Back on schedule, for the moment. Today I'm thankful for...
- Chocolate, gin, and being able to afford them reasonably often.
- My family, local and extended.
- Getting things moving.
- Public transportation.
- Our cats.
- My health. No thanks to Colleen's health, though her doctor may have a handle on some of it.
Today I'm grateful for...
- Good advice from my massage therapist.
- Cat therapy.
- Self help websites. Special call-out to Helpguide.org, where I'm researching stress reduction tonight.
- Music night. People who like my songs.
- An OS that doesn't come pre-installed with crapware. (People with strong opinions about the systemd controversy may disagree.)
- Working for a company whose website's users are customers, not product.
Today I am thankful for...
- Expert repair people who fix stuff. The house now has two more working lift chairs, one more working scooter, and one more working washer than it did on Wednesday.
- Stuff that works.
- Flexible work scheduling.
- My drugs of choice: ethanol and caffeine.
- Links to Good Stuff.
- Finding things I had misplaced.
- Pizza with anchovies.
So only one day late this time. (Or a week and a day, depending on how you choose to look at it.) Today I am thankful for
- L-tryptophan. It's too early to be sure, but the effect on my mood seems to have been almost immediate. It goes on my...
- Amazon subscriptions. Because going out at the last minute for stuff you know you're going to need every damned month really sucks.
- Having a new song come out way better than I expected.
- Wheels for Feet, which in spite of being a tiny operation with a clunky web site turns out to be a good place to rent a scooter for the weekend. NO thanks to Spinlife, which still hasn't fixed Colleen's scooter, two months and counting.
- A work laptop that runs Linux and is small enough to fit in my sling bag. I know, I've mentioned it before. I'm still thankful for the technology that makes my work comfortable.
- X forwarding over ssh. Likewise.
- My family. I haven't mentioned them lately, but I love them all dearly. And they put up with me -- truly something to be thankful for.
Closer... Today I'm thankful for
- Friends who come over and cook.
- Left over rice == fried rice for breakfast!
- X11, gnome-panel, and the ability to work remotely.
- More generally, good tools.
- Being able to answer "50 years" when asked how long I've been in the (software) industry.
- ETA: Being able to answer "over 50 years" when asked how long I've been playing guitar.
Well, not quite as late as last week -- that's something. Today I'm thankful for
- Getting our net/phone wiring fixed. The former rat's nest has been simplified; it'll cost us $89 for an inside-wiring job, but it was worth it.
- An Ubuntu laptop at work. I needed it because I'm on loan to another group, and working remotely through Windows is a nightmare. Sweet little HP EliteBook; not as capable as the Dell I've had for the last year, but without Windows it doesn't need to be; it's half the weight and fits in my sling bag.
- Maybe doing better at work than my own self-assessment led me to believe.
- Gin, hard cider, and new friends.
- My family.
- Our house. I still miss some things about the Starport, but Rainbow's End is truly wonderful.
- added: Wikipedia, source of the new wild turkey icon.
- Salvageable parts.
- My family. My cats. A roof over our heads and enough to eat.
- Finding things that Curio likes to eat. Who knew that he would prefer cat food that has veggies mixed in with the meat?
- "Comix" that aren't always funny, but that speak to me anyway.
NO thanks to:
- Tight finances.
Let's get the party announcement out first: we're having our usual "sometime around New Year" party this Saturday, the 3rd. It's actually on our anniversary this year, but we're not expecting presents, just presence. And food. It's a potluck -- food is always welcome.
OK, now the Thankful Thursday: Today I'm thankful for...
- Having gotten a few things done off my list from last year
- Software, gin, and a few other things that aren't exactly addictions but are nice to have.
- Coffee, which is an addiction.
- Rainbow's End.
- Cat therapy.
- Colleen. How -- and why -- she puts up with me I'll never know, but I'm grateful.
And finally, an annotated look back at last year's goals (not resolutions -- I'm too irresolute for those).
- Get back into recording. I don't think I can manage a whole album, but I can probably manage a lot of scratch tracks and a few complete mixes, and maybe build up momentum that way. Total fail.
- Eat better. I may not lose weight, much as I'd like to, but nothing says I can't have more salads for lunch. Total fail. Gained 7 lbs.
- Similarly, walk more. I've gotten horribly out of shape, but my new office is farther from my preferred bus stop than the old one. (The 70 stops only a block away, but I'd have to stand around at 3rd and Pike waiting to change busses. I'd rather walk.) I mostly succeeded at this one.
- Get the medical bills taken care of. I've been ignoring a lot of them. My sign-on bonus will probably go for that and taxes, mostly. Sort of. The sign-on bonus got squandered, but the taxes and -- I think -- the medical bills eventually got paid, out of the meager proceeds from the Starport.
- Bring some better order to my motley collection of blogs and web sites, with as much of the content as possible deployed using git hooks. Only if you count what I've done in the last week.
- Write more! Songs, fiction, essays, whatever. I haven't done any writing to speak of for, what? Two years? Mostly not. I've done written a handful of metafics and a recipe or two.
- Sell the Starport. Mostly. It did get sold, but a lot later and for less money than we needed.
So, out of seven goals, two total failures, one moderate success, and four "successes" that were mixed enough to feel like failure anyway.
May this year be better.
I'm not going to enumerate my presents here -- that's not the point. Today I'm thankful for
- My wonderful family.
- A nice, relaxing day at home with them.
- Excellent food and drink (many of the otherwise-unmentioned presents were alcoholic). A Christmas dinner that couldn't be beat, courtesy of Ursa Minor.
- One of my rare posts on G+ that, I think illustrates this crazy place pretty well.
... and I think I missed last week, too. *sigh*
Anyway, today I'm thankful for...
- A cat who loves me and likes to sleep next to me. Cat therapy is good for me, apparently.
- People who love me, too. Damned if I know why, but I'm not complaining.
- Caffeine and ethanol, my drugs of choice. (And occasionally Irish Coffee, which gives me both at once.)
- Tools of the trade: bash, sed, git, make -- and learning some new (to me) ones, like cut.
- The occasional burst of productivity.
- Spread-spectrum radio, as in WiFi and cell phones. Hedy Lamarr.
Thanksgiving again! My third in Seattle.
Today I'm thankful for...
- Rainbow's End and all the people (and cats!) in and around it. I could not possibly have made it through the year without you.
- My family. Special thanks for Colleen and Naomi, who push me to do the hard stuff. That's a pretty thankless task, so thanks again.
- My friends, close and distant.
- Music. Family music nights, when we remember to have them.
- Seattle, my beautiful city, with its excellent transit system, comfortable weather, and zoning that allows us to keep livestock.
- Amazon.com -- both as a store and as an employer.
- A buyer for the Starport. I will miss our old house, and we won't see our San Jose friends nearly enough anymore, but I am very glad to be rid of that albatross and its mortgage.
- ... and, as last year, the fact that things aren't nearly as bad as they could be.
So, after another lenghty break, we finally come around to the Thursday before Thanksgiving. We'll see whether I can get two weeks in a row. But for now, I'm thankful for..
- Having finally sold Grand Central Starport. An era has well and truly ended, and I'm still somewhat in shock. But still.
- Rainbow's End.
- My wonderful family.
- Cat therapy.
ssh -Xf $MYBOX gnome-panel
ETA: The first sentence would probably have been more effective if I hadn't posted this on Wednesday.
Hmm. Late again, I see.
- A sister willing to be her brother's keeper. (Because I apparently need a keeper.)
- A trip to the theater to see A Chorus Line.
- My family.
- Help with the Trainwreck.
- Backups, with extra git.
- Timely upgrades, and apt-get.
And NO thanks to:
- Our no-good realtor.
- Uncooperative body parts.
- Bad habits. Especially expensive bad habits.
Today I'm thankful for...
- Dental insurance.
- Smiles from random strangers. (Baffled, but thankful anyway.)
- Overdraft protection.
- The ability to work from home and still be productive.
- Having sense enough not to read the news today.
- Kid hugs and kitty cuddles.
- Chinese food to go.
git reset --hard(One of my coworkers has a t-shirt that says "Keep calm and git revert", but reset is better if you haven't pushed your commit upstream yet.)
So, today I'm grateful for...
- Cuddly cats and capering kittens.
- Ninja cat burglers. It seems Cricket has been taking lessons from Desti.
- Friday. Both the day and the tea purveyor.
- The ability to work from home occasionally.
git rebase --onto ...
NO thanks to...
- Another buyer backing out.
- Social anxiety, or whatever it is.
- Weight gain as a side effect of antidepressants.
Yeah, it's Saturday. Deal.
Today my gratitude extends to...
- Scraping by
- Street fairs
- Colleen being well enough to go to a street fair
- People who sell sunscreen at street fairs
- Colleen bringing my attention to the fact that the potato chips taste sweet after the street fair
- A freezer with an icemaker, and a fridge with a bottle of gin in it
- A fan in the window
- The fact that some things are "not my circus, not my monkey"
- Not being the only techno-bear in the house.
- City water
Ok, so it's past due. So are a lot of things. I'm thankful for
- Chest and arm pain turning out to be muscle aches and anxiety. I should learn to listen more closely to my body -- if I can walk half a mile to work without things getting worse, my heart is probably ok.
- Income, even though there isn't quite enough of it.
- Breakfast for dinner.
- My family.
- Plug-in hybrid car.
Hmm. *Makes effort not to think of problems.* *Fails and starts over.*
Today I'm thankful for
- Peace and quiet.
- Kids around the house. (Note that this and the previous item are mostly mutually exclusive in time.)
- Cats, both two- and four-legged.
- Leftovers for breakfast.
- Public transit.
- An operating system with free upgrades.
Today I'm grateful for...
- Unions! Little things like the five-day work week, the eight-hour work day, paid time off... We didn't always have them.
- Spring! The First of May! Spring weather!
- Music at Rainbow's End. Most of the people reading this will have missed two terrific concerts already.
- The wonderful people I live with.
- Friends. Friends help you move. Yup.
- Public transit.
- Not being the only geek in the house.
Doing somewhat better tonight -- it's hard to be depressed with a cat on one's lap. (I can do it, but it's harder.) Anyway, today I'm thankful for...
- A house big enough for concerts, like Tracy Grammer here this Saturday night!
- A cat who has finally decided that my lap is an ok place to hang out sometimes. Better than drugs.
- Friends willing to drive a U-Haul over 800 miles after loading it up with the last of our stuff from the Starport. Friends help you move.
- Not having a need for good friends from the previously-referenced joke.
- Nice weather.
- Not being woken in the middle of the night. (Not thankful for Monday night.)
- Refactoring operations in Eclipse.
- Leftovers for breakfast. Especially when they include something I can make into fried rice.
Like it says on the label. I'm having a hard time feeling much of anything right now, I think.
Anyway, I'm thankful for...
- The ability to pay bills online.
- Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.
- Credit. Are we sensing a theme here?
- People who get after me to get stuff done.
- People who know me well enough to be able to tell me what I'm feeling. See Alexithymia
- Cats. Both two- and four-legged.
Hey, it's actually Thursday this week! I'm thankful for...
- A city that knows the difference between a victory parade and a riot, and goes with the parade.
- Mudita, especially for the local sportsball fans.
- Occasionally being able to identify feelings. Especially when they're not the familiar ones, e.g., depression.
- Commuting by bus.
Late again. But anyway, I'm thankful for...
- Pete Seeger's music, which will live on for a long time.
- Allie Brosh
- People willing to take on some of my execrable paperwork. (Which still leaves me with (x-2)ecrable paperwork, but it's something.)
- Medical insurance, even if it's part of the x-2.
- Bacon. Eggs. Bacon and eggs. More ba--sorry about that.
Hey, it's Thursday again! I'm thankful for...
- Colleen, and 38 years (plus 6 days).
- Finding a great financial advisor. If anyone knows a great realtor in San Jose, let me know -- I need one of those, too.
- Good food.
- Backups. Which reminds me...
- Cat cuddles. Both tabby and Cheshire.
- Things that really suck, when they happen to be vacuum cleaners.
- Better living through chemistry.
Hey, it's Thursday! Today I'm thankful for...
- A well-timed first paycheck, with welcome sign-on bonus. I'll have to save most of it; I'll probably need it for taxes.
- Paid vacation.
- Cats, and especially Curio-snuggles.
- Kitties and bears and goats, oh my!
- My younger daughter's new boyfriend. I love seeing her happy.
- 38 wonderful years, as of tomorrow.
- A party here on Saturday. See the Rainbow's End site for directions.
So, today I'm thankful for:
- A job with flexible hours that I can commute to by bus. See above.
- Home and family.
- Colleen doing better, even if only a little -- sometimes that's all it takes. She's well enough and strong enough for car trips and shopping, which is *fantastic* for her morale and my budget.
A little late, but no less heartfelt. Today I'm grateful for:
- A little cluster of things nice things around Amazon, starting with the fact that they decided to hire me full-time. And a rather generous sign-on bonus, coming at a time when I really seem to need it.
- Good advice on hard choices.
- My wonderful, whacky, amazingly awesome extended family.
- Weather. I kind of missed it in California.
- Music. And getting back to making it, a little.
- Cats. Cuddly cats.
I'm still having a little trouble getting back into the swing of Thankful Thursdays, but fortunately Colleen reminded me a few minutes ago. So today I'm thankful for:
- Colleen, first and foremost.
- An adjustment in her medication, going back to something that worked before and finding that it still does. The rest is TMI.
- Sleeping in Our Own Bed again.
- The stairlift, and warranty repairs made promptly and easily.
- Cat cuddles. Cuddles in general, actually.
- Emmy taking a cooking class and doing her homework for the family.
- Interviews that appear to have gone well; interviews scheduled.
- Commuting by bus.
Thanksgiving seems like a good day to re-start Thankful Thursday posts; I have a lot of catching up to do, so here goes...
Today I'm thankful for:
- FAMILY. Blood and chosen, near and far. I have an amazing, wonderful family. I especially have to mention my love Colleen, our kids, Emmy and Kat, who just keep getting even more amazing with time, my sister of choice Naomi and her kids, and my Seattle relatives, with whom I'm finally getting back in touch.
- Friends and friendship. Friends online and off, near and distant. Friends becoming closer friends. I love you all.
- Rainbow's End. We -- my crazy extended family and I -- found ourselves a wonderful house in West Seattle this year, and it has become our home.
- Employment. I've been employed here in Seattle for a little over a year, after far too long a gap since I lost my job in San Jose. A skill set that continues to keep me employable.
- Our cats. I hadn't realized just how much of a cat person I was until Curio walked up to me in the shelter and told me "Hi there. I'm your cat." Naomi had to translate for him, but I'm learning.
- Medical insurance. The American health doesn't-care system sucks, but I shudder to think of what Colleen's tab would have looked like if I hadn't had insurance through my employer.
- A kitchen big enough for more than one person to work in, and a Thanksgiving dinner that came out amazingly well.
- A lot of little and not-so-little things. Backups. Good tools, both hard and soft. Colleen's PT and other support people.
- ... and most of all, the fact that things haven't turned out nearly as bad as they could have. I've been lucky, and I know it. (I've also been incredibly stupid at times, but that's another post.)
A lot to be thankful for. It's been a while.
- HOUSE! We're buying a house!! We found the right house!!! Burble.
- Having an income and credit score that made it possible to put in an offer and get it accepted. My credit score just squeaked by; things have gotten a lot more difficult since the days of sub-prime mortgages and easy money. Not complaining.
- The multifunction peripheral at work, and especially its fax function. I am not grateful for the paperwork, only for its ultimate goal and the ability to handle the stuff expeditiously.
- My sister and soon-to-be-housemate, the amazing pocketnaomi. Who found THAT house, made arrangements, greased skids, made molehills out of mountains, and generally made things happen.
- My health, and the ability to continue coping when it breaks down somewhat.
gitdistributed version control system, which made it possible to work even in the absence of a VPN connection.
- Gainful employment.
- The filk community, and most recently Conflikt.