thinking she'd find it amusing. Recently, Mom gave her a bound manuscript. Miss Fontaine very kindly read it, but felt that the profanity was appalling and the protagonist spent entirely too much time discussing her lineage.

So. Miss Fontaine was most generous to give it a try, for which I am grateful despite my sorrow that the experience was not in the end a rewarding one for her--especially as I have enjoyed her work so much. Plus, how cool would it be to have the woman who played Rebecca, for Hitchcock, like your book?


Posted by: Cornelia Read at November 26, 2005 9:30 PM

what does a belgian shoe look like?

Posted by: Bookseller to the Stars at November 27, 2005 8:55 AM

Friends like YOU. Especially if they come to VISIT me. Hint, hint! ;)

Posted by: Amy-GO at November 27, 2005 10:49 AM

For once, I am thankful that I live in Alabama so I can meet you at the Alabama Booksmith on Dec. 4th and have you inscribe my book I LOVE YOUR BLOG! so I can treasure the lie forever...and perhaps we can eyeball each other's shoes.
I am also thankful that my son is at school and not here to witness his little sister playing with his Game Boy.

Posted by: Elena at November 28, 2005 9:31 AM

I am thankful that my mother and my husband did almost all of the cooking on Thanksgiving due to my being sick with a virus (perhaps a bicoastal one?) that left me shivering and sniffling on the couch with the cats. For my friends and family, and for the sunny San Diego weather that meant I didn't have to dig out this weekend, or ever.

Posted by: Aimee at November 28, 2005 10:29 AM